7 things for ASC leaders to know for Thursday — Aug. 3, 2017

Here are seven updates for leaders to know:

Baylor Scott & White, USPI purchase majority stake in Texas Spine & Joint Hospital
Dallas-based Baylor Scott & White teamed with United Surgical Partners International to purchase majority ownership in Tyler-based Texas Spine & Joint Hospital. Texas Spine & Joint Hospital will remain partially physician-owned, with Baylor purchasing a controlling stake. USPI will also have ownership in the hospital.

Ohio ASCs save Medicare $30M on cataract procedures
Medicare saved more than $30 million on cataract procedures in 2014 by shifting those cases to Ohio ASCs. In Ohio, patients save $10.8 million by undergoing colonoscopies at ASCs, as opposed to other care settings.
US wants Congress to shelf healthcare reform
A Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll found the majority of respondents want Congress to shift their efforts elsewhere. Only 28 percent want Congress members to continue their work on new healthcare legislation.

FDA issues alert following 43 adverse events reported after ASC eye procedure
The FDA issued an alert over Dallas-based Guardian Pharmacy Service's compounded triamcinolone and moxifloxacin product for intravitreal injection after the FDA received 43 adverse event reports. The reports came from 43 cataract surgery patients who had procedures performed at Dallas-based PRG Dallas Ambulatory Surgery Center. For more on the alert, click here.

NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center taps Dr. Robert Burakoff for ambulatory, gastroenterology leadership roles
New York City-based NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center tapped Robert Burakoff for vice chair for ambulatory services for the Weill Department of Medicine. He will also serve as gastroenterology division site chief at NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital and Weill Cornell Medicine, both in New York City.

TeamHealth names Philip McSween EVP
Philip McSween is TeamHealth's new executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. In his positions, Mr. McSween will offer strategy and leadership for TeamHealth's legal matters.

Legacy Health dives into expansion plans, including potential Portland ASC
Portland, Ore.-based Legacy Health plans to transform a commercial center into a full city block that will include medical facilities. Within the allotted medical facility space, officials say they plan to develop a surgery cetner, medical offices as well as a patient and family housing center.

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