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  1. San Francisco hospital expanding outpatient surgery with $7M gift

    San Francisco-based Chinese Hospital received $7 million to expand outpatient surgery services and renovate infrastructure at the hospital's six-story outpatient building, San Francisco Business Journal reported June 1.
  2. What physicians get paid in 5 top-ranked states to practice

    Idaho is the best state to practice medicine in 2022, according to Medscape's rankings released May 20, and they earn an average of $178,301 annually there, according to data from ZipRecruiter.
  3. Private equity looks to gastroenterology in the 'golden age' of colonoscopies 

    Private equity firms are looking to invest in gastroenterology groups as colonoscopy becomes increasingly in demand, Duluth News Tribune reported May 31. 

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  1. WakeMed's UnitedHealthcare contract ends, but ASCs are unaffected

    After months of negotiations, Raleigh, N.C.-based WakeMed and UnitedHealthcare failed to reach an agreement on a new contract, The News and Observer reported June 1.
  2. Robotic surgery tech: Fewer complications, quicker recovery, decreased opioid prescriptions, Vail Health says

    Vail (Colo.) Health's robotic surgery tool, Da Vinci, has resulted in a decrease in complications, quicker recovery and fewer opioid prescriptions following its December 2021 implementations, reported local news source Summit Daily May 31.
  3. Vaccinated Americans more likely to choose surgery in outpatient setting with vaccinated staff

    During a pandemic, such as COVID-19, Americans are more likely to pursue surgery if they are vaccinated, the hospital staff is vaccinated, the surgery is urgent, and the surgery is conducted in an outpatient setting, a study published in Vaccine found. 
  4. 88% of providers have used temporary physicians in last year: 3 stats 

    Eighty-eight percent of healthcare facilities used temporary physicians or other temporary providers in the last year, according to AMN Healthcare's "2022 Survey of Locum Tenens."

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  1. Patients sue Yale after being given saline instead of fentanyl

    New Haven, Conn.-based Yale University is being sued by dozens of patients claiming the staff at the health system's reproductive clinic should have known that instead of giving fentanyl to the patients they were being injected with saline, the New Haven Register reported May 31. 
  2. Experts disagree over outlook for independent ASCs: What we heard in May

    ASC leaders spoke with Becker's ASC Review on key topics in May, from the outlook for independent ASCs to the financial effects of current payer trends.
  3. 19 new ASCs in May 

    Here are 19 new ASCs that opened or were announced in May: 
  4. Delaware physician group latest spine practice to suffer ransomware attack

    Christiana Spine Center, a nine-physician group in Newark, Del., was hit by a ransomware attack that could have exposed patients' protected health information.

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  1. 5 new joint venture ASC deals

    Becker's has reported on five joint-venture ASC deals in May, including one partially owned by ValueHealth and Orthopedic Care Partners.
  2. The ACA colonoscopy billing violation that's all too common

    Preventive colonoscopies, which are usually scheduled every 10 years starting at age 45, are supposed to be free for patients, according to the Affordable Care Act.
  3. Dr. Michael Amini on the ASC-friendly shoulder procedure

    Keeping costs down at an ASC involves a lot of moving parts, and adopting quicker procedures that demand fewer resources can go a long way.
  4. New therapies for previously untreatable ailments are making big waves in healthcare

    Alan Rechter, MD, serves as an orthopedic surgeon at Orthopaedic Associates in Houston. Dr. Rechter will serve on the panels "What Interventional Pain Management Will Look Like in 10 Years" and "Enter a New World of Postoperative Pain Management" 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.
  5. Why this Cardinal Health consultant is excited for the ambulatory market's future

    Marvella Thomas serves as the senior consultant for clinical operations of ambulatory surgery at Cardinal Health. Ms. Thomas will serve on the panel "What ASC Employees Really Want Today" 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.
  6. Fast facts about GI Alliance

    Southlake, Texas-based GI Alliance is the largest gastroenterology 'megagroup' in the industry, with more than 660 physicians and 400 locations. 
  7. $8.5M paid for 3 Washington medical office buildings 

    Three medical office buildings in Prosser, Wash., have been acquired for $8.5 million by Sila Realty Trust, the healthcare-focused investment trust said May 27. 
  8. The competitive edge of independent ASCs

    Independent ASCs have an edge in the market as procedures increasingly migrate to the outpatient setting, according to Doug Geinzer, founder and president of Las Vegas-based High Performance Providers. 
  9. US invests $1.5M toward surgical center for disabled patients in Texas

    The U.S. Economic Development Administration awarded a $1.5 million grant to the Multi-Assistance Center at Morgan's Wonderland in San Antonio to construct an ASC focused on serving those with intellectual, developmental and acquired physical disabilities.

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