ASCA News Digest (January 26, 2021)

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Register by this Friday, January 29, to attend ASCA’s new Infection Prevention for ASCs virtual course as it happens live on 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 and will be available to watch on demand after the live event.
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If your ASC’s employees see something unsafe, do they feel comfortable asking questions or speaking up? Do staff members feel rushed between procedures or do they have enough time to properly prepare for the next patient?

Find out with the new Culture of Safety Survey—an electronic survey that evaluates how well your ASC’s organizational culture supports patient safety. The data submission period for the 2021 survey will be open March 1–31. Survey subscriptions are $100 per ASC.
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This Sunday, January 31, is the deadline to submit benchmarking data for the fourth quarter (Q4) of ASCA’s 2020 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey. 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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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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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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Since ASCA’s last update in July, healthcare organizations across the country posted 324 breaches of protected health information (PHI) affecting 500 or more individuals. This is the highest number of breaches reported in a six-month span in the past three years and exceeds the number of breaches in the first half of 2020 by almost 40 percent. Read this Digital Debut for takeaways on how to prevent breaches and limit liability in your ASC.
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On January 14, President Biden announced the outline of his “American Rescue Plan,” a legislative package to provide additional relief in response to the coronavirus. ASCA staff will provide updates as Congress begins its work on additional coronavirus relief.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

Georgetown University Health Policy Institute (01/24/21) Tricia Brooks
In a recent letter to Governors, Acting Health and Human Services Secretary Norris Cochran signaled that the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) "will likely remain in place for the entirety of 2021." Moreover, the letter assures states that when a determination is made to terminate the PHE or let it expire, HHS will provide states with 60 days' notice.
Georgetown University Health Policy Institute (01/24/21) Tricia Brooks
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Clinical and Experimental Gastroenterology (01/19/21) Vol. 2021, No. 14, P. 19 J. Makker; D. Shaikh; H. Patel; et al.
Colonoscopy, although a low-risk procedure, is not without associated adverse events. The rates of major adverse events such as perforation and bleeding after a colonoscopy are well reported.
Clinical and Experimental Gastroenterology (01/19/21) Vol. 2021, No. 14, P. 19 J. Makker; D. Shaikh; H. Patel; et al.
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Ocular Surgery News (01/10/21) Richard L. Lindstrom
Crisp, clear vision at distance, day and night, is the highest priority for the patient undergoing cataract surgery. For the patient selecting monovision to reduce dependence on glasses, the need to provide high-quality uncorrected vision in the distance eye is critical.
Ocular Surgery News (01/10/21) Richard L. Lindstrom
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ScienceDaily (01/07/21)
Two new papers led by researchers in the University of Illinois Chicago College of Nursing suggest that policies and laws mandating the evacuation of surgical smoke from operating rooms are the best way to reduce the negative health impacts on perioperative staff as well as surgical patients. Surgical smoke poses a health risk to everyone in the operating room.
ScienceDaily (01/07/21)
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Newswise (01/22/21)
The colons of African-Americans and people of European descent age differently, new research reveals, helping explain racial disparities in colorectal cancer – the cancer that killed beloved "Black Panther" star Chadwick Boseman at only 43. Scientists led by UVA Health’s Li Li, MD, PhD; Graham Casey, PhD; and Matt Devall, PhD, of the Center for Public Health Genomics, found that one side of the colon ages biologically faster than the other in both African-Americans and people of European descent.
Newswise (01/22/21)
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Clark County Today (01/16/21)
On January 14, 2021, Dr. Casey Cornelius, orthopedist and surgeon, performed The Vancouver Clinic's first knee replacement surgery in their Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC), which is located in the 87th Avenue clinic. The patient was able to go home the same day to safely and comfortably recover.
Clark County Today (01/16/21)
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OurQuadCities.com (01/18/21) Linda Cook
Eastern Iowa residents seeking outpatient joint replacement surgery may experience less pain and a faster recovery because of the region’s first Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System introduced by Mississippi Valley Surgery Center (MVSC). Dr. Robert Cagle, an expert in the technology, joins the Orthopaedic Specialists, P.C. team and will serve as the director of robotic surgery at MVSC’s Advanced Orthopedic Center of Excellence, a news release says.
OurQuadCities.com (01/18/21) Linda Cook
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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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