Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Not seeing eye to eye: Optometrists and ophthalmologists battle in state legislatures

    According to May 2020 numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 36,690 working optometrists across the country. BLS does not keep ophthalmologist employment data separate from other physicians.
  2. Florida ASC sues Cigna for reimbursement

    Melbourne, Fla.-based Surgery Center of Viera filed a lawsuit Jan. 20 in Florida Middle District Court in Orlando against Cigna and Strategic Enterprise Solutions.
  3. 10 spine ASCs to know

    Here are ten spine-driven ASCs to know:

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  1. Ohio congressman says new ASC is innovation area needs 

    U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, recently visited the new St. Clairsville-based Physicians Regional Surgery Center, WTRF reported Jan. 25. 
  2. CRNAs at Wyoming hospital vote to strike

    The certified nurse anesthetists at Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) General Hospital voted unanimously to authorize a one-day strike on Feb. 2, citing concerns of employee retention and recruitment, according to PAHomepage. 
  3. Oregon ASC expanding value-based services

    Portland, Ore.-based Pearl Surgicenter is adding surgeons and value-based service lines thanks in part to growing relationships with preferred provider organization insurance plans and Employee Retirement Income Security Act self-funded corporations.
  4. 500-physician network opening Kentucky surgery office with robot

    Mercy Health Physicians Partners has opened a satellite surgery office in Marshall County, Ky., The Lane Report reported Jan. 25. 

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  1. New Jersey hospital wants to convert former Sears building to ASC 

    Cooper University Health Care is proposing to convert a former Sears building in Moorestown, N.J., to a medical facility and ASC, the Courier Post reported Jan. 25. 
  2. CMS moves boost value-based care in ASCs

    Both payers and CMS have noticed opportunities in value-based care to lower costs and strengthen patient care. 
  3. White House launches free COVID-19 test kits & more supply chain updates

    Seven supply chain updates from the last two weeks: 
  4. Top 15 medtech companies by revenue | 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic struck the medical device industry harder than most in fiscal year 2021.

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  1. Sanford Health adding $60M gastroenterology building to outpatient campus

    Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Sanford Health is adding a five-story gastroenterology building to the outpatient surgery-focused south side of its Sanford USD Medical Center campus, SiouxFalls.Business reported Jan. 24.
  2. USPI, GI Alliance ink deal for 2 Texas endoscopy centers

    GI Alliance and United Surgical Partners International formed a joint venture for two Texas endoscopy centers.
  3. The end of ASC-blocking policies may be near

    Last year, CMS began requiring hospitals to post prices negotiated with private insurers online and enforced compliance. The agency is also requiring insurers and health plans to disclose in-network provider rates by July 1. Both policy changes could be a boon for ASCs.
  4. Physician pay cuts and a shrinking ASC-payable list: 12 key reimbursement updates

    Here are the major reimbursement updates since July 1: 
  5. 48% of gastroenterologists are burned out: Medscape

    Forty-eight percent of gastroenterologists reported being burned out, according to Medscape's 2021 "Physician Burnout & Depression Report" released Jan. 21.
  6. Texas physician snares $250K 'Shark Tank' investment for his invention

    Investor Mark Cuban gave a San Antonio-based physician hundreds of thousands of dollars to mass produce his invention inspired by a McDonald's McFlurry straw, according to a KSAT.com report.
  7. 15 things to know about anesthesia and ASCs | 2022

    The biggest news from 2021 that will affect the anesthesia and ASC industries this year includes policy updates, acquisitions and more.
  8. 8 new joint venture ASCs

    Here are eight new joint venture ASCs Becker's ASC Review has recently covered:
  9. Most burned out physician specialties

    Emergency medicine is the physician specialty reporting the most burnout, according to Medscape's 2021 "Physician Burnout & Depression Report" released Jan. 21.

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