ASCA News Digest (June 9, 2020)

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In this episode of the Advancing Surgical Care Podcast, ASCA Chief Executive Officer Bill Prentice and Healthcare Bluebook Co-Founder and Senior Vice President Bill Kampine discuss the outlook for resuming elective surgeries and what to expect immediately and in the future regarding case volumes, pricing and commercial insurance coverage.

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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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ASCA is pleased to announce the results of its recent Board member and Board officer elections. The individuals selected to serve on the ASCA Board also serve on the ASCA Foundation Board.
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On June 5, President Trump signed H.R. 7010, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020, into law. This new law lengthens the term of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, expands the loan’s coverage period and provides greater flexibility on how loans can be spent while remaining forgivable.
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The deadline to submit comments on how to design a joint replacement model that incorporates ASCs as participants in the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) bundled payment model is approaching fast. Interested parties may submit comments until 5:00 pm ET on June 23. Read this Digital Debut to learn more.
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ASC accrediting organizations (AOs) will resume some survey activities in June. The Joint Commission announced that it will begin some surveys in June, although the survey process may look slightly different as it will prioritize low-risk areas that are safe to survey. The surveys will not retroactively review compliance.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

ISMP News Release (06/05/20)
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) is alerting the healthcare community about potential safety issues with critical care drug products being introduced in the U.S. to ease shortages due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Practitioners should be prepared to take extra precautions with vials of neuromuscular blocking agents without the usual “Warning: Paralyzing Agent” statement required on vial caps and a propofol product that has double the concentration of what is available in the U.S.
ISMP News Release (06/05/20)
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FDA News Release (06/07/20)
In response to public health and safety concerns about the appropriateness of decontaminating certain respirators, the agency is reissuing certain emergency use authorizations (EUAs) to specify which respirators are appropriate for decontamination. Based on the FDA’s increased understanding of the performance and design of these respirators, the FDA has decided that certain respirators should not be decontaminated for reuse by health care personnel.
FDA News Release (06/07/20)
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American Medical Association (06/05/20) Andis Robeznieks
As physician practices reopen to address patient care that was delayed during the COVID-19 pandemic, steps must be taken to ensure that the extreme shortages of personal protection equipment (PPE), disinfectant and hand sanitizer previously experienced by front-line providers do not reoccur and spread to non-hospital settings. "While it is critical to the long-term viability of these practices to return to seeing patients in person, the serious threat of COVID-19 infection persists, and it is essential that physicians and their staff institute proper infection-control procedures in their practices," AMA CEO and Executive Vice President James L. Madara, MD, wrote in a letter to Vice President Mike Pence.
American Medical Association (06/05/20) Andis Robeznieks
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Joint Commission Press Release (06/04/20)
Health care workers in the U.S. have been facing the COVID-19 pandemic for more than three months now. Stressors such as insufficient personal protective equipment, fears of infection, feelings of isolation from family, and harassment from the community for enforcing strict infection prevention measures are creating strains on health care workers, which can interfere with providing adequate patient care during a crisis.
Joint Commission Press Release (06/04/20)
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HCPLive (05/13/20) Samara Rosenfeld
Findings of a new nonrandomized clinical trial showed that adding a preoperative and postoperative Surgical Patient Safety System (SURPASS) to the World Health Organization surgical safety checklist was associated with a reduction in the rate of complications, reoperations, and readmissions. The findings from Anette Storesund, RN, PhD, and a team of investigators suggested that the use of SURPASS with the safety checklist was beneficial for patients.
HCPLive (05/13/20) Samara Rosenfeld
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HealthLeaders Media (06/08/20)
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or enlarged prostate, is exceedingly common, affecting half of men in their 50s and about 90 percent of men aged 80-plus (American Urological Association, 2019). As a result, although most patients are treated with medication, surgical procedures to treat BPH are very common as well, making up a significant portion of urological surgeries in any hospital.
HealthLeaders Media (06/08/20)
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