Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Covenant Physician Partners names ASC industry veteran Goran Dragolovic as CEO

    Goran Dragolovic will succeed Lew Little as president and CEO of the physician services company. Mr. Little will step down Jan. 11 after four years in the role.
  2. Surgical Care Affiliates faces collusion charges

    Deerfield, Ill.-based Surgical Care Affiliates faces two charges of collusion after the company allegedly reached agreements with two competitors to not recruit each other's senior-level employees, the Department of Justice announced Jan. 7. 
  3. 10 changes CMS made in 2021

    With the new calendar year, several CMS changes took effect, with more on the way. Here's a roundup of changes CMS made or will make in 2021: 

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  1. Arizona medical building with surgery center purchased by real estate developer

    A 187,690-square-foot medical building in Arizona was purchased by real estate developer Meridian, according to a Jan. 7 report from AZ Big Media.
  2. 98,000-square-foot medical building in Illinois sold to real estate group — 4 details

    A medical office in Peoria, Ill., was sold to Remedy Medical Properties for an undisclosed amount, according to a Jan. 7 report from RE Journals.
  3. 9 stats on gastroenterologist salary, net worth, jobs & more

    Here are nine things to know about income, net worth, starting salary, payer models and jobs for gastroenterologists:
  4. 5 health policies Democrats may try to pass in 2021 & 2 more updates from Capitol Hill

    Democrats took control of the Senate Jan. 6 after Democratic candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock won their respective races. The 50-50 person split in the Senate will allow Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to serve as a tiebreaker in any prospective vote. 

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  1. Acute heart failure patients linked to higher COVID-19 death rate, study says

    Patients with acute heart failure that contract COVID-19 are twice as likely to die, according to the European Society of Cardiology.
  2. SurgCenter developing orthopedic-focused New Hampshire ASC 

    Towson, Md.-based SurgCenter Development is moving forward with a new ASC development in New Hampshire, its first of 2021. 
  3. Massachusetts health system terminates contract with NAPA

    New Bedford, Mass.-based Southcoast Health will not renew North American Partners in Anesthesia's contract with the health system after working with the group for three years, SouthCoast Today reported Jan. 6.
  4. Illinois health system seeks permission for $70M project to move surgery center, develop medical office building

    Urbana, Ill.-based Carle Health delayed expanding into Danville, Ill., due to COVID-19, but is now seeking state permission to move forward with a pair of projects, The News-Gazette reported Jan. 6.

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  1. Ohio surgery center project delayed by COVID-19 pandemic

    A surgery center slated to be built adjacent to UH Mayfield (Ohio) Village Health Center will be delayed a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, cleveland.com reported Jan. 6.
  2. Muve ASCs 1st in Pennsylvania to secure Joint Commission certification — 4 things to know

    Two Muve Health ASCs in Pennsylvania, part of Leawood, Kan.-based ValueHealth, became the first ASCs in the state to receive Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Knee Replacement from The Joint Commission.
  3. Top-read GI articles — The future of GI, pill-based colonoscopy prep and more

    Here are the most-read GI articles from Jan. 4-8:
  4. NorthStar Anesthesia now covers 7-hospital health system in Michigan

    NorthStar Anesthesia completed its transition to provide services to seven Southfield, Mich.-based Beaumont Health facilities, according to a Jan. 6 news release.
  5. 15 stats on ophthalmology to know in 2021

    Here are 15 things to know about income, job satisfaction and conditions for ophthalmologists, according to Medscape's "Ophthalmologist Compensation Report 2020."
  6. What Dr. Kiley Trott anticipates for otolaryngology long-term

    Kiley Trott, MD, assistant professor of otolaryngology surgery at New Haven, Conn.-based Yale School of Medicine, shared his thoughts on the ENT field long-term, answering the question, "How do you think the specialty will look in 10 years?"
  7. 2 multibillion-dollar healthcare deals announced within 24 hours

    Two significant deals announced on Jan. 6 have the potential to make a big difference in the healthcare industry.
  8. Medicare pay for arthroscopic surgery down almost 30% since 2000: 4 notes

    Medicare reimbursement for orthopedic arthroscopic surgery declined from 2000 to 2019, according to a study published in The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery.
  9. Simplify ASC acquires PhyBus Revenue Services

    EHR and practice management software company Simplify ASC purchased PhyBus Revenue Services, according to a Jan. 7 news release.

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