ASCA News Digest (March 10, 2020)

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This Friday, March 13, is the deadline to receive the early bird registration discount for the ASCA 2020 Conference & Expo, May 13–16 in Orlando. ASCA 2020 offers 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—as well as access to 200+ ASC-industry vendors and networking opportunities with more than a thousand of your colleagues.

Need help convincing your supervisor to send you to ASCA 2020? Check out ASCA’s supervisor approval letter template, which you can customize to your own specific situation. Register today to save!
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At this time, ASCA 2020 and all the activities surrounding the conference are still scheduled to go on as originally planned May 13–16 in Orlando. ASCA will continue to monitor this situation closely and provide updates as soon as they are available.
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Make sure your ASC is achieving compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) with ASCA's HIPAA Workbook for ASCs. This valuable resource provides comprehensive tools and information to help you design, evaluate and update your ASC's compliance program. The HIPAA Workbook for ASCs is free for ASCA members and available for purchase by nonmembers. Get your copy today.
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Through ASCA’s affinity partnership with Akorbi, ASCA members can enjoy special discounted rates on Akorbi’s high-quality translation and interpretation services, which are available in more than 170 languages. Learn more about how Akorbi’s language solutions can benefit your ASC.
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Experience the magic of being surrounded by thousands of your colleagues, just miles from Disney World at the largest ASC conference of the year. Register now for the ASCA 2020 Conference & Expo, May 13–16, at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida. This year’s conference will run concurrently with SAMBA 2020, the annual meeting of the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia. Read this ASC Focus article to learn more about all that ASCA 2020 has to offer.
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ASCA representatives recently met with Demetrios Kouzoukas, principal deputy administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and director of the Center for Medicare, and John Brooks, CMS principal deputy director. At this meeting, ASCA representatives spent most of the time discussing payment policy changes that need to occur to stop the divergence in payments between ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs).
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INDUSTRY NEWS

Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (03/04/20) Joyce Webb
Unnecessary, obsolete, excessively burdensome… That's how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) described the regulations it deleted or revised as part of the recently issued "Burden Reduction Final Rule." The changes apply to deemed ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).
Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (03/04/20) Joyce Webb
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ScienceDaily (03/02/20)
Opioid prescriptions have been a known driver of the opioid epidemic, and it's now known that opioid prescriptions that last longer than five days are a risk factor for longer-term opioid use. As some surgeons' prescribing patterns have been found to be part of the problem, the surgical community is now working hard to address it.
ScienceDaily (03/02/20)
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CNN (03/05/20) Jacqueline Howard
Colon and rectal cancer cases are on the rise in young adults, according to a new report from the American Cancer Society. The report, published Thursday in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, found that the median age when people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer was 72 in 1989, stayed that way until the early 2000s and then fell to 66 by 2016.
CNN (03/05/20) Jacqueline Howard
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UpNorthLive (03/02/20) Paul Steeno
A new outpatient surgery center is coming to Boyne City, one that will be cheaper and more convenient for patients in surrounding communities and counties. Doctor Antony Bozzio loves being a spine surgeon.
UpNorthLive (03/02/20) Paul Steeno
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Corridor News (03/03/20)
Christus Santa Rosa Physicians Ambulatory Surgery Center – New Braunfels and San Marcos announced Wednesday, Feb. 26, that it is the first in the area to perform total joint procedures in the ambulatory surgery center space at their New Braunfels location. This move follows a growing national trend in health care, which is not only seeing an increase in total joint replacement overall especially with our maturing population but also a shift toward performing total joint procedures in a true outpatient setting and not in the hospital.
Corridor News (03/03/20)
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