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  1. September recap: Top 10 gastroenterology stories

    Here are the most-read gastroenterology stories published by Becker's in September:
  2. FDA approves anesthesia for ocular surface

    Eyecare pharmaceutical company Harrow and anesthesia company Sintetica have developed an FDA-approved ocular surface anesthesia, Iheezo. 
  3. Biogen pays $900M to settle physician kickback allegations

    Pharmaceutical company Biogen has agreed to pay $900 million to resolve allegations it paid kickbacks to physicians to prescribe Biogen drugs, the U.S. Justice Department said Sept. 26. 

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  1. Kaiser Permanente building second ASC in Folsom

    Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente submitted applications for a 260,000-square-foot medical office building with an ASC in Folsom, the Sacramento Business Journal reported Sept. 27.
  2. Former Santen CEO joins Opus Genetics' board of directors

    Former Santen CEO Adrienne Graves, PhD, has been appointed to the board of directors for retinal gene therapy research company Opus Genetics. 
  3. CoFi and Alphaeon partner for ophthalmology financing

    Payment platform CoFi partnered with financing company Alphaeon to launch a financing solution for ophthalmology practices. 
  4. Alabama neurologist who tried fleeing to Middle East convicted of bank fraud, identity theft

    Neurologist and pain specialist Rassan Tarabein, MD, was convicted for bank fraud, false statements, aggravated identity theft and refusing to pay court-ordered restitution, the Justice Department said Sept. 23.

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  1. Young physicians' incentive bonuses: 3 stats

    The average incentive bonus jumped $6,000 for young physicians in the last year, according to Medscape's "Young Physician Compensation Report 2022."
  2. Top 20 GI hospitals by procedure volume 

    Cleveland Clinic is the hospital with the largest gastroenterology procedure volume in the country, according to a report from Definitive Healthcare. 
  3. 10 most-read ophthalmology stories in September

    From new partnerships to salary reports, here are the 10 most-read ophthalmology stories from Becker's during September. 
  4. 70% of Americans seeking second jobs to combat rising costs

    Nearly 70 percent of Americans are looking for a second job this year due to rising inflation, according to a September survey of over 1,000 full-time and part-time workers, CNBC reported on Sept. 27. 

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  1. 'Historically' slow payers hindering ASC procedure migration, admin says 

    While many procedures are migrating to the ASC setting, "historically" slow payer policy changes could create delays, according to administrator Brenda Carter. 
  2. 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.
  3. 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. 
  4. 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. 
  5. $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.
  6. 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. 
  7. 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. 
  8. 7 anesthesia updates for ASC leaders

    Here are seven anesthesia stories Becker's has reported on since Sept. 1:
  9. 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.

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