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  1. Michigan physician convicted of $1.8M fraud scheme 

    Oakland County, Mich.-based podiatrist Kenneth Mitchell, DPM, was convicted for his role in a $1.8 million healthcare fraud scheme after billing Medicare under another physician's name, the U.S. Justice Department said Sept. 16. 
  2. US Eye adds 64th practice location

    US Eye has added Myrtle Beach, S.C.-based Eastern Eye Care to its network of practices, now operating 64 practices and five ASCs in the Southeastern U.S. 
  3. UC Davis receives $4M for glaucoma research

    Entrepreneur Daryl Geweke has donated $4 million to the Sacramento, Calif.-based UC Davis Health Eye Center to endow two ophthalmology professors to continue their research on glaucoma treatment. 

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  1. 10 US cities with the highest inflation rates

    The U.S. inflation rate rose 8.3 percent in August, with states in the southeast and southwest being hit the hardest according to a Sept. 17 report from CNBC. 
  2. ASC owners can expect to face higher energy bills this winter

    The U.S. Treasury Secretary has warned Americans that another price spike for gasoline is coming this winter, which could cause heating bill costs to rise for homes and businesses, according to a Sept. 16 report from USA Today. 
  3. Calif. hospital building ASC with $712M project

    Mission Viejo, Calif.-based Providence Mission Hospital is building a multispecialty ASC as part of an expansion project.
  4. 16 gastroenterology updates

    From celebrities receiving colonoscopies to a $785 million physician-led buyout, here are 16 gastroenterology stories Becker's has reported on since Aug. 29:

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  1. UCSF recruiting patients for robotic colorectal surgery trial

    UCSF Health is recruiting patients for a clinical trial studying the use of single port robotic technology for colorectal surgery in the U.S.
  2. 7 GI developments this month

    From the sale of GI Alliance to a new Crohn's disease test, here are seven GI developments that our readers are keeping an eye on in September. 
  3. Women in GI Network advocates for industry equality

    In 2021, Miami-based Gastro Health launched the Women in GI Network, led by Asma Khapra, MD, to promote gender equity in gastroenterology, according to a Sept. 16 press release sent to Becker's. 
  4. Medical student loan forgiveness may be taxed in 7 states

    While the Biden administration's student loan forgiveness program will not tax loan forgiveness federally, several US states, including Indiana, have announced their intentions to tax forgiveness at a state level according to a Sept. 8 report from CNBC.

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  1. Number of ASCs in the 10 most, least populated U.S. states

    California currently tops the list of states with the highest number of ASCs, reaching 845. California is also the most populated state in the nation, according to 2022 population data. 
  2. Why orthopedics is the golden ticket for ASCs

    Orthopedics may be ASCs' best option for running a profitable and successful center.
  3. Personal healthcare cost increase by region from 1991-2020

    The average annual cost of personal healthcare expenditures by region grew everywhere in the U.S. since 1991, with the Rocky Mountain region seeing the highest annual increase rate on average according to data from the CMS. 
  4. Employed physician salary: 13 stats

    Medscape's 2022 "Employed Physicians Report" surveyed more than 1,350 physicians employed by healthcare organizations, hospitals, large group practices, clinics or other medical groups about their jobs.
  5. Michigan physician who tried fleeing to Mexico gets 4 years prison 

    Dearborn, Mich.-based physician Tete Oniango, MD, was sentenced to four years in prison after prescribing 12,500 opioid pills to patients without medical reasoning, M Live reported Sept. 15. 
  6. The downsides to the No Surprises Act's dispute resolution process 

    The No Surprises Act was designed to remove the costs of out-of-network providers as a barrier to patient care, but its independent dispute process has been an obstacle, Tony Mira, CEO of Anesthesia Business Consultants, wrote in an August blog post. 
  7. Waud Capital sells controlling ownership stake in GI Alliance

    Waud Capital Partners LLC. has sold its controlling ownership stake in the nation's largest GI practice management company, GI Alliance. 
  8. Ryan Reynolds, Rob McElhenney get colonoscopies on camera

    Actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney recorded themselves receiving colonoscopies to raise awareness of increasing colon cancer diagnoses among people younger than 50, CNN reported Sept. 14.
  9. 17 hospitals ranked top 25 gastroenterology hospitals 3+ years in a row

    Every year, U.S. News & World Report releases a ranking of the top hospitals for gastroenterology worldwide. In 2021, 2022 and 2023, a total of 17 hospitals were ranked in the top 25 for all three years. 

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