Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Spine group plans 5 clinics in Walmart stores, charging $25 per treatment

    The Back Space, a chain of retail spine care clinics, revealed the location of five of its 10 locations planned in Walmart stores as of July 7.
  2. Orthopedic surgeon's $9M win against Texas ASC overturned

    An orthopedic surgeon’s multimillion-dollar win against a Texas surgery center has been taken back.
  3. Highest-earning physician specialties over the past 4 years

    Neurosurgery and thoracic surgery have been the highest-earning physician specialties for the past four years. 

Can endoscopic spine surgery be profitable in the ASC? Key considerations from an orthopedic surgeon

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  1. 3 biggest threats to ASCs

    The power of hospital consolidation and recruiting staff continue to threaten ASC profitability in 2021. Here are the three biggest external risks to ASCs, according to eight leaders:
  2. ASC profitability hinges on case-costing metrics, one administrator says

    The challenge of covering implant costs and keeping up with payer regulations makes maintaining profitability tricky for many independent ASCs.
  3. Texas in 2021: 9 new ASCs

    Texas is a non-certificate-of-need state with a long history in the ASC industry, making it prime for ASC growth. 
  4. 2,600+ records improperly tossed out at Georgia ASC

    Eye Consultants of Atlanta suffered a data breach after hard copies of medical records were improperly discarded.

How Cedars-Sinai tapped change management principles to better inform surgical service line decisions

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  1. Aetna policy change requires preapproval for cataract surgeries

    Aetna began requiring that healthcare providers get preapproval for all cataract surgeries July 1.
  2. 3 challenges 1 ASC faced when adding service lines

    Adding a service line requires a well-thought-out strategy in staff recruitment, equipment consolidation and education, according to one ASC nurse manager.
  3. 5 supply chain updates to know

    Avid Medical recalled its medical supply kits, and New York hospitals now have stockpiles of personal protective equipment.
  4. Ascension Saint Thomas opening $16M ASC

    Ascension Saint Thomas is opening a $16 million ASC in Murfreesboro, Tenn., in August, the Daily News Journal reported July 5. 

OR optimization: Executive insights from Methodist Dallas Medical Center

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  1. ASCs, hospitals pay millions as scrutiny intensifies for illegal referrals

    The U.S. Justice Department is putting hospitals, ASCs and physician groups under the microscope, in search of improper relationships that violate anti-kickback laws, which could have big consequences for the industry.
  2. GI Alliance adds South Suburban Gastroenterology to network

    Homewood, Ill.-based South Suburban Gastroenterology has joined GI Alliance, the company said July 6.
  3. 7 ENTs stepping into leadership positions in 2021

    From state boards to health systems, several ENTs have taken on new leadership roles so far this year.
  4. Where ASC referral networks are headed

    Referral patterns are changing for ASCs as physician groups join health systems and payers narrow their networks.
  5. Spine surgeon opening ASC in Florida in late 2021

    Spine surgeon Chukwuka Okafor, MD, is opening a surgery center this year to capitalize on the accelerating trend of outpatient migration, The Ledger reported July 6.
  6. What the CMS surprise-billing proposal means for ASCs

    CMS is taking on surprise billing with a proposed final rule released July 2.
  7. North Carolina eye practice names CEO

    Wilmington (N.C.) Eye named Kathy Erickson the practice's first CEO, according to a Wilmington Biz report. 
  8. Compass Surgical finishing up North Carolina ASC

    Compass Surgical Partners is finishing up an ASC in Asheville, N.C., according to a July 4 LinkedIn post. 
  9. Best practices for sterilization of surgical instruments, medical devices

    Reprocessing and sterilization guidelines follow evidence-based principles of classification, processing, inspection and storage of surgical and medical equipment.

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