ASCA News Digest (March 17, 2020)

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As the nation continues to coordinate its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ASCs have a pivotal role to play in helping to manage the crisis. ASCA has issued a statement on elective surgery in the midst of this pandemic and has put together a page of resources to help you and your facility during this time.
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Recognizing that efforts to prevent the spread of infection associated with the COVID-19 pandemic are correctly resulting in the cancellation of meetings and other gatherings scheduled this month, ASCA wants to reaffirm that, with the ASCA 2020 Conference & Expo still two months away, there are no plans at this time to change the schedule and events planned in Orlando this May. In addition, the early bird registration rates have been extended for the time being.
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Find out how well your ASC's organizational culture supports patient safety with ASCA's new Culture of Safety Survey. This electronic survey asks all employees—clinical and nonclinical—to rate their attitudes, beliefs, perceptions and values about patient safety in your center. You can then compare your ASC’s results to aggregate data collected from all participating facilities to help assess the current status of patient safety within your center, identifying strengths and determining areas for improvement.

Data submission for the 2020 Culture of Safety Survey begins May 1, and the cost to participate is $100 per ASC. Learn more and purchase your subscription today!
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Learn how to identify the warning signs of practices that may negatively affect your ASC’s revenue stream and discuss guidelines for how to correct—or better yet, how to avoid—these cash-flow pitfalls during ASCA’s next webinar, How to Give Your ASC the Best Financial Advantage. This program is scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, at 1:00 pm ET; it’s also a part of the 2020 Webinar All-Access Pass.
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In an optimal situation, any opening in an ASC’s surgical schedule would be filled by an investor physician. Often, that scenario is just wishful thinking. Unless a center’s partnered physicians run like clockwork and bring significant volume, there will likely be unutilized operating room (OR) time. This creates a need—and opportunity—to recruit non-investor physicians to fill those gaps.

Read this ASC Focus article to help non-investing surgeons understand why your ASC is a great choice.
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Due to logistical challenges related to COVID-19, ASCA has decided to postpone its National Advocacy Day activities, which were scheduled for March 24 and 25 in Washington, DC. Registered attendees should have already received a separate communication. ASCA is currently exploring options for rescheduling the event later this year and will be in touch as soon as more information is available.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

CNN (03/15/20) Katelyn Polantz
Health care and consumer industry groups and even federal agencies have been sounding the alarm that the US may face major problems in keeping basic medical, food and retail supplies available during the coronavirus pandemic. On Sunday, the group representing food and retail companies like Clorox, Procter & Gamble and PepsiCo told the State Department and the US Trade Representative they fear other countries cutting off exports to the US, which could exacerbate the public health emergency.
CNN (03/15/20) Katelyn Polantz
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CMS Press Release (03/13/20)
The Trump Administration today announced aggressive actions and regulatory flexibilities to help healthcare providers and states respond to and contain the spread of 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is taking these actions following President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency due to COVID-19 earlier today.
CMS Press Release (03/13/20)
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AAAHC News Release (03/10/20)
The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) has released a new Pain Management Toolkit, offering providers guidance on acute and chronic pain treatment. As pain management has evolved over the last couple of decades, AAAHC has created this toolkit to provide information to health care providers serving the millions of U.S. adults facing chronic or acute pain.
AAAHC News Release (03/10/20)
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ISMP News Release (03/12/20)
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to assess medication safety practices in the perioperative setting, from the time a patient is prepared for a procedure until he or she is discharged home. The ISMP Medication Safety Self Assessment® for Perioperative Settings will help healthcare practitioners in hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), and other surgical sites evaluate how they are protecting patients from possible perioperative medication errors.
ISMP News Release (03/12/20)
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Stevens Point News (03/13/20)
In March, the Ambulatory Surgical Center of Stevens Point reached a major milestone by performing surgery on their 10,000th patient. The surgical center is one of 5,800 ambulatory surgical centers across the country performing an estimated 30 million procedures nationwide.
Stevens Point News (03/13/20)
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