2015 was a momentous year for Regent Surgical Health, full of tremendous challenges and growth for our organization. We lost our colleague and friend Nap Gary last spring, a sudden tragedy that affected many of us deeply and we continue to honor his memory. New opportunity also was a hallmark of last year, as we acquired a new facility in Wasilla, Alaska, and will soon announce new partnerships. We welcomed our new president, Chris Bishop, in 2015 and we look forward to helping our partner centers grow from his experiences and insights in our ever-changing industry. Recapping the year, the following were the most-read Regent Surgical Health newsletter articles in 2015:

1. In remembrance of Nap Gary

We are deeply saddened to report that Beall Dozier “Nap” Gary, Jr., President, Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Regent Surgical Health, died suddenly on Sunday, May 10. The cause of death was a heart attack suffered during his weekly early-morning, thirteen-mile run at his home in White Hall, Va.

2. Promises kept? After 5 years, comparing ACA’s original projections with today’s reality

In March 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the most dramatic overhaul to U.S. healthcare law in more than a generation. The law’s passage came after decades of proposals by both parties attempting to slow the acceleration of healthcare costs in the United States and expand coverage to millions of uninsured Americans—all without reducing benefits.

3. Stemming the tide: vaccination guidelines for healthcare workers

“Wait, wasn’t that eradicated?” That seems to be the collective response of healthcare workers each time a long-forgotten childhood disease reemerges as a serious public health threat in the United States. Evening news programs report on these outbreaks frequently, and for us on the front lines, it’s a frightening development.

4. Regent Surgical Health Announces Leadership Promotions

Regent Surgical Health, an industry-leading surgery center management and development company specializing in hospital and physician ambulatory surgery center joint ventures, recently announced four promotions to the company’s leadership team.

5. New spine codes offer numerous benefits for physicians, ASCs

In October 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services added nine new spine and neck codes to its list of reimbursable procedures that can now be performed at ambulatory surgery centers.

6. State of the ASC industry: 3 things to watch in 2015

After a half-decade of uncertainty, clear trends are beginning to emerge in the U.S. healthcare system: the number of insured Americans continues to rise, patients are paying out-of-pocket more often for services and many doctors are giving up traditional private practice in favor of a variety of alternatives.

7. How to go “All-In” with ASC joint ventures — And make sure your partner is too

There is a huge opportunity for physicians to partner with hospitals on joint venture ambulatory surgery centers today. But not every partnership is a good match. Both sides want to make sure their partner is “all-in” for the center’s success.

8. Gone fishing: Ensuring a seamless vacation season

As a member of an ambulatory surgery center’s leadership team, taking a vacation might sound like a disaster waiting to happen. Will the billing department manage claims and collections appropriately? Will patient satisfaction suffer? Will productivity decline or workflow inefficiencies occur?

9. CRE: What ASC-based physicians and staff need to know

We’re living in the “superbug” era. Last week, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles announced that four of its patients were recently infected with carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriacea (CRE). This announcement reportedly followed a similar incident at UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center that contributed to two deaths.

10. Coming to an ASC near you: total knee replacement surgery

As healthcare costs continue to climb, ambulatory surgery centers are increasingly offering patients cost-effective, sophisticated and convenient outpatient surgical options. We look forward to building on our recent wins in 2016, and working closely with our partners to better serve our patients and develop successful physician and hospital joint ventures. For more information about Regent Surgical Health or our newsletter, please contact tmallon@regentsurgicalhealth.com.