7 things for ASC leaders to know for Monday — May 8, 2017

Written by Eric Oliver | May 08, 2017 | Print  |

Here are seven things ASC leaders should know for May 8, 2017.

Anthem, Cigna readying for legal battle after merger fails
Anthem and Cigna are readying for an impending legal battle concerning their possible post merger breakup. The two payers have another case scheduled in Delaware May 8. The case will potentially allow Cigna to free itself from the merger deal and collect its breakup fee and other possible damages.

Low nursing levels leads to higher patient mortality
Hospitals with low nursing staffing levels may have higher patient mortality risk, according to a Sweden-based Karolinska Institutet thesis. Swedish researchers had nurses answer a series of questions about the care they did not provide due to a lack of time. The responses showed a correlation between fewer nurses, more missed care and an increase in patient mortality.

Association of Independent Doctors says Green Mountain Surgery Center opposition 'anticompetitive'
The Association of Independent Doctors, a national group that works with the Federal Trade Commission to stop hospital mergers, says opposition to the Green Mountain (Vt.) Surgery Center is anticompetitive.

The Joint Commission deletes 135 performance elements for ambulatory, office-based surgery programs
The Joint Commission removed 85 elements of performance from its Ambulatory Health Care accreditation program and 50 elements of performance from its Office-Based Surgery programs.

How limiting pharmaceutical rep sales visits influences physician prescribing
Academic medical centers implemented policies limiting pharmaceutical representative sales visits to physicians to assess whether these visits impact physician prescribing patterns, according to a study published in The JAMA Network.

US Government Accountability Office makes MACRA appointments
Comptroller General of the United States and U.S. Government Accountability Office Head Gene Dodaro appointed five new members and a new commissioner to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission.

Johns Hopkins All Children's names Dr. Mohamed Rehman anesthesia department chair
St. Petersburg, Fla.-based Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital named Mohamed Rehman, MD, chair of the anesthesiology department.

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US Government Accountability Office makes MACRA appointments
The Joint Commission deletes 135 performance elements for ambulatory, office-based surgery programs
How limiting pharmaceutical rep sales visits influences physician prescribing 

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