7 Things for ASC Leaders to Know for Monday

Here are seven things for ambulatory surgery center leaders to know for June 9, 2014.

Healthcare industry adds 34k jobs in May.
The healthcare industry added 34,000 jobs last month, twice its average monthly growth for the prior 12 months. Of these new jobs, 23,000 were added in ambulatory settings. The nation's total employment rose by 217,000 jobs in May. Read the full report on Becker's Hospital Review.

Uninsured rate remains at record low in May.
The U.S. uninsured rate held steady at a record low of 13.4 percent in May, according to a recent Gallup poll. The uninsured population could also continue to shrink if more states opt to expand their Medicaid programs. Read the full report on Becker's Hospital Review.

Physicians to build $1M Northway Surgery and Pain Center.
Physicians from The Albany (N.Y.) & Saratoga Center for Pain Management and New York Pain Management in Clifton Park received preliminary state approval to build the $1M Northway Surgery and Pain Center in Clifton Park. The physician owners expect to perform 8,000 procedures at the center within its first year.

South Carolina CON law remains in place.
Despite Governor Nikki Haley's veto of the certificate of need program's funds and the Department of Health and Environmental Control request to revisit its ruling, the Supreme Court stood firm by its ruling that requires the state to continue operating its CON program. The DHEC expects to begin accepting applications again in mid-July.

24% of physicians considering selling their practice.
Nearly one-third, 24 percent, of physicians report considering the sale of their practice, according to The Second Annual Practice Profitability Index: 2014 Edition. Twelve percent of physicians are actively seeking to sell their practice and 11 percent already have, according to the report.

Raleigh Endoscopy Center hosts U.S. Representative.
U.S. Representative Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) recently toured Raleigh (N.C) Endoscopy Center. "From my experience, ambulatory surgery centers are much more efficient than hospitals," said Rep. Ellmers.

Columbus Hospital to build surgery center.
Columbus (Wis.) Community Hospital will break ground on an $18.6 million expansion project, including a surgery center, on June 10. The surgery center is expected to reach completion in 2015.

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