ASCA News Digest (January 12, 2021)

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The data collection period for the fourth quarter (Q4) of ASCA’s 2020 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey is open through 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 facility ready to make 2021 its best year yet? Keep your ASC on track for success by subscribing to ASCA’s 2021 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey today.
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Apply today to take the next Certified Ambulatory Infection Preventionist (CAIP)® exam, offered during the month of March. CAIP is the first credential designed specifically for infection preventionists in the ASC industry. This certification distinguishes those with a comprehensive understanding of the skills and knowledge that the role of an ASC infection preventionist requires. Apply today.
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On January 3, the 117th Congress was sworn in to office. This Congress includes more than 60 new legislators, meaning ASCA has more than 60 new members of Congress who need to be educated about ASCs and their role in providing their constituents with high-quality care while saving patients and the Medicare system billions of dollars each year.

Hosting a virtual facility tour remains the easiest, most effective way to ensure that your legislator knows about the issues that impacted ASCs in 2020, and how your facility has fared during the pandemic. ASCA staff are here to help you throughout the process.
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Visit the ASC Focus website to read the latest edition of ASC Focus magazine. Highlights of the January issue include “2021 In Light of the Pandemic,” “Rethink Your Approach to Culture of Safety” and “Keeping Staff Safe, Motivated and Rewarded in the New Normal.”
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published regularly scheduled Q1 2021 payment updates to the CY 2021 OPPS/ASC final rule. ASCA members can now find an updated CY 2021 Medicare Rate Calculator that reflects these changes on the ASCA website.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

Joint Commission (01/06/21)
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Joint Commission stopped most onsite surveys and reviews last year from March 16-May 31. During that time, processes were developed for conducting offsite (formally called "virtual") events. As of mid-December, The Joint Commission had conducted more than 1,200 offsite surveys and reviews across all accreditation and certification programs.
Joint Commission (01/06/21)
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PR Newswire (01/05/21)
Sebela Pharmaceuticals today announced that Sutab (sodium sulfate, magnesium sulfate, and potassium chloride) tablets, the first tablet colonoscopy preparation to receive approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in over 10 years, is now available in the United States. Sutab is a sulfate-based tablet colonoscopy preparation that is taken orally in a split-dose administration starting the evening before a colonoscopy.
PR Newswire (01/05/21)
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JAMA Health Forum (12/14/20) Mary G. Findling; Robert J. Blendon; John M. Benson
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has created unprecedented challenges to providing medical care for patients with conditions other than COVID-19 in the US. While lack of health insurance and other cost-associated barriers have long been considered driving forces preventing healthcare access in the US prior to this pandemic, other major barriers may have emerged during this extraordinary period.
JAMA Health Forum (12/14/20) Mary G. Findling; Robert J. Blendon; John M. Benson
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OrthoSpineNews (01/06/21) Elizabeth Hofheinz
New work from Mayo Clinic has found that for the 20 most common orthopedic arthroscopic surgical procedures, inflation-adjusted Medicare reimbursement rates declined by almost 30 percent from 2000 to 2019. The study, "A Comprehensive Analysis of Medicare Reimbursement to Physicians for Common Arthroscopy Procedures: Adjusted Reimbursement has Fallen Nearly 30 Percent from 2000 to 2019," is published in the December 2, 2020 edition of Arthroscopy.
OrthoSpineNews (01/06/21) Elizabeth Hofheinz
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Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology (12/25/20) Giorgio Bogani; Antonino Ditto; Loris De Cecco; et al.
There are growing concerns on the potential risk of COVID-19 transmission during surgery and in particular during minimally invasive procedure, due to the aerosolization of SARS-CoV-2 particles. However, no study demonstrated this hypothesis. Here, we aimed to investigate the presence SARS-CoV-2 through surgical smoke.
Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology (12/25/20) Giorgio Bogani; Antonino Ditto; Loris De Cecco; et al.
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PR Newswire (01/07/21)
Ambulatory Surgery Center operators have a unique hybrid offering to leverage. Simplify ASC today has announced it has completed its acquisition of PhyBus RCM, combining the latter's revenue cycle management (RCM) services with its proprietary EHR and Practice Management platform to create an operationally-focused solution for ASCs.
PR Newswire (01/07/21)
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