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  1. Top 10 ASC articles this week — CMS floats new rules, HCA names VP & more

    Here are the most-read stories on Becker's ASC Review the week of Aug. 3-7:
  2. New York practice names pair of partners

    Albany, N.Y.-based Ophthalmic Consultants of the Capital Region appointed Robert Feldman, MD, and Andrew Krouner, MD, partners in the practice, The Saratogian reports.
  3. Vanderbilt receives $1.4M grant to identify surgical techniques for macular hole repair

    The National Eye Institute awarded Nashville, Tenn.-based Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center a $1.4 million grant to improve vision after macular hole repair.

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  1. Hospital undertakes $2M surgery center, storage project

    A Minnesota hospital is embarking on a $2 million surgery center expansion and warehouse addition, according to DL-Online.
  2. New Orleans hospital to open $14M outpatient surgery center

    University Medical Center New Orleans is opening a $14 million outpatient surgery center.
  3. $86M VA outpatient center to open in Nebraska

    An $86 million outpatient facility for veterans is on track to open this month in Omaha, Neb., according to REBusiness Online.
  4. AGA recommends pivot from colonoscopy-only testing

    A team of 60 gastroenterology experts recommended gastroenterologists move on from a "one-size-fits-all" approach to colorectal cancer screening, in a new preprint study published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

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  1. GI researcher earns Nevada's top researcher award

    Gastroenterology researcher Kent Sanders, PhD, was awarded the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents' 2020 Distinguished Researcher award, the top research-based honor in the state.
  2. North Carolina eye practice building surgery center

    Wilmington (N.C.) Eye broke ground on the region's first ophthalmology-focused ASC Aug. 7.
  3. Philadelphia health system names new cardiac surgery chief

    Philadelphia-based Main Line Health named Basel Ramlawi, MD, chief of cardiac surgery and co-director of the Lankenau Heart Institute, the Philadelphia Business Journal reports.
  4. 17 gastroenterologists on the move in 2020

    Becker's ASC Review has tracked more than a dozen gastroenterologist moves so far in 2020:

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  1. 266 orthopedic procedures CMS may remove from the inpatient-only list in 2021

    CMS released the 2021 proposed payment rule for hospital outpatient departments and ASCs on Aug. 4.
  2. Ophthalmology group backs 2-point alternative to proposed 6% pay cuts

    The American Academy of Ophthalmology joined a coalition opposing CMS' proposal to drastically cut payment rates for general and specialty surgeons in 2021, including a 6 percent pay cut for ophthalmologists.
  3. Physician consolidation up 'substantially': 51% now part of health systems

    Provider consolidation into vertically integrated health systems increased "substantially" from 2016 to 2018, while horizontal consolidation of hospitals and health systems "grew modestly," according to an August 2020 study published in Health Affairs.
  4. 7 big trends in GI this year — COVID-19's effect, compensation & more 

    With the dog days of summer in the rear view, gastroenterology has had a specialty-changing year severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, but the specialty is gradually recovering and moving forward. Here are seven trends that will shape the specialty going forward: 
  5. A $2B delay — What ASCs, hospitals are missing out on when shutting down joint replacement programs

    It's believed that COVID-19-related elective surgery cancellations at hospitals and ASCs cost both facilities around $5 billion in lost revenue, a Kaiser Health News analysis published in Fortune concludes.
  6. Texas Eye and Cataract uses new implant

    Waxahachie-based Texas Eye and Cataract was the first practice in North Texas to use the Durysta bimatoprost implant.
  7. Tennessee Society of Anesthesiologists insists on mask requirements as part of coalition

    The Tennessee Society of Anesthesiologists joined calls for a statewide mask mandate to slow COVID-19 transmission, according to News Channel 5 Tennessee.
  8. Physicians developing medical office building with possible surgery center on HCA campus — 3 insights

    Real estate developer NexCore Group is building a medical office building that could contain an endoscopy suite and an ASC on the HCA Houston Healthcare North Cypress (Texas) Campus, Community Impact reports.
  9. Minnesota hospital expanding surgery center as part of $2M project

    Essentia Health-St. Mary's Hospital in Detroit Lakes, Minn., will expand its surgery center and warehouse space through a $2 million project, DL-Online reports.

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