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  1. 6 ASC business management recommendations

    Coding Compliance Management President Cristina Bentin shared six ways to improve workflow efficiency and reimbursement during a webinar sponsored by the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association, according to Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News.  By Angie Stewart -
  2. SurgCenter ASC in Wisconsin hits 10,000-patient milestone

    Kenosha-based Wisconsin Specialty Surgery Center served its 10,000th patient in April, according to Towson, Md.-based SurgCenter Development.  By Angie Stewart -
  3. ASC taxation, smoke exposure & more: 5 legislative changes to know

    Here are five legislative updates that could affect your surgery center:  By Angie Stewart -
  1. ASC supply chain tip of the day: Analyze clinical operations to save money

      Stephanie Martin, vice president of operations and clinical services for Westchester, Ill.-based ASC manager Regent Surgical Health, shared supply chain tips on Regent's blog.  By Rachel Popa -
  2. ASC-specific data collection essential in developing industry quality measures, study finds

      Because more patients are being treated in ASCs, customizing quality improvement measures to the outpatient environment is essential, according to research published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine Research.  By Rachel Popa -
  3. Vermont legislature renews debate over independent surgery center regulations — 6 insights

    The Vermont House Health Care Committee discussed several regulatory measures to modify the state's surgery center approval process, VTDigger reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. Baptist Health South Florida to treat Aetna members

    South Miami-based Baptist Health South Florida signed an agreement with Aetna to cover its commercial health plan members.  By Eric Oliver -

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  1. Tricor Systems launches endoscope-drying device — 3 insights

    Tricor Systems' Dri-Scope Aid Jet-Stream standalone system was launched to provide increased airflow for drying endoscopes and ensuring proper reprocessing.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. Competitor drops opposition to Anne Arundel Medical Center's cardiac surgery center— 5 insights

    Cheverly-based University of Maryland Capital Region Health System is no longer contesting Parole, Md.-based Anne Arundel Medical Center's cardiac surgery center, the Capital Gazette reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. White Plains Hospital building $272M Outpatient Care Center — 4 insights

    White Plains (N.Y.) Hospital will break ground on its $272 million, 252,000-square-foot Outpatient Care Center April 22, the Daily Voice reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. ASC design business is booming for New York architects

      A New York architecture firm is reaping the benefits of a boom in surgery center development, according to the Albany Business Journal.  By Rachel Popa -
  1. Want to build a new ASC? 6 items to consider before you start

    ASCs promise to offer high-value services in a cost-effective environment. This is leading to tremendous growth, with the latest figures showing more than 50 percent of all surgeries in 2017 were performed in ASCs, compared to 32 percent in 2005. Organizations looking to capitalize on this trend by building new ASCs can do so, yielding expanded access, greater convenience and improved efficiency.  By Mackenzie Skene and Hao Duong -
  2. Ohio physician was once state's biggest prescriber of controlled substances, indictment alleges

    Six people, including two physicians and three registered pharmacists in the Southern District of Ohio, have been charged by the U.S. Justice Department with unlawful distribution of controlled substances and conspiracy to obtain controlled substances through fraud.  By Rachel Popa -
  3. Healthcare data breaches spiked in March

    There were 31 healthcare data breaches in March, about 14 percent higher than the average in the last five years, according to HIPAA Journal.  By Rachel Popa -
  4. 5 things to know about physician salaries

    Medical Economics' 90th annual Physician Report showed physician salaries are declining or remaining stagnant.  By Rachel Popa -
  5. 2-level spinal fusion in ASCs vs. HOPDs: 5 findings

    A new study published in Clinical Spine Surgery compared patients who underwent two-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusions in hospitals and ASCs.  By Laura Dyrda -
  6. Healthcare private equity deals up 22% in 2017 — Envision buyout, regional activity & more

    The number of healthcare private equity deals rose to a record 265 in 2017, according to a 2019 report from consulting firm Bain & Company.  By Angie Stewart -
  7. UnitedHealthcare & Optum offer to help Texans facing deadly storms: 3 notes

    Minnetonka, Minn.-based UnitedHealthcare and Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Optum are extending support to health plan beneficiaries affected by deadly tornadoes and thunderstorms ravaging Texas.  By Angie Stewart -
  8. Surgery center employee allegedly bypassed system to prescribe 5K+ pills — 5 details

    A longtime Rochester, N.Y.-based Cornerstone Eye Associates employee allegedly used her position as the Lasik refraction surgery coordinator to illegally prescribe 5,000-plus opioids, local ABC News affiliate 13WHAM reports.  By Angie Stewart -
  9. Michigan commission hears details on Boyne City SurgCenter project — 4 insights

    An outpatient surgical center could be coming to Boyne City, Mich., Petoskey News-Review reports.  By Angie Stewart -

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