January, February 2017 Issue of Becker's ASC Review

January, February 2017 Issue of Becker's ASC Review

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On the Cover
Independent vs. Hospital-Associated ASCs: Mutually Assured Destruction or an Uneasy Truce?
ASCs that are jointly owned by independent physician groups and hospitals or health systems may spur contention and discord among the clinicians and hospital administrators. Click here to continue.

5 ASC Powerhouses: 35 Things to Know on the Largest Surgery Center Chains
The following five major companies have made a name for themselves in the ASC business, providing management expertise to centers spanning the nation. Click here to continue.

The Future of Spine and ASCs: 5 Trends to Watch
From physician income to super groups, two industry leaders discussed emerging trends in spine and ASCs at the Becker's ASC 23rd Annual Meeting in Chicago. Click here to continue.

ASC Management

10 Key Trends in Physician Executive Pay—C-suite Reaches $499k
Cejka Executive Search partnered with the American Association for Physician Leadership to produce the Physician Leadership Compensation Survey. Click here to continue.

What Will Happen to Value-Based Care Under the Donald Trump Presidency?
President-elect Donald Trump's healthcare plan repeals the Affordable Care Act and would target the value-based initiatives along with it. Click here to continue.

8 Orthopedic Images to Know: C-arms, O-arms & G-arms
Here are the eight orthopedic imaging devices or technologies for spine leaders to know. Click here to continue.

President Obama Calls for Honesty, Continues to Defend Health Law—6 Things to Know
As his final weeks as president come to a close, President Barack Obama defended the ACA saying although the law isn't perfect, "it's worked," according to U.S. News & World Report. Click here to continue.

Pence Says Trump Plans to Repeal ACA Right ‘Out of the Gate’
President-elect Donald Trump has decided repealing the ACA will officially be among his top priorities when he takes office, Vice President-elect Mike Pence told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday. Click here to continue.

Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove’s Warning to all US Hospitals
Preventing the rate of hospital closures from rising will require hospitals to focus on improving efficiency and continuing to seek opportunities to consolidate, Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove, MD, told Fox Business Network. Click here to continue.

9 Mayo Clinic Strategies to Quench the Physician Burnout Flame
Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic recommended nine strategies for healthcare organizations to combat physician burnout, which impacts productivity, turnover rates and quality of care. Click here to continue.

Medical Facilities Corp. Names Tyler Murphy CFO
Toronto, Canada-based Medical Facilities Corp. named Tyler Murphy chief financial officer. Click here to continue.

What Not to Wear—Physician’s Attire Elicits Mixed Responses in Outpatient Orthopedic Centers
A study in Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research examined the effect physicians' attire has on a patient's perception of them in an outpatient orthopedic setting. Click here to continue.

Joint Venture
Rochester Regional Health in NY Acquires Finger Lakes Bone & Joint Center: 5 Key Notes
Rochester (N.Y.) Regional Health acquired Finger Lakes Bone & Joint Center in Geneva, N.Y., according to a Finger Lakes Times report. Click here to continue.

CHS to Sell 17 Hospitals to Drive Down Debt
Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems is in talks to sell hospitals and other assets to help trim its debt load, said CEO Wayne Smith during a third-quarter earnings call Wednesday. Click here to continue.

7 Positive, Negative Healthcare Trends Impacting ASCs
Amid a changing reimbursement landscape, the move towards Medicaid expansion and the increased popularity of ACOs, the healthcare industry resides in a state of gradual yet constant transformation. Click here to continue.

SCA Forms Partnership With River Valley Ambulatory Surgery Center
Deerfield, Ill.-based Surgical Care Affiliates partnered with Norwich, Conn.-based River Valley Ambulatory Surgery Center. Click here to continue.

Surgical Care Affiliates’ Q3 Revenue Jumps to $322.8M
Deerfield, Ill.-based Surgical Care Affiliates reported its third quarter results for the fiscal year 2016. Click here to continue.

Total Joint Replacement Business Doubles—14 Things to Know
Here are 16 things to know about outpatient total joint replacements and ambulatory surgery centers. Click here to continue.

AmSurg, Envision Healthcare Shareholders Approve Merger—4 Key Notes
Nashville, Tenn.-based AmSurg and Greenwood, Colo.-based Envision Healthcare shareholders approved the companies' merger. Click here to continue.

Coding and Billing
Common Coding Pitfalls in ASCs & Best Practices to Avoid Falling in the Traps
Stephanie Ellis, RN, of Ellis Medical Consulting in Franklin, Tenn., divulges common coding traps ASCs fall into, as well as key strategies for avoiding these pitfalls. Click here to continue.

CMS Final Rule Increases ASC Pay 1.9% in 2017: 5 Things to Know
CMS released the final 2017 ASC payment rule with plans to increase payment rates next year, and ASCA outlined the key components for ASCs. Click here to continue.

Anthem Exec Testifies During Trial, Plans to Use Cigna as Tool to ‘Aggressively Compete’ Against BCBS Plans
During the DOJ's antitrust trial against the Anthem, Cigna merger, an Anthem executive testified that the company plans to use Cigna as an avenue to compete in new markets, according to Bloomberg. Click here to continue.

Executives, Physicians at Dallas Hospital Indicted in Massive Kickback Scheme
Physicians, founders, executives and investors of physician-owned Forest Park Medical Center in Dallas have been charged in a federal indictment for their alleged involvement in a bribe and kickback scheme, according to the Department of Justice. Click here to continue.

18 Statistics on ASC Payer Mix
Here are 18 statistics on payer mix at ASCs based on the VMG Health 2016 Intellimarker Multi-Specialty ASC Study. Click here to continue.

Payers Increasing Scrutiny of Coding Compliance
In September 2014, the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General (OIG) published its audit of Tulare Regional Medical Center, an acute care hospital in California. Click here to continue.

6 Payer Contracting Missteps to Avoid
Payer contract negotiations can be a thorny and challenging process, but ambulatory surgery center administrators can mitigate the stress by preparing thoroughly and avoiding common missteps. Click here to continue.

10 Top-Paying Medicare Procedures for ASCs
The 2016 VMG Health Intellimarker Multi-Specialty ASC Study compiled a list of the top ASC procedures for Medicare spending. Click here to continue.

Orthopedic Section
The Future of Spine and ASCs: 5 Trends to Watch
From physician income to super groups, two industry leaders discussed emerging trends in spine and ASCs at the Becker's ASC 23rd Annual Meeting in Chicago. Click here to continue.

Overlapping Orthopedic Surgeries: Does it Affect Quality, OR Time in ASCs? 5 Key Notes
A new study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery examined overlapping surgery in the ambulatory orthopedic setting. Click here to continue.

What Are the Driving Forces Behind Medicare Reimbursement for Total Joint Arthroplasty? 7 Key Notes
A study in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery presented the biggest variables affecting total joint arthroplasty reimbursement. Click here to continue.

Stryker Courts With Ascential Spine Device, Inventory Management Solution: 5 Things to Know
Stryker introduced a new implant delivery solution for low-acuity spine surgeries designed for the ambulatory surgery center. Click here to continue.

Are High Volume Arthroplasty Centers Less Prone to Complications? 5 Study Insights
A study in the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma found that high volume arthroplasty centers show lower mortality and complication rates than lower-volume centers. Click here to continue.

25 ASCs With Total Disc Replacement Spinal Surgery
Here are 26 ambulatory surgery centers where surgeons perform total disc replacements. Click here to continue.

Rush University Medical Center & Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush Receive Approval for $21M ASC
Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board approved Chicago-based practices Rush University Medical Center and Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush's plans to build a new building, featuring a surgery center, in Oak Brook, according to Daily Herald. Click here to continue.

106 Knee Surgeons to Know | 2017
Here are 106 knee surgeons to know. Click here to continue.

GI & Endoscopy
New Patient Centered Curriculum Pushing NYU Langone GI Physicians to Strive for Excellence: 4 Key Notes
After identifying patient-centered care as a cornerstone of its clinical mission, New York's NYU Langone Medical Center developed a new curriculum to challenge its gastroenterologists. Click here to continue.

What’s the Future of Capsule Endoscopy Market? 5 Takeaways
After experiencing steady growth in adaptation since 2001, the $178.8 million global endoscopy market is predicted to grow at a CAGR of 14.8 percent through 2020, according to a report by Wise Guy Reports. Click here to continue.


Quality and Accreditation
7 Things AAAHC Surveyors Want ASCs to do Before Their Next Survey
In a session at the Becker's ASC 23rd Annual Meeting: The Business and Operations of ASCs, Oct. 27 to Oct. 29 in Chicago, Alicia Johnson, consultant and Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care surveyor with Healthcare Consultants International, discussed common deficiencies cited in AAAHC surveys and how ASC can avoid them. Click here to continue.

Report: Healthcare Organizations Will be Targeted Most for Data Breaches in 2017
Experian's Data Breach Industry Forecast report outlines the top five data breach trends predicted for 2017. Click here to continue.

CDC: 10 Most Important Public Health Problems and Concerns
The CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control updated its Prevention Status Reports Monday, which ranks the biggest public health issues in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Click here to continue.

Calif. Nurse Fired Over Breach Involving 528 Patient Records
A nurse at Glendale (Calif.) Adventist Medical Center was fired Nov. 30 after accessing more than 500 patient records without authorization, according to the Los Angeles Times. Click here to continue.

Patient-Centered Checklist May Reap Higher Patient Satisfaction, Better Surgical Care for ASCs: 5 Thoughts
Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School researchers found patient-centered perioperative checklists may help surgeons in outpatient settings bolster patient outcomes, surgical quality and patient satisfaction scores, according to General Surgery News. Click here to continue.

5 Key Notes on Workplace violence in Healthcare
Here are five things to know about violence against nurses, according to an article in the Atlantic. Click here to continue.

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