ASCA News Digest (January 5, 2021)

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This Friday, January 8, is the last day to register for the ASCA 2021 Virtual Coding & Reimbursement Seminar. This popular seminar—now a virtual event—provides essential training for ASC billers and coders. Don’t miss out!

During three afternoons in January—Monday, January 11; Tuesday, January 19; and Monday, January 25—attendees will hear from industry experts as they discuss the coding and billing updates for 2021 and share strategies you can use to maximize your ASC's reimbursements. ASCA members save $100 on each registration. Register today!
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Materials management affects your ASC’s financial well-being daily. Learn the importance of using preference cards to determine your ASC’s cost per case and how to compare cost per case across physicians to identify opportunities for reducing your ASC’s expenses during ASCA’s first webinar of the year, Financial Impact of Materials Management, scheduled for Tuesday, January 12, at 1:00 pm ET. Register today.

This program is from the Materials Manager track and is included in ASCA’s 2021 Webinar All-Access Pass, which provides access to all 16 webinars in this year's series for one low fee.
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The data submission period for the fourth quarter (Q4) of ASCA’s 2020 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey is now open and will close on Sunday, January 31. Subscribers should make sure to submit their data before the deadline in order to get a complete picture of trends for last year.

Is your ASC on track for success in the new year? Make 2021 your facility’s best year yet by subscribing to ASCA’s 2021 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey.
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released corrected payment addenda for CY 2021 ASC payment rates effective January 1. ASCA has updated its proprietary Medicare Rate Calculator to reflect these changes (available to ASCA Members only). A complete list of ASCA's payment resources can be found under the Federal Regulations tab.
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ASCA is seeking candidates to serve on the ASCA Board of Directors (members also serve on the ASCA Foundation Board). The deadline to submit ASCA Board nominations is this Thursday, January 7, 2021.

If you know of an individual who has the skills, experience and a commitment to devote time and energy to ASC advocacy, please see if they are interested, and, if so, nominate them. Self-nominations are also welcome.
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The ASC community follows safety protocols of many kinds each and every day to keep patients out of harm’s way. Read this ASC Focus column about an additional assessment that could be invaluable for your patients.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

NPR (01/02/21) Simon Scott
A new federal health care rule will require hospitals to publicly post prices for every service they offer and break down those prices by component and procedure. The idea behind the Transparency in Coverage rule is to let patients choose where to go, taking price into consideration.
NPR (01/02/21) Simon Scott
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PR Newswire (01/04/21)
Vision Innovation Partners today announced that it has acquired Eyes of York, a leading ophthalmology practice in York, Pennsylvania. The acquisition further strengthens Vision Innovation Partners' presence in the southern Pennsylvania market and expands its growing network of ophthalmology practices and ambulatory surgery centers in the Mid-Atlantic region.
PR Newswire (01/04/21)
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Daily Record (OH) (12/13/20)
Wooster Ambulatory Surgery Center is offering advanced robotic arm assisted total knee and partial knee replacement with Stryker's Mako SmartRobotics System, according to a release from Wooster Ambulatory Surgery Center. The technology allows for a more customized plan based on each patient's unique anatomy using a CT-scan with a goal of less soft tissue damage and greater bone preservation, the release said.
Daily Record (OH) (12/13/20)
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The Hill (12/20/20) Peter Sullivan
Bipartisan legislation to protect patients from getting massive "surprise" medical bills is included in a year-end package deal reached Sunday, clearing the way for the measure to pass Congress after almost two years of negotiations. The legislation will protect patients from getting medical bills for thousands of dollars in common situations like going to the emergency room and getting care from a doctor who happened to not be covered by the patient's insurance plan.
The Hill (12/20/20) Peter Sullivan
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Healthcare Dive (12/22/20) Samantha Liss
Tenet Health got its start as a major hospital operator in the U.S. and can trace its hospital business roots as far back as 1969. But it may be time to think of the Dallas-based company as an ambulatory surgery center operator, first, and a hospital chain, second.
Healthcare Dive (12/22/20) Samantha Liss
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UnitedHealth Group (12/10/20)
Findings from new UnitedHealth Group research underscore the importance of optimizing sites of care to improve patient safety and reduce costs. In particular, conducting more joint replacement surgeries in ambulatory surgery centers could result in 500,000 fewer hospitalizations and $3 billion in annual savings.
UnitedHealth Group (12/10/20)
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