7 things for ASC leaders to know for Monday

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Here are seven news updates for ambulatory surgery center leaders to know for Feb. 16, 2015.

Orange Regional Medical Center plans ASC.
Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown, N.Y., is planning a new, five-story medical office building and ambulatory surgery center. The new facility is expected to be 152,770 square feet and cost between $40 million and $50 million.

Henry County Medical Center Surgery Center director recognized for leadership.
Neely Ashby, director of Henry County Medical Center Surgery Center in Paris, Tenn., has been recognized as manager of the quarter. Ms. Ashby was recognized during a department manager meeting in January.

Eligible professionals face $200M in MU penalties.
The latest figures from CMS indicate eligible professionals will face approximately $200 million in Medicare reimbursement penalties in 2015 for failing to attest to meaningful use. The 2015 payment adjustments were announced Feb. 10 at a HIT Policy Committee meeting. Read the full report on Becker's Hospital Review.

Organizations launch guide for states establishing payer claims databases.
The Gary and Mary West Health Policy Center and APCD Council are establishing a guide for states planning to launch all-payer claims databases. Currently, 12 states have this type of database and six are planning to launch them soon.

Despite discussion 3rd ICD-10 delay seems unlikely.
The transition to ICD-10 has been thrown off course by two delays and now stakeholders are discussing the possibility of a third change in deadline. The House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee's subcommittee on health hosted a hearing on the impending change to ICD-10. The majority of panel members expressed support for the Oct. 1 deadline, though there were a few dissenting voices. The majority of the panel voted to keep the transition on track. Barring any last minute change, ICD-10 will go into effect this October.

Greater Gaston Endoscopy Center opens in North Carolina.
Physicians Endoscopy and four gastroenterologist partners have officially opened the Greater Gaston Endoscopy Center in Gastonia, N.C. GGEC received certificate of need approval in 2011. The center hosted its first cases on Feb. 10. Prior to the center's opening, Gaston County was the largest county in the state without a freestanding endoscopy center.

Physician shortage hits Latino population hardest.                                                                                                                                                                                     Since 1980, the Latino population has seen explosive growth in the U.S. and shows no sign of slowing: It is expected to grow from 51 million in 2010 to 129 million by 2060. Despite this growth, the supply of Latino physicians is dropping significantly, according to a recent study from UCLA. Read the full report on Becker's Hospital Review.

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