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September, October 2017, Becker's ASC Review

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BECKER'S ASC REVIEW CMS Proposes 1.9% Increase in 2018 ASC Pay, Adding Total Joint Replacements — 5 Insights CMS released a proposed rule to update the Hosptial Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System for 2018. e proposed rule would increase ASC payments 1.9 percent and move closer to adding total joint replacements to the ASC payable list. How to Set Up Total Joint and Spine Programs at ASCs—And What to Expect From Insurers in 3-5 Years Surgeons across the country are beginning to perform outpatient total joint replacements and spine surgery in an ASC. Here are key thoughts on factors for successful programs and insurance coverage expectations over the next few years. e U.S. spends 18 percent of gross domestic product on healthcare — much higher than other industrialized nations. And healthcare spending continues to decrease. As the high quality, low cost setting of care, ASCs are primed for success in the future. Surgical Care Affiliates and OptumHealth CEO Andrew Hayek discussed the biggest trends, challenges and opportunities for ASCs over the next several years in a keynote presentation at the 15th Annual Becker's Spine, Orthopedic & Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference + e Future of Spine in Chicago. continued on page 28 continued on page 38 continued on page 10 The State of the ASC Industry: Key Challenges, Opportunities & 5 Observations Inside the issue: Hospital for Special Sur- gery Plans Fall Opening for Surgery Center: 3 Insights p. 22 Dr. William Tobler Performs Cincinnati's 1st coflex Procedure in ASC Setting: 5 Key Notes p. 39 DOJ Charges 412 in $1.3B Healthcare Fraud p. 64 White Fence Surgical Suites Passes 5.5k TJR Milestone — 5 Things to Know p. 41 The 20 States With the Best and Worst Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates p. 48 Bloomberg: UnitedHealth to Acquire Advisory Board's Healthcare Arm p. 63 INSIDE: 16 Statistics on Young Physician Compensation September/October 2017 • Vol. 2017 No. 7 Becker's 16 th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management Driven ASC Conference + The Future of Spine June 22-24, 2018 | Swissotel, Chicago Keynotes from Tucker Carlson & Joe Montana To Register, Call 1.800.417.2035 or email Scott Becker or Jessica Cole at or REGISTER TODAY 45+ STORIES FEATURED Inside The Issue

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