Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Orthopedic surgeon, ASC owner runs for U.S. House

    Al Olszewski, MD, orthopedic surgeon and ASC owner, is running for a Montana congressional seat, the Helena Independent Record reported Nov. 23. 
  2. Kentucky pain physician to pay $567K for role in kickback scheme

    A Kentucky physician must pay more than $567,000 in restitution for his involvement in a referral kickback scheme, according to a Nov. 23 news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
  3. First-ever special needs ASC requests federal construction aid

    The Multi-Assistance Center at accessible amusement park Morgan's Wonderland in San Antonio is building an ASC focused on treating individuals with special needs, according to a Nov. 23 Virtual Builders Exchange report.
  1. Virginia Hospital Center purchases $34.5M building for orthopedic ASC

    Arlington-based Virginia Hospital Center purchased a $34.5 million building to set up an orthopedic ASC, Washington Business Journal reported Nov. 23. 
  2. Private equity surgical investments by region from 2000-2020 

    Most practices acquired and funded by private equity firms from 2000 to 2020 were in the South, according to a cross-sectional study published Nov. 1 in JAMA Surgery. 
  3. New York pain physician out $795K after pleading guilty to tax evasion

    Jordan Sudberg, MD, CEO of Spine and Sports Rehabilitation in Islandia, N.Y., will pay $551,660 in restitution and forfeit $243,257 as part of a guilty plea for alleged tax evasion from 2015-2017, according to a Nov. 23 Justice Department statement.
  4. COVID-19 will hinder ASCs next year in these 7 ways

    Even as the number of patients scheduling elective surgeries returns to pre-COVID-19 levels, the pandemic will continue to have lasting effects on the industry.

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  1. Florida ASC accused of performing thousands of unlicensed surgeries over 11 years

    The United States has accused a Florida surgeon of performing procedures beyond the scope of his surgery center's license and submitting fraudulent claims to Medicare for payment, according to a lawsuit filed Nov. 21 in the Southern District of Florida.
  2. Surgery Partners wins $45M in settlement over $760M ASC acquisition

    Brentwood, Tenn.-based Surgery Partners received $45 million in a settlement against HIG Capital and Bain Capital Investors over a $760 million acquisition of an ASC in 2017, the parties told Delaware Chancery Court on Nov. 23, according to a Law360 report. 
  3. What ASC leaders learned this year

    This year brought many challenges to ASCs nationwide, including COVID-19 infections, vaccination mandates and staffing shortages.
  4. Striking direct deals with employers a top priority, says ASC leader

    With the recent updates to the CMS approved outpatient procedures list, ASC leaders are worried about their revenue streams drying up as payers mirror the CMS change.

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  1. 4 anesthesia lawsuits in 2021

    Here are four anesthesiology lawsuits Becker's has reported on this year:
  2. Patient dead after Fla. physician does 7 allegedly illegal surgeries in one day, per new complaint

    A new complaint was filed with the Florida Department of Health Nov. 1 against John Sampson, MD, alleging the physician performed at least seven surgeries at Seduction Cosmetic Center in Coral Gables, Fla., on June 16 despite not being approved to perform surgery there.
  3. Stryker strengthens ASC position as elective surgeries return, robot sales accelerate

    Stryker's orthopedic sales grew 16.1 percent in the third quarter, hitting $1.5 billion, and the company sees ASCs as a key area for growth.
  4. Pain clinic owner agrees to pay $9M after admitting to billing fraud

    The owner of pain management clinics, laboratories and a pharmacy in three states admitted to billing for unnecessary medical services and paying illegal kickbacks.
  5. $600M acquisition gives EyeCare Partners 1,000 physicians in 18 states

    St. Louis-based EyeCare Partners finalized its $600 million purchase of Cincinnati-based CEI Vision Partners, the company said in a Nov. 23 news release.
  6. New ASC is Michigan town's first

    West Bloomfield, Mich.-based American Surgical Group opened the multispecialty Bloomfield Hills (Mich.) Surgical Center, the company said in a Nov. 23 news release. 
  7. Texas property with endoscopy center acquired

    Montecito Medical has acquired a medical building housing the Texas Digestive Disease Consultants in Sherman, Texas, the medical real estate company said Nov. 23.
  8. Guidance updated on reflux disease diagnosis, treatment

    The American College of Gastroenterology has updated guidelines on diagnosing and treating gastroesophageal reflux disease for the first time in 13 years, HCPLive reported Nov. 22.
  9. VCU Health opening $384M outpatient pavilion, ASC

    Richmond-based Virginia Commonwealth University Health is opening a $384 million outpatient tower Dec. 6, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. 

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