Digital Debut

States Face Lawsuits Over Lack of Religious Exemptions in Vaccine Mandates

Over the course of the late summer, states across the country grappled with a resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hospitals and health systems once again faced shortages of ICU beds and a few states began looking for additional tools to curb the newest wave of infections.

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ASCs versus HOPDs

As discussed in last week’s Digital Debut, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) argued in the proposed payment rule that “while there are similarities between the ASC and hospital outpatient department (HOPD) settings, there are also significant differences between the two care settings.”

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Names in the News

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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Business News

USPI to Acquire Interests in Nine ASCs from Compass Surgical Partners

United Surgical Partners International (USPI) of Dallas, Texas, a subsidiary of Tenet Healthcare Corporation, has entered into an agreement with Compass Surgical Partners of Raleigh, North Carolina, to purchase its ownership and management interests in nine ASCs, according to a release.

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