Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Aetna in the headlines: 5 updates in 30 days

    Aetna, a CVS Health company, insurers about 39 million people.  Here are five updates from the company since July 5:
  2. Tennessee eye ASC wins quality improvement award

    The Knoxville (Tenn.) Ophthalmology ASC won the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care's 2021-22 Bernard A. Kershner Surgical/Procedural Care award.
  3. DISC expanding via new PE-backed parent company

    Newport Beach, Calif.-based DISC Sports & Spine Center is planning to grow its footprint in California and around the U.S. through its newly-formed parent company Trias Global, Orange County Business Journal reported Aug. 2.

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  1. New PE-backed spine device company targets ASC surgeons

    Inspan merged with Sacrix to form Insrix, a new spine device company, effective July 1.
  2. How physician retirement age compares to the US average

    The retirement age in the U.S. is up by four years since 1991, to an average age of 61, according to a new report from Gallup. 
  3. CMS pay cuts will push physicians to employed models, Yale professor says 

    Some physician leaders are worried that CMS' proposal to decrease the physician pay conversion factor by $1.53 to $33.08 will accelerate the migration of physicians to employed settings over independent models. 
  4. Physician investments jump 20% in Q2: 4 notes

    The median investment/subsidy per physician jumped 22 percent from the second quarter of 2021 to 2022, according to Kaufman Hall's "Physician Flash Report" published Aug. 1. 

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  1. 9 supply chain updates

    Supply chain developments reported by Becker's since July 26.
  2. Unifeye Vision Partners snags 4th Minnesota practice

    Unifeye Vision Partners added a fourth Minnesota practice to its network.
  3. Geisinger opens $80M specialty outpatient center

    Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger cut the ribbon on its $80 million specialty outpatient center in Pittston, Pa., on Aug. 1, the Pennsylvania Business Report reported Aug. 2.
  4. Unemployment rate in all 50 states for 2022: Bureau of Labor Statistics

    The unemployment rate in the U.S. continues to fall following record-high unemployment rates at the beginning of the pandemic, according to data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics in its The Economics Daily report. 

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  1. Thomas Park Investments acquired $75M in medical office buildings in 1st half of year

    Thomas Park Investments acquired $75 million in medical office buildings in the first half of 2022, halfway to its year-long goal of $150 million in acquisitions. 
  2. USPI to run up to 600 ASCs by end of 2025: 8 notes

    The ASC market is expected to be Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare's main growth driver in the coming years, with the company's surgery center business, United Surgical Partners International, aiming to have 575 to 600 ASCs by the end of 2025.
  3. '#Guttok': How social media is making gastroenterology more accessible

    TikTok content creators are using the app to share information on gut health conditions, treatment tips and personal experiences, CNBC's millennial-focused website Make It, reported Aug. 1.
  4. Why ASCs should play to their strengths

    Convenience, flexibility and efficiency are some of ASCs' greatest strengths. Combining these attributes with patient centricity, greater treatment variety and technology investments can lead a center to success, according to ASC leaders.
  5. 17 gastroenterology updates

    US Digestive Health's latest network expansion and 16 more gastroenterology updates Becker's has reported on since July 20:
  6. Physician pay declines in Q2: 4 notes

    Physicians saw a slight decrease in compensation per provider from the first quarter to the second quarter of 2022, according to Kaufman Hall's "Physician Flash Report" published Aug. 1. 
  7. Florida physician charged with trafficking codeine, oxycodone

    A Florida physician was charged with trafficking prescription drugs July 26, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. 
  8. Florida physician joins Gastro Health

    Gastro Health has added gastroenterologist and internal medicine physician Keith Moore, MD, to its network, the company said Aug. 1. 
  9. States with best healthcare systems vs. best states to open a business

    When considering where to open an ASC or healthcare business, location is key.

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