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Medtronic Receives FDA Approval for Pipeline Flex Embolization Device with Shield Technology

Medtronic plc announced it has received approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Pipeline Flex Embolization Device with Shield Technology.

CBET Announces Purdue Partnership at MD Expo

Purdue University is pairing its online courses to prepare health care professionals for the Certified Registered Central Service Technician exam with an externship program that gets them the 400 hours of experiential learning they must have to take the exam and become certified.

Avidicare Launches Opragon in a Box

Opragon In a Box is an all-in-one health care ventilation system that creates an ultra-clean zone for infection sensitive surgery.

EarthSafe Launches EvaClean Disposable Surface Disinfection Wipes

EarthSafe has enhanced its end-to-end infection prevention solution with the addition of the EvaClean Dry Wipes System.

ASCA Applauds Trump Administration, CMS for Expanding ASCs’ Ability to Assist with COVID-19 Response

The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) has commended the Trump Administration and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma for sweeping regulatory changes the agency announced to address the surge in the number of patients requiring care expected due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the agency’s new “hospitals without walls” program, hospitals will now be able to transfer patients to outside facilities, including ambulatory surgery centers (ASC). Also, ASCs will be able to contract with local healt hcare systems or enroll and bill as hospitals during the emergency declaration as long as those actions are not inconsistent with their state’s emergency preparedness or pandemic plan.

ASCA Chief Executive Officer Bill Prentice thanked Administrator Verma and CMS staff for “creating a bold but well-considered strategy that will allow local health systems to use care settings like ASCs to relieve the enormous stresses that the COVID-19 pandemic is placing on our health care system.”

“These CMS waivers to expand the role of ambulatory surgery centers,” he added, “will allow hospitals to save more lives, creating additional capacity and making it easier to use ASCs as safe sites of care for the surgeries and procedures that can’t wait until the pandemic is over. We will be urging our members to engage with their local hospitals so this new flexibility can improve care when and where needed.”

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