Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Bolstering opioid education in the outpatient setting: Industry leaders on progress and challenges

    Helping a patient in pain can be a difficult task, especially when pain is not an option for many patients. A group of nurses and other medical professionals met in Baltimore to discuss opioid education and issues within the healthcare industry fueling the opioid epidemic, according to The Baltimore Sun.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. ASC leader to know: Dr. Allen Hord of Alliance Spine and Pain Centers

    Pain management physician Allen Hord, MD, practices with Atlanta-based Alliance Spine and Pain Centers, a physician-owned ASC management and development company. Dr. Hord has 25 years-plus experience in private practice in the Atlanta area and was among the first group of physicians to gain pain management board certification in the U.S.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. Increasing hand hygiene compliance rates among staff — What works and what doesn't

    Positive feedback can go a long way in improving hand hygiene compliance among staff members, according to Harvard Business Review.  By Mary Rechtoris -

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

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  1. Surgical Information Systems CNO Ann Geier is gearing up for Becker's ASC conference: Here's why

    Healthcare has many moving parts and leaders within the ASC space juggle a myriad of tasks to ensure their practice is thriving. ASC executives often share their best practices and strategies for improving various operations at Becker's ASC 24th Annual Meeting: The Business and Operations of ASCs.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. Texas health system expanding endoscopy center in outpatient shift — 3 insights

    Levelland, Texas-based Covenant Medical Center is in the midst of expanding its endoscopy center as it attempts to shift more surgeries to the outpatient setting, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. Device approvals, stock buybacks & more — 5 GI company key notes

    Here are five updates on GI companies from the past week:  By Eric Oliver -
  4. After Graham-Cassidy bill stalls, bipartisan talks on ACA to resume — 4 insights

    Senate Health Committee Chair Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., announced his intention to resume bipartisan talks to stabilize the insurance exchange market, the Tennessean reports.  By Eric Oliver -

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  1. 5 top ASC pay stories so far in 2017

    Here are the top five Becker's ASC Review stories related to salary and benefits so far in 2017.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. The power of clinical assessment: How ASCs, surgical hospitals can thrive

    Surgery centers and surgical hospitals are operating in an increasingly competitive healthcare market and leaders must adapt to the many changes coming their way. To successfully navigate the various trends taking hold in the industry, ASCs and surgical hospitals should conduct a clinical assessment to identify areas for improvement.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. 5 quick observations on ASC mergers & acquisitions

    Lexology reported nine key takeaways from the 12th Annual Healthcare Provider conference, including key observations on ASC mergers and acquisitions.  By Laura Dyrda -
  4. Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society, others challenge CMS 2018 payment updates — 5 key recommendations

    The Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society partnered with American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the American Society of Retinal Specialists and Society for Excellence in Eyecare to comment on the CMS proposed 2018 payment rates.  By Laura Dyrda -
  1. Ellis Medicine seeks NY regulatory approval for $13.6M ASC as demand spikes in Clifton Park: 6 things to know

    Schenectady, N.Y-based Ellis Medicine is seeking regulatory approval to build an ASC in Clifton Park, N.Y., according to Times Union.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. 5 key benchmarks for Pennsylvania ASCs — Revenue per visit hits $1.1k in 2016

    Ambulatory surgery center revenue per case has grown over the past decade in Pennsylvania, but flattened over the past three years, according to the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council's "Financial Analysis 2016: Ambulatory Surgery Centers" annual report.  By Laura Dyrda -
  3. Insourcing, outsourcing & the 'golden rule' of billing — Surgical Notes RCM VP Angela Mattioda breaks down ASC billing practices

    Billing is one of the most important aspects of any practice, big or small.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. The top 10 mutual funds rooted in healthcare

    U.S. News & World Report compiled a list of top mutual funds that invest in healthcare.  By Eric Oliver -
  5. Idaho hospital building surgery center — 3 insights

    Blackfoot, Idaho-based Bingham Memorial Hospital, along with the hospital's affiliate Cardio Renal Center of America, is building a new surgery center in Idaho Falls, Idaho, the Idaho State Journal reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  6. Medscape: Top most-influential physicians in past 100 years

    Medscape compiled a list of the most influential physicians within the last century based on their contributions to the medical field.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  7. ASC leader to know: Margaret Chappell of ASCOA

    Margaret Chappell, RN, is a senior vice president of operations at Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America. She has 25-plus years of experience in the ASC industry, including areas like risk management, operations and administration.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  8. Graham-Cassidy ACA Repeal Bill to likely collapse after Maine senator voices opposition: 4 things to know today

    Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, announced her opposition to the Republican ACA repeal bill, which will likely result in the bill's failure, The New York Times reports.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  9. Stock market week-in-review for 5 large GI companies — Sept. 18-22

    Here is how five major, publicly traded gastroenterology companies fared in the stock market for the week of Sept. 18 to Sept. 22, 2017.  By Eric Oliver -

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