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  1. A new standard of care: Why this Texas practice evaluates mental health ahead of surgery

    The post-surgery process often involves some physical pain, but the related mental effects tend to be treated as an afterthought, if not overlooked entirely.
  2. Optum deal brings 2022 acquisition spending to nearly $8B

    Optum's $300 million purchase of Healthcare Associates of Texas, a Dallas-based physician practice management company, brings Optum's acquisition deal total this year to nearly $8 billion.
  3. Patient sues Pennsylvania physician, blames him for opioid addiction

    An Easton, Pa., man has sued his physician, Ajeeb John Titus, MD, alleging he overprescribed him opioids that led to his addiction, Lehigh Valley Live reported July 21. 

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  1. Average pay for 5 most-requested providers by region

    Nurse practitioners, the most requested provider by employers, are paid the most in the Western region of the U.S., according to Merritt Hawkins and AMN Healthcare's 2022 "Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives."
  2. US Urology Partners acquires Florida Urology

    US Urology Partners acquired Ormond Beach-based Florida Urology Center, an ASCs Inc. affiliate.
  3. 29 states ranked by number of health data breaches in June

    Seventy healthcare data breaches affecting 500 or more records were reported in June to the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights, according to a July 20 report from HIPAA Journal. 
  4. Why physicians are choosing independent practices over hospitals

    While many physicians are flocking to the security of employed models, others are finding that large practice groups can give physicians access to economies of scale without sacrificing autonomy. 

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  1. US healthcare organizations experience 692 data breaches in 11 months

    Healthcare organizations experienced 692 data breaches from July 2021 to June 2022, according to a report published July 20 in HIPAA Journal.
  2. Colorado ASC pioneers adoption of robotic platform that assists with lumbar spine fixation

    Vail-Summit (Colo.) Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery will be the first adopters of Accelus' minimally-invasive surgery robot that helps with pedicle screw placement during lumbar spine fixation procedures, according to an Accelus news release July 14.
  3. How declining physician pay will alter the healthcare industry

    CMS has proposed another physician pay cut in its Medicare physician fee schedule proposed for 2023. Seven physicians leaders were asked what the healthcare industry will look like if physician reimbursement continues to drop. This is how they responded:
  4. Top 10 anesthesiology residency programs, per Doximity

    Here are the top 10 anesthesiology residency programs, from Doximity's 2022-2023 residency navigator:

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  1. 5 healthcare data breaches in 3 months

    Here are five data breaches affecting healthcare organizations that Becker's has reported on since April 25:
  2. Smartphone tool gauges bowel prep quality before colonoscopy

    An artificial intelligence tool for smartphones can be used to gauge the quality of bowel preparation before colonoscopy, according to a study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.
  3. New York multispecialty group acquires 3rd practice in 18 months

    Albany (N.Y.) Cardiothoracic Surgeons on July 1 joined St. Peter's Health Partners Medical Associates, an Albany-based multispecialty group with physicians in 17 specialties, according to the Albany Business Review.
  4. Speciality physicians see salary spike

    The demand for specialty physicians has increased, leading to a rebound of salaries that had fallen during the pandemic, according to AMN Healthcare's Merritt Hawkins’ Review, published June 30.
  5. 6 ophthalmology updates in July

    A major insurer dropped prior authorization requirements for cataract surgery, plus five more ophthalmology updates Becker's has reported on in July:
  6. $125M distribution center to support ASCs, hospitals

    Medline held a ribbon cutting ceremony July 20 for its new 1.4 million-square-foot medical distribution center in Grayslake, Ill., thought to be the largest medical-grade distribution center in the country. 
  7. Michigan endocrinologist pleads guilty to tax evasion

    Michigan endocrinologist Bashar Kiami, MD, has pleaded guilty to tax evasion, the Justice Department said July 19. 
  8. HHS eyes fraud potential in continuing education programs

    The HHS Office of Inspector General released an advisory opinion highlighting the potential for fraud and abuse in provider-sponsored continuing education programs, according to a July 19 article in JDSupra.
  9. 4 ASCs acquired by corporations in 2022

    As ASCs are becoming popular investments among both physicians and corporations, more ASCs across the country are partnering with or being acquired by larger ventures. 

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