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  1. ASCs brace for coronavirus & more — 12 ASC industry notes

    Here are 12 updates on ASC companies and industry-relevant companies to note:   By Eric Oliver -
  2. Massachusetts directs hospitals to postpone all elective surgeries

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on March 15 directed hospitals to postpone elective surgeries so they can free up space for COVID-19 patients, The Boston Globe reports.  By Angie Stewart -
  3. Massachusetts hospital to eliminate services, expecting losses to competing ASC

    Anticipating stiff competition from a new ASC, Framingham, Mass.-based MetroWest Medical Center plans to shutter many services at Leonard Morse Hospital in Natick, Mass., The MetroWest Daily News reports.  By Angie Stewart -

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  1. ASCA issues guidance for surgery centers amid COVID-19 spread

    The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association urged ASCs to remain open for elective urgent surgeries and provided safety guidelines as a growing number of COVID-19 cases are reported in the U.S.  By Angie Stewart -
  2. Muve Health opens hyper-specialty orthopedic center — 4 things to know

    Muve Health opened a hyper-specialty total joint replacement center in Warminster, Pa., the organization announced March 16.  By Angie Stewart -
  3. ASC supply chain tip of the day: Communication is key

      Planning for supply chain shortages can help ASCs prepare their teams quickly and efficiently when a disruption occurs, according to Cheryl Poplaski, Vizient's senior director of supply chain operations.  By Rachel Popa -
  4. ASCs will likely pick up more procedures when coronavirus subsides: 5 must-reads this week

      Five must read articles for ASC leaders this week:  By Rachel Popa -

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  1. What gastroenterologists should know about coronavirus: 5 must-reads this week

      Five must-read articles for gastroenterologists this week:  By Rachel Popa -
  2. WalletHub's 10 best states for physicians

      Many of the best states for physicians to practice are in the Western and Southern parts of the U.S., according to the 2020 best and worst states for physicians list by personal finance website WalletHub.  By Rachel Popa -
  3. ASC adds total joint replacements in new medical plaza expansion

      A 45,000-square-foot medical plaza with an ASC expansion broke ground last week in Victoria, Texas, according to the Victoria Advocate.  By Rachel Popa -
  4. 4 new joint-venture ASCs — February 2020

    Here are four joint-venture ASCs opened or announced in February:  By Eric Oliver -

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  1. Hospital delays surgery center project — 3 insights

    Lakeview Hospital has put its plans for a 96-bed hospital, medical office building, senior housing project and same-day surgery center on hold, the StarTribune reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. US surgeon general: Stop elective procedures 

    The U.S. surgeon general asked hospitals to consider stopping elective surgeries until the U.S. makes progress on combating the novel coronavirus, Politico reports.   By Eric Oliver -
  3. Florida Digestive Health Specialists expanding — 3 insights

    Bradenton-based Florida Digestive Health Specialists is building a 30,000-square-foot medical office building near its corporate headquarters, Business Observer reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. GI societies issue joint statement on COVID-19 — What you should know, what you should do

    The American College of Gastroenterology, American Gastroenterological Association, American Association for Study of Liver Diseases and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy outlined everything they knew about COVID-19 in a joint statement.  By Eric Oliver -
  5. Ohio encourages delay of elective procedures, could move to require it — 3 key insights

    Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine recommended that patients postpone dental and veterinary procedures and is expected to give guidance on elective medical procedures March 16, cleveland.com reports.  By Angie Stewart -
  6. 6 details on MedPAC's report to Congress: Number of ASCs up 2.6% in 2018 and more

    MedPAC released its 2020 report, including recommendations to maintain beneficiary access to ASC services and requiring ASCs, keeping providers under financial pressure to constrain costs and require centers to submit cost data.  By Laura Dyrda -
  7. Wisconsin ASC records 10,000th patient

    The Ambulatory Surgical Center of Stevens Point (Wis.) treated its 10,000th patient in March, Stevens Point News reports.  By Angie Stewart -
  8. Illinois hospital clears hurdle for $194M surgery center, specialty clinic project — 4 highlights

    The University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago is moving forward with a $194 million surgery center and clinic development after gaining trustees' approval March 12.  By Angie Stewart -
  9. ASC supply chain tip of the day: Prepare for disruption

      Understanding the risk of disruptions in an ASC supply chain takes time, planning and continuous assessment, according to Cheryl Poplaski, Vizient's senior director of supply chain operations.  By Rachel Popa -

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