Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Ohio hospital adds rooms after closing surgery center

    Dayton, Ohio-based Kettering Health added 30 beds after closing its surgery center, Dayton Daily News reported July 23. 
  2. Louisiana ASC sells for $6.1M

    An ASC in Baton Rouge, La., was sold for $6.1 million, the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report said July 23. 
  3. California ASC requires patients to get COVID-19 vaccine

    Pacific Heights Plastic Surgery in San Francisco now requires staff and patients to have the COVID-19 vaccine before entering the facility.

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  1. Joint venture ASC opens in Massachusetts; includes surgeons from 7 practices

    Medford, Mass.-based Lawrence Memorial Hospital opened a 15,000-square-foot surgery center in partnership with local healthcare providers and surgeons from seven physician practices, reported July 22.
  2. New York ASC partners with cancer care provider

    Gramercy Surgery Center in New York City partnered with Vantage Health, a cancer care provider.
  3. USPI added 1,100 physicians in 2021 so far; total joints up 120%

    Dallas-based United Surgical Partners International, part of Tenet Healthcare, continued its steep growth trajectory in the first half of 2021.
  4. Best, worst places for retirement, business, stress and more

    Becker's has reported on several important rankings so far this year detailing places in the U.S. recognized for success or shortcomings in multiple categories.

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  1. How direct contracting with ASCs can benefit employers 

    ASCs can often offer higher-quality care at lower rates, making it a prime location for direct contracting. 
  2. System processing error delays Medicare payments at Palmetto GBA

    Medicare Administrative Contractor Palmetto GBA announced that Medicare payments from July 21-22 could be delayed because of a "system processing issue," the company said July 21. 
  3. CMS aims to close health equity gaps in ASCs

    CMS is seeking input in its quality reporting strategy to better address health inequities in its 2022 payment system rule released July 19.
  4. Seattle Children's hospital scraps opioids from ASC

    Seattle Children's hospital is seeing the benefits of eliminating opioids during surgery at its ASC in Bellevue, Wash., local news outlet KIRO 7 News reported July 20.

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  1. 12 ophthalmology ASCs opened or announced in 2021

    Here are 12 ophthalmology ASCs opened or announced in 2021, as reported by Becker's ASC Review.
  2. 4 ASCs, hospitals doubling down on outpatient cardiology

    Many ASC leaders consider cardiology procedures the biggest opportunity for growth.  
  3. ASC with 3 operating rooms opens in Arizona

    Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Apricus Health is opening the Surgery Center of Avondale (Ariz.), according to a July 21 LinkedIn post. 
  4. Florida surgeon performs area's 1st outpatient awake spinal fusion

    The first outpatient awake spinal fusion in Florida's Tampa Bay area was reportedly performed by Samuel Joseph, MD, of Joseph Spine Institute.
  5. Texas GI practice sells ASC, 2 medical office buildings

    Gastroenterology Consultants of San Antonio sold an ASC and multiple medical office buildings, San Antonio Business Journal reported July 22. 
  6. Will Biden's exec order spark a flurry of ASC acquisitions or more independence?

    ASCs got a regulatory boost in early July when President Joe Biden signed an executive order scrutinizing healthcare mergers, noncompete agreements and the secrecy surrounding costs for care.
  7. USPI Q2 revenue up 80.4%: 5 details

    Dallas-based United Surgical Partners International, a subsidiary of Tenet, reported large year-over-year revenue gains in the second quarter after temporarily limiting surgical case volume in the second quarter of 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  8. How the most in-demand medical specialties have changed in the past 5 years

    Family medicine and psychiatry are two medical specialties highly sought in the U.S., while neurology has only just risen to the top of the list.
  9. What's behind ASC industry growth?

    The COVID-19 pandemic, infection levels and the increase in CMS outpatient procedure approval has left the ASC industry prime for growth. 

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