Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Masson Spine Institute adds disc replacement surgeon to Utah ASC

    Armen Khachatryan, MD, joined the Masson Spine Institute's ASC in Park City, Utah.
  2. 7 ASC moves in North Carolina

    At least three ASCs have been announced or opened in North Carolina in the past month — a huge feat considering only an estimated four total ASCs opened in the state in 2020. 
  3. Pain management partners expand Texas footprint with ASC acquisition

    A partnership between Spindletop Pain Management Co. and Tricity Pain Associates has acquired Austin (Texas) Premier Surgery Center. 

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  2. CRH Medical acquires remaining interest in GI anesthesia practice

    CRH Medical acquired the remaining 25 percent interest in Gainesville, Ga.-based Lake Lanier Anesthesia Associates, which CRH obtained 75 percent of in June 2020. 
  3. Florida cardiology group expanding with ASC

    Cardiology practice Florida Heart Associates is building an ASC in an expansion and renovation of its central facility in Fort Myers.
  4. Revamping anesthesia screening, supply chain strategy key to post-pandemic strategy for one Missouri ASC

    Severe cases of COVID-19, including long-term symptoms, had Lisa Weindel, administrator at St. Louis-based Center for Urologic Surgery, reassessing patient risk. The pandemic also caused her center to take a less budget-friendly approach to supply chain management.

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  1. 8 ASCs from hospitals, health systems in March

    Here are eight hospitals and health systems that announced plans for an ASC in March:
  2. 14 states with highest average pay for physicians and surgeons

    Physicians in Maine receive the highest average compensation, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics' occupational employment statistics survey.
  3. Will the pandemic spark more ASC sales? 4 observations

    Independent surgery centers experienced revenue loss last year when elective surgeries were limited due to COVID-19, but many ramped cases back up and aim to stay independent if possible.
  4. Kansas health system seeks approval for medical office building with ASC

    Olathe (Kan.) Health has submitted to the city council plans to develop a two-story medical office building with an ASC, according to Kansas City Business Journal.

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  1. 12 things to know about ASCs, key insights

    In 2019, ASCs that were certified by Medicare treated 3.5 million beneficiaries. The data in this list comes from the MedPAC 2021 Report to Congress, Avanza and VMG Health Intellimarker.
  2. Biden's $1.9 trillion plan could help lighten COVID-19 backlogs

    The pandemic delayed patients' preventive screenings and elective procedures, which ASCs experienced firsthand. Some ASC leaders think President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief law could help mitigate those losses.
  3. How 2 physicians believe ASCs will adapt post-pandemic

    The pandemic put a strain on the supply chain for ASCs, and COVID-19 has left some patients with lingering, long-term effects. For physicians, that means thinking about patient volume and future supply chain strategy.
  4. Underutilized clinic converting to cardiology ASC

    An underutilized clinic and circulation space is being converted to an ASC in Glendale, Ariz., dubbed the Phoenix Heart Ambulatory Surgery Center. 
  5. PIH Health acquires LA cardiology practice

    Whittier, Calif.-based PIH Health has acquired cardiovascular care group Los Angeles Cardiology Associates.
  6. Physician Partners of America requests feds return emails: 4 details

    The Justice Department is investigating emails from Physician Partners of America, a Tampa, Fla.-based physician practice and ASC chain, according to a Tampa Bay Times report.
  7. Anesthesia group claims UnitedHealthcare shut them out of Optum ASCs: 4 details

    U.S. Anesthesia Partners, a Dallas-based physician-owned anesthesia practice, filed a lawsuit against UnitedHealthcare March 31 over claims of anti-competitive actions, among other actions, according to The New York Times.
  8. 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. 
  9. '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. 

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