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  1. 3 ways private equity firms and ASCs could clash: Q&A with John Prunskis 

    Many ASC leaders feel that physician-owned practices are in danger of conflicting priorities with private equity investment. 
  2. 'Antidote to private equity': Some ASCs choose affiliation over acquisitions

    As private equity firms continue to enter the ASC market, some ASC leaders have found alternatives through affiliations with other practices. 
  3. FDA warns of risks of urological endoscopes after 'numerous' reports of infection

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned healthcare providers of the risk of using reprocessed urological endoscopes after "numerous" reports of infection.

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  1. Outpatient total knees surged in Florida after CMS policy change, study finds

    A new study showed that many total knee arthroplasty procedures shifted to the outpatient setting after CMS removed procedures from its inpatient-only list in January 2018, implying market and financial pressures are encouraging more outpatient care delivery. 
  2. Tenet Florida Physician Services to open outpatient vascular surgery program

    Construction has begun on the Delray Beach, Fla.-based Addison Medical Centre, which will house Tenet Florida Physician Services' new outpatient vascular surgery program.
  3. Pfizer's shots effective in kids; U.S. to double pharmacies giving doses: 6 updates on the COVID-19 vaccine

    Here are six updates on the COVID-19 vaccine over the past week:
  4. Regulatory issues 2 ENTs are paying attention to the most

    Regulatory updates can have major implications for an ENT practice's procedures, reimbursement and operations. Here's what two ENTs are thinking about the most:

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  1. Ohio woman granted $10.3M verdict after botched colon surgery

    An Ohio woman won a $10.3 million jury verdict more than four years after an Ethicon Endoscopy stapler malfunctioned during surgery.
  2. Washington surgeon says his outpatient total joints jumped 200% after pandemic

    P. Brodie Wood, MD, told Thurston Talk his total joint replacement practice in Olympia, Wash., shifted largely outpatient during the pandemic.
  3. Gastroenterologist named CMO of new Pennsylvania hospital

    Gastroenterologist Katie Farah, MD, was named CMO of Pittsburgh-based Allegheny Health Network's upcoming AHN Wexford (Pa.) Hospital.
  4. CRH Medical's 33rd acquisition is an Arkansas GI anesthesia practice

    CRH Medical acquired a majority stake ownership in Little Rock-based Middle Arkansas Sedation Associates, a gastroenterology-focused anesthesia practice.

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  1. Florida spine surgeon performs outpatient prone transpsoas procedure

    One of the first outpatient prone transpsoas procedures in the U.S. was recently performed by Samuel Joseph, MD, of Joseph Spine Institute in Tampa, Fla.
  2. Cardiology group sues SSM Health for $50M over lost hospital privileges: 5 details

    St. Louis Heart and Vascular sued SSM Health March 31 to prevent it from entering into an exclusive contract with another cardiology provider for adult services, according to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
  3. 15 ASCs opened or announced in March

    ASC developments in March sprung up from conversions of malls in Illinois to converted restaurants in New York. 
  4. ASC approved in North Carolina city where Amazon is driving population growth

    Raleigh (N.C.) Orthopaedic Clinic and Rex Healthcare are planning a third ASC in a community where population has increased 18.7 percent since 2010.
  5. CEO predicts Biden's $1.9 trillion plan will help ASCs

    Jason Richardson is the CEO of Boulder, Colo.-based Gastroenterology of the Rockies. Mr. Richardson spoke with Becker's ASC Review about the influx of private equity in the ASC industry and how he thinks President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief law, dubbed the American Rescue Plan, could help ASCs. 
  6. What North American Partners in Anesthesia did in the past year

    Mellville, N.Y.-based North American Partners in Anesthesia has grown its footprint despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Here's what the company did in the past year:
  7. US Digestive Health names chief operating officer

    Exton, Pa.-based US Digestive Health, leading gastroenterology practice and management services organization, has named Brad Stoltz as chief operating officer. 
  8. North American Partners in Anesthesia expands Virginia service

    Melville, N.Y.-based North American Partners in Anesthesia is expanding anesthesia services to more Virginia patients through its partnership with Bon Secours-Richmond (Va.), a subsidiary of Bon Secours Mercy Health.
  9. What does physician recruitment look like for ENTs? 2 expert insights

    Physician recruitment was challenged over the past year, and there isn't a clear picture on what lies ahead for otolaryngology practices yet. Here's what two ENTs said about the outlook of physician recruitment at their centers:

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