ASCA News Digest (January 20, 2021)

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Register for ASCA’s new Infection Prevention for ASCs virtual course, taking place Monday, February 1, and Tuesday, February 2. This course will provide you with the resources you need to develop and maintain an infection prevention program that protects your patients and your ASC.

The virtual course takes place over two half days. You can participate in the live event or watch recordings of the sessions at your convenience.
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Register today for the ASCA 2021 Virtual Conference, taking place April 26, May 3 and May 10, 2021. Be sure to check back to the schedule page to see the latest session descriptions as they come in!
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The person designated as the materials manager in your facility plays a vital role in the daily operations of your ASC. Learn how to improve your ASC’s bottom line while ensuring your physicians have the materials they need to perform at their best and provide the highest standard of care during ASCA’s next webinar, Materials Management and What You Need to Know, scheduled for Tuesday, January 26, 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 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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Read this Digital Debut to learn how the House and Senate worked through many ASCA priorities this session. Included in this article is also information regarding the activity leading up to the final bill of the year, changes to the Paycheck Protection Program, passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, and more.
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On January 12, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule regarding a new Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology (MCIT) pathway that extends national Medicare coverage for four years for certain medical devices approved by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Devices must meet FDA market authorization criteria as well as criteria from the 21st Century Cures Act.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

ASC Focus (01/19/21)
Kathy Wilson, RN, MHA, has been named executive director of the ASC Quality Collaboration, the organization created in 2006 to develop quality measures for ASCs.
ASC Focus (01/19/21)
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Accreditation & Quality Compliance Center (01/05/21)
The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic has created new burdens and unprecedented challenges for the U.S. healthcare system. Healthcare facilities around the country are constantly adapting to rapid changes and adopting novel strategies as they navigate executive orders and the coronavirus itself, while ensuring staff, patient, and visitor safety.
Accreditation & Quality Compliance Center (01/05/21)
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MLN Connects (01/07/21)
On December 27, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 modified the Calendar Year (CY) 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS): provided a 3.75 percent increase in MPFS payments for CY 2021; suspended the 2% payment adjustment (sequestration) through March 31, 2021; reinstated the 1.0 floor on the work Geographic Practice Cost Index through CY 2023; and delayed implementation of the inherent complexity add-on code for evaluation and management services (G2211) until CY 2024. CMS has recalculated the MPFS payment rates and conversion factor to reflect these changes.
MLN Connects (01/07/21)
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Federal Trade Commission (01/14/21)
The Federal Trade Commission has issued orders to six health insurance companies to provide information that will allow the agency to study the effects of physician group and healthcare facility consolidation that occurred from 2015 through 2020. This study is part of a broader initiative recently announced by the FTC's Bureau of Economics to revamp its merger retrospective program.
Federal Trade Commission (01/14/21)
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JD Supra (01/15/21) Anne Brendel; Roger Cohen
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Hospitals Without Walls Program may be more crucial to helping hospitals handle the latest surge in COVID-19 cases following the holiday season than at any time previously during this pandemic. As ICU availability rates drop across the country, ambulance crews are advised not to transport patients to the hospital who are unlikely to survive, and hospitals struggle to provide appropriate personal protective equipment to their workforce and medical equipment to their patients, ambulatory surgery centers are in a unique position to help take some of the pressure off.
JD Supra (01/15/21) Anne Brendel; Roger Cohen
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PR Newswire (01/06/21)
Willamette Surgery Center (WSC) achieved a milestone in 2020, performing 200 total joint replacements as of November and finished the year with a record 254 total joint replacements. Since 1999, WSC has performed 1,000 surgeries.
PR Newswire (01/06/21)
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Mission: The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) is the national membership association that represents ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and provides advocacy and resources to assist ASCs in delivering high-quality, cost-effective ambulatory surgery to all the patients they serve.

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