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  1. Tennessee state health plans allegedly overpaid providers at least $17.58M

    State health plan administrators BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and Cigna allegedly overpaid providers at least $17.58 million, according to a claims data analysis by private firm ClaimInformatics, the Times Free Press reports.
  2. New York hospital closes elective specialty clinics

    University of Vermont Health Network-Elizabethtown (N.Y.) Community Hospital suspended operations at specialty clinics on its main campus for two weeks Aug. 28, the Press-Republican reports.
  3. 67 spine surgeries CMS may remove from the inpatient-only list in 2021

    CMS released the 2021 proposed payment rule for hospital outpatient departments and ASCs on Aug. 4.

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  1. Laser Spine Institute 18 months after closure — What happened to its $56M Tampa HQ?

    Fourteen years after opening, Tampa-based Laser Spine Institute shuttered in March 2019 following a series of financial blows and lawsuits that led to its eventual demise.
  2. Top 10 ASC articles this week — CMS proposals, transparent masks & more

    Here are the most-read stories on Becker's ASC Review the week of Aug. 24-28:
  3. Medical device recalls in Q2 reach levels not seen since 2018

    Medical device recalls jumped 31.2 percent in the second quarter, the highest level in two years, according to a new report from Stericycle Expert Solutions.
  4. Construction on $8M ASC approaches finish line

    A 40,000-square-foot, orthopedics-focused surgery center and medical office building is nearing completion in Malta, N.Y., according to BBL Construction Services, a company involved in the project.

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  1. 7 ophthalmology deals in the last 90 days

    There have been seven ophthalmology deals in the last 90 days:
  2. Three cardiologists, transplant surgeon allege they were fired after reporting patient safety issues

    Three cardiac surgeons and a transplant specialist claim whistleblower lawsuits against the hospital that they were fired from New York City-based SUNY Downstate Medical Center after reporting concerns over patient safety in its transplant program, Bklyner reports.
  3. Work progressing on Illinois physician group's ASC

    Work is progressing on Quincy (Ill.) Medical Group's ASC inside Quincy Mall, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports.
  4. Colorado hospital expanding with ASC

    Vail (Colo.) Health is building a medical health center in Dillon, Colo., that will feature a surgery center, Summit Daily reports.

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  1. SCA, Texas Health Resources, physicians building Texas ASC

    MedCore Partners is developing a joint-venture multispecialty ASC in Denton County, Texas.
  2. 4 insights into cardiology compensation

    Median salaries for physicians specializing in cardiology are rising throughout the U.S., according to a survey from MedAxiom, which is associated with the American College of Cardiology.
  3. 20 bold predictions about the ASC industry over the next 5 years

    Twenty ASC owners, administrators and operators share one bold prediction about new specialties and procedures, mergers and acquisitions, and overall outlook for the ASC industry.
  4. How Illinois Pain Institute is targeting a possible rise in opioid reliance: 3 details

    Shutdown-related gaps in care could exacerbate the opioid epidemic, according to the Illinois Pain Institute, an independent pain practice with seven locations in the Chicagoland area.
  5. Chicago surgery center improves financial performance

    Rush SurgiCenter Chicago saw its financial performance increase after using the SNBilling revenue cycle management service, according to a study released by Surgical Notes.
  6. 79% of specialists increased telemedicine use during COVID-19

    Specialty physicians pivoted hard to telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic, with some 79 percent of specialists reporting utilization increases, according to GlobalData.
  7. Texas ASC deploys automated COVID-19 screening for visitors

    Austin, Texas-based Personique Surgery Center installed a contactless kiosk to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, as well as other transmittable viruses and diseases.
  8. Wisconsin system onboards executive director of ASCs: 5 details

    Milwaukee-based Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin installed industry veteran LoAnn Vande Leest, BSN, as executive director of ASCs.
  9. Hurricane Laura: Texas system closes ASC, 30 outpatient facilities

    Harris Health System closed 30 facilities, including the Houston-based Ambulatory Surgery Center at LBJ, in preparation for the landfall of Hurricane Laura.

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