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  1. 10 predictions for ASCs in 2022

    Consolidation, payer policies, nurse shortages and COVID-19 will continue to loom large for ASCs over the next 12 months.
  2. How opioid-free anesthesia can boost cases, reduce costs at ASCs: Q&A with Dr. Chhaya Patel

    Time is money for ASCs, but patient care must always be the No. 1 priority. The use of opioid-free anesthesia can provide quality pain control while reducing postoperative complications for patients and allow for improved productivity for surgery centers, according to a study published in Urology in Pediatrics.
  3. New daily COVID-19 cases at all-time high & 6 more updates

    Here are seven COVID-19 updates from the last week:
  1. Mass General Brigham's controversial $400M ASC expansion won't raise costs, report says

    Boston-based Mass General Brigham's controversial $400 million plan to build three ASCs would lower healthcare prices, according to an independent report by Sean May, PhD, of Charles River Associates.
  2. USPI: 10 things to know headed into 2022

    Addison, Texas-based United Surgical Partners International, a subsidiary of Tenet Healthcare, had a strong 2021. Here are 10 developments to know over the last 12 months:
  3. Ophthalmology leader Dr. Stan Truhlsen dies

    Stan Truhlsen, MD, an ophthalmology leader and former professor at the Omaha-based University of Nebraska Medical Center, died Dec. 23 at the age of 101.
  4. North Carolina medical office building sold for $8M

    Charlotte, N.C.-based Flagship Healthcare Trust purchased a medical office building in Rocky Mount, N.C., for $8 million, Triad Business Journal reported Dec. 28.

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  1. New Indiana law aims to reduce surprise billing

    An Indiana law going into effect Jan. 1 hopes to reduce surprise billing, WNDU reported Dec. 28.
  2. Colorado ASC 1st in state to perform percutaneous coronary intervention

    Denver-based Vascular Labs of the Rockies has become the first ASC in Colorado to perform a percutaneous coronary intervention.
  3. Texas ASC earns Blue Cross Blue Shield distinction for bariatric surgery

    Covenant High Plains Surgery Center's Quaker Avenue location has earned a Blue Cross Blue Shield distinction for bariatric surgery. 
  4. Surgery Partners: 10 things to know headed into 2022

    Brentwood, Tenn.-based Surgery Partners has been focused on growth over the past 12 months.

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  1. COVID-19 spike forces extreme actions to avert crisis: 5 notes

    ASC administrators hope to move past COVID-19 next year, but the pandemic is far from over. The U.S. hit a new seven-day average record of 267,000 cases Dec. 28, according to The New York Times.
  2. Gastro Health in 2021: 11 updates

    Miami-based Gastro Health had a strong year, adding nine practices and expanding its reach in Florida, Ohio and Virginia. 
  3. 150+ ASC administrators to know

    Here are 154 administrators to know:
  4. 'It's time to look ahead': What administrators are looking forward to in 2022

    Five administrators joined Becker's ASC Review to discuss what they're most looking forward to in 2022. 
  5. Maryland health system restricts visitors at its ASC amid COVID-19 spikes 

    Prince Frederick, Md.-based CalvertHealth is restricting visitors at its facilities amid COVID-19 spikes, including at its ASC, beginning Dec. 28.
  6. Ohio health system building $45M campus with ASC

    The Genesis HealthCare System of Zanesville is opening a campus with an ASC in Coshocton, Ohio, the Coshocton Tribune reported Dec. 26. 
  7. Pennsylvania ASC performs its 1st outpatient total joint replacement

    Huntingdon Valley (Pa.) Surgery Center has performed its first knee joint replacement surgery. 
  8. Texas hospital converting women's center to ASC in $3.8M project

    The Graham (Texas) Regional Medical Center is converting its former women's center to a surgery center, The Graham Leader reported Dec. 24.
  9. California ASC workers must receive boosters: 5 things to know

    California will require that healthcare workers, including at ASCs, receive a COVID-19 booster, the California Department of Public Health said Dec. 22.

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