7 things for ASC leaders to know for Monday — May 14, 2018

Here are seven things for ASC leaders to know for May 14, 2018.

Eye Care Surgery Center alerts 2,553 patients about stolen laptop
Baton Rouge, La.-based Eye Care Surgery Center discovered a laptop potentially storing patient information was stolen. The ASC became aware of the theft Feb. 26 and submitted the breach to HHS April 27.

Live Oak Surgery Center opens in Texas
Plano, Texas-based Children's Health opened Specialty Center 2, which includes the Live Oak Surgery Center, also in Plano. Specialty Center 2 also houses the Children's Health Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine and Sports Performance, an imaging center and physician clinics.

4 optometry, ophthalmology providers merging to form $10M facility
Four Bloomington-Normal, Ill., eye care providers are merging to form a new $10 facility. All optometrists and ophthalmologists at Eye Surgical Associates, McLean County Eye Center, Central Illinois Eye Care and Eyecare Associates will continue at the as-of-yet unnamed merged practice, which will employ about 90 people.

Rural settings surpass urban environments in ASC claim lines growth
From 2007 to 2016, claim lines with ASC usage increased more in rural areas than urban areas or nationally. More insights here.

1st nonprofit surgery center in US opens in Atlanta
The Surgery Center for FGM, the nation's first nonprofit surgery center, opened in Atlanta to treat victims of female genital mutilation both surgically and psychologically. T. Wayne Bloodworth, MD, cosmetic surgeon and gynecologist, opened the center.

Patients want to go digital, yet nearly 100% of providers use paper billing
More than 50 percent of patients prefer electronic bills and over 75 percent would give providers pre-authorization for credit card charges. Here are more insights into billing. 

AANA urges physicians to embrace non-opioid pain management solutions
The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists issued a call to action to the healthcare community to utilize opioid-sparing pain management techniques to prevent addiction. AANA specifically highlighted the benefits of an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery program.

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