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  1. 6 practices hit by data breaches in 2020

    Six specialty centers that have reported data security incidents so far this year:
  2. Emergency management in ASCs — 6 considerations during the pandemic

    ASCs should document their response to the COVID-19 pandemic clearly and comprehensively "to meet the requirements for risk management and survey purposes," according to Debra Stinchcomb, a senior consultant with BSM Consulting.
  3. Moving on from colonoscopy? & more: 7 GI industry key notes

    Here are seven updates from gastroenterology companies and practices from the past week: 

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  1. AI could transform ophthalmology — 3 insights

    Ophthalmology could use machine learning technology to better diagnose patients with ocular disorders, HCP Live reports.
  2. The best hospitals for ophthalmology in every state from 'U.S. News & World Report'

    U.S. News & World Report released its 2020-21 Best Hospitals rankings July 28.
  3. 7 anesthesia group changes in 2020 so far

    Seven anesthesia groups have signed a contract to provide services or went through a merger or acquisition in 2020 so far:
  4. Ascension to anchor 100-acre development — 2 surgery centers, other tenants planned

    Jacksonville, Fla.-based Ascension St. Vincent's will serve as the healthcare anchor of a large mixed-use development that will span 100 acres, the Jacksonville Business Journal reports.

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  1. Saga for New Jersey hospital heats up between health systems, surgery center operator affiliate

    Secaucus, N.J.-based Hudson Regional Hospital purchased the land Bayonne (N.J.) Medical Center sits on for $76 million, but who will operate the hospital going forward remains disputed, HudsonReporter.com reports.
  2. Colorado eye practice secures 34% of new medical building

    Colorado Eye Consultants will anchor a new medical building in Littleton, Colo.
  3. Protocol changes facilitate outpatient knee surgeries at Florida system — 4 details

    The University of Miami Health System changed its anesthesia and rehabilitation protocols to accommodate same-day knee replacement surgery, according to Local10.com.
  4. Medical office building with surgery center sells for $5.45M

    Worcester, Mass.-based Eastern Medical Center — a medical office building housing a surgical center — was sold for $5.45 million, according to telegram.com.

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  1. Michigan hospital adds 2nd floor to surgery center

    Kalamazoo, Mich.-based Ascension Borgess Hospital completed its surgery center expansion, according to AVB, a regional construction and development firm involved in the project.
  2. New Pennsylvania ASC outfitted for several specialties — 3 insights

    Construction is a wrap on Integrated Surgical Institute, according to Heim Construction Co.
  3. Ransomware attack on Texas ENT center encrypts 19,908 patient files

    Fort Worth, Texas-based Owens Ear Center was the victim of a ransomware attack that encrypted patient information.
  4. What 6 public health experts think of Russia's COVID-19 vaccine approval

    Russia approved a COVID-19 vaccine although clinical trials have not concluded yet. 
  5. Cigna loses motion to dismiss ASC suit over 'systematic,' 'indiscriminate' claim denials

    Cigna's motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by South Amboy, N.J.-based Metropolitan Surgical Institute was partially denied, according to a document filed July 31 in the New Jersey District Court.
  6. Company to recognize 'Everyday Heroes' in ASCs; $5K in prizes at stake

    One Medical Passport launched a program to recognize exceptional ASC workers.
  7. COVID-19 testing in GI — 3 insights

    How three gastroenterology centers are approaching COVID-19 testing:
  8. Hospital founder to serve 66 months in prison, pay $82.9M over fraud scheme

    An anesthesiologist was sentenced to more than five years in federal prison after pleading guilty to involvement in a $200 million fraud scheme at Dallas-based Forest Park Medical Center, a now-defunct physician-owned hospital for bariatric and spinal patients, according to the Department of Justice.
  9. 9 hospitals, health systems planning surgery centers

    Nine hospitals and health systems opened or announced plans for new surgery centers in July:

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