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  1. Innovation in GI: Advances in gastroenterology technology & technique

    Innovation is a necessary function in healthcare. Two gastroenterologists discuss how innovation has driven advances in gastroenterology technology and technique.  By Carrie Pallardy -
  2. How to create a strategic partnership with a hospital

    There can be significant benefits to having a hospital as a partner for a surgery center, as long as the terms of the partnership are beneficial for the surgery center. If the partnership is not beneficial a center may find that it has sold equity to a non-producing partner and this can prevent the physician-owners from achieving their long term goals.  By Jonathan C. Vick, Founder and President, ASCs Inc -
  3. 9 states with the highest & lowest physician salaries

    Here are the highest and lowest paying states for physicians, according to Doximity's Career Navigator, an online resource.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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  1. Frenetic consolidation: The anesthesia market today & where ASCs fit in

    Merger and acquisition activity in the anesthesia industry hit record levels in 2014, with around 29 total transactions. In 2015, the M&A activity remained steady with approximately 26 closed transactions. One month into 2016, the market has already seen activity. While certain factors still hinder anesthesia practice M&A, the push toward consolidation is strong.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. 5 GI physicians in the news — Feb. 5, 2016

    Here are five gastroenterologists who recently made headlines.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Develop great payer strategies in 2016: 5 key notes for ASCs

    There isn't a single payer contracting approach that will spell success for ambulatory surgery centers this year. Instead, a multi-faceted strategy considering local and regional market dynamics coupled with preparations for continued healthcare reform implementation will be the best way to push forward. By Laura Dyrda -
  4. What are the biggest frustrations for practicing physicians?

    Medicine can be a rewarding career. Physicians can gain great satisfaction from the intellectual stimulation and feel the reward of the human side of medicine through patient care. But, healthcare is not without its headaches. Here one colorectal surgeon describes ones of the biggest frustrations of day-to-day practice.  By Carrie Pallardy -

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  1. Northwestern Michigan Surgery Center's new app lets families track patients — 5 things to know

    A new mobile app is allowing family and friends to track a patient's status as they go through surgery, according to a Health Data Management report.  By Allison Sobczak -
  2. Is this you? 5 key leadership mistakes physicians make

    Physicians are stepping into leadership roles at their practice and hospital departments, but the qualities that make a great surgeon don't necessarily make an excellent leader. By Laura Dyrda -
  3. Orthopedic surgeons, SurgCenter Development open Seaside Surgery Center: 4 things to know

    Robert Zehr, MD, and Kurtis Biggs, DO, partnered with SurgCenter Development to open the Seaside Surgery Center in Naples, Fla., according to a Business Observer report. By Carrie Pallardy -
  4. 11 things to know about physician independence and employment

    Current data shows physicians are moving away from private practice towards working for hospitals or large group practices. Practitioners point to pluses and minuses for both employment models.  By Allison Sobczak -
  1. Should your ASC go it alone? Pinnacle III CEO Rob Carrera on ASC independence

    ASCs interested in maintaining independence may first want to consider why they desire to maintain autonomy — because partnering may ultimately better serve the community and the surgery center's interests.  By Megan Wood -
  2. 8 recent ASC acquisitions — Feb. 5, 2016

    Here are eight recently acquired ASCs.  By Allison Sobczak -
  3. 5 trends of note in the North American cataract surgery devices market

    The North American ophthalmology cataract surgery devices market is estimated to grow rapidly over the next few years, according to new analysis by Reportbuyer.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. Hospital for Special Surgery opens new outpatient center in Westchester County — 5 points

    New York-based Hospital for Special Surgery leased a space in White Plans (N.Y.) to open its new outpatient center, according to  By Mary Rechtoris -
  5. Obama to propose amending 'Cadillac tax' to reflect regional differences — 4 takeaways

    A senior White House adviser said President Obama will propose changing the "Cadillac tax" on pricey private health insurance plans to reflect regional differences, according to Reuters.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  6. AAAHC accredits 4 NY surgical facilities

    The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care accredited four facilities in New York during the second half of 2015. By Laura Dyrda -
  7. Will Medicare reach 50% value-based payments by 2018? 5 key notes

    Medicare's stated goal of transitioning half of payments to value-based care models by 2018 is well on its way, according to a report from The Hill, driven by quality reporting and transparency at the national level. By Laura Dyrda -
  8. Gift cards to referring physicians: Florida group settles anti-kickback case for $50k: 5 things to know

    The Office of the Inspector General settled allegations against Jupiter (Fla.) Imaging Associates in an anti-kickback case involving gift cards to referral sources, according to a report in AIS Health. By Laura Dyrda -
  9. Patients as payers: How to understand & thrive in healthcare's consumer revolution

    Healthcare is a basic need for all people, but its cost often makes it into a luxury millions can ill afford. Efforts to contain costs while promoting quality of care are going forward, but patients still live with the reality of handling the bulk of the financial responsibility for their care. In response, healthcare's patients are becoming active consumers. How can providers cater to this new payer group and remain successful? By Carrie Pallardy -

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