ASCA News Digest (January 22, 2020)

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If you attended the ASCA 2020 Winter Seminar last week in New Orleans, LA, don’t forget to request your continuing education (CE) credits. In order to obtain nursing contact hours, Administrator Education Units (AEUs), Infection Prevention Contact Hours (IPCHs) or a certificate of participation, you must complete your session evaluations no later than Friday, February 28.
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Walk through the process several Minnesota ASCs used to conduct a multi-dimensional study of the causes and effects of the opioid epidemic during ASCA’s next webinar, How ASCs Can Impact the Opioid Crisis Through Physician Engagement.

This program is scheduled for Tuesday, January 28, at 1:00 pm ET; it’s also a part of the 2020 Webinar All-Access Pass.
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Apply today to take the next Certified Ambulatory Infection Preventionist (CAIP)™ exam, offered during the month of March. CAIP is the first credential designed specifically for infection preventionists in the ASC industry. This certification distinguishes those with a comprehensive understanding of the skills and knowledge that the role of an ASC infection preventionist requires. Apply today.
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Register today for the ASCA 2020 Conference & Expo, May 13–16 in Orlando, to receive the early bird discount. ASCA’s annual conference will feature more than 50 educational sessions designed specifically for ASC professionals, access to hundreds of ASC-industry vendors who can help you find the solutions you’re looking for, networking opportunities with more than a thousand of your colleagues and more. Register today to save!
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Still a relatively new specialty for ASCs, cardiology is quickly cementing itself as one of the most promising. Those that embrace the ASC model are finding that they can safely shift a good amount of their diagnostic cases and some interventional cases out of the hospital. Read this ASC Focus article for more on the path of growth for this specialty in the ASC world.
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Participation in ASCA’s National Advocacy Day is the best way to build relationships with your members of Congress, advocate for your ASC and the ASC community and network with other ASC leaders. This year’s National Advocacy Day is taking place in Washington, DC, on March 24 and 25. Sign up today!
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INDUSTRY NEWS

FDA Safety Communication (01/17/20)
Duodenoscopes play a vital role in the assessment and treatment of diseases and conditions of the pancreas and bile ducts, and are used in more than 500,000 endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) procedures each year in the U.S. These devices have complex designs that include reusable hard-to-clean components.
FDA Safety Communication (01/17/20)
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Business Wire (01/21/20)
Signaling its evolution from an ambulatory surgery center company to a physician services organization, Covenant Surgical Partners has rebranded to Covenant Physician Partners, officials announced today. In addition, the company announced it has completed its partnership with Texas Eye Care Network.
Business Wire (01/21/20)
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Medical Xpress (01/17/20)
University of Manitoba researchers have found that disruptive behaviors are happening all too often in the operating room (OR) – and many clinicians who see the behavior are not reporting it to management. A new study, published in the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia, found that almost all clinicians (97 percent) did not report all of the disruptive behavior they observed, and three out of every 10 clinicians never reported the behavior at all.
Medical Xpress (01/17/20)
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Reuters (01/06/20) Linda Carroll
U.S. insurers and providers spent more than $800 billion in 2017 on administration, or nearly $2,500 per person - more than four times the per-capita administrative costs in Canada’s single-payer system, a new study finds. Over one third of all healthcare costs in the U.S. were due to insurance company overhead and provider time spent on billing, versus about 17% spent on administration in Canada, researchers reported in Annals of Internal Medicine.
Reuters (01/06/20) Linda Carroll
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FDA News Release (01/16/20) Jeffrey E. Shuren
On Jan. 11 and again on Jan. 15, 2020, medical device manufacturer Cardinal Health alerted its customers to potential quality issues affecting some of its Level 3 surgical gowns and PreSource procedural packs that contain these gowns. Cardinal Health recommends, and the FDA agrees, that customers should immediately discontinue use of all affected surgical gowns and PreSource procedural packs that include these surgical gowns because the manufacturer cannot provide assurance the products are sterile.
FDA News Release (01/16/20) Jeffrey E. Shuren
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