Optum to redirect patients after UnitedHealth drops Houston hospital system — 10 ASC industry notes

Here are 10 updates on ASC companies and industry-relevant companies to note:

UnitedHealthcare plans to drop Houston Methodist hospital system from its in-network providers at the end of the year, and Optum will be directing patients away from the system's eight hospitals as a result.

Kona Ambulatory Surgery Center in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary.

The Elite Surgical Center in Wayne, N.J., is now offering knee replacement surgeries using the Mako robotic surgery system.

The state approved Baton Rouge (La.) General Medical Center's outpatient surgery center project.

Show Low, Ariz.-based Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center cut the ribbon on its more than $80 million outpatient expansion.

Green Bay, Wis.-based Aurora BayCare will open its 72,000-square-foot outpatient clinic, surgery center and urgent care facility in Kaukauna, Wis.

Banner Health scheduled its first total joint replacement outside of the hospital setting in more than five years, according to Atlas Healthcare Partners, a Phoenix-based surgery center development and management company.

Northwest Specialty Hospital, a physician-owned facility in Post Falls, Idaho, has opened a new endoscopy center.

In partnership with local surgeons, Fisher-Titus Convenient Care broke ground this week on the Surgery Center of North Central Ohio in Norwalk.

Rockingham Eye Surgery Center, a newly established limited liability company, is seeking approval to establish an ophthalmic ASC in Harrisonburg, Va.

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