Judge advances former Laser Spine Institute employee lawsuit & more — 9 ASC industry notes 

Here are nine updates on ASC companies and industry-relevant companies to note:

On July 8, a U.S. district judge certified a class-action lawsuit against Laser Spine Institute, the Tampa-based outpatient spine surgery center chain, brought by former employees after the company closed its doors. Read more. 

A pain management-focused investment and management company acquired Conroe, Texas-based VIP Surgical Center. 

Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System plans to build an $87.2 million outpatient medical center with an ASC on the site of a former Kmart in Plymouth Township, Mich. 

Franklin, Tenn.-based Cool Springs Surgical Associates consultant Mark Knoblauch wants to build a $2.3 million ASC in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and could do it with Addison, Texas-based United Surgical Partners International. 

Aetna's newest value-based care effort is an ACO agreement with Bridges Health Partners in Warrendale, Pa.

Quincy, Ill.-based Blessing Health System is seeking state permission to move its existing surgery center out of a building owned by Quincy Medical Group. Read more.

Worcester, Mass.-based Reliant Medical Group and Quincy, Mass.-based Shields Health Care Group plan to open Natick (Mass.) Surgery Center in 2020.

UnitedHealthcare's contract with Boca Raton (Fla.) Regional Hospital expired June 30, affecting about 17,500 beneficiaries.

Cardiology is coming to the ASC space, according to Ronald Hirsch, MD. His thoughts.

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