ASCA News Digest (January 28, 2020)

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Cardiologist Donald S. (Buck) Cross, MD, FACC, reports that most cardiovascular surgeries today are performed safely and successfully as outpatient procedures and says his patients value the high-quality care, personalized service, comfort and convenience they find in the ASC setting. He projects many more cardiovascular procedures will migrate into ASCs soon.
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The data collection period for the fourth quarter (Q4) of ASCA’s 2019 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey closes Friday, January 31. Subscribers should make sure to submit their data before the deadline in order to get a complete picture of trends for last year.

Is your facility ready to make 2020 its best year yet? Keep your ASC on track for success by subscribing to ASCA’s 2020 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey today.
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Participating 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 industry 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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The ASCA 2021 Winter Seminar will be held January 14–16, 2021, in Las Vegas, NV. If you have a suggestion for a topic or speaker, please let us know. ASCA is accepting submissions through February 28. Submit your suggestion now.
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ASCA’s Opioids Resource Center offers a list of reputable resources to help ASCs understand the opioid crisis the country is facing and learn the best practices in pain management. Read the latest articles.
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Regent Surgical Health of Westchester, Illinois, announced a partnership with physician partners from the Center for Specialized Surgery and Lee Health, according to a January 22 press release. Read this ASC Focus article to learn more.
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On January 21, ASCA CEO Bill Prentice and Regulatory Counsel and Director, Government Affairs Kara Newbury met with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) staff responsible for payment policies in ASCs. At this meeting, ASCA representatives discussed payment policy changes that need to occur to stop the divergence in payments between ASCs and HOPDs.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

Joint Commission Press Release (01/23/20) Maureen Lyons
The Joint Commission has introduced new and revised requirements, effective July 1, 2020, for hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers that participate in the Advanced Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement (THKR) Certification program. The standards include 11 new and 11 revised elements of performance (EPs).
Joint Commission Press Release (01/23/20) Maureen Lyons
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Becker's ASC Review (01/20) Randy Bishop
With 2019 having just wrapped up, let's take a look back at some of the ASC industry's most significant developments and trends from the year past. Following through on its proposal, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services finalized the addition of total knee arthroplasty to the ASC-payable list beginning Jan. 1, 2020, when it released the 2020 final payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments in November.
Becker's ASC Review (01/20) Randy Bishop
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St. Louis Public Radio (01/23/20) Sarah Fentem
In August 2018, the Quincy Mall was in crisis. A few years earlier, JCPenney, one of the mall's three large department store anchors, had closed. That month, the two remaining stores, Sears and Bergner's, closed within weeks of each other.
St. Louis Public Radio (01/23/20) Sarah Fentem
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Cath Lab Digest (01/21/20)
HFAP, America's original healthcare accreditation program founded in 1945, has received renewed approval from the Medical Board of California to survey and accredit outpatient surgery settings in the Golden State. California defines "outpatient surgery setting" broadly to include those organizations that provide anesthesia that may place a patient at risk for loss of life-preserving reflexes.
Cath Lab Digest (01/21/20)
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WHO News Release (01/17/20)
Declining private investment and lack of innovation in the development of new antibiotics are undermining efforts to combat drug-resistant infections, says the World Health Organization. Two new reports reveal a weak pipeline for antibiotic agents.
WHO News Release (01/17/20)
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