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Here are seven news updates for ambulatory surgery center industry leaders to know for Aug. 25, 2014.

Flagler Hospital to acquire Florida ASC.
Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine, Fla., intends to acquire St. Augustine Surgery Center. St. Augustine Surgery Center is a joint venture between Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America and 10 physicians. The acquisition is expected to close on Oct. 31. After the transaction closes, the surgery center will undergo construction and reopen as Flagler Surgery Center in February.

59% of patients focus on physician interaction, rather than health outcomes.
When rating physicians, the majority of Americans (59 percent) focus more on their interactions with the physician, while just 29 percent focus on health outcomes. Top qualities patients look for include listening skills and attentiveness.

Crozer-Keystone ASC acquisition boosts surgical volume 19%.
Crozer-Keystone Health System, which includes five hospitals throughout Pennsylvania, has posted operating losses for the past several quarters. But, due to the strategic 2013 acquisition of the Surgery Center of Pennsylvania in Haverford, the health system reported a 19 percent increase in surgical volume.

California surgery center receives $100k donation.
The Los Angeles-based Orthopedic Institute for Children Ambulatory Surgery Center has received a pledge of $100,000 over the next nine years from the Charitable Children's Guild. The organization will raise the pledge money for the OIC through various fundraisers.

AAAHC searches for new CEO.
In light of outgoing Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care CEO John Burke's scheduled retirement, the AAAHC has launched its official search for its next president and CEO.

HCI3 releases tools to support bundled payments.
The Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute has released more than 80 evidence-informed case rate definitions. An ECR includes all covered services for a particular illness or procedure. The tools are designed to be used as an aid in creating a bundled payment model, use in accountable care payment programs, reference-pricing initiatives and analysis of provider cost and quality.

Gastroenterologist compensation increases 9%.
Gastroenterologist compensation increased 9 percent during 2013, according to a American Medical Group Association recently released 2014 Medical Group Compensation and Financial Survey. Across all specialties, physician compensation increased 2.9 percent in 2013.

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