ASCA News Digest (February 19, 2020)

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Subscribers to ASCA's 2019 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey can now access their fourth-quarter (Q4) reports. To access your facility’s report, log in to the survey portal and select the "Run Reports" tab.

Keep your ASC on track for success in 2020 and beyond by subscribing to the 2020 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey, now available for purchase.
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Completing a quality assessment and performance improvement (QAPI) project can take considerable time and effort. As long as your ASC is making that kind of investment, some who have managed QAPI studies in the past advise, make sure that your project goes beyond just meeting the requirements and provides real benefits to your facility.

Read this ASC Focus article on how to choose meaningful QAPI topics, leverage your findings and re-evaluate.
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On February 10, the White House released its budget proposal for FY 2021. Since Congress is ultimately in charge of passing a budget, this document isn’t a commitment to any future spending but rather a window into the administration’s budget and policy priorities. The proposed budget recommends $94.5 billion in funding for the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), which would be a ten percent cut to the current spending.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

Fierce Pharma (02/17/20) Eric Palmer
The FDA is bracing for drug and medical supply shortages in the U.S. as the COVID-19 outbreak from China continues to spread globally. The agency has contacted hundreds of drug and devicemakers, and, so far, the links of the supply chain have held but will take all available measures if disruptions appear.
Fierce Pharma (02/17/20) Eric Palmer
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APIC News Release (02/11/20)
APIC has created a new fact sheet for infection preventionists to share with their colleagues and patients during the ongoing coronavirus situation. The new fact sheet was developed in collaboration with APIC's Communications Committee.
APIC News Release (02/11/20)
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The Oklahoman (02/10/20) Eddie Roach
There is good news for Medicare recipients who are facing the prospect of angioplasty with stent to open up blood vessels in the heart that have been narrowed by plaque buildup. As one of several changes for 2020, Medicare will now cover some types of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) as an outpatient service.
The Oklahoman (02/10/20) Eddie Roach
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JAMA Surgery (02/12/20) Bradley W. Wills; Walter R. Smith; Alexandra M. Arguello; et al.
Surgical site infections (SSIs) are associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Various measures have been enacted decrease the occurrence of SSIs involving the regulation of the attire worn by the operating room staff, at times without sufficient peer-reviewed literature to support their implementation. To evaluate whether the combination of mandated surgical jackets and bouffants in the operating room is associated with the risk of surgical site infection.
JAMA Surgery (02/12/20) Bradley W. Wills; Walter R. Smith; Alexandra M. Arguello; et al.
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USA Today (02/11/20) Kristin Lam
One in five patients may get a surprise medical bill after non-emergency surgeries such as a knee replacement or hysterectomy, according to a new study. Out of about 350,000 surgeries for patients covered by a nationwide commercial insurer, researchers found 20 percent received bills for services their insurance didn't pay for, according to a study published Thursday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA,) a peer-reviewed medical periodical.
USA Today (02/11/20) Kristin Lam
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