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  1. Patients unhappy with 'corporate medicine' will look to independent ASCs, physicians

    Hospitals and corporate entities continue to snap up independent physician practices — a trend that has seen a significant spike because of the heightened economic challenges brought by the pandemic — but not all patients are happy with the level of care they receive by such corporate structures.
  2. Which ASCs will win in their market?

    The future is bright for ASCs, but amid rising costs and declining reimbursement, many leaders stress the importance of focused growth plans and other strategies to win in their market. 
  3. Aspiring orthopedic leaders should take these steps, says chief of surgery

    The field of orthopedic surgery is full of aspiring leaders, but the path to that goal isn't always clear.

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  1. Health system takes ownership of orthopedic ASC

    Columbia, S.C.-based Prisma Health acquired the Moore Orthopaedic Clinic Outpatient Surgery Center in Lexington, S.C., according to an email shared with Becker's May 18.
  2. Coastal Orthopedics opens new $30M medical center

    Independently owned medical group Coastal Orthopedics of Bradenton, Fla., opened its new medical center May 16, which cost more than $30 million, reported Sarasota community newspaper Your Observer.
  3. Development of new ASC begins in Pennsylvania

    Mediplex Property Group has started converting a building in Prussia, Pa., to an ASC, Healthcare Design reported May 18.
  4. Nurse pay vs. physician pay for each state

    Nurses earn less than a quarter of what physicians earn in seven U.S. states, according to data from ZipRecruiter.

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  1. Nurse pay vs. cost of living in each state

    The state where average nurse pay goes the furthest is Kentucky, according to data from ZipRecruiter and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Living Wage Calculator.
  2. Iowa medical office building sold for $1.6M

    A medical office building in Clive, Iowa, was purchased for $1.6 million, Business Record reported May 18.
  3. Performing colonoscopies after positive stool test could lower CRC death rate: study

    Performing a colonoscopy after a positive fecal immunochemical test can improve patient outcomes, according to a study published in the journal Gut.
  4. Top 10 gastrointestinal diagnoses in 2021

    Gastroesophageal reflux disease was the most diagnosed gastrointestinal condition in 2021, according to claims data in a May report from Definitive Healthcare

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  1. Cardiologist accused of designing, selling ransomware 

    A federal court in New York has charged Venezuelan cardiologist Moises Luis Zagala Gonzalez in the creation and sale of malicious software that cybercriminals used in extortion attempts, the U.S. Justice Department said May 16. 
  2. Centene in the headlines: 5 updates in 60 days 

    Here are five updates from the last 60 day about one the country's largest insurers: 
  3. Virginia medical office building sold for $21M

    Global Medical REIT bought a Fairfax, Va., medical office building for $21 million, reported Commercial Observer. 
  4. Tennessee physician permanently barred from prescribing schedule II and III drugs

    Manchester, Tenn., physician David Florence, DO, agreed to be permanently barred from prescribing schedule II and most schedule III controlled substances, the Justice Department said May 18.
  5. CRNAs given full practice authority in Michigan 

    Michigan became the 20th state to opt out of the physician supervision requirement for certified registered nurse anesthetists, according to a May 10 news release from the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology. 
  6. Connecticut physician fined for fraudulently prescribing

    Oxford, Conn., physician Marc Legris, MD, was hit with a $10,000 fine for using another physician's name and Drug Enforcement Agency registration number to prescribe controlled substances to a relative, Hartford Courant reported May 17.
  7. Medicare payments to hospitals double those to ASCs: 4 study notes

    Medicare per-procedure payments to hospital outpatient departments were 2.1 times larger than payments to ASCs, according to new research published by the Rand Corp. 
  8. 5 anesthesia updates for ASC leaders

    Here are five anesthesia stories Becker's has reported on since May 4:
  9. Orthopedic surgeon pay hits 2-year high: 6 notes

    Median orthopedic surgeon compensation hit a two-year high on March 1, according to Kaufman Hall's "Physician Flash Report" published May 2. 

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