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  1. Florida cardiology group expanding with ASC

    Cardiology practice Florida Heart Associates is building an ASC in an expansion and renovation of its central facility in Fort Myers.
  2. Revamping anesthesia screening, supply chain strategy key to post-pandemic strategy for one Missouri ASC

    Severe cases of COVID-19, including long-term symptoms, had Lisa Weindel, administrator at St. Louis-based Center for Urologic Surgery, reassessing patient risk. The pandemic also caused her center to take a less budget-friendly approach to supply chain management.
  3. 8 ASCs from hospitals, health systems in March

    Here are eight hospitals and health systems that announced plans for an ASC in March:

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  1. 14 states with highest average pay for physicians and surgeons

    Physicians in Maine receive the highest average compensation, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics' occupational employment statistics survey.
  2. Will the pandemic spark more ASC sales? 4 observations

    Independent surgery centers experienced revenue loss last year when elective surgeries were limited due to COVID-19, but many ramped cases back up and aim to stay independent if possible.
  3. Kansas health system seeks approval for medical office building with ASC

    Olathe (Kan.) Health has submitted to the city council plans to develop a two-story medical office building with an ASC, according to Kansas City Business Journal.
  4. 12 things to know about ASCs, key insights

    In 2019, ASCs that were certified by Medicare treated 3.5 million beneficiaries. The data in this list comes from the MedPAC 2021 Report to Congress, Avanza and VMG Health Intellimarker.

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  1. Biden's $1.9 trillion plan could help lighten COVID-19 backlogs

    The pandemic delayed patients' preventive screenings and elective procedures, which ASCs experienced firsthand. Some ASC leaders think President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief law could help mitigate those losses.
  2. How 2 physicians believe ASCs will adapt post-pandemic

    The pandemic put a strain on the supply chain for ASCs, and COVID-19 has left some patients with lingering, long-term effects. For physicians, that means thinking about patient volume and future supply chain strategy.
  3. Underutilized clinic converting to cardiology ASC

    An underutilized clinic and circulation space is being converted to an ASC in Glendale, Ariz., dubbed the Phoenix Heart Ambulatory Surgery Center. 
  4. PIH Health acquires LA cardiology practice

    Whittier, Calif.-based PIH Health has acquired cardiovascular care group Los Angeles Cardiology Associates.

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  1. Physician Partners of America requests feds return emails: 4 details

    The Justice Department is investigating emails from Physician Partners of America, a Tampa, Fla.-based physician practice and ASC chain, according to a Tampa Bay Times report.
  2. Anesthesia group claims UnitedHealthcare shut them out of Optum ASCs: 4 details

    U.S. Anesthesia Partners, a Dallas-based physician-owned anesthesia practice, filed a lawsuit against UnitedHealthcare March 31 over claims of anti-competitive actions, among other actions, according to The New York Times.
  3. 3 ways private equity firms and ASCs could clash: Q&A with John Prunskis 

    Many ASC leaders feel that physician-owned practices are in danger of conflicting priorities with private equity investment. 
  4. 'Antidote to private equity': Some ASCs choose affiliation over acquisitions

    As private equity firms continue to enter the ASC market, some ASC leaders have found alternatives through affiliations with other practices. 
  5. FDA warns of risks of urological endoscopes after 'numerous' reports of infection

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned healthcare providers of the risk of using reprocessed urological endoscopes after "numerous" reports of infection.
  6. Outpatient total knees surged in Florida after CMS policy change, study finds

    A new study showed that many total knee arthroplasty procedures shifted to the outpatient setting after CMS removed procedures from its inpatient-only list in January 2018, implying market and financial pressures are encouraging more outpatient care delivery. 
  7. Tenet Florida Physician Services to open outpatient vascular surgery program

    Construction has begun on the Delray Beach, Fla.-based Addison Medical Centre, which will house Tenet Florida Physician Services' new outpatient vascular surgery program.
  8. Pfizer's shots effective in kids; U.S. to double pharmacies giving doses: 6 updates on the COVID-19 vaccine

    Here are six updates on the COVID-19 vaccine over the past week:
  9. Regulatory issues 2 ENTs are paying attention to the most

    Regulatory updates can have major implications for an ENT practice's procedures, reimbursement and operations. Here's what two ENTs are thinking about the most:

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