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  1. FDA finds higher than expected contamination rates after duodenoscope reprocessing: Best practices for avoiding fines

    The FDA found higher than expected contamination rates after duodenoscope reprocessing, to the extent that up to 3 percent of scopes were considered "reprocessing failures."  By Shayna Korol -
  2. 'Thinking outside the box' — 3 GI leaders on how their Sherman Prizes will advance Crohn's, IBD research

    The Bruce and Cynthia Sherman Charitable Foundation awarded Sherman Prizes to David G. Binion, MD, Jean-Frederic Colombel, MD, and Amy L. Lightner, MD.  By Rachel Popa -
  3. 10 must-reads for ASCs adding total joints

    Here are Becker's ASC Review's top 10 total joint-related articles from 2018:  By Rachel Popa -

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  1. ASC supply chain tip of the day: Develop a roadmap

    Jeff Lawrence, the vice president of business development for Inventory Optimization Solutions, shared the top supply chain challenges for ASCs on the company's blog.  By Rachel Popa -
  2. 16K patients affected in Redwood Eye Center data breach: 4 details

    Redwood Eye Center's managed service provider experienced a data breach affecting 16,000 patients' health information, HIPAA Journal reported.  By Rachel Popa -
  3. 17 benchmarks to know on ASC case revenue, working capital

    Here are 17 benchmarks from VMG Health on working capital and case revenue for ASCs:  By Rachel Popa -
  4. 5 insights into outpatient joint surgery in ASCs

    Here are five insights into outpatient joint surgery performed in ASCs:  By Rachel Popa -

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  1. Dr. Scott Miller shares 3 factors of outpatient knee replacement surgery success

    Scott Miller, MD, an orthopedic surgeon practicing at the Melbourne, Fla.-based Health First Viera Hospital, described a patient's success with outpatient knee replacement surgery in Florida Today.  By Rachel Popa -
  2. Florida ASC society leader to sit on new governor's healthcare panel — 3 insights

    A 50-member transition advisory committee on health and wellness will examine policy ideas for incoming Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, R, according to WJCT News.  By Rachel Popa -
  3. Viewpoint: Site-neutral payments may not benefit ASCs as much as expected

    CMS' finalized site-neutral payment policy requiring Medicare to pay hospital outpatient departments and ASCs the same for outpatient procedures may not significantly hurt hospitals or greatly benefit ASCs, according to experts quoted in a Medscape article.  By Rachel Popa -
  4. 3 changes for ASC leaders to watch in the next 10 years

    An ASC "lifecycle" lasts about 10 years, and an ASC may need to adjust to new challenges once that time is up, according to Lakewood, Colo.-based Pinnacle III.  By Rachel Popa -
  1. Anesthesiologist's data analytics tool could be the future of medicine — 6 insights

    MDmetrix CEO Warren Ratliff believes the company's anesthesiologist-created health data analytics tool is the future of medicine, GeekWire reports.   By Angie Stewart -
  2. Temple Surgery Center shutters after Little River Healthcare files for bankruptcy

    Rockdale, Texas-based Little River Healthcare closed all of its facilities and operations Dec. 4 — including Temple (Texas) Surgery Center — due to "unfortunate financial conditions," according to a statement on the system's website.  By Angie Stewart -
  3. Tops trends in ASC accreditation deficiencies — 4 Qs with AAAHC experts

    The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care Institute for Quality Improvement's Naomi Kuznets, PhD, and Belle Lerner discussed results of the AAAHC Quality Roadmap 2018 with Becker's ASC Review.  By Angie Stewart -
  4. Mount Carmel transforming former surgery center into emergency department — 3 insights

    Columbus, Ohio-based Mount Carmel Health System plans to open a freestanding emergency department in a former outpatient surgery center, Columbus Business First reports.  By Angie Stewart -
  5. What CMS' decision to pay separately for Exparel use means for ASCs — 5 insights

    CMS' 2019 final payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient surgery departments included a new code allowing separate payments to ASCs that use Pacira Pharmaceuticals' non-opioid pain management drug, Exparel.  By Angie Stewart -
  6. If states eliminate CON laws, here's what it could mean — Kaufman Strategic Advisors' Nate Kaufman explains

    The Trump administration released a healthcare proposal aimed at drastically reducing healthcare costs.  By Eric Oliver -
  7. Advocate Aurora receives final approvals for $130M ASC, medical office building — 4 insights

    The Pleasant Prairie Plan Commission approved the final site, operation and zoning plans for Milwaukee-based Advocate Aurora Health's $130 million ASC and medical office building, The Kenosha News reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  8. Morris Hospital still waiting for state approval for ASC renovations — 3 insights

    Morris (Ill.) Hospital & Healthcare Centers is still waiting for approval from the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board for its proposed ASC renovations, The Times reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  9. Atlantic General Hospital building surgery center in Ocean Pines — 3 insights

    Berlin, Md.-based Atlantic General Hospital is building a facility in Ocean Pines, Md. to consolidate its services into a central location, Delmarva Now reports.  By Eric Oliver -

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