• Industry Leaders Reflect on '08, Predict '09 Trends
    Even as the U.S. economy tries to right itself again after the mortgage meltdown, the credit crisis and a jittery stock market in the last quarter of 2008, the ambulatory surgery industry is attempting to maintain its equilibrium in the midst of this mayhem. Let’s ...More
    November 20, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • Billing and Coding ENT Procedures
    What do otolaryngologists and ASC coders for ENTs need to understand about coding rules in order to optimize fair reimburse-ment? Consider the following tips. ...More
    October 30, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • Medicare Non-Reimbursement Policy Struggles
    The policy’s coding system, which for track’s whether a patient experienced a hospital-acquired condition, has limitations and doesn’t always catch when a claim is bumped into a higher payment group, the Web site reported. ...More
    October 28, 2008 Posted in News
  • Medical Group-Practice Cost Increases Outpace Revenues
    Compounding economic pressures created by declining reimbursement and crushing administrative burdens, operating costs rose faster than revenue in many medical group practices in 2007, according to the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) Cost Survey: 2008 Reports ...More
    October 24, 2008 Posted in News
  • MedPAC Mulling over Financial Disclosure Requirements
    A recommendation of note for the ambulatory surgery center industry would require all hospitals and ASCs to annually report each physician who directly or indirectly owns an interest in a hospital or ASC. ...More
    October 9, 2008 Posted in News
  • CMS Enhances Efforts to Fight Medicare Fraud, Waste and Abuse
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced aggressive new steps to find and prevent waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare. ...More
    October 7, 2008 Posted in News
  • The Changing Face of ASC Reimbursement
    Ambulatory surgery centers are facing new and important challenges for 2009. We had barely mastered the 2008 Medicare conversion to the modified Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS), when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the proposed ...More
    October 3, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • UMS Announces New Mobile Brachytherapy Service for ASCs
    United Medical Systems, a mobile services company, is launching a new "turnkey" brachytherapy service program in selected areas of the U.S. ...More
    October 1, 2008 Posted in News
  • New Bill Advocates National Electronic Medical Record System
    The bill would create a series of incentives for physicians and hospitals who utilize the system, encourage the adoption of new technologies through funds provided by grants and allow patients to request an audit trail of medical record disclosures. ...More
    September 22, 2008 Posted in News
  • ASC Association Addresses CMS on Low Medicare Payment Rates for 2009
    In a letter addressed to Kerry Weems, acting administrator for CMS, Kathy Bryant, president of the ASC Association, asked CMS to reconsider the outpatient prospective payment system rate (OPPS), which is currently set for 59 percent of hospital outpatient departments ...More
    September 11, 2008 Posted in News