ASC Industry News

Check out these articles for some of the latest hot topics in ASC Industry News:

COVID-19 isn’t the only risk: Is your facility safe?

With so much of our resources, time and energy devoted to keeping staff and patients safe from COVID-19, maybe it’s been a little easier lately to let other areas of safety fall to the background. One of the ways to bring any areas that need improvement back into focus is with a Culture of Safety Survey. Surveying facility staff puts many eyes and brains reviewing where there are opportunities for improvement to make your facility safe. It can also offer tremendous insight into staff attitudes about safety.

Source: Simplify ASC

 

Bundled payments in ASCs: Good business or a race to the bottom?

ASCs play an important role in the value-based care environment and more are considering bundled payments as part of their strategy. Christina Goodall, RN, DNP, administrator of Atlanta Orthopedic Institute, said the ability to bundle services and negotiate with payers will give surgery centers the competitive edge over the next few years.

Source: Becker’s ASC review

 

Is the future bright or dark for independent ASCs?

ASCs have given surgeons and patients a safe environment for surgeries during the pandemic, but the centers suffered financially when case volumes were limited last spring. Some centers still have not recovered case volume and are finding it difficult to thrive independently, while others have developed growth strategies. Opportunities for success vary by location, specialty and market-specific payer trends. Here, 10 ASC owners and operators discuss whether the future is bright or dark for independent centers.

Source: Becker’s ASC review

 

Removing Medicare’s Outpatient Ban and Medicare and Private Surgical Trends

This article documents a 100% increase in privately insured outpatient knee replacement surgeries following Medicare’s decision to remove knee replacements from its Inpatient Only list. Objectives: To examine changes in hospital outpatient surgery trends and case mix for Medicare and privately insured patients needing total knee arthroplasty (TKA) following Medicare’s removal of TKA from its Inpatient Only list on January 1, 2018.

Source: AJMC

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