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  1. 3 biggest ASC fraud cases in 2018

    The three biggest fraud cases involving ASCs so far this year amounted to $29,180,000 altogether.  By Angie Stewart -
  2. Regent Health VP: Adding women’s health services may improve patient outcomes, grow case volume at ASCs

    Focusing on women’s health procedures, such as breast lumpectomies and select gynecological surgeries, may help ASCs grow case volume and improve patient outcomes overall, according to a Westchester, Ill-based Regent Surgical Health vice president.  By Rachel Popa -
  3. Eye Associates of New Mexico holds surgery center grand opening — 3 insights

    Roswell-based Eye Associates of New Mexico held the ribbon cutting and grand opening for its Roswell surgery center July 17, the Roswell Daily Record reports.  By Eric Oliver -

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  1. Kaiser outpatient center evacuated after truck hits oxygen tanker — 4 insights

    A Kaiser outpatient center in Santa Rosa, Calif., was evacuated July 18, after a truck collided withan oxygen tanker, NBC Bay Area reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. Allegheny Health Network opens $8M outpatient center near rival UPMC — 4 insights

    Pittsburgh-based Allegheny Health Network opened a full-service outpatient center at Lower Valley, Pa.-based The Waterworks to compete with UPMC St. Margaret, the TRIB Live reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. Downeast Surgery Center replacing old facility with $7M ASC — 5 facts

    Bangor, Maine-based Downeast Surgery Center broke ground on a new facility to replace its current 28-year-old facility, Fox 22 WFVX Bangor reports.  By Angie Stewart -
  4. EmergeOrtho expanding reach with orthopedics-dedicated ASC — 6 insights

    Durham, N.C.-based EmergeOrtho will begin construction on an ASC in Leland, N.C., July 26, Wilmington Biz reports.  By Angie Stewart -

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  1. Email hack exposes 2K records at Orthopaedic Institute Surgery Center — 5 facts

    An IT incident at Metropolis, Ill.-based Orthopaedic Institute Surgery Center compromised 2,000 records, according to HHS' Office for Civil Rights Breach Portal.  By Angie Stewart -
  2. Value-based care progress is grinding to a halt — 5 study insights from Quest Diagnostics

    A Quest Diagnostics study suggests value-based care implementation has slowed to a stop.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. Noted short seller claims KKR may pull out of Envision deal — 4 insights

    Hedge fund manager Jim Chanos warned KKR might pull out of its planned acquisition of Nashville, Tenn.-based Envision Health if Envision and Mednax stocks fall, Reuters reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. ERAS 101: The recovery protocols transforming outpatient spine surgery

    A disconnect exists between healthcare providers and patients regarding the benefits of outpatient spine surgery, according to Michael Wang, MD, a neurosurgeon at the University of Miami Health System.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  1. 10 things to know about ASC coding audits

    A coding audit is critical to helping ensure ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) receive appropriate payment for services provided to patients. This process, which is a review of codes submitted to payers and the comparison of those codes against what is supported in the documentation, must be performed on a regular basis or ASCs risk making coding errors that can leave money on the table.  By Mandeara Frye, Director of Coding, Surgical Notes -
  2. GI residents earn over $64K — Here's which specialties rake in more

    Allergy and immunology, rheumatology, specialized surgery and critical care residents were the top four highest paid this year, beating gastroenterology residents in the No. 5 slot, according to the Medscape 2018 Residents Salary & Debt Report.  By Angie Stewart -
  3. Key Surgical, ModMed & more — 3 GI company key notes

    Here are three updates on GI companies from the past week:  By Rachel Popa -
  4. California anesthesiologist with restricted license allegedly slept, huffed gas in another state

    An anesthesiologist whose license was restricted in California had previously been disciplined in Massachusetts for allegedly falling asleep while performing surgery and inhaling gas, the OC Weekly reports.  By Angie Stewart -
  5. ASCs beat inpatient setting for quarter, year-over-year utilization increases — 6 study insights

    ASCs saw the biggest increase in use in the second quarter of 2018 compared to inpatient, outpatient and emergency department settings, according to a Leerink Partners report on MEDACorp survey results.  By Angie Stewart -
  6. ASC reimbursement barely increases for orthopedics, spine & 4 more specialties: 24 statistics

    In the last 12 months, reimbursement has increased by less than 1 percent on average across inpatient, outpatient and ASC settings, according to a Leerink Partners report.  By Angie Stewart -
  7. Dr. DuBose Medlock Jr. joins Southeastern Surgical Center — 5 facts

    General surgeon DuBose Medlock Jr., MD, joined the staff at Lumberton, N.C.-based Southeastern Surgical Center, an affiliate of Lumberton-based Southeastern Health.  By Angie Stewart -
  8. 12 ASCs achieving accreditation — June 2018

    Here are 12 outpatient centers that achieved accreditation or reaccreditation in June 2018.  By Angie Stewart -
  9. 2 new joint venture ASCs — June/July 2018

    Here are two new joint venture ASCs with updates in the past couple months.  By Angie Stewart -

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