ASCA News Digest (May 25, 2021)

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Make plans to participate in ASCA’s 2021 Salary & Benefits Survey, which will be open from next Tuesday, June 1, through Wednesday, June 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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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. Be sure to request your CE credits by the June 30 deadline.
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In the latest episode of the Advancing Surgical Care Podcast, ASCA and FGI Board Member David Shapiro, MD, discusses how FGI develops its safety guidelines and ways ASCs can use them to promote a safe environment for staff, patients and others inside their facilities.
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ASCA recognized Ann Shimek, RN, CASC, posthumously, as the winner of this year’s Nap Gary Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement in the ASC Community during the ASCA 2021 Virtual Conference earlier this month.

Shimek passed away unexpectedly while traveling with family on November 25, 2020. She was 54. A former ASCA Board member and executive director of the ASC Quality Collaboration, her volunteer service to the ASC community included membership on ASCA’s Electronic Health Record Stakeholder Group and the ASC Quality Collaboration’s Technical Expert Committee.
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ASCA has begun its 2021 facility tour program. This year’s program builds upon the changes that ASCA staff made to the program last year to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. The updated approach includes more refined administrative processes in both the virtual and in-person formats to make the tours even more intuitive and easy for ASCs to conduct. Read this Digital Debut to learn more about the changes made to both formats.
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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.

This extension will hopefully provide ASCs with sufficient time to obtain needed HARP accounts with the Security Official (SO) role for the Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

New York Times (05/22/21) Reed Abelson
Billions of dollars in COVID aid cushioned financial losses caused by the pandemic at some of the nation's largest hospital chains. But those bailouts also helped sustain the big chains' spending sprees as they expanded even more by scooping up weakened competitors and doctors' practices.
New York Times (05/22/21) Reed Abelson
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USPSTF News Release (05/18/21)
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) today published a final recommendation statement on screening for colorectal cancer. The Task Force now recommends that screening start at age 45.
USPSTF News Release (05/18/21)
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Fierce Healthcare (05/21/21) Robert King
A whopping 81 percent of medical groups report an increase in prior authorization requirements this year as the practice gets targeted by Congress, a new survey finds. The Medical Group Management Association released a new survey Wednesday that showed the impact of prior authorization requirements since last year.
Fierce Healthcare (05/21/21) Robert King
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American Medical Association (05/19/21) Kevin B. O'Reilly
Research from the AMA shows the pandemic's unprecedented impact on Medicare physician spending during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. It also sheds light on how the impact varied greatly by medical or surgical specialty.
American Medical Association (05/19/21) Kevin B. O'Reilly
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New Jersey Business (05/21)
According to a just-released study conducted by SPH Analytics for the New Jersey Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers among patients who had a procedure performed at a New Jersey-based ambulatory surgery center (ASC) between September 2020 and March 2021, more than 99 percent strongly agreed or agreed that they felt safe at the New Jersey-based ASC they visited. This is compared to the more than 99 percent of patients who strongly agreed or agreed that they felt safe when visiting a New Jersey-based ASC between August 2019 and February 2020, before March 2020 when elective surgeries were put on hold by Executive Order as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
New Jersey Business (05/21)
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Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health (05/15/21) James C Hill; Jane W. Njeru; Mark L. Wieland; et al.
Racial and language minority groups in the U.S. are at a higher risk for morbidity and mortality from colorectal cancer, partially due to lower screening rates. This is a retrospective cohort study comparing successful multi-target stool DNA test (mt-sDNA) completion among patients with limited English proficiency and English proficient patients, from 2015 to 2018.
Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health (05/15/21) James C Hill; Jane W. Njeru; Mark L. Wieland; et al.
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