ASCA News Digest (June 2, 2020)

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ASCA HIGHLIGHTS

There’s no better place for ASC-specific education than ASCA’s annual conference. And just like ASCA’s in-person events, the ASCA 2020 Virtual Conference & Expo offers nearly 50 educational sessions on a wide variety of topics designed for ASC professionals like you.

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, 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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Fifty years ago, the first ASC opened its doors. Learn about the growth of the ASC community and its many accomplishments by visiting ASCA’s 50 Years of ASCs commemoration website.
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Make sure your ASC is achieving compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) with ASCA's HIPAA Workbook for ASCs. This valuable resource provides comprehensive tools and information to help you design, evaluate and update your ASC's compliance program.

The HIPAA Workbook for ASCs is free for ASCA members and available for purchase by nonmembers. Get your copy today.
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The US Small Business Administration (SBA) issued two interim final rules on May 22. The first focuses on Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness, and the second on procedures for SBA’s review of loans and responsibilities for lenders and borrowers.

The interim rules follow the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application that the SBA released on May 15. Forgiveness is not automatic, and borrowers must submit the application to their lender. Read this Digital Debut to learn more.
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The US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) recently announced that eligible providers have until June 3, 2020, to accept the Terms and Conditions and submit their revenue information to support receiving an additional payment from the Provider Relief Fund General Distribution.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

MedTech Dive (05/26/20) Maria Rachal
The flight of joint replacements and other lucrative procedures from acute care hospitals to ambulatory surgery centers was happening before the COVID-19 pandemic, but the crisis may prove to accelerate the trend. "That shift was underway, but not very quickly: things never are in healthcare," said Tim van Biesen, head of Bain & Company’s global healthcare practice.
MedTech Dive (05/26/20) Maria Rachal
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Mass Device (05/26/20) Nancy Crotti
The FDA has issued a call for manufacturers to produce more non-surgical gowns and other personal protective equipment (PPE) as the coronavirus pandemic makes its way across the country. The emergency use authorization issued Friday also listed conductive shoes and shoe covers, operating room shoes and shoe covers, surgical helmets and caps and other surgical accessories.
Mass Device (05/26/20) Nancy Crotti
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CIDRAP (05/27/20)
A review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials has found no conclusive evidence that post-operative antibiotic prophylaxis reduces incidence of surgical-site infections, a finding that supports the World Health Organization's (WHO's) recommendation for discontinuation of the practice, researchers reported yesterday in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. The aim of the review, which was conducted by Dutch, Swiss, and U.S. researchers, was to update and reassess the evidence upon which the WHO's 2016 recommendation was based.
CIDRAP (05/27/20)
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Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (05/27/20) Mary Wei
When the nationwide COVID-19 emergency was declared, states across the country scrambled to determine the impact the coronavirus would have related to their respective populations. Moving to an emergency response meant our State Relations Department’s normal activity and work across the states would need to shift to a mode of learning and supporting, and in this way, continue to be advocates for our many accredited ambulatory care customers.
Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (05/27/20) Mary Wei
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Newswise (05/02/20)
Your knee replacement, cataract removal, hernia repair or other elective surgery was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and now your doctor is calling to reschedule, but you are unsure. As the curve of new COVID-19 cases begins to flatten in the United States, the American Society of Anesthesiologists is providing guidelines so you know when it’s safe to have surgery.
Newswise (05/02/20)
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Reuters (05/22/20) Rebecca Spalding
A group representing some of the largest U.S. employers has asked Congress for a year-long ban on mergers and acquisitions among hospitals and doctors groups that received government money to cope with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Pacific Business Group on Health, whose members include Boeing, Salesforce, Tesla, and Walmart, said in a letter addressed to congressional leaders this week that it feared that further consolidation in the healthcare industry could lead to higher costs.
Reuters (05/22/20) Rebecca Spalding
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