ASCA News Digest (June 2, 2021)

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ASCA HIGHLIGHTS

ASCA’s 2021 Salary & Benefits Survey is now open. 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. The data submission period will close June 30.

Note: If you would like to participate in the survey, you must request access by completing this form.
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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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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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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 to Monday, July 19, at 11:59 pm PT.

Because the enrollment process can take several weeks, if you have not done so already it is highly recommended that you begin enrollment immediately. ASCs that fail to report their data by July 19 are subject to a 2 percent cut to their fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare reimbursements for the following year.
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The Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI) is widely recognized as the leading source of facility guidelines for the design, construction and remodeling of ASCs and other healthcare facilities. Read this Digital Debut on what the newest episode in the Advancing Surgical Care Podcast series discusses regarding upcoming revisions for the 2022 cycle.
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On May 25, the US Senate confirmed Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to serve as the administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) by a 55-44 vote. The vote was largely split along party lines, with five Republicans joining Democrats to confirm her appointment. Ms. Brooks-LaSure most recently served as a managing director at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, a consulting firm in Washington, DC.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

Homeland Preparedness News (05/24/21) Chris Galford
With the reintroduction of the Medical Supplies for Pandemics Act in the Senate last week, U.S. Sens. Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) sought to more tightly link the federal government and medical product distributors to strengthen domestic manufacturing and refill the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). "Over the past year, we have witnessed how ill-prepared our country was for a large-scale public health crisis like COVID-19," Bennet said.
Homeland Preparedness News (05/24/21) Chris Galford
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Mondaq (05/24/21) Ken Yood; Melissa Gertler; Ariana Stobaugh
The Biden Administration's American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (H.R. 1319) could present an opportunity for the growth of utilization of ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), continuing the trend of migration of inpatient procedures to the outpatient setting. This shift toward the outpatient setting initially began prior to the COVID-19 public health emergency, but was accelerated by the pandemic's effect on hospitals, likely continuing the substantial increase in investment in the ASC marketplace.
Mondaq (05/24/21) Ken Yood; Melissa Gertler; Ariana Stobaugh
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FDA Letters to Health Care Providers (05/27/2021)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recommending health care personnel and facilities transition away from crisis capacity conservation strategies, such as using non-NIOSH-approved disposable respirators, including non-NIOSH-approved imported respirators such as KN95s. This recommendation is in follow-up to the April 9, 2021, letter in which the FDA recommended a transition away from decontamination or bioburden-reduction systems for cleaning and disinfecting disposable respirators, which were being reused by health care personnel.
FDA Letters to Health Care Providers (05/27/2021)
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FDA Safety Communication (05/20/21)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recommending health care facility risk managers, procurement staff, and health care providers stop using certain syringes and needles with needle safety devices manufactured by Guangdong Haiou Medical Apparatus Co., LTD. (HAIOU) at this time while FDA continues our evaluation. The FDA received information about quality issues, including certain HAIOU needles detaching from the syringe after injection and other needle safety device failures.
FDA Safety Communication (05/20/21)
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EEOC News Release (05/28/21)
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today posted updated and expanded technical assistance related to the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing questions arising under the federal equal employment opportunity (EEO) laws. The EEOC also posted a new resource for job applicants and employees, explaining how federal employment discrimination laws protect workers during the pandemic.
EEOC News Release (05/28/21)
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1.Dix, Kathy. Infection Control Today, “No Crying Over Spilt Blood,” August 1, 2004. https://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/view/infection-control-today-082004-clinical-update Accessed March 2, 2021.
AAAHC News Release (05/19/21)
Today, the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) revealed the winners of the Kershner QI Award during a virtual award ceremony, shining a spotlight on health care organizations across the country for their exemplary quality improvement (QI) studies. Named in honor of the late Bernard A. Kershner, a leader in ambulatory health care and distinguished past Chair of the AAAHC Institute Board of Trustees, this prestigious award program recognizes AAAHC-accredited organizations that successfully implemented meaningful changes in their operations to boost quality of care, patient safety, and overall efficiency through QI.
AAAHC News Release (05/19/21)
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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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