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  1. 4 states update their noncompete laws 

    Four states and Washington, D.C., have recently updated their governance of agreements that prohibit employees from competing with businesses directly for a specific duration of time after their employment has ended, according to a Aug. 2 report from the National Law Review. 
  2. Surgery Partners's orthopedic procedures jump 12%: 6 earnings call notes 

    Nashville, Tenn.-based Surgery Partners performed about 25,400 orthopedic procedures in the second quarter, 12 percent more than the same quarter last year. 
  3. Tennessee independent physician group adopts value-based care model

    The Jackson (Tenn.) Clinic, one of Tennessee's largest independent physician groups, has adopted a value-based care model, the group said Aug. 2. 

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  1. California ASC to use new imaging technology

    Pavilion Surgery Center, an affiliate of St. Joseph Hospital, both in Orange, Calif., has announced a partnership with Perimeter Medical Imaging AI to issue the first commercial placement of the Perimeter S-Series OCT system in the state of California. 
  2. Illinois hospital begins $13.2M renovation to add new ASC

    Morris (Ill.) Hospital is beginning a new round of renovations to create a $13.2 million surgery center. 
  3. Capital Digestive Care expands Virginia footprint by 2 locations

    Silver Spring, Md.-based Capital Digestive Care has added Gastroenterology, Ltd. of Virginia Beach (Va.) to its network.
  4. Physician-owned neurology practice pays $850K to settle false claims case

    Watertown, N.Y.-based North Country Neurology admitted to improper and reckless billing and is paying $850,000 to settle false claims allegations, the U.S. Justice Department said Aug. 3.

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  1. 7 tips for ASC success

    Raghu Reddy, chief administrative officer at SurgCenter of Western Maryland in Cumberland, connected with Becker's to discuss seven tips to lead ASCs to success.
  2. Virginia ASC becomes 1st in the state to perform smart knee implant

    St. Mary's ASC, a Henrico, Va.-based center and an affiliate of United Surgical Partners International, has become the first Virginia ASC to use a smart knee implant for total knee replacement. 
  3. CMS ups inpatient rates 4.3% for 2023; what should ASCs expect?

    CMS plans to boost acute care hospital pay 4.3 percent next year, as long as the hospitals comply with quality data reporting.
  4. UChicago breaks ground on $86M ASC, microhospital

    The University of Chicago Medicine is breaking ground on an $86 million Crown Point, Ind., project that will be the system's largest off-site facility, Inside Indiana Business reported Aug. 2.

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  1. Dermatology backed most by private equity

    Across six specialties, 4.9 percent of physicians worked in private equity-backed practices in 2019, according to a study published in JAMA Health Forum.
  2. $1.7B OK'd for most expensive ASC projects this year

    Here are the seven most expensive ASC projects covered by Becker's this year, totaling $1.79 billion:
  3. Artificial intelligence can detect early signs of glaucoma, study shows

    Artificial intelligence systems can use machine learning to  identify early signs of glaucoma, a study published in Ophthalmology found. 
  4. Physicians will get $15M settlement in class-action lawsuit over bonuses 

    Physician staffing firm TeamHealth has agreed to pay physicians $15 million to resolve claims that it failed to properly pay its emergency physicians under compensation plans, Top Class Actions reported Aug. 2. 
  5. Surgery Partners Q2 revenue jumps 13%: 6 notes

    Brentwood, Tenn.-based Surgery Partners' revenue jumped 13.3 percent over last year's second quarter, to $615.4 million.
  6. Walmart Healthcare: 5 updates from the last 60 days

    From employee pay raises to new back-end operations software, here are five Walmart Healthcare updates Becker's has covered since May 28:
  7. Average physician net worth by age

    A report from FiPhysician, which provides investment and retirement advice to physicians, released a breakdown of physicians 45 and older, and their average net worth's. 
  8. UnitedHealth in the headlines: 14 updates in 60 days

    UnitedHealth Group, parent company of Optum Health and ASC management company Surgical Care Affiliates, saw a busy June and July. Here are 14 UnitedHealth updates from the last 60 days:
  9. Centene in the headlines: 12 updates in 60 days

    Centene is one of the nation's largest health insurers by membership.  Here are 12 updates from the company in the last 60 days:

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