ASCA News Digest (April 7, 2020)

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Out of concern for the health and safety of all members and supporters of the ASC community amid the coronavirus pandemic, the ASCA 2020 Conference & Expo in Orlando, scheduled for May 13–16, is officially postponed. Please be assured that ASCA is evaluating all options to reschedule ASCA 2020 and will provide you with an update by April 15.
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The US Small Business Administration (SBA) issued an interim final rule for the implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program loans and forgiveness criteria and additional guidance on affiliation rules. The additional guidance includes four tests that the federal administration will apply when reviewing business and management structures and ownership interests.
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On March 30, 2020, the federal government announced a set of temporary waivers and new rules designed to give the American healthcare system maximum flexibility to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this new Q & A, ASCA discusses that announcement, some of the expanded ways ASCs can support the COVID-19 response and ways ASCs can access the federal assistance they need to continue to provide safe, high-quality care to patients during and after this crisis.
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This checklist, developed by ASCA, helps ASCs identify key elements they need to consider before providing expanded services under the temporary rules and waivers the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced during the national emergency declared in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Data submission for the first quarter (Q1) of ASCA’s 2020 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey is now open; due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the submission period is extended through May 31.

This year, the survey includes new specialty-specific questions about total knee/hip/shoulder replacement procedures as well as complex spine procedures.
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Most ASC managers prefer to have some advance notice before a physician leaves. However, that is not always the case, and in those situations ongoing physician succession planning is critical. Read this ASC Focus article to learn what your options are if a physician leaves and how to make the transition to a new surgeon as smooth as possible.
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On April 1, ASCA sent a letter to the US Department of the Treasury and the US Small Business Administration (SBA) requesting that swift action be taken to ensure that ASCs with equity investors and business partners are eligible for Paycheck Protection Program loans made available in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act. The letter also urges that clarity be provided on the documentation needed to apply for those loans.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

New York Times (04/03/20) Somini Sengupta
One of the largest hospital networks in New York has given its doctors an ultimatum: either help deal with the coronavirus crush, or stay home without pay. At other hospitals, too, all hands are being called to deck.
New York Times (04/03/20) Somini Sengupta
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Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (04/01/20) Sylvia Garcia-Houchins
We’re very concerned for our ambulatory care organizations and the unique challenges they face in preventing transmission among patients. Two weeks ago, our Executive Director for Ambulatory Care Services, Pearl Darling, blogged about basic suggestions for addressing the COVID-19 outbreak.
Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (04/01/20) Sylvia Garcia-Houchins
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CMS.gov (04/03/20)
CMS is committed to taking critical steps to ensure America's health care facilities are prepared to respond to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE). CMS waivers adopted under the 1135 emergency waiver authority create additional flexibilities to allow enrolled ASCs to temporarily enroll as hospitals and to provide hospital services to help address the urgent need to increase hospital capacity to take care of patients.
CMS.gov (04/03/20)
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American College of Gastroenterology (04/01/20)
The COVID-19 pandemic is spreading at a rapid pace. GI endoscopists are being asked to care for patients who may harbor and transmit the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
American College of Gastroenterology (04/01/20)
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STAT News (03/31/20) Ed Silverman
On top of the overwhelming shortages of medical equipment required to combat Covid-19, there are now signs that medicines needed for patients who are placed on ventilators are also in short supply. The medicines include more than a dozen sedatives, anesthetics, painkillers, and muscle relaxants, and the shortages raise the possibility that it could become more difficult for health care providers to place these patients on ventilators.
STAT News (03/31/20) Ed Silverman
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