Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. CMS removes lid surgery code from HOPD prior authorization list 

    CMS removed a type of corrective lid surgery from the hospital outpatient department prior authorization list Jan. 7. 
  2. Kovach Eye Institute 1st in Illinois to perform SMILE laser surgery

    Elmhurst, Ill.-based Kovach Eye Institute is the first ophthalmology practice in the state to perform small incision lenticule extraction to correct nearsightedness, the Daily Herald reported Jan. 7. 
  3. How one Texas ASC is reassuring wary patients as COVID-19 surges

    As another COVID-19 surge sweeps the country, some ASCs are again encountering cautious patients avoiding nonurgent surgeries. 
  1. $3M independent ASC proposal to be reviewed by Vermont board

    A proposed $3 million independent ASC in Colchester, Vt., is scheduled for review this month, the VTDigger reported Jan. 11. 
  2. COVID-19 treatments rationed & 7 more supply chain updates

    Here are eight supply chain updates from the last two weeks: 
  3. Gastroenterology's 2022 boom: 6 deals in week 1

    Gastroenterology management companies had a successful start to 2022, with six practice deals made in the first week. 
  4. Iowa clinic's $19.2M ASC application goes forward without hospital backing

    Iowa City, Iowa-based Steindler Orthopedic Clinic and an unnamed hospital system bumped their joint plan to build an ASC, but the $19.2 million ASC proposal will proceed without the hospital for now, The Gazette reported Jan. 10. 

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  1. Physician pleads guilty to $500K theft from employer, gets 2 years in prison

    Walter Stynik, DO, was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from his former employer.
  2. Physician falls to 4th spot as best healthcare job 

    Physicians dropped to the fourth-best healthcare job, with a salary of $208,000 and 18,700 projected jobs between 2020 and 2030, according to a U.S. News & World Report list released Jan. 11.
  3. Surgery Partners promotes senior VP, controller to CFO

    David Doherty, senior vice president, corporate finance, and controller at Surgery Partners, will become CFO Feb. 1, the healthcare services company said Jan. 10.
  4. Surgery Partners spent $185M on 3 end-of-year deals

    Surgery Partners made three big acquisitions during the last two weeks of December, the company reported Jan. 10.

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  1. Vision Innovation Partners makes 22nd acquisition 

    Vision Innovation Partners has acquired Memorial Eye Institute, a practice and ASC with two locations in Harrisburg, Pa., the eye care platform said Jan. 10. 
  2. Montana clinic plans $7M ASC expansion

    Great Falls (Mont.) Clinic has planned a $7 million surgery center expansion, Great Falls Tribune reported Jan. 8. 
  3. Texas ASC now accepts Bitcoin, Ethereum 

    San Antonio, Texas-based Lawton Plastic Surgery is now accepting cryptocurrency for cosmetic procedures, the ASC said Jan. 10. 
  4. Hospital outpatients departments bigger winner than ASCs when more same-day surgeries OK'd

    CMS approval of procedures in ASCs often results in large growth in hospital outpatient departments and little or no growth in ASCs, according to an analysis published Jan. 7 by Philips Advisory Board. 
  5. One GI expands Cleveland presence with new deal

    One GI has inked a deal with Cleveland-based Digestive Disease Consultants, the gastroenterology management organization said Jan. 7. 
  6. New York hospital closes ASC as staffing shortage reaches all-time high

    University of Rochester (N.Y.) Medical Center has temporarily shut down its Strong West Surgical Center in Brockport, N.Y., as staffing shortages and COVID-19 capacity skyrocket, local ABC affiliate WHAM reported Jan. 7. 
  7. COVID-19 positive, asymptomatic healthcare workers return amid staffing shortages

    Healthcare workers across the U.S. are being asked to return to work after testing positive for COVID-19 if they are asymptomatic.
  8. National Medical Billing Services buys mdStrategies

    ASC revenue cycle management company National Medical Billing Services acquired mdStrategies, a medical coding company focused on ASCs.
  9. New York requires some hospital-owned ASCs to halt nonurgent surgeries amid COVID-19 surge 

    The New York State Department of Health is requiring hospital-owned ASCs at 40 hospitals to halt nonurgent surgeries for at least two weeks, the state said Jan. 8. 

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