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7 Things for ASC Leaders to Know for Monday

Here are seven news updates for ambulatory surgery center leaders to know for May 19, 2014.

N.H. bill including ASC tax moves to Senate.
A bill amending New Hampshire's Medicaid Enhancement Tax through an expansion of the tax to include ASCs has passed in the state's House of Representatives and will move to the Senate for a vote.

Morsani ASC medical director earns lifetime achievement award.
The Greater Temple Chamber of Commerce granted Charles Cox, MD, the medical director of Morsani Ambulatory Surgery Center in Tampa. Fla., the Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Cox is a breast cancer clinician and surgeon.

Digestive Endoscopy Center wins award.
Digestive Disease Specialists and Digestive Endoscopy Center in Dayton, Ohio, received the BBB Eclipse Integrity Achievement Award. The AmSurg-affiliated center received the award for demonstrating honesty, ethics and integrity in the community.

Alton/Sand Canyon Surgical Center offers free surgery day.
Kaiser Permanente Orange County's Alton/Sand Canyon Surgical Center in Irvine, Calif., performed 25 free surgeries for uninsured patients on May 17. The free surgery day was organized through Kaiser's partnership with Access OC, a group that encourages healthcare organizations to donate care to uninsured patients.

Eye Surgery Center of Nashville to expand.
Eye Surgery Center of Nashville (Tenn.), affiliated with United Surgical Partners International, plans to add approximately 4,000 square feet to its existing location. The expansion will take place under a new lease at the surgery center's medical office building.

Northstar Healthcare patient service revenue surges 194 percent.
Northstar reported net patient service revenue of $12.1 million, up 194.1 percent from $4.1 million in the first quarter of 2013. The company reported a total of 1,499 cases performed in the first quarter, up 43.6 percent from the 1,044 cases performed in the first quarter of 2013.

HHS, AGA collaborate to address GI public health issues.
During Digestive Disease Week in Chicago, HHS Assistant Secretary Howard Koh, MD, MPH, spoke with American Gastroenterological Association representatives about the importance of working together to improve colorectal cancer, hepatitis B and hepatitis C screening and treatment. HHS also intends to participate in the "80 by 2018" initiative, which aims to raise the national colorectal cancer screening rate to 80 percent by 2018.

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