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  1. Where anesthesia reimbursements are falling short

    Anesthesiologist reimbursements are sinking as a provider shortage plagues ASCs and hospitals nationwide. 
  2. Medicare Advantage scrutinized in Congress amid 'strong desire' to attack the problem

    Medicare Advantage plans have garnered animosity from providers due to the restrictive approval processes for needed services.
  3. 76 physicians charged in $2.7B fraud schemes

    The Justice Department charged 193 people, including 76 physicians, for their alleged roles in fraud schemes nationwide.

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  1. United Digestive's 5-year recap: 20+ moves

    Atlanta-based United Digestive has more than 60 clinics, 22 ASCs and 300 physicians across Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina. 
  2. How physician assistant pay stacks up against inflation

    The average annual salary for physician assistants increased by 4.1% between 2023 and 2024, while inflation is currently down by 19.5%.
  3. OptumRx to pay $20M to resolve claims it violated the Controlled Substances Act 

    OptumRx, Optum's pharmacy benefit management company, has agreed to pay $20 million to settle allegations it improperly filled certain opioid prescriptions, violating the Controlled Substances Act.
  4. Prior authorizations lead to delays in retina care: Study

    The majority of prior authorizations for ophthalmology patients seeking anti-vascular endothelial growth factor medications have been linked to delays in care, according to a June 27 study published in JAMA Ophthalmology. 

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  1. Optum, Steward physician group deal called off

    Optum, parent company of ASC chain SCA Health, has called off its plan to acquire financially troubled Steward Health Care's 1,700-physician group, The Boston Globe reported June 27.
  2. New Jersey medical office building evacuated following car crash

    A medical office building in Red Bank, N.J., was evacuated on the afternoon of June 27 after a car crashed into it, according to a June 27 report from Red Bank Green.
  3. The 'lopsided' physician payment system

     As physicians face high inflation rates and skyrocketing practice costs, many feel Medicare pay is insufficient. 
  4. Why cardiology is the 'inevitable' next move for ASCs

    Cardiovascular procedures are ASCs' next frontier, as more high-acuity procedures become approved for the outpatient setting. 

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  1. 3 cardiology updates

    Here are three updates on the cardiology industry, as reported by Becker's since June 10:
  2. What leaders are saying about noncompetes

    Noncompete clauses have been a divisive issue in healthcare, particularly since the Federal Trade Commission voted to ban the practice earlier this year. 
  3. The biggest threats to independent ASCs

    Independent ASCs are facing major obstacles amid increasing healthcare consolidation and shifting payer behavior. 
  4. Meritus Health opens ASC

    Hagerstown, Md.-based Meritus Health opened a new ASC in the city.
  5. Who's conducting layoffs in healthcare?

    Grappling with rising practice costs, inflation and staffing shortages has created an increasingly competitive market for health systems, practices and ASCs. Dealing with these financial headwinds has forced some care sites to lay off staff.
  6. CMS updates ASC coverage qualifications

    CMS has updated its coverage requirements for ASCs, The Joint Commission said in a June 26 news release.
  7. Solving the colonoscopy conundrum: 5 leaders' thoughts on shifting standards

    Increased demand for colonoscopies paired with declining reimbursements are pushing many gastroenterology physicians to shift strategies. 
  8. Modern Heart and Vascular Institute breaks ground on 100K-square-foot facility, seeks ASC accreditation

    Humble, Texas-based Modern Heart and Vascular Institute has broken ground on a 100,000-square-foot facility in Humble, according to a June 27 report from the Houston Business Journal. 
  9. Washington state physician sentenced for assaulting 6 patients

    A former emergency department physician at Port Angeles, Wash.-based Olympic Medical Center was sentenced to 364 days in jail for the sexual assault of six patients, Radio Pacific reported June 25. 

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