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  1. The downsides to the No Surprises Act's dispute resolution process 

    The No Surprises Act was designed to remove the costs of out-of-network providers as a barrier to patient care, but its independent dispute process has been an obstacle, Tony Mira, CEO of Anesthesia Business Consultants, wrote in an August blog post. 
  2. Waud Capital sells controlling ownership stake in GI Alliance

    Waud Capital Partners LLC. has sold its controlling ownership stake in the nation's largest GI practice management company, GI Alliance. 
  3. Ryan Reynolds, Rob McElhenney get colonoscopies on camera

    Actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney recorded themselves receiving colonoscopies to raise awareness of increasing colon cancer diagnoses among people younger than 50, CNN reported Sept. 14.

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  1. 17 hospitals ranked top 25 gastroenterology hospitals 3+ years in a row

    Every year, U.S. News & World Report releases a ranking of the top hospitals for gastroenterology worldwide. In 2021, 2022 and 2023, a total of 17 hospitals were ranked in the top 25 for all three years. 
  2. Texas physician accused of tampering with IV bag at ASC arrested

    Anesthesiologist Raynaldo Rivera Ortiz Jr., MD, was arrested Sept. 14 on a federal warrant amid an ongoing investigation into whether he tampered with IV bags at Baylor Scott & White Surgicare North Dallas. 
  3. Houston physician to pay $240K for claims of banking late mother's retirement

    Henry Zaleski, MD, is paying $240,000 to settle charges alleging he collected retirement benefit payments intended for his deceased mother, the Justice Department said Sept. 14.
  4. Developer building 4-story Calif. MOB with ASC

    A developer is planning a 93,000-square-foot medical office building with outpatient surgery in Santa Rosa, Calif., Healthcare Design reported Sept. 14.

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  1. What employed physicians like least about their job 

    Lack of autonomy is what nearly half of employed physicians like the least about their jobs, according to Medscape's 2022 "Employed Physicians Report."
  2. Missouri physician sentenced, to pay $550K+ after taking bribes from drug manufacturer 

    Randall Halley, DO, a Nixa, Mo.-based physician, was sentenced after taking bribes from a drug manufacturer in exchange for prescribing the company's fentanyl drug to his patients, the U.S. Justice Department said Sept. 13. 
  3. 3 hospitals, health systems opening ASCs

    Mercy Hospital and two more hospitals and health systems that have opened or have plans to open ASCs that Becker's has reported on since Sept. 9:
  4. Acceptance rates at the top 20 universities for gastroenterology and hepatology

    A 2022 report from U.S. News & World Report ranked the top 20 medical schools for gastroenterology and hepatology for the year, with the University of California San Diego topping the list. 

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  1. New U.S. unemployment benefit claims down for 5th week in a row

    New U.S. unemployment benefit claims have reached the lowest level in three months, with first-time claims down every week for the last five weeks, according to a Sept. 15 report from CNN Business. 
  2. 7 things for ASCs to know about the newest COVID-19 booster

    The FDA has authorized new bivalent COVID-19 booster shots from Pfizer and Moderna for emergency use for all Americans 12 and over, according to a Sept. 1 report from the Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 
  3. Compass Surgical Partners hires 3 execs to meet ASC market demand

    Compass Surgical Partners, an ASC developer and manager, has added three new members to its team to help its hospital and surgeon partners adapt to growing market demand. 
  4. California hospital system pays $19.5M for medical office complex

    Mountain View, Calif.-based El Camino Health purchased a medical office complex in San Jose, Calif., for $19.5 million, The Mercury News reported Sept. 15.
  5. ValueHealth joint venture to develop multiple ASCs in Ohio

    Leawood, Kan.-based ValueHealth has partnered with Chillicothe, Ohio-based Great Seal Medical Group to develop several ASCs throughout Ohio and across the upper Midwest region.
  6. GI Alliance finalizes $785M physician-led buyout

    Southlake, Texas-based GI Alliance has finalized its physician-led buyout facilitated by a $785 million investment from private equity firm Apollo Hybrid Value.
  7. Colorado hospital building ASC for orthopedic, gastroenterology surgeries

    Mercy Hospital will begin construction on a 13,500-square-foot ASC in Durango, Colo. later this year, the Durango Herald reported Sept. 14.
  8. A $500M investment, rail system delays and 5 more supply chain updates

    Here are seven supply chain updates for ASC leaders to know that Becker's has reported since Sept. 6:
  9. World's top 20 hospitals for cardiology

    Cleveland Clinic topped Newsweek's latest rankings for the world's best hospitals for cardiology.

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