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  1. Huntsville Hospital trims payroll, taps ASC nurses for COVID-19 relief

    Huntsville (Ala.) Hospital is trimming its payroll with furloughs, layoffs and reduced hours in departments that have seen low volumes due to COVID-19, AL.com reports.  By Angie Stewart -
  2. 'Hospitals Without Walls' gives ASCs role in COVID-19 relief — 4 industry reactions

    Unveiled March 30, CMS' new "Hospitals Without Walls" initiative allows hospitals to provide inpatient care in ASCs and other temporary expansion sites as part of their COVID-19 response efforts.  By Angie Stewart -
  3. Texas system to reopen surgery center ahead of May COVID-19 peak — 3 things to know

    Fort Worth, Texas-based JPS Health Network plans to reopen Surgical Center Arlington (Texas) as the state braces for a surge of COVID-19 patients, KERA News reports.  By Angie Stewart -

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  1. AAAHC changes operational processes during COVID-19 pandemic

    The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care made a series of operational process changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. Washington orthopedic group pivots ASC to trauma procedures

    Spokane, Wash.-based Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists implemented a series of changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Spokesman-Review reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. Washington practice using surgery center to increase hospital capacity

    Tacoma, Wash.-based Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates is using its ASC to assist hospitals with their surgical caseload, SouthSound Talk reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. Iowa providers partner to create outpatient department

    Mason City, Iowa-based providers MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center and Mason City Clinic partnered to expand MercyOne's outpatient presence, local news outlet KIMT3 reports.  By Eric Oliver -

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  1. ASCA postpones 2020 annual meeting — 5 things to know

    The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association is postponing its 2020 annual meeting, President and CEO William Prentice announced April 1.  By Angie Stewart -
  2. COVID-19 upends finances, supplies and staffing for Michigan GI practice

    Ypsilanti, Mich.-based Huron Gastroenterology was blindsided by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to research director Naresh Gunaratnam, MD, who was interviewed by NextServices President Praveen Suthrum.  By Angie Stewart -
  3. Alabama surgery center to receive 25 homemade masks

    An Alabama resident who has assembled and donated more than 150 masks to medical providers is sending some to a local surgery center, Eagle Eye TV reports.  By Angie Stewart -
  4. How COVID-19 has affected Envision Healthcare — 4 insights

    COVID-19 is battering Nashville, Tenn.-based Envision Healthcare as the company suffered declines at its 168 ASCs, according to an analysis by Bloomberg.  By Eric Oliver -

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  1. COVID-19 updates for gastroenterologists & more: 7 GI company key notes

    Here are seven updates from gastroenterology companies from the past week:   By Eric Oliver -
  2. GI societies make joint recommendations for endoscopic procedures during COVID-19 

    The American College of Gastroenterology, American Gastroenterological Association, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy provided guidance around how gastroenterologists should perform procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. Michigan eye group pivots to telemedicine

    Private equity-backed Blue Sky Vision made a series of changes at its practices due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. Texas hospital building ASC — 3 insights

    Fort Worth, Texas-based Medical City Alliance is building an ASC to alleviate the caseload in its main operating rooms, Community Impact reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  5. ASCs prepare to take on patients amid COVID-19: 4 key questions

    CMS issued new regulations on March 30 that will allow ASCs more flexibility in treating patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.  By Laura Dyrda -
  6. AmSurg ASC diagnoses patient with rectal cancer after colonoscopy — A delay could have been fatal

    Like COVID-19, colon cancer is an invisible disease that can be fatal; it is the second-leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. among men and women combined, according to AmSurg, a Nashville, Tenn.-based ASC management company.  By Angie Stewart -
  7. ASCs could get financial relief under $2 trillion stimulus law — 4 things to know

    ASCs may be eligible for financial relief under the CARES Act, a nearly $2 trillion stimulus package for small and mid-size businesses, The National Law Review reports.  By Angie Stewart -
  8. Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists postpones elective procedures

    Syracuse (N.Y.) Orthopedic Specialists made a number of operational changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  By Eric Oliver -
  9. 4 more states cancel elective procedures

    Four more governors have issued executive orders or recommended healthcare facilities cancel elective surgical procedures.  By Eric Oliver -

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