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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.

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  1. 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
  2. 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. 
  3. 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: 
  4. Virginia medical office building sold for $21M

    Global Medical REIT bought a Fairfax, Va., medical office building for $21 million, reported Commercial Observer. 

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  1. 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.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.
  4. 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. 

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  1. 5 anesthesia updates for ASC leaders

    Here are five anesthesia stories Becker's has reported on since May 4:
  2. 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. 
  3. University of Maryland Medical System opens vascular center

    Baltimore-based University of Maryland Medical System opened a new vascular center in Annapolis, Md., according to a May 17 6Park report.
  4. 1st purely endoscopic appendectomy performed in Baltimore

    Physicians at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore have completed the first purely endoscopic appendectomy in the nation, the hospital said May 16.
  5. Sunvera Group adds Michigan ASC

    Ophthalmology practice management services organization Sunvera Group, which is backed by private equity group Ridgemont Equity Partners, has added Shelby Township, Mich.-based Laser Eye Care Center to its network.
  6. Fast facts about AmSurg 

    Nashville, Tenn.-based AmSurg is one of the largest ASC chains in the U.S. with more than 250 surgery centers and 2,000 physicians in 34 states. 
  7. 4 supply chain updates for ASC leaders

    Here are four supply chain updates from the last week:
  8. 54-bed hospital with ASCs planned in Florida 

    A 54-bed hospital with surgery centers is being proposed in Port St. Lucie, Fla., TCPalm reported May 16. 
  9. Indiana physician fired for objecting to EMR time goals, lawsuit claims 

    A physician at Indianapolis-based Indiana University Health Physicians has sued the health system, saying he was demoted and then terminated after objecting to limiting EMR time to 10 minutes, Indiana Business Journal reported May 16. 

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