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  1. US Eye adds 2 practices, ASCs

    Sarasota, Fla.-based US Eye recently added two practices based in South Carolina and Virginia to its network, bringing the organization's footprint to more than 50 affiliated practices.
  2. Alabama heart ASC tabled amid opposition

    The Heart & Vascular Institute of Alabama in Montgomery has set aside its request to open an ASC for endovascular and cardiac catheterization procedures amid opposition from several hospitals and other organizations, according to business law publication Lexology.
  3. Stark Law in 2021: 4 updates for ASCs

    From rules governing referrals for family members to compensation, here are four Stark Law updates from 2021 that ASC leaders need to know:
  1. How US physician net worth compares to physician net worth in other countries

    Physicians in the U.S. on average have far a higher net worth than physicians in many other countries, according to Medscape's "International Physician Compensation Report."
  2. HCA Healthcare chief nurse executive to retire after 30 years

    Jane Englebright, PhD, will retire as senior vice president and chief nurse executive of HCA Healthcare at the end of the year after nearly 30 years with the organization.
  3. Virginia medical office building, ASC sell for $52M 

    JLL Income Property Trust acquired a medical office building with an ASC in Richmond, Va., for about $52 million, the company said Sept. 16. 
  4. Battling storm damage, a global pandemic: Texas ASC's biggest accomplishments

    Kayla Schneeweiss-Keene, the administrator of Humble, Texas-based Mann Cataract Surgery Center, spoke with Becker's ASC Review about how her center dealt with storm damage amid the pandemic. 

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  1. Healthcare accreditation panel mandates COVID-19 vaccinations for surveyors

    The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care is mandating COVID-19 vaccines for its surveyors, the organization said Sept. 15.
  2. Retina Consultants of America adds Tennessee practice

    Southlake, Texas-based Retina Consultants of America added Tennessee Retina to its network, Edgemont Partners, the firm that advised the transaction, said Sept. 15.
  3. Vision Innovation Partners adds 5-office practice, ASC in Pennsylvania

    Annapolis, Md.-based Vision Innovation Partners completed its 19th acquisition with the addition of Ophthalmic Associates to its network, the company said Sept. 16.
  4. 'It is important not to let our guard down': What we heard this week

    Physicians spoke with Becker's on a number of topics this week, including vaccine mandates and staffing challenges.

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  1. USPI, SCA and Surgery Partners growth plans: 15 notes

    Three of the largest ASC chains in the U.S. have added physicians and centers to their network and have ambitious growth plans.
  2. Staffing shortages closing hospital beds: What ASCs need to know

    Staffing shortages have reached a peak at many hospitals and health systems nationwide amid the latest COVID-19 surge, with some closing beds and fearing shutdown. 
  3. Ground broken on Georgia medical building housing cardiology practice; ASC planned

    Construction began on a medical building that will house a cardiology practice in Stockbridge, Ga., Henry County Times reported Sept. 16. 
  4. NY's No. 1 ASC inks bundled payment partnership

    New York City-based Gramercy Surgery Center and ValueHealth are teaming up to expand value-based surgical care access, the companies announced Sept. 16. 
  5. Missouri community health center converting grocery store to ASC 

    Springfield, Mo.-based Jordan Valley Community Health Center is renovating a former Price Cutter grocery store into an ASC, SBJ Publishing reported Sept. 15. 
  6. States projected to face most, least physician competition by 2028 & more: 6 recent stats to know

    Physician assistant employment is projected to grow by 31 percent from 2020 to 2030, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 
  7. ASCs, payers ramp up bundled payment initiatives as drive to value-based care continues

    Several payers are expanding bundled payment programs this year as studies continue to document the cost savings that payers, providers and patients can achieve through well-organized value-based initiatives.
  8. Physician admits to $3.6M billing fraud, pocketing COVID-19 relief funds: 6 details

    A New York ophthalmologist pleaded guilty to collecting millions of dollars related to upcoding and fraudulently obtaining two government-guaranteed loans meant for COVID-19 pandemic relief, the U.S. Justice Department said this week.
  9. 14 hospitals opening ASCs in August

    Here are 14 hospitals and health systems that opened or announced plans for an ASC in August:

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