ASCA News Digest (August 27, 2019)

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August 27, 2019


ASCA Highlights

Has your ASC participated in National ASC Month yet? For all of August, ASCs around the country have been participating in National ASC Month by opening their doors to the public and hosting facility tours. This is a great way to promote awareness to both your local policymakers and to the public of the high-quality, cost-efficient surgical care that ASCs provide.

To host a facility tour, sign up online or contact Adam Parker.
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Reports from ASCA’s 2019 Salary & Benefits Survey are now available for purchase. This survey allows ASCs to compare their compensation packages to similar ASCs, negotiate a raise or determine salary and benefits for a new position. ASCs can benchmark their information with other ASCs from the same region, with a similar number of employees, of the same specialty, with a similar number of patient encounters and more.

ASCA members pay $299 for the report and nonmembers pay $399. Purchase your report today.
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This week is your last chance to sign up for ASCA’s National Advocacy Day, taking place September 24. During this event, you will attend a full day of face-to-face meetings with representatives on Capitol Hill to advocate for the ASC community. To help you prepare for your meetings, ASCA staff will provide a training briefing and dinner the night before.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to educate members of Congress about issues that affect your ASC. The last day to register is this Friday, August 30, so learn more and register now.
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The deadline to apply for the October Certified Ambulatory Infection Preventionist (CAIP)™ exam is this Saturday, August 31.

CAIP is the first credential designed specifically for infection preventionists in the ASC community. This certification distinguishes those with a comprehensive understanding of the skills and knowledge that the role of an ASC infection preventionist requires. Apply now!
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ASCA needs your input in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) 2020 proposed ASC payment rule. ASCA will submit comments raising industry-wide concerns, but it is important that CMS hears from individual centers as well, so that the agency understands how the policy changes impact your facility. Read more.
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D&Y Staffing

The US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final rule, titled “Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals and Amendment to the P075 Listing for Nicotine,” became effective on August 21, 2019. This final rule prohibits all facilities subject to the rule from sewering hazardous waste pharmaceuticals. Read more.
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Industry News

MarinHealth Faces Competition for Patients From Doctor-Run Surgery Center
Marin Independent Journal (CA) (08/24/19) Halstead, Richard

One of Marin’s largest outpatient surgery centers is growing as it competes with MarinHealth for patients. The Marin Specialty Surgery Center, which has been operating out of a 5,000-square-foot space at 505 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in Greenbrae for about 15 years, is relocating to 1 Thorndale Drive in Terra Linda. Its new space will be 14,400 square feet.
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Will Disposable Colonoscopy Devices Replace Reusables?
ScienceDaily (08/26/19)

As a disposable version of the instrument used in one of the most common medical procedures in the United States inches closer to widespread availability, a team of Johns Hopkins data researchers is studying the economic and safety implications associated with the devices used to perform colonoscopies. Gastroenterology researcher Susan Hutfless led a first-of-its-kind study, reporting that while disposable devices might lead to lower rates of post-colonoscopy infection, institutions that perform the procedure thousands of times per year might better benefit from improved disinfection methods of reusable scopes.
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FDA Approves New Antibiotic to Treat Community-Acquired Bacterial Pneumonia
FDA News Release (08/19/19)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Xenleta (lefamulin) to treat adults with community-acquired bacterial pneumonia. “This new drug provides another option for the treatment of patients with community-acquired bacterial pneumonia, a serious disease,” said Ed Cox, M.D., M.P.H., director of FDA’s Office of Antimicrobial Products.
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Measles Cases and Outbreaks
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (08/19/19)

From January 1 to August 22, 2019, 1,215 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 30 states. This is an increase of 12 cases from the previous week. This is the greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since 1992 and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000.
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State Holds Public Hearing on Blessing Surgery Center
WGEM (IL) (08/19/19)

Illinois regulators are one step closer to deciding on Blessing Health System’s plan to build a new surgery center after a public hearing in Quincy on August 19. Blessing wants to move the facility from the Quincy Medical Group campus, to roughly a block away on Blessing property near 11th and Broadway.
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