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7 things for ASC leaders to know for Thursday — Oct. 13, 2016

Here are seven updates to note:

AmSurg, Envision Healthcare propose combined company's board of directors
Following news of AmSurg's merger with Envision Healthcare, the two companies announced they proposed members for the combined company's board of directors. Envision proposed William A. Sanger, Carol J. Burt, Leonard M. Riggs, MD, Richard J. Schnall, James D. Shelton, Michael L. Smith and Ronald A. Williams to the combined company's board. AmSurg proposed Christopher A. Holden, James A. Deal, John T. Gawaluck, Steven I. Geringer, Joey A. Jacobs, Kevin P. Lavender and Cynthia S. Miller to the new board of directors.

Outpatient surgeries up 4.2M procedures in 20 years
A Healthcare Dive report stated the number of hospital admissions rates fell from 118 admissions per 1,000 visits to 103.7 admissions per 1,000 visits from 1994 to 2014. Comparatively, there were 383 million outpatient visits in 1994. In 2014, that number increased to more than 693 million outpatient visits. Providers performed 13.2 million outpatient procedures in 1994, with that number reaching 17.4 million outpatient procedures in 2014.

Shriners Hospital for Children Medical Center's opens $77M outpatient facility
Los Angeles-based Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center is building an outpatient center, equipped with an ambulatory surgery center, to meet growing demand for surgical services in Pasadena, Calif. The facility costs $77 million and is a specialty pediatric center.

Yale New Haven Health completes 100k-sq-ft medical center, equipped with ASC
Yale New Haven (Conn.) Health completed its Park Avenue Medical Center in Trumbull, Conn. The 100,000-square-foot facility houses an ambulatory surgery endoscopy center. Park Avenue Medical Center will also provide outpatient cancer services, radiology and laboratory services, rehabilitation medicine as well as primary care and specialty physician practices.

Anthem, Cigna may be forced to release 'hostile' letters over $48B deal
A court official supported the Department of Justice's request for Anthem and Cigna to release documents that show the companies fighting over their merger agreement. The officials and DOJ claim the documents would show Cigna and Anthem pointing the finger at each other for violating the terms of their merger agreement. However, the payers claim they should not release the documents as they are "privileged communications."

Arkansas Urology to build $6M outpatient center
Arkansas Urology is going to begin work on a new outpatient surgery center in Little Rock, Ark. The center will offer all outpatient procedures Arkansas Urology currently performs, and it will add several new procedures to treat Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, overactive bladder and prostate cancer.

Medical billing outsourcing market to total $16.9B by 2024
A Grand View Research report found the medical billing outsourcing market was valued at $6.3 million last year and is projected to hit $16.9 billion by 2024. North America has the highest revenue growth due to changing U.S. healthcare infrastructure and more government pressure for facilities to use electronic medical records.

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