7 things for ASC leaders to know for Thursday — July 6, 2017

Here are seven updates:

Compass Surgical Partners adds Scott White as Florida market president
Scott White is the Florida market president of Compass Surgical Partners, an ASC management and development company. In his new role, Mr. White will oversee Compass' Florida surgery centers' operations and will lead the opening of various centers Compass has under development.

The Joint Commission releases 4 new TJR performance measures
The Joint Commission recently released four new performance measures for total hip and total knee replacement procedures. The measures correlate to the following areas:
•    Regional anesthesia
•    Postoperative ambulation on the day of surgery
•    Discharged to home
•    Preoperative functional/health status assessment

Premier Surgery Center of Sarasota sells for $4.4M
Premier Surgery Center of Sarasota (Fla.) sold for $4.43 million. National Surgery Center Holdings, a Tenet Healthcare subsidiary, is the majority tenant partner in the ASC.

Trump picks Indiana Health Commissioner Dr. Jerome Adams as surgeon general
President Donald Trump nominated Jerome Adams, MD, to be the next surgeon general. Dr. Adams is currently the state health commissioner of Indiana.

Ambulatory payment classification fee schedule causes Connecticut HOPD payment per surgical episode to fall
Researchers conducted a study to assess whether fix-amount fee schedules or percent-of-charge-based fee regulations impacted hospital outpatient payments per surgical episode. Connecticut adopted a fee schedule for hospital and ambulatory surgery center services, setting the HOPD rate at 210 percent of the Medicare rate. When the state introduced the ambulatory payment classification based fee schedule, the average hospital outpatient payment per surgical episode fell by 14 percent from 2014 to 2015.

Office-based physicians rank this as their No. 1 EHR complaint
Researchers found hospital-based physicians' primary complaint was EHRs leaving physician with less face time with patients. However, office-based physicians said EHRs negatively impact quality of their patient interactions.

BCBS patients may face OON rates at Children's Minnesota and surgery center
Minneapolis-based Children's Minnesota and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota failed to finalize a contact by the July 5 deadline, which could mean major rate increases for customers. Starting July 5, patients with BCBS coverage may have higher out-of-network rates if they seek care at Children's Minnesota as well as the hospital's surgery center in Minnetonka, Minn.

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