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Atlas Healthcare Partners Announces Joint Venture with MultiCare Health System

Atlas Healthcare Partners, an ASC development and management company, announced a joint venture with MultiCare, a not-for-profit healthcare organization operating 12 hospitals across Washington State.


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ACHC Launches New Healthcare Staffing Services Certification

The Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) of Cary, North Carolina, launched its new Healthcare Staffing Services Certification last week to validate that staffing agencies meet recognized standards for quality in providing clinical professionals to healthcare organizations.


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Portland Clinic Downtown Surgery Center Closes

The Portland Clinic officially closed its downtown surgery center, located on the lower level of the clinic’s downtown branch at 800 SW 13th Avenue, on June 14, 2024, according to a release.


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AAAHC Releases Updated Allergy Documentation Toolkit

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) of Deerfield, Illinois, has released a newly updated Allergy Documentation Toolkit, featuring new data and references for the seriousness of allergies and allergy-related medical issues in the US, according to a release.


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Covenant High Plains Surgery Center Earns Designation from American College of Surgeons

Covenant High Plains Surgery Center (CHPSC) in Lubbock, Texas, earned the ACS Surgical Quality Partner designation from the American College of Surgeons (ACS), according to a release. The surgery center earned the designation as a result of its accreditation by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.


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The Joint Commission Releases 2023 Sentinel Event Data Report

The Joint Commission published its Sentinel Event Data 2023 Annual Review last week, according to a report on Joint Commission Online. The annual review includes a figure showing the trend of reported sentinel events by source from 2005 to 2023.


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AORN CEO to Retire

Linda K. Groah, RN, the chief executive officer (CEO) and executive director of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), has announced her plans to retire at the end of this year after a new CEO is selected, according to a release.


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Commonwealth Pain & Spine Breaks Ground for New ASC

Commonwealth Pain & Spine in Evansville, Indiana, announced a partnership with Woodward Development and Construction to build the first of many state-of-the-art, convenient and patient-centered ASCs.


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Compass Surgical, Bon Secours Mercy, Local Doctors Open Multispecialty ASC

Millennium Surgery Center, a joint venture between Compass Surgical Partners, Bon Secours Mercy Health and local physicians, launched in Greenville, South Carolina, last month.


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ACHC Highlights Milestones in Annual Report

In its latest annual report released earlier this month, the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) of Cary, North Carolina, showcases accomplishments from 2023.


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Meet ASCA’s New Board President

ASCA Board members elected Mark Wainner, senior director of ASC Acquisition and Development at Community Health Systems (CHS) in Franklin, Tennessee, as the new board president during the ASCA 2024 Conference & Expo in Orlando, Florida, April 17–20.


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Brunswick Surgery Center Achieves Certificates of Excellence from DNV Healthcare

Brunswick Surgery Center (BSC) of Leland, North Carolina, received four certificates of excellence from the accreditation organization DNV Healthcare for the subspecialties that DNV surveys, according to a release.


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AAAHC Marks 45th Anniversary

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care toasts its 45th anniversary this month, commemorating four-and-a-half decades of growth and leadership in the ambulatory healthcare industry and celebrating the work of its 6,700 accredited organizations, according to a release.


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ASCA Names New Chief Advocacy Officer

ASCA has promoted Kara Newbury to chief advocacy officer. Newbury joined ASCA as the assistant director of Government Affairs for state policy in 2011.


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Submissions Now Open for 2024 Bernard J. Tyson National Award

The Joint Commission and Kaiser Permanente are now accepting applications for the 2024 Bernard J. Tyson National Award for Excellence in Pursuit of Healthcare Equity, according to a release.


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Compass Surgical, AJSI Orlando Collaborate to Open Orthopedic ASC in Orlando

Compass Surgical Partners of Raleigh, North Carolina, an ASC development and management partner, announced a new collaboration with Advanced Joint & Spine Institute Orlando (AJSI Orlando) of Orlando, Florida.


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Submissions Now Open for 2024 Kershner QI Award

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) of Deerfield, Illinois, has opened submissions for its 2024 Bernard A. Kershner Innovations in Quality Improvement (QI) Awards, according to a release.


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Compass Surgical, Bon Secours Mercy Open New ASC

Springfield Regional Outpatient Surgery Center, a joint venture between Bon Secours Mercy Health, Compass Surgical Partners and local physicians, announced in a release the opening of its new 12,000-square-foot ASC in Springfield, Ohio.


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AAAHC Publishes New Handbook for Advanced Orthopaedic Certification

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) of Deerfield, Illinois, released its Certification Handbook for Advanced Orthopaedics (AOC), v43, according to a release.


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nimble solutions Appoints New CEO

Kelley Blair joined nimble solutions of St. Louis, Missouri, as the company's chief executive officer (CEO) and became a member of the board, according to a release. Nader Samii, who had been the CEO of nimble for the past 14 years, transitioned to the role of executive chairman of the board.


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Avanza Appoints Executive in Residence

Avanza Healthcare Strategies of Westchester, Illinois, a national advisory firm helping hospitals and health systems to develop, execute and oversee their ambulatory and outpatient initiatives, has appointed Mark Garvin as the company's executive in residence, according to a release.


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AAAHC v43 Handbooks Introduce New Standards Architecture

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) announced the release of its v43 Standards Handbooks for both Ambulatory Accreditation and Medicare Deemed Status accreditation last week, according to a release.


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ACHC Releases 2023 Quality Review Edition of Surveyor

The Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) of Cary, North Carolina, announced the publication of a new Quality Review Edition of Surveyor this week. Surveyor contains detailed insights and analysis surveys of ASCs, including actual findings and frequently cited deficiencies that serve to clarify specific aspects of standards found to be noncompliant, according to a release.


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AAAHC Releases 2023 Quality Roadmap

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) of Deerfield, Illinois, released its 2023 AAAHC Quality Roadmap, a comprehensive analysis of data from nearly 1,800 accreditation surveys conducted in a cross section of organizational types from January 2022 to February 2023, according to a release.


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Compass Surgical Announces Joint Venture with Jersey Shore

Compass Surgical Partners of Raleigh, North Carolina, an independent, full-service ASC development and management partner, formed a joint venture with Jersey Shore Ambulatory Surgery Center in Somers Point, New Jersey, according to a release.


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AAAHC Seats New Board Officers and Elected Directors

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) of Deerfield, Illinois, recently announced its newly named officers and results for elected positions to its board of directors for the 2023-2024 term, according to a release.


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Pocono Ambulatory Surgery Center Receives Award

Pocono Ambulatory Surgery Center, a freestanding multispecialty ASC in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, got the 2023 Bizzy Award for Best Small Business from the Pocono Chamber of Commerce.


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AAAHC Releases Obesity and Obstructive Sleep Apnea Toolkit

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) of Deerfield, Illinois, released its newly enhanced Ambulatory Surgery Considerations for Obesity and Obstructive Sleep Apnea Toolkit, according to a release.


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QUAD A Updates Its ASC Standards Manual

QUAD A of Highland Park, Illinois, released its updated Medicare Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Accreditation Standards Manual, according to a release.


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AAAHC Publishes Updated Toolkit on Emergency Drills

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) of Deerfield, Illinois, released its updated Emergency Drills Toolkit, which educates ambulatory healthcare organizations on how to prepare before an actual disaster occurs.


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Covenant High Plains Performs Its First Robotic Sacrocolpopexy

Covenant High Plains Surgery Center (CHPSC) of Lubbock, Texas, announced in a release that Ryan C. Owen, MD, performed a sacrocolpopexy using a robot, making the ASC the first independent, freestanding surgery center in West Texas to offer the procedure with a robot.


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The Joint Commission Eliminates More Than 200 Standards

The Joint Commission will eliminate and consolidate a second tranche of standards, following the first major reduction announced late last year. The more than 200 eliminated and consolidated standards, effective August 27, 2023, include ambulatory standards, according to a release.


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NJAASC Elects New Board Members

The New Jersey Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers (NJAASC) has elected two new members to its board of directors: Alene Stewart, RN, of Raritan Valley Surgery Center and Elizabeth Convery, RN, of The Livingston Surgery Center, according to a release.


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AAAHC Publishes Toolkit for Credentialing and Privileging

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) of Deerfield, Illinois, has released a newly updated and enhanced Credentialing and Privileging Toolkit, according to a release.


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The Joint Commission Revises Terminology

Effective August 27, 2023, The Joint Commission will eliminate the term “licensed independent practitioner” for its ambulatory healthcare and office-based surgery programs, according to a release.


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Compass Surgical Partners, Local Surgeons Open New ASC

The Joint Replacement Center of Louisiana, an ASC in southwest Louisiana that focuses exclusively on joint replacement surgery, celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 20.


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Applications Now Open for Eisenberg Awards

The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum (NQF) are now accepting applications for the 2023 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards through August 7, according to a release.


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ASC Veteran Passes Away

Joseph Charles Belshe, MD, founder of St. Cloud Surgical Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota, died on May 21, 2023. He was 102 years old.


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ACHC Begins Build for Addition to Corporate Headquarters

Accreditation Commission for Health Care Inc. (ACHC) of Cary, North Carolina, has broken ground on an addition to its headquarters located in Research Triangle, according to a release.


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Bryant Receives Nap Gary Award for Lifetime Achievement

ASCA awarded its Nap Gary Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement in the ASC Community to Kathy Bryant, former chief executive officer of ASCA.


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MedHQ Appoints New Presidents

Erin Boers and Erik Miller joined MedHQ in Chicago, Illinois, as vice president of human resources (HR) services and president and general manager, respectively, according to a release.


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AAAHC Publishes Updated Certification Handbook for Advanced Orthopaedics

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) of Skokie, Illinois, released updated standards for its three-year Advanced Orthopaedic Certification program, according to a release.


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Regent Surgical Health Appoints CDO

Erik Kraemer joined Regent Surgical Health, headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, as chief development officer (CDO), according to a release.


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Texas Health Surgery Center Wins Bernard A. Kershner Award

Texas Health Surgery Center in Arlington, Texas, received the 2022-2023 Bernard A. Kershner Innovations in Quality Improvement (QI) Award from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) of Skokie, Illinois, in the Surgical/Procedural Care category, according to a release.


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Bernard J. Tyson Award Now Accepting Applications

The Joint Commission in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, and Kaiser Permanente, headquartered in San Francisco, California, are now accepting applications for the 2023 Bernard J. Tyson National Award for Excellence in Pursuit of Healthcare Equity, according to a release.


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AAAHC to Host Virtual Conference on New Standards

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) of Skokie, Illinois, will host its first Achieving Accreditation conference of 2023 from March 20–22.


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triValence Expands Leadership Team

triValence LLC of Minneapolis, Minnesota, hired three experts to support its growth and strategic goals, according to a release. Latonia (Tonia) Kraus joined triValence as the vice president for strategic supplier engagement, Tyler Strain as the head of sales and Duska Anastasijevic as the senior director for enterprise strategy.


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North American Partners in Anesthesia Receives 2022 Eisenberg Award

North American Partners in Anesthesia (NAPA) won the 2022 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award in the category of National Level Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality, according to a release.


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The Joint Commission Elevates Equity Standard to National Patient Safety Goal

The Joint Commission in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, elevated Leadership (LD) Standard LD.04.03.08—which addresses healthcare disparities as a quality and safety priority—to a new National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) for all critical access hospitals and hospitals, as well as some ambulatory care organizations and behavioral healthcare and human services organizations that provide certain services, effective July 1, 2023, according to a release.


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AAAHC Releases Its 2022 Quality Roadmap

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) of Skokie, Illinois, released its 2022 Quality Roadmap, an analysis of data from 2,016 accreditation surveys conducted in 2021–2022, according to a release.


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ACHC Hires New Associate Program Director

The Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) of Cary, North Carolina, hired Rommie Johnson to serve as its associate program director, according to a release.


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AAAHC Releases Revisions in Its v42 Handbooks

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) of Skokie, Illinois, released its v42 Standards handbooks for Medicare deemed status and ambulatory accreditation, according to a release.


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Privado Health Names ASCA Board President as its COO

Privado Health, an ASC management and development company that launched on November 1, has named Mandy Hawkins, RN, CASC, CAIP, as its chief operating officer, according to a release.


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AAAHC Names ASCA Board Member as its Board Chair

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) of Skokie, Illinois, named David Shapiro, MD, CASC, as its board chair, according to a release.


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The Joint Commission Joins Sync for Social Needs Coalition

The Joint Commission in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, has joined the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health’s Sync for Social Needs coalition, which brings together healthcare organizations and healthcare technology companies that integrate nutrition information within a patient’s electronic health record via a standardized, Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources-based approach, according to a release.


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AAAASF Rebrands, Changes Name

The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF) of Gurnee, Illinois, recently completed a rebranding initiative that included a name change, from AAAASF to QUAD A, according to a release.


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Henry Schein Celebrates 25 Years of its Back to School Program

This school year, Henry Schein Inc. of Melville, New York, celebrated the 25th anniversary of its Back to School program. The program provides backpacks, school supplies and other forms of support to underserved children and their families, according to a release.


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AAAHC Adds More Ambulatory Expertise to its Surveyor Team

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) of Skokie, Illinois, announced the expansion of its surveyor team. The newly expanded team represents a diverse array of ambulatory expertise, according to a release.


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Kelsey-Seybold Opens New Campus

Kelsey-Seybold Clinic in Houston, Texas, opened a five-story, 125,000-square-foot campus in the heart of the Memorial and Spring Branch areas, according to a release.


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AAAHC Calls for 2022-23 Bernard Kershner Award Submissions

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) of Skokie, Illinois, has opened submissions for the 2022-23 Bernard A. Kershner Innovations in Quality Improvement (QI) Awards, according to a release. The deadline to apply is November 11, 2022.


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Knoxville Ophthalmology ASC Wins AAAHC Award

Knoxville Ophthalmology ASC LLC, dba Eye Surgery Center of East Tennessee, in Knoxville, Tennessee, won the Bernard A. Kershner Innovations in Quality Improvement (QI) Award from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), according to a release.


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2022 Eisenberg Awards Now Accepting Applications

The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum (NQF) are now accepting applications for the 2022 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards, according to a release.


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NJAASC Elects New Board Members, Officers

The New Jersey Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers (NJAASC) elected two new members and five new officers to its board of directors, according to a release.


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Charleston ENT & Allergy Celebrates 25 Years

Charleston ENT & Allergy of Charleston, South Carolina, marks its 25th birthday helping people in the Lowcountry region breathe, taste, hear and sleep better, according to a release.


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Joint Commission Issues Safety Advisory on Managing Packaged Sterile Supplies, Devices

A new quick safety advisory from The Joint Commission in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, “Managing packaged sterile supplies and devices,” provides guidance to keep patients safe from infection and other potential harm from expired or compromised supplies and devices, according to a release.


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Joint Commission Issues Alert on Diagnostic Overshadowing

The Joint Commission of Oakbrook, Illinois, issued a new sentinel event alert, “Diagnostic overshadowing among groups experiencing health disparities,” last week, according to a release.


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USPI and United Urology Group to Form Joint Venture

United Surgical Partners International (USPI), a subsidiary of Tenet Healthcare, and United Urology Group (UUG) signed an agreement on June 21 to form a joint venture partnership in 22 ASCs, according to a release.


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Observe National Time Out Day

National Time Out Day is Wednesday, June 8, when perioperative nurses, also known as surgical nurses, will work with their surgical teams to review the preoperative safety process of time out.


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Henry Schein Appoints, Promotes Officers

Henry Schein Inc. of Melville, New York, appointed Dirk Benson as vice president and chief commercial officer of the company’s North America Distribution Group (NADG), according to a release.


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Bernard J. Tyson Award Now Accepting Applications

The Joint Commission of Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, and Kaiser Permanente based in Oakland, California, are now accepting applications for the second annual Bernard J. Tyson National Award for Excellence in Pursuit of Healthcare Equity, according to a release.


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Daly, Deas Receive ASCA’s 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award

ASCA awarded this year’s Nap Gary Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement in the ASC Community to Peter Daly, MD, chief medical officer and cofounder of One World Surgery, and Thomas M. Deas, Jr., MD, retired vice president of physician engagement at North Texas Specialty Physicians.


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New ASC Opens in Chelmsford

Lowell General Hospital and Shields Health Care, in partnership with leading physicians from the region, opened The Surgery Center of the Merrimack Valley, a new ASC in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, according to a release.


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Industry Consultants Launch ASC Data

Dedicated to providing comprehensive ASC market intelligence updated quarterly, ASC Data in Washington, DC, equips ASC facility suppliers with dependable information to help them better serve the ASC industry.


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Regent Surgical Appoints New CFO

Regent Surgical Health, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, and Nashville, Tennessee, named Katie Turner as chief financial officer (CFO), according to a release.


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ECRI Names New ASC Manager

ECRI of Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, appointed Andy Poole as its ASC business solutions manager, according to a release.


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AAAHC Announces New Board Officers, Directors

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) of Skokie, Illinois, announced its newly named officers and results for three elected positions to its board of directors for the 2021-2022 term.


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Regent Surgical Names its First CINO

Regent Surgical Health, owner, operator and strategic partner for physician-hospital ASC joint ventures, named Jess Elmquist as chief innovation officer (CINO) and executive vice president (EVP) of human capital, according to a release.


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Join the AAAHC Team of Surveyors

Beginning October 18, the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) of Skokie, Illinois, encourages experienced and currently practicing healthcare professionals to apply to become a AAAHC surveyor, according to a release.


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The Joint Commission Releases Speak Up Against Discrimination Campaign

The Joint Commission of Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, recently released Speak Up Against Discrimination, an educational campaign that encourages patients to speak up if discriminated against while receiving healthcare, according to a release.


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AAAHC to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccination for Surveyors

The board of directors and executive leadership team of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) in Skokie, Illinois, have adopted a new COVID-19 vaccination requirement for its community of surveyors, according to a release.


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Joint Commission, National Quality Forum Accepting Applications for Eisenberg Awards

The application period for the 2021 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards is open now through September 30, according to an August 10 release. The annual awards program from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum (NQF) recognizes major achievements by individuals and organizations to improve patient safety and healthcare quality.


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U.S. DPS Ambulatory Surgery Centers Director Retires

After more than 28 years with DePuy Synthes, the orthopaedics company of Johnson & Johnson, in Warsaw, Indiana, Bill Wilder has decided to retire effective November 30, 2021, according to an August 4 release.


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Joint Commission Revises Sentinel Event Definition, Policy

The Joint Commission’s Office of Quality and Patient Safety (OQPS) revised its definition of a sentinel event and clarified some of the event-specific examples in the Sentinel Event Policy, according to a July 21 release.


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Joint Commission Releases Safety Advisory on Understanding Needs of Diverse Populations

The COVID-19 pandemic has shed a light on the many gaps in healthcare that diverse populations have experienced for decades, according to a July 14 release from The Joint Commission of Oakbrook, Illinois. Integral parts of communities, hospitals and ASCs need to understand the diverse populations they serve, including minority groups and vulnerable populations.


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NMBS Opens New Facility

National Medical Billing Services (NMBS) of Chesterfield, Missouri, has opened a new facility in the Lake of the Ozarks region in Osage Beach, Missouri, according to a June 28 release.


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2021 Bernard J. Tyson Award Application Period Now Open

The Bernard J. Tyson National Award for Excellence in Pursuit of Healthcare Equity, a new award program from The Joint Commission of Oakbook Terrace, Illinois, and Kaiser Permanente of Oakland, California, is now accepting applications through July 8, 2021.


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The Joint Commission Returns to Unannounced Onsite Surveys

Over the last nine months, The Joint Commission of Oakbook Terrace, Illinois, delayed its traditional onsite survey activity due to the restrictions and strain on the healthcare system caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a March 10 press release.


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The Joint Commission Releases Advisory on Preventative Care during Pandemic

A new Quick Safety advisory, “Keeping patients on track with preventative care during pandemic,” from The Joint Commission provides recommended safety actions for healthcare organizations to encourage patients to seek preventative care during a pandemic.


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ASC, Physician Owners Partner to Launch Joint Venture

Chesapeake Regional Surgery Center – Virginia Beach in Virginia Beach, Virginia, part of Chesapeake Regional Healthcare, partnered with two physician-owned entities, Cape Surgical and the Obelisk Group, according to a February 22 release


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The Joint Commission Releases Advisory on Equitable Care during Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the substantial disparities that have existed in healthcare for many years. People from racial and ethnic minority groups have an increased risk of getting sick and dying from COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


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AAAHC Releases Updated Toolkit on Obese Patient Procedures

To help ASCs implement necessary precautions and prevent negative outcomes for obese patients, the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) of Skokie, Illinois, has published a fully revised Ambulatory Procedure Considerations for Obese Patients Toolkit.


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ASC Quality Collaboration Selects New Executive Director

Kathy Wilson, RN, has been named executive director of the ASC Quality Collaboration, the organization created in 2006 to develop quality measures for ASCs.


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Update on Offsite Surveys, Reviews from The Joint Commission

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Joint Commission of Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, stopped most onsite surveys and reviews last year from March 16–May 31.


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The Joint Commission Revises H&P Requirements; Receives Continued Deeming Recognition From CMS

The Joint Commission of Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, recently announced revisions to its requirements for ambulatory healthcare organizations and office-based surgery practices related to performing history and physical examinations prior to operative or surgical procedures.


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AAAHC Publishes Revised Toolkit

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) of Skokie, Illinois, published a fully updated Ambulatory Surgery and Preoperative Evaluation and Testing Toolkit, according to a recent press release.


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ASC Community Mourns Passing of Andrew T. King

Andrew T. King, CASC, a passionate ASC advocate and longtime leader in the Georgia Society of Ambulatory Surgery Centers, passed away peacefully at his home in Marietta, Georgia, on December 3.


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AAAHC Publishes Allergy Documentation Benchmarking Study

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) of Skokie, Illinois, published a new Allergy Benchmarking study that underscores the importance of correctly documenting patients’ allergies, according to a press release.


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Envision Sends Clinicians to Texas as Part of National COVID-19 Response

Envision Healthcare Corporation of Nashville, Tennessee, owner of Amsurg, sent 80 clinicians to El Paso and Lubbock, Texas, to provide additional clinical support and expertise as these communities and the state face a surge in COVID-19 patients, according to a November 17 press release


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AAAHC Receives Accreditation from International Society for Quality in Health Care

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) of Skokie, Illinois, received a four-year accreditation of its healthcare standards from the International Society for Quality in Health Care’s (ISQua) External Evaluation Association (IEEA) International Accreditation Programme (IAP), according to an October 21 press release.


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Oasis Surgery Center Celebrates Grand Opening of New Facility

Oasis Surgery Center recently celebrated the grand opening of its new 38,000-square-foot facility in North Canton, Ohio, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, according to an October 8 press release.


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The Joint Commission Releases Quick Safety on Use of Telehealth

A new Quick Safety advisory from The Joint Commission titled The Optimal Use of Telehealth to Deliver Safe Patient Care shares information on the benefits of telehealth, as well as its barriers and challenges, according to an October 7 press release.


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Surgery Center of Fairfield County Wins AAAHC Award

The Surgery Center of Fairfield County of Trumbull, Connecticut, won the Bernard A. Kershner Innovations in Quality Improvement Award. The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care gives out the award to recognize AAAHC-accredited organizations that successfully implemented meaningful changes in their operations to enhance quality of care, patient safety and overall efficiency.


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AAAHC Publishes New Version of Handbook

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) of Skokie, Illinois, published version 41 of the Accreditation Handbook for Medicare Deemed Status last week.


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HFAP Releases Annual Quality Review

The recently released 2020 HFAP Quality Review shares key insights and industry trends based on surveyors’ ratings of compliance during 2019 onsite surveys of acute care hospitals (ACH), critical access hospitals (CAH), laboratories and ASCs, according to an August 26 press release.


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Envision Supports Navajo Nation Fight COVID-19

Envision Healthcare Corporation of Nashville, Tennessee, owner of Amsurg, recently donated 45,000 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation, a health system in Arizona that serves the Navajo, Hopi and Southern Paiute tribes, according to an August 4 press release.


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AAAHC to Launch New Version of Handbook at ASCA 2020

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) of Skokie, Illinois, will release enhanced standards in version 41 of its Accreditation Handbook for Ambulatory Health Care, according to a July 1 release.


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AAAHC Ramps Up Survey Operations

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) of Skokie, Illinois, is resuming onsite surveys after temporarily pausing activities during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a June 22 press release.


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AAAHC Releases Quality Roadmap 2020

A new report from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) of Skokie, Illinois, analyzes data from 1,488 accreditation surveys, conducted January 1–December 31, 2019, to identify areas of high and low compliance, according to a June 8 press release.


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Staff Changes at ACA Cardiovascular

ACA Cardiovascular of Incline Village, Nevada, promoted and added to its staff, according to a March 1 press release. Heather Combs, RN, became the chief operating officer of the firm and Charlie Dailey joined as a development associate.


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Surglogs Appoints New Director

Surglogs of San Diego, California, hired Victoria Samper as its director of regulatory compliance, according to a February 25 company release.


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Surgery Center of Fairbanks Receives National Recognition

The Surgery Center of Fairbanks of Fairbanks, Alaska, received the Gold Seal of Approval and Certificate of Distinction from The Joint Commission, according to a release.


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Regent Surgical Appoints New Vice President

Regent Surgical Health of Westchester, Illinois, hired Brad Pollard as its new vice president of business development, according to a January 29 press release. In his new role, Pollard will work closely with physician groups and hospital systems to merge, acquire and develop ASCs.


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Regent Surgical Announces New Partnership

Regent Surgical Health of Westchester, Illinois, announced a partnership with physician partners from the Center for Specialized Surgery and Lee Health, according to a January 22 press release.


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Regent Surgical Health Hires New, Promotes

Regent Surgical Health of Westchester, Illinois, welcomed two veteran healthcare executives to its team and promoted one of its own, according to a November 6 press release.


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AAAHC Appoints New Board Officers and Directors

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) in Skokie, Illinois, announced the appointment of new officers and election results for three new directors to its board of directors for 2020, according to an October 23 press release.


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The Surgery Center of Fairbanks Appoints New Administrator

The Surgery Center of Fairbanks in Fairbanks, Alaska, appointed Keli Hite McGee as administrator, according to a release. She will begin her new role on October 7.


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McKesson Medical-Surgical Honors ASCA CEO

Bill Prentice, chief executive officer of ASCA, received an award “for helping to inform the public and policymakers about Ambulatory Surgery Centers and the professionals who own and operate them” from McKesson Medical-Surgical.


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Surgery Center of Fairbanks Receives Best Practice Award

Inventory Optimization Solutions (IOS) in Aliso Viejo, California, recognized The Surgery Center of Fairbanks (SCF) in Fairbanks, Alaska, with its 2019 Best Practice Award Q2, according to an SCF release.


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Carolina Neurosurgery Doctor Wins Award

The Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) awarded its Socioeconomics, Health Policy, and Law Paper of the Year to Ahilan Sivaganesan, MD; Silky Chotai, MD; Scott L. Parker, MD; Matthew J. McGirt, MD; and Clinton J. Devin, MD, for their paper "Drivers of Variability in 90-Day Cost for Elective Laminectomy and Fusion for Lumbar Degenerative Disease."


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NJAASC Elects New Officers to its Board of Directors

The New Jersey Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers (NJAASC) has elected new officers to its board of directors.


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Slosburg Receives Nap Gary Award for Lifetime Achievement

ASCA awarded its Nap Gary Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement in the ASC Community to Donna Slosburg, RN, CASC, executive director of ASC Quality Collaboration (ASC QC).


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Pend Oreille Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

Pend Oreille Surgery Center (POSC) LLC in Ponderay, Idaho, marks its 10th birthday on May 13, 2019.


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Florida Health Advisory Committee Includes Former ASCA Board President

David M. Shapiro, MD, CASC, former ASCA Board president and anesthesiologist at Red Hills Surgical Center in Tallahassee, Florida, has joined a 50-member Transition Advisory Committee on Health and Wellness in Tallahassee.


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AAAHC Releases Quality Roadmap 2018

A new report from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) of Skokie, Illinois, analyzes data from more than 900 accreditation surveys from 2017 to identify areas of high and low compliance, according to a November 13 press release.


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USPI Names New CEO

United Surgical Partners International (USPI) of Dallas, Texas, appointed Brett Brodnax, president and chief development officer, as chief executive officer (CEO), according to a November 6 press release.


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AAOS, The Joint Commission Collaborate on THKR Certification

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has collaborated with The Joint Commission to incorporate AAOS' clinical expertise into standards development and performance measurement requirements for Total Hip and Knee Replacement (THKR) Certification, according to a release.


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NJAASC Sponsors One World Surgery Medical Mission

The New Jersey Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers (NJAASC) has sponsored a scholarship that will support One World Surgery's weeklong surgical mission to Honduras in October, according to a press release.


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TJC Appoints New Executive Director of Ambulatory Care Accreditation

The Joint Commission promoted Pearl Darling to the position of executive director of the Ambulatory Care Accreditation Program, according to a release.


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Letter From Michael Kulczycki

To my dear colleagues:

Farewell.

That is a very difficult concept to put into a single word. After 44+ years of a professional-working life in health care, and after nearly 17 years of leading the Ambulatory Care accreditation program here at The Joint Commission, farewell means many things. Starting with my full retirement next month!


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Regent Surgical Health Opens New ASC

MAY 2018

In partnership with 14 physicians, Regent Surgical Health of Westchester, Illinois, opened Oregon Surgical Institute (OSI) in Beaverton, Oregon.


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Laser Spine Institute Appoints New Chief Marketing Officer

MAY 2018

Laser Spine Institute in Tampa, Florida, hired marketing, branding and operations veteran M. Kathleen Donald as chief marketing officer.


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New at The Joint Commission

MARCH 2018

The Joint Commission appointed Cheryl L. Hoying, RN, as chief nurse executive and executive vice president of customer relations.


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Cedar Rapids ASC Completes 100,000 Procedures

FEBRUARY 2018

On February 14, 2018, Surgery Center Ceder Rapids in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will perform its 100,000th procedure, according to a press release.


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Surgery Center of Chesapeake Performs First TJR

FEBRUARY 2018

The Surgery Center of Chesapeake in Chesapeake, Virginia, performed a total joint replacement (TJR) surgery on January 24, 2018, and became the first ASC in the South Hampton Roads region to perform a TJR, according to a release.


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NJ Governor Signs Bill into Law Before Leaving Office

JANUARY 2018

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) signed NJ S278 into law during his last days in office.


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Apex Surgical Center Performs its First TJR

DECEMBER 2017

On December 1, 2017, Andrew Wickine, MD, performed the first same-day total joint replacement (TJR) of Apex Surgical Center in Westmoreland, New York.


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Regent Surgical Health Names New CDO

DECEMBER 2017

Thomas Crossen

Regent Surgical Health announced in a November 30 release that Thomas Crossen has joined the company as chief development officer.


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Medical Facilities Appoints New President and CEO

OCTOBER 2017

Medical Facilities America Inc. of Franklin, Tennessee, appointed Robert O. Horrar as president and chief executive officer (CEO), according to an October 25 company release. Horrar previously served as chief operating officer of the company.


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Simple Admit Receives Honor

OCTOBER 2017

Simple Admit, LLC, took top honors for Innovations in Healthcare as part of the 6th Annual Excellence in Healthcare Awards, according to an October 17 company release.


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Regent Surgical Health Names New COO

OCTOBER 2017

Regent Surgical Health of Westchester, Illinois, promoted Bob Ryan to chief operating officer (COO), according to a release.


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NJAASC Announces New Leadership

JULY 2017

The New Jersey Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers (NJAASC) elected members to its board of directors and four new officers who will serve a two-year term, according to a release.


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FGI Board Welcomes David M. Shapiro

JUNE 2017

The Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI) appointed David M. Shapiro, MD, CASC, former ASCA Board president and anesthesiologist at Red Hills Surgical Center in Tallahassee, Florida, to its Board of Directors.


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Surgical Information Systems Acquires SourceMed

JUNE 2017

Surgical Information Systems (SIS), a provider of perioperative information systems, has acquired SourceMed, a provider of ASC software and services.


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New at Brach Eichler LLC

DECEMBER 2016

Debra W. Levine has joined the health law practice of Brach Eichler LLC, in Roseland, New Jersey, as counsel. She previously served as deputy attorney general in the Department of Law and Public Safety and as assistant section chief of the Counseling Section of the Division of Consumer Affairs. In addition, Cheryll A. Calderon has joined the practice as an associate.


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Ohio Specialty Surgical Receives Joint Commission's Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement

SEPTEMBER 2016

Ohio Specialty Surgical Suites in Canton, Ohio, has become the first ASC in the country to receive the Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement from The Joint Commission, according to a release from the ASC. The ASC is a physician-owned, multi-specialty facility, partnered with SurgCenter Development.


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Five ASCs Receive CASA Award for Excellence

SEPTEMBER 2016

California Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (CASA) announced the inaugural recipients of the CASA Award for ASC Excellence and the CASA ASC of the Year last week, according to the CASA web site.

Grass Valley Surgery Center, PAMF Mountain View SurgiCenter, Surgecenter of Palo Alto, Surgery Center of Long Beach and West Wilshire Medical Surgical Center received the CASA Award for ASC Excellence and Grass Valley Surgery Center was named the CASA ASC of the Year.


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SourceMed and Command Health Partner

MAY 2016

Officials at SourceMed of Birmingham, Alabama, announced a strategic partnership with Command Health of Boulder, Colorado. This partnership will enable ASCs to meet the needs of their surgeons while maximizing reimbursements through faster, more complete and more actionable clinical documentation, according to a SourceMed release.


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Surgical Funds Partners with BMC Capital

APRIL 20, 2016

Officials at Surgical Funds of Dallas has announced a partnership with BMC Capital also of Dallas, according to a release.


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Cedar Orthopaedic Launches Site

MARCH 16, 2016

Cedar Orthopaedic Surgery Specialty Clinic of Cedar City, Utah, unveiled its new web site last month. The site features information on the many services that orthopaedic surgeons Randy G. Delcore, MD, and his partner, Ben C. Robinson, MD offer.


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Nueterra Announces Restructuring

FEBRUARY 9, 2016

Nueterra of Leawood, Kansas, recently divided into two companies: NueHealth and Nueterra Capital. Nueterra Capital will continue the founding company’s private equity investment and advisory services, and NueHealth will align physicians and connect them to health care consumers to deliver value-based health care, improved quality and lower costs for both audiences.


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Kansas ASC Wins Quality Award

FEBRUARY 8, 2016

Tallgrass Surgical Center of Topeka, Kansas, won the 2014/2015 National APEX Quality Award in recognition of outstanding patient satisfaction and overall quality of care.


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