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N.Y. Physicians Receive Approval for Pain Management ASC

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Physicians from The Albany (N.Y.) & Saratoga Center for Pain Management and New York Pain Management in Clifton Park have received preliminary state approval to build a $1 million pain-focused ASC, the Northway Surgery and Pain Center, to be located in Clifton Park, according to a report from the Times Union.

The owners expect to perform 8,000 procedures in the first year and 10,000 procedures in the next at the 9,420-square-foot center, with a respective $3 million and $4 million in resulting profits, according to plans filed with the state.

The center's owners will be Martin Ferrillo, DO, and Edward Apicella, MD, of The Albany & Saratoga Center for Pain Management; and Charles Gordon, MD, and Quentin Phung, MD, of New York Pain Management. Heritage Ambulatory Surgery Center, a separate four-physician ASC, would provide consulting and administrative services, according to the report.

While the new ASC received opposition from Albany-based St. Peter's Hospital on the grounds that it would lose $1 million in referrals and other surgeries should the ASC be opened, the state determined the hospital would lose little, as none of the physician owners perform procedures with the hospital.

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