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The Office of Management and Budget gave the OK for HHS to launch the Ambulatory Surgery Center Survey on Patient Safety Culture Database. The decision comes as ambulatory surgery centers are treating more patients—a trend being pushed by payers, including Medicare, that want to move care away from more expensive inpatient settings.
Source: Healthcare Dive
West Reading’s Tower Health has announced a partnership with the nation’s largest manager of ambulatory surgical centers to expand access to care for patients in its market area. Through the joint venture with United Surgical Partners International of Texas, Tower plans to both acquire and develop ambulatory surgery centers in Southeastern Pennsylvania with a goal of improving access for patients to high-quality, high-value surgical procedures.
Source: LeHigh Valley Business
Since 2010, the total number of healthcare data breaches has increased steadily every year — except in 2015 — from 199 in 2010 to 344 in 2017, according to an analysis of U.S. health care data conducted by two Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) physicians. While 70 percent of all breaches took place at health care providers, breaches involving health plans accounted for 63 percent of all breached records.
Source: HealthIT Security
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has announced collaboration with The Joint Commission to incorporate AAOS clinical expertise into standards development and performance measurement requirements for Total Hip and Knee Replacement (THKR) Certification. The Joint Commission established the voluntary advanced certification in 2016 for accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers seeking to elevate the quality, consistency and safety of their services and patient care.
Source: The Joint Commission
With nearly 1.5 million employees across 4,700 stores, Bentonville, Ark.-based Walmart is the nation’s largest private employer. And with nearly 1 million of those employees self-insured, it’s also a heavy influencer on the U.S. healthcare market, according to a MarketWatch analysis.
Source: Beckers Hospital Review