Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Alabama physician, ASC founder dies

    ASC founder Ronald Mitchell Stewart, MD, died Jan. 8 at age 81, according to his obituary published on the Anniston Star. 
  2. Lee Health opening women's cardiology ASC

    Lee Health is opening a women’s cardiac surgery center at its Fort Myers, Fla.-based Shipley Cardiothoracic Center in February, Naples Daily News reported Jan. 12. 
  3. 11-building portfolio with ASCs sold to Chicago investment firm

    An 11-building portfolio of medical offices in Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, North Carolina, North Dakota and Wisconsin was sold by real estate manager Ryan Companies, the Minneapolis/St.Paul Business Journal reported Jan. 10.
  1. Physician ranked best job that pays more than $100K

    Healthcare jobs made up a majority of the top-ranked jobs that pay more than $100,000 annually, according to a U.S. News & World Report list released Jan. 11.
  2. 'Campaign of intimidation' forced physicians into restrictive employment, lawsuit alleges

    Hartford, Conn.-based Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center filed a lawsuit Jan. 11 that alleges Hartford HealthCare used anticompetitive tactics to acquire physician practices.
  3. 12+ health systems, hospitals delaying nonurgent surgeries in the last week

    As another COVID-19 variant surges across the country, here are hospitals and health systems that have delayed nonurgent surgeries in the last week because of strained capacity:
  4. USPI plans to have more than 600 ASCs by 2025

    Dallas-based United Surgical Partners International, a Tenet Healthcare company, aims to add more than 160 ASCs to its portfolio in the next three years.

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  1. CMS removes lid surgery code from HOPD prior authorization list 

    CMS removed a type of corrective lid surgery from the hospital outpatient department prior authorization list Jan. 7. 
  2. Kovach Eye Institute 1st in Illinois to perform SMILE laser surgery

    Elmhurst, Ill.-based Kovach Eye Institute is the first ophthalmology practice in the state to perform small incision lenticule extraction to correct nearsightedness, the Daily Herald reported Jan. 7. 
  3. How one Texas ASC is reassuring wary patients as COVID-19 surges

    As another COVID-19 surge sweeps the country, some ASCs are again encountering cautious patients avoiding nonurgent surgeries. 
  4. $3M independent ASC proposal to be reviewed by Vermont board

    A proposed $3 million independent ASC in Colchester, Vt., is scheduled for review this month, the VTDigger reported Jan. 11. 

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  1. COVID-19 treatments rationed & 7 more supply chain updates

    Here are eight supply chain updates from the last two weeks: 
  2. Gastroenterology's 2022 boom: 6 deals in week 1

    Gastroenterology management companies had a successful start to 2022, with six practice deals made in the first week. 
  3. Iowa clinic's $19.2M ASC application goes forward without hospital backing

    Iowa City, Iowa-based Steindler Orthopedic Clinic and an unnamed hospital system bumped their joint plan to build an ASC, but the $19.2 million ASC proposal will proceed without the hospital for now, The Gazette reported Jan. 10. 
  4. Physician pleads guilty to $500K theft from employer, gets 2 years in prison

    Walter Stynik, DO, was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from his former employer.
  5. Physician falls to 4th spot as best healthcare job 

    Physicians dropped to the fourth-best healthcare job, with a salary of $208,000 and 18,700 projected jobs between 2020 and 2030, according to a U.S. News & World Report list released Jan. 11.
  6. Surgery Partners promotes senior VP, controller to CFO

    David Doherty, senior vice president, corporate finance, and controller at Surgery Partners, will become CFO Feb. 1, the healthcare services company said Jan. 10.
  7. Surgery Partners spent $185M on 3 end-of-year deals

    Surgery Partners made three big acquisitions during the last two weeks of December, the company reported Jan. 10.
  8. Vision Innovation Partners makes 22nd acquisition 

    Vision Innovation Partners has acquired Memorial Eye Institute, a practice and ASC with two locations in Harrisburg, Pa., the eye care platform said Jan. 10. 
  9. Montana clinic plans $7M ASC expansion

    Great Falls (Mont.) Clinic has planned a $7 million surgery center expansion, Great Falls Tribune reported Jan. 8. 

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