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7 things for ASC leaders to know for Thursday

Here are seven news updates for ambulatory surgery center leaders to know for July 17, 2014.

Northstar Healthcare revenue up in Q2.
Northstar Healthcare reported $15.1 million in estimated revenue for the second quarter of this year, up from $9.2 million in the second quarter of 2013. The company expects to meet its annual revenue projection of $74 million.

21% of physicians across all specialties employed by hospitals.
Overall, 21 percent of physicians in all specialties are employed by a hospital. The number of primary care physicians employed by a hospital rose from 10 percent in 2013 to 20 percent in 2014. Read the full article on Becker's Hospital Review.

Uninsured rate drops 5 percent.
The uninsured rate for adults dropped from 20 percent in September 2013 to 15 percent in June. This drop accounts for an estimated 9.5 million fewer uninsured adults. Read the full report on Becker's Hospital Review.

Cataract surgery slows mental decline in dementia patients.
A study presented at the Alzheimer's Association annual meeting concludes cataract surgery slows decline in memory and thinking in dementia patients. Dementia patients who underwent cataract surgery showed greater improvement in behavior and quality of life.

Two Maryland ASCs merge.
Orthopaedic Associates of Maryland Surgery Center and Ellicott City Ambulatory Surgery Center merged and will consolidate operations in Ellicott City, Md. The ASC merger is a joint venture between Merritt Healthcare and 14 physician partners.

Mebane Park Surgery Center appoints new director.
Dana Bryant, RN, has been appointed the new director of Mebane (N.C.) Medical Park ASC. She will be responsible for administrative and clinical operations of the ASC. Prior to her new role, Ms. Bryant was the director of operative services at the Women's Hospital in Greensboro, N.C.  

17 AmSurg centers in 90th percentile for patient satisfaction.
Seventeen surgery centers affiliated with AmSurg have scored in the 90th percentile or higher on patient satisfaction in the first half of 2014. Read the full list of centers on Becker's ASC Review.

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