7 things for ASC leaders to know for Thursday — Dec. 21, 2017

Here are seven updates for ASC leaders to know for Thursday, Dec. 21.

ASCA sees nearly 200 new members in 2017
The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association reported around 200 new facilities joined the organization in 2017.

Tenet 2018 outlook: Conifer may be sold and net operating revenue to hit $17.8B
Tenet aims to improve financial performance and shareholder value through several changes, including the expansion of its cost reduction program and potentially selling Conifer. The company increased its cost reduction initiative by $100 million, and expects to achieve $250 million of annualized run-rate savings by the end of next year, including around $125 million during the 2018 calendar year.

Envision Healthcare's EmCare to pay $33M to settle remuneration for patient referrals allegations
EmCare, an Envision Healthcare company, paid $33 million to resolve alleged illegal remuneration in exchange for hospital referrals to Healthcare Management Association, which no longer exists.

Dr. Mark Gittins completes Ohio's 1st robotics-assisted bicruciate-retaining TKR at New Albany Surgery Center
Mark Gittins, DO, of Columbus, Ohio-based OrthoNeuro, completed the first robotics-assisted bicruciate-retaining total knee replacement procedure in Ohio at New Albany (Ohio) Surgery Center.

Physicians Alliance to pay $4M to settle illegal remuneration allegations
Physicians Alliance is expected to pay around $4 million to settle claims that it accepted remuneration illegally to refer patients to Healthcare Management Association hospitals. Physicians Alliance executives Lee Meyers, Michael Warren, MD, and Wallace Longton, MD, agreed to resolve allegations of illegal remuneration for patient referrals to Lancaster (Pa.) Regional Medical Center and Heart of Lancaster (Pa.) Medical Center from 2009 to 2012; both are HMA hospitals.

After HBV outbreaks, The Joint Commission urges ambulatory providers to be mindful of blood glucose devices
The Joint Commission is urging ambulatory care provides to take extra precautions to ensure that they aren't reusing the single-use portion of blood glucose monitoring devices following an increasing number of HBV cases.

Epix Anesthesia hires Matthew Baker as COO
Mr. Baker will oversee client operations, human resources, credentialing and compliance. He brings 25-plus years of healthcare experience to the position.

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