March, April 2017 Issue of Becker's Hospital Review

March, April 2017 Issue of Becker's Hospital Review

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On the Cover

Should Medicare Allow Total Joints in ASCs?
Outpatient total joint replacements are gaining steam; physicians across the country are preforming outpatient total joints in hospitals as well as ASCs. Click here to continue.

7 Core Thoughts on Great Leadership
When we think about leadership, we think of seven things. Click here to continue.

5 RCM Benchmarks for ASCs to Know and Improve Upon
To maintain profitability as new challenges continually emerge in the healthcare industry, it is critical for ASCs to have a firm grasp on revenue cycle management. Click here to continue.

ASC Management

Which Physician Specialties are Happiest?
A physician's specialty could heavily influence their level of happiness at work, according to Medscape's Lifestyle Report 2017. Click here to continue.

Physician Burnout Up 25%+ in 4 Years: 6 Findings
Physician burnout totaled 51 percent this year, with reported cases increasing by more than 25 percent over the last four years, Medscape reports. Click here to continue.

HCA Gulf Coast Division Names Jim Brown Chief Development Officer
Houston-based Hospital Corporation of America Gulf Coast Division selected Jim Brown to serve as chief development officer, effective Feb. 13, 2017, according to Yahoo! Finance. Click here to continue.

9 New ASCs Opened or Announced
Here are nine ASCs that opened or broke ground over the past month or so. Click here to continue.

Physicians Endoscopy Acquires Minority Interest in The Endoscopy Center at St. Mary
Jamison, Pa.-based Physicians Endoscopy is partnering with St. Mary Medical Center, the Gastroenterology Group PA and Center for Colon and Rectal Health physicians, all based in Langhorne, Pa., to acquire a minority interest in Langhorne-based The Endoscopy Center at St. Mary. Click here to continue.

Building an ASC Management & Development Roadmap for the Future
The surgery center market is booming, with technological advancements and the changing healthcare landscape paving the way for cases to transition to the outpatient arena. Click here to continue.


ASC Quality Collaboration Report: 9 Key Benchmarks From Q3 2016
The ASC Quality Collaboration Quality Report released the third quarter 2016 results. Click here to continue.

16 Benchmarks for ASC Balance Sheets
Here is the average ASC's balance sheet based on statistics from the VMG Health 2016 Multi-Specialty ASC Intellimarker. Click here to continue.

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

Joint Ventures

8 Trends in Healthcare Mergers & Acquisitions for 2017
Capital One released its annual survey on merger and acquisition activity, illustrating what to expect in the year ahead. Click here to continue.

Booming M&A Activity Spurring ASC Market Growth: 4 Points
Through 2020, the ASC market is likely to continue expanding, a Market Reports World analysis found. Click here to continue.

12 Thoughts for Surgery Centers — 2017
It is a fascinating time in the surgery center and political arena. Click here to continue.

Coding & Billing

Kaiser Family Foundation: 7 Things to Know About Medicare & its Financial Future
In its latest brief, Kaiser Family Foundation delves into how the Medicare program will fare in years to come. Click here to continue.

President Trump Delays CMS Bundles Implementation by 60 Days: 4 Things to Know
President Donald Trump pushed back the implementation of CMS' bundled payments models by 60 days, Home Healthcare News reports. Click here to continue.

Indiana Healthcare Data Transparency Website to Include 50 Outpatient Procedures
Indiana's website, which includes price data for the 100 most common inpatient procedures, will also include data for the state's 50 most common outpatient procedures, according to the South Bend Tribune. Click here to continue.

Leveraging Technology to Minimize Denials
The U.S. healthcare system is experiencing an epidemic of claims denials. Click here to continue.


A Pilot Case Unlike Any Other—Massachusetts General Hospital Transplants Hepatitis C-Tainted Liver
Born with biliary atresia, Ben Blake, 26, underwent his first liver transplant when he was seven-months old. Twenty years later, his liver was failing and he needed a replacement. Click here to continue.

Sensor Can Detect IBD During Colonoscopy: 6 Key Notes
Researchers from Nashville, Tenn.-based Vanderbilt University created an endoscope that uses Raman spectroscopy, a chemical-fingerprinting technique, to detect inflammatory bowel disease in the colon. Click here to continue.

Colonoscopies Fail to Increase Under ACA: 3 Key Notes
The ACA's goal of increasing preventive cancer screenings was partially successful, Health Leaders Media reports. Click here to continue.


10 Statistics, Facts for Anesthesiologists on Race, Ethnicity, Bias & Burnout
Medscape compiled its "2017 Anesthesiologist Lifestyle Report," compiling anesthesiologists opinions on race, ethnicity, bias and physician burnout. Click here to continue.

4 Anesthesia Coding Updates for 2017
Anesthesia Business Consultants identified the CPT updates for 2017 that will have the biggest impact on anesthesia and pain management in the next year. Click here to continue.

Anesthesia Business Consultants, MiraMed Submit to Become Qualified Clinical Data Registry
MiraMed and its subsidiary Anesthesia Business Consultants have submitted to become a Qualified Clinical Data Registry for the 2017 reporting year. Click here to continue.

23 Anesthesia Mergers & Acquisitions in the Past Year
Here are 23 anesthesia group mergers, acquisitions and partnerships over the past year. Click here to continue.

Quality & Accreditation

The 6 Biggest Areas AAAHC Wants ASCs to Target in 2017
Raymond Grundman, the chief business development officer with the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, specified the six areas the accreditation association wants ASCs to focus on in 2017. Click here to continue.

5 Conditions That Most Often Lead to Unplanned Readmissions: Sepsis Ranks as No. 1
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center assessed the conditions that accounted for the highest number of unplanned hospital readmissions within 30 days, with sepsis leading the pack, according to MedPage Today. Click here to continue.

The Physician Almost Died in Her Own Hospital—What She Learned From the Experience
Rana Awdish, MD, a critical care physician at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, shares how her own near-death experience inspired her — and the hospital — to provide better patient care in an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Click here to continue.

Healthcare News

Behind Bars for Fraud: Neurosurgeon Dr. Aria Sabit Receives Nearly 20-Year Prison Sentence—8 Key Insights
Neurosurgeon Aria Sabit, MD, received a 235-month prison sentence today for fraud, as reported by Medscape. Click here to continue.

5 Health Systems with Strong Finances
Here are five hospitals and health systems with strong operational metrics and solid financial positions according to recent reports from Moody's Investors Service, Fitch Ratings and S&P Global Ratings. Click here to continue.

Cleveland Clinic Disciplines Physician for Writing Anti-vaccination Op-ed
Cleveland Clinic physician Daniel Neides, MD, penned an op-ed titled "Make 2017 the year to avoid toxins (good luck) and master your domain: Words on Wellness" in which he criticized vaccinations, specifically those given to newborns, according to a News Net 5 report. Click here to continue.

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