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  1. 4th death linked to tainted eye drops

    In February, Global Pharma Healthcare recalled its Artificial Tears Lubricant Eye Drops distributed by EzriCare and Delsam Pharma following reports of a rare strain of bacteria that causes infection, eye loss and even patient death. 
  2. UnitedHealthcare grows by over $100B in 10 years

    UnitedHealthcare Group currently has the highest price per share of any company listed on the Dow Jones, with its annual revenue growing by over $100 billion since 2012, according to a May 20 report from CNBC.
  3. Texas physician sentenced for overprescribing opioids

    Denton, Texas-based family medicine physician Stanley Charles Evans, MD, has been sentenced to 40 months in prison for overprescribing opioids, the Justice Department said May 19. 

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  1. In December, CMS proposed to streamline prior authorizations; surgeons are skeptical

    In December, CMS submitted a 134-page proposal designed to improve prior authorizations for Medicare and Medicaid patients through automating the process and improving workflows. 
  2. ASC Administrator of the Week: Barbara Clancy-Sweeney

    Barbara Clancy-Sweeney, administrator of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, is Becker's ASC Administrator of the Week.
  3. 'I will no longer practice cookbook mediocrity': 5 physicians on the worst part of their job

    Medscape surveyed 10,011 physicians for its 2023 "Physician Compensation Report" on their experiences.
  4. How ASC cost containment strategy is changing

    Two ASC administrators joined Becker's to share how they have adapted their management approaches to keep costs down.

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  1. States disciplining physicians: 3 medical license updates

    Here are three updates where states have punished physicians by suspending or restricting their medical licenses, as covered by Becker's since April 28:
  2. Hamilton Physician Group adds 2 gastroenterologists

    Dalton, Ga.-based Hamilton Physician Group-Gastroenterology has added two new gastroenterologists to its team: Larry Shuster, MD, and Sergio Quijano, MD, according to a May 19 report from 
  3. The cost-cutting strategies ASCs need to know

    In an increasingly consolidating industry, ASCs must remain sharply focused on cost containment, according to Raghu Reddy, chief administrative officer of Cumberland-based SurgCenter of Western Maryland. 
  4. Upcoming changes to GI prior authorization will improve patient safety, says UnitedHealthcare

    In June, new prior authorization rules from UnitedHealthcare concerning select gastroenterology procedures will take effect, requiring patients and physicians to seek authorization for gastroenterology endoscopy services, including esophagogastroduodenoscopies, capsule endoscopies, diagnostic colonoscopies and surveillance colonoscopies. 

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  1. 5 worst places for physicians to practice in for 2023

    Washington, D.C., has been named the worst place for physicians to practice in for 2023, based on data from Medscape's "Best & Worst Places to Practice" report, released on May 18. 
  2. 24 best states for physicians to practice in for 2023

    Idaho has been named the top state for physicians to practice in for 2023, based on data from Medscape's "Best & Worst Places to Practice" report, released on May 18. 
  3. Bill requiring practitioners to wear profession on nametag sent to Florida governor

    A bill known as the Health Care Practitioner Titles and Designations bill is headed to the desk of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis this week, according to a May 16 report from ABC affiliate WPBF. 
  4. HCA affiliate named a top employer in Denver

    Denver-based HealthOne, an affiliate of Nashville, Tenn-based HCA Healthcare, has been named one of the top workplaces in the area for 2023 by The Denver Post. 
  5. WellSpan to open outpatient endoscopy center

    York, Pa.-based WellSpan Health is opening an outpatient endoscopy center and expanding its digestive health services in West Earl, Pa., according to a May 18 report from Lancaster Online.
  6. WellSpan to build 34K-square-foot ASC in Pennsylvania

    York, Pa.-based WellSpan Health is building a 34,000-square-foot ASC in Lancaster, Pa., according to a May 18 report from Lancaster Online.
  7. New Pennsylvania ASC to focus on value-based care

    WellSpan Health is opening an ASC focused on value-based care in Lancaster, Pa., the health system said May 18. 
  8. Retail giants snap up clinic market share: 5 things to know

    As care delivery continues to become more consumer-centric, several big retailers are looking to secure a place in the retail clinic market, according to a May 18 blog post from Definitive Healthcare.
  9. Players to watch in the retail clinic space

    CVS Health is dominating the retail clinic space, accounting for 63 percent of the market's clinics, according to a May 18 blog post from Definitive Healthcare.

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