ASCA News Digest (July 14, 2020)

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ASCA HIGHLIGHTS

ASCA’s first-ever virtual conference is now available on demand! Even if you missed the live event last week, you can still register for the conference and watch recordings of all the sessions, earn up to 26 CEs and visit the virtual expo hall through October 31.

Additionally, ASCA members receive free access to a number of content items and tools from the virtual conference, including the opening and keynote sessions, the virtual expo hall, exhibitor giveaways and more.
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If you attended the ASCA 2020 Virtual Conference & Expo last week, please review the Continuing Education Information page for information about requesting CE credits. As a reminder, you have access to on-demand session recordings as well as the virtual expo hall through October 31.

Also, there’s still time to win prizes! The exhibitor giveaways end today, and the ASCA Attendee Challenges will conclude on Friday, July 31. Learn more about the dozens of exciting giveaways!
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Data submission for the second quarter (Q2) of ASCA’s 2020 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey ends July 31. Subscribers should make sure to submit their data by the deadline 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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Register today for the Virtual CASC Review, a post-conference workshop of 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.

An additional registration fee is required for this workshop. Sign up today!
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Bill Wilcox, retired chairman and chief executive officer of United Surgical Partners International in Addison, Texas, and retired vice chairman of Tenet Healthcare Corporation in Dallas, Texas, and Randy Leffler, past executive director of the Ohio Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers, received ASCA’s prestigious 2020 Nap Gary Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement in the ASC Community during ASCA 2020—ASCA’s first entirely virtual annual conference. Read this Digital Debut to learn more about these ASCA honorees.
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On July 7, a US House Appropriations subcommittee advanced a bill that would provide funding for the Departments of Labor, Education and Health and Human Services for fiscal year 2021. This action is the first step in the lengthy appropriations process that Congress undertakes every year to fund programs and activities carried out by the federal government.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

Buffalo News (07/11/20) Scott Scanlon
Peggy Blidy understands the toll a pandemic can take on someone waiting for "elective" surgery. She tore the ACL in her right knee while skiing March 8 and her plans for surgery stopped a week later, when New York State halted nonemergency medical procedures as the number of Covid-19 cases began to soar.
Buffalo News (07/11/20) Scott Scanlon
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PR Newswire (06/29/20)
In an effort to uncover critical insights into patient behavior and serve as thought leaders within the healthcare real estate industry, Physicians Realty Trust commissioned an independent survey in five of the Company's largest markets to better understand consumer perceptions of healthcare facility safety within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. CVR and Carmichael & Company, healthcare consultants based in Indianapolis, conducted the panel-based survey for the Company, surveying the Atlanta, Dallas, Louisville, Minneapolis, and Phoenix markets.
PR Newswire (06/29/20)
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Medscape (07/08/20) Nancy A. Melville
As an ever-increasing number of complex surgeries are regularly being performed in an outpatient setting at ambulatory surgical centers, some brain tumor resections may be safe and feasible for appropriately selected patients, new research suggests. Unadjusted results from a large feasibility study that included more than 300 patients who underwent craniotomy for resection of meningioma showed that among those who were treated in an outpatient setting, mortality and complication rates were significantly lower than for their inpatient counterparts.
Medscape (07/08/20) Nancy A. Melville
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Fort Worth Star-Telegram (07/10/20) Tessa Weinberg
Gov. Greg Abbott extended his ban on elective medical procedures to over a 100 more counties Thursday as the state sees an all-time high in the number of patients hospitalized with the novel coronavirus. To ensure hospitals have sufficient capacity to treat a surge in COVID-19 patients, Abbott issued a proclamation requiring hospitals throughout West, Central and South Texas to postpone surgeries and procedures that aren’t medically necessary to correct a serious medical condition or to preserve the life of a patient.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (07/10/20) Tessa Weinberg
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MedTech Dive (07/08/20) Maria Rachal
Many of the healthcare delivery sites that connect the medtech industry to patients benefited from the support of the Paycheck Protection Program, according to data released by the U.S. Treasury this week. On the diagnostics front, about 5.6 percent of the nearly 15,500 medical laboratories in the U.S. received loans exceeding $150,000, as did roughly 16.1 percent of the more than 3,100 businesses classified as diagnostic imaging centers.
MedTech Dive (07/08/20) Maria Rachal
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AAAHC News Release (07/01/20)
The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) is moving forward with enhanced Standards in version 41 of its Accreditation Handbook for Ambulatory Health Care. For more than 40 years, AAAHC has provided facilities with relevant standards and education for improvement of their patient care environment.
AAAHC News Release (07/01/20)
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