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  1. Walgreens in the headlines: 6 updates

    Walgreens has made two significant acquisitions since Aug. 10.
  2. How staffing, telehealth can keep costs down during inflation

    Medical Colleagues of Texas, a multispecialty group in Katy, is focusing on two key areas to reduce costs during a high inflation period, according to Ethan Bing, the practice's administrator: 
  3. Physician groups outproduce hospital-owned groups in 5 of 6 specialties: report

    Physicians at physician-owned practices produced more wRVUs than those in hospital groups in 2021 in five out of six specialties evaluated, according to MGMA.

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  1. 5 suits filed against UnitedHealth Group in last year: What ASCs need to know 

    Five lawsuits have been filed against healthcare giant UnitedHealth Group and its health insurance arm UnitedHealthcare in the last month — including from three ASCs. 
  2. 5 top-paying states for physician assistants 

    Rhode Island is the top-paying state for physician assistants, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' occupational employment statistics survey released March 31.
  3. Physician-owned practices usually pay better: report

    Physician compensation at physician-owned practices since 2006 has mostly met or exceeded that of hospital-owned practices, according to MGMA.
  4. Texas hospital building $4M ASC

    Graham (Texas) Regional Medical Center requested American Rescue Plan Act funding for a $4 million ASC project, The Graham Leader reported Sept. 9.

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  1. Ophthalmology residents remain predominantly white, male in 2022

    According to a data report from the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology, the spring 2022 class of ophthalmology residents was predominantly composed of white male students. 
  2. 9 monkeypox case stats ASC owners should know

    As the monkeypox virus surpasses 21,500 CDC-confirmed cases in the U.S., ASC owners should be informed about the growing health emergency. 
  3. Iowa city approves $35M project with surgery center

    West Des Moines-based Iowa Clinic earned the city of Waukee's approval to build a surgery center, the Des Moines Register reported Sept. 9.
  4. 10 states with the most ASC closures since 2020

    The number of ASCs is growing across the U.S. as patients and payers demand more outpatient surgery, but factors including regulations and population counts have left some states with dwindling ASC numbers.

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  1. Administrator of the week: Celia Smith

    Celia Smith, BSN, RN, administrator of Houston Premier Surgery Center, is Becker's administrator of the week.
  2. American Academy of Ophthalmology calls on CMS to address Medicare Advantage

    The American Academy of Ophthalmology has submitted comments to CMS regarding proposed changes, calling for increased oversight, a reform of prior authorization procedures, step therapy and medical record requests. 
  3. What medical students should know about future compensation

    According to new data from the American Medical Association, the average medical student owes $200,000 in debt. 
  4. 14 new ASCs in 40 days

    Here are 14 new ASCs Becker's has reported on since Aug. 1:
  5. Highest-paying workplaces for physician assistants

    Physician assistants who work in scientific research and development services are the highest paid, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' occupational employment statistics survey released March 31.
  6. Diagnostic ophthalmology company TearLab announces rebrand

    Ophthalmic diagnostic company TearLab announced it will change its name to Trukera Medical in an attempt to rebrand its vision and growth strategy. 
  7. How job openings for 7 medical specialties are expected to change over 10 years

    Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has predicted how job openings will grow for seven medical specialties, including ophthalmology and nurse anesthetists, between 2021 and 2031. 
  8. 2023 CMS physician pay schedule could destabilize Medicare, AMA says

    Physicians are expecting to see a 4.42 percent pay cut in January with the proposed 2023 Medicare physician payment schedule, and paired with rising operating costs and inflation, this could further destabilize Medicare, according to a Sept. 8 article from the American Medical Association. 
  9. Illinois physician sentenced to 1 year in prison for illegal drug prescriptions

    Matthew Steven Miller, DO,  was sentenced to a year in prison for illegally prescribing Xanax, the U.S. Justice Department said Sept. 7.

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