Becker's ASC Review Current Issue

October 2014 Issue of Becker's ASC Review

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On the Cover

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100 ASC Benchmarks to Know — 2014
Here are 100 benchmarks and statistics for ambulatory surgery centers based on reports from VMG Health, Avanza Healthcare Strategies, Provista, The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, RemitData, Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, ASC Quality Collaborative, HealthCare Appraisers, Objective Health and U.S. Federal Government data. Click here to continue>>
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10 Concerns Facing ASCs Heading Into 2015
Healthcare is always changing and ambulatory surgery centers are in a great position to take advantage of the new care philosophy: providing the best quality for the lowest cost. Click here to continue>>
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What the Slowdown in ASC Growth Means for the Future of the Industry
Since the first ASC opened its doors, the industry has expanded at a brisk pace. Click here to continue>>






Features 

Publisher’s Letter
This is issue of Becker’s ASC Review includes expertise from thought leaders in the field about how healthcare policy and trends impact ASCs, new pay- ment models and opportunities for the future. Click here to continue>>

Surgery Center False Claims Suit on Share Pricing Settles — 9 Key Points
Here are nine things to know about a recent false claims settlement involving an ambulatory surgery center company. Click here to continue>>

Finding the Right ASC Benchmarks
If your ASC is struggling, it can sometimes be difficult to understand how to troubleshoot the problem. Problems can have multiple causes, and with the multiple hats ASC staff wear, figuring out the issue may take more time and resources than expected. Click here to continue>>





ASC Management 

How Low-Tech ASCs Compile & Use Data
Administrators at paper-based ambulatory surgery centers face a unique set of challenges when it comes to benchmarking, quality improvement, accreditation and other data-based tasks. Click here to continue>>


Transactions & Joint Ventures

The ASC Market by the Numbers: A 2014 Transaction Primer
From the large scale — AmSurg and Sheridan — to the small — individual physician buy-in —the ambulatory surgery center business is buzzing with transaction activity. Click here to continue>>


Insurance Exchanges Year 2: 5 Thoughts
During the second open enrollment period for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act exchanges (which begins Nov. 15), federal officials seeking to get the remaining eligible uninsured population signed up for coverage will face the following five main challenges, Drew Altman, president and CEO of the Kaiser Family Foundation, writes in The Wall Street Journal. Click here to continue>>

Are Mergers Driving Up the Cost of Healthcare?
Everyone can agree that healthcare costs are rising, though perhaps not on the root cause. Click here to continue>>


Coding & Billing

Are Bundled Payments Worth It? An ASC Case Study
Bundled payments are relatively new to healthcare and the results of these payment programs have been mixed thus far. Click here to continue>>

4 gastroenterologists on building productive endoscopy center-payer partnerships
Under healthcare reform, both payers and providers face significant pressure to reduce costs and ensure patients receive quality care. Click here to continue>>

Six Sigma Methodology Can Improve ASC Cash Flow, Patient Satisfaction
When Jack Welch took over General Electric Co. in 1981, the Conn.-based firm's annual revenues were roughly $27 billion. Click here to continue>>



Accreditation

ASC Quality Improvement: How to Maximize Effectiveness
Quality improvement projects are essential for ambulatory surgery centers to resolve issues and improve the patient experience. Click here to continue>>



Supply Chain

Buying in Bulk, Just-in-Time Purchasing, Consignment: Which Supply Ordering Pattern is Right for Your ASC?
Healthcare delivery in the ambulatory surgery center setting is often fast-paced and prone to sudden changes. Click here to continue>>

PODs Under Attack — 5 Things to Know
The United States filed two complaints under the False Claims Act related to physician-owned distributorships. Click here to continue>>



Anesthesia

5 Key Ways to Strengthen the Surgeon-Anesthesiologist Relationship
Whether in the outpatient or hospital setting, in the operating room the surgeon and the anesthesiologist are the leaders of patient care. Click here to continue>>

Rising Stars: 49 ASC Leaders Under 40
Leaders are accomplishing more at a younger age, and the ambulatory surgery center business is no exception. Click here to continue>>



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