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  1. Outlook for ASC physician recruitment and more: 3 top priorities for execs

    ASCs faced hardship last year when many centers limited surgical procedures or shut down to slow the spread of COVID-19.
  2. New ASC construction booming in 2021 & more — 10 ASC industry notes

    Here are 10 updates on ASC companies and industry-relevant companies to note:
  3. How patients are thinking about elective surgery during the pandemic

    Here are five factors The New York Times suggested patients think about when deciding if elective surgery is right for them during the pandemic:

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  1. 3-way joint venture ASC opens in Virginia

    Physicians Endoscopy, Mary Washington Healthcare in Fredericksburg, Va., and physicians from Gastroenterology Associates of Fredericksburg opened a joint venture center, according to a Jan. 19 news release.
  2. Best practices to improve surgery center efficiency from a New York ASC's director of nursing

    The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the importance of efficiency in the surgery center setting. Jill Trotta, BSN, RN, director of nursing at Hudson Valley Ambulatory Surgery Center in Middletown, N.Y., shared some best practices her center has implemented.
  3. The story behind the Assured Healthcare Partners & Allied Digestive Health deal

    Investing firm Assured Healthcare Partners and West Long Branch, N.J.-based Allied Digestive Health struck a deal Jan. 13.
  4. How Tenet, HCA Healthcare and Surgery Partners' shares performed this week

    Here's how Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare, Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare and Nashville-based Surgery Partners' shares have fluctuated over the last five days.

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  1. Washington ASC performs 1st outpatient knee replacement

    Vancouver (Wash.) Clinic performed its first knee replacement surgery in its ASC, clarkcountytoday.com reported Jan. 16.
  2. New York ASC seeks indefinite status from state health department

    Niagara Falls, N.Y.-based Ambulatory Surgery Center of Niagara is seeking permanent certification, Buffalo Business First reported Jan. 18.
  3. CRNAs among most utilized healthcare providers: CMS

    A CMS report indicated that certified registered nurse anesthetists are among the most utilized healthcare providers in the nation, according to a Jan. 18 news release from the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.
  4. Pennsylvania eye group names new administrator

    Wyomissing-based Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania named Charles Busack as its new administrator, according to a Jan. 18 announcement from bctv.org.

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  1. ValueHealth opens 2021 with two big moves

    Leawood, Kan.-based ValueHealth leaped into the new year with two major developments in January.
  2. DuPage Medical Group opens spine, orthopedics-focused ASC

    Downers Grove, Ill.-based DuPage Medical Group has opened an ASC dedicated to spine and orthopedic surgery.
  3. Top 10 states for nursing pay

    The average salary for U.S..nurses is growing, with California leading the pack among registered nurses and nurse practitioners, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
  4. Iowa ASC installs total joint replacement robot

    Davenport, Iowa-based Mississippi Valley Surgery Center installed a Mako surgical robot to assist surgeons with total joint replacement procedures, quadcities.com reported Jan. 18.
  5. Connecticut health system buys minority ownership in freestanding ASC

    Waterbury (Conn.) Health acquired minority ownership in a freestanding ASC.
  6. South Carolina surgeon, hospital spar over planned ASCs

    Physicians and a hospital in Orangeburg, S.C., both have plans to construct new ASCs, according to a report in The Times and Democrat.
  7. A home for independent GIs — Exploring One GI's plans to go from 58 providers to 140 in Q1

    Memphis, Tenn.-based One GI ended 2020 with a pair of post-formation deals and has no plans of stopping as 2021 kicks off.
  8. Are your quality improvement projects effective? How a California ASC makes sure

    ASCs constantly aim to provide better patient care with quality improvement projects. But how do they know if the changes make a difference?
  9. CMS makes 2 ASC rate technical corrections, adjusts scalar for 2021

    CMS incorporated two ASC rate technical corrections into the Outpatient Prospective Payment System/ASC final rule to match the physician fee schedule change late last year.

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