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7 things for ASC leaders to know for Monday — March 12, 2018

Here are seven updates for ASC leaders to know for March 12, 2018.

Riverside Regional Surgery Center owner, 3 others charged in $8M healthcare fraud scheme
Babar Iqbal, MD, and three others were arrested on felony charges, alleging the co-conspirators were involved in an $8 million healthcare fraud scheme. Dr. Iqbal, who heads Riverside (Calif.) Regional Surgery Center, and the three others are accused of devising a scheme to bill insurance for care given under false pretenses.

New Jersey health commissioner introducing mandatory adverse event reporting for surgery centers
At his confirmation hearing, New Jersey's new Health Commissioner Shereef Elnahal, MD, said he'd soon introduce a mandatory adverse event reporting requirement for all surgery centers, including one-room facilities not licensed by the Department of Health. Read more.

East Alabama Medical Center building emergency facility with ASC
Opelika-based East Alabama Medical Center plans to open a freestanding emergency department with an ASC in Auburn, Ala. The ASC will have four operating and procedure rooms.

5 things CMS Administrator Seema Verma said at HIMSS18
CMS Administrator Seema Verma made a speech at HIMSS18, March 5 to March 9 in Las Vegas, touching on several topics related to the agency and the future of healthcare. Read more.

NY health system expanding campus, adding surgery center
The New York Department of Health approved Kingston, N.Y.-based HealthAlliance of Hudson Valley's $92 million expansion of its campus in midtown Kingston.

The Joint Commission accredits Overland Park Surgical Suites
Overland Park (Kan.) Surgical Suites received The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation. Overland Park Surgical Suites is SurgCenter Development's second operational center in Kansas.

Three face charges in illegal pill mill operation
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro charged a Philadelphia-based psychiatrist, a Blair County, Pa.-based pediatrician and a Philadelphia resident in relation to alleged illicit prescription writing schemes. Read more.

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