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More than 5,000 Surgery Centers Can Now Serve as Makeshift Hospitals During COVID-19 Crisis Print E-mail
Written by Liz Szabo & Cara Anthony | KHN   
Tuesday, 31 March 2020 12:37

The Trump administration cleared the way Monday to immediately use outpatient surgery centers, inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, hotels and even dormitories as makeshift hospitals, health care centers or quarantine sites during the coronavirus crisis. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced it is temporarily waiving a range of rules, thereby allowing doctors to care for more patients. Hospitals and health systems overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients will be able to transfer people with other medical needs to the nation's 5,000 outpatient surgery centers, about half of which are affiliated with hospitals. 

 


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