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  1. BCBS North Carolina's value-based program led to 10,000 more CRC screenings in 2020

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina's Blue Premier value-based program performed almost 10,000 more colorectal screenings in 2020 than in 2019, the company announced Aug. 25. 
  2. 3 states set records for COVID-19 hospitalizations & more: 9 updates to know

    As a fourth COVID-19 wave surges nationwide, some hospitals have refrigerated mortuary trucks on standby in case deaths increase and overburden hospital morgues. 
  3. Sight Growth Partners adds Connecticut practice, ASC

    Sight Growth Providers expanded into Connecticut through a partnership with Manchester-based Fichman Eye Center and the Laser & Vision Surgery Center, the company announced Aug. 26. 
  1. 4 physicians open multispecialty ASC in Arizona

    A group of surgeons and anesthesiologists is opening a multispecialty surgery center with capacity for patients to stay overnight in Scottsdale, Ariz., according to AZ Business Magazine.
  2. Surgical Care Affiliates appoints VP of clinical quality, growth for Midwest division

    Surgical Care Affiliates recently promoted Ezra Erb to vice president of clinical quality and clinical growth for its Midwest operating division.
  3. CMS proposes double-digit pay cuts for 6 office-based heart procedures

    Office-based labs and physician practices will see big cuts next year in dialysis vascular access services reimbursement if CMS' 2022 proposed physician fee schedule is finalized.
  4. Georgia pain & spine practice opening ASC: 3 notes

    Gainesvillle, Ga.-based Southern Pain and Spine is opening a surgery center. 

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  1. The biggest concern for ASCs today? The staffing crisis, says one clinician

    The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the U.S. healthcare system close to its limits, putting a strain on healthcare workers at all levels. Karen Albright, RN, nurse administrator at Annapolis, Md.-based Riva Road Surgery Center, said it's become increasingly difficult to find the staff that her ASC needs.
  2. How to fight disinformation in healthcare, according to one Atlanta physician

    In recent years, the greater-than-ever ease of access to information and disinformation has had an increasing impact. Charles Fox, MD, chief of gastroenterology at Emory University Hospital Midtown in Atlanta, said he and his staff encounter it regularly.
  3. Vascular physician joins Precision Vascular's North Texas clinic

    Addison, Texas-based Precision Vascular added Tammam Obeid, MD, to its Mesquite, Texas-based practice.
  4. TAVR site clusters could lead to drop in procedure quality, study suggests

    An August study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggests that an uneven distribution of sites performing transcatheter aortic valve replacements can lead to a drop in procedural quality.

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  1. Why 1 center 'proceeds with caution' in payer contracts

    For Indianapolis, Ind.-based Midwest Center for Joint Replacement, a good culture fit is a priority in securing a payer contract. 
  2. New York hospital hits roadblock in securing medical office building, ASC property

    Wynn Hospital is trying to secure a property in Utica, N.Y., to house a medical office building and ASC, Observer Dispatch reported Aug. 24. 
  3. ASCs inconsistent on staff credential requirements, survey finds

    The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association's 2021 Salary & Benefits survey found that only 9 percent of ASCs require their administrators to hold the Certified Administrator Surgery Center credential. Among that 9 percent, less than half pay their CASC-certified staff more than those without the credential.
  4. What's worrying GI leaders?

    Rising COVID-19 infections and subsequent delayed GI procedures are worrying gastroenterologists and GI executives. 
  5. Vehicle hits South Carolina surgery center

    A vehicle slammed into Greenville, S.C.-based Carolinas Center for Oral, Facial Surgery & Dental Implants, NBC affiliate WYFF reported Aug. 25. 
  6. AdventHealth resumes some outpatient procedures at Florida hospitals

    AdventHealth’s Central Florida hospitals are resuming some outpatient procedures after a "leveling off" of local COVID-19 cases, Orlando Sentinel reported Aug. 25. 
  7. 74% of insurers worried about meeting No Surprises Act requirements: 7 stats to know

    A recent survey found that while 70 percent of Americans trust their physicians, only 22 percent trust hospital executives. 
  8. 63% of Q2 physician practice deals had private equity buyers

    Physician practice deals heated up in the first half of the year, with private equity firms driving much of the activity.
  9. Alabama ASC offers COVID-19 therapy amid hospital bed shortage

    Surgery Center South and Flowers Hospital, both in Dothan, Ala., are teaming up to provide monoclonal antibody infusion therapy to COVID-19 patients, Dothan Eagle reported Aug. 24. 

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