ASCA News Digest (April 13, 2021)

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Only two weeks remain until day one of the ASCA 2021 Virtual Conference! If you haven’t already registered, what are you waiting for?

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.

Don’t miss out—register today!
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The deadline for designated ASCA voting members to vote for the members of the ASCA Board of Directors is this Friday, April 16. The official results will be announced May 10 on the ASCA website. The candidates selected to serve on the ASCA Board will also serve on the ASCA Foundation Board. This year the candidates have each submitted a personal statement, résumé and video.

Please note, the video posted for candidate Arnie Valedon, MD, was not properly displayed and a new video has been posted. Please revisit his entry as well as the other candidate entries on the candidate information page, and cast your ballot today.
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ASCA is pleased to announce the first issue of its new “ASC Physician Brief,” a quarterly one-pager to share with both the owner and nonowner physicians who work in your ASC. The first issue is now available on ASCA’s website.
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In early March, ASCA announced the launch of a new 401(k) retirement plan program that is now available to ASCA members. You can find out more about the ways that plan could benefit your ASC and your ASC’s employees in the newest episode of ASCA’s Advancing Surgical Care Podcast, “Learn about ASCA’s New Members-Only 401(k) Plan.”
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The data submission period for the first quarter (Q1) of ASCA’s 2021 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey is now open and will close on Friday, April 30, at 11:59 pm ET. Q1 reports will be available on May 15.

This year the 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. If you have not yet purchased your subscription, subscribe today!
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Visit the ASC Focus website to read the latest edition of ASC Focus magazine. Highlights of the April issue include “Surprise Medical Billing Update,” “Avoid Credentialing, Privileging and Peer Review Deficiencies” and “Optimize Staffing Costs.”
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On April 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a Medicare Learning Network Matters article announcing that recoupment had begun on COVID-19 Accelerated and Advance Payments (CAAPs) issued last year in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE).
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Register today for a unique virtual focus group experience to share your industry knowledge and expertise!

Provation is looking for administrators and executives of multispecialty ASCs to participate in an interactive discussion on a documentation solution that will capture patient encounters and allow for reporting across specialties. Participants will have the opportunity to provide direct input into the multispecialty strategy and product roadmap of one of the leading providers of healthcare software and SaaS solutions for ASCs.

***This is a sponsored program with the support of ASCA. For information about sponsorship opportunities available from ASCA, please reach out to Alex Yewdell.***
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INDUSTRY NEWS

FDA News Release (04/09/21)
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized marketing of the GI Genius, the first device that uses artificial intelligence (AI) based on machine learning to assist clinicians in detecting lesions (such as polyps or suspected tumors) in the colon in real time during a colonoscopy. "Artificial intelligence has the potential to transform health care to better assist health care providers and improve patient care," said Courtney H. Lias, Ph.D. acting director of the GastroRenal, ObGyn, General Hospital and Urology Devices Office in the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health.
FDA News Release (04/09/21)
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Washington Post (04/05/21) Amy Goldstein
The workers at 22 assisted-living communities run by a company called Silverado help people with receding memory — dementia or other waning. Even before coronavirus vaccines were available, company leaders last fall waged a wrenching internal debate: How could they ensure their staff would get shots to protect themselves and the exquisitely vulnerable residents in their care? Silverado medical directors and nurses, human resource specialists and lawyers teased out the pros and cons of a mandate.
Washington Post (04/05/21) Amy Goldstein
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Joint Commission -- Improvement Insights (04/09/21) Laura Brodzinsky
When scrubbed into surgery in the operating room (OR), everyone looks similar. Facial features are obscured by masks and caps, and ID badges are not visible.
Joint Commission -- Improvement Insights (04/09/21) Laura Brodzinsky
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JAMA Network Open (04/02/21) Rebecca K. Delaney; Amy Locke; Mandy L. Pershing
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, 42 percent of US workers, including many in academic medical centers, were quickly transitioned to working from home in March 2020, and many were simultaneously required to provide childcare and substantial assistance with schoolwork for children during their workdays. Employed women, in particular, were likely to face greater burdens because they spend 22 percent more time on unpaid household and care work compared with their male counterparts, with Black or African American and Latina mothers spending nearly twice as much time as men on unpaid housework.
JAMA Network Open (04/02/21) Rebecca K. Delaney; Amy Locke; Mandy L. Pershing
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The Hill (03/31/21) Dominick Mastrangelo
A growing number of Americans are indicating they cannot afford health care, according to a new poll released this week. A Gallup and West Health survey published on Wednesday found 18 percent of respondents said they would be unable to pay for quality care if they needed it today.
The Hill (03/31/21) Dominick Mastrangelo
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Philadelphia Inquirer (03/10/21) Terri Akman
Robert Olseski Jr. realized last year that his right hip pain, due to osteoarthritis, was affecting the quality of his life. He found it difficult to get in and out of the car easily, an important part of his job for his family-owned food distribution business, W.E. Ryan Co.
Philadelphia Inquirer (03/10/21) Terri Akman
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