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  1. Payment dispute process begins for out-of-network anesthesia services: 3 things to know

    The independent dispute resolution process for out-of-network services is now available to anesthesiologists and other healthcare providers.
  2. Site-neutral insurer contracts a reality for orthopedic group

    Surgery centers have advocated for site-neutral payments with hospital outpatient departments, so the same rates are paid regardless of where the procedure is performed.
  3. 8 hospitals opening ASCs

    Here are eight hospitals that have opened or have plans to open ASCs:

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  1. ASCA introduces new board officers, members

    The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association's board of directors recently appointed new board officers and members.
  2. Chicago surgeon to open Indiana ASC

    A surgeon from Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush in Chicago is planning to open an outpatient orthopedic surgery center in Chesterton, Ind., according to a May 12 nwi.com report.
  3. Ohio physician charged in $8.4M Medicare fraud 

    Ohio physician Ankita Singh, MD, was charged with fraudulently billing Medicare $8.4 million for unnecessary supplies and equipment, the U.S. Justice Department said May 12. 
  4. ASC executive predicts industry boom unlikely to slow

    According to an interview from HealthLeaders with Alexander Sah, MD, several unique aspects of ASCs continue to drive growth.

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  1. Most, least desirable states to open ASCs

    Texas is potentially the best state to open an ASC, while New Jersey and other states fall short.
  2. Hospital interests pushing CMS away from ASCs, administrator says

    CMS has passed several measures in the last year affecting ASC reimbursements, including removing 255 procedures from the ASC-payable list. For Cathy McCue, MSN, RN, administrator of Uropartners Surgery Center in Des Plaines, Ill., CMS' actions point to a prioritization of hospitals because of a strong hospital lobby. 
  3. $100M medical office project planned in Florida

    Real estate developer Olympus closed a deal to build a $100 million medical office campus with Healthcare Trust of America in Clermont, Fla., GrowthSpotter reported May 11.  
  4. COVID-19 hospitalizations up in 39 states & 4 more updates

    In the last 14 days, COVID-19 hospitalizations are up 20 percent nationwide, with 39 states and Washington, D.C., reporting increases. 

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  1. Gastroenterologist honored by Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons

    The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons United Kingdom has named Dr. Aamir Ghafoor, its PACES Champion 2021 and the best examiner in the world, The News reported May 11. 
  2. Gastroenterologist revenue hits 2-year high: 3 notes

    Median gastroenterologist revenue hit a two-year high on March 1, according to Kaufman Hall's "Physician Flash Report" published May 2. 
  3. Mississippi orthopedic center data breach affects 500 people

    Jackson-based Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center suffered a data breach, the practice said May 6.
  4. ASC or hospital. Who should decide site of service?

    Physicians should decide whether procedures are performed in ASCs or hospital outpatient departments, Bill Prentice, CEO of the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association, said during the California Ambulatory Surgery Association's ASC Summit. 
  5. Texas cardio center taps new CEO

    Humble, Texas-based cardiology center Vital Heart & Vein named Gay Nord as CEO.
  6. Navigating the complications of anesthesia billing

    Anesthesia payer policy is complicated and constantly evolving, Tony Mira, Anesthesia Business Consultants' president and CEO, wrote in a recent blog post.
  7. NVision adds Texas, California practices

    Ophthalmology group NVision has added two practices to its network.
  8. Dr. Tyler Watters performs North Carolina's first orthopedic smart implant

    Raleigh (N.C.) Orthopaedic Clinic surgeon Tyler Watters, MD, performed the state's first implant of a smart orthopedic device.
  9. Telemedicine company owners admit to $64M nationwide kickback scheme

    The owners of telemedicine company RediDoc admitted their roles in a $64 million fraud, bribery and kickback scheme, the Justice Department said May 10.

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