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  1. ASC supply chain tip of day: Collect data

      Collecting data on third-party contracts can simplify the process of lowering supply chain costs, according to Vizient, a healthcare management consulting company.  By Rachel Popa -
  2. 3 ways ASCs can reduce surgical site infections

    ASC Focus, the journal of the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association, outlined three ways ASCs can prevent and reduce surgical site infections.  By Rachel Popa -
  3. The top 10 Medicare procedures for ASCs in the West

    Definitive Healthcare's database tracks the total charges for Medicare procedures performed at ASCs in the West.  By Rachel Popa -

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  1. 3 things to know about Pearl Darling, The Joint Commission's new director of Ambulatory Care Services

    Pearl Darling replaced Michael Kulczycki as The Joint Commission's executive director of ambulatory care services in August.  By Rachel Popa -
  2. Laurel Regional Hospital wins approval for 75K-sq.-ft. facility offering outpatient surgery

      The Maryland Health Care Commission approved Laurel (Md.) Regional Hospital's certificate of need exemption request to build a 75,000-square-foot medical center on the hospital's campus, The Baltimore Sun reported.  By Rachel Popa -
  3. 5 key reasons ASCs should adopt a patient texting program

    Texting may be a more effective way to communicate with patients than emailing or calling them, according to Lakewood, Colo.-based Pinnacle III.  By Rachel Popa -
  4. 4 things to know about Stephen Rosenbaum, CEO of Alliance Spine and Pain Centers

      Stephen Rosenbaum, the CEO of Atlanta-based Alliance Spine and Pain Centers, has over 20 years of experience working in the healthcare industry.  By Rachel Popa -

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  1. Atlantic Spine Center's Dr. Kaliq Chang debunks 3 myths about endoscopic rhizotomy

    Endoscopic facet rhizotomy can relieve chronic pain caused by facet joint syndrome, chronic neck or back pain or failed back surgery syndrome, according to Kaliq Chang, MD, of West Orange, N.J.-based Atlantic Spine Center.  By Angie Stewart -
  2. While surgery centers support CMS payment proposal, hospital groups submit harsh criticism — 5 takeaways

    Hospital groups, surgery centers and individuals submitted comments to CMS about its proposed changes to the hospital outpatient prospective payment system, ASC payments and the 340B drug program, AJMC reports.  By Angie Stewart -
  3. Surgery Center of the Pacific gets green light to add pain management procedures for $100K

    Honolulu, Hawaii-based Surgery Center of the Pacific's certificate of need to add pain management procedures was approved.  By Angie Stewart -
  4. Agency denies Maui Spine and Laser Institute's ASC proposal — 4 insights

    The Hawaii State Health Planning and Development Agency denied Kahului, Hawaii-based Maui Spine and Laser Institute's certificate of need to establish an ASC.  By Angie Stewart -
  1. Tower Health, USPI form joint venture to expand ASC network — 3 quick facts

    West Reading, Pa.-based Tower Health will expand its ASC network through a joint venture with Addison, Texas-based United Surgical Partners International, WFMZ-TV 69 News reports.  By Angie Stewart -
  2. $7M Center for Musculoskeletal Care opens — 5 insights

    The $7 million Center for Musculoskeletal Care recently opened at Yale New Haven Hospital’s Saint Raphael Campus, the New Haven Independent reports. Both are located in New Haven, Conn.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. Alpha Capital Partners acquires two properties, including Surgery Center of Ocala — 5 insights

    Alpha Capital Partners acquired Surgery Center of Ocala (Fla.) and an unspecified medical device design and development property.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. Baptist Health readies to open $11.7M Florida surgery center — 5 insights

    Jacksonville, Fla.-based Baptist Health will soon open a surgery center on Fleming Island, Fla., Clay Today reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  5. Why a Pennsylvania-based spine group sold its practice, ASC and what to expect in the future

    Lancaster (Pa.) NeuroScience & Spine Associates was established in 1972 and grew to include five neurosurgeons and two physiatrists, as well as five advanced practitioners. The group recently made a few changes, selling two office buildings to real estate investment company Montecito Medical for $13.5 million and signing a contract with Lancaster General Health, a Penn Medicine affiliate, to acquire their practice and ASC.  By Laura Dyrda -
  6. How ASCs can prevent miscommunication from wreaking havoc on finances & more: 3 Qs with Casetabs' Mark Mele

    Communication breakdowns in supply chain processes can impact patient safety as well as the bottom line, according to Mark Mele, Casetabs' national vice president of sales and marketing.  By Angie Stewart -
  7. 'Putting the data to work:' 3 insights on the importance of data collection for outpatient total joint replacement

    Daniel Hoeffel, MD, an arthritis and joint reconstruction specialist practicing in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, shared his insights on the importance of data collection in outpatient arthroplasty in the latest edition of the ASCA's ASC Physician Focus newsletter.  By Rachel Popa -
  8. Average physician compensation stagnates — Which specialties saw an increase? 14 statistics

    A new report from PracticeMatch found physician pay has stagnated compared to last year's report.  By Rachel Popa -
  9. Blue Cross & Blue Shield makes The Joint Commission total hip, knee certification mandatory for distinction

    The Joint Commission's advanced total hip and total knee replacement certification is now a mandatory element for ASCs earning the Blue Cross & Blue Shield Association's Blue Distinction Center of Excellence distinction.  By Rachel Popa -

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