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  1. California ASC workers must receive boosters: 5 things to know

    California will require that healthcare workers, including at ASCs, receive a COVID-19 booster, the California Department of Public Health said Dec. 22.
  2. Specialty breakdown of all 258 ASCs opened in 2021

    Becker's ASC Review has covered the introduction of 258 new ASCs in 2021 so far, and more of them offer orthopedic services than any other specialty.
  3. 6 administrator's top priorities for 2022 

    Six administrators shared with Becker's ASC Review their biggest priorities for the new year. 
  1. Enhanced recovery protocols vary, but they always work, says surgeon

    In the modern era of healthcare, surgeries have grown less invasive and recovery times have shrunk as more emphasis is placed on recovery at home.
  2. The No Surprises Act is coming: 5 things ASCs should know

    Beginning Jan. 1, many ASCs will have to comply with aspects of the No Surprises Act, a controversial measure aimed to end surprise medical bills for emergency and scheduled care. 
  3. Here's where nonurgent surgeries are being delayed

    Hospitals nationwide are again delaying nonurgent surgeries amid rising COVID-19 cases and the global spread of the omicron variant. 
  4. Omicron now accounts for 73% of US cases & 6 more COVID-19 updates

    The omicron coronavirus variant is now the dominant strain in the U.S., accounting for 73.2 percent of new infections for the week ending Dec. 18. 

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  1. 3 HCA Healthcare moves in the last week

    Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare is focusing on ASC acquisitions and construction in the last month of 2021. 
  2. USPI cements $1.2B acquisition of SurgCenter

    Addison, Texas-based United Surgical Partners International, a subsidiary of Tenet Healthcare, has completed the acquisition of Towson, Md.-based SurgCenter Development.
  3. Physician shortages won't make med school shorter, says ASC CEO

    Gastroenterologists are an aging specialty, and training a new one still takes over a decade despite shortages across healthcare.
  4. Advanced practitioners may fill gap left by retiring gastroenterologists, CEO says

    Looming labor shortages in the medical industry have been widely reported, and gastroenterologists are expected to follow the trend.

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  1. 8 practices join Panorama Eyecare

    Fort Collins, Colo.-based management services organization Panorama Eyecare folded eight practices into its network, according to a Dec. 22 Denver Gazette report.
  2. These 6 ASCs earned perfect CMS scores on staff and cleanliness

    CMS released the latest results from its Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting Program on Oct. 27, 2021.
  3. 7 ASCs that added total joint programs in 2021

    Several ASCs added to their service lines this year to expand patient care.
  4. Wyoming ASC 1st in state to use robotic surgery system

    Cheyenne, Wyo.-based High Plains Surgery Center is the first ASC in the state to offer outpatient surgeries using the da Vinci X system, the ASC said Dec. 21.
  5. Hospital to reopen ASC formerly owned by physician

    Columbus (Neb.) Community Hospital is reopening an ASC it acquired in June 2021, according to a Dec. 20 Midwest Medical Edition report.
  6. Beverly Hills ASC goes up for lease

    A vacant Beverly Hills, Calif., ASC is being put up for lease.
  7. Virginia hospital's new outpatient pavilion topped out

    Builders have placed the highest beam at Arlington, Va.-based Virginia Hospital Center's new outpatient pavilion, a construction milestone known as "topping out," according to a Dec. 21 ARLnow report.
  8. 3 most interesting ASC transactions in 2021

    Three major deals made waves in the ASC industry this year:
  9. 22% of physicians considering early retirement amid COVID-19: 4 stats to know

    COVID-19 caused a slight increase in physician retirement, but nearly three-quarters of physicians reporting being overworked, according to Doximity's "2021 Physician Compensation Report" released Dec. 16. 

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