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  1. USPI to anchor Texas medical office building — 4 insights

    Construction is nearing completion on a three-story, 50,000-square-foot medical office building in Plano, Texas, and United Surgical Partners International will serve as the anchor tenant, Dallas Business Journal reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. 20 years on the books — Physicians Endoscopy celebrates 20th anniversary

    Jamison, Pa.-based Physicians Endoscopy is in the midst of celebrating its 20th anniversary.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. 12 statistics on ASC staffing, wages for the Midwest

    Here are 12 statistics on ASC staffing, hourly wages and hours per case for the average ASC located in the Midwest, according to VMG Health's Multi-Specialty ASC Intellimarker 2017.  By Laura Dyrda -

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  1. 6 things to know about medical coder and biller salary

    Nearly 12,000 respondents participated in the American Academy of Professional Coders’ 2017 salary survey, which showed an overall increase in average salary and a slight decrease in unemployment from 2016. Here are six key insights:  By Angie Stewart -
  2. Surgery center linked to 2012 meningitis outbreak fights punitive damages claim – 5 insights

    A dispute between Abingdon, Md.-based Box Hill Surgery Center and a deceased patient's estate is the last in a docket of more than 700 cases related to a deadly meningitis outbreak, Law360 reports. Here are five insights:  By Angie Stewart -
  3. McKesson to distribute new Sysmex device – 5 highlights

    Sysmex American selected McKesson Medical-Surgical as the exclusive distributor for its new XW-100 automated hematology analyzer. Here are five things you need to know:  By Angie Stewart -
  4. 15 new ASCs and outpatient centers opened or announced in January 2018

    Here are 15 new ASCs and outpatient surgery centers that were announced or opened over the past month.  By Angie Stewart -

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  1. CMS expands MIPS reporting relief for providers in disaster-stricken areas: 8 things to know

    CMS expanded its 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System data reporting exemption for healthcare professionals practicing in areas hit by hurricanes and wildfires, Medscape reports.   By Shayna Korol -
  2. 3 things to know about the top HR standard challenge from The Joint Commission

    The Joint Commission issued its 2017 Top Non-compliant Ambulatory Care Standards for Health Centers report, outlining the most difficult standards for healthcare providers.  By Shayna Korol -
  3. 22k-sq-ft joint venture ASC opens in New Jersey — 3 insights

    Jefferson Health, Rothman Institute, NueHealth and several Philadelphia physicians formed a joint venture to open the $17 million, 22,000-square-foot Jefferson Surgery Center in Cherry Hill (N.J.), The Inquirer reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. BioSpine Institute opens new clinic — 3 insights

    Tampa, Fla.-based BioSpine Institute opened BioSpine Orlando (Fla.).  By Eric Oliver -
  1. Surgery Partners appoints new executive & more — 6 ASC company key notes

    Here are six updates on ASC management companies to note:  By Eric Oliver -
  2. Medical building with surgery center evacuated because of smoke — 5 insights

    A medical building in East Sacramento, Calif., was evacuated Feb. 5 after reports of smoke inside, CBS Sacramento reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. Orthopedic and Back Pain Centers of America partners with Illinois Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Centers — 3 insights

    Atlanta-based Orthopedic and Back Pain Centers of America added Glenview-based Illinois Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics Centers to its network.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. NJ physicians oppose legislators surprise billing proposal — 6 insights

    A proposed bill from New Jersey lawmakers that would protect patients from unexpected healthcare charges is being opposed by physicians, who view it as a partial fix, NJ Spotlight reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  5. West Virginia Hospital temporarily halts elective surgeries at campus, surgery center — 4 insights

    Cabell Huntington (W. Va.) Hospital has suspended all elective surgeries at its main operating room, labor and delivery bay, endoscopy suites and its surgery center after discovering granular particles on a small number of sterile trays, the Herald Dispatch reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  6. 14 statistics on ASC non-surgical cases per procedure room

    Here are 14 statistics on non-surgical cases performed at ASCs, according to data from VMG Health's Multi-Specialty ASC Intellimarker 2017.  By Laura Dyrda -
  7. FDA releases revised opioid blueprint to educate prescribers, mitigate opioid crisis: 4 takeaways

    In an attempt to prevent opioid overprescribing, the FDA released a revised blueprint for opioid prescriber education. The blueprint contains core content for training that drug manufacturers must make available to prescribers.  By Shayna Korol -
  8. Staying independent — Dr. Louis Wilson's 2 key thoughts on surviving and thriving in 2018

    Wichita Falls (Texas) Gastroenterology Associates gastroenterologist and American College of Gastroenterology's Practice Management Committee Chairman Louis Wilson, MD, offered two key thoughts on where independent gastroenterology is headed and what independent GI physicians need to capitalize on to stay successful in 2018.  By Eric Oliver -
  9. Nurses can safely administer propofol sedation in ASC settings with physician supervision — 5 study insights

    A study, published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, examined factors related to nurse-administered propofol sedation in 9,152 endoscopic cases at ASCs.  By Eric Oliver -

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