ASCA News Digest (July 21, 2020)

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Register today for the Virtual CASC Review, which is happening live next week over two four-hour days, July 27–28, and will be available via recordings through the fall.

If you’re preparing to take the Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC)™ exam, this advanced review course is for you. The Virtual CASC Review is a post-conference workshop of the ASCA 2020 Virtual Conference & Expo; an additional registration fee is required. Sign up today!
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ASCA’s first-ever virtual conference is available on demand through October 31—so you still have time to watch recordings of all the sessions and visit the virtual expo hall. If you watch just one session each week, you can earn 15+ CE credits!

Session highlights include Managing COVID-19: Past, Present and Future Implications for ASC Infection Prevention, which provides valuable insights into what we’ve learned so far about the pandemic and its impact on the ASC infection prevention program.

If you’re still not registered for ASCA 2020, sign up today!
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Hear ASCA Chief Executive Officer Bill Prentice and former ASCA Board member Dr. Tom Deas, a leading gastroenterologist who is board certified in both internal medicine and gastroenterology, discuss some of the risks associated with delaying nonemergent surgical procedures, including screening colonoscopies.

Their conversation is available now nationally and internationally in the newest episode of ASCA’s Advancing Surgical Care Podcast, “The Risk of Delaying Certain Elective Surgeries.” Please share this program with your ASC’s patients, surgeons and staff.
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Hosting a facility tour is the best way to educate your members of Congress about the ASC community and how COVID-19 has impacted your operations.

Sign up with ASCA to host a virtual facility tour and receive ASCA's new Virtual Tour Kit—designed to help your facility every step of the way!
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Data submission for the second quarter (Q2) of ASCA’s 2020 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey closes next week. This valuable online resource 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. Subscribers should be sure to submit their data before the deadline; if you’ve not yet subscribed, purchase your subscription today!
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ST79:2017 includes a wide variety of changes and updates. One of the most significant changes concerns the use of critical water rather than utility water for reprocessing. Another significant change in ST79 speaks to ultrasonic cleaning equipment. Read about other noteworthy developments and how to turn new best practices into processes in this ASC Focus article.
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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued guidance clarifying that funding received from the Provider Relief Fund is taxable. On June 25, ASCA joined other healthcare organizations in sending a letter to congressional leaders urging that legislation be enacted so that support funding provided in response to COVID-19 is not taxable. Additionally, the group asked that entities that have received these funds maintain tax deductions attributable to the funds. This remains an advocacy priority as Congress works on the next piece of coronavirus-related legislation.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology (07/13/20) Deb Thompson; Christian Comeau
For a cardiovascular service line leader, addressing challenges in an evolving healthcare climate is a constant. Understanding the dynamics that influence the service line can arm the leader with information necessary to make timely, informed decisions – particularly the impact of continued migration to the outpatient setting.
Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology (07/13/20) Deb Thompson; Christian Comeau
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Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry (07/10/20) Amanda Pedersen
Assessing the status elective surgery in the United States continues to be a moving target as hospitals in most states have resumed elective surgery while hospitals in other states are forced to refocus on COVID-19. At Valley Medical Center in Renton, WA, orthopedic surgeons like William Barrett, MD, have returned to the operating room to perform elective surgery such as hip and knee replacements.
Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry (07/10/20) Amanda Pedersen
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Globe Newswire (07/17/20)
The Ambu aScope Duodeno received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on 17 July 2020 and is now ready for commercial launch as planned. "At Ambu, we are determined to advance patient safety through innovative design of single-use devices, and we are excited to improve safety for the two million patients each year, who need an ERCP procedure," says Juan Jose Gonzalez, CEO of Ambu.
Globe Newswire (07/17/20)
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Merritt Hawkins News Release (07/14/20)
The coronavirus pandemic has significantly altered the job market for physicians, leading to the temporary reduction of both starting salaries and practice options for doctors, according to an annual report tracking physician recruiting trends. Prepared by Merritt Hawkins, the nation's leading physician search firm and a company of AMN Healthcare, the 2020 Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives tracks a sample of 3,251 physician and advanced practitioner recruiting engagements that the firm conducted from April 1, 2019, to March 31, 2020.
Merritt Hawkins News Release (07/14/20)
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AMA News Release (07/15/20) Kevin B. O'Reilly
With the nation hovering at or near its single-day peak for COVID-19 cases, there continues to be a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) that physicians and other health professionals need to keep themselves and their patients safe and limit the further spread of deadly respiratory illness caused by SARS-CoV-2. The AMA is now laying out a 10-step road map that explains how to ensure sufficient access to PPE during the COVID-19 pandemic and prevent shortages for the next pandemic to hit U.S. shores.
AMA News Release (07/15/20) Kevin B. O'Reilly
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Hannibal Courier-Post (07/10/20) Bev Darr
As the Northeast Missouri Ambulatory Surgery Center at the Hannibal Clinic celebrated its 20th anniversary on July 8, Dr. Michael Bukstein said "the most rewarding thing is the comments we get back from our patients." Each patient has an opportunity to complete a survey and the board reviews each one, Bukstein said.
Hannibal Courier-Post (07/10/20) Bev Darr
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