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  1. Hoag Orthopedic Institute hosts 1st mock surgery event — 5 highlights

    Hoag Orthopedic Institute Surgery Center – Newport Beach (Calif.) welcomed more than two dozen students to participate in a mock surgery.  By Angie Stewart -
  2. Coding tip of the day: Use denial tracking as an educational opportunity

    Tracking denials after a case is billed can help pinpoint coders' and surgeons' areas for improvement, according to Pinnacle III's Bethany Bueno, Specialty Billing Solutions billing operations director.  By Angie Stewart -
  3. 3 Michigan ASCs receive CON approval in March — 3 quick points

    The Michigan Department of Health & Human Services granted certificate of need approval to three surgery centers in March.  By Angie Stewart -

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  1. Orthopedic Associates of Hartford expands — 3 insights

    Orthopedic Associates of Hartford (Conn.) opened a new location in the New Haven, Conn., area, Patch reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. Cumberland Valley Surgery Center completes 1st opioid-free TJR — 4 insights

    Hagerstown, Md.-based Cumberland Valley Surgery Center completed its first total knee replacement without using opioids, the Herald-Mail reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. Who are the 9-time winners of the 2017 National APEX Quality Award?

    SPH Analytics honored 108 healthcare organizations with its 2017 National APEX Quality Award, including ASCs, catheterization laboratories, diagnostic imaging centers, endoscopy centers, physician practices and therapy and rehabilitation centers.  By Shayna Korol -
  4. FDA permits marketing of Hemospray to treat GI bleeding: 5 things to know

    The FDA permitted marketing of Hemospray, a new endoscopic device for the treatment of gastrointestinal bleeding.  By Shayna Korol -

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  1. WellSpan Health delays opening of $49M outpatient center — 5 insights

    The anticipated opening of WellSpan Health and Surgery Center in Penn Township, Penn., has been pushed back to spring 2019, Central Penn Business Journal reports.   By Angie Stewart -
  2. 33% of organizations never include data warehouse services in ASC management agreements — 45 statistics

    Almost all ASC management agreements always include oversight by a regional vice president of operations, according to HealthCare Appraisers' 2018 ASC Valuation Survey.  By Angie Stewart -
  3. The Joint Commission selects new infection prevention and control director — 5 things to know

    Sylvia Garcia-Houchins, RN, was named The Joint Commission's infection prevention and control director.  By Angie Stewart -
  4. Ambulatory healthcare services employment grows by 16.9k — 4 quick notes

    The U.S. ambulatory healthcare services segment and outpatient care centers continued adding jobs in April, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  By Angie Stewart -
  1. Paradigm Spine receives FDA PM approval for disposable coflex: 3 fast facts

    Paradigm Spine earned FDA premarket clearance for its coflex Interlaminar Stabilization disposable instrument kit.  By Mackenzie Garrity -
  2. 5 most read GI/endoscopy stories: April 30 to May 4

    Here are the five most popular gastroenterology and endoscopy stories for the week of April 30 to May 4, 2018.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. Athenahealth investor makes unsolicited $6.5B takeover bid — 6 insights

    Elliott Management Corp. made athenahealth an unsolicited $6.5 billion takeover offer after growing frustrated with the company's performance, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. Salix's 1-liter bowel cleansing prep receives FDA approval — 5 insights

    The FDA approved Salix Pharmaceuticals' Plenvu lower-volume polyethylene glycol-based bowel preparation.  By Eric Oliver -
  5. Valeant no more — Valeant Pharmaceuticals rebranding as Bausch Health Companies

    To further distance itself from its tumultuous past, Valeant Pharmaceuticals is rebranding as Bausch Health Companies, effective in July.  By Eric Oliver -
  6. gMed brings 2 more practices on board — 5 insights

    Libertyville-based GI Partners of Illinois and Cumming, Ga.-based GI North both switched to gMed's, a Modernizing Medicine company, gGastro EHR system.  By Eric Oliver -
  7. Combining clinical know-how and management skills to improve healthcare

    I have been a nurse for over 30 years. I started my career knowing nursing was the only job for me.  By Kim Bassett -
  8. How to implement OR waste-cutting strategies and boost ASC profitability

    Efficient inventory and supply chain management processes are essential to success in the ASC setting, as waste can wreak havoc on a facility's bottom line.  By Angie Stewart -
  9. 11 statistics on GI case mix in ASCs

    Striking the right case mix at surgery centers is important to managing the revenue cycle, workflow and overall center profitability.  By Laura Dyrda -

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