7 Things for ASC Leaders to Know for Today
Here are seven things for ambulatory surgery center leaders to know for today.
1. Continued government shutdown could impact CMS payments.
Unless the government shutdown ends, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services may not be able to release their final fee schedule rule on time. The proposed rule includes a 0.9 percent increase in reimbursement for ASCs.
2. HCA names new CFO.
William B. Rutherford has been named CFO and executive vice president of HCA, after serving as COO of the company's Physician Services Group and CFO of the Outpatient Services Group.
3. New surgery centers open.
Rochester Ambulatory Surgery Center has opened in Penfield, N.Y., and includes six operating rooms and 45 physicians. Physician Partners of America has also opened Precinct Line Ambulatory Surgery Center in Hurst, Texas.
4. Aurora Health Care acquired Manitowoc Surgery Center.
Aurora Health Care and BayCare Clinic physicians will continue to use the surgery center. The acquisition will expand Aurora's outpatient surgery services. The surgery center currently includes orthopedics, colonoscopy and hernia repair.
5. Coders receive average of $45,500 in hospital outpatient.
A report from AAPC recorded average salaries for coders based on work setting, credentials and experience. The highest work setting was with health systems, where coders reported yearly compensation at $49,000 on average.
6. Insurance exchange issues raise criticism.
After health insurance exchanges opened earlier this month to technical difficulties, Republican congressional leaders sent a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asking for more information about the dysfunctions. HHS expanded HealthCare.gov's capacity last week after it reported 4.7 million users within 24 hours of launch.
7. Physician satisfaction study released.
RAND Corporation released a study sponsored by the American Medical Association that said the keys to physician satisfaction are autonomy and work control; practice leadership; collegiality, fairness and respect; and performing at the top of their license.
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