Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. GI partnerships, acquisitions and openings: 9 industry updates

    GI companies have been busy in the past month, from ASC acquisitions to partnerships. 
  2. Lawsuits & expansions: 7 anesthesia updates

    U.S. Anesthesia Partners filed a lawsuit against UnitedHealthcare, and a hospital is replacing anesthesiologists with certified registered nurse anesthetists. 
  3. Michigan church converting to surgery center and spine clinic

    A church in Port Huron, Mich., is being converted into a medical center with a neurology and spine clinic, open MRI center and outpatient surgery center, local radio station WGRT reports.

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  1. Remote cardiology visits expand access for underserved patients during COVID-19

    New research shows underserved patient groups were more likely to use remote ambulatory cardiology visits during the pandemic, but these visits also saw less frequent testing and prescribing, HCPLive reported April 7. 
  2. J&J to oversee Emergent BioSolutions plant; Moderna vials can have 15 doses & more: 6 updates on the COVID-19 vaccine

    Here are six updates on the COVID-19 vaccine over the past week:
  3. 11 states projected have the most new colon, rectum cancer cases in 2021

    The American Cancer Society estimates 11 states will have more than 4,000 new colon and rectum cancer cases this year, according to its Cancer Facts & Figures 2021 report.
  4. Physician, wife and grandchildren shot, killed in South Carolina home

    A South Carolina physician and members of his family died from gunshot wounds April 7, according to a report from WCNC Charlotte, an NBC affiliate.

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  1. Maine HHS board rejects $14M ASC proposal

    A proposed ASC from Lewistown, Maine-based Central Maine Healthcare won't get a recommendation for a certificate of need, The Times Record reported April 7.
  2. Rhode Island ASC hits 300 total joint replacements milestone

    East Providence, R.I.-based East Bay Surgery Center has recorded more than 300 total joint replacements since it opened in 2019.
  3. 10 ASC administrators to know

    ASC administrators have been working diligently to manage the day-to-day operations of ASCs amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  4. ENT group with 220 specialists extends deal with Cigna

    ENT and Allergy Associates, based in Tarrytown, N.Y., signed a three-year contract extension with Cigna.

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  1. Greenway Health partners with 2 ASCs to improve revenue cycle management

    Greenway Health, a health information technology services provider, announced two new partnerships with Tucson (Ariz.) Gastroenterology and Midland (Texas) Cardiac Clinic to help the practices improve revenue cycle management.
  2. Will Biden, Congress be friendly to ASCs and physician ownership?

    The Trump administration championed competition in healthcare that benefited ASCs and accelerated the migration of more procedures from hospitals to surgery centers. Will the current administration continue these efforts and support physician ownership?
  3. PE-backed ophthalmology provider expands services in New Jersey

    Private equity-backed Sight Growth Partners, the administrative services provider for ophthalmology platform SightMD, expanded its services into New Jersey, according to an April 7 release. 
  4. NorthStar Anesthesia to provide services to new surgical hospitals, ASCs

    Irving, Texas-based NorthStar Anesthesia has expanded over the past few months to serve new hospitals, surgical centers and healthcare systems in Delaware, Montana and Texas.
  5. 9 physician billionaires in the US

    Nine physicians appeared on the Forbes 35th annual list of the richest people in the world for 2021.
  6. Starting from scratch: 2 Cardinal Health experts on opening a new ASC

    Opening a freestanding ASC or one in a medical office building is a long process that requires careful planning each step of the way.
  7. UT Health San Antonio plans medical facility with ambulatory surgery

    The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is building a major outpatient center to better serve one of the nation's fastest-growing populations. 
  8. 'Double-edged sword': 6 ASC leaders on private equity investment

    Although private equity investment provides a source of capital, some ASC leaders warn it could diminish physician control.
  9. 7 ASC moves in Arizona 

    From Walmart Express conversions to robotic surgery, here are seven ASC moves in Arizona in the past month: 

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