ASCA News Digest (March 23, 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. However, to participate in the 2021 survey, you must subscribe by next Wednesday, March 31. Survey subscriptions are $100 per ASC.
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Listen in as ASCA CEO Bill Prentice and orthopedic surgeon Anthony Romeo, MD, discuss the many ways patients benefit when they have the joint surgery they need in an ASC in “The Evolution of Outpatient Joint Surgery: A Discussion with Anthony Romeo, MD,” the newest episode of ASCA’s Advancing Surgical Care Podcast.

In this publicly available program that ASCs can share with their patients and physicians, Prentice and Romeo also explore patient selection criteria, how to help patients prepare for their procedures and the ways advances in technology, surgical technique and pain control combine to produce top-quality outcomes and an outstanding experience for joint surgery patients in ASCs.
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Designated ASCA voting members are encouraged to vote for the members of the ASCA Board of Directors. The candidates selected to serve on the ASCA Board will also serve on the ASCA Foundation Board. Learn more about the candidates and cast your ballot by Friday, April 16.
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Each year, ASCAPAC, ASCA’s nonpartisan political action committee (PAC) and the only federal PAC that represents the interests of all ASCs, asks ASC leaders in each state to help ASCAPAC achieve its potential and amplify the voice of the ASC community in Washington, DC. As the unified voice of the ASC community, ASCAPAC plays a crucial role in the advocacy efforts and it needs your help. Read this Digital Debut and then sign up to be a state leader and advocate for your state.
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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) is an independent advisory agency that provides recommendations to Congress on Medicare payment issues. On March 15, MedPAC released its annual Report to the Congress: Medicare Payment Policy, which includes analyses of payment adequacy for the Medicare fee-for-service program (e.g., hospital inpatient and outpatient services, physician services, ASC services, etc.), the Medicare Advantage (MA) program and the Part D prescription drug program.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

MedTech Dive (03/19/21) Ryan Zipp
Ambulatory surgery centers saw volumes significantly drop when the U.S. largely shut down elective care one year ago, much like hospitals and other healthcare facilities. But ASCs were able to somewhat normalize operations as elective care began to climb back, capturing new procedures as hospitals kept delaying electives or were overwhelmed with COVID-19 surges.
MedTech Dive (03/19/21) Ryan Zipp
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Wall Street Journal (03/22/21) Tom McGinty; Anna Wilde Mathews; Melanie Evans
Hospitals that have published their previously confidential prices to comply with a new federal rule have also blocked that information from web searches with special coding embedded on their websites, according to a Wall Street Journal examination. The information must be disclosed under a federal rule aimed at making the $1 trillion sector more consumer friendly.
Wall Street Journal (03/22/21) Tom McGinty; Anna Wilde Mathews; Melanie Evans
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Medscape (03/15/21) Kerry Dooley Young
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is trying to change the way patients choose their healthcare by encouraging consumers to use online tools to compare the costs of medical services, rather than rely on the current murky state of public information about healthcare costs. Although the impact of the initiative is at this point unknown, even an initial spike in the amount of information available to consumers about healthcare costs could result in some extra work for primary care physicians, said Daniel Perlman, a consulting actuary with Milliman, who last year published a report on CMS' Transparency in Coverage rule.
Medscape (03/15/21) Kerry Dooley Young
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PR Newswire (03/15/21)
As the nation marks one year since the start of COVID-19 restrictions, ECRI names Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Healthcare as its top patient safety concern for 2021. ECRI's Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for 2021 report relies on the analysis of more than 4 million patient safety events and the judgment of its patient safety and medication safety experts.
PR Newswire (03/15/21)
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American Journal of Managed Care (03/01/21) Vol. 27, No. 3 Michael R. Richards; Jonathan A. Seward; Christopher M. Whaley
There is a growing shift toward outpatient care delivery throughout the US health care system, which is expected to benefit patients through lower costs and better convenience relative to inpatient treatment options. The hospital industry has been forced to confront these trends as outpatient revenue is now at near parity with inpatient revenue for US hospitals.
American Journal of Managed Care (03/01/21) Vol. 27, No. 3 Michael R. Richards; Jonathan A. Seward; Christopher M. Whaley
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Joint Commission Dateline @ TJC blog (03/15/21) Beverly Belton
The persistent onslaught of COVID-19 pushed heath care workers beyond physical and mental exhaustion. In honor of Patient Safety Awareness Week 2021, we’re saluting the dedicated health care workforce.
Joint Commission Dateline @ TJC blog (03/15/21) Beverly Belton
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