7 things for ASC leaders to know for Monday — Sept. 19, 2016

Here are seven things to know for Sept. 19, 2016.

Physician employment up nearly 50% in 3 years
Physicians Advocacy Institute published the “Physician Practice Acquisition Study: National and Regional Employment Changes” showing a steep increase in the number of hospital-employed physicians and hospital-owned practices.

Willis Eye, CMS tangle over hospital classification
In 2013, Willis Eye re-established inpatient care services at its main building and applied for Medicare enrollment as a hospital after years of being classified as an ASC; now, Willis Eye is at odds with CMS over the classification.

Patient data for 14,000 taken in University Gastroenterology data breach
Rhode-Island based University Gastroenterology and its 19 offices were victims of a data hacking scam, where an individual gained access to the network, copied information for 14,000 patients and then encrypted it.

Uninsured rate hits 9.1% with 4M Americans gaining coverage
Census Bureau survey figures found the uninsured rate hit 9.1 percent last year, with 4 million Americans gaining coverage in 2015.

Are settlement talks between CMS & payers in the works?
Many payers sued the federal government after they suffered huge losses on the Affordable Care Act's risk corridor program, with CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt saying the agency may be discussing possible settlements with payers.

Mylan ranks #2 in pharmaceutical executive compensation despite relatively small size
Controversy continues to surround Mylan as news broke that the company's top five paid executives made a consolidated $300 million over the course of five years.

Ambulatory care services spending hits $244.3B; up 7.3% in Q2
A Census' Quarterly Service Survey found healthcare spending and ambulatory care services spending both jumped during the second quarter this year.

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