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  1. Will robots replace orthopedic surgeons?

    Medical technology is always advancing, and robotic surgery has been attracting more attention in recent years. Some hail it as the future, while others remain skeptical of the hype.
  2. 21 ASCs accredited in 2021

    Here are 21 ASC accreditations covered by Becker's this year:
  3. What ASCs offer physicians that hospitals don't

    While hospitals can often offer higher salaries for physicians, ASCs can offer consistency and ownership stake. 
  1. FDA approves Medtronic's at-home endoscopy system

    Medtronic's PillCam Small Bowel 3 system for remote endoscopy procedures received 510(k) clearance from the FDA, the company said Nov. 15. 
  2. CMS finalizes changes to its Open Payments program

    CMS solidified changes to the Open Payments program in its 2022 Medicare physician fee schedule final rule. 
  3. Construction begins on Las Vegas facility with physician-owned ASC

    Construction is underway on a Las Vegas facility featuring an orthopedic ASC, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Nov. 16. 
  4. GI hotspots: Becker's 7 best states for gastroenterologists

    Obesity costs the U.S. healthcare system $147 billion per year, according to the CDC. The disease touches many areas of healthcare and accounts for a sizable portion of GI surgeons' cases. 

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  1. Blue Cloud Pediatric Surgery Centers to add 4 California locations

    Blue Cloud Pediatric Surgery Centers said it plans to expand its presence in California with four new locations.
  2. Colorectal cancer screening advice targets adults under 50

    The United States Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer updated its screening guidelines to recommend a colorectal cancer screening for average-risk individuals ages 45-49, the task force said Nov. 15. 
  3. Texas ASC real estate acquired

    A medical office building housing the Texas Health Surgery Center in Denton has been acquired by Montecito Medical, the company said Nov. 16. 
  4. OrthoArizona adds robotic joint replacement system 

    OrthoArizona Scottsdale Surgery Center has added Stryker's Mako SmartRobotics, the company said Nov. 15. 

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  1. Dr. Brian Moore brings ASC total knee surgeries to Pittsburgh

    Monroeville (Pa.) Surgery Center, a member of Pittsburgh-based Allegheny Health Network, is the first standalone ASC in the Pittsburgh area to offer knee replacement surgery, the network said.
  2. $12.3M Florida ASC building sold after value doubles in 4 years

    A 26,884-square-foot Hollywood, Fla., medical office building housing Elite Plastic Surgery was sold for $12.3 million by 2700 Hollywood Blvd LLC, a company headed by the ASC's practice administrator, according to a Nov. 16 South Florida Business Journal report.
  3. How AI and machine learning can streamline surgical documentation and streamline reimbursement

    Medical coding requirements have grown increasingly complex. As a result, specific words can have both significant legal and financial ramifications. By using artificial intelligence and machine-learning technologies, ASCs can improve their postoperative documentation.
  4. 9% CMS pay cut for physicians in 2022, practice costs on the rise

    CMS plans to cut physician pay by 9 percent in 2022, while costs to run an independent practice continue to rise.
  5. Texas pain physician to pay $523K to settle fraud allegations: 4 notes

    Emad Bishai, MD, a pain management physician in The Woodlands, Texas, agreed to pay half a million dollars to resolve allegations he made false statements in a Paycheck Protection Program loan application and submitted false claims, according to the Justice Department.
  6. Idaho, North Carolina ASCs earn AAAHC accreditation

    Here are two recent Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care accreditations:
  7. What could a Beto O'Rourke governorship mean for Texas ASCs?

    Former U.S. House representative and presidential and Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke, a Democrat, announced he will run for governor of Texas, according to a Nov. 15 Dallas News report.
  8. What ASCs can expect more of in 2022

    ASCs are in a great position to take advantage of high quality, low cost care trends next year. But they will face the same challenges as other companies when it comes to supply chain and staffing shortages.
  9. What to consider when assessing fair market value of an ASC 

    ASCs must charge a fair market value for equity in an ASC, which can be difficult for a newer facility to calculate, Krieg DeVault, a lawyer from Meritas, wrote in a Nov. 12 Lexology article. 

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