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  1. Virginia medical office building sold for $21M

    Global Medical REIT bought a Fairfax, Va., medical office building for $21 million, reported Commercial Observer. 
  2. Tennessee physician permanently barred from prescribing schedule II and III drugs

    Manchester, Tenn., physician David Florence, DO, agreed to be permanently barred from prescribing schedule II and most schedule III controlled substances, the Justice Department said May 18.
  3. CRNAs given full practice authority in Michigan 

    Michigan became the 20th state to opt out of the physician supervision requirement for certified registered nurse anesthetists, according to a May 10 news release from the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology. 

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  1. Connecticut physician fined for fraudulently prescribing

    Oxford, Conn., physician Marc Legris, MD, was hit with a $10,000 fine for using another physician's name and Drug Enforcement Agency registration number to prescribe controlled substances to a relative, Hartford Courant reported May 17.
  2. Medicare payments to hospitals double those to ASCs: 4 study notes

    Medicare per-procedure payments to hospital outpatient departments were 2.1 times larger than payments to ASCs, according to new research published by the Rand Corp. 
  3. 5 anesthesia updates for ASC leaders

    Here are five anesthesia stories Becker's has reported on since May 4:
  4. Orthopedic surgeon pay hits 2-year high: 6 notes

    Median orthopedic surgeon compensation hit a two-year high on March 1, according to Kaufman Hall's "Physician Flash Report" published May 2. 

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  1. University of Maryland Medical System opens vascular center

    Baltimore-based University of Maryland Medical System opened a new vascular center in Annapolis, Md., according to a May 17 6Park report.
  2. 1st purely endoscopic appendectomy performed in Baltimore

    Physicians at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore have completed the first purely endoscopic appendectomy in the nation, the hospital said May 16.
  3. Sunvera Group adds Michigan ASC

    Ophthalmology practice management services organization Sunvera Group, which is backed by private equity group Ridgemont Equity Partners, has added Shelby Township, Mich.-based Laser Eye Care Center to its network.
  4. Fast facts about AmSurg 

    Nashville, Tenn.-based AmSurg is one of the largest ASC chains in the U.S. with more than 250 surgery centers and 2,000 physicians in 34 states. 

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  1. 4 supply chain updates for ASC leaders

    Here are four supply chain updates from the last week:
  2. 54-bed hospital with ASCs planned in Florida 

    A 54-bed hospital with surgery centers is being proposed in Port St. Lucie, Fla., TCPalm reported May 16. 
  3. Indiana physician fired for objecting to EMR time goals, lawsuit claims 

    A physician at Indianapolis-based Indiana University Health Physicians has sued the health system, saying he was demoted and then terminated after objecting to limiting EMR time to 10 minutes, Indiana Business Journal reported May 16. 
  4. New York anesthesiologist admits buying, selling cancer drugs for profit 

    A New York anesthesiologist admitted to using his medical license to buy prescription oncology medication to sell for profit, the U.S. Justice Department said May 16. 
  5. As ASC industry booms, hospitals look to outpatient models

    It's no secret that orthopedic care is one of many specialties migrating to the outpatient setting, and hospitals and health systems are making several strategic shifts to keep up with this trend.
  6. Physician-owned hospital pays $1.2M to settle billing fraud claims

    Oklahoma Heart Hospital South, a physician-owned hospital based in Oklahoma City, paid $1.2 million to settle billing fraud allegations May 16.
  7. National Medical Billing Services acquires Medi-Corp

    National Medical Billing Services acquired anesthesia, ASC and pain management revenue cycle management provider Medi-Corp, according to a May 17 news release shared with Becker's.
  8. ASCs battle the 'rising cost of everything'

    For many ASC leaders, the biggest obstacle to care is skyrocketing costs driven by supply and labor shortages, as well as a 40-year inflation apex of 8.5 percent.
  9. 5 firsts for ASCs

    Here are five ASCs Becker's has reported on since April 28 that have made waves by achieving respective firsts:

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