ASCA News Digest (March 2, 2021)

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Register today for the ASCA 2021 Virtual Conference—scheduled for April 26, May 3 and May 10. 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!
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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 is now open and will close 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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Today is the second day of the live Management Essentials for ASC Administrators virtual course! During this course, participants learn what every ASC leader needs to know about compliance, finance, quality management and human resources—and how to keep up with the latest information about these critical operational areas.

Register today to watch the sessions on demand.
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ASCA’s 2021 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey includes several exciting new features, including a new specialty-specific section for ophthalmology procedures and free access to the new ASCA e-booklet Benchmarking Basics for ASCs.

The Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey provides valuable quality and performance data you can use to improve clinical outcomes, billing performance, staffing and more at your ASC. ASCA members save $150 on subscriptions. If you haven’t already, subscribe to the 2021 survey today!
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In February, South Dakota House Majority Whip Tim Goodwin (R) introduced HB 1246, which if enacted would have imposed a new tax on ASCs, set at 6 percent of gross receipts. Read this Digital Debut about how the South Dakota Association of Specialty Care Providers (SDASCP) made a convincing case to shut the bill down.
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On February 22, the US House of Representatives Committee on the Budget advanced legislation that would provide $1.9 trillion in additional relief in response to the coronavirus pandemic. As mentioned previously, the healthcare-related scope of this legislation is narrow compared to previous relief bills, with an emphasis on testing and vaccine distribution.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

Joint Commission Online (02/24/21)
The Joint Commission currently certifies over 100 spine health care organizations through its foundational Disease-Specific Care Certification Program. The new Advanced Certification for Spine Surgery goes beyond the core Disease-Specific Care standards to provide a more in-depth assessment of an organization's spine surgery program.
Joint Commission Online (02/24/21)
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National Law Review (02/24/21) Kara M. Friedman
In 1982, the ambulatory surgery center (ASC) model began to proliferate when Medicare approved this type of provider as an appropriate site of care for approximately 200 surgical procedures. Yet, despite their lower cost, nearly 40 years later, commercial and government payors have not forced the migration of outpatient surgical care to ASCs.
National Law Review (02/24/21) Kara M. Friedman
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Newswise (02/24/21)
The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) hosted a virtual pain summit on February 20, 2021 with 14 medical specialty societies to discuss acute surgical pain principles that will serve as the basis for a multi-society acute pain resource. The first-of-its-kind event brought together a group of representing the major surgical stakeholders in acute pain management with the goal of reaching consensus on important principles regarding the treatment of perioperative pain.
Newswise (02/24/21)
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Commonwealth Fund (02/22/21) Ateev Mehrotra; Michael Chernew; David Linetsky; et al.
The COVID-19 pandemic dramatically altered the delivery of outpatient care in 2020. Beginning in March, health care practices began deferring elective visits, modifying their practices to safely accommodate in-person visits, and increasing the use of telemedicine.
Commonwealth Fund (02/22/21) Ateev Mehrotra; Michael Chernew; David Linetsky; et al.
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Orthopedics Today (02/21) Casey Tingle
A text messaging program showed more than half of opioids prescribed to patients went unused after orthopedic surgery, according to published results. Using an automated, HIPAA-secure text messaging platform, Anish K. Agarwal, MD, MPH, and colleagues sent messages to 2,444 patients who underwent orthopedic surgery from September 2018 to January 2020 and had received a prescription for an acute opioid.
Orthopedics Today (02/21) Casey Tingle
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Minneapolis Star Tribune (02/25/21) Christopher Snowbeck
A joint venture between Allina Health System and a division of Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group is building a surgery center in Brooklyn Park and has plans to start developing two other facilities this year. The Minneapolis-based health system and Optum launched the joint venture in late 2019 with plans to open or acquire roughly one dozen surgery centers in five years.
Minneapolis Star Tribune (02/25/21) Christopher Snowbeck
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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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