7 things for ASC leaders to know for Thursday — Feb. 11, 2016


Here are seven updates:

Rush University Medical Center to open $500M outpatient center
Chicago-based Rush University Medical Center is opening a $500 million comprehensive care outpatient center. Rush's new outpatient center will consolidate multiple campus outpatient clinic sites.

Justice Department investigates pain compounding cream for $500M potential fraud
The Justice Department is investigating a potential $500 million healthcare fraud scheme, in which companies allegedly sent out more products than were ordered, overbilled and automatically refilled prescriptions without being asked. In recent months, sales for compounding creams increased after endorsements from professional athletes including former NFL quarterback Brett Favre. Mr. Favre is reportedly an investor in World Health Industries, one of the company's the FBI is investigating.

Obama proposes most expensive budget to date
The Obama administration proposed a $4.1 trillion budget in a final effort to strengthen the Affordable Care Act. In his plan, President Obama detailed an "aggressive reform agenda," which would change the way the United States compensates physicians and hospitals. President Obama says the agenda will save the nation more than $180 billion over 10 years.

4th UPMC patient with mold infection dies after outbreak
On Feb. 6, a patient that contracted a fungal infection after having a double lung transplant at UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh passed away. In January, the patient and his wife sued UPMC Presbyterian, claiming his infection was connected to a mold outbreak at the hospital. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner stated the patient died from multi-organ system failure due to sepsis. The manner of death was listed as natural.  

Ambulatory Surgery Center of Western New York gets permission for $4.75M expansion
New York State gave Ambulatory Surgery Center of Western New York in Buffalo permission to moves its existing facility and expand space for potential growth. The ASC plans to build a 30,000-square-foot surgery center on 13.3 acres of land.

Tennessee physician accused of performing surgery on wrong infant
A physician allegedly performed surgery on the wrong baby at University Medical Center in Lebanon, Tenn. The physician allegedly performed surgery on the wrong baby at University Medical Center in Lebanon, Tenn. University Medical Center refused to comment on what specifically happened.

REIT acquires Baylor Surgery Center at Fort Worth
Tampa, Fla.-based Carter Validus Mission Critical REIT II acquired Baylor Surgery Center at Forth Worth in Texas for approximately $14.36 million. Baylor Surgery Center is a 36,800-square-foot facility located on a 3.52 acre plot of land.

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