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  1. GI Alliance continues rapid growth with Arizona Digestive Health partnership — 3 insights

    Dallas-based GI Alliance entered into a partnership with Phoenix-based Arizona Digestive Health, growing its affiliated network to more than 275 physicians in four states.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. University of Tennessee Medical Center, OrthoTennessee partner to open surgery center — 3 insights

    University of Tennessee Medical Center and OrthoTennessee are partnering to open an orthopedic surgery center near the university's main campus, local NBC affiliate 10News reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. Hackensack Meridian acquiring independent hospital, ambulatory care sites — 3 insights

    Hackensack Meridian Health will acquire Englewood Health, one of a waning number of independent hospitals in New Jersey, NorthJersey.com reports.  By Eric Oliver -

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  1. AHA rallies against CMS proposal to allow cardiac, total knee surgeries in ASCs

    The American Hospital Association sent a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, arguing against a CMS proposed rule that would allow Medicare beneficiaries to undergo total knee replacements and some cardiac procedures at ASCs.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. Eye surgery center offering new implant for cataract surgery

    Surgeons at the Horizon Eye Specialists & Lasik Center in Scottsdale, Ariz., are now offering a trifocal lens implant for cataract surgery.  By Rachel Popa -
  3. Illinois Bone & Joint Institute to cut ribbon on 3rd location this year

    Illinois Bone & Joint Institute, a physician-owned orthopedic practice, will host a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house at its new location in Palatine, Ill., Oct. 29, according to Patch.  By Rachel Popa -
  4. 7 new ophthalmology centers in 2019

    Here are seven ophthalmology centers opened or announced in 2019:  By Rachel Popa -

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  1. ASC supply chain tip of the day: Handle PPIs

    Some items are "must-haves" because they make physicians' jobs easier, according to Beverly Bryant, RN, administrator and director of Yuma (Ariz.) Endoscopy Center.  By Rachel Popa -
  2. How income compares for salaried vs. hourly-paid nurses

    Medscape released its 2019 RN/LPN compensation report.  By Rachel Popa -
  3. 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 -
  4. 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. Helene Levenson, RN, BSN, senior consultant of clinical operations at Cardinal Health, and Meredith Warf, administrator for The Surgery Center at Mississippi Sports Medicine, explored how the practice developed the new expansion facility to enhance the patient experience and capitalize on the expanding outpatient portfolio during a Sept. 11 webinar hosted by Becker's ASC Review and sponsored by Cardinal Health.  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 -
  5. 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 -
  6. 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 -
  7. 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 -
  8. 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 -
  9. 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 -

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