7 Things for ASC Leaders to Know for Thursday

Here are seven news updates for ambulatory surgery center industry leaders to know for July 10, 2014.

CMS proposed payment changes would bump ASC payments up 1.2 percent.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed 2015 payment changes for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments. The proposed changes would raise ASC payment by 1.2 percent in calendar year 2015. HOPD rates would rise by 2.1 percent.

U.S. leads world in health spending per capita.
In 2012, the United States spent $8,745 in health expenditure per capita. Norway came in second with $6,140 per capita in healthcare spending. Belgium was the last of the top 10 spenders with $4,419 per capita. Read the full report on Becker's Hospital Review.

Parkview Premier Surgery Center wins award.
Parkview Premier Surgery Center in Fort Wayne, Ind., received a five-star 2014 excellence in healthcare/patient perception award for outpatient surgery services from Professional Resource Consultants.

Physicians Eye Surgery Center joins Operation Sight.
Physicians Eye Surgery Center in Charleston, S.C., performed two cataract surgeries as a part of Operation Sight. Since its inception, Operation Sight-Charleston has provided 90 free procedures for South Carolina residents.

Firelands Regional ASC awards community scholarships.
Firelands Regional Medical Surgery Center in Sandusky, Ohio, awarded seven scholarships to local high school students. The scholarship funds were donated by the surgery center's physicians. Since the tradition began in 2002, the ASC has awarded 90 scholarships totaling $140,000 to students from six local high schools.

Proposed 'copper' plans would have $9,000 deductible.
Payers and some U.S. senators have proposed offering "copper" plans on the health insurance exchanges. The low premium and limited coverage plan would not exceed $6,350 for individual coverage, but would have an estimated deductible of $9,000. The earliest the copper plans could be available would be 2016. Read the full report on Becker's Hospital Review.

Bundled payments save $33M in cancer care.
A recent study published in the Journal of Oncology Practice found that a bundled payment program saved five oncology groups $33 million in care compared to groups with a traditional fee-for-service model. The study suggests continued promise in the cost-savings bundled payments could offer.

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