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  1. 5 must-read articles for ASC leaders this week: March 28 - April 3

      Here are five of the most popular articles on Becker's ASC Review for the week of March 28 through April 3:  By Rachel Popa -
  2. Former pain practice CEO found guilty of 8 counts in $4M kickback operation — 4 details

    Former Gallatin, Tenn.-based Comprehensive Pain Specialists CEO John Davis was found guilty of participating in a $4 million illegal kickback scheme, according to the Department of Justice.  By Angie Stewart -
  3. 3 reimbursement differentials for HOPDs & ASCs — Arthroplasty, spine fusion & more

    Procedures such as lumbar spine fusions or pacemaker implants, which were recently approved for ASC reimbursement, could significantly impact hospitals' revenue as outmigration continues, according to an Advisory Board report.  By Angie Stewart -
  1. Surgeries are abandoning hospital campuses for ASCs — 12 statistics

    The percentage of surgeries completed in the inpatient setting has dropped since 2005, and analysts expect the decline will continue, according to an Advisory Board report.  By Angie Stewart -
  2. 3 ways payers are aggressively driving patients to ASCs

    Payers are leading the outmigration of care by steering patients from hospital outpatient departments to ASCs, according to an Advisory Board report.  By Angie Stewart -
  3. Why today's outpatient shift is unprecedented — 3 takeaways

    Today's outmigration of care is a change unlike any the healthcare industry has seen before, according to an Advisory Board report.  By Angie Stewart -
  4. 5 recent ASC acquisitions & partnerships — March 2019

    Here are five ASC acquisitions and partnerships announced in March 2019:  By Angie Stewart -

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  1. CMS penalizes University Health System clinics, surgery centers for high HAI rates — 5 insights

    CMS penalized San Antonio-based University Health System for having hospital-acquired infection and patient injury rates in the bottom 25 percent nationally in 2018, Rivard Report reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. Local chamber of commerce recognizes Memorial Hospital's medical office building project — 4 insights

    The O'Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce awarded Memorial Hospital East in Shiloh (Ill.) its O'Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce 43rd Annual Salute to Business Award for Economic Impact, O'Fallon Weekly reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. AHA fights site-neutral payments for HOPDs with new study

    The American Hospital Association is challenging CMS's 2019 payment reductions to off-campus hospital outpatient clinic visits, and the move toward site-neutral payments, with a new study that claims patients at hospital outpatient departments are poorer and sicker than ASC patients.  By Laura Dyrda -
  4. Spinal fusion: Multilevel procedures in the inpatient vs. outpatient setting: 4 findings

    A new study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine examines the readmission rates for multilevel anterior cervical discectomy and fusion procedures in the outpatient versus inpatient setting.  By Laura Dyrda -
  1. The strategy for 4 ASCs to recruit and retain a great staff

    Four ASC administrative leaders discuss how they are solving their biggest staffing challenge: recruitment and retention.  By Laura Dyrda -
  2. Wheeling Hospital closing Belmont Community Hospital, opening ASC — 4 insights

    Wheeling (W.Va.) Hospital will close Bellaire, Ohio-based Belmont Hospital April 5, The Intelligencer reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. Developer building short stay hospital with ASC — 4 insights

    A Bossier City (La.) developer is building a $35-million medical and commercial development on a 13.7-acre lot in Bossier City, the Bossier Press-Tribune reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. Maine Medical Center seeks approval for surgical center — 4 insights

    Portland-based Maine Medical Center is seeking approval from the Scarborough (Maine) Planning Board to build a surgical center on Campus Drive, The Forecaster reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  5. Want to boost your ASC's profitability? Follow these 6 steps

    ASCs can maximize their profits by implementing a holistic strategy that addresses marketing, patient experience and operations, according to VIE Healthcare Consulting Founder and CEO Lisa Miller.  By Angie Stewart -
  6. ASC medication management inspections — 3 ways to prepare

    The Joint Commission's ASC surveys may be formal or laidback, but they always involve inspections of where medications are stored, prepared and compounded, and conversations with staff members who handle medications, according to Daryl Schiller, PharmD.  By Angie Stewart -
  7. How hospitals & health systems can compete in the ASC market + 2 failing strategies

    With the U.S. ambulatory surgery market expected to reach $93 billion in 2024, hospitals and health systems are forced to strategically confront price cuts and new competition, according to an Advisory Board report.  By Angie Stewart -
  8. Dr. Elsie Koh pioneers vascular procedure in ASC — 4 highlights

    Elsie Koh, MD, became the first physician in New Jersey and the greater New York City region to perform a vascular procedure using Ellipsys, an FDA-approved treatment for patients with kidney failure.  By Angie Stewart -
  9. What are the differences in patients treated in ASCs vs. HOPDs?

    A study from the American Hospital Association conducted by KNG Health Consulting found there were significant differences in patients treated in ASCs and hospital outpatient departments.  By Rachel Popa -

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