• How ASCs are spearheading the growth of the US surgery market through 2027

    The number of surgical procedures is forecasted to reach 105,814,000 procedures in 2022 and increase to 122,881,000 operations a year by 2027, led by the most significant growth in procedures performed in ASCs, according to a Research and Markets report.
  • Medicare's physician pay system is 'unsustainable,' trustees say

    The current physician payment system is potentially unsustainable in the long term, according to a June report from Medicare trustees to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Kamala Harris. 
  • Walgreens aims to disrupt clinical trials sector

    Walgreens is edging further into the healthcare sector with the June 16 launch of its clinical trials business.
  • Small business data breaches up 152%

    As small businesses have recently adopted new technology and expanded their networks to facilitate remote work, cyberattacks over the last two years have jumped 152 percent, The Wall Street Journal reported June 7.
  • 5 numbers exciting ASC execs 

    Although some ASCs are struggling amid high operating costs and low reimbursements, there are many numbers showing the industry is getting stronger. 
  • Medicare billing for PAs: 4 trends to watch

    Medicare would have saved $194 million in 2018 if indirect billing for nurse practitioners and physician assistants were eliminated, but directly billing these providers would adversely affect small primary care practices, according to a study published in the June issue of Health Affairs. 
  • 6 hospitals opening ASCs

    Here are six hospitals that have opened or have plans to open ASCs that Becker's has reported on since June 2:
  • 8 recent studies for ASC leaders

    Here are eight studies for ASC leaders that Becker's has reported on since the beginning of May.
  • Connecticut hospital halts surgeries, redirects to ASC due to staff shortages

    Trinity Health of New England's Johnson Memorial Hospital in Stafford, Conn., redirected a majority of patients who need outpatient surgery to its ASC on June 9 due to staffing shortages. 
  • 6 statistics on physician assistant pay in 2022

    Six things to know about physician assistant pay:
  • 9 recent ASC moves in Florida

    Florida is home to the third-most ASCs of any state in the nation, and it ranks 16th in ASCs per capita.
  • Fast facts about ValueHealth

    Leawood, Kan.-based ValueHealth, an ASC company focused on value-based surgical offerings, is gaining steam in 2022 with outpatient partnerships. 
  • Husband-wife physician duo running front-line Ukrainian hospital 

    Valentyna Glushenko, MD, and Arkady Glushenko, MD, a husband and wife physician duo, are running a front-line hospital in Slovyansk, Ukraine, The Washington Post reported June 11. 
  • Whistleblowers win $1.75M in physician's $9.5M Medicare fraud settlement

    Minas Kochumian, MD, paid $9.49 million to settle allegations that he submitted false claims to CMS and Medi-Cal, California's Medicaid program, for procedures and tests that were never performed, the Justice Department said June 10.
  • Here's what's drawing patients to ASCs

    From physician influence to fear of COVID-19 infection, 17 ASC leaders joined Becker's to discuss what's drawing patients to ASCs over hospitals. 
  • CVS in the headlines: 4 moves for ASC leaders

    Since April 1, CVS Health has let go of a subsidiary and requested a state bill be vetoed over concerns it would raise drug costs. 
  • UnitedHealth in the headlines: 5 updates in 60 days

    UnitedHealth Group, parent company of ASC management company United Surgical Partners International, saw three lawsuits filed against it since April 1. 
  • 6 federal healthcare updates

    Six federal healthcare updates Becker's has covered since May 27:
  • The downsides to temporary physicians 

    Eighty-five percent of providers cited cost as a drawback to hiring temporary physicians, according to AMN Healthcare's "2022 Survey of Locum Tenens."
  • Single-payer healthcare system is best, most physicians say 

    About 70 percent of physicians think some version of a single-payer healthcare system is best for the U.S., according to Medscape's "Physicians' Views on Today's Divisive Social Issues Report 2022." 

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