ASCA News Digest (February 2, 2021)

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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–April 15. You must subscribe by March 31 in order to participate in the 2021 survey. Survey subscriptions are $100 per ASC.
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The recent influx of surgical implants moving to ASCs brings both advantages and challenges. During ASCA’s next webinar, The Business of Surgical Implants in Your ASC, registrants will discuss the pros and cons of purchasing surgical implants and consignment agreements, examine current trends in the ASC industry and more. This webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, February 9, 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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As a reminder, subscribers of the 2021 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey now have access to two new, free resources: the e-publication Benchmarking Basics for ASCs and Virtual Book Club discussions about the book. Survey subscribers: You received an email last week with instructions for accessing these free resources.

Not yet signed up for the 2021 survey? Subscribe 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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As access issues heighten during the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals in communities across the country are limiting nonurgent procedures. Consequently, ASCs are preparing to accommodate surgical patients from their hospital partners. Read this Digital Debut to take a closer look at the story of how one ASC is collaborating with a local hospital to serve the members of their community during the pandemic.
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The national public health emergency (PHE) declaration for COVID-19 will likely last through the rest of this calendar year. US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Acting Secretary Norris Cochran wrote a letter to state governors informing them that effective January 21, 2021, the PHE was renewed for 90 days with extensions likely for the rest of 2021.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

STAT News (01/27/21) Elizabeth Cooney
Robin Young wants you to know she thinks her second knee replacement is the least important thing in the world. While hospitals are caught in the grips of a COVID-19 surge that is straining their capacity, she doesn't compare her pain to the life-and-death struggles that have erased most elective surgery from hospital booking calendars.
STAT News (01/27/21) Elizabeth Cooney
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ASC Focus (01/29/21)
To help ASCs implement necessary precautions and prevent negative outcomes for obese patients, the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) of Skokie, Illinois, has published a fully revised Ambulatory Procedure Considerations for Obese Patients Toolkit, according to a January 25 press release. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity has nearly tripled worldwide since 1975 and is a "common, serious, and costly" issue.
ASC Focus (01/29/21)
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International Orthopaedics (01/23/21) Abdulaziz F. Ahmed; Ashraf Hantouly; Ammar Toubasi; et al.
To meet the increasing demands of total shoulder arthroplasty (TSA) while reducing its financial burden, there has been a shift toward outpatient surgery. This systematic review and meta-analysis aimed to evaluate the safety of outpatient TSA.
International Orthopaedics (01/23/21) Abdulaziz F. Ahmed; Ashraf Hantouly; Ammar Toubasi; et al.
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Joint Commission Press Release (01/26/21)
The Joint Commission and Joint Commission Resources, Inc. today announced a new data transparency initiative – DASH (Data Analytics for Safe Healthcare). The initiative offers three business intelligence tools in the form of dashboards and performance improvement resources to power customers' performance improvement efforts on their journey to zero harm.
Joint Commission Press Release (01/26/21)
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Buffalo News (01/26/21)
Lifting the ban on elective surgeries at Erie County hospitals could be just the start of a loosening of pandemic-related economic restrictions now that the region's rate of COVID-19 infections has fallen from an all-time high earlier this month. The relaxed restrictions could be announced as soon as Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.
Buffalo News (01/26/21)
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WSAZ-TV (01/22/21)
Marshall Health has announced they are expanding their outpatient surgery options to Three Gables Surgery Center. This includes, but isn't limited to, ear, nose and throat, ophthalmology and orthopaedics.
WSAZ-TV (01/22/21)
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