7 things for ASC leaders to know for Thursday — Feb. 8, 2018

Here are seven updates for ASC leaders to know for Feb. 8, 2018.

How Anthem's new anesthesia policy for cataract surgery will affect ASCs
Anthem recently made a policy change that claimed monitored anesthesia care during routine cataract surgery was not medically necessary. The California Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons and the California Society of Anesthesiologists are requesting that Anthem review the policy before a disastrous error takes place.

Judge grants ASC's injunction against former physicians in non-compete case
A district judge barred six physicians from ownership or affiliation with Sioux City, Iowa-based Tri-State Specialists' Riverview Surgical Center until the court decides whether the physicians violated non-compete agreements they had with Sioux City-based Pierce Street Same Day Surgery.

Steady growth expected for the medical billing outsourcing market
The medical billing outsourcing market has grown rapidly in the past several years, and this rise is expected to continue through 2023. The growth is driven by increasing healthcare expenditure in developing regions and boosted by government support for the use of IT resources.

CMS expands MIPS reporting relief for providers in disaster-stricken areas
CMS expanded its 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System data reporting exemption for healthcare professionals practicing in areas hit by hurricanes and wildfires. CMS said it wants to spare physicians in disaster-hit areas from 2019 reductions in Medicare pay for failing to submit complete information about their 2017 performance.

USPI to anchor Texas medical office building
United Surgical Partners International will serve as the anchor tenant in a three-story, 50,000-square-foot medical office building in Plano, Texas. USPI will occupy the entire third floor of the building and is expected to move in by April.

Caresyntax names former Wisconsin health system exec Dr. Paul Summerside CMO
The technology and services company focused on reducing risk in hospitals and at ASCs named former Green Bay, Wis.-based Baycare Health System CMO Paul Summerside, MD, its new CMO.

Surgery center linked to 2012 meningitis outbreak fights punitive damages claim
A dispute between Abingdon, Md.-based Box Hill Surgery Center and a deceased patient's estate is the last in a docket of more than 700 cases related to a deadly meningitis outbreak. The patient died after receiving contaminated injections at the center.

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