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  1. Payer mix as a percent of total collections — 42 statistics

    Here are 42 statistics on payer mix for ASCs by region, based on data from VMG Health's Multi-Specialty ASC Intellimarker Study 2017.  By Angie Stewart -
  2. HHS Secretary Alex Azar commits to support changes to physician-owned hospital ban

    HHS Secretary Alex Azar testified in front of the House Ways and Means Committee about the effects of the Bipartisan Budget Act on healthcare.  By Laura Dyrda -
  3. 5 new joint venture ASCs — January/February 2018

    Here are five new joint venture ASCs announced or opened in the past couple months.  By Angie Stewart -

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  1. 7 things for ASC leaders to know for Thursday — Feb. 15, 2018

    Here are seven updates for ASC leaders to know for Feb. 15, 2018.  By Angie Stewart -
  2. Surgical recovery protocol developer partners with Dr. Ronald Gregush to move TKR to the outpatient setting: 3 things to know

    SwiftPath Program partnered with Kirkland, Wash.-based ProOrtho orthopedic surgeon Ronald Gregush, MD, to provide joint replacements in an outpatient setting.  By Shayna Korol -
  3. Healthcare spending to reach 19.7% of GDP by 2026: 5 things to know

    CMS reported national healthcare expenditures are expected to grow 5.5 percent through 2026, faster than projected gross domestic product growth, at 1 percent.  By Laura Dyrda -
  4. 190+ ASCs with total joint replacement by state

    Here are more than 190 surgery centers that perform total knee and hip replacements, arranged by state.  By Laura Dyrda -

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  1. Surgery rooms still empty at Wisconsin Veterans Affairs clinic — 7 insights

    Despite an increase in surgeries performed at the Green Bay, Wis.-based Milo C. Huempfner Outpatient Clinic, its surgery center still operates below capacity, Fox 11 reports. Here are seven insights:  By Angie Stewart -
  2. 5 cost-saving supply chain management strategies from Regent Surgical Health

    Stephanie Martin, RN, is Regent Surgical Health's vice president of operations and clinical services. She recently penned a list of five ways to successfully manage supply chain and inventory.  By Angie Stewart -
  3. Surgical Notes taps former DaVita executive as chief technology officer — 4 insights

    Nathan Hess is joining Surgical Notes as its chief technology officer.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. Pentax, Motus GI & more — 4 GI company key notes

    Here are four updates on GI companies from the past week:  By Eric Oliver -
  1. New acute pancreatitis guidelines stress importance of early patient care — 4 insights

    The American Gastroenterological Association released new clinical guidelines, published in Gastroenterology, on the initial management of acute pancreatitis.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. 5 things to know about Corpus Christi Endoscopy Center on its 10th anniversary

    Corpus Christi Endoscopy Center is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Here are five things to know about the center:  By Eric Oliver -
  3. New Hampshire health system to shutter practices, shift surgical procedures to ASC — 6 insights

    Laconia, N.H.-based LRGHealthcare will close several locations and end certain medical services after facing long-term financial difficulties, according to the Laconia Daily Sun. Here are six insights:  By Angie Stewart -
  4. 7 statistics on operating expenses allocated to taxes and benefits

    Here are seven statistics on ASC expenditure on taxes and benefits per OR, based on data from VMG Health's Multi-Specialty ASC Intellimarker Study 2017. Dollar amounts are in thousands.  By Angie Stewart -
  5. 16 states with the lowest colorectal cancer screening rates

    Here are the 16 states with the lowest colorectal cancer screening rates, based on the American Cancer Society's report "Colorectal Cancer: Facts & Figures 2017-2019."  By Laura Dyrda -
  6. UroLife designates Midtown Urology Associates a UroLife Center of Excellence: 3 insights

    UroLife designated Austin, Texas-based Midtown Urology Associates a UroLift Center of Excellence because of the proficiency of Michael Trotter, MD.   By Eric Oliver -
  7. The definition of 'outpatient' ACDF and lumbar discectomy procedures can be misleading: 5 insights

    A retrospective study in Clinical Spine Surgery found that "outpatient" anterior cervical discectomy and fusion and lumbar discectomy procedures often did not correlate with same day discharge.  By Shayna Korol -
  8. Senate report: 5 opioid manufacturers paid $9M to 14 patient advocacy groups — 8 insights

    A Senate report released on Feb. 12 by U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D–Mo., claims that five drug manufacturers paid nearly $9 million to 14 outside groups working on chronic pain and other opioid-related issues between 2012 and 2017.  By Shayna Korol -
  9. In Maine, hospital using outpatient surgery beds to handle influx of flu patients

    The flu has come to Maine, and the emergency department at the Maine Medical Center in Portland is using outpatient surgery beds to handle the inpatient overload, the Bangor Daily News reports.  By Shayna Korol -

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