Here are seven things for ambulatory surgery center owners, administrators and industry leaders to know for today.
1. Government shutdown ends.
President Barack Obama has signed a bill to end the partial government shutdown, fund the government through Jan. 15, 2014 and increase the debt limit through Feb. 7, leaving healthcare reform largely unscathed.
2. HCA acquires majority interest in KC surgery center.
HCA Midwest Health System has acquired 51 percent stake of Heart of America Surgery Center in Kansas City, Kan. The 15,000-square-foot ambulatory surgery center opened in 1999 and is the only freestanding center in Kansas City.
3. Dr. Harry Sarles becomes ACG President.
Members of the American College of Gastroenterology elected Harry Eugene Sarles Jr., MD, as the 2013-2014 president. Dr. Sarles is a private practice gastroenterologist at Digestive Health Associates of Texas in Dallas. He is also the chief of staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Rockwell, Texas.
4. New robotic partial knee surgery technology comes to ASC.
The Thomas Jefferson Riverview Surgical Center at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia is the first ambulatory surgery center to purchase the Navio robotic-controlled surgical system from Blue Belt Technologies. The technology is designed to assist in precision during partial knee replacement surgery.
5. Medicaid won't transfer applications to federal exchanges until Nov. 1.
States with federally facilitated health insurance exchanges won't receive Medicaid applications processed by the exchange until November. Some exchanges opened earlier this month have experienced problems with Medicaid enrollment.
6. High CEO turnover reported in healthcare.
The healthcare sector led all industries in CEO turnover so far this year, seeing 195 CEO changes in total — 47 percent more than the next sector, government/nonprofit, which had 133 turnovers, according to a report by global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas. In this year's third quarter, healthcare saw 78 planned CEO departures, with 26 coming in September alone.
7. Laser Spine Institute reports economic impact.
A study conducted through a partnership with the University of South Florida College of Business showed that Laser Spine Institute had an impact of almost $140 million on the local economy last year. The amount includes operational expenditures, employee spending and spending by out-of-town patients.
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