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  1. Outpatient spinal fusion: 2 new studies compare outcomes

    Two recent studies published in The Spine Journal examine spine surgery in the outpatient setting.  By Laura Dyrda -
  2. Varsity Healthcare Partners closes The Orthopaedic Institute recapitalization ahead of expansion — 4 things to know

    Varsity Healthcare Partners closed the recapitalization of Gainesville, Fla.-based The Orthopaedic Institute.  By Laura Dyrda -
  3. Catholic Health receives 1st approval to purchase 40% of NY ASC for $2.2M

    Buffalo, N.Y.-based Catholic Health received the first required approval to acquire a 40 percent stake in Orchard Park, N.Y.-based Sterling Surgical Center, according to Buffalo Business First.  By Laura Dyrda -

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  1. Center for Reproductive Medicine opens Orlando Ambulatory Surgery Center — 4 insights

    Orlando, Fla.-based The Center for Reproductive Medicine opened a 16,000-square-foot office, which houses the Orlando Ambulatory Surgery Center.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. Dr. Mark McFarland performs outpatient surgery with SpineFrontier's A-CIFT SoloFuse-P — 5 highlights

    Mark McFarland, DO, leveraged SpineFrontier's A-CIFT SoloFuse-P technology with an angled driver design to perform an outpatient C4-6 anterior cervical discectomy and fusion.  By Megan Wood -
  3. What AAHKS thinks about CMS' outpatient rule, TKA reimbursement change — 3 insights

    The American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons released a statement on the 2018 Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System Final Rule.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. ASC leader to know: Tony Mira of Anesthesia Business Consultants

    Tony Mira is the president and CEO of MiraMed and Anesthesia Business Consultants.  By Eric Oliver -

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  1. More than half of healthcare organizations see ROIs of 10%+ on telemedicine platforms

    The "2017 Telemedicine and Digital Health Survey" — conducted by Foley & Lardner, a law firm — examined telemedicine deployment over the last three years.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. 5 key findings from the Kaiser Family Foundation Tracking Poll — open enrollment, the ACA & more

    Kaiser Family Foundation released its November Tracking Poll offering insights into open enrollment, the ACA and health insurance.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. Colonoscopies in HOPDs cost Medicare 164% more than physician-owned offices: 5 key trends

    Colonoscopies cost Medicare 164 percent more when they're performed in a hospital outpatient department rather than independent physician offices, according to a report released last week by Physicians Advocacy Institute and Avalere.  By Laura Dyrda -
  4. 3 expert insights into payer contracting

    Successful payer contracting is crucial to the success of any ASC. While such contracting can prove difficult amid a changing reimbursement landscape, ASC administrators can safeguard the success and fiscal health of their respective organizations by taking advantage of the opportunities currently available for increasing revenue through fruitful payer contracting.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  1. 7 things for healthcare leaders to know for Thursday — Nov. 16, 2017

    Here are seven updates:  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. Total joints in ASCs are a win-win-win — Dr. Michael Chmell outlines key trends for the future

    As trends change and patients seek out different providers for care, Michael Chmell, MD, of OrthoIllinois in Rockford, reports patients are choosing surgery centers, which benefits more than just the patient.  By Mackenzie Garrity -
  3. Lee Health to open $140M health village with surgery center in fall 2018: 4 takeaways

    Fort Myers, Fla.-based Lee Health is keeping pace with plans to open its $140 million health and wellness village, Lee Health Coconut Point, in July 2018, according to Naples News.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  4. ASC leader to know: Optum Chief of Operations Norman Wright

    In his role as chief of operations at Optum, Norman Wright oversees the company's global solutions, relationship office as well as operation teams. Joining Optum's team in 2013, he has experience in the financial services and retail sectors.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  5. ACA sign ups approaching 1.5M after 2nd week — 4 insights

    Another 800,000-plus people signed up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchanges after the second week of open enrollment, increasing total enrollment to nearly 1.5 million, Reuters reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  6. Traverse Anesthesia Associates partners with PhyMed Healthcare Group — 5 insights

    Nashville, Tenn.-based PhyMed Healthcare Group and Garfield Township, Mich.-based Traverse Anesthesia Associates partnered to increase patient access to technology and quality reporting services.  By Eric Oliver -
  7. Joint Commission introduces redesigned ambulatory accreditation survey — 3 insights

    The Joint Commission Ambulatory Care division redesigned its ambulatory care survey in response to feedback that reports were confusing to navigate.  By Eric Oliver -
  8. Illinois Gastroenterology Group, Rome Memorial Hospital & more: 3 GI practices in the news

    Here are three practices and hospitals making headlines this past week.  By Eric Oliver -
  9. Nobilis acquires 50.1% of Elite Surgical Affiliates' 3 ASCs, 1 surgical hospital for $60M: 5 things to know

    Nobilis Health acquired 50.1 percent ownership in Elite Surgical Affiliates' three ASCs and one surgical hospital to complete an integration of the company.  By Laura Dyrda -

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