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  1. It's a myth that advance ASC collections won't work — here's why

    It's a common myth that collecting for procedures before they're completed isn't feasible, according to Regent RCM.  By Angie Stewart -
  2. How the Capital Digestive Care, Physicians Endoscopy partnership will help practices stay independent

    Physicians Endoscopy and Capital Digestive Care entered into a strategic partnership Aug. 1, which could shake up the entire gastroenterology specialty.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. The state of Surgical Care Affiliates — CEO Tony Kilgore explains

    UnitedHealth Group's health services arm, Optum, acquired Deerfield, Ill.-based Surgical Care Affiliates in January 2017, and since then the ASC management company has steadily grown.  By Eric Oliver -

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  1. Lockdown lifted at North Carolina healthcare facility with surgery center, man arrested — 5 insights

    Police arrested a man who allegedly threatened to "shoot up" Southeastern Health Park in Lumberton, N.C., on Aug. 12, after the health facility entered a lockdown, The Robesonian reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. Tenet attempting to refinance $4.2B in outstanding notes through offering

    Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare laid out the details of its $4.2 billion private placement offering.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. Motivate ASC teams for growth — best ideas from 4 administrators

    Engaging teams is a challenge across industries, but ASC administrators that practice transparency and open communication can build a strong culture of respect and patient care.  By Laura Dyrda -
  4. ASCs could see 2.7% payment increase & more — 10 ASC industry notes

    Here are 10 updates on ASC companies and industry-relevant companies to note:   By Eric Oliver -

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  1. Dr. Tyler Grant joins Bellefonte Surgical Associates

    Tyler Grant, DO, joined Bellefonte Surgical Associates in Ashland, Ky.  By Angie Stewart -
  2. Compass Surgical Partners, Florida practice wrap up orthopedic ASC — 3 highlights

    An ASC project involving Compass Surgical Partners and Joint Implant Surgeons of Florida has wrapped up, according to Joe Sziabowski of Hardaway | Sziabowski Architects.  By Angie Stewart -
  3. Physicians Endoscopy, Maryland health system open joint venture endoscopy center — 4 insights

    Physicians Endoscopy and Peninsula Regional Health System entered into a joint venture to open Delmarva Endoscopy Center in Ocean Pines, Md.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. WellSpan receives $500K for health center with ASC — 3 insights

    Pennsylvania awarded WellSpan Health a $500,000 grant for its Health and Surgery Center project in North Cornwall Township, Penn Live reports.  By Eric Oliver -

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  1. Ophthalmologist, practice to settle False Claims Act violation allegations for $5M: 3 details

    Sherif Khalil, MD, an ophthalmologist, and his practice Beaver Medical Group will pay $5 million to settle false claims allegations related to Medicare Advantage plan billing.  By Laura Dyrda -
  2. ASCA CEO Bill Prentice: ASC payments will rise 2.7% if CMS goes through with proposal

    If CMS' 2020 proposed payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments is finalized as written, ASCs could see an average 2.7 percent payment increase over all covered procedures, according to ASCA CEO Bill Prentice.  By Angie Stewart -
  3. Total joint replacements: The $13.5B business opportunity for ASCs

    Just 15 percent of the 900,000 hip and knee joint replacements performed in the U.S. in 2016 were done in an outpatient setting, but Sg2 researchers predict that percentage will rise dramatically — and soon.  By Angie Stewart -
  4. Joint replacement outpatients 'as satisfied' as inpatients, survey says

    Joint replacement outpatients are as happy, if not happier than, their inpatient counterparts, according to a survey presented at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, March 12-16 in Las Vegas.  By Eric Oliver -
  5. Catholic Health acquires New York ASC near competing center

    Buffalo, N.Y.-based Catholic Health took full ownership of Sterling Surgical Center, a transaction that has been in the works for months, according to The Buffalo News.  By Angie Stewart -
  6. Pennsylvania ASC plans to take Horizon insurance

    Allentown, Pa.-based Coordinated Health's ASC in Phillipsburg, N.J., plans to begin accepting Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield.  By Angie Stewart -
  7. Alabama medical facility with ASC to get $2M city investment

    The city of Auburn, Ala., will invest $2 million in a new medical services building, according to The Auburn Villager.  By Angie Stewart -
  8. Closed hospital's owner offers $1M to buy JRMC, put in surgery center — 4 details

    The new owner of Celina, Tenn.-based Cumberland River Hospital, which closed March 1, wants to buy the closed Jamestown (Tenn.) Regional Medical Center and offer outpatient services there, according to the Herald-Citizen.  By Angie Stewart -
  9. Surgical Notes names CEO, undergoes recapitalization

    Surgical Notes selected a new CEO and completed a majority recapitalization in partnership with The CapStreet Group, a Houston-based private equity firm.  By Angie Stewart -

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