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  1. MNGI Digestive Health plans endoscopy center

    Construction will begin next year on an MNGI Digestive Health endoscopy center in Maple Grove, Minn.
  2. Chesapeake Urology Associates opens ASC, office

    Chesapeake Urology Associates opened an office and ASC in Annapolis, Md., this month.
  3. Exact expands cancer screenings beyond Cologuard with Jefferson Health partnership

    Madison, Wis.-based Exact Sciences — a firm known for Cologuard, its colorectal cancer screening pill — is partnering with Philadelphia-based Jefferson Health for research on a new multicancer earlier detection test, according to a Nov. 18 Yahoo Finance report.
  1. USPI surgery center kicks off total joint program

    Effingham (Ill.) Ambulatory Surgery Center has launched an outpatient total joint replacement program, making it the only freestanding facility to offer this service within 60 miles of the city, according to Effingham Radio.
  2. Administrators want equal reimbursement for ASCs and HOPDs

    As a growing number of procedures migrate out of the hospital to the outpatient environment and costs continue to rise across the healthcare industry, ASC administrators are calling on CMS to pay ambulatory surgery centers the same as hospital outpatient departments.
  3. CMS clarifies rule against physician self-referral for 2022: 3 details

    CMS tightened regulations on physician self-referral and indirect compensation arrangements in its 2022 Medicare physician fee schedule final rule.
  4. Kaiser ASC reducing capacity amid equipment upgrades 

    Kaiser Permanente's Tysons Corner (Va.) Medical Center is operating its ASC at reduced capacity to replace equipment, among other updates, the Tysons Reporter reported Nov. 17. 

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  1. What nurses are paid per hour in all 50 states

    The average hourly pay for nurses in the U.S. is $38.74 for registered nurses and $55.05 for nurse practitioners, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' occupational employment statistics survey released March 31.
  2. Loyola Medicine's $69M ASC gets green light

    The Tinley Park (Ill.) Village Board has approved Loyola Medicine's proposal to build a $69 million outpatient center with a surgery center, the Chicago Tribune reported Nov. 17.
  3. 3 Philadelphia ASCs top $6M net income for FY2020

    The surgery center atPennsylvania Hospital, in South Philadelphia, posted the area's highest net income in fiscal year 2020 with almost $6.4 million, according to Pennsylvania Health Care Containment Council data first reported Nov. 17 in Philadelphia Business Journal.
  4. Gastro Health signs with Florida practice

    Gastro Health signed a definitive agreement to partner with North Miami, Fla.-based Digestive Care Center, the medical group said Nov. 17 in a news release shared with Becker's.

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  1. Exponential growth: ASC total joints up 55% in 2020, 4 more findings

    Hip and knee replacements rose 18.3 percent year over year, according to the American Joint Replacement Registry's 2021 annual report. For ASCs, the growth was even greater.
  2. ASCA launches administrator development program

    The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association recently launched a yearlong mentoring program for ASC administrators.
  3. Nursing landscape: 11 statistics making ASC execs nervous

    Recruiting and retaining great nursing staff are challenges for many surgery centers and hospitals across the U.S.
  4. Mismatch between medical group physician pay, staff pay unsustainable, report warns

    Medical groups across the U.S. face unsustainable revenue trends as the pandemic lingers, according to an American Medical Group Association report.
  5. 2 vascular surgeons aim to lower costs with new Massachusetts outpatient center

    The Vascular Care Group is opening an outpatient vascular center in Wellesley, Mass., the company said in a Nov. 17 news release.
  6. PE-backed retina group adds Seattle practice, 10 physicians

    Pacific Northwest Retina in Seattle has joined Southlake, Texas-based network Retina Consultants of America, the company said Nov. 16. 
  7. Tenet prices $1.45B private offering to finance SurgCenter acquisition

    Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare on Nov. 16 announced a private placement offering and agreed to sell $1.45 billion in aggregate principal amount of senior secured first lien notes due on Jan. 15, 2030, at an interest rate of 4.375 percent per year.
  8. Hospital closing 3 outpatient clinics to address staff shortages

    Yakima (Wash.) Valley Memorial is permanently closing three outpatient clinics to consolidate services and help address staff shortages, reported Nov. 16.
  9. Top 35 ASCs performing the most Medicare procedures

    One Alabama ASC has performed vastly more Medicare procedures than any other ASC in 2021, and the top 35 have performed more than 1 million such cases combined. Here are the top 35 ASCs ranked by number of Medicare procedures performed so far in 2021, according to data from Definitive Healthcare:

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