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  1. Spine procedures in ASCs: Experts talk obstacles, hospital partnerships and reimbursement

    Becker's 15th Annual Spine, Orthopedic & Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference + The Future of Spine took place in Chicago June 22-24. During the meeting, Jeffrey Simmons, chief development officer of Westchester, Ill.-based Regent Surgical Health, and Pierce Nunley, MD, director of the Spine Institute of Louisiana in Shreveport, discussed spine cases in the ASC setting during a panel moderated by Bart Walker, partner with McGuireWoods.  By Molly Gamble -
  2. 4 things to know about The Joint Commission's 4 new TJR performance measures

    The Joint Commission recently released four new performance measures for total hip and total knee replacement procedures.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. 4 recent ASC acquisitions — June 2017

    Here are four recent ASC acquisitions and partnerships announced in June 2017.  By Eric Oliver -

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  1. 100 physicians attend Anesthesia Patient Safety Conference for oral, maxillofacial surgeons

    The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons' first Anesthesia Patient Safety Conference focused on increasing anesthesia patient safety efforts.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. Cara Therapeutics stocks drop after non-opioid pain therapy posts mixed results — 6 insights

    Cara Therapeutics stocks fell 40 percent after the company announced its non-opioid pain management drug, oral CR845, failed to significantly reduce pain in osteoarthritis patients, National Pain Report reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. How to set up total joint and spine programs at ASCs — and what to expect from insurers in 3-5 years

    Surgeons across the country are beginning to perform outpatient total joint replacements and spine surgery in an ambulatory surgery center. Outpatient procedures are associated with lower infection rates and reduced costs, providing better value to the healthcare system.  By Laura Dyrda -
  4. Office-based physicians rank this as their No. 1 EHR complaint

    Physicians of all practice settings have issues with the EHR, but their primary concern may differ.  By Mary Rechtoris -

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  1. BCBS patients may face OON rates at Children's Minnesota and surgery center

    Minneapolis-based Children's Minnesota and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota failed to finalize a contact by the July 5 deadline, which could mean major rate increases for customers, according to Star Tribune.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. Sarasota medical office building sells for $4.4M: 5 things to know

    The buildling that houses Premier Surgery Center of Sarasota (Fla.) sold for $4.43 million, according to SRQ.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. Envision Healthcare expands in Atlanta through emergency medicine physician group acquisition

    Envision Healthcare's physician services division acquired Atlanta-based Northside Emergency Associates.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  4. ASC leader to know: Andrew Hayek of OptumHealth, SCA

    Andrew Hayek is the CEO of OptumHealth and Surgical Care Affiliates. Optum and SCA merged in January 2017, thereby giving SCA access to Optum's platform which serves millions of U.S. customers via 20,000 affiliated physicians and hundreds of facilities spanning the nation.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  1. 10 best, worst states to start a business

    WalletHub identified the 10 best and 10 worst places to start a business using metrics including financial accessibly and human capital availability.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. Takeda's CEO under pressure & more — 5 GI company key notes

    Here are five updates on GI companies from the past week:  By Eric Oliver -
  3. AGA on Better Care Reconciliation Act: 'Patient access to care in peril'

    The American Gastroenterological Association released its statement on Senate Republicans' proposed healthcare legislation saying the bill would drastically limit Americans' access to healthcare.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. Allergan sues Sun Pharma for patent infringement — 3 insights

    Forest Laboratories and Allergan filed a suit against Sun Pharma for patent infringement in the District of Delaware's U.S. District Court, Life Sciences Intellectual Property Review reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  5. Business, value & patients — Practice Partners in Healthcare CEO discusses the orthopedics landscape

    Larry D. Taylor, president and CEO of Birmingham, Ala.-based Practice Partners in Healthcare, shares how his practice measures outcomes in a value-based arena and the importance of maintaining a strong patient base.  By Megan Wood -
  6. 3 trends that could impact ASC reimbursement

    Narrow networks, bundled payments and consumer demand for price transparency are affecting reimbursement. It is critical to understand these rapidly emerging concepts, otherwise, surgery centers may be missing opportunities to optimize payment and enhance their bottom line.   By Morgan Haefner -
  7. 10 statistics on orthopedic surgeon practice setting — 35% in private practice; 17% in hospitals

    According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2016 Census, here is the breakdown of orthopedists by practice setting.  By Laura Dyrda -
  8. 5 trends in physician income and compensation

    The Medicus Firm released its 2017 Physician Practice Preference & Relocation Survey, outlining statistics on physician practice in the U.S.  By Laura Dyrda -
  9. Trump picks Indiana Health Commissioner Dr. Jerome Adams as surgeon general: 5 things to know

    President Donald Trump nominated Jerome Adams, MD, to be the next surgeon general, according to USA Today.  By Mary Rechtoris -

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