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  1. Seattle physician guilty of fraudulently applying for $3.5M in COVID-19 loans

    A Seattle physician was found guilty of fraudulently seeking more than $3.5 million in Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan funds, the U.S. Justice Department said Nov. 19. 
  2. Outpatient centers vs. hospitals: who pays medical staff better?

    Physicians are drawn to ASCs for multiple reasons, but hospitals usually pay them better. That's not the case for the rest of the medical staff.
  3. Highest, lowest pay for surgical techs: all 50 states ranked

    The national average pay for surgical technologists is $24.77 per hour or $51,510 per year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' occupational employment statistics survey released March 31.
  1. What physician assistants are paid in all 50 states

    The national average pay for physician assistants is $55.81 per hour or $116,080 per year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' occupational employment statistics survey released March 31.
  2. 7 recent physician study insights

    Here are seven study insights to know, published by Becker's Hospital Review in the last two weeks:
  3. Massachusetts building housing eye and LASIK center acquired 

    A medical building with an ophthalmology ASC in West Springfield, Mass., has been acquired by Montecito Medical, the medical real estate company said Nov. 19. 
  4. Pros, cons of private equity in gastroenterology

    Private equity involvement in gastroenterology is skyrocketing, with groups such as Miami-based Gastro Health adding four practices in Ohio and Central and Southern Florida in the past three months. 

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  1. President Biden transfers power to Vice President Harris during colonoscopy

    President Joe Biden on Nov. 19 will have a colonoscopy as part of an annual physical exam, The Hill reports.
  2. 4 procedures getting CMS reimbursement boosts at ASCs

    CMS is providing increased payments for several new products and procedures, including these four that are intended for spine surgery, cardiology, gynecology and sleep apnea.
  3. 3 ASCs that recently launched total joint replacement programs

    Orthopedics represents a key growth opportunity for ASCs as payers and patients continue to push procedures, such as hip and knee replacements, out of the hospital to the ambulatory environment, where they can be performed at a lower cost.
  4. New Hampshire hospital using ambulatory surgery staff amid COVID-19 surge 

    Concord (N.H.) Hospital is drawing staff from its ambulatory clinic and ambulatory surgery staffs to deal with the surge of COVID-19 patients amid a shortage of nurses, the Concord Monitor reported Nov. 18. 

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  1. LasikPlus, surgeons at odds over performance metrics

    Multiple physicians accused eye surgery center chain LasikPlus of pressuring them to boost surgical volumes and approve patients for surgery who weren't good candidates, according to lawsuits filed against the company over the past three years and interviews with The Wall Street Journal.
  2. 'CMS is missing a golden opportunity': What we heard this week

    Healthcare providers spoke with Becker's on a number of topics this week, including robotic surgery, CMS reimbursements and the value of ASCs.
  3. 2 ophthalmologists ordered to pay $170M for Medicare fraud

    Two Texas ophthalmologists must pay $170,553,350 in penalties for fraudulently billing Medicare, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas said Nov. 18.
  4. 'Odds are stacked against our industry': Vaccination mandate worries some ASC leaders

    Many ASC administrators are concerned about magnified staffing strains after a CMS emergency regulation issued this month requires staff at healthcare facilities participating in Medicare and Medicaid programs to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
  5. Surgery Center Services of America breaks ground on Indiana ASC

    Surgery Center Services of America broke ground on a multispecialty ASC in South Bend, Ind., CEO Philip Blair said Nov. 17. 
  6. Here's where the hourly pay gap between NPs and RNs is highest, lowest

    The average hourly pay for nurses in the U.S. is $38.74 for registered nurses and $55.05 for nurse practitioners, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data — but that pay gap varies widely across the country.
  7. Spectrum Vision Partners adds New York practice

    Spectrum Vision Partners has added Stahl Eyecare Experts to its network, the Garden City, N.Y.-based eye care network said Nov. 18.
  8. Outpatient ultrasound procedure for Parkinson's gets FDA nod

    The FDA approved an ultrasound procedure to treat symptoms of Parkinson's that can be performed in an outpatient setting, according to a Nov. 17 news release from Charlottesville-based University of Virginia.
  9. 30% of healthcare workers unvaccinated by mid-September & 5 more COVID-19 updates 

    Here are six COVID-19 updates from the last week:

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