ASCA News Digest (May 11, 2021)

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The ASCA 2021 Virtual Conference was a success! Even though the live showing of the conference has concluded, the entire program is now available on demand through the ASCA Learning Hub.

If you have not already registered, do so today and get access to nearly 50 educational sessions and the ability to earn up to 26 continuing education (CE) credits. You can also check out the dozens of ASC industry vendors who participated in the virtual expo hall.
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ASCs must report their Medicare quality data by next Monday, May 17, 2021. As a reminder, ASCs that fail to report by the deadline are subject to a 2 percent cut to their fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare reimbursements for the following year.
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One World Surgery Chief Executive Officer Claire Cunningham talks with ASCA Chief Executive Officer Bill Prentice about OWS’s new facility in the Dominican Republic, new medical missions there and in Honduras, providing essential healthcare services during the COVID-19 pandemic and ASCA’s ongoing support for the program.
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In recognition of National Nurses Week (May 6–May 12), we salute ASC nurses across the country and thank you for your leadership and the essential services you provide throughout the year.

This year, as the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, we also want to send our heartfelt appreciation to nurses everywhere who have provided frontline care to those in need.
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Visit the ASC Focus website to read the latest edition of ASC Focus magazine. Highlights of the May issue include “Track KPIs to Manage Revenue Cycle Success,” “Mandating COVID-19 Vaccination” and “Which Patients Can Undergo Your Higher Acuity Procedures?”
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On April 29, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new final rule which extends the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model through the end of 2024. The model, introduced in 2016, provides a single, bundled payment for an episode of care associated with hip and knee replacements to encourage hospitals, physicians and post-acute care providers to work together to improve the quality and coordination of care.
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Recent data suggests that only 48 percent of all surgical procedures approved to be performed at an ASC are actually performed at one. Stasis hopes to support ASCs with technology and data to drive more cases to ASCs. Stasis does this through a more comprehensive risk assessment tool versus an ASA and digitized recovery data to ensure ASCs maintain high standards of quality care as they take on more cases. Stasis is looking for medical directors, administrators and nurse managers to join a focus group to discuss the data insights available and validate the direction Stasis is going in using data to drive economic value.

Register for this focus group.

***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

Ponca City News (05/04/21) Mike Seals
A bill requiring health care providers, groups and facilities to make cash prices for their most commonly provided services available to consumers was signed into law by the governor this week. House Bill 1006, by Rep. Carol Bush, R-Tulsa, creates the Transparency in Health Care Prices Act.
Ponca City News (05/04/21) Mike Seals
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AMA News Release (05/05/21)
The majority of patient care physicians worked outside of physician-owned medical practices in 2020, according to a newly released biennial analysis of physician practice arrangements by the American Medical Association (AMA). This is the first time the share of physicians in private practices has dropped below 50 percent since the AMA analysis began in 2012.
AMA News Release (05/05/21)
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FDA Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts (05/04/21)
Hospira, Inc., a Pfizer company, is voluntarily recalling lot EG6023 of 0.5% Bupivacaine Hydrochloride Injection, USP 30 mL and lot EG8933 of 1% Lidocaine HCl Injection, USP 30 mL, to the hospital/institution level due to mislabeling whereby a portion of each lot was incorrectly labeled as the other product. This issue was identified as part of the investigation of a confirmed customer report.
FDA Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts (05/04/21)
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Turnto10.com (04/29/21)
A new law on the books is named for one of Rhode Island's longest-serving senators. Gov. Dan McKee on Thursday signed a bill, providing full insurance coverage for colorectal cancer screening beginning at age 45.
Turnto10.com (04/29/21)
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Joint Commission Dateline @ TJC blog (05/07/21) John Michael Delacruz
"I have been using the same mask all day to treat COVID patients,"; "My organization is telling us to use trash bags as PPE."; "Our patients are eating too close together and I'm afraid of bringing the virus home to my family." These were just some of the patient safety event reports The Joint Commission's Office of Quality and Patient Safety received in the terrifying early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Joint Commission Dateline @ TJC blog (05/07/21) John Michael Delacruz
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KTAR News 92.3 FM (05/06/21)
A freestanding cardiovascular ambulatory surgery center will soon open in Sun City and offer outpatient cardiology-specific care to patients in the West Valley. Arizona-based Banner Health and Atlas Healthcare Partners are partnering with Cardiac Solutions to open the surgery center this spring, according to a press release on Wednesday.
KTAR News 92.3 FM (05/06/21)
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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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