Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Viewpoint: An otolaryngologist's perspective on COVID-19

    Otolaryngologists were put on the front line of managing the COVID-19 pandemic as the loss of smell and taste were identified as symptoms. Otolaryngologist Jay Piccirillo, MD, shared insights about how the pandemic has affected otolaryngology for JAMA Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.
  2. 'Outpatient surgery is the future': Dr. Alexander Meininger on his practice's latest feat

    Steamboat Surgery Center in Steamboat Springs, Colo., logged its first outpatient total knee replacement Oct. 6, according to co-owner Alexander Meininger, MD.
  3. Orthopedic surgery center introduces Stryker technology — 3 details

    Bone & Joint Surgery Center in Wausau, Wis., invested in Stryker's Mako Robotic Arm, according to an Oct. 6 announcement on LinkedIn.

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  1. Florida Digestive Health Specialists expands presence

    Bradenton-based Florida Digestive Health Specialists recently opened a new location in Brandon, Fla., the Osprey Observer reports.
  2. Exactech launches wireless shoulder sensor for shoulder replacements

    Exactech launched an intraoperative wireless shoulder sensor called Equinoxe with Verasense, which was designed to allow surgeons to monitor dynamic loads on a patient's humeral insert, the company announced Oct. 6.
  3. Connecticut surgery centers make up two-thirds of top facility fee revenue generators & other stats

    The Connecticut Office of Health Strategy released its annual report on state facility fee trends, finding that statewide net patient revenues were approximately $12.4 billion.
  4. Exact Sciences extends profitable Pfizer marketing agreement

    Exact Sciences and Pfizer will extend and amend an agreement to promote Exact's non-invasive stool and DNA colorectal cancer screening test Cologuard, Exact announced Oct. 7.
  1. Arizona hospital easing visitor restrictions

    Prescott, Ariz.-based Yavapai Regional Medical Center eased patient visitor restrictions Oct. 7 to allow for visitors in select locations in the hospital, Signals reports.
  2. Orthopedic viewpoint: How the COVID-19 pandemic will accelerate value-based care

    Spine surgeon Alok Sharan, MD, wrote about value in healthcare post-COVID-19 for the Journal of Orthopedic Experience and Innovation.
  3. ASC surgeon is world's 1st to implant alert system for heart disease patients

    On Sept. 29, Kelly Tucker, MD, became the world's first physician to implant the AngelMed Guardian System.
  4. Sale falls through for physician-owned hospital in Idaho — 5 details

    A deal to sell Northwest Specialty Hospital fell through, so the Post Falls, Idaho-based facility will remain physician-owned, according to The Spokesman-Review.
  1. 4 Kansas physicians resign from hospital over CEO salary, medical interaction concerns

    Four Meade (Kan.) District Hospital physicians with concerns about the CEO's leadership and salary left the hospital, according to local news reports from KSCB and KAKE.
  2. 3 ASC experts discuss anesthesia management — 4 takeaways

    Failing to have an active management relationship with an anesthesia provider can cost ASCs money  and contribute to patient dissatisfaction. 
  3. Surgery Partners names former USPI exec chief clinical officer

    Surgery Partners named Ann Shimek, BSN, RN, CASC, senior vice president and chief clinical officer.
  4. Research on patient access in a post-COVID-19 world: 5 statistics

    Data released from the Medical Group Management Association reveal indicators about medical practices in a new report, "Benchmarking for Patient Access in a Post-COVID-19 World." Here are five key statistics:
  5. 6 must-know coding updates in 2020

    Becker's ASC Review compiled a timeline of significant medical coding updates that have been proposed or implemented so far this year:
  6. New ASC caters to dental patients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey

    A surgery center was built from the ground up in New Hope, Pa., according to The FGX Group, a construction firm involved in developing the facility.
  7. The million-dollar question for ASCs: Who should be tested for COVID-19, and when?

    During the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses' virtual meeting, Surgical Information Systems Chief Nursing Officer Ann Geier, RN, moderated a panel discussion about the challenges ASCs are facing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, OR Manager reported Sept. 30.
  8. Bristol Myers Squibb to acquire MyoKardia in $13.1 billion deal

    New York City-based pharmaceutical company Bristol Myers Squibb and Brisbane, Calif.-based biopharmaceutical company MyoKardia announced a multibillion-dollar merger, according to an Oct. 5 press release.
  9. Wisconsin pain practice pays $1 million in federal kickback settlement

    Greenfield, Wis.-based Advanced Pain Management paid $1 million to settle a federal lawsuit alleging kickback payments before filing for receivership, according to an Oct. 5 report from the Milwaukee Business Journal.

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