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  1. 21 ASCs with coronavirus restrictions or closures

    Surgery centers nationwide are closing or restricting access because of the coronavirus pandemic, including 14 UPMC locations. Here are seven others:  By Rachel Popa -
  2. How gastroenterology practices are responding to COVID-19

    Gastroenterologists are adapting their practices to combat the growing COVID-19 pandemic. Here's how they're doing it:  By Eric Oliver -
  3. 13 centers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic l March 23

    Surgery centers are canceling elective surgeries or imposing visitor limits in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.   By Eric Oliver -

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  1. Anchor Health Properties acquires Maryland medical office building with ASC

    Charlottesville, Va.-based Anchor Health Properties acquired a medical office building with an ASC in Ellicott City, Md., through its co-managed healthcare fund, the company announced March 23.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. How COVID-19 has affected Tenet, HCA Healthcare and Surgery Partners' shares

    Stocks continue to be tumultuous as most companies take a beating in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. South Carolina hospital banks on ASC to offset reimbursement, volume losses

    A resolution supporting Regional Medical Center's certificate-of-need application to build an ASC was approved by the Bamberg County (S.C.) Council, InsuranceNewsNet reports.  By Angie Stewart -
  4. Minnesota ASC administrator pitches in to mitigate mask shortages — 3 highlights

    Mankato (Minn.) Surgery Center administrator Joleen Harrison, BSN, RN, is working to mitigate shortages of protective medical equipment stemming from the COVID-19 outbreak, according to local outlet KEYC News Now.  By Angie Stewart -

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  1. Florida governor delays all elective medical procedures

    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis used an executive order to delay all elective surgeries in the state March 20 to combat the spread of COVID-19, the Pensacola News Journal reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. Arkansas surgery center closes temporarily to limit COVID-19 exposure

    Fayetteville, Ark.-based North Hills Surgery Center suspended operations March 20 to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, CBS affiliate 5 News reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. Private equity firm acquires two South Carolina eye practices

    Eye Health America, a private equity firm formed in 2008, has acquired two South Carolina eyecare practices.  By Rachel Popa -
  4. New York health system using ASCs to boost bed capacity for COVID-19 patients

    Kaleida Health in Buffalo, N.Y., is recommending hospitals use ASCs to accommodate COVID-19 patients, according to Niagara Frontier Publications.  By Rachel Popa -

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  1. CMS relaxes ASC, hospital outpatient quality reporting requirements due to COVID-19

    CMS is granting exceptions to Medicare quality reporting requirements to ease the burden on providers battling the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency announced March 22.  By Angie Stewart -
  2. UPMC closes 14 outpatient locations, including ASCs, due to COVID-19

    Pittsburgh-based UPMC will close its ASCs and other outpatient locations to protect staff and save protective equipment to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. Regent Surgical Health responds to COVID-19: 3 things to know

    Westchester, Ill.-based ASC management and development company Regent Surgical Health is adjusting its policies and procedures in response to the coronavirus outbreak.  By Rachel Popa -
  4. Supply Chain Tip of the Week: Prioritize streamlined operations

    Streamlining operations and improving efficiency are always top priorities in a surgery center, especially when focusing on growing your business. But day-to-day tasks and urgent action items often push strategic streamlining to the back-burner. With this in mind, it’s important to plan ahead.   By Cardinal Health -
  5. ASC supply chain tip of the day: How to cut streamline, cut supply costs

    Too many stock keeping units to track and manage can affect the efficiency of an ASC. Decreasing the SKU count can help ASCs streamline operations and reduce supply costs, according to Cardinal Health's Mandie Shipp, RN, BSN, senior consultant in clinical operations.  By Rachel Popa -
  6. An ASC administrator's solution to support frontline caregivers amid the medical mask shortage

    ASCs around the U.S. are turning their attention to supporting hospitals and frontline workers treating coronavirus patients.  By Laura Dyrda -
  7. 3 COVID-19 updates for gastroenterologists

    Three COVID-19 updates for gastroenterologists from this past week:  By Rachel Popa -
  8. EyeCare Partners keeping ASCs, clinics open for emergency surgeries

    EyeCare Partners in St. Louis is adhering to CDC guidance on the coronavirus pandemic and keeping its ASCs and ophthalmology clinics open for emergencies and ceasing noncritical patient visits.  By Rachel Popa -
  9. Minnesota spine practice remains open, utilizes telemedicine: 'Coronavirus is already affecting our lives deeply enough'

    Burnsville, Minn.-based Inspired Spine is continuing to operate on patients at risk for permanent neurological damage as resource-strapped hospitals cancel back and neck surgeries considered elective, according to a March 20 announcement.  By Angie Stewart -

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