Texas' ASC boom: 9 moves in an industry hot spot 

Texas is an ASC hot spot. The state ranks third in number of ASCs in the country, according to a report from the Ambulatory Center Centers Association.

Here are nine updates in the state since June 3. 

1. Victoria, Texas-based Citizens Medical Center is opening a surgery center in Port Lavaca. 

2. An outpatient medical office building in Rowlett, Texas, was sold for $6 million. 

3. Covenant High Plains Surgery Center in Lubbock, Texas, is the first independent free-standing ASC in the region to complete a robot-assisted general surgery procedure using the da Vinci X surgical robot from Intuitive Surgical. 

4. Fifteen Texas physicians will pay a total of $2.83 million to resolve False Claim Act allegations involving kickbacks. 

5. Denton-based North Texas GI Associates opened a second practice in Highland Village, Texas. 

6. United Surgical Partners International, a Tenet Healthcare subsidiary, is building a medical office building and ASC in Schertz, Texas. 

7. US REO Fund, a Plano, Texas-based real estate investment firm, is hoping to draw physician groups with the renovation of a medical office building and ASC in Plano. 

8. Dallas-based Baylor Scott & White is opening a multispecialty ASC in Southlake, Texas, a Dallas suburb.

9. Little Rock-based Arkansas Heart Hospital held a ribbon-cutting for its cardiology clinic in Texarkana, Texas. 

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