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  1. How income compares for salaried vs. hourly-paid nurses

    Medscape released its 2019 RN/LPN compensation report.  By Rachel Popa -
  2. 15 private equity deals for orthopedics, GI & ophthalmology in 2019

    Here are 15 private equity deals that have closed in the gastroenterology, ophthalmology, orthopedics and spine industries:  By Rachel Popa -
  3. Optum Q3 revenue up 13.3% to $28.8B: 5 key notes

    Optum reported a revenue and earnings increase for the third quarter, which ended on Sept. 30.  By Laura Dyrda -

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  1. The operational issues 7 ASC execs will tackle next year

    As more higher acuity cases move into the outpatient and ASC setting, many surgery centers are focused on preparing for that transition and higher volumes.  By Laura Dyrda -
  2. How Mississippi Sports Medicine designed the surgery center of the future

    The Surgery Center at Mississippi Sports Medicine in Flowood, Miss. was built with the future of healthcare in mind and the patient at heart.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. Children's surgery center gets mini gifts from Tesla

    Patients at the Lehigh Valley Reilly Children's Hospital Surgery Center can now drive themselves to the operating room in mini remote-controlled Teslas.  By Angie Stewart -
  4. ASC payer mix, procedure costs & out-of-pocket expenses — 5 statistics

    The Health Industry Distributors Association published a report with insights on ASC payer mix and procedure costs.  By Angie Stewart -

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  1. Independent physician groups own roughly 70% of ASCs + 4 more insights

    The Health Industry Distributors Association published a report analyzing the industrywide shift of surgical procedures to outpatient settings.  By Angie Stewart -
  2. 6 hospitals, health systems opening or planning ASCs

    Here are six hospitals and health systems that opened or announced ASCs in September:  By Angie Stewart -
  3. Study supports migration of outpatient surgery procedures — 4 insights

    A study across 21 Kaiser Permanente sites in Northern California supports sending patients home the day of a mastectomy, the Sonoma Index-Tribune reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. Ohio expands definition of ambulatory surgical facility — 3 details

    Ohio is expanding the definition of an "ambulatory surgical facility" to include certain hospital outpatient departments and other previously exempt facilities, according to The National Law Review.  By Angie Stewart -

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  1. Allegheny Health Network, Highmark Health open endoscopy center — 3 insights

    Pittsburgh-based providers Allegheny Health Network and Highmark Health opened AHN Center for Advanced Endoscopy at Allegheny General Hospital.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. Mayo Clinic, Exact Sciences studying Cologuard's 'real-world' influence

    Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic and Exact Sciences will begin a seven-year study to evaluate how Cologuard affects colorectal cancer screening, incidence and mortality rates.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. States that lost Medicare-certified ASCs from 2017-18

    New Mexico lost more Medicare-certified ASCs than any other state from June 2017-18, according to data from The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association.  By Angie Stewart -
  4. Optum to redirect patients after UnitedHealth drops Houston hospital system — 10 ASC industry notes

    Here are 10 updates on ASC companies and industry-relevant companies to note:  By Eric Oliver -
  5. Patient selection for outpatient cases — 4 considerations

    Hospitals and health systems should use objective, evidence-based criteria to determine whether a patient is a good candidate for outpatient surgery, according to Change Healthcare.  By Angie Stewart -
  6. Shifting procedures to the outpatient arena: 4 things to consider

    Organizations must think through logistics before migrating cases to the outpatient space, according to Change Healthcare.  By Angie Stewart -
  7. Work underway on orthopedic medical office, ASC

    Douglas Construction began work on an orthopedic medical office building in Warwick, R.I.  By Angie Stewart -
  8. Florida ASC opens 2nd OR — 3 quick points

    Florida Specialty Surgery Center opened an additional operating room, according to Abha Shah, BSN, RN, the ASC's clinical director.  By Angie Stewart -
  9. Excelsior Orthopaedics merger complete, brings group to 90 providers

    The merger of two orthopedic groups in New York is now complete.  By Laura Dyrda -

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