Here are four major ASC deals Becker's reported on in April:
1. Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Health and Nashville, Tenn.-based healthcare services company Surgery Partners have signed a collaboration agreement in which Surgery Partners will take over management of Intermountain's existing ASCs in Utah and Idaho and will develop more ASCs in other select markets.
2. Columbus-based OhioHealth and Nashville-based healthcare services company Surgery Partners formed a new company to grow ASC joint ventures across the state of Ohio.
The partnership will start by expanding within the 50 counties OhioHealth currently serves, and eventually growing into the remaining 38 counties.
3. Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente inked a deal to acquire Geisinger Health and its more than 1,700 physicians. Through the deal, Danford, Pa.-based Geisinger will be the first to join Risant Health, a new nonprofit organization created by the Kaiser Foundation Hospitals.
Risant Health, which will operate separately from Kaiser's coverage model, aims to expand the adoption of value-based care in multi-payer and multi-provider health system environments.
4. Anthem Blue Cross issued a systemwide notice amending its physician agreement to require contracted physicians to maintain privileges with at least one in-network ambulatory surgery center.
The notice was sent to over 70,000 physicians. The change was put in place to ensure that physicians who perform procedures that could be done in an ASC maintain privileges at a licensed, in-network ASC.