Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Pain Specialists of America appoints chief medical officer

    Austin, Texas-based Pain Specialists of America named Pankaj Mehta, MD, as its chief medical officer, according to a Feb. 2 news release.
  2. States with the most new ASC activity in 2021

    Eight ASCs opened or were announced in January. Here are the states they were opened in:
  3. How Tenet, HCA Healthcare and Surgery Partners' shares performed this week

    Here's how Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare, Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare and Nashville-based Surgery Partners' shares have fluctuated over the last five days.

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  1. Former Gastro Health gastroenterologist arrested on suspicion of sending inappropriate photos to minors

    Florida gastroenterologist Stewart Bitman, MD, was arrested Jan. 23, after he allegedly sent inappropriate photos to a 13-year-old, the South Florida SunSentinel reported Jan. 26.
  2. Delaware pain center moves to new location

    Georgetown, Del.-based Sussex Pain Relief Center moved to a location in Rehoboth Beach, Del., opening Jan. 18, the Cape Gazette reported Feb. 2.
  3. Anesthesia Business Consultants celebrates Physician Anesthesiologists Week 2021

    Anesthesia Business Consultants is recognizing anesthesia professionals during Physician Anesthesiologists Week, according to a Feb. 2 news release.
  4. Gastro Health's latest acquisition, why United Digestive is taking it slow and more — 5 GI industry notes

    Here are five updates from GI companies and practices over the past week:

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  1. Kaiser would need 4+ years to vaccinate Californians; U.S. to send 1M doses to pharmacies next month & more — 7 updates on the COVID-19 vaccine

    Here are seven updates about the COVID-19 vaccine over the past week:
  2. Tennessee ASC adds spinal fusions

    Franklin, Tenn.-based Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee added spinal fusion to its surgery center, which opened last year.
  3. Physician faces unprofessional conduct charges in 2018 patient death; Biden healthcare picks; best-paying cities for physicians & more

    Here are five updates about physicians across the U.S.:
  4. Nevada medical office building sells for $18M+

    White Oak Healthcare made its first acquisition in Nevada, a medical office building in Henderson, for $18.8 million, Commercial Property Executive reported Feb. 2.

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  1. What hospitals in 5 cities charge for colonoscopy & how it compares to an ASC

    Finder compared the in-network base prices for 10 common medical procedures in the U.S. across five ZIP codes, in a report the firm published Jan. 25.
  2. The top barrier to outpatient orthopedic surgery migration

    Tyler Marshall, MD, an orthopedic sports medicine physician in Birmingham, Ala., outlines the big challenges and opportunities in outpatient orthopedics today.
  3. National Medical Billing Services gets private equity investment to expand business

    St. Louis-based National Medical Billing Services, a revenue cycle management company, received an investment from private equity firm Aquiline Capital Partners.
  4. Minnesota health system plans 32,000-square-foot ASC: 4 details

    Duluth, Minn.-based Essentia Health plans to build an outpatient surgery center in a former shopping mall, according to a StarTribune report.
  5. Quigley Eye Specialists expands Florida presence with partnership

    Fort Myers, Fla.-based Quigley Eye Specialists partnered with Coral Gables, Fla.-based Beraja Medical Institute and Douglas Surgery Center, according to a Feb. 2 news release.
  6. Outpatient joint replacements lead to less persistent opioid use despite similar prescription amounts, study says

    Despite being prescribed similar amounts of opioids as inpatients, outpatient total joint replacement patients were less likely to become persistent opioid users, according to a Jan. 12 study published inThe Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. 
  7. What patients pay for 8 ENT procedures

    Using CMS' procedure price lookup tool, consumers can view the average payment for common procedures in ASCs and hospital outpatient departments.
  8. South Carolina physicians won't challenge hospital's ASC development

    General surgeon Dion Franga, MD, and radiologist Amit Sanghi, DO, will not appeal the state's decision to approve Orangeburg, S.C.-based Regional Medical Center's ASC project, which is being developed across the street from their recently approved ASC project, The Times and Democrat reported Feb. 1.
  9. Medical office building with GI sells for $11.5M+

    Healthcare Realty Trust acquired a medical office building in North Carolina for $11.58 million, the Triad Business Journal reported Feb. 1.

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