Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. ASC supply chain tip of the day: Save storage space in the OR

    Surgery centers have limited storage space for supplies, which is why it’s important to identify and combine the SKUs used for every procedure in space-saving packs. Combining the most frequently used supplies streamlines operations and reduces supply costs, according to Mandie Shipp, RN, BSN, senior consultant in clinical operations at Dublin, Ohio-based Cardinal Health.  By Rachel Popa -
  2. Takeda, Bausch Health & more: 3 GI company key notes

    Here are three updates on GI companies from the past week:  By Rachel Popa -
  3. 3 ways ASCs can increase profits through managed care contracts

    It's critical for ASCs to handle managed care contracts properly, but doing so can be challenging, according to Westchester, Ill.-based Regent Surgical Health Vice President of Managed Care, Andrea Woodell.  By Rachel Popa -
  1. 3 ways ASCs can boost staff satisfaction

    Quality improves when physicians, patients and their families are satisfied with ASC procedures, according to Lakewood, Colo.-based Pinnacle III.  By Rachel Popa -
  2. Opioid crisis, 'surprise billing,' insurance mandates & more — 2018 legislative recap

    Here's a snapshot of the six legislative issues that dominated healthcare coverage in 2018:  By Angie Stewart -
  3. Geisinger's grocery program, Apple's patient data moves & more — 3 CEOs' predictions for 2019

    China, Apple and environmental factors affecting health outcomes will drive healthcare transformations in 2019, reports Isabelle Roughol, LinkedIn senior editor-at-large.  By Angie Stewart -
  4. PE deals in healthcare increase 200%+ in a decade — What's in store for 2019?

    Healthcare has seen a steady increase in deals involving private equity buyers or sellers, and an estimated 169 more will close in the last few weeks of 2018, according to a PwC report.  By Angie Stewart -
  1. Chicago medical center owner pleads guilty to illegally prescribing 785K opioid pills: 6 key points

    The owner of the former Midtown Medical Center in Chicago pled guilty to illegally selling hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of opioids prescriptions, according to the Chicago Sun Times.  By Laura Dyrda -
  2. 10 hospitals, health systems opening or planning ASCs

    Here are 10 hospitals and health systems that opened or announced plans for ASCs in November:  By Eric Oliver -
  3. Olympus to pay $85M for failing to report adverse events related to duodenoscopes — 6 insights

    Olympus Medical Systems Co., and former Olympus executive Hisao Yabe both pled guilty to failing to report adverse events related to infections connected to Olympus' duodenoscopes.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. Tulane Surgery Clinic Northshore to open in early 2019 — 3 insights

    Tulane Surgery Clinic Northshore will open in Covington, La., in early 2019, The Times-Picayune reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  1. UPMC Pinnacle closing Pennsylvania hospital, keeping outpatient services — 3 insights

    UPMC Pinnacle will close its Lancaster (Pa.) hospital but keep Lancaster's outpatient services in a medical office building in Lancaster, the York Daily Record reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. FDA finds higher than expected contamination rates after duodenoscope reprocessing: Best practices for avoiding fines

    The FDA found higher than expected contamination rates after duodenoscope reprocessing, to the extent that up to 3 percent of scopes were considered "reprocessing failures."  By Shayna Korol -
  3. 'Thinking outside the box' — 3 GI leaders on how their Sherman Prizes will advance Crohn's, IBD research

    The Bruce and Cynthia Sherman Charitable Foundation awarded Sherman Prizes to David G. Binion, MD, Jean-Frederic Colombel, MD, and Amy L. Lightner, MD.  By Rachel Popa -
  4. 10 must-reads for ASCs adding total joints

    Here are Becker's ASC Review's top 10 total joint-related articles from 2018:  By Rachel Popa -
  5. ASC supply chain tip of the day: Develop a roadmap

    Jeff Lawrence, the vice president of business development for Inventory Optimization Solutions, shared the top supply chain challenges for ASCs on the company's blog.  By Rachel Popa -
  6. 16K patients affected in Redwood Eye Center data breach: 4 details

    Vallejo, Calif.-based Redwood Eye Center's managed service provider experienced a data breach affecting 16,000 patients' health information, HIPAA Journal reported.  By Rachel Popa -
  7. 17 benchmarks to know on ASC case revenue, working capital

    Here are 17 benchmarks from VMG Health on working capital and case revenue for ASCs:  By Rachel Popa -
  8. 5 insights into outpatient joint surgery in ASCs

    Here are five insights into outpatient joint surgery performed in ASCs:  By Rachel Popa -
  9. Dr. Scott Miller shares 3 factors of outpatient knee replacement surgery success

    Scott Miller, MD, an orthopedic surgeon practicing at the Melbourne, Fla.-based Health First Viera Hospital, described a patient's success with outpatient knee replacement surgery in Florida Today.  By Rachel Popa -

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