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  1. Living cost-adjusted RN pay for every state

    The average hourly pay for registered nurses in the U.S. is $39.78,  according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics occupational employment statistics survey. Wages and living costs vary from place to place, however.
  2. 13% of female physicians believe their workplace pays unequally based on gender

    More than 25 percent of physicians believe their current or former workplace pays unequally based on gender, according to Medscape's 2022 "Physicians' Views on Gender Discrimination Issues" report. 
  3. Number of US ophthalmologists remains stable while demand set to grow 83%

    The number of ophthalmologists in the U.S. has remained virtually unchanged since 1990, according to an August report from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. 

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  1. $5.97M project plans to study ethical, legal concerns of AI in colonoscopies

    A five-year project funded by the European Union will investigate the ethical and legal implications of artificial intelligence in colonoscopy.
  2. 5 states with the most ophthalmic medical technicians and their salaries

    California tops the list of states with the most ophthalmic medical technicians in the country, with 5,610, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 
  3. DocSpera raises $10 million in funding to improve ASC workflow

    Integrated data company DocSpera received $10 million in series B funding to improve its surgical coordination platform for aiding communication and workflow between surgeons and medical device suppliers at ASCs and hospitals. 
  4. 7 anesthesia updates for ASC leaders

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  1. North Carolina physician group opens endoscopy center

    Raleigh, N.C.-based Wake Endoscopy Center is expanding with a new location in Cary, the Triangle Business Journal reported Sept. 23.
  2. Surgeon sells Arkansas ASC building for $2.6M

    John Kendrick, MD, sold the building housing the Springdale, Ark.-based Minimal Access Surgery Clinic for $2.6 million, Arkansas Business reported Sept. 26.
  3. CMS changes reduced outpatient overpayments: OIG 

    CMS reduced outpatient overpayments given for patients receiving inpatient services in other facilities by updating their system, according to an audit from the HHS Office of Inspector General. 
  4. Number of residents providing care in Austin, Texas, has doubled, filling gaps in ophthalmology, GI

    The number of medical residents providing care in the Austin, Texas, area has doubled since 2015, growing to 401 new students working in specialties including ophthalmology, gastroenterology and neurology. 

Scaling standardized protocols saved one hospital $12M in 1 year

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  1. FDA approves eye drops for the reduction of intraocular pressure

    Santen Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Santen Pharmaceutical Co., and Ube Corp. have received FDA approval for their Omlonti 0.002 percent eye drops, which are designed to reduce elevated intraocular pressure in glaucoma patients. 
  2. Medical equipment company VP pleads guilty to falsifying physician records in $50M fraud scheme

    Kala Sloan, the vice president of two Raleigh, N.C.-based medical equipment companies, has pleaded guilty to falsifying physician orders to bill Medicare $50 million, according to a Justice Department report. 
  3. How young physicians are paid by practice setting

    Young physicians working in outpatient clinics are making on average $65,000 less than those in hospitals, according to Medscape's "Young Physician Compensation Report 2022."
  4. Physician group acquires $44.5M California medical office building 

    A medical office building in San Francisco was sold for $44.5 million, REBusiness reported Sept. 23. 
  5. 13 most popular medical, non-medical side gigs for physicians

    Thirty-seven percent of physicians reported having a side gig in 2022 according to the Physician Extra Income report from Medscape. 
  6. How much young physicians made in 2022

    Young physicians overall made $293,000 in 2022, according to Medscape's "Young Physician Compensation Report 2022."
  7. 4 steps to protecting wealth in a recession

    With 52 percent of economists warning of an impending recession in the next 12 months, there are four steps Americans can take to protect their personal wealth, according to a Sept. 23 report from CNBC. 
  8. How Americans feel about a possible recession: 9 facts

    More than half of Americans (56 percent) believe that the U.S. economy is already in a recession, according to a new survey of 1,500 adults commissioned by life insurance company MassMutual.
  9. Whitsett Vision Group debuts lens for cataract surgeries

    Houston-based Whitsett Vision Group has become the first ophthalmology group in the country to perform a cataract surgery using a new FDA-approved lens, the Lenstec ClearView 3. 

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