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  1. Pennsylvania ASCs closer to shedding 'very restrictive' regulations

    The Pennsylvania Senate approved Senate Bill 818 on Jan. 19, its first hurdle toward becoming law, CBS affiliate WTAJ reported.
  2. New Jersey ASC staff must receive COVID-19 vaccination and booster, governor says 

    New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy issued an executive order Jan. 18 that requires healthcare employees, including ASCs, to receive COVID-19 vaccinations and booster shots, according to MSN. 
  3. 65 ASCs hiring administrators

    Addison, Texas-based United Surgical Partners International is hiring at least 25 administrators nationally. 

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  1. Top 5 cities for early-career ophthalmologist pay

    Boston has been named the best paying city for early-career ophthalmologists by Medscape.
  2. HCA Healthcare faces suit alleging orthopedic surgery monopoly

    A lawsuit filed Jan. 19 against HCA Healthcare alleges the Nashville, Tenn.-based health system engaged in a pattern of forming sham partnerships with the largest surgical practices in a given area in order to run them into the ground and improve its own market position.
  3. 5 interesting cardiology moves in the last year

    The derailing of plans for an Alabama vascular ASC and risk-based deal between Medtronic and Spectrum Health are among five noteworthy cardiology moves in the last 12 months.
  4. Florida legislation would clarify CRNAs' authority to administer anesthesia

    Two bills in the Florida House and Senate aim to clarify that certified registered nurse anesthetists can administer anesthesia in hospital, surgical and clinical settings in collaboration with specified licensed healthcare practitioners. 

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  1. New addition makes Hospital for Endocrine Surgery world's highest-volume endocrine surgery practice

    Tampa, Fla.-based Clayman Thyroid Center has moved to the Hospital for Endocrine Surgery, also in Tampa.
  2. Standard Bariatrics sleeve gastrectomy stapler passes 1,000 uses

    Cincinnati-based medical device company Standard Bariatrics' Titan SGS surgical stapler has been used in more than 1,000 clinical cases.
  3. Cigna in the headlines: 5 updates in the last 30 days

    Cigna is one of the oldest and largest payers in the U.S. with 20.4 million members. 
  4. Chili cook-offs & scavenger hunts: How a Michigan ASC is integrating old & new staff

    Administrator Debra Fin has a creative approach to integrating staff in 2022. 

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  1. Johns Hopkins to renovate, expand pediatric hospital, surgery center

    Baltimore, Md.-based Johns Hopkins Hospital is renovating its children's medical and surgical center and building a 12-story addition.  
  2. Feds seek public input in fighting anticompetitive mergers

    The Federal Trade Commission and Justice Department are seeking the public's help as they scrutinize anticompetitive behavior as part of a larger effort to review and refine merger guidelines.
  3. ASCs compete with Walmart, Target and others for staff as minimum wage jumps

    Surgery centers, hospitals and medical groups are used to competing with each other for nursing staff. Now, Walmart, Target, Amazon and other retailers are vying for the same personnel and willing to pay high wages.
  4. ASC disputes payer's conclusion that spine cases should have been in the hospital

    The Center for Pain Management remains out of network with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota after the payer terminated its contract over safety concerns in October.
  5. Optum revenue hit $155.6B in 2021 

    Optum, which includes ASC chain Surgical Care Affiliates, reported revenue of $155.6 billion in 2021, according to parent company UnitedHealth Group's 2021 results released Jan. 19. 
  6. Surgeon discusses benefits, obstacles of establishing joint replacements at Pennsylvania ASC

    Huntingdon Valley (Pa.) Surgery Center performed its first knee joint replacement surgery in December. 
  7. Providence Anesthesiology Associates assisted in 1K+ same-day total joints at ASCs in 2021

    Providence Anesthesiology Associates completed 1,135 same-day total joint replacements at freestanding ASCs in 2021.
  8. Stark Law: What ASCs need to know this year

    From laws governing physician self-referral to group practice structure, here are six Stark Law updates from 2021 that ASCs should know. 
  9. 19 insights on gastroenterology and ASCs

    Here are 19 insights on gastroenterologist debt, net worth, compensation and procedure costs:

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