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  1. Highmark Health taps 2 for board — 4 insights

    Highmark Health added former JPMorgan executive Debbie Demchak and former Richard King Mellon Foundation director Scott Izzo to its board.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. Anchor Health Properties acquires Atlanta medical office building — 3 insights

    Anchor Health Properties grew its Atlanta presence by acquiring a 43,000-square-foot medical office building in Johns Creek, Ga., through a joint venture with a Carlyle Group affiliate.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. Work continues on Michigan hospital's expansion

    Work is progressing on St. Joseph, Mich.-based Lakeland Medical Center's Pavilion project, local news affiliate ABC 57 reports.  By Eric Oliver -

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  1. How OptumCare aims to become a $100B business in the next 10 years

    UnitedHealth Group plans to grow OptumCare, which includes Surgical Care Affiliates, from a $16 billion business into a $100 billion business, according to the Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal.   By Laura Dyrda -
  2. SurgCenter readies to open 5th Michigan ASC & more — 8 ASC industry notes

    Here are eight updates on ASC companies and industry-relevant companies to note:  By Eric Oliver -
  3. Trend spotlight: Total joint replacement in ASCs

    The outmigration of total joint cases isn't slowing down anytime soon, according to Michael Redler, MD, who spoke to Becker's ASC Review in May.  By Angie Stewart -
  4. Smartphone app lowers opioid use after knee replacement, study says — 4 takeaways

    Patients who used a smartphone app reduced their opioid use after total knee replacement surgery, according to a study presented at Euroanaesthesia in Vienna, Austria, June 1-3.  By Angie Stewart -

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  1. A growing phenomenon — 4 stories on early-onset CRC, screening

    Increasing early-onset colorectal cancer rates around the world are befuddling researchers as they struggle to identify what's causing the spikes.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. Fox Eye Surgery plans to spend nearly $90K on outpatient facility

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based Fox Eye Surgery gained approval to establish an outpatient facility for nearly nine times the original cost, according the State Health Facilities Council's report of projects reviewed in fiscal year 2018.  By Angie Stewart -
  3. Dental surgical center to replace 'long-time eyesore' — 3 insights

    Two dentists won approval to build a surgery center in Milford, Conn., Patch reports.  By Angie Stewart -
  4. ASC supply chain tip of the day: Focus on case costing

    Physician preference items can account for a majority of an ASC's supply chain costs, according to Ann Castro, BroadJump's vice president of non-acute sales.  By Rachel Popa -

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  1. The changing bundled payment landscape for ASCs — What to know about risk, payers & future trends

    The shift to value-based care and the movement away from fee-for-service payments has spurred growth in the adoption of bundled payment models. CMS and private insurers are focusing on reducing costs while maintaining care quality, paving the way for bundled payment adoption in the healthcare system.  By Rachel Popa -
  2. How ASC acquisitions may change over the next year

    ASC acquisitions may increase over the next 12 months, according to the 2019 ASC Valuation Survey by HealthCare Appraisers.  By Rachel Popa -
  3. Georgia hospital partners with surgery center — 4 insights

    Piedmont Athens (Ga.) Regional Medical Center partnered with Surgery Center of Athens to expand its surgical services, local news affiliate WGAU reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. 10 challenges nurses face on the job

    Nurses have some of the most stressful jobs in the U.S., according to Business Insider.  By Rachel Popa -
  5. 10 specialties where 28% or more of physicians report net worth under $500K

    Physicians specializing in internal medicine and pediatrics are typically compensated less than specialists and that could affect their net worth, according to Medscape's 2019 physician wealth and debt report.  By Rachel Popa -
  6. Monitor these 3 ASC revenue cycle areas to improve cash flow

    Performing ASC revenue cycle audits can help staff identify areas of improvement, according to ASC billing company Serbin Medical BIlling.  By Rachel Popa -
  7. AAAHC releases online resource for educational tools

    The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care has launched 1095 Learn, an online education portal supporting the association's 1095 Strong initiative encouraging quality improvement for accredited organizations.  By Rachel Popa -
  8. Oklahoma hospital expanding surgery center — 3 insights

    Stillwater (Okla.) Medical Center is drafting plans to expand Stillwater Surgery Center West, the Stillwater News Press reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  9. More medical office buildings expected for Phoenix — 4 insights

    A real estate management analyst believes demand for outpatient medical office buildings in Phoenix will continue to grow in the coming years, local radio station KJZZ reports.  By Eric Oliver -

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