Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. CMS aims to increase quality-reporting requirements, prompting ASCA concern

    CMS proposes to increase quality-reporting requirements in its 2022 payment system rule released July 19. 
  2. Why the 'viability of freestanding centers' is concerning this administrator

    Some independent ASCs took a hit during the pandemic without the leverage to secure reimbursements and necessary supplies.
  3. Florida hospital onboards AI colonoscopy system

    HCA Healthcare affiliate Largo (Fla.) Medical Center added Medtronic's GI Genius for colonoscopy detection, ABC affiliate WFTS Tampa reported July 16. 

Can endoscopic spine surgery be profitable in the ASC? Key considerations from an orthopedic surgeon

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  1. Blood shortages postpone surgery & more: 9 supply chain updates

    Two companies partnered to expand domestic production of nitrile exam gloves, and New York City's comptroller is suing the city and mayor. 
  2. HCA Healthcare Q2 outpatient surgeries increase 52.5% from 2020: 6 notes

    Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare reported an increase in both total outpatient surgeries and patient revenue from its outpatient facilities in the second quarter of 2021.  
  3. Physician pays $2M to resolve allegations of selling ASC, practice above market value

    A California-based interventional cardiologist agreed to pay millions of dollars to settle allegations of violating the False Claims Act, according to a July 19 Justice Department statement.
  4. CMS aims to reinstate the inpatient only list, boost ASC pay 2.3% in 2022

    CMS issued the 2022 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and ASC Payment System proposed rule July 19, which includes some big updates for ASCs.

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  1. 4-OR ASC proposed by Georgia health system awaits state decision

    The Northeast Georgia Health System is seeking the state's approval to build a medical plaza in Braselton with a 25,000-square-foot ASC, according to The Gainesville Times.
  2. Surgeon named director of New York hospital's ASC

    Eastern Niagara Hospital has appointed ophthalmologist Charles Fetterman, MD, medical director of Niagara Regional Surgery Center in Lockport, N.Y., the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal reported July 19..
  3. CMS may stop paying for 258 procedures in ASCs

    CMS proposed reversing some of the policy changes ASC executives celebrated last year.
  4. 10 total joint ASC physicians to know

    Here are 10 total joint ASC physicians to know:

OR optimization: Executive insights from Methodist Dallas Medical Center

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  1. U of Vermont proposes ASC after air-quality issues shutter ORs

    University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington filed a conceptual certificate-of-need application for an ASC on July 16, Vermont Biz reported.  
  2. Implant costs vs. ASCs: How 1 management company leverages payer contracts

    As higher-acuity procedures move outpatient, independent ASCs could have difficulty securing reimbursements. 
  3. 8 updates in outpatient orthopedics in 60 days

    From practices debuting outpatient joint replacements to the adoption of new technology, here are eight updates on orthopedics in ASCs:
  4. California outpatient real estate sold, ASC planned

    An outpatient care facility 100 percent leased by Escondido, Calif.-based Palomar Health was sold. 
  5. Virginia Eye Consultants opens ASC

    Virginia Eye Consultants and partner ophthalmology network CVP opened an ASC, according to a July 19 LinkedIn post. 
  6. 5 keys to ASC leadership success: Q&A with Shane Ricks

    Establishing interdependent leadership is critical to achieve growth, according to Shane Ricks, RN. 
  7. Anesthesia industry updates to know

    Michigan lifted restrictions for certified registered nurse anesthetists.
  8. Washington ASC onboards spine robot

    Puyallup, Wash.-based Neospine added the Mazor X Stealth Edition robotic guidance platform to its ASC, according to a July 16 email. 
  9. 4 medical office buildings acquired for more than $100M

    Anchor Health Properties has purchased four medical office buildings that total more than 210,000-square feet and have a combined value of more than $100 million.

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