Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. The Leapfrog Group expands ratings to include ASCs, will survey 5K+

    The Leapfrog Group is expanding its reach beyond the inpatient setting and launching a survey to collect ASC safety data.  By Angie Stewart -
  2. KKR completes Envision (AmSurg) acquisition & more — 6 ASC company key notes

    Here are updates on six ASC companies and industry-relevant companies and organizations to note:  By Eric Oliver -
  3. 5 challenges ASCs face when providing effective infection control training

    Alpharetta, Ga.-based Surgical Information Systems outlined five roadblocks ASCs can face when providing effective infection control training on their blog.  By Rachel Popa -

Riding the wave of the future

National Cardiovascular Partners (NCP) is the pioneer of the Hybrid Cardiovascular Center model (ASC & Catheterization Lab). Learn how they have successfully partnered with top physicians who are interested in having more professional control and the freedom to provide high-quality patient care.  
  1. ASC supply chain tip of the day: Use technology to make ordering more efficient

    Supply ordering can be made more efficient through using technology, according to Inventory Optimization Solutions.  By Rachel Popa -
  2. 3 ways surgery centers can reduce the burden of high drug costs

    Rising drug prices can strain ASCs, including staff and patients, according to the Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society.  By Rachel Popa -
  3. Construction wraps up on Arizona surgery center: 3 notes

    A new medical facility in Marana, Ariz., is now complete, according to John Russell of the construction management company GCon.  By Angie Stewart -
  4. 19 ASC benchmarks on quality, EHR use & more

    Here are 19 benchmarks on EHR use, quality and more from several sources across the industry:  By Rachel Popa -

How to drive growth, efficiency, and savings with an enterprise laboratory

Learn next steps from Mount Sinai Health System, Children's National Medical Center, and TriCore Reference Laboratories.
  1. 3 research insights on outpatient total ankle replacement

    Research published inOrthopedic Clinics examined how the success of outpatient total ankle replacement programs relates to appropriate patient selection, patient expectations and surgeon experience.  By Rachel Popa -
  2. Horizon BCBS New Jersey allegedly underpaid ASC: 5 details to know

    Premier Surgical Pavilion sued Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey for allegedly using an improper formula to calculate reimbursements for benefits claims, Law360 reported.  By Rachel Popa -
  3. 3 financial management strategies for ASCs

    Because ASC leaders often focus on patient care and management, small details of an ASC's finances can be overlooked, according to MedHQ.  By Rachel Popa -
  4. Does patient selection help lower outpatient spine surgery costs? 5 study findings

    As more spine surgeries transition to the outpatient setting, surgeons and researchers continue to study the cost differences between inpatient and outpatient procedures.  By Mackenzie Garrity -
  1. Maryland surgical practice uses mobile app to rein in opioid prescriptions: 6 insights

    Olney-based Affiliated Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons of Maryland transformed the way its orthopedic surgeons prescribe controlled substances by adopting DrFirst's iPrescribe, a mobile medication management application, Healthcare IT News reported.  By Angie Stewart -
  2. ProHealth proposes $55M hospital with outpatient surgery & services

    Waukesha, Wis.-based ProHealth Care hopes to build a $55 million hospital with outpatient surgery at its Mukwonago, Wis., medical campus, reports.  By Angie Stewart -
  3. Pitfalls to avoid when investing in ASCs

    Over the last three to five years, ASC acquisition and investment activity has intensified. ASCs have been recognized by the public, insurance carriers and large self-insured corporations as a cost-effective, safe venue in which outpatient surgery procedures can be performed. A Medicare-certified ASC, accredited and licensed has in place safety procedures, infection control and other factors critical to the safe performance of surgical and diagnostic procedures. As a result, ASCs have become more commonly reimbursed by insurance payers and promoted by third party administrators to large corporations. ASCs offer a financially viable delivery system which is attractive to physician and financial investors as an investment opportunity to augment their income. Additionally, hospitals and health insurance companies have invested in ASCs to diversify their revenue streams and offer more cost-effective services making them more attractive to payers and consumers.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. Making the most of big data opportunities to increase your ASC's revenue

    H. Jackson Brown, Jr., the American author who wrote Life’s Little Instruction Book, contends that “nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity.” It’s an observation that healthcare leaders should take heed of – as there appears to be ample opportunity to improve clinical care, operations and the overall bottom-line in this era of big data.  By Nader Samii, CEO of National Medical Billing Services -
  5. 22 benchmarks to know on ASC case mix and revenue

    VMG Health's 2018 Multi-Specialty ASC Benchmarking Study includes an analysis of more than 275 licensed freestanding ASCs, covering more than 1.3 million cases.  By Rachel Popa -
  6. KKR's $9.9B acquisition of Envision (AmSurg) complete

    KKR completed its acquisition of Envision Healthcare.  By Rachel Popa -
  7. 5 must-read articles for the ASC industry this week: Oct. 5-Oct. 11

    Here are the most-read ASC articles for the week of Oct. 5 through Oct. 11:  By Rachel Popa -
  8. Colonoscope attachment for urgent colonoscopies effectiveness research presented at ACG 2018

    Motus GI presented research demonstrating the effectiveness of its Pure-Vu System at the ACG 2018 Annual Meeting, held Oct. 5 through Oct. 10 in Philadelphia.   By Rachel Popa -
  9. 3 strategies from The Joint Commission, AHRQ on how to make surgery in ASCs safer

    The Joint Commission and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality outlined three ways ASCs can make surgery safer.  By Rachel Popa -

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