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  1. Maine hospital closes surgery center, furloughs portion of staff

    Portland, Maine-based InterMed furloughed more than a third of its staff and temporarily closed its surgery center and audiology and physical therapy departments, the Portland Press Herald reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. Idaho hospital using surgery center for COVID-19 testing

    Twin Falls, Idaho-based St. Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center opened a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site outside of its surgery center, MVMagicValley.com reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  3. Flagship Air Force outpatient facility offers drive-thru COVID-19 screening

    A San Antonio-based ASC operated by the U.S. Air Force is offering drive-thru screening for COVID-19.  By Angie Stewart -

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  1. New York hospital turning ASC into 75-bed surge facility

    Olean (N.Y.) General Hospital is converting its ASC into a COVID-19 treatment facility, the Olean Times Herald reports.  By Angie Stewart -
  2. How ASCs, specialty hospitals can safeguard margins in a crisis — 3 strategies

    After suspending elective services during the COVID-19 pandemic, ASCs, specialty hospitals and children's hospitals are likely to feel a squeeze on margins, according to Rick Kes, a senior healthcare analyst for RSM US.  By Angie Stewart -
  3. Minnesota extends tax deadlines for surgical centers, other providers — 3 quick notes

    As healthcare providers battle the COVID-19 pandemic, Minnesota is extending tax-filing deadlines upon request, according to JD Supra.  By Angie Stewart -
  4. Andrew Cuomo, the governor guiding New York through a crisis: 3 things to know

    Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has captured the national spotlight with daily briefings on New York's COVID-19 crisis.  By Angie Stewart -

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  1. Illinois system converts former surgery center into COVID-19 testing site

    Urbana, Ill.-based Carle health system converted a former outpatient surgery center into a COVID-19 testing site, The News-Gazette reports.  By Angie Stewart -
  2. Arizona, Maryland could increase ICU bed capacity by nearly 50% by using ASCs — State-by-state projections

    Maryland stands to benefit more than any other U.S. state from using ASCs to manage COVID-19 surge capacity, according to a new model by Array Analytics.  By Angie Stewart -
  3. ASCs could increase national ICU bed supply by 21%, model projects

    Health systems can significantly increase their capacity for a surge in COVID-19 cases by leveraging ASCs, according to a new model by Array Analytics.  By Angie Stewart -
  4. Asymptomatic patient reportedly had surgery at ASC before COVID-19 diagnosis

    The first patient in Gothenburg, Neb., to be diagnosed with COVID-19 had surgery at North Platte (Neb.) Surgery Center before beginning to show symptoms, according to the Gothenburg Leader.  By Angie Stewart -

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  1. 4 COVID-19 updates for gastroenterologists this week

    Four COVID-19 updates for gastroenterologists this week:  By Rachel Popa -
  2. 4 hospitals, health systems using ASCs in patient surge plans

    Hospitals and health systems acorss the country are looking to ASCs to accomodate patients during the COVID-19 pandemic:  By Rachel Popa -
  3. 3 tips for managing physician compensation, coverage in the COVID-19 pandemic

      Healthcare valuation company VMG Health shared tips for handing physician and clinician scheduling and compensation during a pandemic.  By Rachel Popa -
  4. Connecticut hospital shifts surgical procedures to neighboring surgery center — 3 insights

    Eastern Connecticut Health Network facilities Rockville General Hospital and Manchester Memorial are working together to handle the COVID-19 pandemic, the Journal Inquirer reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  5. 27 states canceling elective procedures

    Several state governors have issued executive orders to cancel elective surgical procedures in their state.  By Eric Oliver -
  6. What it was like: Laid off Minnesota ASC employees share COVID-19 fears

    Business Insider spoke with several employees of three Minnesota ASCs, providing an anonymous look into their mindsets before Gov. Tim Walz halted all elective procedures in the state March 23.  By Eric Oliver -
  7. Texas emergency center CEO calls on state to help get freestanding ERs recognized by CMS

    Cypress-based Texas Emergency Care Center CEO Rhonda Sandel wants Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to tell President Donald Trump that CMS should reimburse freestanding emergency centers for providing care to Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare patients.  By Eric Oliver -
  8. California hospital pivots surgeries to surgery center to increase capacity — 3 insights

    Colton, Calif.-based Arrowhead Regional Medical Center plans to increase its bed count by 30 percent to 50 percent through a series of strategic initiatives, the San Bernardino Sun reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  9. HCA division president to retire after 33-year career — 4 insights

    Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare named Richard Hammett president of HCA Healthcare's North Florida Division, effective June 1.  By Eric Oliver -

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