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  1. Texas ASC, gastroenterology clinic break ground in southern Texas

    Developers broke ground Sept. 30 on a two-building medical office campus that will include an Austin Gastroenterology clinic and surgery center in Leander, Texas.
  2. Over 400,000 COVID-19 boosters given & more: 7 updates

    While the CDC estimates the number of newly reported COVID-19 cases will soon drop, hospitals nationally are still struggling amid staffing shortages and capacity concerns. 
  3. Arizona medical office building sold for $31.75M

    Physicians Realty Trust, a healthcare real estate company, has purchased HonorHealth's newly built medical office building in Phoenix for $31.75 million, according to the Phoenix Business Journal.

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  1. Appellate court OKs $10M award in wrongful death suit against Laser Spine Institute

    A Pennsylvania appeals court rejected arguments that a $10 million verdict in a patient death lawsuit against the now defunct Laser Spine Institute was so excessive that it required a new trial.
  2. 'The next three years will be pivotal for ASCs': What we heard this month

    Healthcare providers have spoken with Becker's on a number of topics this month, including technology at ASCs and physician shortages.
  3. US Eye adds South Carolina practice

    Sarasota, Fla.-based US Eye recently added the Retina Center of Charleston (S.C.) to its network, its 50th location, the company said Sept. 30.
  4. Pediatric surgery centers get $15M credit line

    Glen Rock, Penn.-based Blue Cloud Pediatric Surgery Centers received a $15 million credit facility from CIBC Innovation Banking, the global financial services firm said Sept. 29.

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  1. Top-paying physician specialties in last 5 years, per Medscape

    Medscape's annual Physician Compensation Report details the top-earning physician specialties. In the last five years, orthopedics and plastic surgery have remained at the top of the list, while general surgery has not made the top 10 list since 2017.
  2. 10 highest-paying physician specialties in 2021, per Medscape

    Plastic surgery is the highest-paying physician specialty in 2021, according to Medscape's 2021 Physician Compensation Report.
  3. 'Profit-hungry bureaucracy' or 'much-needed capital investment'? How PE will shift the ASC industry

    Private equity firms were the buyer in 63 percent of second-quarter deals, according to a Bass Berry & Sims report published in JDSupra.
  4. Physician-health system partnership opens multispecialty office

    NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Brooklyn opened a medical group multispecialty office in Brooklyn, N.Y., the group said in a Sept. 30 email. 

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  1. US Digestive, Independence Blue Cross enter 5-year agreement

    Independence Blue Cross and Exton, Pa.-based US Digestive Health signed a five-year agreement, the company said in a Sept. 30 email. 
  2. 8 largest health insurers by revenue — UnitedHealthcare No. 1 at $257B

    Health insurance companies generate revenue through the premiums they charge, the number of policies they write, the services they sell and the number of businesses in which they operate.
  3. Orlando Health developing digestive institute 

    Orlando (Fla.) Health is developing a specialized gastrointestinal diagnostic and treatment program, the health system said Sept. 30. 
  4. US gastroenterology ASC market to reach $10B by 2026 

    The US gastroenterology ASC market is expected to reach $10.8 billion by 2026, according to a Sept. 30 report by consulting firm Grand View Research. 
  5. Montecito expands Texas footprint with another ASC acquisition

    Montecito Medical acquired a medical office building housing a surgery center in Arlington, Texas, the company said Sept. 30.
  6. 14% of physicians under 40 years old are in private practice: 17 insights

    Early-career physicians continue to favor employed opportunities over private practice as declining reimbursements, steep medical school debt and the cost of malpractice insurance premiums remain key factors driving career choices, according to the "Medscape Young Physician Compensation Report 2021."
  7. Oakland Athletics player undergoes leg procedures at Texas ASC

    Oakland Athletics shortstop Elvis Andrus underwent procedures Sept. 29 at the Trinity Park Surgical Center in Arlington, Texas, to treat a fractured leg.
  8. North Carolina denies proposed $12M ASC

    North Carolina officials rejected Pinehurst (N.C.) Surgical Center's petition to build a $6 million to $12 million ASC in Sanford, reported Sept. 29.
  9. Why some payers, physicians object to the Texas physician 'gold card'

    A new law that took effect Sept. 1 in Texas aims to ease the administrative burdens that insurance companies place on physicians, but some payers have voiced their opposition to the legislation, claiming it will put more patients at risk.

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