ASCA News Digest (May 12, 2020)

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As prohibitions on elective surgery lift and your ASC begins performing these procedures again, patients who need the services you provide are likely to have new questions about safety and infection prevention in your ASC. To help you share the news about the high-quality care you routinely provide and the additional precautions you are taking in response to COVID-19, ASCA has prepared a free toolkit that members can download and use to help put their patients at ease.
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ASCA members are invited to listen as John Goehle of Ambulatory Healthcare Strategies and Bill Prentice, chief executive officer of ASCA, discuss the responsibilities of ASCs enrolled in the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) created under the CARES Act. This new episode of the Advancing Surgical Care Podcast includes a look at the requirements ASCs need to meet to convert the PPP funds from loans that need to be repaid into forgivable grants.
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The ASCA 2020 Virtual Conference & Expo offers nearly 50 educational sessions, access to more than 100 exhibitors and unique virtual networking opportunities with hundreds of your peers—just like ASCA’s in-person events.

Check out the schedule for this exciting virtual event, which is happening live July 9–10 and will be accessible via recordings through the fall, then reserve your spot!
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If you have suggestions for topics you want to see covered and/or speakers you would like to hear from in 2021, please let us know. We are seeking topic and speaker suggestions for:
  • ASCA 2021 Winter Seminar, January 14–16 in Las Vegas
  • ASCA 2021 Conference & Expo, April 28–May 1 in Washington, DC
  • 2021 Webinar Series
  • ASC Focus magazine articles
ASCA is accepting submissions through June 30, 2020.
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Visit the ASC Focus website to read the latest edition of ASC Focus magazine. Highlights of the May issue include the role of ASCs in the fight against COVID-19, factors to consider before opening an ASC and how to build a successful spine surgery team.
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As a reminder, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced exceptions and extensions for its quality reporting programs, including the ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program. CMS is granting an exception to ASCs for data collection and submission requirements for CY 2019 data that relate to CY 2021 payment determinations.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

Ophthalmology Times (05/04/20) David Hutton
With patient confidence and safety concerns increasing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the trend toward performing procedures in an ambulatory surgery center could be hastened for ophthalmologists. Guidance has been offered by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society for reopening ambulatory surgery centers.
Ophthalmology Times (05/04/20) David Hutton
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Las Vegas Sun (05/11/20) Kelcie Grega
The elective surgeries and regular doctor visits that were mostly limited for the past two months to conserve resources to fight COVID-19 and limit the spread of the virus are expected to soon ramp up in Southern Nevada. "We're going to see a wave of noncoronavirus patients coming into ambulatory surgery centers and into hospitals who need surgeries that may require a short hospital stay," said Dr. Daniel Burkhead, owner of Innovative Pain Care Center in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Sun (05/11/20) Kelcie Grega
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New York State Governor's Office (05/03/20)
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, Delaware Gov. John Carney, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker today announced a joint multi-state agreement to develop a regional supply chain for personal protective equipment, other medical equipment and testing. Governor Cuomo said, "We're going to form a consortium with our seven Northeast partner states which buy about $5 billion worth of equipment and supplies.
New York State Governor's Office (05/03/20)
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Infectious Diseases Special Edition (04/14/20) Michael Vlessides
Medical professionals might be underestimating the anaphylactic potential of chlorhexidine, one of the most common antimicrobial agents in the OR, according to a recent study in Canada. Although the study found that the majority of clinicians were aware of chlorhexidine’s allergic potential, the frequency with which the agent causes anaphylaxis was markedly underestimated.
Infectious Diseases Special Edition (04/14/20) Michael Vlessides
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DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (05/05/20)
This is a joint alert from the United States Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the United Kingdom's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). CISA and NCSC continue to see indications that advanced persistent threat (APT) groups are exploiting the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic as part of their cyber operations.
DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (05/05/20)
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