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  1. Mayo Clinic in Wisconsin implements COVID-19-related visitor restrictions

    Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic Health System rolled out visitor restrictions at its Northwest Wisconsin locations in response to surging COVID-19 case numbers, The Chronotype reports.
  2. Many colonoscopies end with surprise medical bills, study says

    Nearly 1 in 12 colonoscopies without an associated intervention ended with an out-of-network claim, according to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
  3. University Hospitals in Cleveland inks partnership to develop ASC network: 4 details

    Cleveland-based University Hospitals aims to develop a network of ASCs in partnership with ValueHealth, a digital health company.

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  1. 'We're letting the science dictate here': What Johnson & Johnson's CFO said on pausing COVID-19 vaccine trials

    On Oct. 12, Johnson & Johnson temporarily paused its COVID-19 vaccine candidate clinical trials after a participant developed an unexplained illness.
  2. Physicians resign from Kansas hospital over CEO salary & more — 13 ASC industry notes

    Here are 13 updates on ASC companies and industry-relevant companies to note:
  3. A strong COVID-19 response starts at the top — 4 tips from The Joint Commission

    While largely isolated from initial and subsequent COVID-19 responses, ASCs have to ensure they have a comprehensive infection prevention plan to reduce the risk of viral transmission and continue elective procedures.
  4. Sparrow Health to build new outpatient surgery center

    Lansing, Mich.-based Sparrow Health announced construction of a new outpatient surgery center in an Oct. 12 press release.
  1. North Dakota clinic paid $5.5M to settle allegedly illegal ASC arrangement

    Bismarck, N.D.-based Mid Dakota Clinic settled allegations that a financial arrangement with its wholly owned ASC violated the Anti-Kickback Statute, according to an Oct. 9 case summary.
  2. A breakdown of US per-capita healthcare spending in 2018

    For the U.S. and comparable countries, inpatient and outpatient care was the largest category of per-capita health spending in 2018, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of statistics from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
  3. Colorado eye practice opens new location

    Pueblo, Colo.-based Rocky Mountain Eye Center is expected to hold a virtual ribbon-cutting for its new Walsenburg, Colo., office Oct. 13, The Pueblo Chieftain reports.
  4. California Medicare-focused insurance company's financial woes lead to provider contract terminations

    Southern California-based Vitality Health Plan is in dire financial need, which has caused several area hospitals and surgery centers to terminate their contracts with the insurer, The Mercury News reports.
  1. Adventist HealthCare breaks ground on medical office building with surgery center

    Gaithersburg, Md.-based Adventist HealthCare recently broke ground on a 97,000-square-foot medical office building in Oxon Hill, Md., Commercial Property Executive reports.
  2. Looking ahead in otolaryngology: 6 practitioners on the years ahead

    Here's what six otolaryngoloists told Becker's ASC Review about their outlook on the field over the next one to two years:
  3. Pennsylvania health system activates surge plan for mounting COVID-19 cases

    State College, Pa.-based Mount Nittany Health has activated its surge capacity plan to deal with the growing number of COVID-19 inpatients, StateCollege.com reports.
  4. What keeps otolaryngologists up at night: 6 perspectives

    Otolaryngology is a growing field that's faced unique challenges amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Six otolaryngologists told Becker's ASC Review about what keeps them up at night.
  5. 5 ways ASCs can capitalize on anticipated revenue growth

    Revenue in the ASC market is estimated to hit $43 billion in 2021, an increase of 54 percent from 2015, according to a report from Bain & Co. In contrast, the number of procedures performed in ASCs is estimated to hit 27 million in 2021, an increase of 35 percent from 2015. This highlights the movement of high-acuity, high-reimbursing specialties into outpatient settings as revenue growth is outpacing procedure growth.
  6. Total Joint Orthopedics, Think Surgical collaborate to enhance total knee replacements

    Salt Lake City-based Total Joint Orthopedics is partnering with Fremont, Calif.-based robotic technology company Think Surgical, according to a Sept. 23 press release.
  7. 8 hospitals, health systems opening ASCs

    Here are eight hospitals and health systems that opened or announced plans for ASCs in September:
  8. 10 most-read ASC stories — How ASC leaders are thinking about a COVID-19 vaccine

    Here are the 10 top-read stories on Becker's ASC Review during the week of Oct. 5-9.
  9. Physician-owned specialty hospital opens outpatient center in Texas — 5 details

    San Antonio-based South Texas Spine & Surgical Hospital opened its new outpatient surgery center in August.

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