ASCA News Digest (February 25, 2020)

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If you haven't already, renew your ASCA membership for 2020 before it expires this Friday, February 28. ASCA membership provides your entire staff with access to vital educational resources, great networking opportunities, essential industry news and practical tools to use daily in your facility. Members can renew via the online portal on ASCA’s website or by returning the renewal notice received in the mail.

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The deadline to register for ASCA's National Advocacy Day is next Monday, March 2. Participating in this event 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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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. This year’s conference is also running at the same time as SAMBA 2020, the annual meeting of the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia. Register today to save!
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If you attended the ASCA 2020 Winter Seminar last month 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 this Friday, February 28.
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When you have shortcomings in coding, such as incorrect procedure or diagnosis codes being billed out, that can lead to nonpayments, denials or payer audits. Read this ASC Focus article for insight into how to overcome various coding challenges.
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Thank you to everyone who has written in! Because of your advocacy, there are more than 15 cosponsors in the US House of Representatives of the Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality and Access Act of 2019.

If you have not already done so, please take five minutes to contact your representatives and senators today to gain their support using ASCA’s easy customizable form letters. Your advocacy is critical in getting the attention and support of policymakers.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

Axios (02/24/20) Caitlin Owens
Insurer-owned clinics are increasingly competing with hospitals and physicians for patients, the Wall Street Journalreports. Doctor groups and hospitals have invested heavily in purchasing physician practices, and are worried about insurers steering patients toward their own clinics.
Axios (02/24/20) Caitlin Owens
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Joint Commission On Infection & Control Blog (02/19/20) David Baker
As you are aware, an outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, presents an ongoing health threat across the globe. We are sure you have already been working diligently to respond to this threat.
Joint Commission On Infection & Control Blog (02/19/20) David Baker
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HHS News Release (02/21/20)
As part of the ongoing efforts to strengthen the relationship between patients and their doctors, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today issued the Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health IT and EHRs. This report describes examples of electronic health record (EHR) related burden, as well as strategies and recommendations that HHS and other stakeholders can use to help clinicians focus their attention on patients rather than paperwork, when they use health information technology (health IT)
HHS News Release (02/21/20)
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Virginia Business (02/20/20) Kate Andrews
The Surgery Center of Lynchburg has allocated more than $1 million to the Virginia Association of Free & Charitable Clinics, money that will support more than 10 free clinics, the association announced Thursday in a news release. The majority of the funding will go to the Free Clinic of Central Virginia in downtown Lynchburg to provide medical and dental care, pharmacy services and health education to community members without health insurance.
Virginia Business (02/20/20) Kate Andrews
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Infectious Disease Advisor (02/10/20)
The current estimated burden of sepsis cases worldwide is roughly double that of previous estimates and is largely attributable to the greater burden among people living in areas with a lower sociodemographic index, according to results of a study published in The Lancet. To estimate the global, regional, and national incidence of sepsis and associated mortality, researchers collected data from 109 million individual death records from the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study (GBD) 2017 to calculate mortality related to sepsis for each age group, sex, location, GBD cause, and year between 1990 and 2017.
Infectious Disease Advisor (02/10/20)
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