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  1. Hospital outpatients departments bigger winner than ASCs when more same-day surgeries OK'd

    CMS approval of procedures in ASCs often results in large growth in hospital outpatient departments and little or no growth in ASCs, according to an analysis published Jan. 7 by Philips Advisory Board. 
  2. One GI expands Cleveland presence with new deal

    One GI has inked a deal with Cleveland-based Digestive Disease Consultants, the gastroenterology management organization said Jan. 7. 
  3. New York hospital closes ASC as staffing shortage reaches all-time high

    University of Rochester (N.Y.) Medical Center has temporarily shut down its Strong West Surgical Center in Brockport, N.Y., as staffing shortages and COVID-19 capacity skyrocket, local ABC affiliate WHAM reported Jan. 7. 
  1. COVID-19 positive, asymptomatic healthcare workers return amid staffing shortages

    Healthcare workers across the U.S. are being asked to return to work after testing positive for COVID-19 if they are asymptomatic.
  2. National Medical Billing Services buys mdStrategies

    ASC revenue cycle management company National Medical Billing Services acquired mdStrategies, a medical coding company focused on ASCs.
  3. New York requires some hospital-owned ASCs to halt nonurgent surgeries amid COVID-19 surge 

    The New York State Department of Health is requiring hospital-owned ASCs at 40 hospitals to halt nonurgent surgeries for at least two weeks, the state said Jan. 8. 
  4. Michigan ASC performs 1st surgery with robot

    Beaumont Hospital Trenton (Mich.) relocated a da Vinci Xi robotic system to its ASC and performed its first robotic surgery Jan. 6. 

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  1. Is CMS reversal on rates and inpatient-only list a sign of things to come?

    After announcing a plan to eliminate the inpatient-only list, last year CMS eventually reversed its stance — keeping the list, adding more procedures to it, and frustrating ASC leaders nationwide.
  2. 10 gastroenterologists to know

    Here are 10 physicians who specialize in gastroenterology:
  3. Top 10 orthopedic surgery residency programs

    Here are the top 10 orthopedic surgery residency programs, from Doximity's 2021-2022 Residency Navigator:
  4. Joint venture spine ASC completed in North Carolina

    Raleigh Neurological Clinic and Compass Surgical Partners opened a joint venture ASC in Raleigh, N.C., where both organizations are headquartered.

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  1. Retaining, recruiting, keeping staff healthy: ASC leaders vent on new year's biggest challenges

    Staffing shortages are the biggest concern of many ASC leaders in the new year as COVID-19 surges nationwide. 
  2. Vision Innovation Partners completes 22nd acquisition with Pennsylvania practice

    Annapolis, Md.-based ophthalmology group Vision Innovation Partners acquired Harrisburg, Pa.-based Memorial Eye Institute.
  3. Physician independence from hospitals, payers facilitates value-based care, says ASC leader

    In the current climate of consolidation among health systems and physician groups, maintaining independence can seem daunting.
  4. Aetna in the headlines: 7 updates in the last 90 days

    Aetna is one of the country's largest health insurers, with 22.1 million members. 
  5. Ophthalmology's 2022 boom: 9 deals in week 1

    The ophthalmology industry is off to a prosperous start in 2022, with nine partnerships, acquisitions and expansions announced in the last week. 
  6. Insurers can expect a rise in claims for these 7 conditions & 5 more study insights

    Six studies to know from the last two weeks: 
  7. 4 PE GI centers ranked among America's best ASCs by Newsweek

    Four PE GI Solutions' endoscopy centers were named in Newsweek's "America's Best Ambulatory Surgery Centers 2022" list, the company said in December. 
  8. Michelle Hough named CFO of Florida Digestive Health Specialists

    Lakewood Ranch, Fla.-based Florida Digestive Health Specialists named Michelle Hough its new CFO, Florida Business Observer said Jan. 7.
  9. Tampa General expands outpatient presence with radiology acquisition

    Tampa (Fla.) General Hospital acquired full ownership of Tower Radiology, one of the region's largest physician-owned radiology practices.

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