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  1. 10 more ENTs to know

    Here are 10 ENTs to know:
  2. Dr. Nicole Aaronson on how ENTs should approach the latest coding and billing updates

    Some ENTs will have to decide if they want to change their billing documentation systems after recent CMS coding updates, according to Nicole Aaronson, MD, pediatric otolaryngologist at Wilmington, Del.-based Alfred I. duPont Hospital. Dr. Aaronson spoke with Becker's ASC Review about these changes and other considerations around coding and payer rules.
  3. The 10 elements contributing to burnout: Medscape

    The COVID-19 pandemic affected physicians in a number of ways, according to Medscape's "2021 Physician Burnout & Suicide Report."

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  1. California eye practice opens clinic with surgical component 

    Oakland, Calif.-based East Bay Eye Center opened a satellite office in Brentwood, Calif., to end 2020, The Press reported March 4. 
  2. Top ASC stories: Physician group updates, 13 new ASCs in February and more

    Here are the most-read articles from Becker's ASC Review during the week of March 1-5:
  3. 2 physicians charged in New York crackdown on patient overdose deaths

    New York is cracking down on physicians overprescribing opioids to patients, and at least two physicians have been charged in overdose-related deaths this year.
  4. Medicare pay up for 10 most common ASC procedures in 2021

    Medicare reimbursement for the 10 highest-volume procedures performed in ASCs is projected to increase 2.8 percent this year, according to a report from VMG Health.

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  1. 5 ASC companies with the most centers: 10-year growth breakdown

    The five largest ASC companies have added 490 ASCs since 2011, according to a report from VMG Health.
  2. Montana hospital to open $20M surgery center

    Bozeman (Mont.) Health will open its Cottonwood Clinic + Surgery Center in April, local NBC affiliate kulr8.com reported March 5.
  3. Icahn School of Medicine to anchor medical office building with ASC

    New York City-based Mount Sinai's Icahn School of Medicine will be the lead tenant of an under-development 200,000-square-foot medical office building, Digital Journal reported March 4.
  4. ACG revises CRC screening guidelines, supports starting screening at 45 for average-risk patients, doesn't recommend blood-based screening test

    The American College of Gastroenterology updated its 2009 guidelines around colorectal cancer screening, making 21 total recommendations. 

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  1. Montecito acquires 2 MOBs occupied by 14-physician spine group

    Nashville, Tenn.-based Montecito Medical Real Estate has acquired two medical office buildings in Texas, which are occupied by Tyler-based Precision Spine Care, REjournals.com reported March 4.
  2. GI Alliance partners with Austin Gastroenterology, strengthens home base

    Dallas-based GI Alliance partnered with Austin (Texas) Gastroenterology to further its growth in the state, Provident Healthcare Partners announced March 4.
  3. UMass Memorial opposes Mass General Brigham Westborough proposal for outpatient surgery clinic

    Worcester, Mass.-based UMass Memorial Health Care opposed a planned outpatient facility from Mass General Brigham in Westborough, Mass., WBJ reported March 3.
  4. New York practice building orthopedic campus, ASC in mall

    Rochester, N.Y.-based UR Medicine is building an orthopedic campus with an ASC in a local mall, local ABC affiliate WHAM reported March 3.
  5. Top GI articles: Gastro Health, One GI seal acquisitions, GI salary in 5 big cities and more

    Here are the most-read GI articles from March 1-5:
  6. 4 ASC acquisitions | February 2021

    Becker's ASC Review reported on four ASC acquisitions in February:
  7. Regent lands investment, becomes Ascension's ASC partner

    St. Louis-based Ascension chose Regent Surgical Health as its national ASC development partner.
  8. Texas health system to suspend procedures at surgery center indefinitely

    Abilene, Texas-based Hendrick Health will suspend surgical cases at Hendrick Surgery Center Brownwood effective March 5, brownwoodnews.com reported March 3.
  9. Physician pays $215,228 to settle kickback allegations: 4 details

    Ashok Kumar, MD, paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to settle allegations he accepted kickbacks in exchange for referring patients to Memorial Hospital of Gardena (Calif.), according to a March 3 Justice Department news release.

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