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  1. Alabama hospital expects to open ASC in late 2020

    Work is progressing on Opelika-based East Alabama Medical Center's ASC and freestanding emergency center in advance of its December opening.
  2. Bankruptcy judge allows Washington health system's sale of vacant hospital, medical office building housing ASC

    Yakima, Wash.-based Astria Health received federal approval to sell the vacant Astria Regional Medical Center and neighboring medical office building to an investment group for $20 million, the Yakima Herald reports.
  3. New Jersey heart center performs 550th TAVR procedure

    Brown Mills, N.J.-based Deborah Heart and Lung Center celebrated completing its 550th transcatheter aortic valve replacement, Insider NJ reported Oct. 21.

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  1. 5 employees of U of New Mexico outpatient surgery center test positive for COVID-19

    Five employees at Albuquerque, N.M.-based UNM Health's outpatient surgery center recently tested positive for COVID-19, local news affiliate KRQE reported Oct. 21.
  2. Mid-pandemic expansion, OB-GYNs in ASCs & more: 6 Qs with Dr. Natalya Danilyants

    At the beginning of October, The Center for Innovative GYN Care opened the CIGC Wellness Center in Rockville, Md. Becker's ASC Review spoke to the Wellness Center's founder, Natalya Danilyants, MD — who is also co-founder of Rockville's The Center for Innovative GYN Care — about her vision for the new facility, challenges specific to her specialty and more.
  3. Alabama ASC awaits decision on OR conversion — 3 details

    Madison (Ala.) Surgery Center is seeking approval to convert administrative space into clinical space, according to documents from Alabama's State Health Planning & Development Agency.
  4. Why Surgery Partners is bullish on total joints, robotics and more for the ASC

    The shift of more complex orthopedic, spine and cardiology procedures to the ASC has accelerated over the past few months. That transition will likely continue in the coming years with CMS’ proposal to remove 266 orthopedic procedures, including 67 spine procedures, from the inpatient only list in 2021.
  1. AAAHC awarded four-year accreditation from International Society for Quality in Health Care

    Skokie, Ill.-based Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care received four-year accreditation from the International Society for Quality in Health Care's External Evaluation Association International Accreditation Program, according to an Oct. 21 press release. 
  2. CMS creates blood-based CRC test approval guideline, but denies 1st-FDA-approved test

    CMS issued a proposal which declined to cover the first FDA-approved blood-based colorectal cancer screening test, but created a guideline for still-in-development tests to earn approval, according to an Oct. 16 memo.
  3. The 80 best hospitals for cardiology

    Healthgrades released its Healthgrades Specialty Excellence Awards and Best Hospitals for Specialty Care report Oct. 20, recognizing several facilities for top-line care.
  4. Texas surgery center asks appeals court to vacate $8M award to physician

    Houston Metro Ortho and Spine Surgery Center asked the appeals court for the 14th District of Texas to vacate an $8 million award Harris County District Court awarded Richard Francis, MD, because of the language in Dr. Francis' employment contract, Law360 reports.
  1. Missouri system to fold in surgical group, open vein center — 3 details

    Nonprofit health system CoxHealth plans to absorb Crighton Olive Dunn Surgical Group, according to an Oct. 16 announcement.
  2. Envision, Cigna reach multiyear agreement — 4 details

    Nashville, Tenn.-based Envision Healthcare reached a multiyear, statewide agreement with Cigna in Florida, according to an Oct. 21 announcement.
  3. Pacira opens training center to advance non-opioid pain management options

    Pacira BioSciences opened the Pacira Innovation and Training Center of Tampa (Fla.) to train physicians on non-opioid pain management options, the company announced Oct. 21.
  4. Epic, Exact Sciences speed up COVID-19 test result turnaround in Wisconsin

    In Wisconsin, Epic and Exact Sciences are decreasing COVID-19 test turnaround time by inputting results directly into Epic's MyChart program, Channel3000 reports.
  5. Researchers identify biomarker that precedes stomach cancer

    Tucson-based University of Arizona researchers have identified a biomarker that appears in patients before they develop stomach cancer, the university announced Oct. 20.
  6. USPI's Q3 operating revenues rise 8.2% to $565M — 8 things to know

    Addison, Texas-based United Surgical Partners International generated net operating revenues of $565 million in the third quarter ended Sept. 30, a year-over-year increase of 8.2 percent.
  7. Screening delays this year could lead to uptick in colorectal cancer mortality — 5 GI industry notes

      Here are five updates from gastroenterology companies and practices from the past week:
  8. A closer look at today's ASC landscape: Key observations from 4 industry experts

    Today's healthcare environment is rife with opportunities for ASCs and hospitals — but these opportunities go hand-in-hand with a number of challenges and implications for the industry's future.
  9. Debunking healthcare listings management: Why it’s not as difficult as you think

    Brands today are grappling with unprecedented challenges of customer acquisition and loyalty due to one common issue: the centralization of choices.

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