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  1. Will CMS physician pay cuts ever happen?

    Potential Medicare pay cuts associated with the 2010 sequestration have loomed large on Capitol Hill for the last decade, but lawmakers continue to kick the can down the road.
  2. Stryker says nearly 10% of its knee business is in ASCs

    ASCs comprised nearly 10 percent of Stryker's knee business last year, and the company expects the move of orthopedic surgeries to the outpatient setting will continue.
  3. American Surgical Centers opens 2nd location

    Bloomfield Township, Mich., has gotten its first ASC, according to a Jan. 4 Hometown Life article.

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  1. Anthem in the headlines: 9 updates from the last 60 days

    Anthem is the largest publicly traded Blue Cross Blue Shield affiliate, operating as a Blue Cross or Blue Cross Blue Shield plan in 14 states. 
  2. Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon to treat US men's ice hockey team at Winter Olympics

    Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon Michael Stuart, MD, will serve as the U.S. men's ice hockey team's physician for the fourth time at the Winter Olympics in Beijing.
  3. Surgical Care Affiliates ASC marks milestone in Pennsylvania 

    Surgical Care Affiliates' Pocono Ambulatory Surgery Center recently performed a total hip arthroplasty, the first to be done by a Surgical Care Affiliates ASC in Pennsylvania.
  4. Web of rules, regulations worst part of physicians' jobs: 25 findings

    More than 33 percent of physicians surveyed have expressed a desire to retire in the next year, according to the Physicians Thrive 2022 "Physician Compensation Report." 

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  1. Patient brain-damaged after physician goes overboard with anesthesia, complaint alleges

    A Florida patient undergoing an outpatient procedure suffered severe brain damage, a heart attack and kidney failure after an anesthesiologist allegedly dropped his blood pressure too low for an extended period, according to a Florida Department of Health complaint.
  2. California bill would give physician owners power over private equity

    A bill under consideration in the California State Legislature could put power in the hands of physician owners of physician practices, JDSupra reported Jan. 27.
  3. Patients with this sinus implant fare better after surgery, study says

    Intersect ENT's Propel sinus implant is associated with better outcomes for endoscopic sinus surgery patients than undergoing the same procedure without the implant, according to a study published Jan. 20 in Current Medical Research and Opinion.
  4. Kaiser Permanente to open Maryland outpatient facility with ASC

    Kaiser Permanente is opening an outpatient-focused medical center in Lutherville-Timonium, Md., Jan. 31, according to local NBC affiliate WBALTV 11. 

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  1. Cardiologist pay jumped 5% last year: 5 stats

    Median cardiologist pay hit $459,000, the third highest-earning specialty in 2021, according to Physicians Thrive's "2022 Physician Compensation Report."
  2. Gastroenterology expected to be down 1,630 physicians by 2025

    The physician shortage will continue to rage on across specialties over the next decade, according to Physicians Thrive's "2022 Physician Compensation Report."
  3. ASC leaders grade Biden, CMS' 2021 performance

    CMS reinstating the inpatient-only list and President Joe Biden's healthcare vaccination mandate were two of the most prominent events in a year of massive flux in the ASC industry.
  4. Top 10 most-recruited physicians — Gastroenterologists are No. 4

    For more than a decade, family physicians have been the most heavily recruited physicians in the U.S., but specialist recruiting increased significantly last year as COVID-19 caused a decrease in office visits, according to Physicians Thrive.
  5. 5 opportunities for ASCs to grow

    Four ASC leaders joined Becker's to discuss the biggest opportunities for growth in the ASC industry. 
  6. 4 major obstacles for the ASC industry 

    Andrew Lovewell, administrator at the Surgical Center at Columbia (Mo.) Orthopaedic Group and CEO of the Lodge at Keene Street, joined Becker's ASC Review to discuss his biggest concerns in the upcoming year. 
  7. Embracing transparency: 2 Wisconsin health systems make comparing costs easy

    Bellin Health and Prevea Health, both based in Green Bay, Wis., are introducing online tools to compare costs between their hospitals and new ASCs, Green Bay Press Gazette reported Jan. 27.
  8. Female OB/GYNs earn 19.6% less than men: 10 pay gap findings

    Otolaryngology is the specialty with the widest gender pay gap, according to the Physicians Thrive 2022 "Physician Compensation Report." 
  9. Blaine Labs recalls RevitaDerm wound gel over bacteria contamination

    Blaine Labs is recalling one lot of RevitaDerm wound care gel over a bottle that was found to be contaminated with Bacillus cereus.

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