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  1. BioSpine Institute opens new clinic — 3 insights

    Tampa, Fla.-based BioSpine Institute opened BioSpine Orlando (Fla.).  By Eric Oliver -
  2. Surgery Partners appoints new executive & more — 6 ASC company key notes

    Here are six updates on ASC management companies to note:  By Eric Oliver -
  3. Medical building with surgery center evacuated because of smoke — 5 insights

    A medical building in East Sacramento, Calif., was evacuated Feb. 5 after reports of smoke inside, CBS Sacramento reports.  By Eric Oliver -

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  1. Orthopedic and Back Pain Centers of America partners with Illinois Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Centers — 3 insights

    Atlanta-based Orthopedic and Back Pain Centers of America added Glenview-based Illinois Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics Centers to its network.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. NJ physicians oppose legislators surprise billing proposal — 6 insights

    A proposed bill from New Jersey lawmakers that would protect patients from unexpected healthcare charges is being opposed by physicians, who view it as a partial fix, NJ Spotlight reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. West Virginia Hospital temporarily halts elective surgeries at campus, surgery center — 4 insights

    Cabell Huntington (W. Va.) Hospital has suspended all elective surgeries at its main operating room, labor and delivery bay, endoscopy suites and its surgery center after discovering granular particles on a small number of sterile trays, the Herald Dispatch reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. 14 statistics on ASC non-surgical cases per procedure room

    Here are 14 statistics on non-surgical cases performed at ASCs, according to data from VMG Health's Multi-Specialty ASC Intellimarker 2017.  By Laura Dyrda -

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  1. FDA releases revised opioid blueprint to educate prescribers, mitigate opioid crisis: 4 takeaways

    In an attempt to prevent opioid overprescribing, the FDA released a revised blueprint for opioid prescriber education. The blueprint contains core content for training that drug manufacturers must make available to prescribers.  By Shayna Korol -
  2. Staying independent — Dr. Louis Wilson's 2 key thoughts on surviving and thriving in 2018

    Wichita Falls (Texas) Gastroenterology Associates gastroenterologist and American College of Gastroenterology's Practice Management Committee Chairman Louis Wilson, MD, offered two key thoughts on where independent gastroenterology is headed and what independent GI physicians need to capitalize on to stay successful in 2018.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. Nurses can safely administer propofol sedation in ASC settings with physician supervision — 5 study insights

    A study, published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, examined factors related to nurse-administered propofol sedation in 9,152 endoscopic cases at ASCs.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. Gastrointestinal Associates project lands commercial real estate award for broker — 4 insights

    Michael Honeycutt of Realty Trust Group was awarded Knox News' Deal of the Year award for his firm's work on Knoxville, Tenn.-based Gastrointestinal Associates.  By Eric Oliver -
  1. Massachusetts Nurses Association supports ballot question requiring nurse-to-patient ratios, raised $1M in 2017: 5 insights

    Most of the $2.4 million raised by committees supporting and opposing questions on the November 2018 Massachusetts ballot has come from labor unions, with the Massachusetts Nurses Association leading the pack. The nursing union supports a proposal calling for strict nurse-to-patient ratios in hospitals, SouthCoastToday.com reports.  By Shayna Korol -
  2. Poll: more nurses than physicians experience patient harassment — 8 key insights

    Significantly more nurses than physicians have been harassed by a patient, according to a Medscape poll.  By Shayna Korol -
  3. 9 recent ASC acquisitions & partnerships — January 2018

    Here are nine recent ASC acquisitions and partnerships announced in January 2018.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. The 4 things AGA president Dr. Sheila Crowe lobbied for on Capitol Hill

    American Gastroenterological Association President Sheila Crowe, MD, spent the day on Capitol Hill meeting with eight legislators to advocate for issues important to the association.  By Eric Oliver -
  5. Arkansas Surgery & Endoscopy Center sold for $3.4 million — 5 insights

    Little Rock-based Arkansas Surgery & Endoscopy Center was sold in a $3.4 million deal, Arkansas Business reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  6. 5 most read GI/endoscopy stories: Jan. 29-Feb. 2

    Here are the five most popular gastroenterology and endoscopy stories for the week of Jan. 29 to Feb. 2, 2018.  By Eric Oliver -
  7. 7 things for ASC leaders to know for Monday — Feb. 5, 2018

    Here are seven updates for ASC leaders to know for Feb. 5, 2018.  By Eric Oliver -
  8. Campbell Clinic receives 8-year tax abatement for $30M expansion with ASC — 4 insights

    The Germantown (Tenn.) Industrial Development Board awarded Germantown, Tenn.-based Campbell Clinic an eight-year retention pilot for its new expansion, Memphis Daily News reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  9. Maximize your 2018 reimbursements: Know your health plans, know your market, and stay on top of trends

    Maximizing claim reimbursements becomes more challenging every year. As the insurance market continues to transition to cost conscious care, ASCs are confronted with changes that add complexity to their front desk procedures, billings, and collections. Because these developments will continue indefinitely and include new regulations and cost and quality trends, providers today must be cognizant of the changes and market trends.  By Scott Allen, Vice President of Managed Care Contracting, National Medical Billing Services -

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