7 Things for ASC Leaders to Know for Monday

Here are seven things for ambulatory surgery center leaders to know for Monday, July 1, 2013.


Dollar Sign Only 35.4% of physicians satisfied with their pay.
Only 35.4 percent of physicians reported being "beyond satisfied" or "satisfied" with their income and the amount of time they spent to earn it, according to The Medicus Firm's 2013 Physician Practice Preference & Relocation Survey. The survey also found that 7.5 percent of physicians are so dissatisfied with their income that think practicing medicine may not be worth it.

Joint Commission revises standards for ambulatory care.
The Joint Commission has announced that it has made revisions to the human resources, leadership, medication management, national patient safety goals and provision or care, treatment and services chapters of the ambulatory care standards.

SurgCenter Development names Dr. Stacey Berner president.
SurgCenter Development, a company that partners with physicians to develop ambulatory surgery centers, has named Stacey Berner, MD, president. Dr. Berner, board-certified hand surgeon, joined the company in 2012 as a principal.

Oregon orthopedic surgeons, surgery center give back to community.
Orthopedic Surgeons of Orthopedic + Fracture Specialists and Center for Specialty Surgery of Portland (Ore.) recently delivered free care to patients without health insurance. The participants are members of the Oregon Ambulatory Surgery Center Association. They partnered with local vendors including Kimberly Clark, Johnson & Johnson, McKesson, Stryker, DJO, Pacific Medical, B. Braun, Cardinal Health, Teleflex Medical and PDI for the event.

40% of payers lack transparency.
The 2013 PayerView Report, complied by athenahealth, provides a qualitative guide to payer-provider relationships. According to the report, 40 percent of payers do not have any clear information available to providers and 17 percent of payers received the highest score for administrative burden caused by lack of transparency.

CMS makes final ruling on PPACA loopholes.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has made a final ruling on the health law's fines for not obtaining health insurance. Americans who do not qualify for Medicare solely because of the state they live in will not be fined a "shared responsibility payment" for failing to obtain insurance, if they qualify for a hardship exemption.
West Regional Medical Group to break ground on North Dakota surgery center.
West Regional Medical Group has announced that it will break ground on a 16-acre medical park, which will include a surgery center, in Bismarck, N.D.

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