March/April 2016 Issue of Becker's ASC Review



On the Cover


5 latest False Claims Act, Stark Law settlements
The following hospitals, health systems and healthcare companies entered into settlement agreements to resolve alleged violations of the False Claims Act and Stark Law since January. Click here to continue >>


12 things for ASC leaders to know about ACOs
Accountable care organizations are groups of physicians, hospitals and other healthcare providers who come together voluntarily to give coordinated high quality care.Click here to continue >>


Doing your due diligence: 5 considerations for ASCs when adding a new service line

Adding a new service line can increase ASC revenue. However, ASC owners and operators have several considerations before implementing a new service line.
Accountable care organizations are groups of physicians, hospitals and other healthcare providers who come together voluntarily to give coordinated high quality care. Click here to continue >>

ASC Management 

Key thoughts on how you can run the best, most efficient ASC team meeting
Any type of gathering, whether a medical staff or a business group, can benefit from team meetings.Click here to continue >>

11 things to know about physician independence and employment
Current data shows physicians are moving away from private practice towards working for hospitals or large group practices. Practitioners point to pluses and minuses for both employment models.Click here to continue >>

8 recent ASC acquisitions — Feb. 5, 2016
Here are eight recently acquired ASCs.Click here to continue >>

30 things to know about ASC employee, physician compensation
ASCs are run by administrators, business office staff, clinical staff and physicians. Here are 30 things to know about how each of these groups is compensated.Click here to continue >>

 Joint Venture

How to remain an independent ASC in 2016
Overwhelmed by a competitive healthcare market, many ASCs seek assistance through a hospital partnership or third-party management company to stay afloat. Click here to continue >>

Quint Studer to resign from Studer Group
Quint Studer, founder of Pensacola, Fla.-based Studer Group, is leaving the healthcare consulting company to devote his attention to a series of community projects. Click here to continue >>

Certain off-campus HOPDs subject to site-neutral payments: 4 key points 

Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, provider-based, off-campus hospital outpatient departments will be subject to site-neutral payments, according to a JD Supra report. Click here to continue >>

Coding & Billing

Nueterra divides into 2 companies: 4 highlights
Nueterra, based in Leawood, Kan., has split its business into two companies: NueHealth and Nueterra Capital. Click here to continue >>

5 key thoughts on payer strategy for ASCs — Risk-sharing, narrow networks & payer consolidation
Ambulatory surgery centers are developing new payer strategies as the healthcare market evolves toward value-based care. Click here to continue >>

What payer consolidation means for ASCs — And how to conduct business moving forward
Payer consolidation coupled with operational transition in many markets is slowing contract negotiations, making it more difficult to conduct business. Click here to continue >>

Georgia hospital CEO arrested for prescription drug fraud
Michael Gowder, DDS, CEO of 45-bed Union General Hospital in Blairsville, Ga., was one of six arrested by federal agents Thursday as part of a multi-state prescription drug sting.Click here to continue >>

20 major companies band together to control cost of employee health benefits
Twenty large companies are joining forces in an effort to stabilize the cost of providing employees with healthcare benefits, according to The Wall Street Journal. Click here to continue >>

54 things to know about 6 major US payers
Here are 54 key points about the major U.S. insurers — Aetna, Anthem, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana, Kaiser Permanente and UnitedHealth Group. Click here to continue >>

Patients as payers: How to understand & thrive in healthcare's consumer revolution
Healthcare is a basic need for all people, but its cost often makes it into a luxury millions can ill afford. Click here to continue >>

MedPAC proposes eliminating ASC payment updates in 2017: 5 key notes
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission may eliminate payment updates for ambulatory surgery centers next year, according to an ASCA report. Click here to continue >>


Orthopedic Section

Physician signing bonus at $23k in 2015: 6 things to know
There were more clinicians willing to sign relocation bonuses last year than in previous years, according to a Medicus Firm report and cited in a Medscape article. Click here to continue >>

The growth of outpatient spine — 9 Key Points
The last 10 years have seen an immense growth in outpatient spine. Click here to continue >>

The best way to prepare for the future in spine: Dr. Hyun Bae
Data collection is the best way for spine surgeons to prepare for success in the future. Click here to continue >>Click here to continue >>

The Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery in Illinois partners with SCA: 5 key notes
The Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery in Mokena, Ill., partnered with Surgical Care Affiliates. 
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92 orthopedics-driven ASCs to know
Here are 92 ambulatory surgery centers that are orthopedics-focused.Click here to continue >>

GI & Endoscopy 

Innovation in GI: Advances in gastroenterology technology & technique
Innovation is a necessary function in healthcare. Click here to continue >>

Proposed 2017 budget addresses Medicare coinsurance for screening colonoscopy: 3 quick points
President Barack Obama's $4.1 trillion spending plan for fiscal year 2017 includes a number of elements that could affect gastroenterology, including a possible change to Medicare colonoscopy reimbursement, according to a report from the American Gastroenterological Association. Click here to continue >>

Quality & Accreditation

Frenetic consolidation: The anesthesia market today & where ASCs fit in

Merger and acquisition activity in the anesthesia industry hit record levels in 2014, with around 29 total transactions. Click here to continue >> 

The state of IPAs: The answer to the ACA or prolonging the march to employment?
Independent physician associations are growing across the country as new regulations and pressure to consolidate make it more difficult for solo practitioners to keep their doors open.Click here to continue >> 

10 things to know about medical errors
Medical errors are common in the United States, however, they are also preventable. Here are 10 notes on medical errors. Click here to continue >>

Longer surgical resident hours don't hinder patient care, study says
Extending hours for surgical residents doesn't negatively affect patient care, according to a New England Journal of Medicine study. Click here to continue >>

A call for expanding residency slots: Medical school graduates may face a bleak future
The United States is facing physician shortage in the not-so-distant-future. Click here to continue >>

Should your ASC go it alone? Pinnacle III CEO Rob Carrera on ASC independence
ASCs interested in maintaining independence may first want to consider why they desire to maintain autonomy — because partnering may ultimately better serve the community and the surgery center's interests. Click here to continue >>


 Minimally Invasive Devices 

62 minimally invasive devices for ASCs to know — 2016
Here are 62 minimally invasive devices to know. Click here to continue >>

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