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7 Things for ASC Leaders to Know for Monday

Here are seven recent news updates for ambulatory surgery center industry leaders.

AmSurg to buy Sheridan Healthcare for $2.35B.
AmSurg plans to acquire Sheridan Healthcare for $2.35 billion. The boards of both companies have agreed to the deal. Sheridan is known as a key player in the anesthesia market. The company also provides emergency medicine, neonatology and radiology for hospitals and medical facilities. Sheridan offers services in 25 states and employs more than 2,400 physicians and healthcare providers.

Regent Surgical Health opens new joint venture ASC.
Regent Surgical Health opened the joint venture Plaza Ambulatory Surgery Center in Portland, Ore. The ASC is a joint venture between Regent, local physicians and Providence Health & Services. In addition to a minority ownership position, Regent will provide management services for the ASC.

Legislators call for Medicare colonoscopy cost-sharing reform.
Congressmen Donald M. Payne Jr. (NJ-10), Joe Courtney (CT-02), Henry Waxman (CA-33), Sander Levin (MI-09), Frank Pallone (NJ-06), Jim McDermott (WA-07) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) sent President Barack Obama a letter requesting Medicare colonoscopy cost-sharing reform. The letter requested a policy change regarding cost-sharing for polyp removal during Medicare colorectal cancer screening colonoscopies.

Erie Shriners ASC welcomes new administrator.
Mary Jane Antoon, RN, has stepped into the role of administrator at Erie (Pa.) Shriners Ambulatory Surgery Center and Outpatient Specialty Care Center, effective June 1. Ms. Antoon succeeds Charles Walczak, who accepted a position as executive director of Erie Homes for Children and Adults.

New York approves CON for contested Westmoreland ASC.
The New York State Department of Health approved the certificate of need application for the $5.2 million Westmoreland ASC project. Rome Memorial Hospital, amongst other adversaries, argue that the area needs no more surgical suites. The Oneida Country Industrial Development Agency is now hearing arguments for and against the project, as it decides whether or not to provide requested assistance. Read the full report on Becker's ASC Review.

GAO appoints 6 leaders to MedPAC.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office appointed Jon B. Christianson, PhD, as vice chair of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. The GAO appointed an additional three new members to the commission and reappointed two existing members. Read the full report on Becker's Hospital Review.

Summit Medical Group ASC hosts research fundraiser.
The Summit (N.J.) Medical Group Ambulatory Surgery Center hosted a gala fundraiser to support the Summit Medical Group Foundation's efforts to promote health, medical research and medical education in the community.

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