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  1. Surgery Partners aims to harness the power of independence, focus on physician recruitment in 2018: 4 things to know

    Surgery Partners reported 45.8 percent increased revenue in the first quarter as well as $25.3 million in net losses.  By Laura Dyrda -
  2. 4 hospitals, health systems opening or planning ASCs

    Here are four hospitals and health systems that opened or announced plans for ASCs in April.  By Angie Stewart -
  3. 7 things for ASC leaders to know for Thursday — May 10, 2018

    Here are seven updates for ASC leaders to know for May 10, 2018.  By Angie Stewart -

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  1. Total joints in ASCs: 4 common questions answered

    Outpatient total joint replacement volumes are expected to increase 104 percent in the next five years while inpatient volumes will likely decrease, according to The Advisory Board 2017 Orthopedics and Spine Market Trends report.  By Laura Dyrda -
  2. UnitedHealthcare expands spine, knee and hip bundled payments after saving employers $18M: 4 key notes

    UnitedHealthcare saved employers $18 million with knee, hip and spine bundled payments; now they're ready to expand.  By Laura Dyrda -
  3. Sutter Health surgery center employees seeking lost wages for missed breaks had waived duty-free meals, rest breaks during orientation: 6 key notes

    Sutter Health employees made headlines last week for requesting thousands of dollars in compensation after they missed breaks and worked through lunches at the health system's Capitol Pavilion Surgery Center. New testimony reported in the Sacramento Bee outlines what the nurses faced and the challenges of the case.  By Laura Dyrda -
  4. 9 factors accelerating the healthcare consolidation frenzy

    Consolidation is sweeping the U.S. healthcare market, from Optum's acquisition of Surgical Care Affiliates to Cigna's intent to take over CVS and Express Scripts.  By Angie Stewart -

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  1. Franklin Street refinances Citrus Park Surgery Center — 5 notes

    Franklin Street refinanced Tampa, Fla.-based Citrus Park Surgery Center to help the current note holder avoid potential foreclosure, according to a Franklin Street announcement.  By Angie Stewart -
  2. USPI, Bozeman Health partner for ASC: 3 insights

    Bozeman (Mont.) Health and United Surgical Partners International partnered to build a $20 million ASC in West Bozeman, according to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.  By Shayna Korol -
  3. Common deficiencies cited by AAAASF and how to fix them — Every OR must be equipped with an AED or standard defibrillator

    In our ongoing series, Becker's ASC Review spoke with American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities' Director of Accreditation Jeanne Henry about the organization's commonly cited deficiency related to ensuring that every operating room is equipped with a standard defibrillator or automated external defibrillator.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. Virtua attempting to add 13 ASCs to its network — 4 insights

    Marlton, N.J.-based Virtua Health is negotiating to add 13 independent ASCs to its network, NJ Biz reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  1. Dr. Garrett Pohlman named a UroLift Center of Excellence — 3 insights

    Kearney (Neb.) Urology's Garrett Pohlman, MD, was named a UroLift Center of Excellence.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. California bill allowing government to determine healthcare pricing met with fierce opposition

    California legislators introduced a bill to allow the state to dictate the cost of healthcare in commercial markets, which is being met with fierce opposition.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. How the 20 most common ASC services changed from 2011 to 2016

    The 20 most frequently provided ASC services in 2016 were similar to those provided in 2011, according to a Medicare Payment Advisory Commission analysis of Medicare claims.   By Angie Stewart -
  4. Salix Pharmaceuticals, gMed & more — 5 GI company key notes

    Here are five updates on GI companies from the past week.  By Eric Oliver -
  5. Texas Free Market Surgery's 2 ASCs, hospital join self-pay promoting network — 3 insights

    Lake Hills-based Texas Free Market Surgery is adding its two ASCs and surgical hospital to Health Beyond Insurance's provider network.  By Eric Oliver -
  6. North Carolina hospital opens 1st phase of surgery center — 4 insights

    Wayne UNC Health Care in Goldsboro, N.C., opened the first phase of its new surgery center, also in Goldsboro, May 8, the Goldsboro Daily News reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  7. Surgery Partners increased revenues 45.8% in Q1 — 8 insights

    Surgery Partners reported its first quarter 2018 financial results, reporting $417.4 million in revenues.  By Eric Oliver -
  8. Envision to transition 95% of revenue in-network by the end of 2018

    By the end of the year, Envision plans to move nearly all of its out-of-network revenue in-network, according to the first quarter conference call, as transcribed in Seeking Alpha.  By Laura Dyrda -
  9. Envision blames ambulatory revenue drop on flu, sees Q2 recovery: 5 things to know from Q1

    Envision Healthcare's ambulatory services, known as AmSurg, reported a 2.6 percent year-over-year decrease in net revenues due to weather and flu-related cancellations during the first quarter.  By Laura Dyrda -

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