7 things for ASC leaders to know for Thursday — Sept. 8, 2016


Here are seven updates:

Florida pediatric clinic reports stolen information from 13k patients in identity theft & fraud case
An indictment filed in a U.S. district court in Tampa, Fla., claims a Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition clinic administrative employee worked with two other individuals to commit tax, mail, wire, access and device fraud and identity theft. The accused allegedly stole personal identifiable information from the clinic and other sources, which included patient names, birthdays and Social Security numbers.

AmSurg-Envision merger closer to final stages as Hart-Scott-Rodino waiting period expires
The Envision Healthcare/AmSurg merger's wait period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 has expired. The wait period pertains to the Federal Trade Commission's review of the proposed merger between the two parties.  AmSurg and Envision separately received a request for information from the antitrust division of the State of Florida Attorney General's office. Both organizations are cooperating with the request.

Donald Trump's gastroenterologist speaks out; Dr. Harold Bornstein has no regrets over letter
Donald Trump's gastroenterologist Harold Bornstein, MD, recently released a four-paragraph letter, stating, "If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency." In an interview with CNN, Dr. Bornstein said he doesn't have any regrets regarding his letter on Mr. Trump's health. Dr. Bornstein's letter stated Mr. Trump's lab results were "astonishingly excellent."

Yorkville Endoscopy sues insurance agency for not covering $200k in bills related to Joan Rivers' case
New York City-based Yorkville Endoscopy, the surgery center that came under fire in 2014 after comedian Joan Rivers died, is suing The Hartford Financial Services Group for not covering $200,000 in legal bills related to the star's botched surgery. Following Ms. Rivers' death, federal and state officials started investigations into the surgery center, with Yorkville paying their attorneys to respond to the agencies' inquiries related to the investigation. Hartford claims Yorkville Endoscopy's policy with the payer did not cover such bills. However, Yorkville says the policy explicitly mandates the payer "defend Yorkville employees in regulatory proceedings."

South Austin Surgery Center to undergo $1M+ expansion after being acquired by St. David's Healthcare
Austin, Texas-based St. David's HealthCare acquired South Austin Surgery Center and plans to update the center in a more than $1 million project. St. David's is looking to expand the center's offerings, but said it will continue to offer orthopedics, podiatry, general surgery and pain management treatments.

Political views may impact perception of healthcare quality
Journal for Healthcare Quality found political views may impact a person's perception of the care they receive. However, the study found no differences between parties' personal experiences within the healthcare system. Among respondents who had a recent hospital stay, 80 percent of both Democrats and Republicans were satisfied with their care.

Steris sells applied infection control business to SC Johnson
SC Johnson recently acquired Steris' Applied Infection Control business. The acquisition will boost SC Johnson's commercial skin care, surface cleaning products and surgical preparation portfolio.

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AmSurg-Envision merger closer to final stages as Hart-Scott-Rodino waiting period expires: 5 things to know
Lessons Coral Gables Surgery Center's Maria Freed brought from inpatient leadership to the ASC
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