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  1. 'Few issues are as important as the challenges facing the healthcare workforce': What we heard this week

    Healthcare providers spoke with Becker's on a number of topics this week, including price transparency, the future of gastroenterology and COVID-19 vaccination mandates.
  2. 13 GI centers opened or announced so far in 2021

    Thirteen surgery centers or practices with gastroenterology services opened or were announced so far in 2021.
  3. Surgery Partners exec Wayne DeVeydt joins Centene board

    Surgery Partners Executive Chairman of the Board Wayne DeVeydt will be appointed to the board of directors for Centene, a multinational health insurer, early next year.
  1. Ex-physician, ASC company found guilty of $355M fraud scheme

    A federal jury on Dec. 16 found a former physician and his company guilty of a scheme to defraud private insurers and the Tricare program by submitting about $355 million in false claims.
  2. 17 hospitals opening ASCs in November

    Here are 18 hospitals and health systems that opened or announced plans for ASCs in November:
  3. Medtronic partners with Virtua Health to optimize ASC patient care

    Medical devicemaker Medtronic is partnering with Marlton, New Jersey health system Virtua Health to improve care delivery for southern New Jersey residents, according to a Dec. 16 Philadelphia Business Journal report.
  4. COVID-19 is still out there: 7 ways ASCs are affected heading into 2022

    It has been 21 months since ASCs were asked to halt elective procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in March 2020 and focus resources on treating patients with the virus. Yet COVID-19 continues to affect surgery center operations and strategy in a significant way, and the aftershocks will continue into 2022.

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  1. $17.7M Illinois ASC granted CON over hospital objections

    Crystal Lake-based OrthoIllinois received unanimous approval from the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board to build a $17.7 million ASC in Elgin, according to a Dec. 16 Chicago Tribune report.
  2. Nevada plastic surgery institute accredited by AAAHC

    Reno, Nev.-based Avance Plastic Surgery Institute was accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, the practice said Dec. 15.
  3. Maine eye practice planning ASC

    Bangor-based Vision Care of Maine is planning to open an ASC in Auburn in 2022, according to a Dec. 15 Sun Journal report.
  4. Panorama Eyecare secures $150M, plans expansion into 2nd state

    Panorama Eyecare, a group of eight ophthalmology practices, has received a $150 million capital investment to fuel its growth in Colorado and Wyoming, the Daily Camera reported Dec. 16.

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  1. Surgeon to pay $3.7M to settle fraud claims, whistleblower gets 17%: 4 notes

    The owner of two Montana-based vascular surgery centers agreed to pay millions to resolve allegations that he performed and billed for medically unnecessary procedures.
  2. 10 worst cities for physician pay in 2021

    Compensation for U.S. physicians grew 3.8 percent on average between 2020 and 2021, compared to 1.5 percent from 2019 to 2020, according to Doximity's "2021 Physician Compensation Report" released Dec. 16. Still, some regions lag behind others when it comes to physician pay. 
  3. 10 best cities for physician pay 2021

    Compensation for U.S. physicians grew 3.8 percent on average between 2020 and 2021, compared to 1.5 percent from 2019 to 2020, according to Doximity's "2021 Physician Compensation Report" released Dec. 16.
  4. Pennsylvania ASC earns level 1 children's surgery verification

    The American College of Surgeons awarded the Hershey (Pa.) Outpatient Surgery Center its level 1 children's surgery verification.
  5. Ophthalmologist gets $75K to study treatments for blindness

    Steven DeVries, MD, PhD, has been awarded a $75,000 grant from Research to Prevent Blindness to support international study of treatments for blinding disorders, news-medical.net reported Dec. 14.
  6. Physician Partners of America to open multispecialty ASC in Florida

    Physician Partners of America plans to open a multispecialty ASC in Florida during the first quarter of next year, the pain management practice said Dec. 14.
  7. Health systems pause COVID-19 vaccination mandates amid challenges to CMS policy

    Several hospitals and health systems across the U.S. have suspended COVID-19 vaccination mandates since the end of November, when a federal judge in Missouri temporarily blocked CMS from enforcing its nationwide order.
  8. Loyola Medicine's ASC breaks ground

    Maywood, Ill.-based Loyola Medicine broke ground on its ASC in Tinley Park, Ill., on Dec. 15.
  9. $11M sale of Indiana ASC building closes

    The two buildings housing the Ophthalmology Consultants of Fort Wayne (Ind.) and its ASC were sold for $11 million.

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