ASCA News Digest (February 17, 2021)

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Register before Friday at midnight for the ASCA 2021 Virtual Conference—scheduled for April 26, May 3 and May 10—and save $50 on the cost of registration!

For more than two decades, ASCA’s annual conference has remained the premier, can’t-miss event for the ASC community and this year’s conference is no different. ASCA 2021 will feature nearly 50 educational sessions, ample networking opportunities and a virtual expo hall filled with ASC industry vendors. Attendees can participate in the live event or watch recordings on demand at their convenience. Register now to save!
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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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If you are an ASCA member and haven’t already listened to the recent episode of ASCA’s Advancing Surgical Care Podcast titled “Understanding the Role of MedPAC,” tune in now to learn more about the ways the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s (MedPAC) recommendations could alter Medicare payment policies that affect your ASC and what changes ASCA would like to see at the commission.
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If you haven’t already, sign up today for ASCA’s new virtual course for ASC administrators, Management Essentials for ASC Administrators, taking place March 1 and 2.

Registrants will hear from expert faculty with extensive experience in ASC management as they discuss what ASC leaders need to know about compliance, finance, quality management and human resources—and how to keep up with the latest information about these critical operational areas. This virtual course will also help participants prepare for the Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC)® exam.
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As the world approaches different one-year anniversaries involving the coronavirus pandemic, on the advocacy front, ASCA celebrates many discrete moments of importance and milestones from 2020. Read this Digital Debut on how ASCA’s advocacy in 2020 made real change.
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ASCA has posted an updated Medicare Rate Calculator and Medicare Payment Resources spreadsheet that take into account payment rate updates posted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on January 27, 2021. As a reminder, the 2 percent payment sequester is currently suspended through March 31, 2021, as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE).
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INDUSTRY NEWS

ASC Focus (02/10/21)
The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the substantial disparities that have existed in healthcare for many years. People from racial and ethnic minority groups have an increased risk of getting sick and dying from COVID-19, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
ASC Focus (02/10/21)
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Harvard Business Review (02/15/21) Robert Handfield; Daniel Joseph Finkenstadt; Peter Guinto
The shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other critical health and safety material and equipment that have persisted throughout the Covid-19 pandemic have made one thing clear: Large organizations of all kinds need to be much better prepared to operate when future devastating emergencies strike. The ultimate remedy is a radically cooperative, proactive approach to securing these supplies.
Harvard Business Review (02/15/21) Robert Handfield; Daniel Joseph Finkenstadt; Peter Guinto
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Kaiser Health News (02/12/21) Christina Jewett; Jay Hancock
A key U.S. senator is calling on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate N95 mask fraud and federal agents announced the seizure of 1.7 million more counterfeit 3M masks in the New York borough of Queens as the breadth of a major scam concerning front-line health workers continues to grow. Early Thursday, Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), on her first day as chair of the Senate Commerce Committee, said she would ask the Federal Trade Commission to look into 1.9 million counterfeits shipped to hospitals in Washington state.
Kaiser Health News (02/12/21) Christina Jewett; Jay Hancock
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The Hill (02/14/21) John Bowden
Hospitals around the country say their supplies of crucial medical supplies including personal protective equipment (PPE) are lower than ever as demand for different items has soared to an all-time high. Data detailing usage rates of PPE and other supplies analyzed by Premier, a company that consults for health care systems, revealed that usage of supplies for COVID-19 testing and treatment has reached the highest rate seen since the pandemic began last year.
The Hill (02/14/21) John Bowden
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HCPLive (02/08/21) Jonathan Alicea
A new study reported that patients on an opioid-sparing pathway post-surgery received and used fewer opioids, reported less pain, and indicated similar satisfaction compared with patients who received standard of care. The study, led by Maia Anderson, MD, Department of Surgery, University of Michigan, used de-identified data to retrospectively compare opioid-naïve patients who participated in an opioid-sparing pathway after surgery with opioid-naïve patients who received standard of care for the same procedures.
HCPLive (02/08/21) Jonathan Alicea
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Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology (01/21) Dylan E. O'Sullivan,; R. Liam Sutherland; Susanna Town; et al.
Despite the widespread increase in the incidence of early-onset colorectal cancer (EoCRC), the reasons for this increase remain unclear. The objective of this study was to determine risk factors for the development of EoCRC.
Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology (01/21) Dylan E. O'Sullivan,; R. Liam Sutherland; Susanna Town; et al.
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