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  1. UnitedHealthcare's 'ulterior motive' to new advanced notification process

    On May 31, UnitedHealthcare reversed the proposed June 1 implementation of a controversial prior authorization process that would require gastroenterologists to submit requests for certain endoscopy procedures. 
  2. Prior authorizations & ASCs: 5 notes

    Here are five updates about prior authorizations that ASCs need to know:
  3. 5 health systems reporting massive operating losses: What ASCs need to know

    In the last wealth, at least five health systems have reported multimillion-dollar operating losses for the first quarter ending March 31: 

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  1. The challenges future ASC leaders are up against

    If current trends continue, tomorrow's ASC leaders will face a litany of obstacles just as the leaders of today are.
  2. Healthcare policy decisions made by leaders with 'little clinical background', surgeon says 

    Brian Curtin, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Charlotte, N.C.-based OrthoCarolina, joined Becker's to discuss how physicians can leverage their power. 
  3. Physician incentive bonuses in 2022 vs. 2021

    Physicians across all specialties earned more incentive bonuses on average in 2022 than in 2021, according to Medscape's 2023 "Physician Compensation Report." 
  4. Colorado physician sentenced to 2+ years for stealing $250K in COVID-19 relief funds

    Francis Joseph, MD, has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for fraudulently obtaining and misappropriating $250,000 in COVID-19 relief funds from two programs, the Justice Department reported June 1. 

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  1. GI Alliance partners with 5-physician practice in Washington

    GI Alliance has partnered with Digestive Health Consultants in Silverdale, Wash.
  2. 'We should not participate in gathering data for UnitedHealthcare': Why 1 gastroenterologist opposes UHC's new GI advanced notification plan

    In March, insurer UnitedHealthcare announced changes to prior authorization for certain GI procedures. The night before changes were to take effect on June 1, UHC reversed the plan, opting instead for an advanced notification alternative.
  3. 8 states with graduate physician roles

    Several states have enacted laws creating new medical positions for graduate physicians who have not found a residency position. 
  4. How CMS' reimbursement policies have helped, hurt ASCs in 2023

    CMS' policies have the power to turn the tide of the surgery center industry. Here is how those policies have both helped and hurt ASCs in 2023.

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  1. Why Optum's lack of 'checks and balances' concern 1 CEO

    According to Michael Meyers, president and CEO of Manhasset, N.Y.-based medtech company Meyers & Gerard Medical, Optum's quick growth and acquisition of physician groups is a cause for concern. 
  2. Optum's strength in 5 stats

    Optum, parent company of ASC chain SCA Health, is the largest employer of physicians in the country. 
  3. Arkansas law allows physician assistants to be rendering providers for Medicaid

    Arkansas has recently passed a law that would let physician assistants enroll as a rendering provider through Medicaid, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences reported May 31. 
  4. 5 healthcare leaders named among America's richest self-made women

    On June 1, Forbes released its list of America's richest self-made women for 2023, which includes five women who made their wealth in the health and healthcare space. 
  5. OcuTerra taps new CFO

    OcuTerra, a clinical stage ophthalmology pharmaceutical company, has named Bill Steinkrauss as its new CFO. 
  6. The most challenging thing about being an anesthesiologist

    Twenty-nine percent of anesthesiologists said having to work long hours is the hardest part of their job, according to Medscape's "Anesthesiologist Compensation Report" for 2023.
  7. 3 disciplinary physician licensing updates

    Here are three physicians who have had their medical licenses suspended or restricted, as covered by Becker's since May 11:
  8. The highest-, lowest-paid cardiologists: 15 stats

    Although the mean annual wage among all cardiologists in the U.S. is $421,330, that can vary based on factors including experience and practice setting, according to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics occupational employment statistics survey.
  9. Cardiologist must pay $2.6M for negligence 

    Shashi Ahuja, MD, must pay $2.6 million in damages for a botched procedure that left a Fort Wayne, Ind., woman with a disfigured and unusable right leg, reported May 26. 

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