Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. The state of Americans' healthcare knowledge — 6 insights on literacy, insurance & telemedicine

    UnitedHealthcare released its Consumer Sentiment Survey to provide insight into what Americans know about healthcare.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. New Jersey DOH considers ASC owner's application to buy 204-bed hospital: 5 key points

    New Jersey State Department of Health is considering an application an ASC owner filed to purchase Secaucus, N.J.-based Meadowlands Hospital and Medical Center, according to NJ Spotlight.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. Campbell Clinic makes moves on expansion plans with ASC: 4 takeaways

    Germantown, Tenn.-based Campbell Clinic selected Rendina Healthcare Real Estate as the developer for its $30 million expansion project, according to Memphis Business Journal.  By Mary Rechtoris -

Regulatory affairs and the revenue cycle: What to watch for in the ASC industry

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  1. ASC leader to know: Kyle Burtnett of USPI

    Kyle Burtnett is the president of ambulatory services and chief integration officer for United Surgical Partners International. Since joining the company in June 2015, Mr. Burtnett has served in positions including SVP of Tenet Healthcare's outpatient services division. In that role, he was responsible for the development and management of the company's ASCs, diagnostic centers and urgent care centers.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. MedPAC stumps for MIPS repeal — 6 insights

    The Medicare Payment Advisory Committee is arguing for a full repeal of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, healthcare informatics reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. Ibuprofen a better first-line option for pediatric postoperative orthopedic pain relief than morphine

    A study, published in CMAJ, examined whether oral morphine or ibuprofen was superior for at-home management of postoperative pain for children who had undergone orthopedic surgery.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. Acquisitions, donations & 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. 10 deficiencies AAAASF cites most & how to correct them — No. 2: Universal Precautions, ASC standard 800.42.12

    The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities compiled its 10 most commonly cited deficiencies and provided solutions on how to address them.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. CMS renews HFAP's deemed status for ASCs — 4 insights

    CMS renewed HFAP's deeming authority for ASCs allowing it to conduct accreditation surveys that assess compliance with the Medicare Conditions for Coverage.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. 11 hospitals, health systems opening or planning ASCs — September 2017

    Here are 11 hospitals and health systems that have opened or announced plans for ASCs in September.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. Limited preoperative opioid use lowers pain scores post-TKA

    A study, published in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, examined how opioid use impacted total knee arthroplasty outcomes.  By Eric Oliver -
  1. American Society of Plastic Surgeons elects Dr. Jeffrey Janis president — 5 insights

    The American Society of Plastic Surgeons named Jeffrey E. Janis, MD, its next president.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. Hospital surgery center scrutinized for increased case load — board considers CON review

    The Green Mountain Care Board is debating whether Morristown, Vt.-based Copley Hospital is in violation of its certificate of need, the VTDigger reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. Allegion Spine Institute joins Back Pain Centers of America & more — 7 outpatient spine stories

    Here are seven key stories on outpatient spine trends and news.  By Megan Wood -
  4. Utah's Public Employees Health Plan approves coverage for SI-Bone's iFuse: 6 things to know

    Utah's Public Employees Health Plan issued a positive coverage policy for SI joint fusions using SI-Bone's iFuse Implant System.  By Mackenzie Garrity -
  5. 4 key traits of the best performing physician practices

    The Medical Group Management Association launched the 2017 MGMA DataDive Better Performers report, outlining the best practices for profitable medical groups.  By Laura Dyrda -
  6. Gastro Health continues rapid growth — acquires Digestive Center of the Palm Beaches

    Miami-based Gastro Health acquired West Palm Beach, Fla.-based Digestive Center of the Palm Beaches.  By Eric Oliver -
  7. Allergan under scrutiny for Restasis patent transfer — 4 insights

    Allergan is under legislative scrutiny for signing over patent rights for its eye drug, Restasis, to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, Business Insider reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  8. Stock market week-in-review for 5 large GI companies — Oct. 2-6

    Here is how five major, publicly traded gastroenterology companies fared in the stock market for the week of Oct. 2 to Oct. 6, 2017.  By Eric Oliver -
  9. 9 things to know about Medicaid

    Kaiser Health News outlines the following key facts on Medicaid, a social healthcare program that covers various healthcare services for Americans with limited resources.  By Mary Rechtoris -

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