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ASC COVER M&A
5 Bold Predictions in ASC M&A Landscape for 20155 Bold Predictions in ASC M&A Landscape for 2015
Based on his experience at Regent Surgical Health — which has seen tremendous growth in hospital joint venture surgery centers over the past seven years — Chief Development Officer Jeff Simmons says there will be many more joint ventures in the coming years. Click here to Continue >>
ASC COVER Money
Reshaping Adversarial Relationships: Payers Now Coming to ASCs
Hospitals and health systems are the giants of healthcare, the giants that wield the greatest clout with payers. Click here to Continue >>
ASC COVER Direct Marketing

Direct-to-Consumer Marketing: 7 Tips for ASCs
Businesses depend on one factor above all else — the customer. The abundance or lack of this factor is the difference between a thriving business and a sinking ship. Click here to Continue >>

 

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Features 

Publisher’s Letter
This issue of Becker’s ASC Review includes expertise from ambulatory surgery center industry leaders. Click here to Continue >>

Your Supply Chain Strategy is Failing — 4 Warning Signs
Ambulatory surgery centers cannot succeed financially without keeping a tight reign on supply costs in addition to providing high-quality care. Click here to Continue >>

CMS ASC Quality Reporting Could Get 2 New Measures
The group that guides the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on performance measures for the federal quality reporting program is recommending two new measures for the ASC Quality Reporting Program, according to an ASCA report. Click here to Continue >> 

Healthcare Hacks Jump 1,800% in 5 years, And Growing — 5 Key Points for ASCs
From 2008 to 2013, healthcare hacks jumped 1,800 percent, but there are still several major healthcare institutions that don't have a tight enough security policy, according to the Washington Examiner. Click here to Continue >>

CMS Corrects HOPD, ASC Final Payment Rule; ASC Conversion Factor Drops
On Feb. 24, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published a notice of several corrections to its Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems final rule. Click here to Continue >> 

10 Key Statistics on Medical Errors
Here are 10 things to know about how the public thinks about medical errors and patient safety, according to Harvard School of Public Health's "The Public's Views on Medical Error in Massachusetts." Click here to Continue >>

The Most Common ASC Specialties: Urban vs. Rural
Urban and rural healthcare providers occupy very different markets. How does this affect the services offered? Click here to Continue >>

Orthopaedic Associates of Wisconsin to Open New Clinic, ASC — 5 Things to Know
Orthopaedic Associates of Wisconsin is constructing a new clinic and outpatient surgery center in Delafield, according to a Journal Sentinel report. Click here to Continue >>

Centers for Special Surgery of Essex County Opens in New Jersey
The Centers for Special Surgery of Essex County has opened in Roseland, N.J. Click here to Continue >>

Surgery Partners Acquires ASC, Practices
Surgery Partners has acquired a share in a Delaware surgery center and two physician practices. Click here to Continue >>


Executive Briefing: Outsourced Compounded Sterile Products for ASCs

How Outsourced Compounded Sterile Products Can Help Healthcare Providers Meet Today’s Challenges
Healthcare facilities, including ambulatory surgery centers, face many challenges providing high quality care. Click here to Continue >>


Executive Briefing: Outpatient Total Joint Arthroplasty 15

Outpatient Total Joint Arthroplasty 15
Same day surgery discharge (SDSD) S/P UKA,TKA, and THA allows for safe, cost effective care for the appropriately selected patient. Click here to Continue >>

ASC Management

7 Fundamentals to Improve Physician Case Volume
Physicians are the lifeblood of any ambulatory surgery center. Click here to Continue >>

Outpatient Spine Surgery Innovation: Key Concepts for Adding Cases
Seven spine surgeons discuss outpatient spine surgery and where it's headed in the future. Click here to Continue >>

How to “Go Big or Go Home” With Joint Venture ASCs
There are benefits for ambulatory surgery center owners and operators to partnering with hospitals on joint venture centers. Click here to Continue >>

3 Pending ASC Projects
Ambulatory surgery center projects, whether an expansion or a new center entirely, are subject to various regulations that dictate if and when a project can move forward. Click here to Continue >>


Transactions & Joint Ventures 

$5B in Medical Office Buildings Sold in 2014 — And Investors are Ready for More
Healthcare real estate has been outperforming nearly all other sectors of commercial real estate since the recession began, and investors are interested, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Click here to Continue >>

5 Recent ASC Industry Acquisitions
The first month of 2015 has had a number of ambulatory surgery center industry transactions, ranging from the company level to the individual center. Click here to Continue >>

ASC Physicians: How to Build a Personal & Professional Financial Game Plan
Are you ready for retirement? Brian P. Driscoll, Executive Director/Financial Advisor with J.P. Morgan Securities, describes the importance of a financial strategy for ambulatory surgery center physicians. Click here to Continue >>

24 New ASC Joint Ventures
Freestanding ambulatory surgery centers still operate in today's industry, but joint venture partnerships are proliferating. Click here to Continue >>

5 Out-of-the-Box Ideas for ASCs to Collaborate With Hospitals (But Stay Independent)
A lot of ambulatory surgery centers pay lip service to developing cordial relationships with hospitals and physician groups in their local area, but few actually pursue them in a way that makes a difference. Click here to Continue >>

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5 Tips to Fix Supply Chain Failures
Here are five tips to fix common ambulatory surgery center supply chain failures. Click here to Continue >> 

5 Organizations With Great Cost-Cutting Strategies
Here are five organizations with innovative cost-cutting initiatives. Click here to Continue >>


Executive Briefing: Optimizing Your ASC Investment 

Unlocking the Contractual Keys to Success
You have run the regulatory gauntlet and obtained the necessary approvals to operate an ambulatory surgery center (ASC). Click here to Continue >>


Coding & Billing

ICD-10 Change: It’s Real This Time... Again
Though a systemic switch to ICD-10 has been delayed twice, healthcare providers, healthcare plans and clearinghouses around the country are finally saying they expect the October 2015 deadline to be the one that — finally — sticks. Click here to Continue >>

6 Healthcare Spending Trends
Here are six key observations on healthcare spending from Altarum Institute Center for Sustainable Health Spending's Health Sector Trend Report released in January. Click here to Continue >>


Quality & Accreditation

Medical Errors Still a Leading Cause of Death in America — 5 Things to Know
Medical errors rank third among the leading causes of death in the United States, according to some studies cited in a recent Vox article. Click here to Continue >>

5 Key Changes in CMS Guidance for ASC Surveyors
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have revised their State Operations Manual guidance for surveyors of ambulatory surgery centers, clarifying the physician discharge order requirements for ASCs, according to an Ambulatory Surgery Center Association report. Click here to Continue >>

Exceptional ASC Nurse Leaders: Key Advice for Finding & Keeping Them
There are a number of cogs in the wheel that keep an ambulatory surgery center on the path to operational and financial success. Click here to Continue >>

10 Legislative Updates for ASC Leaders
Here are 10 recent legislative updates for ambulatory surgery centers. Click here to Continue >>

What Does 2015 Hold for Eye Surgeons & Centers?
Three eye surgeons discuss the biggest opportunities for ophthalmologists and ophthalmology-driven eye centers in 2015, challenges facing the industry and the latest regulatory changes. Click here to Continue >> 

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