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  1. Consolidation in the ASC industry: 3 stats to know 

    While the ASC industry remains largely fragmented, the industry is slowly consolidating, according to a Jan. 26 report from VMG Health. 
  2. How ASC inflation adjustments have shifted 

    ASC annual net inflation adjustments saw an average increase of 2 percent since 2015, according to a Jan. 26 report from VMG Health. 
  3. Private equity in healthcare in 2023: 7 updates

    Private equity and management services organizations have been making waves in the ASC, gastroenterology and cardiology space in 2023. Here are seven updates: 

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  1. 4 colonoscopy updates in 2 weeks

    From a celebrity colonoscopy to a major data breach, here are four colonoscopy updates from 2023. 
  2. Michigan hospital to add $10M medical office building

    The Mackinac Straits Health System in St. Ignace, Mich., plans to add a 20,000-square-foot medical office building to its facilities, according to a Jan. 27 report from the Petoskey News-Review. 
  3. HCA revenue hits $60.2B, outpatient cases climb: 5 things to know

    HCA Healthcare had $60.233 billion in revenue for 2022, an increase from $58.752 billion in 2021, according to its Jan. 27 financial and operating report.
  4. $310M in medical office building acquisitions in 9 days

    Here are four medical office building acquisitions totaling $310.85 million that Becker's has reported on since Jan. 11: 

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  1. BCBS leans into site-neutral payments

    The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association released a policy statement backing site-neutral payments as a key focus for saving billions of dollars in the next decade.
  2. 4 new procedures OK'd by CMS for reimbursement in 2023

    CMS will reimburse ASCs for four new procedures in 2023, according to a Jan. 23 report from VMG Health. 
  3. Private equity's new target could be good news for ASCs

    After years of courting ASCs, gastroenterology groups and ophthalmology groups, private equity has set its sights on cardiology, a high-acuity growth opportunity for ASCs. 
  4. How colonoscopy reimbursement is expected to change for ASCs in 2023

    Medicare ASC payments for colonoscopies with lesion removals and colonoscopies and biopsies are expected to increase in 2023, according to VMG Health's "ASCs in 2022: A Year in Review" report released Jan. 26.

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  1. How reimbursements for the top 10 ASC procedures will change in 2023 

    Medicare payments for the top 10 CPT codes are projected to increase by 3.9 percent in total in 2023, according to a Jan. 23 report from VMG Health. 
  2. Dr. Efrain Cancel joins Gundersen Eye Clinic

    Efrain Cancel, MD, has joined the team of ophthalmologists at Gundersen Eye Clinic in Waukon, Iowa, The Standard reported Jan. 25. 
  3. 4 new cardiology ASCs

    Here are four newly opened or proposed cardiology-focused ASCs reported by Becker's since Jan. 12:
  4. The growth of GI Alliance: A timeline

    In November, 2018, Southlake, Texas-based management services company GI Alliance was formed through a partnership between Waud Capital Partners and Texas Digestive Disease Consultants. 
  5. 5,264 patient records breached at Live Oak Surgery Center

    Plano, Texas-based Live Oak Surgery Center is currently investigating a breach affecting 5,264 patients, according to a report from the Department of Health and Humans Services and a Jan. 3 press release from the ASC. 
  6. GI Alliance partners with Connecticut GI

    Dallas-based GI Alliance, a gastroenterology management organization, has partnered with Rocky Hill-based Connecticut GI.
  7. Ascension, BCBS of Texas reportedly reach agreement just before deadline

    With just one week remaining, Austin-based Ascension Texas and Blue Cross Blue and Shield of Texas have reportedly reached a contract agreement to keep the health system in-network, according to a Jan. 26 report from the Austin American-Statesman. 
  8. How the 6 biggest ASC chains have grown since 2011

    Dallas-based United Surgical Partners International's number of ASCs has grown by 116 percent since 2011, according to a Jan. 23 report from VMG Health. 
  9. CVS Health's start to 2023: 5 deals, moves pointing to growth

    CVS Health has made several massive deals and launched a new virtual care service in 2023, and it was predicted to be the top acquirer of healthcare companies this year, according to a survey by Health Tech Nerds. 

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