ASCA News Digest (March 24, 2020)

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ASCA HIGHLIGHTS

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, ASCA is working with healthcare and regulatory officials to provide responsible, reliable resources to help ASCs respond. ASCA is also talking to federal and state officials about the services ASCs can provide and the best ways to protect ASC patients and staff at this time. For a comprehensive set of resources, continually updated as new information becomes available, visit ASCA’s online COVID-19 Resource Center.
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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. Listen to this webinar, recorded on Thursday, March 19, to get the latest updates on the federal regulatory and clinical concerns ASCs are facing.
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ASCA's online Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey provides valuable quality and performance data about your ASC that you can compare with other participating ASCs.

This year, the survey includes new specialty-specific questions about total knee/hip/shoulder replacement procedures as well as complex spine procedures. With the addition of these new specialty-specific enhancements, the Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey now also meets the requirements for the AAAHC Advanced Orthopaedic Certification Program as a nationally recognized specialty-specific data repository.
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Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the next two ASCA webinars are being offered as recordings only. This includes "How to Give Your ASC the Best Financial Advantage," which was originally scheduled for today at 1:00 pm ET, as well as "How Infection Prevention, OSHA and Safety Relate in an ASC," scheduled for Tuesday, April 7. Registrants for today’s webinar should have received an email with a link to the recording on Friday, March 20; if you did not receive the email, please contact us.
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As the country battles the COVID-19 pandemic, ASCs across the nation are taking additional measures to keep their patients and facilities safe. Read this Digital Debut article for reports from those at the front lines of this pandemic.
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Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, ASCA has rescheduled its annual National Advocacy Day, originally scheduled for March 24–25, to September 23–24. Registration will open in May.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

CMS Press Release (03/18/20)
Earlier today at the White House Task Force Press Briefing, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that all elective surgeries, non-essential medical, surgical, and dental procedures be delayed during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As more healthcare providers are increasingly being asked to assist with the COVID-19 response, it is critical that they consider whether non-essential surgeries and procedures can be delayed so they can preserve personal protective equipment (PPE), beds, and ventilators.
CMS Press Release (03/18/20)
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Morning Joe (MSNBC) (03/18/20) Dave Campbell
Hospitals around the country are preparing for an influx of coronavirus cases that may require critical care, including ventilators. To handle the increased volume of patients that could potentially overwhelm hospitals Surge Capacity Protocols, we can turn to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) as part of a mitigation plan.
Morning Joe (MSNBC) (03/18/20) Dave Campbell
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KEYC TV (MN) (03/22/20) Bernadette Heier
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, health care workers are faced with a short supply of protective, medical face masks. In response, a local nurse is asking health care facilities to donate a commonly used sterilization paper, often referred to as "blue wrap" to be sewn into masks.
KEYC TV (MN) (03/22/20) Bernadette Heier
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Glenwood Springs Post Independent (CO) (03/19/20) Thomas Phippen
After elective surgeries were canceled Monday at Valley View Hospital for the foreseeable future, two operating room nurses had some downtime. Nurses Brady Heuer and Kristen Dirksen knew personal protective equipment would be crucial to keeping medical staff safe during likely exposure to the new coronavirus.
Glenwood Springs Post Independent (CO) (03/19/20) Thomas Phippen
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Reuters (03/21/20) Kanishka Singh
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first rapid coronavirus diagnostic test, with a detection time of about 45 minutes, as the United States struggles to meet the demand for coronavirus testing. The test's developer, California-based molecular diagnostics company Cepheid, said on Saturday it had received an emergency use authorization from the FDA for the test, which will be used primarily in hospitals and emergency rooms.
Reuters (03/21/20) Kanishka Singh
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Joint Commission Press Release (03/17/20)
The Joint Commission has suspended all regular, on-site surveys of hospitals and other health care organizations, effective March 16. In some cases, there may be a small number of surveys that continue such as high-risk situations.
Joint Commission Press Release (03/17/20)
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Mission: The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) is the national membership association that represents ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and provides advocacy and resources to assist ASCs in delivering high-quality, cost-effective ambulatory surgery to all the patients they serve.

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