ASCA News Digest (March 16, 2021)

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This can’t-miss virtual event is taking place live on April 26, May 3 and May 10, and will be available on demand afterwards. ASCA 2021 will feature nearly 50 educational sessions, the opportunity to earn up to 26 CEs, ample networking opportunities and a virtual expo hall filled with ASC industry vendors. 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 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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This month, ASCAPAC is kicking off its annual state competition and looking for state leaders to act as peer-to-peer fundraisers. State leaders will act as surrogates within their states and networks, communicating the importance of contributing to members within their states. The state and state leaders with the highest participation rates will be recognized at the ASCA 2021 Virtual Conference.
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ASCA has created an updated resource that provides an overview of your state’s serious reportable events (SRE) program, if applicable. This resource includes the 23 states and Washington, DC, that require ASCs to report SREs, to what extent that information is made available to the public and the SRE criteria used. View the 2021 ASCA State Survey – Serious Reportable Events resource today.
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ASCA is excited to announce a new 401(k) retirement plan benefit available exclusively to ASCA members. The ASCA Member Association Retirement Plan is designed to allow participating facilities an opportunity to reduce their administrative burden, streamline employee benefit offerings and offload fiduciary liability. This program provides an excellent opportunity to help your employees save for retirement, reduce plan administration and allow your facility to focus on its primary mission of providing top-quality patient care. Learn more.
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On March 1, ASCA Board President Michael Patterson and ASCA staff met virtually with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) staff responsible for payment policies in ASCs. ASCA meets with these career staff at least annually. While it helps lay the groundwork for our advocacy efforts, achieving needed policy changes for our members requires much more than one meeting. Read this Digital Debut for a full picture of how ASCA advocates for policies that improve beneficiary access and ensure industry stability.
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Sequestration cuts to Medicare reimbursement are set to resume April 1, 2021. Congress provided financial relief to ASCs and other providers through a sequestration suspension in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and extended that suspension to March 31, 2021, in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

Joint Commission Online (03/10/21)
Over the last nine months, traditional onsite survey activity has been delayed or interrupted due to the restrictions and strain on the health care system caused by COVID-19. During the past few months, The Joint Commission's account executives have reached out to organizations to determine their readiness for survey.
Joint Commission Online (03/10/21)
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Newswise (03/14/21)
The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed health care forever, including surgery, just as 9/11 changed airport security and AIDS/HIV altered blood draws and donation. Although this new reality continues to evolve, many changes are likely to remain – possibly permanently – from requirements for patients and visitors to wear face masks at the hospital or ambulatory (outpatient) surgery center to pre-surgery COVID-19 testing, says the American Society of Anesthesiologists.
Newswise (03/14/21)
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Anaesthesia (03/09/21)
Peri-operative SARS-CoV-2 infection increases postoperative mortality. The aim of this study was to determine the optimal duration of planned delay before surgery in patients who have had SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Anaesthesia (03/09/21)
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Insurance Journal (03/08/21) Max Schloemann
This year is looking to be one of changes and big possibilities for surgeons. While 2020 brought declines in surgical revenue and drops in patient intake, the COVID-19 pandemic caused a paradigm shift.
Insurance Journal (03/08/21) Max Schloemann
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YourErie.com (03/01/21)
When the pandemic began, you may have had a colonoscopy postponed for what you thought would just be a short time. But these life saving cancer screenings have been back for a while now and it's time to get routine colonoscopies back on track.
YourErie.com (03/01/21)
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The Hill (03/11/21) Justine Coleman
According to a recently published meta-analysis of 65 studies surveying more than 97,000 people between December 2019 and August 2020, 21.7% of health care workers have experienced depression and 22.1% have experienced anxiety during the COVID-19 crisis. Researchers averaged the results of nine of these studies to predict that 21.5% of health care workers worldwide have reported symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. The PLOS One study warned that "appropriate support" for these workers "is urgently needed." The research broke down the results by region, finding that health care workers in the Middle East reported the highest rates of depression and anxiety at 34.6% and 28.9%, respectively. As a region, North American health care workers had the lowest rates of depression and anxiety at 18.7% and 14.8%, respectively. However, study authors urged caution when making conclusions about the regions, as the analysis was based on seven studies in the Middle East and two in North America.
The Hill (03/11/21) Justine Coleman
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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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