Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Omicron now accounts for 73% of US cases & 6 more COVID-19 updates

    The omicron coronavirus variant is now the dominant strain in the U.S., accounting for 73.2 percent of new infections for the week ending Dec. 18. 
  2. 3 HCA Healthcare moves in the last week

    Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare is focusing on ASC acquisitions and construction in the last month of 2021. 
  3. USPI cements $1.2B acquisition of SurgCenter

    Addison, Texas-based United Surgical Partners International, a subsidiary of Tenet Healthcare, has completed the acquisition of Towson, Md.-based SurgCenter Development.
  1. Physician shortages won't make med school shorter, says ASC CEO

    Gastroenterologists are an aging specialty, and training a new one still takes over a decade despite shortages across healthcare.
  2. Advanced practitioners may fill gap left by retiring gastroenterologists, CEO says

    Looming labor shortages in the medical industry have been widely reported, and gastroenterologists are expected to follow the trend.
  3. 8 practices join Panorama Eyecare

    Fort Collins, Colo.-based management services organization Panorama Eyecare folded eight practices into its network, according to a Dec. 22 Denver Gazette report.
  4. These 6 ASCs earned perfect CMS scores on staff and cleanliness

    CMS released the latest results from its Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting Program on Oct. 27, 2021.

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  1. 7 ASCs that added total joint programs in 2021

    Several ASCs added to their service lines this year to expand patient care.
  2. Wyoming ASC 1st in state to use robotic surgery system

    Cheyenne, Wyo.-based High Plains Surgery Center is the first ASC in the state to offer outpatient surgeries using the da Vinci X system, the ASC said Dec. 21.
  3. Hospital to reopen ASC formerly owned by physician

    Columbus (Neb.) Community Hospital is reopening an ASC it acquired in June 2021, according to a Dec. 20 Midwest Medical Edition report.
  4. Beverly Hills ASC goes up for lease

    A vacant Beverly Hills, Calif., ASC is being put up for lease.

How a regional anesthesia program drives ASC growth and enhances patient safety

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  1. Virginia hospital's new outpatient pavilion topped out

    Builders have placed the highest beam at Arlington, Va.-based Virginia Hospital Center's new outpatient pavilion, a construction milestone known as "topping out," according to a Dec. 21 ARLnow report.
  2. 3 most interesting ASC transactions in 2021

    Three major deals made waves in the ASC industry this year:
  3. 22% of physicians considering early retirement amid COVID-19: 4 stats to know

    COVID-19 caused a slight increase in physician retirement, but nearly three-quarters of physicians reporting being overworked, according to Doximity's "2021 Physician Compensation Report" released Dec. 16. 
  4. California medical office buildings with ASC purchased for $50M

    Anchor Health Properties has purchased two medical office buildings in Sacramento, Calif., one with an ASC, for $50 million, Sacramento Business Journal reported Dec 21. 
  5. Duke sued over move to force employment on 400 physician members of private practice

    A physician is trying to stop Duke University Health System from requiring clinical research faculty physicians to become its employees.
  6. 1 in 5 physicians intend to leave practice within 2 years & 6 more study findings 

    The healthcare workforce is on the brink of experiencing high staff turnover rates, with 1 in 5 physicians intending to leave their current practice within two years, a new American Medical Association-led study found.
  7. HCA opens joint venture ASC in Nashville

    Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare has opened a multispecialty ASC with 18 physician partners in the Nashville, Tenn., suburb of Brentwood.
  8. New Jersey ASC performs 1st '3D' bunion surgery

    West Morris Surgery Center in Ledgewood, N.J., performed its first bunion surgery using Treace Medical Concept's Lapiplasty procedure, the ASC said Dec. 20. 
  9. Men make 30% more than women in this surgical specialty: 5 findings

    According to Doximity's "2021 Physician Compensation Report" released Dec. 16, oral and maxillofacial surgeons in 2021 made an average annual salary of $551,104 — but only if they were men.

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