ASCA News Digest (March 30, 2021)

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ASCA HIGHLIGHTS

Data submission for the first quarter (Q1) of ASCA’s 2021 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey opens this Thursday, April 1, and will close on Friday, April 30. This online survey provides valuable data you can use to improve clinical outcomes, staff indicators, billing performance and more at your facility. The 2021 survey includes several new features, including free access to the e-booklet Benchmarking Basics for ASCs.

ASCA members save $150 on subscriptions to the 2021 survey. If you haven’t already done so, purchase your subscription today!
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Time is running out to register for the ASCA 2021 Virtual Conference. This year’s event is taking place live on April 26, May 3 and May 10, and will be available on demand afterwards.

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 virtual conference is no different. ASCA 2021 will feature nearly 50 educational sessions—including top-quality, ASC-specific infection prevention sessions, ample networking opportunities and a virtual expo hall filled with ASC industry vendors.

If you haven’t already reserved your spot at this essential event for ASC professionals, 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 tomorrow, Wednesday, March 31. Survey subscriptions are $100 per ASC.
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In the first sponsored content episode of ASCA’s Advancing Surgical Care PodcastPartnering with Hospitals Today,” Tom Blasco, MD, and Anne Cole, RN, CASC, of Surgical Directions discuss the benefits of hospital–ASC joint ventures and keys to success.
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While each state may differ slightly on scopes of practice for employees, you need to be aware of any restrictions of scope so you can protect your ASC from a risk management standpoint. During ASCA’s next webinar, Avoiding ASC Liability Arising from Scopes of Practice, attendees will learn the scope of practice for several types of employees and the resources to use to explore those scopes for their ASC. This webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, April 6, at 1:00 pm ET—register today.

This is from the Clinical Director track and is included in ASCA’s 2021 Webinar All-Access Pass, which provides access to all 17 webinars in this year's series for one low fee.
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On March 3, ASCA introduced a bimonthly survey series named 60-Second Survey. The first survey asked about operational impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and received 314 responses in 10 days. Responses were recorded from ASCs in 44 different states. Read this Digital Debut to learn more about how these ASCs responded.
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On March 24, ASCA held a roundtable call between ASCA member electronic health record (EHR) vendors and staff from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). This is part of an ongoing series of discussions with the goal of expanding health information technology (health IT) in the ASC space and giving ASCA member vendors direct contact with regulators.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

Fierce Healthcare (03/25/21) Robert King
The Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation Thursday to extend a pause on Medicare payment cuts through 2021, a major demand from providers still struggling financially during the pandemic. The legislation passed the Senate by a 90-2 margin and now heads to the House for final passage.
Fierce Healthcare (03/25/21) Robert King
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Jefferson City News Tribune (03/21/21) Joe Gamm
Two Jefferson City health care providers will complete construction of multi-million-dollar outpatient surgery centers around spring 2022, as skyrocketing demand for outpatient surgeries pushes changes in the way they deliver services. Jefferson City Medical Group announced in December its plan to spend $17 million on a new 28,000-square-foot outpatient surgery center on Edgewood Drive, about 2 miles west of the JCMG main campus on Stadium Boulevard.
Jefferson City News Tribune (03/21/21) Joe Gamm
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NPR (03/28/21) Pien Huang
COVID-19 vaccinations are on the rise in the U.S. — and so are coronavirus cases. After a plateau lasting several weeks, the number of cases is once again on the increase in parts of the country.
NPR (03/28/21) Pien Huang
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch (03/19/21)
Impact Strategies completed construction of Quincy Medical Group’s Ambulatory Surgery Center, the second project inside a former shopping mall anchor store in Quincy, Ill. The surgery center was the second phase of renovations inside the former Bergner's department store at the Quincy Mall.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (03/19/21)
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Virginia Mercury (03/12/21) Kate Masters
Virginia's medical professionals are among the most recent targets for scammers, according to the state's Department of Health Professions. In a release on Thursday, DHP warned that scammers have been contacting providers using spoofed telephone numbers and emails that appear to come from the department.
Virginia Mercury (03/12/21) Kate Masters
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Surgery (03/04/21) Jean Y. Liu; Joseph C. Anderson; Julie S. Franklin; et al.
Optimal postoperative opioid stewardship combines adequate pain medication to control expected discomfort while avoiding abuse and community diversion of unused prescribed opioids. We hypothesized that an opioid buyback program would motivate patients to return unused opioids, and surgeons will use that data to calibrate prescribing.
Surgery (03/04/21) Jean Y. Liu; Joseph C. Anderson; Julie S. Franklin; et al.
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