Current Issue of Becker's ASC Review

November, December 2016 Issue of Becker's ASC Review


Nov Dec


On the Cover


The State of the ASC Industry: 10 Key Notes for 2017

An industry rife with change, healthcare is presenting a flurry of opportunities and obstacles for ASCs.

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6 Out-of-the-Box Opportunities to Improve ASC Profitability in 2017

As we close out 2016 and roll into 2017, ambulatory surgery center administrators are preparing for the challenges of the coming year.

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Healthcare M&A Volume Up 16%, Value Drops 39% in Q2: 8 Things to Know

The number of health services mergers and acquisitions increased in the second quarter of 2016, but the value of the deals were down, according to a report from PwC. 

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ASC Management

5 Financial Thoughts for Mid-Career Physicians
What should physicians hitting the mid-point in their careers focus on, financially? Click here to Continue>>

5 Key Trends in Ambulatory EHR
There are ambulatory EHR vendors experiencing success on both coasts, according to a new article in TechTarget. Click here to Continue>>

Department of Public Health Threatens Independent ASC Survival with DON Regulatory Change Proposals
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has proposed regulatory changes that may result in eliminating independent ambulatory surgery centers over time. Click here to Continue>>

The Most Challenging Conversation for These 6 ASC Administrators
Six ambulatory surgery center administrators discuss some of the most difficult conversations they have had over the course of their careers. Click here to Continue>>

8 Key Notes on Physician Practices: Just 33% Are Independent Practice Owners
The Physicians Foundation's 2016 Survey of America's Physicians: Practice Patterns & Perspectives found hospital employment is rising, along with administrative work and serious dissatisfaction. Click here to Continue>>

What This Year's Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics Means for ACOs, Physician Compensation
Two economists were awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences Monday for their work in contract theory — work that could inform physician-hospital, compensation and value-based care agreements. Click here to Continue>>

6 Key Notes on ASC Nondiscrimination Requirements
Ambulatory surgery centers must abide by new nondiscrimination requirements by this month, according to an ASCA report. Click here to Continue>>

6 Areas of Focus for ASCs to Improve Efficiency & Increased the Bottom Line
Improving efficiency while increasing the bottom line is the primary objective of nearly every ASC. Click here to Continue>>

Joint Ventures

Investor Sues Tenet After $514M Kickback Deal: 7 Things to Know
A shareholder filed a putative class-action lawsuit against Tenet Healthcare Friday, claiming the Dallas-based for-profit hospital operator made false and misleading statements about its business, which caused shareholders to suffer losses. Click here to Continue>>

How Value-Based Care Breeds Joint Venture ASCs & Key Characteristics Hospitals Look for in Patients
As healthcare moves towards value-based care, joint venture ASCs are becoming more commonplace, and traditional reimbursement practices are going to become history. Click here to Continue>>

6 Hospitsls, Health Systems Opening or Planning ASCs
Here are six hospitals and health systems that have announced plans for ASCs. Click here to Continue>>

Key Specialties

5 Trends for Orthopedic Surgeons to Watch in 2017
Orthopedic surgery is a continuously evolving field. Here are five of the major trends surgeons hypothesize will have an impact on the industry in the coming year. Click here to Continue>>

A Snapshot of the 2016 Spine Industry & What the Future Holds
A snapshot of the 2016 spine industry & what the future holds: Drs. Christopher Bono, Neel Anand & Fred Sweet weigh in. Click here to Continue>>

Dr. Keith Berkle Offers Outpatient Hysterectomies
Keith Berkle, MD, offers outpatient hysterectomies at healthcare facilities throughout Virginia, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Click here to Continue>>

New Jersey Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers Appoint 4 New Leaders
The New Jersey Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers announced four new board appointments, according to True Jersey. Click here to Continue>>

Sneak Peek: Becker's 15th Annal Spine, Orthopedic, and Pain Management-Drive ASC Conference + The Future of Spine

Biggest Challenges and Opportunities in Value-Based Orthopedics: Q & A with Dr. Craig McAllister
Craig McAllister, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with Proliance Surgeons in Kirkland, Wash., and Chief Medical Officer of The SwiftPath Program, LLC discusses value-based care and how orthopedic practices are evolving to meet their patients' needs. Click here to read more>>

Fix it, Don't Mask It- Illinois Pain Institute's Dr. John V Prunskis on What Makes Interventional Pain Physicians Successful
John V. Prunskis, MD, sheds insight into the evolving pain management field and how interventional pain physicians can succeed in light of these changes. Click here to Continue>>

Spinal Fusion Trends & Challenges- Q&A with Dr. Vladimir Sinkov
Vladimir Sinkov, MD, a spine surgeon at Nashua-based New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center, discusses trends and challenges in spinal fusions. Click here to Continue>>

Dr. Thomas Blasco on Improving Operations in ASCs
Thomas Blasco, MD, is the medical director of Surgical Directions and a board-certified anesthesiologist. Click here to Continue>>

Coding & Billing

Current Challenges with OON Patients
In his book "Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance," best-selling author Dr. Atul Gawande traces the origins of the first pricing method for surgical services all the way back to ancient Babylon, where surgeons were paid 10 shekels for "any lifesaving operation." . Click here to Continue>>

19 Things to Know about Orthopedic Bundled Payments
The healthcare industry is firmly heading into the era of bundled payments. Click here to Continue>>

19 Things to Know about Orthopedic Bundled Payments
The federal government gave approval to Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin to implement a fully value-based care healthcare system, VPR reports. Click here to Continue>>

Dr. Richard Wohns on the Impact of the New 10 ASC Payable Spine Codes
Payers have posed as obstacles for spine in ambulatory surgery centers, but the recent additions and proposals of ASC payable codes for spine procedures should ease up some of the difficulties surgery centers face. Click here to Continue>>

Randomeware Attacks 300% This Year- 4 Key Notes
In 2016, ransomware has increased across nearly every industry, with healthcare experiencing a 3.5 percent increase from last year, according to Forbes. Click here to Continue>>


Quality & Accrediation

This Proposal is Causing Outcry Among Massachusetts Nurses- 5 Things to Know
On Oct. 4, Massachusetts nurses will testify during a public hearing, regarding Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's proposal to allow unlicensed people to administer medication in all healthcare settings. Click here to Continue>>

1st ASC Earns The Joint Commussion's Advanced Certification
The North Canton-based Ohio Specialty Surgical Suites was recently awarded The Joint Commission's Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement. Click here to Continue>>

Sepsis Infects 1M People Annually & 4 Other Key Facts
Sepsis is a very serious and often fatal infection that infects a great number of people around the globe each year, according to Life Gazette. Click here to Continue>>



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