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  1. Most, least desirable states to open ASCs

    Texas is potentially the best state to open an ASC, while New Jersey and other states fall short.
  2. Hospital interests pushing CMS away from ASCs, administrator says

    CMS has passed several measures in the last year affecting ASC reimbursements, including removing 255 procedures from the ASC-payable list. For Cathy McCue, MSN, RN, administrator of Uropartners Surgery Center in Des Plaines, Ill., CMS' actions point to a prioritization of hospitals because of a strong hospital lobby. 
  3. $100M medical office project planned in Florida

    Real estate developer Olympus closed a deal to build a $100 million medical office campus with Healthcare Trust of America in Clermont, Fla., GrowthSpotter reported May 11.  

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  1. COVID-19 hospitalizations up in 39 states & 4 more updates

    In the last 14 days, COVID-19 hospitalizations are up 20 percent nationwide, with 39 states and Washington, D.C., reporting increases. 
  2. Gastroenterologist honored by Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons

    The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons United Kingdom has named Dr. Aamir Ghafoor, its PACES Champion 2021 and the best examiner in the world, The News reported May 11. 
  3. Gastroenterologist revenue hits 2-year high: 3 notes

    Median gastroenterologist revenue hit a two-year high on March 1, according to Kaufman Hall's "Physician Flash Report" published May 2. 
  4. Mississippi orthopedic center data breach affects 500 people

    Jackson-based Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center suffered a data breach, the practice said May 6.

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  1. ASC or hospital. Who should decide site of service?

    Physicians should decide whether procedures are performed in ASCs or hospital outpatient departments, Bill Prentice, CEO of the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association, said during the California Ambulatory Surgery Association's ASC Summit. 
  2. Texas cardio center taps new CEO

    Humble, Texas-based cardiology center Vital Heart & Vein named Gay Nord as CEO.
  3. Navigating the complications of anesthesia billing

    Anesthesia payer policy is complicated and constantly evolving, Tony Mira, Anesthesia Business Consultants' president and CEO, wrote in a recent blog post.
  4. NVision adds Texas, California practices

    Ophthalmology group NVision has added two practices to its network.

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  1. Dr. Tyler Watters performs North Carolina's first orthopedic smart implant

    Raleigh (N.C.) Orthopaedic Clinic surgeon Tyler Watters, MD, performed the state's first implant of a smart orthopedic device.
  2. Telemedicine company owners admit to $64M nationwide kickback scheme

    The owners of telemedicine company RediDoc admitted their roles in a $64 million fraud, bribery and kickback scheme, the Justice Department said May 10.
  3. Pennsylvania physician gets 20 years in prison, $4M fine for pill mill

    Internal and pain medicine physician Andrew Berkowitz, MD, was sentenced to 20 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for running a prescription "pill mill" from his practice, the Justice Department said May 10.
  4. States with the highest projected physician shortages vs. job resignation rates

    As staffing issues remain top of mind for healthcare leaders, physician shortages and job resignations can further exacerbate the problem.
  5. GI Research Foundation honors Dr. David Rubin

    The GI Research Foundation has given the Joseph B. Kirsner Award to David Rubin, MD, the foundation said May 11. 
  6. ASC hot spot: 5 deals in Florida this year

    Florida is an ASC hot spot, with at least 28 centers opened in 2022. 
  7. Ambulatory care sees highest job growth in healthcare sector in April

    Among the 34,000 healthcare jobs added in April, ambulatory care created 28,000, beating out hospitals, nursing and residential care, according to a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  8. 5 California ASC updates

    Here are five updates on California ASCs that Becker's has reported on since April 11:
  9. Physicians & ASCs: The perfect pairing?

    ASCs can not only provide financial opportunities for physicians, but they also can offer a more ideal work experience and an opportunity for autonomy. 

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