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  1. $1.7B OK'd for most expensive ASC projects this year

    Here are the seven most expensive ASC projects covered by Becker's this year, totaling $1.79 billion:
  2. Artificial intelligence can detect early signs of glaucoma, study shows

    Artificial intelligence systems can use machine learning to  identify early signs of glaucoma, a study published in Ophthalmology found. 
  3. Physicians will get $15M settlement in class-action lawsuit over bonuses 

    Physician staffing firm TeamHealth has agreed to pay physicians $15 million to resolve claims that it failed to properly pay its emergency physicians under compensation plans, Top Class Actions reported Aug. 2. 

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  1. Surgery Partners Q2 revenue jumps 13%: 6 notes

    Brentwood, Tenn.-based Surgery Partners' revenue jumped 13.3 percent over last year's second quarter, to $615.4 million.
  2. Walmart Healthcare: 5 updates from the last 60 days

    From employee pay raises to new back-end operations software, here are five Walmart Healthcare updates Becker's has covered since May 28:
  3. Average physician net worth by age

    A report from FiPhysician, which provides investment and retirement advice to physicians, released a breakdown of physicians 45 and older, and their average net worth's. 
  4. UnitedHealth in the headlines: 14 updates in 60 days

    UnitedHealth Group, parent company of Optum Health and ASC management company Surgical Care Affiliates, saw a busy June and July. Here are 14 UnitedHealth updates from the last 60 days:

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  1. Centene in the headlines: 12 updates in 60 days

    Centene is one of the nation's largest health insurers by membership.  Here are 12 updates from the company in the last 60 days:
  2. Aetna in the headlines: 5 updates in 30 days

    Aetna, a CVS Health company, insurers about 39 million people.  Here are five updates from the company since July 5:
  3. Tennessee eye ASC wins quality improvement award

    The Knoxville (Tenn.) Ophthalmology ASC won the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care's 2021-22 Bernard A. Kershner Surgical/Procedural Care award.
  4. DISC expanding via new PE-backed parent company

    Newport Beach, Calif.-based DISC Sports & Spine Center is planning to grow its footprint in California and around the U.S. through its newly-formed parent company Trias Global, Orange County Business Journal reported Aug. 2.

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  1. New PE-backed spine device company targets ASC surgeons

    Inspan merged with Sacrix to form Insrix, a new spine device company, effective July 1.
  2. How physician retirement age compares to the US average

    The retirement age in the U.S. is up by four years since 1991, to an average age of 61, according to a new report from Gallup. 
  3. CMS pay cuts will push physicians to employed models, Yale professor says 

    Some physician leaders are worried that CMS' proposal to decrease the physician pay conversion factor by $1.53 to $33.08 will accelerate the migration of physicians to employed settings over independent models. 
  4. Physician investments jump 20% in Q2: 4 notes

    The median investment/subsidy per physician jumped 22 percent from the second quarter of 2021 to 2022, according to Kaufman Hall's "Physician Flash Report" published Aug. 1. 
  5. 9 supply chain updates

    Supply chain developments reported by Becker's since July 26.
  6. Unifeye Vision Partners snags 4th Minnesota practice

    Unifeye Vision Partners added a fourth Minnesota practice to its network.
  7. Geisinger opens $80M specialty outpatient center

    Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger cut the ribbon on its $80 million specialty outpatient center in Pittston, Pa., on Aug. 1, the Pennsylvania Business Report reported Aug. 2.
  8. Unemployment rate in all 50 states for 2022: Bureau of Labor Statistics

    The unemployment rate in the U.S. continues to fall following record-high unemployment rates at the beginning of the pandemic, according to data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics in its The Economics Daily report. 
  9. Thomas Park Investments acquired $75M in medical office buildings in 1st half of year

    Thomas Park Investments acquired $75 million in medical office buildings in the first half of 2022, halfway to its year-long goal of $150 million in acquisitions. 

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