7 things for ASC leaders to know for Thursday — April 14, 2016

Here are seven updates:

SCA partners with Gladiolus Surgery Center
Surgical Care Affiliates partnered with Gladiolus Surgery Center in Fort Myers, Fla. Through the partnership, SCA will now operate four ASCs and more than 30 physicians in southwest Florida.
 
MFC CEO Britt Reynolds to start in May
Britt Reynolds will begin his role as Medical Facilities Corporation's CEO on May 1. MFC initially had a June 1st start date for Mr. Reynolds. Since January 2012, Mr. Reynolds has been president of Tenet Healthcare's hospital operations.

Shiley Eye Institute commemorates 25 years
Shiley Eye Institute was San Diego's first comprehensive eye care facility. Last year, the UC San Diego Shiley Eye Center was renamed the UC San Diego Donald P. and Darlene V. Shiley Eye Institute.

UnitedHealth to exit Georgia, Arkansas exchanges
UnitedHealth plans to exit the Affordable Care Act exchanges in Georgia and Arkansas. The payer only entered the Arkansas marketplace last November, and did not comment why it was leaving in 2017.

US physicians successfully perform 1st in-vivo esophageal regeneration
U.S. physicians successfully regenerated a damaged esophagus, which was badly damaged with a 5-cm, full-thickness hole.  Physicians used tissue-engineered extracellular matrix populated with autologous pluripotent cells and readily available stents, which were removed within three to five years after the initial procedure.

Premiums rose 8% in 2015
From 2015 to 2016, premiums rose, on average, from $356 a month to $386 a month, according to a Department of Health and Human Services report. HHS reports once the ACA tax credits are factored into the equation, the average premium increase will be 4 percent.

Lehigh Valley Health Network dedicates pediatric ASC
On April 8, Allentown, Pa.-based Lehigh Valley Health Network dedicated its new pediatric ASC. Lehigh Valley named the center The J.B. and Kathleen Reilly Children's Surgery Center in honor of one of the biggest developers in the region and his wife.

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