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  1. 'Medscape' survey: Pandemic pushes 1 in 4 physicians to consider early retirement

    The pandemic has prompted one-fourth of U.S. physicians to consider early retirement, according to a Medscape survey of 7,414 healthcare professionals in eight countries.
  2. Income is down for 62% of US healthcare workers, survey reveals

    Healthcare professionals around the world have seen their income drop since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Medscape survey of 7,414 respondents in eight countries.
  3. PPE shortages compound physician burnout, stress — 4 study takeaways

    Shortages of personal protective equipment are a significant contributor to burnout and stress among physicians and other healthcare professionals, according to a Medscape survey of 7,414 respondents in eight countries.

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  1. U of Florida Health's newest surgery center to focus on ENT: 4 details

      The University of Florida Health system in Gainesville completed construction on a surgery center focusing on eye and ENT care, according to an Oct. 20 report from Healthcare Construction and Operations.
  2. Smith+Nephew launches care management platform for ASCs

    Smith+Nephew plans to launch its remote physical therapy platform, Aria Home PT, for ASCs in early 2021.
  3. How Tenet, HCA Healthcare and Surgery Partners' shares performed this week

    Here's how Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare, Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare and Nashville-based Surgery Partners' shares have fluctuated over the last five days.
  4. SENTA Partners completes affiliation with South Georgia ENT center

      Atlanta-based ENT and allergy management services organization SENTA Partners sealed an affiliation between ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia and ENT of South Georgia Surgery Center — collectively called Valdosta ENT, according to an Oct. 20 press release.
  1. 2 accreditation organizations merge with aim to streamline process for providers

      The Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program will join the Accreditation Commission for Health Care to form a single company, according to an Oct. 20 statement.
  2. CMS facility RVU proposal for 26 common spine surgeries

    CMS released the 2021 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule in August, which would reduce relative value unit conversion factor from $36.09 to $32.26.
  3. 190 hospitals recognized for GI care

    Healthgrades released its Healthgrades Specialty Excellence Awards and Best Hospitals for Specialty Care report Oct. 20, recognizing several facilities for top-line care.
  4. 5 stats on pay for physicians under 40 by practice setting

    Compensation for physicians early in their careers varies by setting, with physicians under the age of 40 reporting the highest pay in office-based single-specialty practices, according to the Medscape Young Physician Compensation Report 2020.
  1. Optum reports Q3 revenues & more — 10 ASC industry notes

    Here are 10 updates on ASC companies and industry-relevant companies to note:
  2. Launching a solo practice? Here are 6 starting points

    From creating a business plan to launching a website, The Inscriber Magazine on Oct. 16 shared six guidelines for physicians dreaming of opening and running their own healthcare practices.
  3. Scripps Health opens new outpatient center — 5 facts

    San Diego, Calif.-based Scripps Health opened a new outpatient health center in Oceanside, Calif., according to an Oct. 19 report from The Coast News. Here are five things to know:
  4. Infection prevention in ASCs — 5 strategies from an AORN ambulatory specialist

    Terri Link, BSN, an ambulatory education specialist with the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, provided a step-by-step guide to infection prevention in ASCs during the 2020 AORN Virtual Global Surgical Conference, according to OR Management News.
  5. 4 ASC leaders on industry growth

    During an Oct. 14 panel led by Scott Becker at the Becker's ASC Virtual Event, industry experts gathered to discuss where they see the potential for growth in ambulatory surgery center chains.
  6. ASC leaders on top priorities during COVID-19 pandemic

    During an Oct. 15 panel led by Scott Becker at the Becker's ASC Virtual Event, industry experts gathered to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and their priorities going into 2021.
  7. 20% of young adults hospitalized for COVID-19 required intensive care, study says

    About 20 percent of young adult patients hospitalized for COVID-19 ended up in intensive care units, with 10 percent needing ventilation, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
  8. Top ASC companies: 5 leaders to know

    Here are the top five companies by number of centers in the ambulatory surgery space and the people who lead them:
  9. Mercy Hospital acquires established campus for $106M+

    Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City paid nearly $106.5 million to acquire the property where it established its Mercy Edmond (Okla.) campus, The Oklahoman reported Oct. 17.

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