ASCA News Digest (July 7, 2020)

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ASCA HIGHLIGHTS

ASCA’s first-ever virtual conference is almost here! Register today for this exciting virtual event, which is happening live this Thursday, July 9, and Friday, July 10, and will be available on demand through October 31.

Just like ASCA’s in-person events, 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.

There is still time to register, so check out the schedule and reserve your spot today!
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ASCA is excited to announce that a Virtual CASC Review post-conference workshop has been added to the ASCA 2020 Virtual Conference & Expo. If you’re preparing to take the Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC)™ exam, this advanced review course is for you. It will take place live over two four-hour days, July 27­–28, and will be accessible via recordings through the fall.

The Virtual CASC Review is a post-conference workshop; an additional registration fee is required. Sign up today!
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The data submission period for the second quarter (Q2) of ASCA’s 2020 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey is now open. Subscribers should make sure to submit their data by July 31 in order to get a complete picture of trends for the year.

Not yet subscribed to the 2020 survey? Purchase a subscription now.
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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
Candidates who plan to take the September Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC)™ exam must submit their application during the month of July. The CASC credential is a distinction earned by members of the ASC community who demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the knowledge and skills required of an ASC administrator. Submit your application.
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During the pandemic your ASC might have relied on financial support from federally administered programs, like the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) from the US Small Business Administration (SBA) or Provider Relief Fund from the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). Since implementation, these programs have been updated by the administering agency or even changed by Congress. Read this Digital Debut for more information on these updates.
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ASCA urges congressional leaders to include liability protections for ASCs, financial support so that patient coverage is not interrupted, access to affordable personal protective equipment and equal treatment of healthcare facilities and providers in the next package of legislation related to the coronavirus pandemic.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

The Hill (06/29/20) James Bikales
Pharmaceutical companies have raised prices on 245 drugs since the first U.S. coronavirus case was reported on Jan. 20, according to a report released Sunday by an advocacy group. Sixty-one of the drugs that saw price increases are being used to treat COVID-19, and 30 are in clinical trials, the group Patients for Affordable Drugs said in its report.
The Hill (06/29/20) James Bikales
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National Law Review (07/02/20) Deborah R. Godes; Sheila Madhani
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will soon release the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Ambulatory Surgical Center (OPPS/ASC) Proposed Rules. These rules will have a significant impact on Medicare fee-for-service spending on physician and hospital outpatient services, and on quality reporting in calendar year 2021.
National Law Review (07/02/20) Deborah R. Godes; Sheila Madhani
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AJMC.com (06/26/20) Richard H. Bone; James D. Cross; Andrea J. Dwyer; et al.
The American Journal of Managed Care and Exact Sciences Corporation hosted a roundtable meeting to discuss the impact of colorectal cancer (CRC) screening modalities on improving patient outcomes. The roundtable participants were a diverse panel of experts, including primary care, gastroenterology, and oncology providers; experts in health outcomes research and health policy; and managed care executives with commercial and public payer experience.
AJMC.com (06/26/20) Richard H. Bone; James D. Cross; Andrea J. Dwyer; et al.
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Commonwealth Fund (06/25/20) Ateev Mehrotra; Michael Chernew; David Linetsky; et al.
The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed how outpatient care is delivered in health care practices. To decrease the risk of transmitting the virus to either patients or health care workers within their practice, providers had been deferring elective visits when possible.
Commonwealth Fund (06/25/20) Ateev Mehrotra; Michael Chernew; David Linetsky; et al.
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AAOS Press Release (06/26/20)
The American Joint Replacement Registry, the cornerstone of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons' Registry Program and the world's largest national registry of hip and knee joint replacement data by annual procedural count, proudly announced that it reached and surpassed its two millionth hip and knee procedure with the input of data from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Tracking an additional one million procedures since 2017, the Registry Program gives orthopaedic surgeons and providers the most comprehensive picture to date of trends in hip and knee arthroplasty practice and outcomes in the United States.
AAOS Press Release (06/26/20)
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Reuters (06/09/20) Lisa Girion; Dan Levine; Robin Respaut
As opioid pills and patches fueled a two-decade epidemic of overdoses in the United States, hospitals faced chronic shortages of the same painkillers in injectable form - narcotics vital to patients on breathing machines. For years, hospitals chased supplies, sometimes resorting to inferior substitutes.
Reuters (06/09/20) Lisa Girion; Dan Levine; Robin Respaut
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