February 2016 Issue of Becker's ASC Review

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On the Cover


51 things to know about physicians today — Compensation, employment & where young physicians are headed

Here are 51 statistics on physicians in private practice, hospital employment and other arrangements about their financial situation and outlook for the future. Click here to continue >>


10 biggest challenges to ASC profitability in 2016

Ensuring ASC profitability in 2016 will require more out-of-the-box thinking than ever before due to declining reimbursements and the further fee-for-performance integration into care delivery.Click here to continue >>


Putting it all out there — Price transparency in your ASC

ASCs tend to execute price transparency to attract medical tourists, compete with hospitals for health savings account patients and become attractive to payers with lower rates. Click here to continue >>

ASC Management

10 things for physicians to know about PAs, RNs & APNs
The importance of non-physician clinical staff in healthcare organizations is increasing, namely due to the imminent physician shortage and the increasing pressures placed upon a physician's time.Click here to continue >>

40 statistics on ASC case mix — Orthopedics, GI, pain & more
Here are 40 statistics on ambulatory surgery center case mix based on the number of operating rooms in a facility, according to the VMG Multi-Specialty ASC Intellimarker. Click here to continue >>

26 great books for ASC leaders — 2016 reading list
Here is a list of the best books as recommended by ASC owners, operators and physicians recommended by administrators and industry leaders from around the country.Click here to continue >>

6 strategic do's & don'ts for ASC leaders in 2016
There is no shortage advice and avenues to take in healthcare, but sorting out the advantageous steps from the tactical errors can be tricky. Click here to continue >>

10 statistics on RN salary & bonus
Here are 10 statistics on salaries and bonuses for registered nurses, according to Salary.com. Click here to continue >>

10 key leadership programs for physicians
In the constantly changing healthcare landscape, there is more reason than ever before to develop strong physician leadership. Click here to continue >>

10 big healthcare industry trends for 2016
Here are 10 key trends from Deloitte's "2016 Health Care Providers Industry Outlook" based on an interview with Mitchell Morris, MD, the vice chairman and US/Global Health Care Providers leader at Deloitte Consulting. Click here to continue >>

The makings of a great ASC administrator: 4 fundamental skills
Leadership can make or break an ASC. Click here to continue >>

Executive Briefing

Key trends on incorporating knee allografts into orthopedic ORs
Fresh osteochondral allografts use increased over the past couple of years. Click here to continue >>

Orthopedic Section

7 thoughts on great leadership
This article briefly discusses seven different thoughts on what makes a great leader. Click here to continue >>

Texas Children’s Hospital Names Dr. John Dormans Orthopedic Chair
Houston-based Texas Children’s Hospital honored John Dormans, MD, as the recipient of the L.E. Simmons Chair in Orthopedics.

Soap or saline solution? Which is the better procedure for open bone fractures? 3 findings
Kyle Jeray, MD, an orthopedic trauma surgeon at Greenville Health System in Greenville, S.C., and his colleagues perform a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine to figure out the best way to treat open bone fractures. Click here to continue >>

The American Journal of Orthopedics Names Dr. Bryan Hanypsiak Editor-in-Chief
Bryan Hanypsiak, MD, has been named editor-in-chief of The American Journal of Orthopedics, according to a Riverhead Local report. Click here to continue >>

Risk Factors for Orthopedic Trauma Patients
A retrospective review published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma shows several risk factors for noncompliance with postoperative follow-up after orthopedic trauma. Click here to continue >>

Did Loma Linda's orthopedic device rep-less strategy work? 5 things to know
Loma Linda (Calif.) School of Medicine switched to a rep-less model for orthopedic implant purchasing, according to a Surgical Products Magazine report. Click here to continue >>

Rumors of a Stryker Acquisition of Smith & Nephew Swirl Once Again: 6 Key Notes
Stryker has set aside around $18 billion for the acquisition of Smith & Nephew, a person with knowledge of the situation has said, according a Street Insider report. Click here to continue >>

OrthoVirginia Merges with The Orthopaedic Center of Central Virginia
The Orthopaedic Center of Central Virginia in Lynchburg merged with OrthoVirginia, according to a News Advance report. Click here to continue >>

Key Thoughts on Integration in Orthopedics — Dr. Bert Mandelbaum
On a global scale, healthcare is in a period of integration. Major medical centers and physician practices are merging and acquiring one another to form larger networks and leverage partnerships going forward. Click here to continue >>

Rush University Medical Center, Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush Joint Venture Receives Green Light: 5 Key Notes
The Oak Brook (Ill.) Village Board has approved the construction of an outpatient facility, which is a joint venture between Rush University Medical Center and Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, both in Chicago, according to a Chicago Tribune report. Click here to continue >>

Orthopedics and Spine — 6 Trends for 2016
As we move into 2016, we see the following six trends and concepts front and center for orthopedic and spine. We would welcome thoughts and comments from others as to what you see as the big trends. Click here to continue >>

Joint Venture

Surgery Partners, Surgical Care Affiliates,Tenet & more: 7 key notes. 
Here are seven key notes on ASC and healthcare management companies.

5 Things to Know on the Effect of Physician-Hospital Integration
A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine’s December 2015 publication examined the financial integration of physicians and hospitals, and the association with commercial healthcare prices. Click here to continue >>


Coding & Billing

5 Notes on CPT Code Changes for Anesthesia & Pain ManagementAnesthesia & Pain Management
There were no changes made to anesthesia CPT codes for 2016, how-ever, there were changes made affecting pain management servicesand ASA 2016 CROSSWALK, according to an Anesthesia Business Consultants blog post. Click here to continue >>

Positioning Your Center for Success With Annual Revenue Cycle Audits
The healthcare industry is experiencing change at a breakneck pace.

Quality & Accreditation

AAAHC Welcomes 3 New Executives
The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care added three new officers to the executive team. Click here to continue >>

HOPDs vs. ASCs:5 Key Notes on Colonoscopy Quality Variation in Outpatient Facilities
Colonoscopy is one of the most common outpatientprocedures. Click here to continue >>


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