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  1. ASCs shouldn't cancel urgent surgeries, industry association says: 5 must-reads

    Five must read articles for ASC leaders this week:  By Rachel Popa -
  2. ASC supply chain tip of the day: Monitor staff for costly mistakes

    Alpharetta, Ga.-based Surgical Information Systems Chief Nursing Officer Ann Geier, RN, shared a tip for ASCs to improve inventory management practices on the company's blog.  By Rachel Popa -
  3. 4 COVID-19 guidelines for ASC leaders

      Professional societies are offering guidance to ASCs and healthcare practice on how to handle the COVID-19 pandemic.  By Rachel Popa -

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  1.  Perspective: Eyecare practices should prepare for more patients after COVID-19 pandemic

    Sumit Garg, MD, an associate professor at the Department of Ophthalmology for the University of California-Irvine shared his thoughts on the coronavirus pandemic with Medscape.  By Rachel Popa -
  2. Healthcare leaders: No reason for makeshift COVID-19 hospitals when ASCs sit vacant

    The nation's 5,800-plus ASCs — many of which have temporarily closed or limited services — could serve as treatment centers to slow the spread of COVID-19, several healthcare leaders say.  By Angie Stewart -
  3. Nebraska ASC plans for higher volumes — 5 things to know

    Less than a year after opening, a Nebraska ASC has plans to bolster its workforce, Sioux City Journal reports.  By Angie Stewart -
  4. 5 actions ASCs can take during the pandemic standstill

    A number of ASCs have closed or suspended elective procedures as the COVID-19 pandemic continues upending day-to-day life for Americans.  By Angie Stewart -

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  1. GI societies issue statement on COVID-19, 5 other must-reads this week

    Five must read articles for gastroenterologists this week:  By Rachel Popa -
  2. ASCs offer to share supplies, staff with hospitals treating COVID-19 patients

    ASCs and other healthcare facilities are sharing supplies with hospitals treating COVID-19 patients, according to the Pantagraph.  By Rachel Popa -
  3. 13 centers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic l March 24

    Surgery centers are canceling elective surgeries or imposing visitor limits in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.   By Eric Oliver -
  4. Kentucky halts elective medical procedures — 3 insights

    Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear ordered clinicians to stop performing elective medical procedures March 23 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Louisville Courier Journal reports.  By Eric Oliver -

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  1. Illinois governor asks ASCs to donate unused PPE

    The Illinois Department of Public Health is asking all ASCs, outpatient surgery centers and veterinarians to donate unused personal protective equipment to providers on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak.  By Angie Stewart -
  2. Texas halts all nonessential medical procedures — 4 insights

    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered clinicians to delay all nonessential surgeries in the state March 23 to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, local NBC affiliate KXAN reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. Florida clinician group asks governor to resolve payment disparities for telehealth services

    The Florida Medical Association is lobbying Gov. Ron DeSantis to issue an emergency order addressing payment disparities between telehealth and in-person services following the suspension of elective surgeries in the state, Florida Trend reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. New Hampshire ASC loses 80% of business to COVID-19, closes 1 location

    Bedford (N.H.) Ambulatory Surgical Center CEO Nick Vailas said his surgery center has lost about 80 percent of its business due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Hampshire Union Leader reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  5. Tennessee governor orders ASCs to halt elective surgery, donate PPE: 4 notes

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee issued an executive order to limit outpatient surgery centers during the coronavirus pandemic, according to an ABC 7 report.  By Laura Dyrda -
  6. Surgery Partners makes move for financial flexibility, withdraws 2020 outlook due to COVID-19: 4 details

    Surgery Partners filed a form 8-K and withdrew its full year 2020 outlook, according to Market Exclusive.  By Laura Dyrda -
  7. COVID-19 causes ASC closures & more — 8 ASC industry notes

    Here are eight updates on ASC companies and industry-relevant companies to note:  By Eric Oliver -
  8. ASCA releases checklist for surgery centers lending support to COVID-19 response

    The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association released a tool for ASCs to record the resources and capacity they have to assist with COVID-19 patients.  By Rachel Popa -
  9. Medline will use Wisconsin plant to produce 150K bottles of hand sanitizer

     Medline is using its manufacturing facility in Hartland, Wis., to produce hand sanitizer.  By Rachel Popa -

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