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  1. CMS issues late $7K ASC payment hike for sleep apnea procedure

    One week after CMS finalized the 2022 rules and reimbursement rates, the agency has released an update raising the rate for closed-loop hypoglossal nerve stimulation, a sleep apnea procedure, by more than $7,000, according to a Nov. 10 news release on a LinkedIn post by Inspire Medical Systems.
  2. $50M Wisconsin project with ASC underway

    Hudson Physicians, a physician-owned clinic in Hudson, Wis., broke ground on a $50 million medical center project that will include an ASC, according to a Nov. 11 Hudson Star-Observer report.
  3. 'Can CMS be more confusing right now?' ASC administrators balk at outpatient final rule

    CMS' outpatient payment final rule for 2022 contained positives for ASCs, including its plan to implement a transparent process to add procedures to the ASC-payable list. However, much of the provisions — particularly the decision to remove 255 procedures from the ASC-payable list — have caused confusion and frustration among ASC administrators.
  1. $50M medical office building, ASC coming to San Antonio

    UT Health San Antonio plans to build a $50 million medical office building with an ASC on the University of Texas at San Antonio's Park West campus, according to the San Antonio Business Journal.
  2. USPI to have 440 ASCs after SurgCenter deal

    United Surgical Partners International will have 440 ASCs after finalizing the acquisition of SurgCenter Development, further solidifying USPI's spot as the largest ASC chain in the U.S.
  3. All 50 states ranked by number of new ASCs in 2021

    Florida led the pack this year with 24 new ASCs opened, announced or proposed in 2021.
  4. 222 new ASCs built or proposed in 2021

    Becker's ASC Review has covered the introduction of 222 new ASCs in 2021 so far. August and October saw the most new ASCs with 33 apiece, with April and May just behind with 31 apiece.

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  1. 4 gastroenterology exec moves

    From the American College of Gastroenterology to Medtronic, here are four leadership appointments from gastroenterology companies since Oct. 1:
  2. 7 joint venture ASC updates to know

    A Massachusetts ASC performed its first outpatient spine procedure, and six other joint venture ASC updates to know:
  3. 4 hospital/health systems laying off workers

    Here are four hospitals or health systems that have laid off employees or announced plans to since Sept. 1:
  4. Comprehensive EyeCare Partners adds Washington practice

    Comprehensive EyeCare Partners said Nov. 10 it has entered a strategic partnership with Eye Associates Northwest.

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  1. Arizona ASC gets new robotic knee replacement system

    The North Valley Surgery Center in Scottsdale, Ariz., recently onboarded the CORI surgical system, the ASC said Nov. 11.
  2. Missouri firm has $21M in new ASC projects for 2021

    St. Louis-based Kadean Construction committed $21 million to a portfolio of nine ASCs completed, in progress, or planned in 2021, according to a Nov. 10 news release.
  3. Heart-attack detection device gets CMS reimbursement boost at ASCs

    The Guardian, an implantable acute coronary syndrome event detector, has qualified for CMS' transitional pass-through payment as part of the 2022 Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System.
  4. 3 federal, state bills affecting ASCs

    From federal mandates to proposed state bills, here are three pieces of legislation that affect ASCs:
  5. Court freezes vaccination mandate for private businesses, 5 more updates

    Here are six COVID-19 updates from the last week:
  6. Phoenix Children's Hospital opens $134.7M campus with ASC 

    Phoenix Children's Hospital broke ground on its Arrowhead campus, a $134.7 million project featuring an ASC, the Glendale (Ariz.) Chamber of Commerce said Nov. 11. 
  7. Proliance Surgeons names Troy Simonson CEO

    Seattle-based Proliance Surgeons, one of the nation's largest surgical practices, named Troy Simonson as its new CEO, according to a Nov. 11 news release.
  8. CMS misses 'golden opportunity' to reduce costs in 2022, ASC administrators say

    CMS' 2022 outpatient final payment rule was largely disappointing for ASC administrators, many of whom were baffled by the agency's swift change in policy regarding payment for certain procedures in the outpatient setting.
  9. Florida ASC kicks off total joint program; no complications, infections after 90 days

    North Florida Surgery Center in Pensacola launched the first outpatient total joint replacement program in Escambia County in July, and it has reported impressive results after collecting 90-day outcomes from its patients.

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