ASCA News Digest (June 15, 2021)

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ASCA’s 2021 Salary & Benefits Survey is open throughout the month of June. This free 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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Word of mouth is a proven way to refer membership to your peers. ASCA members: Help us inform your colleagues of the benefits of ASCA membership.

For each new ASC you refer to ASCA that joins through ASCA’s effort, you will receive a $25 gift card. You must complete the referral form to be eligible. The program ends on September 28.
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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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Visit the ASC Focus website to read the latest edition of the ASC Focus magazine. Highlights of this issue include “Components of a Successful QAPI Agenda,” “How to Make Physician-Hospital ASC Joint Ventures Work” and “Pre-Construction Considerations for New ASCs.”
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On June 8, the US House Ways & Means Committee held a hearing on the President’s Proposed FY 2022 Budget with US Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra. Secretary Becerra’s opening statement cited the major HHS funding increases in President Biden’s FY 2022 Budget and focused on future public health crisis preparedness, expanding access to affordable healthcare and addressing health disparities.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

Association of American Medical Colleges (06/11/21)
According to new data published today by the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges), the United States could see an estimated shortage of between 37,800 and 124,000 physicians by 2034, including shortfalls in both primary and specialty care. "The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted many of the deepest disparities in health and access to health care services and exposed vulnerabilities in the health care system," said AAMC President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD.
Association of American Medical Colleges (06/11/21)
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AMA News Release (06/11/21)
The American Medical Association today released a new survey among practicing physicians that shows more than 96 percent of surveyed U.S. physicians have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19, with no significant difference in vaccination rates across regions. Of the physicians who are not yet vaccinated, an additional 45 percent do plan to get vaccinated.
AMA News Release (06/11/21)
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OSHA News Release (06/10/21)
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced it will issue an emergency temporary standard to protect healthcare workers from contracting coronavirus. The standard focuses on healthcare workers most likely to have contact with someone infected with the virus.
OSHA News Release (06/10/21)
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HHS News Release (06/08/21)
The White House, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today released a series of policy recommendations to address the vulnerabilities in U.S. pharmaceutical supply chains. Led by FDA and ASPR, the White House report and its recommendations have been accepted by President Biden.
HHS News Release (06/08/21)
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Business Wire (06/04/21)
Vizient, Inc. and its subsidiary company Sg2 today released its 2021 Impact of Change Forecast that projects a rapid recovery of volumes for most services as COVID-19 abates, followed by a seismic shift in health care delivery as services move from hospitals to other care facilities. "We're going to see a strong recovery over the next six months in terms of health care utilization, with overall outpatient demand surpassing 2019 volumes," said Madeleine McDowell, MD, FAAP, principal and medical director for Sg2.
Business Wire (06/04/21)
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Orthopedics Today (05/21) Casey Tingle
Use of mepivacaine for spinal anesthesia during total hip arthroplasty led to earlier ambulation and a greater percentage of same-day discharge compared with hyperbaric and isobaric bupivacaine, according to results. "Mepivacaine was superior to bupivacaine for early ambulation after total hip arthroplasty under spinal anesthesia," Eric S. Schwenk, MD, told Orthopedics Today.
Orthopedics Today (05/21) Casey Tingle
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