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  1. Dr. Jocelyn Idema: 3 challenges, 3 opportunities for an independent outpatient spine practice

    Jocelyn Idema, DO, is a fellowship trained spine surgeon with Advanced Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation in Washington, Pa. She has experience with minimally invasive spine surgery and motion-preserving technology. Most of her spinal fusion patients return home within 24 hours of surgery.  By Laura Dyrda -
  2. Former North American Partners in Anesthesia CEO Dr. Tim Down takes helm of Pain Specialists of America

    Pain Specialists of America made a series of leadership changes after acquiring Pain Specialists of Austin's and Central Texas Pain Center's nonclinical assets.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. What does the physician-patient relationship look like in 2017? 5 survey insights

    Both physicians and patients agree they have limited amount of direct facetime, according to a national patient survey commissioned by The Physicians Foundation.  By Mary Rechtoris -

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

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  1. 18 things to know about the 6 CEOs leading ASC management companies

    The following six ASC management companies have made a name for themselves in the industry by adding a slew of centers in 2017 under the direction of their CEOs.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. Delivering value from a collaborative industry partnership

    The transition to value-based healthcare is driving innovative payment models and new partnerships that will transform healthcare delivery. Physicians and surgery centers are now partnering with industry to drive down costs while continuing to deliver quality outcomes.  By Laura Dyrda -
  3. How GI physicians can thrive despite dwindling reimbursement and massive consolidation

    Adhering to the influx of regulations and dealing with EMR connectivity issues cost gastroenterologists energy and time. In 2017, 50 percent of gastroenterologists reported feeling burned out due to increased regulations, working long hours for lower compensation and working with EMR systems, according to Medscape's "2017 Gastroenterologist Lifestyle Report." Medscape asked respondents to rate burnout on a scale of one to seven, in which seven indicated the highest degree of burnout. Overall, gastroenterologists reported their burnout severity was 4.0. Burnout can have a series of consequences, whether that may be reduced empathy toward patients or an uptick in patient care mistakes, indicating the industry should devise solutions to mitigate symptoms of burnout.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  4. New York pain management clinic to pay $1.9M for improper billing practices — 5 insights

    Syracuse-based New York Spine & Wellness Center agreed to pay the U.S. government $1.9 million for improperly billing patients and payers for "moderate sedation," the Syracuse Post Standard reports.  By Eric Oliver -

Overcoming MACRA obstacles with positive patient identification

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  1. Guidelines aim to curb social media use for plastic surgery — 6 insights

    As more plastic surgeons rely on social media to advertise, newly proposed guidelines aim to curb the practice, MarketWatch reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. Seahawks running back Chris Carson has ankle surgery at Seattle Surgery Center — 4 insights

    Ed Khalfayan, MD, and Nicholas Seibert, MD, operated on the left ankle of Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson at Seattle Surgery Center.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. Growing your ASC & offering a better treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis patients

    Paradigm Spine's coflex® Interlaminar Stabilization® device is helping ASCs and spine-based practices stand out in a crowded healthcare field.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. Silver Cross Surgery Center opens in Illinois — 6 things to know

    New Lenox, Ill.-based Silver Cross Surgery Center opened across the street from Silver Cross Hospital.  By Eric Oliver -
  1. Arkansas Oral & Facial Surgery Center faces ransomware attack: 6 insights

    The Arkansas Oral and Facial Surgery Center in Harrison is investigating a ransomware attack on July 26, 2017, that affected patient information and imaging files.  By Mackenzie Garrity -
  2. New studies, financing rounds & more — 5 GI company key notes

    Here are five updates on GI companies from the past week:  By Eric Oliver -
  3. RedHill Biopharma's bowel syndrome drug meets endpoint, but investors sour — 4 insights

    Although study results show RedHill Biopharma's irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea drug Bekinda, improves stool consistency compared to a placebo, investors sent the drugmaker's stock tumbling because of poor secondary endpoint results, Reuters reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. Sentara closing medical center, ASC in Kitty Hawk — 6 key notes

    Norfolk, Va.-based Sentara Healthcare is closing its Regional Medical Center and the Kitty Hawk ASC, both in Kitty Hawk, N.C., The Outer Banks Voice reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  5. The top 10 US cities for disabled people

    WalletHub conducted a study of 28 factors to determine the top U.S. cities for people with disabilities.  By Eric Oliver -
  6. After CHIP funding lapses, 9M children at risk of losing coverage — 4 insights

    Funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program lapsed Sept. 30, putting 9 million children who have coverage at risk, NPR reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  7. Mid-Bronx Endoscopy Center officially opens after lengthy CON process — 5 key notes

    New York City-based Mid-Bronx Endoscopy Center officially began operations in August 2017.  By Eric Oliver -
  8. 5 stats on pain management net revenue per case at multispecialty ASCs

    VMG Health's 2017 Intellimarker Multi-Specialty ASC Study included statistics on ASC net revenue per case for pain management.  By Eric Oliver -
  9. Hiring effectively in a competitive marketplace — How this Wisconsin ASC administrator finds viable candidates

    An ASC's long-term success is often contingent on the practice's ability to recruit and maintain dedicated staff members. However, surgery centers may face a dearth of viable candidates or may struggle to fully gauge if a candidate would fit well with a surgery center's culture. Becky Ziegler-Otis, administrator of Ambulatory Surgical Center of Stevens Point (Wis.), says hiring has been difficult, at times, due to competing facilities within the region.  By Mary Rechtoris -

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