Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Trump considers former Lilly USA exec Alex Azar for HHS secretary: 4 key points

    Alex Azar is the latest candidate to join the ranks for the next potential HHS head, according to The Washington Post.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. 3 states that lost the most ASCs from 2016-2017

    Most states reported adding one or two ASCs from June 2016 to July 2017, but not all, according to ASCA's analysis of data on Medicare-certified ASCs provided by CMS. At least three states had fewer ASCs in 2017 than in 2016.  By Laura Dyrda -
  3. Holy Name Medical Center taps CareCloud for 35 ambulatory practices — 3 key notes

    Teaneck, N.J.-based Holy Name Medical Center selected CareCloud to serve as its electronic healthcare record and practice management vendor for 35 ambulatory centers.  By Eric Oliver -

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

Learn the potential changes in federal regulation that will have an impact on revenue cycle.
  1. Medical device makers turn to 3-D printable polymers for new product opportunities

    Medical and dental device markers are hitting a wall when it comes to utilizing new materials because of federal regulations, Advanced Manufacturing reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. States expanding Medicaid benefits, despite GOP efforts to cut costs — 9 insights

    Twenty-six states expanded Medicaid benefits in 2017, with 17 more planning to do so in the coming year, according to Kaiser Health News.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. ASA roundtable aims to unite for MIPS quality measures — 7 insights

    Anesthesia Business Consultants President and CEO Tony Mira penned a column for his newsletter on the recently developed American Society of Anesthesiologists Qualified Clinical Data Registries Roundtable.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. Florida nonprofit hospital eyes 12 health system partners to invest in new ASC: 5 key points

    Indian River Medical Center, a 332-bed nonprofit hospital, is considering offers from 12 health systems to partner to invest in the hospital, according to TC Palm.  By Mary Rechtoris -

Overcoming MACRA obstacles with positive patient identification

Learn how to prepare for changes associated with the new Medicare card initiative.
  1. Mercatus Center: Politician contributions may impact CON approval rates

    Political contributions may play a role in whether officials approve certificate-of-need applications, according to a Mercatus Center working paper by Thomas Stratmann, PhD, senior research fellow, and Steven Monaghan, a third year PhD student.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. Indiana ophthalmology ASC celebrates 30 years: 4 things to know

    Warsaw, Ind.-based Grossnickle Eye Center's ASC celebrated 30 years.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. 6 highest-paying cities and metropolitan areas for nurse practitioners

    The average nurse practitioner salary totals $91,450, with the following six regions ranking as the top-paying cities or metropolitan areas for NPs based on annual salary, according to Nurse Salary Guide data.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  4. Wichita Nephrology Group building $2.5M surgery center — 3 insights

    Wichita (Kan.) Nephrology Group is constructing a 6,500-square-foot ASC in Wichita, the Wichita Business Journal reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  1. 4 new GI-driven ASCs & facilities — September 2017

    Here are four new gastroenterology-focused ASCs or facilities that were newly announced or opened in September.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. 6 steps for GI physicians to avoid a 2019 payment penalty

    The American Gastroenterological Association compiled tips for physicians to help them avoid paying a penalty related to CMS' 2017 Quality Payment Program.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. Gastro Health, Texas Digestive Disease Consultants & more — 7 GI practices in the news

    Here are seven practices and hospitals making headlines this past week.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. 7 things to ASC leaders to know for Thursday — Oct. 19, 2017

    Here are seven updates for ASC leaders to know for Oct. 19.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  5. Surgical Care Affiliates invests in Midlands Orthopaedics Surgery Center

    Surgical Care Affiliates, a part of OptumCare's network of healthcare providers and services, invested in Columbia, S.C.-based Midlands Orthopaedics Surgery Center.   By Laura Dyrda -
  6. Safe injection practice guidelines remain challenging for AAAHC-accredited organizations — 3 study insights

    The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care Institute conducted a benchmarking survey finding several ambulatory healthcare practices failed to meet national safe injection practice guidelines.  By Eric Oliver -
  7. Pittsburgh health system opening 4-room ASC — 3 key points

    Pittsburgh-based Heritage Valley Health System is opening a medical center with a four-room ASC in Pittsburgh, The Times reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  8. Senate reaches bipartisan deal to restore cost-sharing subsidies — 7 insights

    Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., agreed on a bipartisan deal that would restore the ACA's cost-sharing subsidies for two years, the New York Times reports  By Eric Oliver -
  9. Device announcements, study results & more — 6 GI company key notes

    Here are six updates on GI companies from the past week:  By Eric Oliver -

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