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  1. USPI deployed $120M on acquisitions in 2018 so far, and more to come

    For the second quarter of 2018, United Surgical Partners International reported strong net operating revenues at $531 million, a 12.5 percent increase from the same period last year.  By Laura Dyrda -
  2. Arete Surgical Center completes 1st case with Mazor Robotics' system — 4 things to know

    Johnston, Colo.-based Arete Surgical Center completed its first spine procedure with the Mazor Robotics Renaissance system.  By Shayna Korol -
  3. Recouping revenue without reengineering workflow: Part two

    Short-staffed in IT and the business office, ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and other providers often seek ways to increase profitability without disrupting workflow or adding resource hours. Part one of this revenue cycle management (RCM) series focused on pre-registration, medical necessity checks, appointment call abandon rate, aged accounts receivable (A/R) and charge description master review as areas to recoup lost dollars. Part two will shed light on five additional tactics to recover revenue.  By Joncé Smith, Vice President of Revenue Cycle Management for Stoltenberg Consulting, Inc. -

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  1. Why a New York-based gastroenterologist just acquired board certification in obesity medicine

    Anthony Starpoli, MD, a gastroenterologist based in New York City, discusses the biggest challenges and opportunities in GI today.  By Laura Dyrda -
  2. Exact Sciences, RedHill Biopharma & more — 3 GI company key notes

    Here are three updates on GI companies from the past week:  By Rachel Popa -
  3. ASA wins workplace honor during 'challenging' time for recruitment — 4 facts

    B&B Programs named the American Society of Anesthesiologists among the 2018 Chicago Best and Brightest Companies to Work For.  By Angie Stewart -
  4. Catalyst HRE acquires $150M healthcare portfolio with surgery centers

    Pensacola, Fla.-based Catalyst Healthcare Real Estate acquired a 21-property healthcare portfolio for $150 million, Rebusiness Online reported.  By Rachel Popa -

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  1. Physician sentenced to 18 months in prison for $30M Medicare, Medicaid fraud: 6 key facts

    U.S. District Judge Lorna G. Schofield sentenced Mustak Y. Vaid, MD, to 18 months in prison for participating in a $30 million scheme to defraud Medicare and the New York State Medicaid program.  By Rachel Popa -
  2. 3 things to know about The Center for Ambulatory Surgery's new director of operations

    Mountainside, N.J.-based The Center for Ambulatory Surgery appointed Todd Everhart, RN, BSN, as its new director of operations, the Buffalo News reported.  By Rachel Popa -
  3. Actor Matthew Perry undergoes tracheostomy in Los Angeles hospital — 5 insights

    Former "Friends" star Matthew Perry underwent surgery to repair a gastrointestinal perforation, Radar Online reports.  By Angie Stewart -
  4. Industry-wide multiples are up 1.5x in Q2 — Here's how they look for ambulatory care

    The healthcare sector saw a general increase in mean EV/EBITDA multiples over the past year, and ambulatory care was no exception, PwC reports.  By Angie Stewart -
  1. SimplifyASC secures 'substantial investment' — 5 insights

    Jumpstart Capital made a Series A investment in ASC EHR and practice management software developer SimplifyASC.  By Angie Stewart -
  2. 667 Southwestern Eye Center patients sent refund checks with wrong name — 5 details

    Refund checks mailed to 667 patients on behalf of Mesa, Ariz.-based Southwestern Eye Center were made out to the wrong people, the center reported.  By Angie Stewart -
  3. This is how states rank in access to healthcare

    WalletHub released its 2018 Best & Worst States for Health Care study, analyzing several relevant metrics to determine which states had the best healthcare systems.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. Platinum Dermatology Partners adds 3rd Arizona practice — 4 insights

    Dallas-based Platinum Dermatology expanded its Arizona network by adding Paradise Valley, Ariz.-based Van Dyke Aesthetics.  By Eric Oliver -
  5. Trilliant Health closes $12M funding round — 3 insights

    Healthcare analytics company Trilliant Health closed a $12 million funding round to continue building its analytics platform, the Nashville Business Journal reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  6. Former SCA executive Kelly Ruiz joins California hospital — 4 insights

    Laguna Hills, Calif.-based MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center named Kelli Ruiz vice president of business development.  By Eric Oliver -
  7. 190+ ASCs with total joint replacement by state

    Here are more than 215 surgery centers that perform total knee and hip replacements, arranged by state.  By Laura Dyrda -
  8. The political and regulatory landscape for ASCs: 5 key questions with ASCA CEO William Prentice

    CMS released the 2019 proposed payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) in late July, with the comment period open through Sept. 24. Among the changes, CMS proposed increasing ASC reimbursement by 2 percent and aligning the update factors between ASCs and HOPDs. The update also would:  By Laura Dyrda -
  9. Dr. William Karnes: Key trends and challenges in GI today

    William E. Karnes, MD, a gastroenterologist with the University of California, Irvine, discusses the biggest challenges and opportunities for gastroenterologists today.  By Laura Dyrda -

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