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  1. Vanderbilt plans $15M ASC in former supermarket

    Nashville, Tenn.-based Vanderbilt University Medical Center plans to convert a former supermarket into an ASC for more than $15 million, Nashville Business Journal reports.  By Angie Stewart -
  2. AAAASF, Joint Commission suspend routine surveys indefinitely

    Two major accrediting organizations are suspending normal survey activities due to COVID-19.  By Angie Stewart -
  3. Las Vegas practice building surgery center

    Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Surgery is building a 13,000-square-foot surgery center, Nevada Business reports.   By Eric Oliver -

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  1. Firm seeks buyer for pair of medical office buildings in Texas

    Capital Square 1031 launched a Delaware statutory trust offering March 19 for a pair of medical office buildings in Corpus Christi, Texas.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. ASCs may be key players in COVID-19 cases

    ASCs can play a key role in combating COVID-19, according to a special report by MSNBC's "Morning Joe."  By Eric Oliver -
  3. Idaho anesthesia practice lays off 53 — Owner: 'I woke up in hell'

    Boise (Idaho) Anesthesia Physician Associates laid off 53 employees in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Idaho Statesman reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. Kaiser may use ASCs for coronavirus patients in Colorado

    Kaiser-Permanente is looking into using ASCs and critical-care hospitals to add beds for patients for the surge of COVID-19 patients in Colorado, according to the Denver Post.  By Rachel Popa -

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  1. Improving ASC KPIs: Collections, write-offs, and 3 overlooked credit metrics

    ASCs that effectively implement processes to monitor and analyze key performance indicators (KPIs) strengthen their center's revenue cycle performance. This is made possible by recognizing problems that negatively affect revenue and profits. Once identified, ASCs can apply data-driven changes that stop and reverse negative trends.  By Angela Mattioda, Vice President of Revenue Cycle Management Services, Surgical Notes -
  2. New CMS surgery recommendations for ASCs

    Hospitals, hospital outpatient departments and ASCs with low COVID-19 cases treating intermediate acuity and unhealthy patients should consider postponing low-risk cancer surgeries and nonurgent spine and orthopedic surgeries, according to a new CMS recommendation.  By Rachel Popa -
  3. Life after COVID-19 — What the pandemic + an impending recession could mean for ASCs

    The COVID-19 pandemic has made the world more "infection-conscious," which could accelerate ASC migration down the line, according to Atlas Surgical Group CEO Shakeel Ahmed, MD.  By Angie Stewart -
  4. Physicians may no longer need a new license to cross state lines

    Physicians and other medical professionals will no longer need a new license to care for patients across state lines, according to a statement made by Vice President Mike Pence during a White House press briefing on March 18.  By Laura Dyrda -

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  1. 'It's everybody against the infection': Texas ASC administrator on keeping germs at bay

      Alfonso del Granado, administrator of the Covenant High Plains Surgery Center in Lubbock, Texas, shares his thoughts and expertise on improving infection control in ASCs.  By Rachel Popa -
  2. ASC supply chain tip of the day: Ask yourself the '5 whys'

      Molly Ehrlich, Vizient's consulting director of advisory solutions for supply chain operations, shared a story on Vizient's blog about an operating room that kept running out of supplies.  By Rachel Popa -
  3. 'It's like building a moon colony': 2 surgeons on starting an outpatient total joint program

      The Oregon Surgical Institute in Beaverton, Ore., an ASC dedicated solely to outpatient joint replacements, opened last year. Two of the institutes partner surgeons, Drs. Jim Ballard and Chris Nanson, shared their thoughts on their experience opening the center with Regent Surgical Health.  By Rachel Popa -
  4. The double-edged sword of private equity in orthopedics: OrthoNOW's Dr. Alejandro Badia weighs in

      Alejandro Badia, MD, is the founder of the OrthoNOW orthopedic walk-in clinics. Dr. Badia specializes in hand and upper extremity surgery, and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Here, Dr. Badia shares his thoughts on private equity in orthopedics, outpatient total joints and more.  By Rachel Popa -
  5. Allegheny Health ASC volume spiked 9% in 2019, net income up $95M — 5 things to know

    Allegheny Health Network's 2019 net income was up $95 million year over year, and ASC volume increased by about 9 percent, according to TribLive.  By Angie Stewart -
  6. 13 centers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic l March 18

    Surgery centers are canceling elective surgeries or imposing visitor limits in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.   By Eric Oliver -
  7. Digestive Disease Week 2020 canceled

    Digestive Disease Week 2020 has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   By Eric Oliver -
  8. GI Alliance kicks off 2020 & more: 7 GI industry key notes

    Here are seven updates from gastroenterology companies and practices from the past week:  By Eric Oliver -
  9. UPMC won't stop elective surgeries — 4 insights

    Pittsburgh-based UPMC will continue performing elective surgeries despite national calls to delay such procedures, TribLive reports.  By Eric Oliver -

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