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  1. Over 2M prior authorization requests denied by Medicare Advantage yearly

    Prior authorization can delay patient care and cause frustration for physicians, who have to spend hours filling out paperwork every week. 
  2. Indiana senator sued for malpractice following patient death

    Indiana State Sen. Tyler Johnson, MD, is facing a wrongful death lawsuit following the death of a woman who allegedly died less than an hour after Dr. Johnson, an emergency department physician, provided treatment, according to a March 16 report from The Indianapolis Star.
  3. Banner Health sells medical office building for $29M

    Phoenix-based Banner Health has sold a medical office building in Peoria, Ariz., for $29 million to healthcare property manager Montecito Medical Real Estate, according to a March 17 report from Phoenix Business Journal. 

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  1. 6 orthopedic updates for ASC leaders to know

    From a new surgical institute to surgery centers growing their orthopedic teams, here are six orthopedic updates Becker's has reported on since Feb. 17:
  2. OrthoAlliance gains 3 Ohio offices, ASC

    OrthoAlliance, a physician-led management services organization, added Chardon, Ohio-based Precision Orthopaedic Specialties and Chardon Surgery Center to its network.
  3. 'Physician payment is always in the crosshairs': How reimbursement rates affect gastroenterologists

    The combination of decreased physician reimbursements and increased procedure costs continues to put physician pay in peril. 
  4. The best, worst parts about managing a rural ASC

    Less than 10 percent of ASCs are located in rural settings, and they face different challenges and setbacks than their urban counterparts. 

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  1. 10 US cities where physicians get the most take-home pay after taxes

    For physicians looking to maximize their take-home pay after taxes, Memphis, Tenn., might be the place to go. It tops the list of cities where workers bring home the most pay following federal and local taxes and cost of living adjustments, according to a March 15 report from Bloomberg.
  2. New York Hospital CEO captures his colonoscopy experience on camera

    New York City-based NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem CEO Georges Leconte filmed his routine colonoscopy experience to de-stigmatize the procedure and to encourage New Yorkers to get screened.
  3. 26K-square-foot medical office building approved in Connecticut

    The zoning commission of Bristol, Conn., has approved plans for the construction of a 26,000-square-foot medical office building, according to a March 16 report from the Hartford Business Journal. 
  4. 'Patients should flee from UnitedHealthcare' amid changes to prior authorization, says 1 gastroenterologist

    UnitedHealthcare, an insurer of 45 million patients worldwide, has announced changes to its prior authorization requirements for gastroenterology care, set to take effect June 1. 

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  1. Flagship Healthcare Properties' hold on ASC real estate: 5 things to know

    Charlotte, N.C.-based healthcare real estate firm Flagship Healthcare Properties is becoming one of the largest owners of ASC properties in the nation, acquiring 11 ASC buildings in 2022. 
  2. Proposed Kentucky bill would allow nurse practitioners more independence

    Senate Bill 94 would allow nurse practitioners to practice without a collaborating physician and bestow them more authority to prescribe controlled substances, Commonwealth Journal reported March 15. 
  3. Vitreoretinal Consultants acquires Bronxville practice

    New York City-based Vitreoretinal Consultants has acquired Retina Consultations in Bronxville, N.Y., adding physicians Charles Mango, MD, and Steven Bodine, MD, to its list of providers.
  4. 10 cardiology updates for ASC leaders to know

    From an award to a newly debuted procedure, here are 10 cardiology updates Becker's has reported on since March 2:
  5. Florida physician pays $225K to settle unlawful prescription allegations

    George Barrio, MD, has agreed to pay a $225,000 settlement for allegedly prescribing opioids and other controlled substances unlawfully, the Department of Justice reported March 14. 
  6. West Virginia physician, former COO charged with $650K fraud

    Francisco Ortiz, former COO of Morgantown, W.Va.-based Wedgewood Physicians, and James Mersing, MD, have been charged for allegedly stealing $650,000 from the practice, the Justice Department reported March 14. 
  7. Top 25 most expensive cities for physicians to live

    Los Angeles is the most expensive U.S. city to live in, according to the U.S. News & World Report.
  8. HCA's CEO took 29% pay cut last year

    Samuel Hazen, CEO of Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare, saw his overall pay dip in 2022 from $20.6 million to $14.6 million.
  9. Skyline Endoscopy Center remaining open amid neighboring Banner ASC closure

    Loveland, Colo.-based Banner Surgery Center recently announced plans to close its doors March 31, prompting concerns from patients that the Skyline Endoscopy Center would also close, as both are located in the Skyline Medical Pavilion, according to a March 15 report from BizWest.

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