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  1. South Dakota ASC suspends procedures, relocates some due to COVID-19 surge

    Surgeries at Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Avera Surgery Center have been suspended, and others across the health system have been relocated to free up staff as COVID-19 cases rise, according to an Oct. 15 report by the Argus Leader.
  2. 4 new joint-venture ASCs — September 2020

    Becker's ASC Review reported on four joint-venture ASCs that were opened or announced in September.
  3. 3 areas where top-performing medical practices excel

    Top-performing medical practices excel in certain areas that set them apart from the field.

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  1. 4 recent GI facilities

    Here are four new GI-driven ASCs and facilities that were opened or announced in September:
  2. Study: COVID-19 measures 'significantly impacted labor and supply expenses' in ASCs

    Ophthalmic ASCs saw a sharp rise in expenditure due to the use of personal protective equipment and other COVID-19-related practices, according to a recent study conducted by Progressive Surgical Solutions, a division of BSM Consulting.
  3. Work begins on new ASC in Arizona — 3 details

    An ASC development is underway in Paradise Valley, Ariz., according to Marwan Tamimi, an architect working on the project.
  4. Surgery centers have never been more relevant — 2 ASC experts on how to capitalize on growth

    To capitalize on developing income streams, surgery centers need to have an integrated system to manage the surgical process from before the patient enters the building until long after they've recovered from the procedure.
  1. Florida hospital opens $19M outpatient medical facility

    Pensacola, Fla.-based Ascension Sacred Heart opened a $19 million outpatient medical facility Oct. 12, with six operating rooms for outpatient surgery, the Pensacola News Journal reports.
  2. Physicians, legislators don't expect New York to halt elective surgeries during 2nd wave of COVID-19

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo proactively managed the state's first response to COVID-19, halting elective procedures to preserve capacity for coronavirus patients, but the ramifications of the delay are still being worked through today, with some patients still waiting for their procedure.
  3. Sarasota Memorial Health Care System opens outpatient GI center

    Sarasota (Fla.) Memorial Health Care System opened an outpatient center with an endoscopy suite Oct. 15, SRQ Magazine reports.
  4. 5 most-read stories in GI this week — 4 gastroenterologists on Exact Sciences' Cologuard

    Here are the five most-read articles on Becker's ASC Review from Oct. 8-16: 
  1. 5 health insurers dominating market share

    The American Medical Association identified five health insurers that hold the highest market share in the most markets in its 2020 study on competition in commercial health insurance markets.
  2. 15 states where a single health insurer leads the market

    The American Medical Association published its annual study on competition in commercial health insurance markets.
  3. Sen. Harris halts travel after 2 staffers test positive for COVID-19

    Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris of California has halted travel after two people involved with Joe Biden's campaign tested positive for COVID-19, according to a campaign statement Oct. 15.
  4. SCA centers added 1,000+ new surgeons in 2020 so far: 5 things to know

    Surgical Care Affiliates helped propel Optum's 12 percent year-over-year increase in quarterly earnings for the third quarter as it continues to add surgeons and services amid the pandemic.
  5. White House officials support paper urging herd immunity approach to COVID-19 

    The White House stood behind a declaration from a group of scientists advocating for a herd immunity approach to managing COVID-19, The New York Times reports.
  6. 10 states with the most concentrated health insurance markets — Alabama is No. 1

    Lack of competition is a worsening problem for already-concentrated health insurance markets, according to the American Medical Association's 2020 "Competition in Health Insurance: A Comprehensive Study of U.S. Markets."
  7. AMA study: Competition sinks further in most health insurance markets

    Highly concentrated markets for commercial health insurance have grown even more concentrated over the past five years, according to a new study from the American Medical Association.
  8. Texas practice performs 2 heart procedures in ASC setting

    Waco-based Heart of Texas Surgery Center recently performed two heart procedures in an ASC, according to administrator Debbie Smith.
  9. Women, most races remain underrepresented in cardiology, study says

    African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans make up only 8 percent of practicing cardiologists, according to research from Boston University.

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