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  1. Common deficiencies AAAASF cites & how to fix them — continuing discussion on keeping up with documentation

    For the third installment in this series, The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities will continue the discussion on the importance of keeping up-to-date records of training and certification that began in an earlier article on Universal Precaution training.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. 15 ASCs & outpatient facilities achieving accreditation — October 2017

    Here are 15 outpatient centers that achieved accreditation, reaccreditation or certification in October 2017.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. Specialists' One-Day Surgery Center seeks approval for 2nd ASC — 5 insights

    Syracuse, N.Y.-based Specialists' One-Day Surgery is seeking the New York Public Health and Health Planning Council's approval to construct a new ASC and to modify their existing ASC to meet increased demands.  By Eric Oliver -

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  1. WNY Medical Management seeks approval for ASC, despite hospital protests — 6 insights

    Buffalo, N.Y.-based WNY Medical Management's request to the New York Public Health and Health Planning Council to construct a multispecialty ASC in Williamsville, N.Y., is being met with objections from two hospital systems.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. Outpatient surgery centers or hospitals? What's best for pediatric ACL reconstruction

    A study, published in Orthopedics, examined whether outpatient surgery centers or hospital operating rooms were best for pediatric anterior cruciate ligament reconstructions.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. 14 statistics on pain management case volume, revenue per case at ASCs

    Here are 14 statistics on the volume of pain management procedures and average net revenue per case for ASCs across the country, according to the VMG Health Multi-Specialty ASC Intellimarker 2017.  By Laura Dyrda -
  4. Valeant, Exact Sciences & more — 4 GI company key notes

    Here are four updates on GI companies from the past week:  By Eric Oliver -

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  1. Top 10 specialties for lawsuits

    The following 10 specialties have the highest percentage of specialists who have been sued, according to Medscape's "Malpractice Report 2017."  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. Florida officials consider bill increasing transparency at ASCs, hospitals: 4 things to know

    During the 2018 January session, the Florida House will consider House Bill 35, which would require healthcare staff employed at ASCs and hospitals to disclose whether they seek care at those same facilities, according to The News Service of Florida.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. Ellis Hospital seeks approval for ASC in Clifton Park

    Schenectady, N.Y.-based Ellis Hospital submitted a proposal to the New York Public Health and Health Planning Council seeking board approval for the $13.64 million Ellis Ambulatory Surgery Center in Clifton Park, N.Y.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. How data analytics can drive operational efficiency and material savings at ASCs

    ASCs require optimal efficiency to operate a lean and successful business in today's healthcare environment. At Becker's ASC Review 24th Annual Meeting: The Business and Operations of ASCs, held in Chicago, Vice President of Sales at Cardinal Health Mark Misplay and Vice President of Procurement at United Surgical Partners International Stephanie Phillips gave a presentation on how ASCs can leverage data and analytics to drive operational efficiencies and savings.  By Laura Dyrda -
  1. 5 anesthesiologists, 2 nurse anesthetists making headlines — October 2017

    Here are five anesthesiologists and two nurse anesthetists that made headlines in October 2017.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. WellSpan breaks ground on 80k-sq-ft health center with outpatient surgical suite — 5 insights

    York, Pa.-based WellSpan Health initiated construction on its 80,000-square-foot health center in Penn Township, Pa., Nov. 14, Fox 43 reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. 40+ states pursuing value-based care payment programs — 4 facts

    A study, commissioned by Change Healthcare, found 40-plus states are pursuing value-based payment programs, with 15 multipayer initiatives throughout the states.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. Outlook for total joint replacements in the ASC: Key concepts from Dr. Thomas K. Miller

    Thomas K. Miller, MD, is the section chief of sports medicine at Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, Va. He has long championed orthopedic procedures in the outpatient ASC and has a deep understanding of the roadblocks to, as well as opportunities for, total joint replacement in the ASC.  By Laura Dyrda -
  5. Stock market week-in-review for 5 large GI companies — Nov. 6-10

    Here is how five major, publicly traded gastroenterology companies fared in the stock market for the week of Nov. 6 to Nov. 10, 2017.  By Eric Oliver -
  6. Humana's value-based care agreements yield 13% increase in colon cancer screenings: 7 things to know

    Touting 900-plus relationships with value-based provider organizations and 51,500 physicians in value-based agreements, Humana released an internal study showing the results of its value-based agreements.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  7. Dr. James Depew joins Georgia surgery center: 4 notes

    Marietta, Ga.-based Plastic Surgery Center of the South added James Depew, MD, to its team.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  8. Delaware workers' comp. fee schedule rates for ASC services were 91%-144% above Medicare for knee, shoulder procedures following legislative changes

    Workers Compensation Research Institute published a report analyzing whether Delaware's fee schedule changes lowered medicals expense across various sites, including ASC facility fees for surgical procedures.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  9. Ramapo Valley Surgical Center's Amy Allard joins American Health Council's nursing board: 4 key points

    The American Health Council named Ramsey, N.J.-based Ramapo Valley Surgical Center's Administrative Director Amy Allard, BSN, RN, to its nursing board.  By Laura Dyrda -

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