Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Independent ASC created as alternative to hidden surgical prices

    To help patients afford local surgery, general surgeon Wade Naziri, MD, established an independent ASC that offers transparent, cash-based pricing, according to The Laurinburg Exchange.  By Angie Stewart -
  2. Envision snags Optum president to lead company — 4 insights

    OptumCare President James Rechtin is moving to Nashville, Tenn., to take the helm of Envision Healthcare.   By Eric Oliver -
  3. Maine hospital expanding through $83.8M project, including ASC

    Portland, Maine-based Northern Light Mercy Hospital will break ground this spring on a new hospital and medical office building, which will include an ASC, an emergency room and 95 surface parking spaces, the Portland Press Herald reports.  By Eric Oliver -

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  1. Why GI is still ripe for PE investment

    Consolidation is rippling through healthcare, making its mark across an array of specialties, and gastroenterology is no different, according to an analysis from STAT.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. The future of total joints in the ASC — 6 surgeons weigh in on CMS' 2020 changes

    CMS added total knee replacement to the ASC-payables list for 2020, and with it, a flux of patients are expected to migrate to the outpatient space. Centers can capitalize on the extra surgical volume, but Medicare's reimbursement rate will require ASC leaders to eliminate operational waste to fully recognize the opportunity.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. ASC supply chain tip of the day: Ask yourself 'the 5 whys'

      Molly Ehrlich, Vizient's consulting director of advisory solutions for supply chain operations, shared a story on Vizient's blog about an operating room that kept running out of supplies.  By Rachel Popa -
  4. Texas health system opening orthopedic ASC

      Baylor Scott & White Health is opening an orthopedic sports medicine practice with an ASC in Waco, Texas, Feb. 27, according to Fox 44 News.  By Rachel Popa -
  1. 5 ASC developments worth $10M+

    Five recent ASC developments worth over $10 million:  By Rachel Popa -
  2. The 3 S’s of ASC savings

    There are a number of ways ASCs can save money on their budget, including making some adjustments to maintenance and supply chain, according to ASC software developer Surgical Information Systems.  By Rachel Popa -
  3. Physician charged in $120M fraud, money laundering case involving UFC sponsorships, luxury travel

    The federal government charged physician Francisco Patino, MD, for his alleged participation in a $120 million healthcare fraud and money laundering scheme, according to a Feb. 26 announcement from the Department of Justice.  By Angie Stewart -
  4. Court overturns $2.3M verdict in surgery center malpractice suit, gives injured patient 2nd chance to make his case

    The Supreme Court of Missouri overturned a circuit court's $2.3 million ruling against St. Luke's Surgicenter-Lee's Summit in a medical malpractice lawsuit, but granted a new trial after the plaintiffs claimed they had new evidence.  By Angie Stewart -
  1. USPI surgery center MOB acquired for $11.7 million in Q4 — 4 details

    Physicians Realty Trust acquired Murdock Surgery Center in Port Charlotte, Fla., in the fourth quarter of 2019, according to its most recent financial results.  By Angie Stewart -
  2. ASC, medical group practice occupy 2 buildings refinanced in Texas

    The Houston building housing Binz Surgery Center and other healthcare tenants was refinanced, according to the Houston Chronicle.  By Angie Stewart -
  3. Dr. Alison Zambelli to join new ASC in Pennsylvania

    Ophthalmologist Alison Zambelli, MD, plans to begin operating in Beaver Valley ASC later this year, according to The Times.  By Angie Stewart -
  4. $7M orthopedic ASC opens in Ohio

    A $7 million orthopedic ASC opened in Youngstown, Ohio, according to The Business Journal.  By Angie Stewart -
  5. Ambulatory-focused tech company gains big customer in Arizona

    Arizona's statewide health information exchange has decided to use NextGen Healthcare's Health Data Hub, a platform for sharing and aggregating patient health data across EHRs, according to a Feb. 25 announcement.  By Angie Stewart -
  6. Primary care physicians order majority of Cologuard tests & more: 8 GI industry key notes

    Here are eight updates from gastroenterology companies and practices from the past week:  By Eric Oliver -
  7. Michigan health system developing $21M ASC — 3 insights

    Kalamazoo, Mich.-based Bronson Healthcare is seeking approval to build an 18,000-square-foot ASC in a neighborhood in Kalamazoo, the Grand Rapids Business Journal reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  8. Medical Facilities Corp. sells Indiana hospital to physician investors

    Medical Facilities Corp., reached a deal to sell the majority of its stake in Mishawaka, Ind.-based Unity Medical and Surgical Hospital to a group of physician investors.  By Eric Oliver -
  9. How burned out are orthopedic specialists? 5 'Medscape' report details

    Orthopedists feel like they are spending too much time with paperwork and experiencing EHR burnout like other physicians, yet they maintain a lower level of burnout compared to other physicians, according to Medscape's 2020 orthopedist lifestyle, happiness and burnout report.  By Rachel Popa -

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