Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Comprehensive Surgical Care opens first ASC in planned $125M, 20-ASC expansion

    Physician-owned Comprehensive Surgical Care opened a 15,000-square-foot flagship ASC in a former Walmart Neighborhood Market in Gilbert, Ariz., the company announced April 27. 
  2. ValueHealth, University Hospitals to open another Ohio ASC

    Leawood, Kan.-based ValueHealth and Cleveland-based University Hospitals are developing a multi-specialty, joint-venture ASC in Medina, Ohio, according to an April 27 news release. 
  3. 4 moves by private equity-backed Midwest Vision Partners 

    Chicago-based, private equity-backed Midwest Vision Partners has announced two partnerships in the past week.

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  1. Supply chain updates for ASC leaders

    From personal protective equipment data to FDA clearances, here are five supply chain updates for ASC leaders:
  2. OrthoArizona completes facility with surgery center

    Construction of Phoenix-based OrthoArizona's new multi-tenant facility in Scottsdale, Ariz., has been completed, AZ Big Media reported April 27. 
  3. Employers, fed up with insurance companies, turn to ASCs

    Employers are increasingly interested in direct contracting with surgery centers through regional and national contracts, and ASCs are ready partners as high quality, low cost sites of care.
  4. 10 top-paying metropolitan areas for physicians

    Cheyenne, Wyo., is the top-paying metropolitan area for physicians, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics occupational employment statistics survey.

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  1. The specialties spending the most, least time on paperwork

    Infectious disease specialists spend the most time on paperwork and administration, clocking more than 24 hours per week on average, according to the 2021 Medscape Physician Compensation Report. Anesthesiologists and ophthalmologists, on the other hand, spend less time with about 10 hours per week on average.
  2. Physician RVUs dropped 8.4% in 2020 & 4 other report notes

    The pandemic disrupted physician practice volume, revenue and work relative value units last year, but the Physician Flash Report from Kaufman Hall shows there are signs of recovery.
  3. 5 biggest payer problems for ASCs

    Navigating reimbursements from CMS and commercial payers is a difficult task for ASCs. Here are six ASC leaders on their biggest problems with payers. 
  4. Ophthalmology practice building ASC in Montana

    Ophthalmologist Clay Holley, MD, is building an ASC in Butte, Mont., according to an April 25 LinkedIn post from the architecture firm Fusion.

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  1. How a Nebraska ASC manages prior authorization regulation, prevents revenue loss

    As prior authorization requirements grow in the outpatient space, ASC administrators have to find ways to balance finances at their centers. For one administrator, communication with physicians and payers has helped the center manage prior authorization rules.
  2. ECG Management Consultants names exec

    ECG Management Consultants, a national consulting firm that works with ASCs, named Nick van Terheyden, MD, as principal of ECG's digital health practice. 
  3. Connecticut legislature considers proposed change to ASC tax

    Connecticut's General Assembly is considering a bill that would increase the 6 percent gross receipts tax on same-day surgeries performed in ASCs to a 6.35 percent sales tax, according to the Hartford Courant.
  4. HCA's plans for more ASCs, outpatient rebound & more: 4 earnings call notes

    Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare expects to add several ASCs this year and has seen a rebound in outpatient activity.
  5. VSS invests in Illinois anesthesia services group

    Private investment firm VSS Capital Partners invested in Chicago-based Ambulatory Management Solutions, a turnkey provider of outpatient anesthesia services.
  6. AGA updates guidelines for treating IBD in older patients

    Fifteen percent of new diagnoses of inflammatory bowel disease occur in individuals older than 60 years, according to the American Gastroenterological Association
  7. Boca Raton Regional Hospital breaks ground on facility with ASC

    Boca Raton (Fla.) Regional Hospital broke ground on a new medical pavilion with an ASC on the hospital's campus, South Florida Hospital News reported April 23. 
  8. 5 specialties earning highest bonuses, all over $70K

    Orthopedists received the highest incentive bonuses in the last year, followed by ophthalmologists, according to the 2021 Medscape Physician Compensation Report.
  9. Billion-dollar healthcare deals: 5 this year

    Healthcare transactions have been on fire this year, with at least five billion-dollar deals made or in the works.

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