ASCA News Digest (June 16, 2020)

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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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In this episode of the Advancing Surgical Care Podcast, ASCA Chief Executive Officer Bill Prentice interviews Beth Munnich, a distinguished healthcare economist and professor at the University of Louisville. Professor Munnich has authored a number of important healthcare studies, including ASC-focused research, and has been widely recognized and awarded for her academic achievements and publications.
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ASCA has signed on to guidance developed to help healthcare providers adopt policies that will allow medical device representatives to re-enter their facilities safely.
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Subscribers to ASCA's 2020 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey can now access their first-quarter (Q1) reports. To access the reports, log in to the survey portal and select the "Run Reports" tab.

Not yet subscribed to the 2020 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey? Sign up today to keep your ASC on track in 2020 and beyond.
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Visit the ASC Focus website to read the latest edition of ASC Focus magazine. Highlights of this issue include how to stay current on equipment sterilization, ASC unity in the fight against COVID-19, environmental sustainability in ASCs and procedural and technological changes.
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On June 9, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a pair of documents designed to give guidance to patients and facilities as the country resumes non-emergency, non-COVID-19-related in-person care. One of the documents provides guidance to patients considering non-emergency care and the other provides guidance to facilities when resuming non-emergent care.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

USA Today (06/10/20) Dian Zhang
When Dr. Jeremy Faust ordered medications for a coronavirus patient he planned to put on a mechanical ventilator several weeks ago, he saw warning messages pop up on his computer. "We're very, very accustomed to seeing drug shortages and alarms coming up on our screen," said Faust, an emergency physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
USA Today (06/10/20) Dian Zhang
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As a member of ASCA and/or ASCA 2020 attendee, you are invited to participate in one of the Affiliate-led focus groups. This is your opportunity to help influence the future of healthcare during a targeted discussion over Zoom.

Participation is limited and advance registration is required. Accepted participants will be invited to join directly from the host Affiliate Sponsor.
  • PCI in the ASC: Pursuing the Shift of Cardiovascular Procedures to the Outpatient Setting -- Hosted by Cardinal Health
  • Fact Finding with Surgery Centers -- Hosted by oneSOURCE
  • Future-Proof Surgical Revenue -- Hosted by Nuance Communications
  • Payer Contracting in a Bundled Payments World -- Hosted by HSTpathways, Healthcare Systems and Technologies
  • The Business of Complex Orthopedic and Spine Cases Moving to Surgery Centers -- Hosted by National Medical Billing Services
AAAHC News Release (06/08/20)
AAAHC recently released its 2020 Quality Roadmap report, which provides a thorough analysis of data from 1,488 surveys conducted in 2019. Health care organizations can utilize this tool to identify themes that deserve special attention as they pursue ongoing quality improvement throughout the accreditation period.
AAAHC News Release (06/08/20)
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Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (06/10/20) Lorrie Cappellino
Now more than ever, it's important to look at flow. Let's dive into the details about re-imagining patient flow.
Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (06/10/20) Lorrie Cappellino
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Fierce Healthcare (06/10/20) Tom Scott
A year ago, few of us would have predicted that 2020 would have gone the way it has. While the beginning of the year had many healthcare systems focused on growth and network expansions, the outbreak in the United States put many of these initiatives on hold while health systems focused on preparing for "the surge" and reallocating resources to treat COVID-19 patients while reducing services and staff in other non-essential areas to prevent the spread of the virus.
Fierce Healthcare (06/10/20) Tom Scott
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Medscape (06/11/20) Marcia Frellick
A Medscape poll yields more evidence that COVID-19 has changed practice significantly for most physicians and nurses around the globe. Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of nurses/advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) and 77 percent of physician respondents said their work had changed significantly or very significantly due to the pandemic.
Medscape (06/11/20) Marcia Frellick
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Business Wire (06/09/20)
Intersect ENT, Inc., a company dedicated to transforming care for patients with ear, nose and throat conditions, today announced that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved SINUVA (mometasone furoate) Sinus Implant for transitional pass-through payment status for reimbursement under the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Ambulatory Surgery Center Payment System. The new code, C9122 Mometasone furoate sinus implant, 10 micrograms (Sinuva), is scheduled to take effect July 1, 2020. Pass-Through status lasts for three years.
Business Wire (06/09/20)
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