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  1. Tennessee officials receive CONs for 2 ASCs: 7 things to know

    The Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency is considering certificate-of-need applications for two ASCs, according to Lexology.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. Aurora Health Care's ASC, hospitals plans 1 step closer: 5 key points

    In a unanimous vote, The Kohler (Wis.) Village Board approved a predevelopment agreement between the Village of Kohler and Milwaukee-based Aurora Health Care, according to MySheboygan.com.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. Strategic imperatives driving transaction activity in healthcare sector: 4 notes

    Mergers and acquisitions are increasing, largely due to strategic imperatives, according to a Kaufman Hall analysis, according to Healthcare Finance News.  By Mary Rechtoris -

Regulatory affairs and the revenue cycle: What to watch for in the ASC industry

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  1. Inspired Spine acquires Tristate Brain and Spine Institute, continues finalizing plans to build center with ASC

    Minnesota-based Inspired Spine acquired Alexandria, Minn.-based Tristate Brain and Spine Institute, a leading spine and neurosurgery private practice in Minnesota.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. Steadman-Philippon Research Institute's Dr. Robert LaPrade to demonstrate anatomic ACL reconstruction on cadaver knee via Facebook Live

    Robert LaPrade, MD, PhD, will demonstrate an anatomic ACL reconstruction Oct. 20 via a Facebook Live video, according to Vail Daily.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. USPI joint ventures with Santa Barbara Surgery Center — 5 insights

    United Surgical Partners International entered into a partnership with Santa Barbara (Calif.) Surgery Center Oct. 1, Noozhawk reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. Surgical Care Affiliates invests in Florida ASC

    Surgical Care Affiliates made an equity investment in Brandon (Fla.) Ambulatory Surgery Center.  By Laura Dyrda -

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  1. 4 opportunities in outpatient spine from Dr. Frank Phillips

    Frank Phillips, MD, co-founder of the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute at Rush in Chicago, lists four big opportunities in spine.  By Laura Dyrda -
  2. 19 ASCs & outpatient facilities achieving accreditation — September 2017

    Here are 19 outpatient centers that achieved accreditation, reaccreditation or certification in September 2017.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. Allergan's Restasis patent invalidated — 4 key notes

    A federal judge in Texas invalidated Allergan's patent for Restasis, its dry eye medicine drug, saying the patent covered "obvious ideas," CNBC reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. These 14 states have top-ranked Medicare Advantage plans

    U.S. News & World Report released its Medicare Advantage Plan ratings for 2018.  By Eric Oliver -
  1. Medical societies call on Congress to provide MACRA flexibility — 4 insights

    The American Gastroenterological Association and Alliance of Specialty Medicine urged legislators to increase flexibility around the Merit-based Incentive Payment System.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. Which specialties are experiencing increases in EHR-related malpractice claims?

    The Doctors Company released a study finding malpractice claims related to EHRs are increasing. The firm analyzed claims between July 2014 and December 2016.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. Chris Stanley, executive with 19+ years ASC experience, named VP of business development of Hammes Co.

    Hammes Co., a healthcare facility developer, named Chris Stanley vice president of business development, according to McKnight's Senior Living.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  4. 9 key findings on North Carolina's CON laws — Would a repeal yield savings, quality improvements?

    Fairfax, Va.-based George Mason University found repealing North Carolina's certificate-of-need law would generate savings and boost quality for residents.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  5. 4 key points on physical frailty increasing older patients' complication risk following ambulatory surgery

    Researchers found physical frailty is associated with a higher complication risk among older adults following common ambulatory surgery, according to Medscape.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  6. Plexus Technology Group announces new Anesthesia Touch tool — 4 insights

    Plexus Technology Group recently rolled out the newest addition to its Anesthesia Touch suite, Touch Track.  By Eric Oliver -
  7. Stock market week-in-review for 5 large GI companies — Oct. 9-13

    Here is how five major, publicly traded gastroenterology companies fared in the stock market for the week of Oct. 9 to Oct. 13, 2017.  By Eric Oliver -
  8. Colon Cancer Alliance CEO calls executive order ending subsidies 'unacceptable gamble'

    Colon Cancer Alliance CEO Michael Sapienza released a statement on President Donald Trump's executive order, which ended the ACA's payer subsidies.  By Eric Oliver -
  9. Recruiting staff in a marketplace with 2 large hospital systems: Milwaukee ASC executive director Fawn Esser Lipp weighs in

    To move forward in the competitive healthcare marketplace, equipping an ASC with the right staff is imperative. Hiring and maintaining staff is no easy feat, and being forthright with potential hires about what an ASC expects from its employees is of the utmost importance, according to Fawn Esser Lipp, RN, BSN, CNOR, executive director of Milwaukee-based The Surgery Center.  By Super User -

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