Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. San Juan Regional Medical Center acquires San Juan Endoscopy

    Farmington, N.M.-based San Juan Regional Medical Center acquired San Juan Endoscopy, according to a Farmington Daily Times report.  By Laura Dyrda -
  2. CMS issues exemption for ASCs affected by Hurricane Harvey: 4 key notes

    CMS exempted ASCs in Hurricane Harvey's path from quality reporting requirements without having to submit extraordinary circumstance exemption requests, according to ASCA.  By Laura Dyrda -
  3. Former Seattle ASC manager to take on new role at Palomar Medical Center: 4 things to know

    Dawn Laundrup, BSN, RN, is the new director of surgical services at Poway, Calif.-based Palomar Medical Center, according to Times of San Diego.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  1. How new leadership 'freshened' up this ASC's processes to prepare for AAAHC reaccredidation

    Preparing for a reaccredidation survey can require a great deal of legwork for surgery centers, as ASC leadership works to ensure all documentation and processes meet or exceed Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care standards. When taking on the director of nursing position at Langhorne, Pa.-based The Ambulatory Surgery Center @ St. Mary's in December 2016, Dominic Vendetta, BSN, RN, had to fine tune many of the ASC's processes so it was sufficiently prepared for the AAAHC reaccredidation survey this past July.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. 'Not all anesthesia providers are equal' — What ASC administrators need to know before partnering with an anesthesia group

    When an ASC is partnering with an anesthesia practice, the negotiation can be difficult with several aspects to consider.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. New technology? Research code accuracy before billing

    Today’s medical technology is complex and expensive. Robotic surgical systems, new implants, novel instruments, and many more are released on seemingly a daily basis. Coding accurately for this new technology is critical, as carriers have a keen interest in auditing for coding accuracy and reimbursement.  By Jessica Edmiston, Senior Vice President, Coding, National Medical Billing Services, Tamara Wagner, Vice President, Performance Review, National Medical Billing Services -
  4. Individualized patient payment solutions: ClearGage increases access to care without putting providers at risk

    It’s a sobering situation: As the number of Americans with high deductible health plans continues to grow, more and more families across the country strain under the burden of medical debt. This is placing an unprecedented and growing burden on healthcare providers as bad debt and patient collection costs skyrocket. Add in the declining patient case rate acceptance, and to survive and thrive in the years to come, providers must embrace a “retail” payments mentality to get paid for healthcare.   By Staff -

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  1. Top 10 most-read ASC articles — Aug. 28-Sept.1

    Here are the 10 most-read ASC articles Becker's ASC Review featured during the week of Aug. 28 to Sept. 1.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. ASC leader to know: Rodger Baca of Physicians Endoscopy

    Rodger Baca is the chief development officer of Physicians Endoscopy, an ASC management company. Since joining the company three years ago, Mr. Baca has led the company's strategic growth plan. The plan includes developing and buying 50 centers over a five-year span.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. Fairview Range's 2 newest surgeons to provide services at Northwoods Surgery Center

    Hibbing, Minn.-based Fairview Range Medical Center welcomed two general surgeons — Dustin Lucarelli, MD and Joe Skaja, MD — to its team, according to Hometown Focus.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  4. The Center for Advanced Healthcare at Brownwood to house ASC: 4 key points

    Alongside The Villages (Fla.) Health, Anchor Health Properties is opening a multispecialty building that will include healthcare services, according to Commercial Property Executive.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  1. Delivering satisfaction & lowering costs — How customized total knee implants are changing the TKR experience

    Patients do not conform to a one-size-fits-all implant model, especially when it comes to knee replacements. Off-the-shelf implants often leave room for improvement in terms of fit and comfort because although many total knee replacement patients experience reduced pain following surgery, about 20 percent are not fully satisfied.  By Megan Wood -
  2. How to protect your reimbursement as payers narrow payable diagnosis codes

    A troubling trend among insurance companies is threatening orthopedic ASCs across the country: narrowing payable diagnosis codes for osteoarthritis of the knee. Surgeons need to prove patients have a very specific diagnosis of knee osteoarthritis before payers will preauthorize surgery. Several payers will no longer preauthorize surgery based on "knee pain" and look for patients to meet certain criteria before an osteoarthritis diagnosis can be applied.  By Laura Dyrda -
  3. Tenet CEO Trevor Fetter to step down: 6 things to know today

    Tenet Healthcare Chairman and CEO Trevor Fetter is stepping down from his CEO and director positions.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  4. Seaside Surgery Center CEO, medical director named surgery chief at Florida hospital — 4 insights

    Naples-based Landmark Hospital of Southwest Florida appointed Robert Zehr, MD, chief of surgery, Business Observer reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  5. Michigan Medicine names anesthesiologist Dr. Andrew Rosenberg CIO — 4 insights

    Ann Arbor-based Michigan Medicine appointed Andrew Rosenberg its inaugural system-wide CIO.  By Eric Oliver -
  6. What 15 healthcare practices pay their orthopedic surgeons — $664k is #1

    Glassdoor collects and compiles reported salary data. For orthopedic surgeons, Glassdoor says the national average salary is $444,966.  By Eric Oliver -
  7. LinkedIn's highest-paid 2017 jobs — Cardiologist #2 at $382k

    Orthopedic surgeons ranked as the highest-paid job on LinkedIn's 2017 list.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  8. Which 10 US states have the most overworked nurses?

    There is a shortage of nurses throughout the U.S., with Hawaii boasting the fewest nurses per 1,000 residents.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  9. Why 90210 Surgery Medical Center administrator Benita Tapia is looking forward to October

    The month of October is an exciting time for many, as leaves start to change color and cooler weather takes hold. For Beverly Hills, Calif.-based 90210 Surgery Center Administrator Benita Tapia, RN, October marks one of her favorite events: Becker's ASC 24th Annual Meeting: The Business and Operations of ASCs.  By Mary Rechtoris -

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