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  1. Vermont bill could levy 6% provider tax on ASCs, threatening its 2nd center: 5 things to know

    A state representative in Vermont introduced a bill to regulate ASCs to the Vermont House eight months after the state granted its second certificate of need to a surgery center, according to the Burlington Free Press.  By Laura Dyrda -
  2. The Joint Commission cracks down on improper hand hygiene – 7 insights

    The Joint Commission will issue citations to ambulatory care organizations whose employees violate hand hygiene guidelines before providing direct patient care. Here are seven things to know:  By Angie Stewart -
  3. How CON status affects total knee replacement volume — 6 things to know

    A new study published in the Journal of Arthroplasty examines how certificate-of-need programs affect total knee replacement volume.  By Laura Dyrda -

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  1. Surgical Notes releases updated mobile transcription app – 7 highlights

    Surgical Notes launched a transcription management tool to help automate routine transcription operations for surgery centers. Here are seven things to know about the app, which is called SNChart.  By Angie Stewart -
  2. CMS reinstates change to Medicare Fee-For-Service claims processing system – 5 insights

    CMS issued a notice to providers and suppliers stating that it will include Qualified Medicare Beneficiary information in the Medicare Remittance Advice and Medicare Summary Notice. Here are five things to know:  By Angie Stewart -
  3. The Jimmy John's experience for your ASC — Casetabs CEO Gavin Fabian on why ASCs need collaborative scheduling

    Casetabs is bringing cloud-based collaboration technology to the surgery center space, and at its helm is CEO Gavin Fabian helping surgery centers elevate their customer experience to the next level.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. Cary Skin Center turns 20

    Cary (N.C.) Skin Center is turning 20 and will mark the occasion with a gala event for its referring provider colleagues.  By Eric Oliver -

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  1. Former physician receives 75-month sentence for illegally prescribing opioids, committing fraud — 7 insights

    Former physician Rodney Moret, was sentenced to 75 months, a little over six years, in prison for distributing prescription pills illegally and defrauding Medicare.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. Athenahealth appoints former GE CEO to board — 6 insights

    Athenahealth named former GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt the chairman of its board of directors, effective Feb. 7.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. 5 medical billing and coding tips to help increase ASC, physician practice revenue

    Ivana Saninocencio, the founder and CEO of Dracut, Mass.-based Prime Billing Solutions, has worked in the medical billing and coding field for over 10 years. Having worked with multiple different medical specialties in 22 different states, she drew on her experience to share five tips for billers and coders.  By Angie Stewart -
  4. ASC expenditure on employee salary and wages – 20 statistics

    Here are statistics on ASC operating expenses for employee salaries and wages based on data from VMG Health's Multi-Specialty ASC Intellimarker 2017.  By Angie Stewart -
  1. Gastrointestinal Associates, NYU Langone & more: 5 GI practices in the news

    Here are five hospitals and practices with gastroenterology services making news:  By Eric Oliver -
  2. 5 reasons outpatient spine & orthopedic centers should partner

    As CMS adds CPT codes to its growing list of reimbursable procedures, the incentive for orthopedic and spine outpatient centers to partner is increasing.  By Mackenzie Garrity -
  3. Kaiser Permanente condensing Redwood City outpatient, administrative services into new facility — 4 insights

    Kaiser Permanente in Redwood City, Calif. received approval to condense four outpatient and three administrative facilities into a four-story, 197,800-square-foot building on its Redwood City campus, The Mercury News reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. First Choice Healthcare Solutions' subsidiary adds to ownership stake in surgery center — 4 insights

    CCSC Holdings, a First Choice Healthcare Solutions' subsidiary, acquired an additional 25 percent of Melbourne, Fla.-based Crane Creek Surgery Center, increasing its total ownership interest to 65 percent.  By Eric Oliver -
  5. FDA recalls Pentax duodenoscope for design changes — 5 insights

    The FDA and Pentax announced a voluntary recall of all ED-3490TK video duodenoscopes to replace a series of parts and update the operations manual, Medscape reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  6. Embracing quality care — Dr. Costas Kefalas on regulation and technology in 2018

    Akron (Ohio) Digestive Disease Consultants partner and American College of Gastroenterology Board of Governors Chair Costas Kefalas, MD, shared his thoughts with Becker's ASC Review on the challenges of increased regulation and the importance of embracing emerging technology.  By Eric Oliver -
  7. The importance of advocacy — Dr. Lisa Gangarosa shares thoughts on being successful in 2018

    Chapel Hill-based University of North Carolina professor of medicine and American Gastroenterological Association Government Affairs Committee member Lisa Gangarosa, MD, spoke on the importance of continuing education and staying engaged through advocacy.  By Eric Oliver -
  8. 7 things for ASC leaders to know for Thursday — Feb. 8, 2018

    Here are seven updates for ASC leaders to know for Feb. 8, 2018.  By Angie Stewart -
  9. Cardinal Health elects United Technologies EVP, CFO to board – 5 highlights

    United Technologies' Akhil Johri was appointed to the board of directors for Dublin, Ohio-based Cardinal Health, effective Feb. 7. Here are five things to note:  By Angie Stewart -

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