ASCA News Digest (June 30, 2020)

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Today, June 30, is the last day to submit your suggestions for topics you want to see covered and/or speakers you would like to hear from in 2021.

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
Submit your suggestions today!
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A wide-ranging coalition of nearly 20 healthcare provider organizations, including ASCA, sent a letter to congressional leaders last week urging legislative action to fix a taxation penalty embedded in the CARES Act. The groups are asking lawmakers to correct unintentional tax consequences of policies meant to provide vital funding to healthcare providers through the Provider Relief Fund and other programs as part of the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. More information is available on ASCA’s website.
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Last month, the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) allowing the emergency use of Fresenius Propoven 2 percent (propofol 20 mg/ml) Emulsion 100 ml, an unapproved drug. Under the EUA, the drug can be used to maintain sedation via continuous infusion in patients older than 16 years of age who require mechanical ventilation in an intensive care unit setting during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read this Digital Debut on how your facility can communicate, create policies and manage EUAs effectively during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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On June 23, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled in favor of the Trump administration, upholding the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) transparency rule defining “standard charges,” delineating hospitals’ publication requirements and laying out an enforcement scheme. The American Hospital Association (AHA) and other organizations challenged the final rule on the grounds that it would violate free speech rights protected by the First Amendment, among other violations.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

American Association of Medical Colleges (06/26/20)
Even as the nation's health care workforce combats the spread and lethality of COVID-19, a report from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) projects that the United States will face a shortage of between 54,100 and 139,000 physicians by 2033. The pandemic, which struck after the projections were completed, magnifies the need to address shortfalls in both primary care doctors and specialists, the AAMC says.
American Association of Medical Colleges (06/26/20)
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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
MedCity News (06/22/20) Elise Reuter
After health systems saw a massive drop in volumes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, patients are starting to come back. Healthcare providers saw a significant increase in inpatient and outpatient surgeries in May, according to a report released last week by Moody's Investors Service.
MedCity News (06/22/20) Elise Reuter
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ROI-NJ (06/26/20) Brett Johnson Roseland
Instead of being handed tools in the operating room, New Jersey surgeons are hoping state officials can give them the right tools to get patients there in the first place. Even if the Garden State has officially allowed elective surgeries to continue, those running some of the state’s surgery centers are telling their representatives that the newly introduced requirements have them fumbling.
ROI-NJ (06/26/20) Brett Johnson Roseland
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Medscape (06/26/20) Damian McNamara
An expected surge in the number of people seeking colonoscopy after the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic passes could cause physicians to rethink patient prioritization, could create a strain on endoscopy capacity, and might raise the specter of detecting colorectal cancer in more patients at a later stage of disease. Furthermore, months of delay in diagnosis of colorectal cancer could shorten survival, although more data is needed, according to expert analysis from a gastroenterologist, a medical oncologist, and a colorectal surgeon.
Medscape (06/26/20) Damian McNamara
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Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (06/24/20) Kelley McCann
The Joint Commission was pleased to resume our regular on-site surveys and survey process in June. We're committed to working closely with our ambulatory care customers, with safety being the first and foremost priority.
Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (06/24/20) Kelley McCann
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AAAHC News Release (06/22/20)
The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) is resuming onsite surveys after temporarily pausing activities during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the health care industry finds new ways to safely resume operations, AAAHC will continue to emphasize specific focus areas, such as ongoing emergency readiness and infection prevention and control processes.
AAAHC News Release (06/22/20)
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