7 Things for ASC Leaders to Know for Thursday

Here are seven news updates for ambulatory surgery center leaders to know for May 1, 2014.

More than half of Americans believe health exchanges missed enrollment target.
More than half of Americans, 57 percent, believe the health insurance exchanges mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act missed the target enrollment numbers set by the government, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll. Read the full report on Becker's Hospital Review.

Oregon abandons state exchange site in favor of HealthCare.gov.
The board overseeing Oregon's health insurance exchange voted to abandon the state-run exchange in favor of HealthCare.gov. Read the full report on Becker's Hospital Review.

MALO ASC acquires exclusive rights for 3-D imaging technology integration.
MALO Center for Ambulatory Surgery in Rutherford, N.J., acquired exclusive rights within a 20-mile radius for a three dimensional definition imaging system. The 3DHD system is particularly useful in hysterectomies. The facility is the only one to offer the technology in the United States, according to a news release.

Carolina Orthopaedic Specialists to open surgery center.
Carolina Orthopaedic Specialists, based in Hickory, N.C., plan to open Coastal Surgery Center in 2015. The orthopedic group is developing the surgery center in collaboration with Rendina Companies.

Idaho Surgery Center nurse volunteers in Africa.
Andrea Fitzgerald, a nurse with Idaho Surgery Center, completed a medical volunteer trip to the Congo. She spent a month volunteering medical services aboard the Africa Mercy, a large non-governmental hospital ship.

ACP, AGA launch care coordination kit for primary care physicians, gastroenterologists.
The American College of Physicians and American Gastroenterological Association collaborated to launch the High Value Care Coordination Toolkit, designed to improve communication between primary care physicians and subspecialist physicians. The AGA helped identify meaningful data sets.

Main Line Surgery Center to host live surgery event.
Main Line Surgery Center and Ophthalmic Partners of Pennsylvania in Bala Cynwyd will host the live surgery symposium of the 2014 American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Annual Meeting. Richard Tipperman, MD, will perform the surgery.

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