ASCA News Digest (June 8, 2021)

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ASCA’s 2021 Salary & Benefits Survey is open throughout the month of June. 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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In the latest episode of the Advancing Surgical Care Podcast, ASCA CEO Bill Prentice and David George, MD, a leading ophthalmologist and eye surgeon, discuss surgical treatments for cataracts, nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), astigmatisms and glaucoma.
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Never in recent times have the issues surrounding transmission of infectious materials gained such prominence in healthcare and the public awareness.

ASCA’s next webinar, Anesthesia Infection Prevention & Control and Improving Patient Care, will address current considerations regarding safe administration of anesthesia in your ASC with a focus on infection prevention and case management in the COVID-19 era. Techniques geared not only towards protecting patients but anesthesia providers as well as other healthcare practitioners will be discussed. This webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, June 15, at 1:00 pm ET—register today.

This webinar is a part of the Infection Preventionist track and is included in ASCA’s 2021 Webinar All-Access Pass, which provides access to all 17 webinars in this year's series for one low fee.
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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 late April 2021, ASCA conducted the second survey in its new, bimonthly survey series named 60-Second Survey. Each survey asks fewer than 10 questions on a current topic and takes approximately a minute to complete. The April/May 60-Second Survey asked about electronic health record (EHR) usage by ASCs and received 260 responses in 10 days. Read this Digital Debut for more on the survey results and ASCA's EHR advocacy.
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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 extended the data submission deadline to Monday, July 19, 2021, 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.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (06/02/21) Rommie Johnson
As the nation steadily continues to emerge from the global pandemic, health care leaders across the country are exploring ways in which they can proactively and continuously reduce unnecessary risk across their sites through standardization. Joint Commission system accreditation is an increasingly popular standardization option.
Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (06/02/21) Rommie Johnson
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Incorporating Cardinal Health Medi-Vac® and Medi-Solid Plus™ Solidifiers into the fluid disposal processes in your facility can help protect both patients and staff, and is a better, safer way to dispose of infectious liquid waste1.

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AMA News Release (06/03/21) Susan R. Bailey
Our nation has never been closer to ending the COVID-19 pandemic than it is today. But while about half of U.S. adults are now fully vaccinated against the virus—contributing to a sharp drop in both new infections and deaths—a significant number of people remain hesitant to receive the shot for personal, religious or political reasons.
AMA News Release (06/03/21) Susan R. Bailey
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Medscape (06/03/21) Neil Osterweil
Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door. Find an accurate, completely noninvasive method for colorectal cancer screening and you'll probably win the Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology.
Medscape (06/03/21) Neil Osterweil
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Business Wire (06/01/21)
Patientco, a Best in KLAS, next-generation patient financial engagement platform, announced results from its 2021 State of the Patient Financial Experience survey report. The report, which reflects survey responses from more than 3,000 patients and nearly 50 healthcare providers across the U.S., reveals more patients skipped recommended healthcare treatment because of cost concerns over the past year than fear of COVID-19.
Business Wire (06/01/21)
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ABC11.com (Raleigh, N.C.) (05/21/21) Josh Chapin
The pandemic is making the shortage of healthcare workers worse than before. The nursing shortage is expected to grow even more in the next year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Dr. Ernest Grant, the president of the American Nursing Association and former nurse at UNC.
ABC11.com (Raleigh, N.C.) (05/21/21) Josh Chapin
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General Surgery News (05/19/21) Michael Vlessides
Rates of 30-day readmission and postoperative complications are no greater when morbidly obese patients undergo surgery in a same-day setting than the inpatient setting, an observational study has found. These findings came as a surprise.
General Surgery News (05/19/21) Michael Vlessides
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