ASCA News Digest (June 23, 2020)

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The ASCA 2020 Virtual Conference & Expo offers nearly 50 educational sessions, opportunities to earn up to 26 CE credits, access to dozens of 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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This episode of ASCA’s Advancing Surgical Care Podcast features Bill Prentice, ASCA chief executive officer, and Michael Patterson, president and chief executive officer of Mississippi Valley Health in Davenport, Iowa, discussing what ASCs are experiencing now that states are reopening and patients are returning for care.
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How does your ASC’s performance compare to similar facilities? Find out by subscribing to ASCA's 2020 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey. This valuable survey provides access to a full year of national comparison data you can use to improve clinical outcomes, billing performance, staffing and more at your ASC. Data submission for the second quarter (Q2) begins next week, so purchase your subscription 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
The deadline to submit your suggestions is next Tuesday, June 30.
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As the COVID-19 lockdown eases across the US, 39 states have now issued orders or guidance allowing for the resumption of elective procedures; Hawaii remains the last state to have an ongoing executive order halting elective procedures, which expires at the end of June. Governors in 35 states and Washington, DC, halted elective surgeries back in March to preserve personal protective equipment (PPE) and prevent the spread of infection. Read this Digital Debut for information on the consequences of delaying elective surgeries.
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On June 15, the US Small Business Administration (SBA) began accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance applications from qualified small businesses. Previous applications to the program are proceeding on a first-come, first-served basis.

More information on the EIDL program, information for entities that have a PPP loan and are interested in an EIDL and the application portal are available on the SBA website.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

AMA News Release (06/18/20)
The American Medical Association (AMA) is urging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to make significant revisions to its 2016 Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain to protect patients with pain from the ongoing unintended consequences and misapplication of the guidance. "To make meaningful progress toward ending this epidemic, a broad-based public health approach is required," wrote AMA Executive Vice President and CEO James L. Madara, M.D.
AMA News Release (06/18/20)
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CDC Health Alert Network (06/18/2020)
Meningococcal disease, which typically presents as meningitis or meningococcemia, is a life-threatening illness requiring prompt antibiotic treatment for patients and antibiotic prophylaxis for their close contacts. Neisseria meningitidis isolates in the United States have been largely susceptible to the antibiotics recommended for treatment and prophylaxis.
CDC Health Alert Network (06/18/2020)
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HHS News Release (06/13/20)
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently clarified there is no quarterly reporting requirement for healthcare providers receiving Provider Relief under the CARES Act. HHS will be requiring recipients to submit future reports, and content and due dates(s) of such reports will be available in the coming weeks.
HHS News Release (06/13/20)
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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
STAT News (06/19/20) Elizabeth Cooney
Ned Sharpless is worried. The director of the National Cancer Institute believes the COVID-19 pandemic is posing a danger to cancer patients across a wide spectrum of care and research.
STAT News (06/19/20) Elizabeth Cooney
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Orlando Sentinel (06/21/20) Mark P. Trolice; Sarah M. St. Louis; Mark Denker
On a daily basis, physicians, nurses, and other healthcare workers are still placing their lives at risk by their tireless and unselfish care of COVID-19 patients. The ongoing pandemic has weakened a once vibrant and seemingly invulnerable healthcare system, especially in hot-spot areas that are most affected.
Orlando Sentinel (06/21/20) Mark P. Trolice; Sarah M. St. Louis; Mark Denker
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Joint Commission Dateline @ TJC blog (06/05/20) Joy Siringer
It’s clear by now that COVID-19 is going to be a disruptor in many industries, especially in health care. The Joint Commission, along with our colleagues at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and numerous other health organizations, have been studying workplace violence prevention strategies for the better part of a decade.
Joint Commission Dateline @ TJC blog (06/05/20) Joy Siringer
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Brandpoint (06/17/20)
With nearly 50 million outpatient surgeries performed in the U.S. each year and the increasingly complex nature of the procedures, patients need to consider several important details when having surgery without an overnight stay in the hospital. Updated fasting restrictions, removing jewelry to reduce the risk of burns and asking about regional blocks for non-opioid pain control when undergoing anesthesia are a few important factors that could lead to increased satisfaction and safer outcomes, according to Dr. Mary Dale Peterson.
Brandpoint (06/17/20)
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