Effective as of January 2017, medical services administered at off-campus hospital departments that had not been billed as a hospital outpatient department (HOPD) prior to Nov. 2, 2015 will not receive increased Medicare payments. This “site neutrality” provision of the 2017 CMS Physician Fee Schedule aims to offset hospitals’ incentive to acquire ambulatory surgery centers for conversion to HOPDs in order to secure boosted Medicare payouts.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule in October detailing the new Quality Payment Program established under the Medicare Access and Chip
AMSURG is on the cutting edge of quality improvements with a new education program aimed at focused training requirements for the healthcare professionals who reprocess endoscopes in AMSURG surgery and
Building a new ambulatory surgery center (ASC) is no small project. After 35 years designing and constructing ASCs, AMSURG’s Vice President of Real Estate and Planning, Daniel Buehler, offers an overview of the most common ways a development project can become derailed.
AMSURG participated in Health:Further 2016 on August 23-24 in Nashville as a sponsor of the conference’s Provider Track, including an introduction from AMSURG’s President of Ambulatory Services, Phillip Clendenin and a presentation from Chief Quality Officer for Physician Services Gerald A. Maccioli, M.D. Dr. Maccioli discussed the implications of the Medicare Authorization and Chip Reauthorization Act (MACRA) for physicians.
Optimizing patient outcomes by improving communication and teamwork was the goal for the TeamSTEPPS Master Training course that all AMSURG Clinical Quality team members completed in July. Held at AMSURG’s Nashville headquarters, the Master Training course featured an in-depth train-the-trainer approach.
AMSURG surgery centers are leading the way in creating a culture of safety. In honor of National Safety Month in June, AMSURG centers in various specialties answered the question: “How do you create a culture of safety in your center?”
The Center Leaders highlighted opportunities for strategic communication about patients, processes and procedures, including during staff meetings and timeouts. They provided ideas for enlisting staff members to be engaged in patient safety and for sustaining that engagement day in and day out.
AMSURG held its first virtual Town Hall for physician leaders focused on collaboration and quality improvement. The Ophthalmology division of AMSURG, along with the Ophthalmology Physician Advisory Board, hosted the event, which was held live at the company’s Nashville headquarters and streamed via the web for online participants.
Patients often go to hospitals for fecal transplants, but according to Paul Allegretti, M.D., many patients are healthy enough to have the procedure performed in endoscopy center or ambulatory surgery
When it comes to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), the right corporate partnership can make the difference between surviving and thriving. Ophthalmologist Kerry Solomon, M.D., of the Physicians’ Eye Surgery Center in Charleston, S.C., believes that AMSURG has been his center’s key to success.
Patient registration can be a cumbersome process. Eye surgery center patients generally have complex health histories, long lists of medications and, of course, less than stellar vision. Collecting patient histories and paperwork is no small challenge.
Early this past year, several AMSURG ophthalmology centers transitioned to online patient registration.