Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to reduce prior authorizations by 20%

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has announced a new effort to reduce prior authorization requirements by 20 percent in order to improve healthcare quality and access while reducing administrative tasks. 
  2. Wisconsin ASC's phone lines back up after cybersecurity incident disrupts communications

    Springfield, Ill.-based Hospital Sisters Health System and its partner, Green Bay, Wis.-based physician group Prevea Health, said phone lines to many Wisconsin facilities, including HSHS' ASC, are back online after a cybersecurity incident at the system caused a communications outage that affected both organizations, according to a Sept. 6 report from ABC affiliate WBAY. 
  3. 'We have to adjust': 5 ASC leaders on meeting workforce expectations

    Five ASC administrators joined Becker's to share their predictions on what the future holds for the outpatient surgery workforce.

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  1. 8 hospital closures in 2023 

    Declining patient volumes and financial challenges are two major factors driving hospital closures this year. 
  2. Another state challenges noncompetes: 5 things to know

    Legislation pending in the New Jersey legislature could significantly limit noncompetes, according to a Sept. 5 article from law firm Saiber. 
  3. The 24 states with the worst health systems

    Mississippi has been named the state with the worst health system performance in 2023, according to data from The Commonwealth Fund.
  4. Meet the US' oldest healthcare billionaire

    Alice Schwartz, 97, is the U.S.' oldest billionaire who earned her fortune in healthcare, according to Forbes' live net worth tracker.

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  1. The 27 states with the best health systems

    Massachusetts has been named the state with the best health system performance in 2023, according to data from The Commonwealth Fund.
  2. West Virginia physician indicted on assault charges 

    Bridgeport, W.Va.-based physician Tracey Reilly, MD, has been charged with abusive sexual contact and simple assault, according to a Sept. 6 news release from the Justice Department. 
  3. 9 hospitals bringing back mask policies 

    As COVID-19 cases rise, some hospitals and health systems are bringing back their mask mandates. 
  4. Gastro Care Partners implements new EHR platform

    Gastroenterology services provider Gastro Care Partners plans to implement ModMed's  gastroenterology-specific technology through its more than 45 providers across multiple ASCs and practices. 

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  1. 10 ASCs with the highest volume of glaucoma surgeries

    Tower Clock Eye Center-Green Bay (Wis.) Surgery Center performed over 1 percent of all glaucoma procedures performed at U.S. ASCs in 2022, according to June 29 data from Definitive Healthcare. 
  2. 5 ASCs with the highest volume of colonoscopies

    Out-of-pocket costs for colonoscopies remain high for patients, even in the ASC setting, with costs sometimes ranging between $1,250 and $4,800, according to data from Definitive Healthcare.
  3. 2 anesthesia legal battles in the news

    Here are two anesthesia legal battles in the headlines that Becker's has reported on since Sept. 5:  
  4. How one state is fighting scope creep

    This year, the Medical Society of the State of New York collaborated with state officials to defeat 15 pieces of legislation that would expand the scope of practice for nurse practitioners and physician assistants, allowing them to practice without physician supervision, according to a Sept. 6 report from the American Medical Association. 
  5. Connecticut medical office building sells for $1M

    A medical office building near Bridgeport Hospital Milford (Conn.) Campus has sold for nearly $1 million, according to a Sept. 5 report from Hartford Business. 
  6. Physician convicted in $9.5M kickback conspiracy 

    Chicago-based physician Benjamin Toh, MD, has been convicted for his role in a more than $9.5 million healthcare fraud scheme. 
  7. Demolition begins at Air Force hospital that migrated services to ASC

    San Antonio-based Wilford Hall Medical Center, which has stood vacant for several years, is being torn down in a two-year, $40 million project, according to a Sept. 5 report from San Antonio Express News. 
  8. 25 best hospitals in Florida for orthopedic surgery

    Healthgrades has named the top 100 hospitals for orthopedic surgery in 2023, including 25 hospitals in Florida. 
  9. 4 states tackling prior authorization

    From repealing existing prior authorization requirements to adding new ones, here are four states tackling the prior authorization system this year. 

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