Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Physician's license suspended after probe into colleague's death, medical accidents at Dallas ASC

    Anesthesiologist Raynaldo Rivera Ortiz's, MD, license has been suspended following the investigation into the death of a fellow anesthesiologist and complications several patients suffered during routine surgeries at a Dallas ASC, CBS 11 reported Sept. 9. 
  2. Eye Health America announces second partnership in Georgia

    Eye Health America has announced a partnership with West Georgia Eye Care Center, its second partnership in the state and 22nd overall. 
  3. Vial Ophthalmology expands scientific advisory board

    Vial Ophthalmology has added Paul Karpecki, OD, to its scientific advisory board as part of a continued expansion. 

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  1. Physicians enjoy career salary, flexibility: 14 fast facts on employed physicians

    According to the 2022 "Employed Physicians Report" from Medscape, the majority of career physicians are satisfied with their career hours and salary based on a survey of 1,350 physicians nationwide. 
  2. 83bar and Virgo Surgical Video Solutions partner for endoscopy clinical trial recruitment

    Patient manager 83bar has partnered with endoscopic video solutions company Virgo Surgical Video Solutions to accelerate clinical trial recruitment. 
  3. Physician shortages: Appointment wait times average nearly 4 weeks in large cities

    The time it takes to schedule a new patient physician appointment in 15 major metropolitan areas increased by 8 percent since 2017 and by 24 percent from 2004, according to Merritt Hawkins' 2022 "Survey of Physician Appointment Wait Times and Medicare and Medicaid Acceptance Rates."
  4. Healthcare Solutions Holdings to invest $68M to construct an Arizona ASC, medical complexes

    Healthcare Solutions Holdings has entered an agreement with Keith Zacher, MD, and his speciality group to invest $68 million in the opening of an ASC and 10 advance care medical complexes near Phoenix. 

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  1. UW-Madison orthopedic head steps down after proposed ASC denied

    Thomas Zdeblick, MD, who was chair of orthopedics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, resigned after his plan for a majority physician-owned ASC was denied, the Wisconsin State Journal reported Sept. 12.
  2. 10 states with the lowest ASC growth since 2020

    The number of ASCs is growing across the U.S. as patients and payers demand more outpatient surgery, but factors including regulations and population counts have left some states with dwindling ASC numbers.
  3. 10 ASC leadership milestones and moves in the last month

    Here are ASC executives who joined new practices, reached career milestones and more since Aug. 8:
  4. Cost of 5 GI procedures at ASCs vs. HOPDs

    Costs of procedures vary between ASCs and HOPDs, with GI procedures for those with original Medicare and no supplement being cheaper at ASCs, according to data from

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  1. 5 lowest-paying states for physician assistants

    The average annual salary for physician assistants in the U.S. is $119,460, according to a March 31 report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  2. Physician-owned practices outperforming hospital peers: Report

    In 2021, physicians in physician-owned practices outproduced their hospital peers in six of the seven measured specialties, according to Medical Group Management Association's September 2022 report, "Performance and Practices of Successful Medical Groups."
  3. Multispecialty practices raked in the most revenue in 2022: Report

    Multispecialty practices made the most revenue per physician in 2021 compared with other physician practice sites, according to Medical Group Management Association's Sept. 2022 report, "Performance and Practices of Successful Medical Groups."
  4. 6 new joint venture ASC deals

    Becker's has reported on six joint-venture ASC deals in the last 60 days:
  5. 6 Florida ASC updates

    Florida is one of the most active states for ASCs and medical real estate.
  6. Walgreens in the headlines: 6 updates

    Walgreens has made two significant acquisitions since Aug. 10.
  7. How staffing, telehealth can keep costs down during inflation

    Medical Colleagues of Texas, a multispecialty group in Katy, is focusing on two key areas to reduce costs during a high inflation period, according to Ethan Bing, the practice's administrator: 
  8. Physician groups outproduce hospital-owned groups in 5 of 6 specialties: report

    Physicians at physician-owned practices produced more wRVUs than those in hospital groups in 2021 in five out of six specialties evaluated, according to MGMA.
  9. 5 suits filed against UnitedHealth Group in last year: What ASCs need to know 

    Five lawsuits have been filed against healthcare giant UnitedHealth Group and its health insurance arm UnitedHealthcare in the last month — including from three ASCs. 

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