ASCA News Digest (May 18, 2021)

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Thanks to ASCA’s continued advocacy and ongoing conversations with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) staff about the difficulties ASCs were encountering in the new process ASCs must use to submit quality data this year, CMS has extended the data submission deadline from Monday, May 17, 2021, to Monday, July 19, 2021, at 11:59 pm PT.
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If you weren’t able to attend the ASCA 2021 Virtual Conference live, don’t worry—the entire conference is now available on demand through the ASCA Learning Hub.

Register today and get access to nearly 50 educational sessions and the ability to earn up to 26 continuing education (CE) credits. But be sure to request your CE credits by the June 30 deadline.
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Make plans to participate in ASCA’s 2021 Salary & Benefits Survey, which will be open from June 1–30. This survey collects national, regional and state data on 20+ ASC positions and is a vital tool that assists ASCs in attracting and retaining the best employees.

The survey is open to all ASCs, and there is no cost to participate. Both ASCA members and nonmembers who complete at least 40 percent of the survey will receive personalized results for free.
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ASCA is developing educational programs and content for next year—and we need your input. If you have suggestions for topics you want to see covered and/or speakers you would like to hear from in 2022, please let us know.

We are seeking topic and speaker suggestions for all of ASCA's programs, including:
  • ASCA 2022 Conference & Expo
  • 2022 Winter Seminar
  • 2022 Webinar Series
  • ASC Focus magazine articles
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ASCA is pleased to announce the results of its recent Board member and Board officer elections. The individuals selected to serve on the ASCA Board also serve on the ASCA Foundation Board.
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Since the first state electronic prescribing requirement came into effect in 2011 in Minnesota, most states have followed suit. By the end of 2021, 31 states will have laws in effect requiring electronic prescribing by healthcare providers. While these requirements are focused on the provider, i.e., physicians, this has not saved ASCs in these states from experiencing headaches. Read this Digital Debut for more on how a waiver process could lessen the burden on surgery centers.
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In early spring, 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. During this meeting, ASCA representatives discussed payment policy changes needed to increase access to ASCs for Medicare beneficiaries and stop the divergence in payments between ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPD).
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INDUSTRY NEWS

Joint Commission Online (05/12/21)
The Joint Commission collects data on organizations' compliance with standards, National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs), and Accreditation and Certification Participation Requirements to identify trends and focus education on challenging requirements. The table below identifies the Top 5 Joint Commission requirements identified most frequently as "not compliant" during surveys and reviews from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2020.
Joint Commission Online (05/12/21)
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VT Digger (05/16/21) Katie Jickling
Leaders of the Green Mountain Surgery Center have filed initial plans for a second independent surgery center that they say will increase availability of outpatient surgery in Chittenden County and help lower health care costs. The proposed 9,000-square-foot, $3 million Collaborative Surgery Center would have four new operating rooms managed by physician-owners and will offer a range of outpatient surgeries, said Amy Cooper, owner of the Green Mountain Surgery Center and part of the management team for the new building.
VT Digger (05/16/21) Katie Jickling
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Business Wire (05/11/21)
Physicians completing their training are getting fewer recruiting offers than in the past, most likely due to COVID-19, a new survey suggests. The survey also indicates that female physicians coming out of training receive more recruiting offers than male physicians, but expect to earn less in their first practice.
Business Wire (05/11/21)
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FDA News Release (05/13/21)
Some consumer electronic devices, such as certain cell phones and smart watches, include high field strength magnets. Recent studies have shown that consumer electronic devices with high field strength magnets may cause certain implanted medical devices to switch to "magnet mode" and suspend normal operations until the magnet is moved away from the medical device.
FDA News Release (05/13/21)
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JAMA Network Open (05/04/21) Benjamin N. Rome; William B. Feldman; Rishi J. Desai; et al.
In this cohort study of 79 brand-name drugs, there was no correlation between changes in drug prices and out-of-pocket spending. However, among the 57.3 percent of patients whose insurance required coinsurance or deductibles, changes in out-of-pocket spending were correlated with changes in list prices but not postrebate net prices.
JAMA Network Open (05/04/21) Benjamin N. Rome; William B. Feldman; Rishi J. Desai; et al.
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CMS Press Release (05/14/21)
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released data today highlighting the continued impact the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) is having on Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program beneficiaries and utilization of health services. The data show that, from March through October 2020, beneficiaries have foregone millions of primary, preventive, and mental health care visits due to the COVID-19 PHE, compared to the same time period in 2019.
CMS Press Release (05/14/21)
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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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