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  1. Supply chain tip of the day: Standardize products

    Standardizing products and how they can increase profits for practices, according to Scott McDade, McKesson Medical-Surgical's general manager of health systems.  By Rachel Popa -
  2. 5 must-read articles for GI physicians this week

    Here are the five most popular gastroenterology and endoscopy stories for the week of Aug. 9 to Aug. 15, 2018:  By Rachel Popa -
  3. Orthopedic procedure volume grows in the ASC, outpatient settings: 10 key statistics

    The percent of inpatient procedures decreased while the percent of outpatient and ASC procedures increased, according to a Leerink Partners survey conducted in June.  By Rachel Popa -

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  1. Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital plans $16M ASC: 4 details to know

    Gordon Ferguson, the CEO of Murfreesboro, Tenn.-based Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, spoke to the Daily News Journal about his plans to ensure the hospital adapts to the city's growing population, including plans for an ASC.  By Rachel Popa -
  2. Pardee UNC Health Care files CON for new ASC: 4 key details

    Pardee (N.C.) UNC Health Care is seeking state approval for an ASC in Mills River, the Hendersonville Lightning reported.  By Rachel Popa -
  3. Coastal Orthopedics selects new ASC, revenue cycle directors — 5 quick facts

    Bradenton, Fla.-based Coastal Orthopedics hired Iris Bernier as the director of revenue cycle and promoted Jo-Ellen Converse, RN, to ASC director.  By Angie Stewart -
  4. BlueCross, Anesthesia Medical Group stalemate could cost patients thousands — 6 details

    Patients undergoing non-emergency surgeries — including births — may see out-of-pocket costs skyrocket due to a standoff between BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and Nashville, Tenn.-based Anesthesia Medical Group, The Tennessean reports.  By Angie Stewart -

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  1. How Georgia ASC payments changed after the 2014 fee schedule update — 3 study findings

    The Workers Compensation Research Institute published a study on how Georgia ASCs were paid for procedures after the state changed its medical fee schedule for outpatient services.  By Angie Stewart -
  2. 3 models for orthopedic practices to consider when migrating to the ASC space

    Inpatient orthopedic procedures can safely migrate to the ASC setting if postoperative pain management and monitoring are extended by at least 24 to 48 hours, according to an article published by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.  By Angie Stewart -
  3. Surgery Partners welcomes 3 ASCs to network

    Three surgery centers joined the Nashville, Tenn.-based Surgery Partners network.  By Angie Stewart -
  4. 3 ASCs & outpatient facilities achieving certification and accreditation — July 2018

    Here are three outpatient centers with accreditation, reaccreditation or certification updates in July 2018:  By Angie Stewart -
  1. Flagstaff Medical Center, ASC reschedule surgeries after finding sterilization defect — 3 insights

    Flagstaff (Ariz.) Medical Center rescheduled elective procedures on its main campus and at its ASC after finding discoloration on filters used for sterilization, the Arizona Daily Sun reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. Danville Eye Center opens new location dedicated to orthokeratology — 3 insights

    Danville (Ky.) Eye Center opened a location in Harrodsburg, Ky., specializing in orthokeratology, a nonsurgical option for visual acuity.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. Top trending topics for ASC payment processors

    In a world where healthcare is constantly changing, it’s important to take a moment to examine the current trends and pinpoint ways in which your ambulatory surgery center can enhance both your patients’ experience and your organization’s billing process. Here are four key healthcare payment trends noted by Wind River Financial, a Wisconsin-based payment processing company that specializes in providing patient payment, engagement, as well as data security solutions to health systems to keep patient data safe:  By Mike Carow, President and CEO, Wind River Financial -
  4. North Carolina eye center's owner files for bankruptcy with up to $10M debt amid sexual harassment allegations: 4 things to know

    After 30 years practicing in Charlotte, N.C., the former physician owner of Christenbury Eye Center filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, according to the Charlotte Observer.  By Laura Dyrda -
  5. How Laser Spine Institute slashed opioid use ahead of new regulations — 6 Qs with Dr. Michael Perry

    As legislators roll out opioid-related requirements with major implications for ASCs, Tampa, Fla.-based Laser Spine Institute is fighting the epidemic with its own prescribing protocol.  By Angie Stewart -
  6. Surgeon sues New Hampshire hospital over alleged age discrimination: 5 things to know

    A surgeon is suing Portsmouth (N.H.) Regional Hospital for age discrimination after the hospital allegedly circulated a letter telling other providers he had retired, according to a Seacoast Online report.  By Laura Dyrda -
  7. Exact Sciences, Gastro Health & more — 5 GI company key notes

    Here are five updates on GI companies from the past week:  By Rachel Popa -
  8. Picking the 'low-hanging fruit' of cybersecurity — HSTpathways' Tom Hui shares strategies to make surgery centers safer

    In a day and age when cybersecurity is of the utmost importance, the easiest way to prevent a cybersecurity accident is to focus on the "low-hanging fruit," said HSTpathways CEO Tom Hui.  By Eric Oliver -
  9. 3 steps ASCs can take to improve A/R

    Brice Voithofer, vice president of ASC and anesthesia services, and Bill Gilbert, president of marketing at AdvantEdge Healthcare Solutions, shared three tips on how ASCs can boost their collections efforts in a whitepaper.  By Rachel Popa -

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