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  1. 5 ways gastroenterology will be affected long after the pandemic

    Gastroenterology saw enormous setbacks during the pandemic — colorectal cancer screening procedures dropped more than 80 percent in the early stages of COVID-19. 
  2. 10 states with the highest projected colorectal cancer death rate in 2021 

    Here are states with the highest projected colon and rectal cancer death rate in 2021 for male and female patients, from an American Cancer Society study:
  3. $80M deal for USPI's urgent care platform closed

    Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare has finalized the $80 million sale of its urgent care platform to FastMed, according to an April 30 release. 

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  1. San Antonio physician opens ASC in underserved community

    San Antonio-based physician Lyssa Ochoa, MD, is opening an ASC to address the lack of healthcare services on the city's South Side, MySanAntonio reported April 30.  
  2. Underutilized part of California hospital converted to ASC with robotic surgery

    An underutilized portion of the Sharp Coronado (Calif.) Hospital has been converted into an ASC, called the Sharp Coronado Outpatient Payne Family Pavilion, according to an April 29 LinkedIn post. 
  3. Ophthalmology clinic to repay CMS $398K after billing errors discovered

    A California-based ophthalmology clinic said it plans to refund CMS more than $398,000 after an HHS investigation found inappropriate billing led to overpayment.
  4. Why this South Carolina hospital is appealing a $12.5M ASC

    Orangeburg, S.C.-based Regional Medical Center has appealed the state's approval of a $12.5 million physician-owned ASC, dubbed Ambulatory Partners, The Times and Democrat reported April 29. 

How Cedars-Sinai tapped change management principles to better inform surgical service line decisions

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  1. OSU Wexner plans $137.9M facility with ASC

    Columbus-based Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is opening a $137.9 million outpatient health and surgery center in New Albany, Ohio, the City Scene Columbus reported April 21. 
  2. Kelsey-Seybold plans new clinic with ASC

    Houston-based Kelsey-Seybold Clinic is planning a clinic with an on-site ASC, the practice announced April 29. 
  3. The new staffing challenge for growing ASCs

    As ASCs begin to resume more normal operations and case volumes in 2021, owners and operators are ready for growth. But that can't happen without the right staffing model.
  4. How Dr. Stefan Kreuzer of INOV8 Orthopedics sees the ASC industry evolving

    ASCs should support private practice physicians, according to Dr. Stefan Kreuzer, owner and founder of INOV8 Orthopedics in Houston.

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  1. Adena sues 3 orthopedic surgeons, alleges contract breach

    Chillicothe, Ohio-based Adena Health System sued several physicians, including three orthopedic surgeons, alleging they violated their employment contracts and misused confidential information, according to a Chillicothe Gazette report.
  2. Reimbursement challenges for ASCs: 3 leaders weigh in

    Handling reimbursement issues is critical to ASC success. Here are three ASC leaders on their biggest reimbursement challenges: 
  3. USPI names regional VP of operations

    Dallas-based United Surgical Partners International has named Matt Wheelus as regional vice president of operations, Kitsap Sun Sun reported April 29.
  4. Biden's nomination & ASC payer problems: 6 CMS updates 

    From price transparency requirements to President Joe Biden's CMS nomination, here are six CMS updates for ASC leaders: 
  5. 10 states with the biggest drop in total knee surgeries in 2020

    Definitive Healthcare collected data on total knee replacements performed over the last two years by state and the case volume differential.
  6. 10 states with biggest growth of total knee surgeries in 2020

    Surgeons in 10 states performed more total knee replacements in 2020 than in 2019, according to data from Definitive Healthcare.
  7. 3 tips for success from an ASC development company

    Will Holding, the director of development of Raleigh, N.C.-based Compass Surgical Partners, spoke with Becker's ASC Review on the keys to the company's growth.
  8. ValueHealth's 2021 growth: 8 updates for ASC leaders

    Leawood, Kan.-based ValueHealth has announced five ASCs in 2021 so far.
  9. 10 GIs to know

    Here are 10 gastroenterologists to know:

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