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  1. New York hospital suspends specialty operations due to COVID-19 & more — 9 ASC industry notes

    Here are nine updates on ASC companies and industry-relevant companies to note:
  2. 2021 CPT code set includes 329 modifications — 4 things to know

    The American Medical Association released the 2021 Current Procedural Terminology code set Sept. 1. 
  3. The state of Steamboat Orthopaedic & Spine Institute: 4 quotes from physician partners

    Steamboat Orthopaedic Associates and Orthopaedics of Steamboat Springs merged two years ago, forming Steamboat Orthopaedic & Spine Institute in Steamboat Springs, Colo.

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  1. Which states have the highest, lowest concentration of ASCs?

    Washington, D.C., Maryland and New Jersey are the only areas in the U.S. with more than 20 ASCs per 1,000 square miles, according to a July report from Anthem's Public Policy Institute.
  2. Anthem: Shifting certain GI procedures to ASCs could create $12B in savings

    Colonoscopies and upper gastrointestinal procedures cost an average of 1.7 times more in a hospital outpatient department than they cost in an ASC, according to a July report from Anthem's Public Policy Institute.
  3. Eye-focused ASC opening in North Carolina — 3 quick points

    An ophthalmology ASC is being developed in Winston-Salem, N.C., according to Davie Construction Co., a company involved in the project.
  4. Work begins on Illinois ASC — 3 details

    Work has started on Quincy (Ill.) Medical Group's ASC, according to Impact Strategies, a company involved in the project.

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  1. Asymptomatic CRC screening population has findings of IBD

    Researchers sought to confirm the long-held belief that inflammatory bowel disease could be asymptomatic and diagnosed incidentally, according to a study published in Digestive and Liver Disease.
  2. Tennessee medical center named top facility for spinal fusion

    CareChex named Franklin, Tenn.-based Williamson Medical Center a top 100 facility in the U.S. for spinal fusion, the Williamson Herald reports.
  3. Tennessee state health plans allegedly overpaid providers at least $17.58M

    State health plan administrators BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and Cigna allegedly overpaid providers at least $17.58 million, according to a claims data analysis by private firm ClaimInformatics, the Times Free Press reports.
  4. New York hospital closes elective specialty clinics

    University of Vermont Health Network-Elizabethtown (N.Y.) Community Hospital suspended operations at specialty clinics on its main campus for two weeks Aug. 28, the Press-Republican reports.

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  1. 67 spine surgeries CMS may remove from the inpatient-only list in 2021

    CMS released the 2021 proposed payment rule for hospital outpatient departments and ASCs on Aug. 4.
  2. Laser Spine Institute 18 months after closure — What happened to its $56M Tampa HQ?

    Fourteen years after opening, Tampa-based Laser Spine Institute shuttered in March 2019 following a series of financial blows and lawsuits that led to its eventual demise.
  3. Top 10 ASC articles this week — CMS proposals, transparent masks & more

    Here are the most-read stories on Becker's ASC Review the week of Aug. 24-28:
  4. Medical device recalls in Q2 reach levels not seen since 2018

    Medical device recalls jumped 31.2 percent in the second quarter, the highest level in two years, according to a new report from Stericycle Expert Solutions.
  5. Construction on $8M ASC approaches finish line

    A 40,000-square-foot, orthopedics-focused surgery center and medical office building is nearing completion in Malta, N.Y., according to BBL Construction Services, a company involved in the project.
  6. 7 ophthalmology deals in the last 90 days

    There have been seven ophthalmology deals in the last 90 days:
  7. Three cardiologists, transplant surgeon allege they were fired after reporting patient safety issues

    Three cardiac surgeons and a transplant specialist claim whistleblower lawsuits against the hospital that they were fired from New York City-based SUNY Downstate Medical Center after reporting concerns over patient safety in its transplant program, Bklyner reports.
  8. Work progressing on Illinois physician group's ASC

    Work is progressing on Quincy (Ill.) Medical Group's ASC inside Quincy Mall, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports.
  9. Colorado hospital expanding with ASC

    Vail (Colo.) Health is building a medical health center in Dillon, Colo., that will feature a surgery center, Summit Daily reports.

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