7 things for ASC leaders to know for Thursday — July 14, 2016

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Here are seven updates:

Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush's medical office building, ASC gets green light from village board
The Oak Brook (Ill.) Village Board approved the construction of an outpatient orthopedic care building, which will include an ambulatory surgery center. The new facility is a joint venture between Rush University Medical Center and Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, both based in Chicago.

2nd antibiotic-resistant superbug infection hits US
The antibiotic resistant E. coli strain has infected the second U.S. patient. Researchers tested more than 21,000 bacteria strains and found almost 2 percent were resistant to Colistin. Of this figure, 19 strains tested positive for gene mcr-1, including the New York case. The gene allows bacteria to fight off Colistin.

Ambulatory Surgery Center at St. Mary suffers data breach affecting 13k patients
After suffering a ransomware attack, Langhorne, Pa.-based Ambulatory Surgery Center at St. Mary sent letters to nearly 13,000 patients whose personal information may have been breached. The ASC discovered the breach on June 1 after staff members noted encrypted files on an internal network.

New York regulator  'conditionally' approves Aetna-Humana merger
Sources familiar with the payer matter said New York's insurance regulator conditionally approved the $37 billion Aetna-Humana merger. New York was one of the last U.S. states to approve the deal. An Aetna spokesperson said the payers now have 90 percent of the necessary state approvals.

Ernst & Young honors AmSurg's Chris Holden for entrepreneurship
Ernst & Young named AmSurg President and CEO Chris Holden Entrepreneur of the Year Southeast for Healthcare. With more than 21 years of healthcare experience, Mr. Holden has served as AmSurg's president and CEO since October 2007.

Only 20% of physicians are considered 'engaged' at work
A new athenahealth physician engagement and leadership index survey found 20 percent of physicians are considered "engaged." Forty-six percent of surveyed physicians experienced burnout in 2015.

Illinois co-op Land of Lincoln Health to shut down
After suffering $90 million losses last year, Illinois co-op Land of Lincoln Health is shutting down. The news comes nearly two weeks after Illinois Department of Insurance Acting Director Anne Melissa Dowling issued an order for Land of Lincoln Health to not pay the federal government in an effort to avoid "an immediate liquidation" of the co-op.

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Aetna, Justice Department officials meet over steps payer is taking to address anticompetitive concerns: 5 notes

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