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Congress Continues to Move Opioid Legislation

As summer approaches, our country’s top legislators are considering manifold measures to help improve opioid abuse. Just this week, the full US House of Representatives voted on dozens of bills, with dozens more on the docket for next week. On Tuesday, June 12, the US Senate Finance Committee voted 27-0 to send 22 unique measures, held collectively as the Helping to End Addiction and Lessen (HEAL) Substance Abuse Disorders Act, to the whole Senate.


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Study Examines Patient Outcomes Across Settings

A study published last December in the Journal of Health Economics looked at patient outcomes in ASCs versus hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs). The researchers found that patients undergoing procedures in an ASC were less likely to experience a subsequent inpatient hospital admission than those who underwent the same procedure in an HOPD.


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President Trump Signs VA Health Care Reform Bill

On June 6, President Donald Trump signed the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks (MISSION) Act of 2018 to reform the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system. The VA MISSION Act will directly impact ASCs that offer care to veterans, as one important provision requires non-VA provider claims be reimbursed in 30–45 days.


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What emergency preparedness protocols does your ASC have in place?

Crystal Barrett

"Our center updates and trains our staff on several emergency preparedness protocols..."

—Crystal Barrett, Surgical Center of Greater Annapolis


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Names in the News

Regent Surgical Health Opens New ASC

MAY 18, 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 17, 2018

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


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