Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Healthcare Realty Trust acquired $547M in MOBs in 2020 — 3 other insights 

    Healthcare Realty Trust had a banner year of investment in 2020, acquiring $547 million in medical office buildings, according to the Motley Fool transcript of the company's earnings call.
  2. Oregon ophthalmologists urge state lawmakers to reject optometrist's scope of service expansion bill

    Oregon lawmakers are urging state legislators to reject a bill that would allow optometrists to perform scalpel and laser surgery on and around a patient's eye, the Portland Business Journal reported Feb. 12.
  3. Top ASC articles — Audax could sell Gastro Health, 16 physicians leave North Carolina health system and more

    Here are the most-read articles from Becker's ASC Review during the week of Feb. 8-12:

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  1. Average ACA marketplace plan deductibles for 38 states

    President Joe Biden issued an executive order to reopen the ACA marketplace on Feb. 15 for expanded enrollment during the pandemic to give more Americans access to health insurance.
  2. USPI, HCA, Surgery Partners: Which fared the best in 2020?

    The temporary halt on elective procedures during the pandemic last year caused revenue declines for three of the largest ASC chains in the U.S., but two still managed to grow through acquisitions and new ASC development.
  3. Hackensack building medical office building with ASC

    Edison, N.J.-based Hackensack Meridian is developing an 80,000-square-foot medical office building with an urgent care center and an ASC at a site in Clifton, N.J., northjersey.com reported Feb. 12.
  4. Orthopedic ASC opened in 2020 has sights set on expansion, 2 other priorities

    Taylor Cera, COO of Orthopaedic Surgery Center in Youngstown, Ohio, joined the Becker's Healthcare Ambulatory Surgery Centers podcasts recently to talk about the strategic plan for his center in 2021.

How Cedars-Sinai tapped change management principles to better inform surgical service line decisions

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  1. More people under 40 are showing interest in virtual eye care, study finds

    More young people are showing new interest in virtual eye care, the Versant Health study "Second Annual Vision Wellness Study" found.
  2. Physician recruiting in 2020: 7 ASC leaders on what's changed

    The COVID-19 pandemic challenged ASCs in many areas, including hiring. For some centers, physician recruitment was hit due to factors including limited visits and canceled contracts. For others, the pandemic didn't pose a significant roadblock to finding talent.
  3. Top 5 health insurance plans by membership, market share

    The U.S. has more than 900 health insurance companies that provide medical coverage.
  4. U.S. Anesthesia Partners signs agreement with Cigna HealthCare of Florida

    U.S. Anesthesia Partners reached a three-year deal with Cigna HealthCare of Florida to keep its nearly 600 physicians in network with Cigna's Florida members, the practice announced Feb. 10.

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  1. Washington hospital breaks ground on $70M ASC project

    Vancouver (Wash.) Clinic broke ground on its medical office building with an ASC Feb. 9, clarkcountytoday.com reported Feb. 10.
  2. Wisconsin board delays acting on health system's appeal over OrthoIllinois ASC

    The Beloit, Wis., Board of Appeals delayed making a decision on Beloit Health System's appeal against Rockford-based OrthoIllinois' proposed ASC, the Beloit Daily News reported Jan. 10.
  3. Florida ophthalmology practice moves to new location

    Tarpon Springs, Fla.-based St. Luke's Cataract & Laser Institute relocated its Spring Hill, Fla., office into an upgraded facility in Spring Hill, the Suncoast News reported Feb. 10.
  4. Top gastroenterology, endoscopy articles: 6 colonoscopy updates, what patients pay for 10 procedures and more

    Here are the most-read gastroenterology and endoscopy articles during the week of Feb. 8-12:
  5. Is the payer outlook bright or dark for ASCs?

    While some ASC administrators have seen payers become more accepting of outpatient surgeries and drive cases to the ASC, others report continued challenges in contract negotiations.
  6. Oregon ASC Association argues against proposed bill to limit M&A

    The Oregon Ambulatory Surgery Center Association gave a written testimony arguing against a proposed bill requiring sign-offs on mergers and acquisitions between some healthcare entities.
  7. ASCs claims volume dropped 9.8% in 2020: A month-by-month breakdown

    ASCs began 2020 tracking ahead of 2019 in terms of overall case volume, based on procedure claims data from Definitive Healthcare.
  8. Pinnacle GI Partners adds another Michgian practice in 2nd postformation deal

    Pinnacle GI Partners has deepened its roots in Michigan, partnering with East Lansing, Mich.-based Digestive Health Institute, PE Hub reported Jan. 10.
  9. How USPI's integration of 45 SurgCenter Development ASCs is going & growth plans for 2021

    Tenet acquired 45 ASCs from Towson, Md.-based SurgCenter Development in late 2020, and its ASC division, United Surgical Partners International, has spent the last quarter on integration.

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