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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 June 5, 2014.

Individual insurance market enrollment rises in Q1.
The individual insurance market grew significantly during the first quarter of this year, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation issue brief. Read the full report on Becker's Hospital Review.

ACOs overlook surgeons.
A new study has found Medicare's early ACOs have put little emphasis on surgical care. Instead, ACOs have focused on chronic conditions, readmissions and emergency department use. Read the full report on Becker's Hospital Review.

Ann Geier to serve as ASCA's AAAHC liaison.
The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association Foundation as selected SourceMedical Solutions Vice President-Clinical Informatics Ann Geier as its liaison to the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.

CMS accepts majority of claims submitted during March ICD-10 testing week.
In March, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services conducted an ICD-10 testing week. Approximately 2,600 participating testers submitted more than 127,000 claims with ICD-10 codes to the Medicare Fee-for-Service claims system. Overall, CMS accepted 89 percent of claims. Some regions reported acceptance rates as high as 99 percent.

Medicare Part D could save billions through plan reassignment.
Medicare Part D could have saved more than $5 billion in 2009 if it used an intelligent algorithm to assign beneficiaries to plans instead of doing do randomly. Read the full report on Becker's Hospital Review.

National Surgical Hospitals acquires stake in The Fairfield Surgery Center.
National Surgical Hospitals purchased an ownership interest in The Fairfield (Conn.) Surgery Center. With the acquisition of this orthopedics-focused ASC, National Surgical Hospitals now owns interests in and manages eight ambulatory surgery centers and 13 surgical hospitals across the country.

The Bloom Organization selects PriorityOne Group.
The Bloom Organization selected PriorityOne Group to manage information technology services for select ASC locations. PriorityOne Group's IT services were first implemented at The Bloom Organization's Center for Ambulatory and Minimally Invasive Surgery in Eatontown, N.J.

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