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  1. Maryland ASC adds robotics system 

    Peninsula Orthopaedic Associates Surgery Center in Salisbury, Md., added Mako's SmartRobotics for total knee replacements, The Dispatch reported Jan. 13. 
  2. 6 gastroenterologist moves

    From potential gubernatorial campaigns to new CMOs, here are six gastroenterologist moves since Dec. 1. 
  3. Supreme Court backs CMS' COVID-19 shot mandate for healthcare workers

    Healthcare providers across the U.S., including surgery centers, must once again require employees to be fully vaccinated or obtain an exemption after the Supreme Court upheld CMS' COVID-19 vaccination mandate for eligible healthcare workers.
  1. MedPAC recommends physician pay freeze

    MedPAC voted Jan. 13 against recommending to raise Medicare physician payments for 2023, according to an opposition letter from the president of American Medical Association, Gerald Harmon, MD. 
  2. Texas hospital adds outpatient clinic, pediatric ambulatory surgery 

    Tyler, Texas-based Christus Trinity Mother Frances and Pediatric Surgical Associates are teaming up to open an outpatient clinic and offer ambulatory surgery, the Longview News-Journal reported Jan. 13. 
  3. No Surprises Act begins: What anesthesia providers need to know 

    The No Surprises Act went into effect Jan. 1, meaning out-of-network anesthesia providers are prohibited from balance billing.
  4. Worst of omicron coming for Midwest & 7 more COVID-19 updates 

    Eight COVID-19 updates from the last week:

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  1. Medical group deals up 121% last quarter: 4 details

    The medical group transactions market heated up at the end of last year, more than doubling the number of fourth quarter deals from the previous year.
  2. '2 steps forward and 3 steps back': Georgia endoscopy center's struggle to survive

    Staff shortages, exacerbated by COVID-19 spikes and vaccination mandates, have some endoscopy centers struggling to stay afloat. 
  3. One GI closes 2nd deal of year in Indiana 

    One GI added Terre Haute, Ind.-based Digestive Health Associates to its network, the gastroenterology management company said Jan. 13. 
  4. New Jersey ASCs, physician-owner to pay $7.4M to settle fraud allegations 

    Six New Jersey surgery centers and medical offices affiliated with the Interventional Pain Management Center, owned by Amit Poonia, MD, have agreed to pay $7.4 million to resolve fraud allegations. 

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  1. Best-paying healthcare jobs — anesthesiologist is No. 1. 

    Physician was named the sixth best-paying healthcare job, according to a U.S. News & World Report list released Jan. 11.
  2. 7 federal updates ASCs should know

    Here are seven updates from the federal government since Jan. 1:
  3. Alabama physician, ASC founder dies

    ASC founder Ronald Mitchell Stewart, MD, died Jan. 8 at age 81, according to his obituary published on the Anniston Star. 
  4. Lee Health opening women's cardiology ASC

    Lee Health is opening a women’s cardiac surgery center at its Fort Myers, Fla.-based Shipley Cardiothoracic Center in February, Naples Daily News reported Jan. 12. 
  5. 11-building portfolio with ASCs sold to Chicago investment firm

    An 11-building portfolio of medical offices in Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, North Carolina, North Dakota and Wisconsin was sold by real estate manager Ryan Companies, the Minneapolis/St.Paul Business Journal reported Jan. 10.
  6. Physician ranked best job that pays more than $100K

    Healthcare jobs made up a majority of the top-ranked jobs that pay more than $100,000 annually, according to a U.S. News & World Report list released Jan. 11.
  7. 'Campaign of intimidation' forced physicians into restrictive employment, lawsuit alleges

    Hartford, Conn.-based Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center filed a lawsuit Jan. 11 that alleges Hartford HealthCare used anticompetitive tactics to acquire physician practices.
  8. 12+ health systems, hospitals delaying nonurgent surgeries in the last week

    As another COVID-19 variant surges across the country, here are hospitals and health systems that have delayed nonurgent surgeries in the last week because of strained capacity:
  9. USPI plans to have more than 600 ASCs by 2025

    Dallas-based United Surgical Partners International, a Tenet Healthcare company, aims to add more than 160 ASCs to its portfolio in the next three years.

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