Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Independence Blue Cross lowers colorectal cancer screening coverage age to 45

    Independence Blue Cross now covers and recommends preventive colorectal cancer screening for members beginning at age 45, the company said Sept. 13 in an email release.
  2. 2 orthopedic surgeons open Idaho ASC

    Physicians Joseph Liljenquist, MD, and Brigham Redd, MD, are opening an ASC on Sept. 24 in Idaho Falls, Idaho, the center announced Sept. 12.
  3. Stark regs tightened on physician group pay for ancillaries: 5 details

    The Stark regulations governing pay methodology for ancillary services in group practices will change Jan. 1, prompting some organizations to rewrite their policies.
  1. $17B coming for physician groups with pandemic revenue losses, HHS says

    HHS made $17 billion funds available for physician groups and other healthcare providers that reported revenue loss during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. Biden mandates vaccine for federal workers & more: 7 updates

    CMS plans to require ASCs to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for employees. 
  3. 'This is a time for ASCs to thrive,' surgeon says on the looming physician shortage

    More than 2 of 5 active physicians will be older than 65 in the next decade, but one surgeon said he thinks this could be a benefit for practicing physicians.
  4. Oregon ASC real estate sold

    A medical office building dubbed the Tualatin (Ore.) Surgery Center was sold, according to Ethos Commercial Advisors, the agent who advised the seller.

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  1. Texas surgeon, ASC debut new spinal cord stimulator 

    Suzanne Manzi, MD, co-founder of Houston-based Performance Pain & Sports Medicine, implanted her first patient with Medtronic's Vanta spinal cord stimulator. 
  2. GI provider waited 'months' to tell 161,000+ patients they were exposed in ransomware attack 

    Houston-based Gastroenterology Consultants allegedly waited months before informing the more than 161,000 patients that their data was exposed in ransomware attack, KHOU 11 reported Sept. 9. 
  3. MultiCare plans 2-story Washington ASC 

    Tacoma, Wash.-based MultiCare Health System is proposing an ASC in Lacey, Wash., The Olympian reported Sept. 10. 
  4. CEO expects aging physician population to impact anesthesiologists

    Adam Spiegel, CEO of NorthStar Anesthesia, spoke with Becker's ASC Review on how physician shortages will affect anesthesiologists. 

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  1. EyeSouth adds 25th practice

    EyeSouth Partners gained its 25th practice affiliation with the addition of the Eye Center of St. Augustine (Fla.) to its network.
  2. Physician admits to stealing more than $500K from New Jersey practice

    Walter Sytnik, DO, of Voorhees, N.J., admitted Sept. 9 to defrauding his former employer, an unnamed New Jersey medical practice, to the tune of more than $500,000. Dr. Voorhees stole checks from the practice and used them to pay personal expenses.
  3. CMS to mandate ASC employees get COVID-19 vaccine or risk losing payment

    CMS plans to require ASCs, along with all other healthcare providers, to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for staff as a condition of participating in Medicare.
  4. 6 surgical innovations defining ASCs

    The ASC industry has seen distinct surgical advancements in specialties such as cardiology and spine, allowing for more procedures to move to the outpatient setting. 
  5. 6 Kaiser Permanente ASC moves 

    Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente has seen measured ASC growth in the past few years. In 2021, the health system has opened or announced at least three ASCs. 
  6. 9 ASC acquisitions in August

    A roundup of ASC purchases making news this month:
  7. 'Do we invest in more, or do we retire?': What we heard this week

    Physicians spoke with Becker's about several topics this week, including physician shortages and growth opportunities for anesthesiology.
  8. Key cardiology updates for ASC leaders

    The American College of Cardiology named Candice Silversides, MD, editor-in-chief of its newest journal. 
  9. 5 physicians leading top hospitals' GI departments

    Here are the gastroenterologists leading the GI departments for U.S. News & World Report's top five hospitals for gastroenterology and GI surgery in 2021-22.

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