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  1. Texas physician who 'gives other physicians a bad name' pleads guilty to over-prescribing, fraud

    Denton, Texas-based physician Stanley Charles Evans, MD, has pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking violations, the U.S. Justice Department said Sept. 12. 
  2. What CRNAs are paid hourly in all 50 states

    The average hourly pay for nurse anesthetists in the U.S. is $97.34, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics occupational employment statistics survey.
  3. Johnson & Johnson launches contact lenses for 'digitally intense' lifestyles

    Johnson & Johnson Vision Care has announced the launch of its new Acuvue Oasys Max 1-day contact lenses, designed with TearStable technology and OptiBlue, a blue light filtering technology. 

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  1. Kelsey-Sebold to open 165,000-square-foot Texas campus with ASC

    Kelsey-Sebold plans to open a 165,000-square-foot medical campus in Spring, Texas, that will include an ASC, a cancer center, and offer primary and specialty care services. 
  2. 10 of the biggest GI deals in 2022

    Here are 10 of the biggest gastroenterology deals since Jan. 1:
  3. Want to improve patient satisfaction? 3 front end processes surgical organizations should review

    In today’s competitive healthcare environment, building a successful ASC begins with creating a patient experience that differentiates your surgery center from the competition. Establishing a process to address patient expectations and improve patient satisfaction increases the likelihood of new patient consultations converting into booked appointments. Since your front desk staff and front end procedures are the initial touchpoint for patients -- be it over the phone, online, or when they walk through your door -- here are three best practices to ensure your facility makes a positive first impression to increase the likelihood of a patient booking a surgery. 
  4. Billings Clinic to open 140,000SF multispecialty clinic with ASC

    Billings Clinic in Bozeman, Mont., opened a 140,000-square-foot multispecialty clinic on Sept. 13, according to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. 

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  1. Physicians urge CMS to ease medical practice burdens

    The Medical Group Management Association on Sept. 12 penned a letter to CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure asking for certain provisions to be implemented to ease the economic burdens on physician practices.
  2. Aetna in the headlines: 7 updates in 30 days

    Aetna, a CVS Health company, insures about 39 million people.
  3. Anesthesia services agreements need an update, CEO says

    As anesthesia services grow and change, anesthesia provider service agreements need to clarify three important things in their contracts with hospitals, according to MiraMed CEO Tony Mira in a Sept. 7 op-ed: responsibilities, risks and rewards. 
  4. 4 recent studies for ASC leaders to know

    Recent studies have found low value for fast-tracked drugs and underrepresentation in medical research.

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  1. Top 10 ophthalmology residency programs, ranked by physicians

    Physicians ranked the University of Miami's Bascom Palmer Eye Institute as the best ophthalmology residency program, according to Doximity's 2022-2023 Residency Navigator.
  2. 10 spine ASCs to know

    There are more than 3,500 orthopedic ASCs in the U.S., according to 2021 CMS figures, but many of them do not offer spine surgery.
  3. Physician medical group deals jump 145%: 3 stats

    Physician medical groups are increasingly consolidating, a trend exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to VMG Health's "Annual Healthcare M&A Report 2022." 
  4. ASC industry remains fragmented amid increasing healthcare consolidation

    Despite increasing healthcare consolidation, the ASC industry has remained fragmented, independent surgery centers remaining in the majority as the driver of low costs. 
  5. Hourly nurse pay for all 50 states | 2022

    The average hourly pay for nurses in the U.S. is $39.78 for registered nurses and $56.75 for nurse practitioners, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics occupational employment statistics survey.
  6. Cost of 4 cardiology procedures at ASCs vs. HOPDs

    Costs of procedures vary between ASCs and HOPDs, with cardiology procedures for those with original Medicare and no supplement usually being cheaper at ASCs, according to data from Medicare.gov.
  7. Cost of 6 ophthalmology procedures at ASCs vs. HOPDs

    Costs of procedures vary between ASCs and HOPDs, with ophthalmology procedures for those with original Medicare and no supplement being cheaper at ASCs, according to data from Medicare.gov.
  8. CVS Health: 4 moves in 30 days

    Here are four moves from CVS Health since Aug. 16:
  9. 'It is a conveyor belt': 5 thoughts on the downside to physician employment

    In its 2022 "Employed Physicians Report," Medscape surveyed more than 1,350 physicians employed by healthcare organizations, hospitals, large group practices, clinics or other medical groups about their jobs.  

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