Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Baltimore pain clinic manager charged with drug trafficking

    The manager of a Baltimore-based pain clinic and others are facing conspiracy charges accusing them of illegally obtaining and distributing controlled substances, according to a May 19 statement from the U.S. Justice Department.
  2. Leapfrog digs deeper into ASCs with new committee

    The Leapfrog Group is creating an advisory committee for ASCs, according to a May 20 announcement.
  3. Surgery Partners inks supply chain deal

    Surgery Partners chose Prodigo Solutions to centralize and streamline supply chain operations, according to a May 20 announcement.

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  1. Allina Health moving spine, orthopedic surgeries from HOPDs to new network of ASCs

    Minneapolis-based Allina Health is moving higher-acuity procedures such as spine and orthopedic cases from hospital outpatient departments to newly developed outpatient surgery centers, according to the Star Tribune.
  2. Despite shrinking pool of independent physicians, ASC execs see chances to grow

    Depending on geographic location and specialty, the independent physician market is rising or sinking fast.
  3. AAAHC honors 2 health centers with quality improvement award

    The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care recently named two health centers that were awarded its Kershner QI Award, according to a May 19 press release.
  4. A $125M expansion: Comprehensive Surgical Care's 20 planned ASCs

    Physician-owned Comprehensive Surgical Care and its real estate partner have committed more than $125 million for a 20-ASC expansion nationwide.

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  1. 5 physicians opening ASCs in 2021

    The ASC industry is becoming increasingly consolidated, but physicians still are opening ASCs independently, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. Only 55% of gastroenterologists feel fairly compensated: Medscape

    Just over half of gastroenterologists feel fairly compensated, according to Medscape's 2021 Gastroenterologist Compensation Report. 
  3. New Jersey ASC Association elects new officers to board of directors

    The New Jersey Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers elected three new members to its board of directors, the organization announced May 19.
  4. 99% of patients felt safe at New Jersey ASCs they visited, survey says

    More than 99 percent of patients strongly agreed or agreed that they felt safe at the New Jersey-based ASC they visited, according to a study released by the New Jersey Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers.

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  1. Joint-venture ASC planned with purchase of former hospital building

    A joint venture between Texas Orthopaedic Associates Fort Worth and Vaquero Ventures purchased medical real estate to house the orthopedic practice and an ASC, according to a May 17 release.
  2. Medline to buy Teleflex's respiratory business for $286M

    Medical technology company Teleflex signed a definitive agreement to sell part of its respiratory business to medical supplier Medline Industries, according to a May 18 press release.
  3. Pennsylvania ASC adds joint replacements

    Orthopedic Associates of Lancaster (Pa.) is now performing outpatient joint replacement surgeries at the North Pointe Surgery Center, according to a May 18 press release.
  4. St. Louis Heart & Vascular partners with concierge provider

    Saint Louis Heart and Vascular announced the addition of Concierge Choice Physicians' Hybrid Choice program, according to a May 18 press release.
  5. Florida Digestive Health Specialists' 26th location to open full-time

    Brandenton, Fla.-based Florida Digestive Health Specialists' Port Charlotte location will operate full time on June 1.
  6. Physician gets 59-year prison sentence for fraud, unnecessary surgeries

    A physician in Chesapeake, Va., was sentenced to nearly six decades in prison May 18, according to the U.S. Justice Department.
  7. 7 physicians, CaroMont resolve noncompete clause dispute

    Seven physicians who sued Gastonia, N.C.-based CaroMont Health in 2019 over a noncompete clause in their employment contracts voluntarily dismissed their suit, according to a May 18 report in the Gaston Gazette.
  8. ASCA elects board members and officer — 5 insights

    The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association named several board members and a treasurer, according to a May 14 release. 
  9. Surgical Care Affiliates seeks dismissal of Justice Department's 'no poach' case

    Deerfield, Ill.-based Surgical Care Affiliates wants the U.S. Justice Department's charges of entering into agreements with competitors not to poach senior employees to be dismissed.

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