Industry Leadership

HOPD/Site Neutrality

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.

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Top 6 Challenges When Building a New ASC

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.

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AMSURG Sponsors Health:Further 2016

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.

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AMSURG Focuses on Creating and Sustaining Cultures of Safety

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.

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A Focus on Patient Safety Shines Through AMSURG Center Leader Ideas for Creating a Culture of Safety

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.

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AMSURG Town Hall Engages Partners in Procedure Room Leadership

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.

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