ASCA News Digest (May 19, 2020)

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, data submission for the first quarter (Q1) of ASCA’s 2020 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey is extended through Sunday, May 31.

New this year are specialty-specific questions about total knee/hip/shoulder replacement procedures as well as complex spine procedures. In addition, the survey now meets AAAHC’s Advanced Orthopaedic Certification requirements as a nationally recognized specialty-specific data repository. Submit your data or subscribe to the survey today.
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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, NV
  • 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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As COVID-19 continues to ravage the US, healthcare workers across the country face shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical gear needed to treat patients. While many surgery centers shut down temporarily in compliance with their governors’ stay-at-home orders, some continued to perform emergency surgery and the rest worked hard to help their community. Read this Digital Debut article for specific facility highlights.
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On May 12, Democratic members in the US House of Representatives filed H.R. 6800, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act. This legislation has a very broad scope and is reported to provide three trillion dollars of relief and support to individuals, businesses and communities.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

National Law Review (05/11/20) Kenneth Yood; Melissa R. Gertler
In recent years, there has been a trend towards the provision of cardiovascular procedures in the outpatient setting and particularly in ambulatory surgery centers. This trend is in part motivated by the fact that outpatient cardiovascular services, in comparison to cardiovascular services performed on an inpatient basis, tend to be less expensive and offer greater comfort and convenience for patients.
National Law Review (05/11/20) Kenneth Yood; Melissa R. Gertler
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JD Supra (05/14/20) Paige Lohse; Stephen Moore
On April 19, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published recommendations for re-opening facilities to provide non-emergent non-COVID-19 health care services. The recommendations provide guidance for hospitals, health care systems, and facilities such as ambulatory surgery centers in states or regions with low incidence of COVID-19 disease as they consider resuming in-person care of non-COVID-19 patients.
JD Supra (05/14/20) Paige Lohse; Stephen Moore
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Utica Observer-Dispatch (NY) (05/13/20)
An order allowing elective surgeries to resume in eligible counties throughout the state, including Oneida and Herkimer counties, now extends beyond hospitals in those areas. One of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcements Wednesday amid the coronavirus pandemic was to open up elective procedures to ambulatory surgery centers, which handle a large portion of such procedures, according to O-D archives.
Utica Observer-Dispatch (NY) (05/13/20)
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Ripon Advance (05/14/20)
U.S. Rep. Troy Balderson (R-OH) on May 12 unveiled a bill to ensure certain outpatient care facilities are deemed eligible to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program authorized under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. "The Paycheck Protection Program is serving as a lifeline to thousands of Ohio businesses through this pandemic," Rep. Balderson said earlier this week.
Ripon Advance (05/14/20)
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American College of Gastroenterology (05/12/20)
As our profession faces the COVID-19 pandemic, it's critical at this time that all endoscopy units provide a safe environment for patients and staff. In order to care for our patients, we must resume endoscopic services for our patients and local communities as soon as it is feasible.
American College of Gastroenterology (05/12/20)
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Ocular Surgery News (05/17/20) Robert Linnehan
Immediate sequential bilateral cataract surgery can offer similar vision and safety outcomes when compared with delayed sequential bilateral cataract surgery and is a more cost-effective option for patients and the health care system, according to a speaker at the virtual American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery meeting. "In the COVID era, it is time to adapt and offer ISBCS," Huck A. Holz, MD, a cornea specialist at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center, said.
Ocular Surgery News (05/17/20) Robert Linnehan
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