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  1. BCBS claims proposal could lower healthcare costs by $767B

    The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association made healthcare policy recommendations that the group claimed may reduce medical costs in the U.S. by $767 billion over 10 years.
  2. AMA opposes New Jersey bill that would expand scope of practice for advanced practice nurses

    New Jersey lawmakers are considering legislation that would give certified registered nurse anesthetists the ability to provide anesthesia without a physician present, according to a Jan. 25 report from the American Medical Association. 
  3. Gastro Health, GI Alliance and more: Who had the most transactions in 2022?

    Becker's reported on eight Gastro Health transactions in 2022.

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  1. The 4 fastest-growing healthcare jobs 

    Nurse practitioners, medical and health services managers, and physician assistants are among the top 20 fastest growing jobs, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report.
  2. 6 pediatric ASC, GI updates in 60 days

    From a pediatric accreditation to a new anesthesiology division, here are six pediatric updates Becker's has reported on since Dec. 12. 
  3. What hospitals raising nurse pay could mean for ASCs 

    Some hospitals have been raising nurse pay, which could mean ASCs will have even more difficulty recruiting staff. 
  4. Pennsylvania physician sentenced to 2 years for 'pill mill'

    Pain management physician Dr. Yutong Zhang, has been sentenced to two years in prison and three years of supervised release for operating his Wayne, Pa.-based practice as a "pill mill," the Justice Department said Jan. 20. 

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  1. CVS Health in the headlines: 8 updates in 2023

    Here are eight updates from CVS Health since Jan. 3:
  2. Cardiovascular Associates of America adds VP of ASC development

    Private equity backed Cardiovascular Associates of America has added Travis Stamper as its vice president of ASC development, effective immediately. 
  3. AVP affiliate Southwestern Eye Center moves to expanded Arizona location

    American Vision Partners affiliate Southwestern Eye Center is moving its Maryvale, Ariz., location to a new, expanded space in Glendale, Ariz. 
  4. Wolf Capital renovating Texas medical office building

    Wolf Capital Partners is beginning extensive renovations on its recently acquired Houston medical office building previously known as Heights Medical Tower, according to a Jan. 25 report from ConnectCRE.

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  1. Surgical Directions appoints new heads of anesthesia

    Anesthesia services company Surgical Directions has appointed Robert Johnson as its managing director of anesthesia and Mark Penkhus as its strategic executive adviser. 
  2. Buffalo ASC debuts Bear implant

    The team at Buffalo (N.Y.) Surgery Center, which is partnered with Orchard Park, N.Y.-based Excelsior Orthopedics, completed the first BEAR implant procedure in the city, according to a Jan. 24 tweet from Westborough, Mass.-based Miach Orthopedics. 
  3. Kroger launches personalized medicine trial for gut and immune health

    Kroger Health, the healthcare division of national grocery chain Kroger Co., has begun active recruitment for colorectal cancer gut and immune health observation.
  4. Anesthesia group honored by The Joint Commission, National Quality Forum

    Northern American Partners in Anesthesia has been named a 2022 Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award recipient on behalf of the National Quality Forum and The Joint Commission. 
  5. West Virginia cardiology center earns top quality honor

    Weirton (W.Va.) Medical Center has been named the top cardiology program in the state by hospital quality reviewer Carechex, according to a Jan. 24 report from NBC/Fox affiliate WTOV9. 
  6. Gayle King gets colonoscopy, urges others to follow suit

    Gayle King, CBS Mornings co-host and editor-at-large at Oprah Daily, shared via Instagram that she received a colonoscopy and has encouraged others to follow suit. 
  7. Virginia lawmakers push for greater coverage of colon cancer screening costs

    The Virginia House of Delegates is pushing to pass a bill that would require health insurance companies to cover all costs for colorectal cancer screenings ABC affiliate WSET reported Jan. 24. 
  8. GI Alliance in 2023: 2 notes

    Here are two things to know about Southlake, Texas-based GI Aliiance going in to 2023.
  9. SCA Health, Optum's solid start to 2023: 4 updates

    Here are four updates on Optum and its Deerfield, Ill.-based affiliate, SCA Health.

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