Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Hospitals seeking ASC joint ventures to increase profit, outpatient surgery volumes: 4 details

    Profitability, consumer trends and physician relationships are some of the top reasons hospitals own ASCs, according to a 2019 survey from outpatient healthcare group Avanza Healthcare Strategies.  By Rachel Popa -
  2. PE-backed eye practice absorbs New York practice — 4 insights

    Oceanside, N.Y.-based OCLI acquired the New Hyde Park, N.Y.-based private practice of Ronald Balkin, MD.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. Lawsuits common for surgeons, survey finds: 10 most-sued specialties

    More than half of physicians face a lawsuit at some point in their career, but only a small fraction of suits that go to trial result in a decision against the physician, according to the Medscape Medical Malpractice Report 2019.  By Angie Stewart -

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  1. Atlanta medical school plans $26.5M multispecialty ASC

    Atlanta-based Morehouse School of Medicine plans to establish a multispecialty ASC, according to a letter of intent filed Oct. 27.   By Angie Stewart -
  2. East Atlanta Eye Surgery Center plans $40K conversion

    Lawrenceville, Ga.-based East Atlanta Eye Surgery Center wants to become a single-specialty center, according to a letter of intent filed Oct. 27.  By Angie Stewart -
  3. Baptist Health imposes security measures at emergency department, outpatient entrances: 4 notes

    Visitors to Baptist Health hospitals and an outpatient surgery center in Montgomery, Ala., will be subject to new security measures that went into effect Nov. 19, Alabama News Network reports.  By Angie Stewart -
  4. Regent partners with multispecialty ASC in Anchorage

    ASC management company Regent Surgical Health entered into a joint venture with physician partners at an ASC in Anchorage, Alaska.  By Rachel Popa -
  1. How ASCs can improve infection control and meet CMS accreditation standards: 3 experts weigh in

    During a panel discussion at the Becker's ASC 26th Annual Meeting: The Business and Operations of ASCs in Chicago, three accreditation standards experts shared their thoughts on the importance of infection control and how ambulatory surgery centers can improve processes to meet accreditation standards.   By Gabrielle Masson -
  2. Surgical analytics provider inks 1st major contract under Dr. Robert Lazzara

    ORHub inked a sales contract that will add over 20,000 cases to its Surgical Spotlight platform through 2020.  By Angie Stewart -
  3. Illinois hospital honors ambulatory surgery staffer — 3 highlights

    Evelyn Campbell, an ambulatory surgery employee, was named Alton (Ill.) Memorial Hospital's November employee of the month, according to RiverBender.com.  By Angie Stewart -
  4. Why urology is a lucrative opportunity for ASCs: Dr. Brad Lerner explains

    For-profit ASCs want to offer services with both high growth potential and high net revenue per case — and urology fits the bill, according to Brad Lerner, MD, medical director of Summit ASC, a group of 16 single-specialty urology ASCs throughout Maryland.  By Angie Stewart -
  1. 3 strategies for collecting medical payments

    Creativity, technology and a patient-centered approach are important factors in collecting medical payments, according to Jim Cagliostro, clinical operations performance improvement expert at VIE Healthcare Consulting.  By Angie Stewart -
  2. Gastro Health & GI Alliance make dueling transactions & more: 5 GI industry key notes

    Here are five updates from gastroenterology companies and practices from the past week:  By Eric Oliver -
  3. 3 things to know about hospital, ASC joint ventures

    Joint ventures with physicians are hospitals' preferred method for opening ASCs, according to a 2019 survey from outpatient healthcare group Avanza Healthcare Strategies.  By Rachel Popa -
  4. OSU Wexner Medical Center eyes $43M outpatient center

    The Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center in Columbus is gearing up to buy an outpatient medical building for $43 million, according to Columbus Business First.  By Rachel Popa -
  5. The key ways ASCs can contain material costs in the OR

    Hiring a materials manager, embracing standardization and consolidating supplies is key to building a cost containment culture at ASCs.  By Rachel Popa -
  6. 20 key trends and concepts for ASCs heading into 2020

    1. From the last 10 years up to the last two years or so there’s been almost no growth in the total number of Medicare-certified surgery centers. This is largely because a lot of independent physicians already owned a surgery center or because physicians became employed by health systems and thus weren't able to invest in a surgery center.  By Scott Becker and Laura Dyrda -
  7. 4 trends and concepts on healthcare reform

    1. In terms of Health Care Reform there tends to be three major schools of thoughts or camps. There is the “Medicare for All” camp; there is the "Public Option" camp; and there’s the "free market" camp. Two thoughts on free market healthcare and Medicare for All:  By Scott Becker and Laura Dyrda -
  8. ASCs in Texas, Michigan, Tennessee closed this year

    Becker's ASC Review reported on the closing of five ASCs this year:  By Rachel Popa -
  9. The busiest three months in GI-based PE investment

    Since the first deal of the great gastroenterology private equity investment rush of the late 2010s closed in September 2016, never has a three-month span featured more activity than September to November this year. To date, three of the five major platforms have made investments, with two of the platforms making a flurry of investments since September.  By Eric Oliver -

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