7 Things for ASC Leaders to Know for Thursday

Here are seven news updates for ambulatory surgery center leaders to know for Dec. 12, 2013.

ASGE recognizes 6 Texas endoscopy centers.
The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy has recognized six Texas endoscopy centers for safety and quality through the ASGE Endoscopy Recognition program. View the list of honorees.  

Virginia Health Information compares ASC, HOPD prices.
Virginia Health Information published it 2013 Health Care Pricing Report. The report includes cost comparisons for a number of outpatient procedures performed at ambulatory surgery centers and hospital outpatient departments. The average prices at ASCs were often lower than HOPD prices. When the average prices were broken down, physician and facility fees were less at ASCs.

Ann Geier joins SourceMedical.
Ambulatory surgery center industry veteran Ann Geier has joined SourceMedical Solutions as vice president-clinical informatics within the surgery division of the company. Ms. Geier has more than 30 years of experience in the ASC industry.

94% of states receive D or F for physician quality information transparency.
Seven states have earned a 'D' and 40 states have earned an 'F' for transparency of physician quality information, according to a Healthcare Incentives Improvement Institute report. California earned a 'C', while Minnesota and Washington earned 'A' ratings.

State may increase oversight for accredited California ASCs.
The California Ambulatory Surgery Center Association Lobbyist Bryce Docherty has reported that anticipated 2014 legislation would call for accredited ASCs to report data to the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.

Dr. Glen Cook adds TrueVision technology to his practice, surgery center.
Glenn Cook, MD, has announced the incorporation of TrueVision technology into his practice, which includes a new surgery center in Del Mar. The technology is designed to enhance precision in intraocular lens positioning and cataract surgery.

42% of anesthesiologists to continue working with poorly paying payers.
Approximately 42 percent of anesthesiologists have no intention of dropping payers that reimburse poorly, according to a Medscape report. On the other hand, only 21 percent plan to drop poorly paying payers.

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