Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Tennessee health system opens GI practice

    Knoxville, Tenn.-based Tennova Health opened a gastroenterology practice in Morristown, Tenn., recruiting a local gastroenterologist with more than 20 years of experience, the Citizen Tribune reported Nov. 20.
  2. Vermont hospital breaks ground on surgery center

    Brattleboro (Vt.) Memorial Hospital held a virtual groundbreaking for an outpatient medical pavilion housing a surgery center Oct. 30 during a Zoom meeting, the Brattleboro Reformer reports.
  3. Wisconsin health system opens same-day surgery center

    Milwaukee-based Aurora Health Center opened a same-day surgery center in Pleasant Prairie, Wis., Nov 4., the Kenosha News reported.

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  1. 41 GI centers opened or announced so far in 2020

    Forty-one surgery centers or practices with gastroenterology services opened or were announced so far in 2020.
  2. Florida eye practice grows LASIK volumes through COVID-19

    Jacksonville-based Florida Eye Specialists grew its LASIK program during the COVID-19 pandemic citing a 35 percent increase in procedures since May, local NBC and ABC affiliate FirstCoast News.
  3. Amazon launches online pharmacy; COVID-19 test supplies strained — 5 supply chain updates

    As the holiday season approaches, promising vaccine news from drugmakers AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna has been clouded by soaring COVID-19 case numbers. More than 187,000 new infections were recorded Nov. 19 in the U.S., putting continued strain on the healthcare supply chain.
  4. Cardiovascular organization partners with ASC developer

    Cardiovascular membership organization MedAxiom struck a partnership with Atlas Healthcare Partners, an ASC management company, according to a Nov. 16 announcement.

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  1. Firm explores converting emergency facility into ASC — 3 notes

    Workers are looking into converting an emergency facility in Fort Worth, Texas, into an ASC, according to Tom Malone, principal of TMA-CHA Architects.
  2. Minnesota ASC acquires system's 13th robotic device

    WestHealth Surgery Center in Plymouth, Minn., now uses Stryker's Mako robot in knee and hip replacements, according to CCX Media.
  3. What 4 ASC management companies did in 2020

    It has been a year of adaptation and opportunity for United Surgical Partners International, AmSurg, SurgCenter Development and Surgery Partners, all prominent ASC management and development companies.
  4. NYU Langone opens new ASC — 4 details

     New York City-based NYU Langone Health opened a new ASC on Long Island, according to a Nov. 16 press release.

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  1. Most-read ASC articles — Hospitals delaying electives, the biggest threats to ASCs and more

      Here are the most-read articles on Becker's ASC Review from Nov. 16-20:
  2. Viewpoint: ASCs are essential to future hospital strategy — 3 considerations

    Video killed the radio star, and hospitals could share the same fate at the hands of ASCs if they don't reevaluate growth strategy, according to Erin Nelson, director of strategy for healthcare consultancy Catalyst, a division of Haskell.
  3. Envision sends physician-led team to crisis front lines — A timeline of 12 deployments

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, Nashville, Tenn.-based Envision Healthcare has deployed clinician teams, implemented new care models, published critical resources and connected patients to care teams through virtual health technology.
  4. Physician practice sales during the pandemic — 5 insights on valuation, buyers & more

    Volume downturns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have led many physician owners to consider selling their practices, Medscape reported Nov. 17.
  5. ASCs gobble up hospital outpatient market share — 3 driving factors

    While hospital outpatient departments account for about 25 percent of all outpatient surgical volume, ASCs are gaining more market share, according to Erin Nelson, director of strategy for healthcare consultancy Catalyst, a division of Haskell.
  6. 8 GI PE deals in 2020 so far & 4 notable developments 

    After a banner year for activity in 2019, COVID-19 disrupted private equity investment in the gastroenterology space. Yet activity has resumed as the year winds down to a close. 
  7. U of Miami gastroenterologist Dr. Maria Abreu receives ACG's Lifetime Disruptor award

    The American College of Gastroenterology awarded University of Miami gastroenterologist Maria Abreu, MD, its Lifetime Disruptor award at ACG 2020, Oct. 23-28.
  8. Minnesota imaging practice acquires Utah imaging clinics

    Minneaspolis-based Center for Diagnostic Imaging acquired a pair of outpatient imaging groups in Salt Lake City, the company announced Nov. 17.
  9. Wisconsin plan commission denies Illinois orthopedic group's surgery center proposal

    The Beloit (Wis.) Plan Commission denied a request from Rockford-based OrthoIllinois to build a surgery center in the city, Beloit Daily News reports.

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