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  1. Takeda, HyGIeaCare Prep & more — 3 GI company key notes

    Here are three updates on GI companies from the past week.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. Boulder Community Health's medical office building to house ophthalmology surgery center — 3 insights

    Boulder (Colo.) Community Health is building a 30,000-square-foot medical office building next to its Community Medical Center in Lafayette, Colo., the Daily Camera reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. Driscoll Children's Hospital receives $1M gift for medical pavilion — 4 insights

    Corpus Christi, Texas-based Driscoll Children's Hospital received a $1 million gift from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation after the hospital raised more than $16 million from the local community, the Caller Times reports.  By Eric Oliver -

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  1. Postendoscopic infections fluctuate wildly by ASC

    A study, published in Gut, examined endoscopy and osophagogastroduodenoscopies infection rates in the ASC setting.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. Wenzel Spine's VariLift-LX for endoscopic TLIF examined in new case series: 4 notes

    A new case series published in Journal of Spine evaluates Wenzel Spine's VariLift-LX System.  By Megan Wood -
  3. 2 orthopedic groups with ASCs partner with insurers on bundled payments in the same week: 5 things to know

    Over the past seven days, two major orthopedic groups with ASCs on opposite coasts signed partnerships with insurance companies to expand bundled payments.  By Laura Dyrda -
  4. How ASCs can eliminate lurking OR inefficiencies to drive down costs

    The average ASC spends a whopping $230,000 on supplies and keeps $100,000 to $120,000 of inventory on hand per surgical suite. Having so much cash tied up in inventory is presenting new challenges for ASCs as they deal with external financial pressures, such as receiving lower reimbursements than hospital outpatient departments.  By Angie Stewart -

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  1. 8 recent executive changes for ASC leaders to know

    Here are eight executive changes that occurred over the past month.  By Angie Stewart -
  2. 6 statistics on ophthalmologist net worth & expenditure

    Most ophthalmologists consider themselves "savers," but 9 percent of physicians in the specialty reported living above their means, according to Medscape's 2018 Physician Wealth & Debt Report.  By Angie Stewart -
  3. Triad Center for Surgery, Cone, Forsyth and Wake Forest Baptist medical centers seek OR additions – 5 insights

    North Carolina regulators received certificate of need applications from four Winston-Salem, N.C.-based providers: Triad Center for Surgery, Cone Health, Forsyth Medical Center and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, the Winston-Salem Journal reports.  By Angie Stewart -
  4. Amid booming baby boomer business, millennial demand for orthopedic services rocketing — 5 insights

    Orthopedic services are already in high demand because of an aging baby boomer population, but a new generation is causing demand to grow even higher, according to a recent survey from Cox Health Marketing.  By Eric Oliver -
  1. Same Day Surgery Center wins Outstanding Patient Experience Award — 3 insights

    Healthgrades named Rapid City, S.D.-based Same Day Surgery Center among its 2018 Outstanding Patient Experience Award winners.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. 3 insights into ophthalmology best practices from Wills Eye Hospital

    Philadelphia-based Wills Eye Hospital presented several studies on best practices for ophthalmologists at the 70th Annual Wills Eye Conference, March 7 to March 9 in Philadelphia.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. Physician Partners of America constructing 2 Florida facilities with ASCs — 5 insights

    Tampa, Fla.-based Physician Partners of America is in the midst of constructing two multispeciality healthcare facilities in Orlando, Fla., and Merritt Island, Fla., that'll both prominently feature ASCs, Virtual Strategy reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. 61% of gastroenterologists to participate in MIPS: 5 things to know about GI payment models

    Around 44 percent of gastroenterologists report receiving fee-for-service reimbursement, meaning more than half participate in value-based care contracts, according to the Medscape Gastroenterologist Compensation Report 2018.  By Laura Dyrda -
  5. Surgery Center of Quincy locked down after bomb threat — 4 insights

    Quincy, Ill.-based Blessing Hospital locked down its entire complex, including the Surgery Center of Quincy, after an unidentified party made a bomb threat, the Herald-Whig reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  6. HCA, KKR attempt to purchase Envision & more — 10 ASC company key notes

    Here are 10 updates on ASC companies and industry-relevant companies to note.  By Eric Oliver -
  7. Examining the quality metrics of 10 Massachusetts endoscopy centers

    Massachusetts launched its CompareCare website to provide residents a view into the cost and quality of healthcare facilities around the state.  By Eric Oliver -
  8. The Elements of an ASC Turnaround

    The principals of ASD Management are, first and foremost, operators of ambulatory surgery centers. We trace our roots back to 1986, when we launched our first surgery center management firm, the forerunner of our current firm founded in 1996. Over the last 30 years, we have developed and managed over 100 surgery centers throughout the United States. We are still doing it today and find it as enriching an experience as when we first started. In 2016, we felt there was a gap in the ASC industry because there was a lack of proper literature describing a proven, systematic approach to operating and developing surgery centers. Along with noted co-authors, ASD Management published the first compreshensive book on surgery center management, Developing and Managing Ambulatory Surgery Centers, now in its second printing and co-published by the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association. The following is an excerpt from the book.  By Joseph S. Zasa, Managing Partner of ASD Management -
  9. 5 strategies to improve collection of patient financial responsibility

    Patients' financial responsibility for their healthcare is on the rise and showing no signs of slowing down. Long gone are the days of $25 co-pays and $250 deductibles. A TransUnion Healthcare analysis showed that patients experienced an 11 percent increase in average out-of-pocket costs during 2017, rising from $1,630 in the last quarter of 2016 to $1,813 in the last quarter of 2017. A 2017 Black Book survey found that since 2015, patients have experienced a nearly30 percent increase in deductible and out-of-pocket maximum costs, with out-of-pocket costs rising to over $4,400.  By Randy Bishop, Partner, Surgical Funds -

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