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  1. Springfield Clinic, ASCs back in-network with BCBS of Illinois

    Springfield (Ill.) Clinic has reached a new agreement with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois to bring members back in the network beginning Jan. 1, 2024.
  2. Private equity linked to poorer hospital outcomes, study says. Does physician ownership help PE-backed ASCs?

    Private equity investment can be a boon for healthcare providers struggling with thin margins that want to grow. But a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found PE-backed hospitals may have worse quality of inpatient care.
  3. Texas clinic earns $9M from the American Rescue Plan Act to open outpatient GI lab

    Houston-based Quentin Mease Clinic is set to receive nearly $9 million in federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act to open an outpatient gastroenterology lab, according to a Dec. 19 report from Community Impact. 

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  1. Will AI help or hurt ASCs?

    Artificial intelligence exploded in healthcare over the last 12 months, and surgery center leaders are watching its impact closely. Will AI make surgery centers more efficient or too complex?
  2. ASCs rethink anesthesia models

    The changes in anesthesiologist reimbursement and pay have surgery center leaders rethinking their anesthesia models.
  3. Hospitals close clinics as financial pressures mount

    Hospitals continue to face financial headwinds heading into 2024, and some are closing clinics or reducing outpatient services as a result.
  4. Good news for the ASC labor market

    The labor market tightened over the last year and surgery center leaders are keeping a close eye on the trends.

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  1. 10 states with the most new ASCs

    California had the most new surgery centers in 2023, followed by Florida, Texas and Wisconsin.
  2. ASC leader average pay by region

    ASC leaders on average report a $120,000 salary, while vice presidents and chief nurse executives are earning more, according to an OR Manager survey.
  3. ASCs face leadership exodus

    The next five years could bring a large exodus of ASC leaders, according to an OR Manager survey.
  4. Anesthesia practices sue CMS over reimbursement method

    Four anesthesia practices are suing CMS and HHS, among other parties, alleging CMS' methodology for calculating reimbursements is illegal in its inclusion of costs associated with nonphysician practitioners. 

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  1. AGA reiterates concerns over UnitedHealthcare endoscopy policy

    The American Gastroenterological Association issued a statement Dec. 20 objecting to UnitedHealthcare's advance notification program for gastrointestinal endoscopy procedures and its proposed gold card prior authorization program planned for 2024.
  2. How staffing shortages pushed 1 health system — and its ASCs — to innovate

    Healthcare has been plagued with staffing shortages, a looming physician exodus, an aging population, an increase in costs and a decline in provider pay — and that is just the tip of the iceberg.
  3. 5 highest paid anesthesiologists in Las Vegas

    The highest paid anesthesiologist in Las Vegas earns $627,200 per year, according to Medscape's salary reporter tool, which is much higher than the mean annual wage of $302,970 anesthesiologists make according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  4. 5 physicians on the cutting edge of gastroenterology

    Here are five physicians on the cutting edge of gastroenterology through their use of technology, their research and other accomplishments:
  5. 5 numbers keeping ASC leaders on edge

    Here are five numbers that provide insight into what is on ASC leaders' minds going into 2024:
  6. Physician retirement by the numbers

    The growing physician shortage isn't stopping physicians from retiring. 
  7. CHI Health Clinic Heart Institute adds 2 interventional cardiologists

    Kearney, Neb.-based CHI Health Clinic Heart Institute has added two interventional cardiologists to its staff, according to a Dec. 20 report by Central Nebraska Today.
  8. 10 ASC, practice closures in 2023

    Here are 10 ASC and practice closures that Becker's has reported on in 2023:
  9. 'Physicians continue to get the short end of the stick': Why this leader is concerned about declining pay 

    Sri Sundaram, MD, electrophysiologist at South Denver (Colo.) Cardiology Associates, joined Becker's to discuss why declining physician pay is the trend he's the most concerned about in 2023. 

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