7 things for ASC leaders to know for Monday — Feb. 20, 2017

Here are seven things ASC leaders should know for Feb. 20, 2017.

Trump plans to roll out healthcare plan in March
President Donald Trump said the administration plans to release its healthcare plan next month during a White House News conference.

Aetna Chief Executive calls exchanges 'death spiral' after deal ends with Humana
Hartford, Conn.-based Aetna Chief Executive Mark Bertolini spoke out against the ACA exchanges only one day after Aetna and Louisville, Ky.-based Humana announced they were ending their merger agreement.

Are more physician-owned hospitals on the horizon? Legislation introduced to lift the ban
The ACA put a moratorium on new physician-owned hospitals. However, new POHs may be on the horizon with the repeal in sight and an administration bent on easing regulations.

Seema Verma dodges ethical questions at confirmation hearing
President Donald Trump's pick to lead CMS Seema Verma offered senators very few specific answers during her Feb. 16, 2017, confirmation hearing.

Patient expectation correlates to physician antibodies prescribing patterns
The American Psychological Association published two studies finding physicians are more prone to prescribe antibiotics if a patient has high expectations.

DOJ joins suit against UnitedHealth
The U.S. Department of Justice joined San Francisco-based Constantine Cannon's whistleblower lawsuit against Hopkins, Minn.-based UnitedHealth Group, saying the payer allegedly overcharged Medicare by several hundreds of millions of dollars.

10 most common sentinel events in Q2 2016
The Joint Commission received 439 sentinel event incident reports in the second quarter of 2016, which the agency notes only represents a small fraction of actual events. They are:

  • Unassigned (Category unassigned at the time of report) — 72
  • Unintended retention of a foreign body — 52
  • Fall — 52
  • Wrong-patient, wrong-site, wrong-procedure — 47
  • Suicide — 44
  • Delay in treatment — 28
  • Op/post op complication — 23
  • Other unanticipated event (including asphyxiation, burn, choked on food, drowned or found unresponsive) — 19
  • Criminal events — 18
  • Medication error — 14

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