7 things for ASC leaders to know for Monday — July 17, 2017

Here are seven things ASC leaders should know for July 17, 2017.

CMS proposes 1.9% increase in 2018 ASC pay, adding total joint replacements
CMS released a proposed rule that would update the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and the Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System. CMS is proposing to increase payment rates by 1.9 percent to ASCs that are meeting quality reporting requirements. CMS based the increase on the consumer price index but adjusted it in accordance with the ACA.

412 individuals charged in $1.3B fraud crackdown
In the largest healthcare fraud enforcement action to date, the U.S. government filed fraud-related charges against 412 individuals including 115 physicians, nurses and licensed medical professionals.

NYU Langone ASC receives $5M donation
The Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Foundation provided New York City-based NYU Langone a $5 million gift for its new plastic surgery center.

Massachusetts ophthalmology ASC celebrates 20 years
Adams, Mass.-based Cataract and Laser Center commemorated 20 years. Ophthalmologists opened the ASC in 1997. It has served more than 27,000 patients over two decades.

Surgical Specialty Center of Baton Rouge deploys Xenex LightStrike germ robot
The Surgical Specialty Center of Baton Rouge (La.) recently installed the Xenex LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robot. The portable system uses pulsed xenon ultraviolet light to destroy germs and bacteria in operating and patient rooms.

New Orleans hospital closing surgical center
Baton Rouge, La.-based Champion Medical Center is closing its Baton Rouge-based Howell Place surgical center.

The Oregon Clinic opening 17k-sq-ft ASC
Portland-based The Oregon Clinic announced plans to open a two-story, 17,000-square-foot ASC in Newberg, Ore., specializing in gastroenterology.

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