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  1. 4 resources for GIs treating COVID-19 patients

    Gastroenterologists treating COVID-19 patients have a number of resources to help guide them, including statements from professional societies and dedicated websites with information on the virus.  By Rachel Popa -
  2. A model for the nation: New York ASCs prepare to play direct role in COVID-19 relief

    In a state where cases of COVID-19 are doubling nearly every three days, the New York State Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers is regularly communicating with its roughly 80 members to offer guidance, resources and leadership through the crisis.  By Angie Stewart -
  3. Specialty hospital CEO: We're performing surgeries to alleviate 'pain and suffering'

    Sioux Falls (S.D.) Specialty Hospital is performing surgeries, but only ones that comply with Republican Gov. Kristi Noem's mandate to cease elective surgeries, the Argus Leader reports.  By Angie Stewart -

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  1. Wisconsin ASC nurse told masks will run out in 5 days

    Through surveys, emails and interviews with more than a dozen Wisconsin nurses, the Sun Prairie Star discovered that many in Madison, Monroe and Milwaukee feel unprepared to confront an expected surge of patients with COVID-19.  By Angie Stewart -
  2. 15 ASC-focused articles that aren't about COVID-19

    The spread of COVID-19 has dominated national news for most of March, but other ASC-related updates have been trickling out of the industry.  By Angie Stewart -
  3. New York ASC in talks to boost COVID-19 treatment capacity

    Rome (N.Y.) Memorial Hospital is hoping to increase capacity by 50 percent to treat COVID-19 patients by using an ASC and other healthcare facilities, according to the Rome Sentinel.  By Rachel Popa -
  4. 4 hospitals, health systems looking to ASCs for COVID-19 resources

    Healthcare leaders are weighing the possibility that ASCs could help hospitals handle surges of COVID-19 cases across the U.S.  By Angie Stewart -

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  1. CMS joins call to halt elective gastroenterology procedures during pandemic

    CMS recommends that all elective gastroenterology procedures be delayed during the COVID-19 pandemic to free up resources and limit exposure.  By Rachel Popa -
  2. How GIs are preparing for COVID-19 & more: 4 GI industry key notes

    Here are four updates from gastroenterology companies and practices from the past week:  By Eric Oliver -
  3. Surgicore buying New Jersey acute care hospital

    For-profit surgery center management company Surgicore is the group behind a business formed to acquire Bayonne (N.J.) Medical Center, the firm confirmed March 24 to The Jersey Journal.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. North Dakota hospital using surgery center for COVID-19 patient overflow — 3 insights

    Jamestown (N.D.) Regional Medical Center has a surge plan in place to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, The Jamestown Sun reports.  By Eric Oliver -

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  1. New York halts all elective procedures — 5 insights

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo postponed elective surgeries in the state and ordered ASCs, general hospitals, office-based surgery practices and diagnostic centers to make beds available to patients if needed, the National Law Review reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. Open visa processing for international physicians sought amid pandemic

    The American Medical Association is calling on the U.S. State Department to expand the physician workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic by opening visa processing for international physicians.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Kugler Vision ASC shifts to telehealth for COVID-19, offers free supplies

    The Kugler Vision refractive surgery center in Omaha, Neb., is postponing elective procedures and using telehealth for the next six weeks in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  By Rachel Popa -
  4. 2 Florida ASCs postpone procedures: 4 things to know

    Gulf Breeze, Fla.-based Andrews Institute and Baptist Health have postponed procedures at two surgery centers to comply with guidance from the government, according to  By Rachel Popa -
  5. PPE shortages leave providers scrambling during pandemic — 5 key things to know

    International shortages of personal protective equipment such as masks, gowns and face shields are leaving physicians and nurses "dangerously ill-equipped to care for COVID-19 patients," the World Health Organization declared March 3.  By Angie Stewart -
  6. ASCs shouldn't cancel urgent surgeries, industry association says: 5 must-reads

    Five must read articles for ASC leaders this week:  By Rachel Popa -
  7. ASC supply chain tip of the day: Monitor staff for costly mistakes

    Alpharetta, Ga.-based Surgical Information Systems Chief Nursing Officer Ann Geier, RN, shared a tip for ASCs to improve inventory management practices on the company's blog.  By Rachel Popa -
  8. 4 COVID-19 guidelines for ASC leaders

      Professional societies are offering guidance to ASCs and healthcare practice on how to handle the COVID-19 pandemic.  By Rachel Popa -
  9.  Perspective: Eyecare practices should prepare for more patients after COVID-19 pandemic

    Sumit Garg, MD, an associate professor at the Department of Ophthalmology for the University of California-Irvine shared his thoughts on the coronavirus pandemic with Medscape.  By Rachel Popa -

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