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  1. 8 statistics to know on cardiologist pay, cardiac procedures in ASCs

    Here are 22 statistics to know on cardiology collected from a variety of sources in the industry:  By Rachel Popa -
  2. 3 things to know on private equity investment in ophthalmology ASCs

    Eye care and healthcare industry leaders weighed in on private equity investment on Eye Care Leaders' blog.  By Rachel Popa -
  3. 5 things to know about Matt Pate, USPI's SVP of Physician Strategy Group

    Matt Pate is the senior vice president of Addison, Texas-based Physician Strategy Group, which provides service line development for the communities served by Addison-based United Surgical Partners International.  By Rachel Popa -

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  1. Here's what CMS pays for 6 orthopedic procedures for ASCs vs. HOPDs

    CMS released a new tool allowing patients to compare the average payment of select procedures in hospital outpatient departments and ASCs.  By Rachel Popa -
  2. CBC Surgery Center forges partnership with Access HealthNet — 3 details

    Crown Point, Ind.-based CBC Surgery Center partnered with Access HealthNet.  By Angie Stewart -
  3. Ellis Medicine fights Albany Med's proposed ASC — 4 insights

    Schenectady, N.Y.-based Ellis Medicine is seeking to block Albany (N.Y.) Med's request to build an ASC nearby in Niskayuna, N.Y., The Daily Gazette reports.  By Angie Stewart -
  4. Hyde Park Surgery Center's administrator on quality, reimbursement & more — 3 things to know

    Austin, Texas-based Hyde Park Surgery Center Administrator and Texas Ambulatory Surgery Center Society member Jami Osterlund, RN, BSN, was featured on "Membership Monday."  By Angie Stewart -

How to maximize 2019 reimbursement

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  1. Tenet appoints COO, eliminates hospital operations role — 3 insights

    Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp. named Saumya Sutaria COO and announced the president of hospital operations position will be eliminated after Eric Evans steps down at the end of the year.  By Angie Stewart -
  2. The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center breaks ground on $26M surgery unit, imaging suite — 3 insights

    Columbus-based The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center broke ground on its $26 million outpatient surgery unit and imaging suite at East Hospital in Columbus, Fox28 reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. UnitedHealth Group acquiring Polyclinic — 4 insights

    Minnetonka, Minn.-based UnitedHealth Group is acquiring Seattle-based Polyclinic to boost its primary and specialty care offerings in the Seattle area, the Minnesota StarTribune reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. Here's what CMS pays for 10 gastroenterology procedures

    CMS released a procedure price lookup tool to provide consumers a view the average payment for common procedures in ASCs and hospital outpatient departments.  By Eric Oliver -
  1. Olympus on the defensive after new allegations tie duodenoscopes to superbug outbreak — 6 insights

    Olympus Corp. issued a statement defending its duodenoscopes after a piece from The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists tied contaminated scopes to more than 190 superbug infections, The Japan Times reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. CMS posts payments for ASCs vs. HOPDs — Medicare pays ASCs $359 less for colonoscopy, $1,092 less for knee arthroscopy

    CMS has paved the way for price transparency between ASCs and hospital outpatient departments with a new tool that reveals the average payments for select procedures in both settings.  By Laura Dyrda -
  3. Not outsourcing revenue cycle management? 6 hidden benefits high-performing ASCs may overlook

    If your ASC can pay its bills on time, make regular distributions to its owners, and afford the occasional capital investment that helps drive growth, congratulations! Many ASCs struggle to accomplish one or more of these indicators of financial stability and success.  By Angela Mattioda, Vice President of Revenue Cycle Management Services, Surgical Notes RCM -
  4. Study identifies reasons for failed same-day discharge after outpatient total hip arthroplasty: 4 details

    Research published in the Journal of Arthroplasty identified the reasons why patients selected as candidates for same day discharge stayed overnight, as well as the preoperative factors common in patients who weren't discharged the same day as surgery.  By Rachel Popa -
  5. Demand for orthopedic care fuels growth of new outpatient facilities across the US: 3 details

    The Hartford Business Journal outlined the growth of outpatient orthopedic care in Connecticut and across the country.  By Rachel Popa -
  6. Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society supports CMS' decision to remove transfer agreement, H&P requirements

    The Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society supports CMS' proposal to eliminate requirements that every patient have a comprehensive medical history and physical examination 30 days before surgery in an ASC.  By Rachel Popa -
  7. Self-employed physicians make more than employed physicians in Massachusetts: 4 statistics

    Medscape released the Massachusetts Physician Compensation 2018 report.  By Rachel Popa -
  8. How Andrews Institute Ambulatory Surgery Center cut flash sterilization episodes from 2.4K to 0

    Gulf Breeze, Fla.-based Andrews Institute Ambulatory Surgery Center decreased its immediate use sterilization episodes from more than 2,400 to zero in five years by deploying strategies such as daily huddles, schedule adjustments and reprocessing discussions, Relias Media reports.  By Angie Stewart -
  9. Orthopedic Associates of Hartford invested $30M in a new ASC — Drs. Pietro Memmo & Andrew Caputo explain why

    Orthopedic Associates of Hartford (Conn.) is preparing to open a new 45,000-square-foot orthopedic ASC, where it will migrate most procedures previously performed at inpatient facilities.  By Angie Stewart -

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