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  1. Tenet extends deal with Cigna: 3 things to know

    Cigna and Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare, parent company of United Surgical Partners International, inked a multiyear contract building on their continued relationship. 
  2. How the 20 highest-paid specialties changed in 2021 — Plastic surgeon pay up 10%

    Average annual pay for plastic surgeons increased 10 percent in 2021, the most significant rise among specialties, according to Medscape's Physician Compensation Report, which collected responses from about 18,000 U.S. physicians from Oct. 6, 2020, through Feb. 11.
  3. Bid to reopen shuttered North Carolina ASC rejected

    The North Carolina Court of Appeals reversed a lower court's decision to transfer the certificates of need for a closed two-operating-room ASC to a new entity with plans to reopen it.
  1. OrthoIllinois' Wisconsin ASC controversy continues after 'passionate' public debate 

    The Beloit, Wis., city council took no action on the proposed zoning amendment tied to ASC development after a Sept. 7 public hearing that drew "passionate" debate, according to Beloit Daily News. 
  2. Grady Health System's surgery center now $205M after cost overrun

    Atlanta-based Grady Health System's planned surgery center will now cost $205.3 million, after the hospital incurred a $31.6 million cost overrun, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reported Sept. 7. 
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  4. Study examines risk of return to care for outpatient shoulder arthroplasty patients

    Outpatient shoulder arthroplasty patients with a history of peptic ulcers, psychoses or valvular disease may be at higher risk for return to care within two postoperative days, according to a Sept. 5 Healio article.

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  1. Surgical Care Affiliates taps 1st group vice president of enterprise strategy

    Surgical Care Affiliates has named Jennifer Schaab as its first group vice president of enterprise strategy, the company announced.
  2. $19.3M ASC planned by Michigan health system

    Bronson Healthcare is planning a $19.3 million freestanding ASC in Kalamazoo, Mich., local station WBCK reported Sept. 7. 
  3. 5 exec moves from the 5 largest ASC companies

    Surgical Care Affiliates, United Surgical Partners International and AmSurg all have announced executive moves in the past year. 
  4. 18-physician cardiology clinic breaks ground on ASC 

    Jackson (Miss.) Heart Clinic broke ground on a cardiovascular ASC and medical office building Sept. 7, according to The Northside Sun. 

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  1. 6 fast facts on the top 2 execs at Surgical Care Affiliates

    Caitlin Zulla has served as CEO of Deerfield, Ill.-based Surgical Care Affiliates, UnitedHealthcare's ASC division, since December 2019. Jason Strauss has served as the president of SCA since January 2020.
  2. The biggest threats to ASCs today

    ASCs have faced multiple challenges since the pandemic began in March 2020, from limited elective procedures and temporary center closures to staff furloughs and high personal protective equipment costs.
  3. Dr. Martin Coleman debuts outpatient reverse shoulder replacement at Virginia ASC

    Martin Coleman, MD, performed Newport News-based Coastal Virginia Surgery Center's first outpatient reverse shoulder replacement.
  4. 5 fast facts on Gastro Health's CEO

    Joseph Garcia has been the CEO of Miami-based Gastro Health since February 2018.
  5. 4 GI device updates to know 

    From a polyp-detecting device that uses machine learning to a system using imaging technology to identify ischemic tissue, here are four gastroenterology devices recently making headlines:
  6. Protagonist Therapeutics appoints gastroenterologist as executive VP

    Newark, Calif.-based biopharmaceutical company Protagonist Therapeutics appointed Scott Plevy, MD, as executive vice president and head of its gastrointestinal programs, the company said Sept. 7.
  7. Effects of COVID-19 on compensation for private cardiology practices: MedAxiom

    Cardiology solutions organization MedAxiom released a report Sept. 1 on the effects of COVID-19 on cardiology.
  8. Ophthalmologist recognized for completion of 100 Xen gel stent implants

    Robert Friedman, MD, was recently awarded a certificate of recognition for performing more than 100 Xen Gel Stent procedures, according to a Sept. 3 LinkedIn post from Eye Health America.
  9. 700-physician practice in Illinois invests in 2nd large medical group this year

    DuPage Medical Group in Downers Grove, Ill., will make a strategic investment in a Quincy, Ill.-based physician group to expand a partnership between the two organizations, the organization announced Sept. 3.

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