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  1. COVID-19 hospitalizations climb; vaccine distribution could begin next week: 5 updates

    COVID-19 hospitalizations continued to increase in the past week, and President Donald Trump said vaccine distribution could begin as early as next week.
  2. Arizona orthopedic group, ASC report increased patient volumes: 3 details

    Flagstaff (Ariz.) Bone & Joint surgeons are seeing an increase in patient volume due to injuries as people seek more outdoor activity amid the pandemic, according to a report in the Arizona Daily Sun.
  3. GI Alliance partners with Oklahoma practice: 3 details

    GI Alliance expanded into Oklahoma with a new partnership.

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  1. 76 hospitals, health systems planning new ASCs in 2020 so far

    Here are 76 hospitals and health systems that have opened or announced plans to open an ASC in 2020:
  2. Patient collections in the time of COVID-19 — 2 ASC leaders discuss

    With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to affect patient and practice finances, Becker's ASC Review asked surgery center leaders about the state of revenue cycle processes.
  3. Pandemic burnout: How 4 ASC leaders are managing staff fatigue

    Here's what four ASC leaders told Becker's ASC Review about how they are addressing potential staff and physician burnout during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  4. US Digestive Health's latest acquisition, Lifetime Disruptor awardee named and more — 4 GI industry notes

    Here are four recent updates from GI companies and practices:

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  1. 11 biggest surgery center projects in 2020 by cost

    This year, at least 11 developments involving an ASC or outpatient surgery center represented an investment of $50 million or more.
  2. 10 most-read ASC articles — 41 GI centers announced or opened this year, insights on physician practice sales and more

      Here are the 10 most-read articles on Becker's ASC Review from Nov. 20-24:
  3. AstraZeneca's trial up to 90% effective, Pfizer applies for emergency use and more — 5 updates on the COVID-19 vaccine

      Here are five recent updates on the COVID-19 vaccine and antibody drug tests:
  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. US Urology Partners acquires New York practice

    Gahanna, Ohio-based U.S. Urology Partners acquired Syracuse-based Associated Medical Professionals of New York, its first post-formation acquisition, Columbus Business First reported Nov. 23.
  2. A closer look at AMSURG CRC prevention, screening efforts — 4 Qs with Dr. Jay Popp

    In response to growing early-onset colorectal cancer rates, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued draft guidelines Oct. 27 to lower the CRC screening age to 45.
  3. States that expanded Medicaid diagnosed colon cancer earlier, study finds

    States that expanded Medicaid increased the number of colon cancer screenings and led to more detected cancers, according to a pre-publication study in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.
  4. How ASC management companies performed in 2020 & more — 11 ASC industry notes

    Here are 11 updates on ASC companies and industry-relevant companies to note:
  5. 6 states with the most new ASCs in 2020

    Florida, Texas and Arizona have reported the most activity in new ASC development this year, followed by Michigan, Colorado and Alabama. Below is a list of the projects in each state.
  6. ASC surgical tech wins $5K for exceptional work

    Charlene Gottschall, a surgical technologist at the Reading (Pa.) Hospital SurgiCenter at Spring Ridge, was selected as the 2020 ASC Every Day Hero by One Medical Passport.
  7. 8 largest insurers by revenue — UnitedHealthcare is No. 1 with $201B

    UnitedHealthcare Group is the country's largest insurance company by both total revenue and lives covered, according to ValuePenguin, a resource for consumers looking to make more informed financial decisions.
  8. Alabama developer building laser surgery eye center

    Surgery Center Services of America designed a laser eye surgery center that's being developed in Birmingham, Ala., the Birmingham Business Journal reported Nov. 23.
  9. How a 2nd round of elective surgical delays will affect ASCs — 5 administrators share insights

    As increasing COVID-19 case counts shut down elective surgical programs across the U.S., five administrators shared their thoughts with Becker's ASC Review on what the shutdowns could mean for their centers.

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