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  1. Private equity & ASCs: 7 updates in 30 days

    Private equity has an increasing influence in the ASC industry as investors see opportunity in ASCs as a high-quality, low-cost site of service. 
  2. 3 supply chain issues execs are keeping an eye on

    Supply chain disruptions aren't expected to ease for a while, and ASC leaders have been facing obstacles to securing supplies since early in the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  3. 4 anesthesiologists making headlines

    At least four anesthesiologists made headlines in the last two weeks, including a New York physician who admitted to buying prescription medicine for a profit and an Illinois anesthesiologist running for office.

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  1. The 2 focus areas in joint replacement surgery for physicians 

    Jeremy Statton, MD, serves as an orthopedic surgeon at Atlanta-based Arthritis & Total Joint Specialists. Dr. Statton will serve on the panel "OR Efficiency, It's About Time" at Becker's 19th Annual Spine, Orthopedic & Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference. As part of an ongoing series, Becker's is talking to healthcare leaders who plan to speak at the conference, which will take place in Chicago from June 16-18.  To learn more and register, click here.
  2. The cost of running a medical practice has increased by 39 percent, says 1 director. See how he's handling the change

    John Finkenberg, MD, serves as director of San Diego-based Alvarado Spine Center and on the board of directors at the North American Spine Society. Dr. Finkenberg will serve on the panels "Payer Behavior: The Good, Bad and Intriguing Trends for Spine and ASCs" and "Capitol Hill Update: What to Expect From CMS, Midterm Elections and More" at Becker's 19th Annual Spine, Orthopedic & Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference. As part of an ongoing series, Becker's is talking to healthcare leaders who plan to speak at the conference, which will take place in Chicago from June 16-18.  To learn more and register, click here.
  3. Here's what's drawing patients to ASCs

    From physician influence to fear of COVID-19 infection, 17 ASC leaders joined Becker's to discuss what's drawing patients to ASCs over hospitals. 
  4. California system opens subspecialty colorectal ASC

    Porterville, Calif.-based Sierra View Medical Center opened its new subspecialty ASC, The Porterville Recorder reported June 9.

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  1. Dartmouth Health submits plan for $13M ASC expansion

    Lebanon, N.H.-based Dartmouth Health is seeking approval for a $13 million ASC expansion on its main campus, Valley News reported June 8.
  2. CVS in the headlines: 4 moves for ASC leaders

    Since April 1, CVS Health has let go of a subsidiary and requested a state bill be vetoed over concerns it would raise drug costs. 
  3. UnitedHealth in the headlines: 5 updates in 60 days

    UnitedHealth Group, parent company of ASC management company United Surgical Partners International, saw three lawsuits filed against it since April 1. 
  4. 10 spine ASCs to know

    There are more than 3,500 orthopedic ASCs in the U.S., according to 2021 CMS figures, but many of them do not offer spine surgery.

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  1. 6 federal healthcare updates

    Six federal healthcare updates Becker's has covered since May 27:
  2. The downsides to temporary physicians 

    Eighty-five percent of providers cited cost as a drawback to hiring temporary physicians, according to AMN Healthcare's "2022 Survey of Locum Tenens."
  3. Single-payer healthcare system is best, most physicians say 

    About 70 percent of physicians think some version of a single-payer healthcare system is best for the U.S., according to Medscape's "Physicians' Views on Today's Divisive Social Issues Report 2022." 
  4. $8M Georgia ASC property sold to private equity group

    Capital Real Estate Group’s U.S. Healthcare Investment Sales has sold a two-building medical office and ASC portfolio in Warners Robins, Ga., for $8.3 million, the real estate company told Becker's June 9. 
  5. 3 spine innovations exciting ASC execs 

    As spine surgeries increasingly migrate to the outpatient setting, ASC leaders are keeping an eye on new technologies changing the way these procedures are performed. 
  6. Anesthesia group sees spike in patient engagement with texting platform

    Chicago-based anesthesia practice Mobile Anesthesiologists saw a jump in patient engagement after working with two-way texting platform Dialog Health.
  7. 2 of 3 ASCs fully owned by physicians: 5 industry notes

    About 66 percent of surgery centers are wholly owned by physicians, with the rest of the market owned solely or in collaboration with hospitals and corporations, according to a June report from Definitive Healthcare. 
  8. Tennessee orthopedic ASC construction starts this month

    Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Center for Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics will begin construction of its new ASC this month, according to Somerset CPAs and Advisors.
  9. Private equity turns to physicians after courting ASCs for years

    Private equity firms have long used ASCs as investment vehicles, which they have wrapped into larger portfolios and marketed to pension funds and other big institutional investors. But across the market, those institutions are reaching their capacity for such investments.

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