Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Plastic surgeon, state legislator faces complaints after attending Zoom sessions from OR

    A Maryland plastic surgeon who is also a member of the state legislature is facing scrutiny for attending legislative meetings over Zoom from the operating room, according to a report in The Baltimore Sun.
  2. An administrator's outlook on payers, orthopedics and ASCs

    Raghu Reddy, administrator at Cumberland-based SurgCenter of Western Maryland, spoke about payers' evolving attitudes toward spine and orthopedic surgery during Becker's Orthopedic, Spine + ASC Virtual Event on March 18 in the session "The Next 18 months: What to Expect From Payers on Total Joints, Spinal Fusions and More in the ASC."
  3. 3 supply chain concerns for ASCs

    Many ASC leaders are having trouble accessing necessary supplies amid the pandemic. Here are three supply chain concerns for ASC leaders:

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

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  1. 10 things to know about Surgery Partners in 2021

    Since 2004, Brentwood, Tenn.-based Surgery Partners has managed surgery centers throughout the U.S. In 2021, they plan to go on the offensive and capitalize on the addressable market. 
  2. Olympus files patent infringement related to colonoscopy devices

    Olympus Corporation of the Americas filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Cantel/Medivators in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas for its endoscopy device.
  3. Illinois ASC debuts da Vinci Xi surgical system

    Lombard, Ill.-based Surgical Center of DuPage Medical Group became the first freestanding ASC in the state to use the da Vinci Xi robotic system.
  4. Key considerations for adding spine procedures: 2 surgeons weigh in

    From surgical benefits to payer challenges and implementation protocols, two spine surgeons outline key considerations for adding a new spine procedure:

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

Spotlight on surgical excellence: How Cedars-Sinai is increasing patient access to minimally invasive surgery. Learn more during this live discussion.
  1. How a Missouri ASC is solving supply chain challenges: Q&A with administrator Andrew Lovewell

    Columbia, Mo.-based Surgical Center at Columbia Orthopaedic Group administrator Andrew Lovewell recently spoke to Becker's ASC Review about tackling supply chain challenges.
  2. How to think about ASC valuation, EBITDA after the pandemic

    As ASCs across the U.S. consider whether to bring on new investors or sell outright, owners face new challenges in determining valuation and expected earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization.
  3. GI drugmaker partners with diagnostics company

    Sebela Pharmaceuticals and CellMax Life have entered a strategic development and commercial collaboration partnership to accelerate the development of CellMax's multimodal liquid biopsy blood test. 
  4. North Carolina ASC receives CMS approval

    The Orthopaedic Surgery Center of Panther Creek, an ASC owned by Raleigh, N.C.-based UNC Rex Healthcare and Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic through a partnership, received CMS approval on March 3.

OR optimization: Executive insights from Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Financially sustainable surgical excellence — Lessons learned from Methodist Dallas Medical Center. Click here to attend the live virtual discussion.
  1. Dr. Hamid Abbasi demonstrates multilevel OLLIF at Minnesota ASC

    Neurosurgeon Hamid Abbasi, MD, PhD, CMO of Burnsville, Minn.-based Inspired Spine, recently hosted a cadaver lab and surgery observation, where he performed two oblique lateral lumbar interbody fusions.
  2. Michigan hospital to convert on-site day care into outpatient surgery center

    Lansing, Mich.-based Sparrow Hospital is closing its day care center for employees to build its outpatient surgery center, according to a March 23 report from the Lansing State Journal.
  3. States with the most ASC activity in Q1

    Florida had the busiest start to ASC activity in 2021, with four ASCs that opened or were announced in the first quarter.
  4. What ASC companies did in Q1: 11 notes

    Here are 11 key updates on ASC companies and industry-relevant companies since January:
  5. Spinal fusion 'picking up steam' at ASCs: 2 leaders discuss practice growth

    During Becker's Orthopedic, Spine + ASC Virtual Event on March 18, two industry leaders discussed the migration of spine and orthopedic procedures to surgery centers and how they are looking at growth in 2021.
  6. Physician pays $188K to scammers posing as Justice Department

    Scammers are increasing efforts to trick people out of their money, and some are targeting physicians.
  7. 10 things you need to know about USPI in 2021

    Dallas-based United Surgical Partners International, the ASC segment of Tenet Healthcare, is the largest ambulatory platform in the country. The company expanded its surgery center footprint in 2020 and is expected to continue its focus on ASC acquisitions in 2021.
  8. 3 ways spinal care has adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic

    Jocelyn Idema, DO, founder of Steel City Spine and Orthopedic Center in Pittsburgh, joined "Becker's Spine & Orthopedics Podcast" to talk about how spinal care has adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  9. 3 Montecito acquisitions involving medical office buildings, ASCs

    Since its inception in 2006, Nashville, Tenn.-based Montecito Medical Real Estate has acquired more than $4 billion in medical office real estate across 30 states in the U.S.

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