Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. US Digestive Health kicks off 2021, partners with 4 Pennsylvania practices

    Exton, Pa.-based US Digestive Health partnered with four gastroenterology practices in Pennsylvania, its first investments of 2021, the platform announced Feb. 17.
  2. 11 surgery center job openings

    Here are 11 recent surgery centers with job openings:
  3. Vaccines could be available to the public by July & 3 more updates from Capitol Hill

    President Joe Biden had a town hall event in Milwaukee Feb. 19, where he talked about COVID-19 vaccine availability and pitched his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan. 

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  1. Ophthalmologist who defrauded government of $1M+ wins appeal, will face jury trial

    An ophthalmologist who agreed to settle fraud charges against him but didn't pay will stand trial to determine the extent of what he must pay in restitution, a Washington, D.C., circuit court said Feb. 16.
  2. Pinnacle GI Partners' latest partnership, 5 salary stats and more — 7 GI industry notes

    Here are seven updates from gastroenterology companies and practices over the past week:
  3. Will more payers buy ASCs?

    ASC industry leaders expect more consolidation in the coming years as the cost and risk of owning independent centers increases. How often will the buyer be a payer?
  4. Exact Sciences posts $1.5B in 2020 revenue, announces sequencing lab acquisition

    Exact Sciences posted fourth-quarter and full-year 2020 revenue Feb. 16, of $466.3 million and $1.5 billion, respectively.

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  1. California eye practice expands; new site to provide surgery

    Santa Rosa, Calif.-based Barth Vision & Optical opened an office in Healdsburg, Calif., and will offer advanced diagnostic testing service for several eye conditions, The Healdsburg Tribune reported Feb. 16.
  2. 10 ENT physicians to know

    Here are 10 ENT physicians to know:
  3. Outpatient spine surgery and ASC ownership: 8 things to know

    Surgeon-owned ASCs are likely to become more prominent in the coming years due to the growth of the outpatient sector, physicians' desire to control the surgical environment and the potential to boost income.
  4. Nevada GI practice suffers data breach; 1,974 patients affected

    Reno, Nev.-based Gastroenterology Consultants is investigating an internal network data breach that occurred Dec. 8 and affected 1,974 patients.

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  1. Pennsylvania physician indicted for illegal painkiller prescriptions

    A Pennsylvania physician is accused of illegally writing prescriptions for painkillers and committing Medicare fraud, according to a report in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  2. Health systems ease restrictions on support persons for outpatient surgery patients

    Health systems across the U.S. are beginning to lift restrictions on visitors for patients undergoing outpatient surgery as the number of COVID-19 cases decline.
  3. Mercy breaks ground on multispecialty center with surgery center

    St. Louis-based Mercy broke ground on a five-story, 272,000-square-foot outpatient multispecialty center across from Mercy Hospital St. Louis that will include a surgery center, the system announced Feb. 16.
  4. 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.
  5. Ophthalmologist-turned-lumberjack — Oregon ophthalmologist cuts down road-blocking tree to see emergency patients

    Daniel Holland, MD, an ophthalmologist at Portland, Ore.-based EyeHealth Northwest, didn't let a snowstorm or a downed tree stop him from providing care.
  6. AI in GI: 7 updates since 2020

    Artificial intelligence is a growing area in gastroenterology. It's something NextServices President Praveen Suthrum predicted as an industry disruptor in his book, Scope Forward, and last year marked several advancements.
  7. ENT and Allergy Associates signs contract with health plan supporting New York City employees

    Tarrytown, N.Y.-based ENT and Allergy Associates reached a contract agreement with EmblemHealth, whose members include New York City employees.
  8. US buys 200M more doses, Moderna can boost vial volume by 40% and more — 5 updates on the COVID-19 vaccine

    Here are five updates on the COVID-19 vaccine over the past week:
  9. Winter weather continues to wreak havoc; more ASC closures expected 

    As winter weather batters the Southern U.S., several ASCs are closed Feb. 16 for the safety of patients and staff.

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