ASCA News Digest (March 3, 2020)

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ASCA HIGHLIGHTS

Time’s running out to receive the early bird registration discount for the ASCA 2020 Conference & Expo, May 13–16 in Orlando.

ASCA 2020 will feature more than 50 educational sessions on a variety of topics, including robotic technology, total joint replacements, spine procedures, team building and the future landscape of ASCs. The annual conference will also offer access to 200+ ASC industry vendors and networking opportunities with more than a thousand of your colleagues.

This year, ASCA has also collaborated with the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA) to offer eight joint ASCA-SAMBA sessions, including those in a new medical director track. Register by March 13 to save!
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Join ASCA’s next webinar, Developing a Culture of Patient Safety, to learn how to develop an effective patient safety culture program that can help your center reduce risk, deliver successful surgical outcomes, remain competitive and achieve ongoing improvements.

This program is scheduled for Tuesday, March 10, at 1:00 pm ET; it’s also a part of the 2020 Webinar All-Access Pass.
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Candidates who plan to take the May Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC)™ exam must submit their application during the month of March. The CASC credential is a distinction earned by members of the ASC community who demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the knowledge and skills required of an ASC administrator.
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For payers on the fence about whether to provide your ASC with a new or improved managed care contract, sharing quality data could be what you need to swing the tide in your favor. For new and/or advanced procedure types, it is always good to have data supporting the fact that your ASC does a significant number of those types of cases and that the outcomes are favorable. Read this ASC Focus article to learn more.
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On February 24, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule that would revise aspects of the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) bundled payment model. This model was first implemented in April 2016 as an inpatient, episode-based payment model for hip and knee replacements. The model mandated participation for all fee-for-service hospitals paid under the inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) in certain metropolitan areas.
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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Join ASCA in recognizing the importance of the month by continuing to advocate for early screenings and prevention to your patients and peers. Be sure to follow ASCA on its social media platforms for articles and insights surrounding colorectal cancer and how ASCA is advocating on behalf of patients that get screened.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

CNBC (02/28/20) Berkeley Lovelace Jr.
The Food and Drug Administration said the pharmaceutical industry reported the first shortage of a drug due to the COVID-19 outbreak that has spread to 44 countries in a matter of weeks. The FDA, which declined to identify the drug, said the shortage is related to a manufacturing site impacted by the outbreak in China.
CNBC (02/28/20) Berkeley Lovelace Jr.
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Akorbi (02/26/20)
There are many reasons why workers seek full-time employment. Just a few of the many perks include comfortable hourly wages, salaried positions, healthcare benefits, unemployment insurance, financial security, and advancement opportunities.
Akorbi (02/26/20)
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Axios (02/21/20) Bob Herman
The problem of surprise medical billing — which Congress failed to solve last year — is about to get worse, thanks to a feud between an insurance giant and a company that employs thousands of doctors. Parents who have babies in intensive care, women with high-risk pregnancies and people who need anesthesia could receive unexpected bills in the mail as a result of the fight between Mednax, the physician-staffing firm, and UnitedHealth Group.
Axios (02/21/20) Bob Herman
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Medscape (02/18/20) Roxanne Nelson
For years, 50 years old has been the age at which screening for colorectal cancer (CRC) began in the United States, but recently one group lowered the starting age to 45. This move by the American Cancer Society in 2018 was made in reaction to reports of an increase in the incidence of CRC in younger adults.
Medscape (02/18/20) Roxanne Nelson
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Boston 25 News (02/25/20) Michael Henrich
The use of robotic assistance in the operating room has surged in recent years, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. So Massachusetts-based surgeons took Boston 25 News into their hospitals to heap praise on the technological advancements.
Boston 25 News (02/25/20) Michael Henrich
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