Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. OptumCare adds 5,000+ physicians, clinicians

    OptumCare set the goal at the beginning of 2021 to add 10,000 physicians this year, and the company is more than halfway there, Andrew Witty, CEO of UnitedHealth Group and Optum, said during the second-quarter earnings call.
  2. 12 physicians leave HCA-acquired New Hampshire hospital

    Physicians are exiting another hospital en masse, this time in New Hampshire.
  3. 17 hospitals opening ASCs in June

    Here are 17 hospitals and health systems that opened or announced plans for an ASC in June:

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  1. Shields Medford ASC opens in Massachusetts

    Shields Health Care Group and MelroseWakefield Healthcare have opened an ASC in Medford, Mass., according to a July 15 press release.
  2. DaVita, former CEO charged with colluding with Surgical Care Affiliates to stifle competition

    Denver-based DaVita, an outpatient medical services provider specializing in dialysis and kidney care, has been indicted in connection with a collusion investigation involving Deerfield, Ill.-based Surgical Care Affiliates,the Justice Department said July 15.
  3. Key strategies for outpatient migration and ASC success, according to one administrator

    From the COVID-19 pandemic to increased outpatient migration, ASCs have had to adjust to acute industry shifts in the past few years.
  4. US physician shortage could hit 124,000 in 13 years & more stats to know

    Hospitals employed 49.3 percent of physicians by January 2021, up 5 percent from January 2019. 

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  1. Top 15 nonmedical side gigs for physicians

    The most common nonmedical side gig for physicians is real estate, according to a July 14 report in Medscape.
  2. 4 bold predictions for the ASC industry

    From industry-wide growth to increased partnerships, six ASC leaders spoke with Becker's ASC Review on how they expect the ASC industry to change in the next five years. 
  3. How the CMS surprise-billing law will impact anesthesia reimbursement

    For anesthesia practices that submit a significant number of out-of-network claims, the new No Surprises Act could mean less revenue. 
  4. What will PE do to GI care? 4 physicians weigh in

    Private equity investment has grown rapidly in 2021 with groups such as PE GI Alliance, Gastro Health and GI Alliance snapping up deals.

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  1. Freestanding Illinois ASC first to offer cardiac catheterization

    Quincy (Ill.) Medical Group's surgery center has become the first freestanding ASC in Illinois to offer cardiac catheterization, according to a July 13 press release.
  2. California health system onboards surgical robot at ASC

    Mission Surgery Center has added its second Rosa robotic system, according to a July 14 LinkedIn post by Mission Hospital. 
  3. Surgery Center Services of America opens ophthalmology ASC in New York

    Surgery Center Services of America has opened Greater Binghamton (N.Y.) Eye Surgery Center, CEO Philip Blair said in a July 14 email.
  4. HCA plans $50M endocrine surgery center in Florida

    HCA Healthcare West Florida is planning a $50 million surgical hospital, dubbed the Hospital for Endocrine Surgery, in Tampa, Fla., according to a July news release. 
  5. Anesthesia management firm brings services to Maryland ASC

    North American Partners in Anesthesia has partnered with Maple Lawn Surgery Center in Fulton, Md., according to a July 15 news release.
  6. Will Biden's crusade for competition hinder ASC-hospital joint ventures?

    The Biden administration has begun making its mark on the U.S. healthcare system with strong support for competition.
  7. OptumHealth now serves 99 million patients, Q2 revenue up 46%

    Optum delivered a strong financial performance in the second quarter, driven by growth across all divisions, it reported July 15.
  8. Quality, stability and patient satisfaction: Why one CEO stays independent

    For Gregg Florentin, maintaining independence is key to maintaining financial stability. 
  9. USPI, AmSurg & more: large ASC chains by the numbers 

    Here's the number of ASCs, affiliated positions and states with centers for seven of the largest ASC chains:

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