Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. How physician pay in the US compares to other countries: 11 findings

    Physicians in the U.S. on average earn far more than their counterparts in other countries and rank significantly higher in terms of net worth, according to Medscape's "International Physician Compensation Report."
  2. Physicians likely to seek new contracts as their productivity soars, pay drops: 6 report details

    Physicians were more productive in the second quarter of 2021 than in 2020, but pay has declined, according to a new report from KaufmanHall.
  3. 65+ ASCs hiring administrators

    Addison, Texas-based United Surgical Partners International is hiring at least 16 administrators nationally. 
  1. American College of Cardiology announces editor-in-chief of new journal

    The American College of Cardiology introduced Candice Silversides, MD, as editor-in-chief of its newest journal, JACC: Advances.
  2. Medical Consulting Group adds new consultant to ASC development team

    Springfield, Mo.-based Medical Consulting Group welcomed Phillip Gnau to its ambulatory surgery center development team Aug. 19.
  3. Ohio surgery center gains Joint Commission accreditation

    Canton, Ohio-based Oasis Surgery Center gained ambulatory care accreditation from the Joint Commission after an on-site review.
  4. 24% of hospitals expect GI demand to soon exceed provider capacity, survey says

    Twenty-one percent of surveyed hospitals think telehealth is routinely leveraged in gastroenterology, according to a survey from management consulting firm McKinsey & Co. 

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  1. Who leads the 5 largest health insurance companies?

    Here's who leads the five largest health insurers by membership, according to a May 2021 ValuePenguin report.
  2. Staff retention a top priority, says CEO of Michigan ASC

    With the COVID-19 pandemic and the disruptions it brought to work-life balance, Tina Piotrowski, CEO of Copper Ridge Surgery Center in Michigan, said ASCs are particularly vulnerable to loss of staff.
  3. Ophthalmology outpatient volume drops 4%: 3 stats

    Ophthalmology has seen one of the highest drops in outpatient volume from June 2019 to 2021, according to a survey from management consulting firm McKinsey & Co. 
  4. 14-physician eye practice opens ASC: 3 quick points

    Rochester, N.Y.-based Cornerstone Eye Associates held a grand opening for a new ASC on Aug. 24.

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  1. Physicians Partners of America expands anesthesia services to ASCs

    Tampa-based Physicians Partners of America is expanding its anesthesia division to offer services to both hospitals and ASCs. Ronald Hayes, MD, will lead the division.
  2. CMS pay for 10 GI procedures at ASCs vs. HOPDs

    CMS' procedure price look-up tool allows users to compare average pay for several procedures in ASCs and hospital outpatient departments.
  3. 11 stats on ASC employee turnover

    The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association's 2021 Salary & Benefits survey includes a new section on ASC employee turnover trends during the pandemic in 2020. Here are 11 notable findings:
  4. Texas ophthalmology practice partners with Comprehensive EyeCare

    Austin-based eye surgery practice Texan Eye is partnering with national vision care management services organization Comprehensive EyeCare, based in Las Vegas, according to an Aug. 24 news release.
  5. 4 quick facts about Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine approval

    Pfizer's fully FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine will now be marketed as Comirnaty for people ages 16 and older. The shot is still available under emergency use authorization for people ages 12 and up. 
  6. 58% of ASCs altered employee health plans to lower costs: 3 main tactics

    Nearly all ASCs offer employees health insurance benefits, but many in the past year have made changes to control costs.
  7. Arkansas eye center sued for $815K over alleged billing fraud scheme: 4 details

    The attorney general of Arkansas is suing Conway (Ark.) Eye Care and Todd Eye Clinic over allegations that the practice defrauded Medicaid thousands of dollars.
  8. 7 ophthalmology updates to know

    From practice openings to new procedures, here are seven ophthalmology updates to know:
  9. American Surgical Group to open multispecialty ASC in Michigan

    American Surgical Group will open a 16,000 square-foot multispecialty ASC in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

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