• Medicare billing for PAs: 4 trends to watch

    Medicare would have saved $194 million in 2018 if indirect billing for nurse practitioners and physician assistants were eliminated, but directly billing these providers would adversely affect small primary care practices, according to a study published in the June issue of Health Affairs. 
  • 6 hospitals opening ASCs

    Here are six hospitals that have opened or have plans to open ASCs that Becker's has reported on since June 2:
  • 8 recent studies for ASC leaders

    Here are eight studies for ASC leaders that Becker's has reported on since the beginning of May.
  • Connecticut hospital halts surgeries, redirects to ASC due to staff shortages

    Trinity Health of New England's Johnson Memorial Hospital in Stafford, Conn., redirected a majority of patients who need outpatient surgery to its ASC on June 9 due to staffing shortages. 
  • 6 statistics on physician assistant pay in 2022

    Six things to know about physician assistant pay:
  • 9 recent ASC moves in Florida

    Florida is home to the third-most ASCs of any state in the nation, and it ranks 16th in ASCs per capita.
  • Fast facts about ValueHealth

    Leawood, Kan.-based ValueHealth, an ASC company focused on value-based surgical offerings, is gaining steam in 2022 with outpatient partnerships. 
  • Husband-wife physician duo running front-line Ukrainian hospital 

    Valentyna Glushenko, MD, and Arkady Glushenko, MD, a husband and wife physician duo, are running a front-line hospital in Slovyansk, Ukraine, The Washington Post reported June 11. 
  • Whistleblowers win $1.75M in physician's $9.5M Medicare fraud settlement

    Minas Kochumian, MD, paid $9.49 million to settle allegations that he submitted false claims to CMS and Medi-Cal, California's Medicaid program, for procedures and tests that were never performed, the Justice Department said June 10.
  • Here's what's drawing patients to ASCs

    From physician influence to fear of COVID-19 infection, 17 ASC leaders joined Becker's to discuss what's drawing patients to ASCs over hospitals. 
  • CVS in the headlines: 4 moves for ASC leaders

    Since April 1, CVS Health has let go of a subsidiary and requested a state bill be vetoed over concerns it would raise drug costs. 
  • UnitedHealth in the headlines: 5 updates in 60 days

    UnitedHealth Group, parent company of ASC management company United Surgical Partners International, saw three lawsuits filed against it since April 1. 
  • 6 federal healthcare updates

    Six federal healthcare updates Becker's has covered since May 27:
  • The downsides to temporary physicians 

    Eighty-five percent of providers cited cost as a drawback to hiring temporary physicians, according to AMN Healthcare's "2022 Survey of Locum Tenens."
  • Single-payer healthcare system is best, most physicians say 

    About 70 percent of physicians think some version of a single-payer healthcare system is best for the U.S., according to Medscape's "Physicians' Views on Today's Divisive Social Issues Report 2022." 
  • 2 of 3 ASCs fully owned by physicians: 5 industry notes

    About 66 percent of surgery centers are wholly owned by physicians, with the rest of the market owned solely or in collaboration with hospitals and corporations, according to a June report from Definitive Healthcare. 
  • USPI, Surgery Partners & more: 17 company moves in 2022

    Below are 17 stories Becker's has reported on in 2022 involving United Surgical Partners International, Surgery Partners and Surgical Care Affiliates.
  • ASCA moves in 2022: 2 updates to know

    Here are two recent updates from the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association:
  • 5 statistics making ASC execs nervous

    With rising operation costs, nurse shortages and a push toward industry consolidation, independent physicians and ASCs are having a hard time staying independent. 
  • Physicians' ranking of most important social issues

    A large majority of physicians named healthcare access and substance abuse in their top five social issues, according to Medscape's "Physicians' Views on Today's Divisive Social Issues Report 2022." 

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