ASCA News Digest (March 31, 2020)

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H.R. 748, the third package of legislation to provide relief and support in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has been signed into law. The law provides three possible avenues for ASCs to access financial assistance, including (1) $350 billion in small business loans, (2) $450 billion in loans and loan guarantees for other businesses and (3) $100 billion reserved for healthcare providers.
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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, ASCA is working with healthcare and regulatory officials to help ASCs respond and procure the information and resources they will need to recover. To learn more, visit ASCA’s online COVID-19 Resource Center. This site is being updated continually as new material becomes available.
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Data submission for the first quarter (Q1) of ASCA’s 2020 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey opens tomorrow, Wednesday, April 1. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Q1 data submission period will be extended through May 31.

This online survey provides valuable data you can use to improve clinical outcomes, staff indicators, billing performance and more at your facility. ASCA members save $150 on subscriptions to the 2020 survey. If you haven’t already done so, purchase your subscription today.
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In the ASC, there is often overlap between the areas overseen by the infection preventionist and those assessed by the safety officer. Learn how to foster collaboration between the two in order to produce strong safety, infection prevention and quality programs during ASCA’s next webinar, How Infection Prevention, OSHA and Safety Relate in an ASC.

This program was originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 7, at 1:00 pm ET; due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be offered as a recording only. In the coming days, registrants will receive an email with a link to the recording.
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March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and ASCA is raising awareness about the importance of colorectal cancer screening and treatment. Along with other organizations, ASCA is advocating for federal legislation that would promote screening and save lives. Read this ASC Focus Digital Debut to learn how you can make a difference by raising awareness of colorectal cancer and the importance of getting screened.
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ASCA staff has been working with the administration to determine what services ASCs may be able to provide when hospitals are unable to do so. To that end, ASCA staff produced a document, vetted by the Government Affairs Committee and ASCA Board of Directors, and shared it with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and White House staff.
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As ASCA continues to work with federal and state officials regarding the ASC community’s response to COVID-19 and explain the pandemic’s impact on ASCs, we need aggregate data about the resources ASCs have available and the ways ASC operations are being affected. Please complete this survey by close of business today to let us know more about your ASC’s capacity and the impact efforts to control the spread of the coronavirus are having on your ASC. Please note, your facility’s individual data will not be shared with anyone.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

CMS Press Release (03/30/20)
At President Trump's direction, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today is issuing an unprecedented array of temporary regulatory waivers and new rules to equip the American healthcare system with maximum flexibility to respond to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. CMS sets and enforces essential quality and safety standards for the nation's healthcare system, and is the nation's largest health insurer serving more than 140 million Americans through Medicare, Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program, and Federal Exchanges.
CMS Press Release (03/30/20)
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RevCycle Intelligence (03/17/20) Jacqueline LaPointe
As hospitals brace for a surge in patients from the COVID-19 outbreak, ambulatory surgical centers and other outpatient care facilities are taking on urgent cases to provide patients with much-needed inpatient care. The COVID-19 outbreak has impacted over 185,000 individuals worldwide, including 4,600 Americans, according to the latest data from the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.
RevCycle Intelligence (03/17/20) Jacqueline LaPointe
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The Hill (03/30/20) Rebecca Klar
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a sterilization system that has the capability of decontaminating desperately needed respirator masks up to 20 times. President Trump and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) had promoted the Battelle decontamination system in response to the coronavirus pandemic, which has depleted personal protective equipment in hospitals.
The Hill (03/30/20) Rebecca Klar
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FDA News Release (03/27/20) Stephen M. Hahn
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration took action to help increase the supply of ventilators, ventilator tubing connectors, and ventilator accessories, as well as filtering facepiece respirators (FFRs) due to shortages during COVID-19, as part of our commitment to ease burdens on the health care system during this pandemic. The FDA issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to allow for the emergency use in health care settings of certain ventilators, anesthesia gas machines modified for use as ventilators, and positive pressure breathing devices modified for use as ventilators (collectively referred to as “ventilators”), ventilator tubing connectors, and ventilator accessories that the FDA determines meet specified criteria for safety, performance and labeling.
FDA News Release (03/27/20) Stephen M. Hahn
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AAAHC News Release (03/26/20)
AAAHC has released guidelines and recommendations to help health care facilities navigate safe operations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. While most organizations are ahead when it comes to being prepared for an infection outbreak, there are additional steps they can take to make sure their emergency preparedness plans are specifically equipped to handle the COVID-19 outbreak.
AAAHC News Release (03/26/20)
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