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  1. 4 ways patient financing accelerates the ASC revenue cycle

    Patient financial responsibility has surged in recent years. As a recent TransUnion Healthcare analysis notes, patients in 2017 were responsible for 12.2% of their total healthcare bill in the first quarter of 2017. This compares with just 8% percent of their total bill during the first quarter of 2012. Commercially insured patients experienced a patient balance after insurance increase of a staggering 67% percent, growing from $467 to $781 over the same five-year period.  By Randy Bishop, Partner, Surgical Funds -
  2. Cardiovascular surgery center opens in Kansas: 4 things to know

    Manhattan (Kan.) Specialists Center, a cardiovascular surgery center, achieved accreditation in July and has completed the first few days of procedures, according to Administrator Tiffany Zachary.  By Laura Dyrda -
  3. How a New York-based ASC is preparing for outcomes based reimbursement

    Administrator of Amherst, N.Y.-based ASC of WNY JoAnn Vecchio reveals how her surgery center aims to grow within the changing healthcare landscape.  By Laura Dyrda -

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  1. The necessary change for an ASC's sustainability: key thoughts from South Portland Surgical Center's Lianna McDowell

    Lianne McDowell, CASC, administrator of South Portland Surgical Center in Tualatin, Ore., shares her observations about how the healthcare field is changing and how her center will promote sustained growth over the next few years.  By Laura Dyrda -
  2. Where ASCs fit in the healthcare landscape: key ideas for success from Pacific Rim Outpatient Surgery Center's Gary Richberg

    Administrator of Bellingham, Wash.-based Pacific Rim Outpatient Surgery Center Gary Richberg, RN, BSN, MBA, CMPE, CASC, examines the key trends for ASCs today and how his center is promoting sustained growth for the future.  By Laura Dyrda -
  3. The new healthcare concepts that can drive ASC growth

    Jeffrey Flynn, CASC, administrator of New York City-based Gramercy Surgery Center, discusses how the healthcare landscape is changing and why his ASC won't be bullied by hospitals anymore.  By Laura Dyrda -
  4. Serbin Medical Billing: 4 guidelines for medical record documentation

    Serbin Medical Billing published guidelines for medical record documentation that apply to medical and surgical services in all settings.  By Angie Stewart -

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  1. Ophthalmology investments spread across the South: 5 key developments

    The South became a hot region for ophthalmology investments after two private-equity backed platforms entered the market earlier this year, according to PhysiciansFirst Healthcare Partners.  By Angie Stewart -
  2. How ASCs can improve patient satisfaction — 3 methods

    As the healthcare industry shifts toward value-based care, patient satisfaction scores can help ASCs identify ways to improve operational efficiency, according to Lakewood, Colo.-based Pinnacle III.   By Angie Stewart -
  3. Olympia Orthopaedic Associates surgical services director highlighted — 5 insights

    Olympia (Wash.) Orthopaedic Associates' Surgical Services Director Sylvia Johns was profiled in Thurston Talk for developing the facility's quality-first culture.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. HCA revenues grow 7.4% & more — 7 ASC company key notes

    Here are seven updates on ASC companies and industry-relevant companies to note:  By Eric Oliver -
  1. Key trends and concepts for a thriving ASC: 3 questions with Polaris Spine COO Joy Taylor

    COO of Polaris Spine Joy Taylor discusses the ASC payer landscape and where her center will grow in the future.  By Laura Dyrda -
  2. 2 big trends for ASCs from North Texas Team Care Surgery Center's Adam Hornback

    Administrator of Mesquite-based North Texas Team Care Surgery Center Adam Hornback discusses the biggest changes for his ASC in the coming years.  By Laura Dyrda -
  3. 3 ways ASCs can prevent surprise billing

    Patients often hold surgeons and facility owners responsible for any surprise medical bills they might receive, so ASCs should be mindful of surprise billing or risk losing patients, according to Mnet News.  By Angie Stewart -
  4. Outpatient expenditure increases amid decline in hospital inpatient spending — 6 statistics

    Healthcare spending on outpatient services and long-term care increased from 2001 to 2015, according to Deloitte's 2018 Global health care outlook report.  By Angie Stewart -
  5. Mason City Surgery Center achieves accreditation: 3 details

    The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care awarded Mason City (Iowa) Surgery Center accreditation.  By Angie Stewart -
  6. Unity Physician Services to open PSC Surgical North Indy: 3 notes

    Unity Physician Services recently purchased Indianapolis-based PSC Surgical North Indy, according to Pete Oakes, the company's Midwest Region development and operations director.  By Angie Stewart -
  7. CMS reviewing same-day spine cases for beneficiaries — 4 insights

    CMS is analyzing several procedures currently on the ASC payable list to determine whether to keep them there, the Washington Post reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  8. Roanoke Valley Center for Sight seeks CON for ophthalmology ASC — 5 insights

    Salem, Va.-based Roanoke Valley Center for Sight is seeking state approval to build an ophthalmic-focused ASC in Wytheville, Va., SWVA Today reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  9. ASC payer landscape: 4 insights from administrators & leaders

    Four ASC administrators and executives share their observations on the payer landscape and where they see the best opportunities in the future.  By Laura Dyrda -

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