ASCA News Digest (June 22, 2021)

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ASCA’s 2021 Salary & Benefits Survey closes next Wednesday, June 30. 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.

Note: If you would like to participate in the survey, you must request access by completing this form.
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Mark your calendar for the ASCA 2022 Conference & Expo, April 27–30, 2022, at the Gaylord Texan in Dallas, Texas. This will be ASCA’s first in-person event in two years. As always, ASCA’s annual conference remains the premier, can’t-miss event of the year for the ASC community. We look forward to seeing you next spring in Dallas!
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The deadline to request continuing education (CE) credits for the ASCA 2021 Virtual Conference is only one week away. To receive credit, you must complete an evaluation for each session either through the continuing education portal or the ASCA Learning Hub by next Wednesday, June 30.

If you weren’t able to attend the event live, don’t worry—you can still purchase the entire conference on demand through the ASCA Learning Hub and access nearly 50 educational sessions and the ability to earn up to 26 CE credits.
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In the latest episode of the Advancing Surgical Care Podcast, ASCA Chief Executive Officer Bill Prentice sits down for a conversation with Kathy Wilson, executive director of the ASC Quality Collaboration (ASC QC), to discuss the ASC QC’s current initiatives, long-range goals and recent engagement with The Leapfrog Group’s independent quality reporting efforts.
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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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Hospital outpatient departments (HOPD) and ASCs will continue to experience rapid patient growth—19 percent and 25 percent by 2029, respectively—experiencing a patient volume that is 15 million higher in 2029 than in 2019, according to a recent report from Sg2. This shift in service settings will help drive down the cost of surgical procedures, according to the report. The forecast projects a major shift in procedures from hospital inpatient to outpatient facilities. Read this Digital Debut to learn more about the anticipated shift in procedures.
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On June 11, the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) through the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) released revised reporting requirements for recipients of Provider Relief Fund (PRF) payments. The revised requirements, applicable to providers who received one or more payments exceeding, in the aggregate, $10,000, expand the amount of time providers will have to report information, aim to reduce burdens on smaller providers and extend deadlines for expending PRF payments received after June 30, 2020.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (06/16/21) Adam Hornback
Last year, it was reported that the U.S. ambulatory surgery center (ASC) market's estimated value was $54 million and that it was expected to have a compound annual growth rate of 5.6 percent between 2019 and 2027. During the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular, ASCs played an important role by working with hospitals to provide services, and this has even led to a trend of hospitals acquiring surgery centers.
Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (06/16/21) Adam Hornback
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FDA in Brief (06/17/21)
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration published a draft guidance entitled Remanufacturing of Medical Devices to help clarify whether activities performed on devices are likely remanufacturing. This draft guidance also includes recommendations for information that should be included in labeling to help assure the continued quality, safety and effectiveness of devices that are intended to be serviced over their useful life.
FDA in Brief (06/17/21)
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Kaiser Health News (06/17/21) Fred Schulte; Elizabeth Lucas
Dr. Kingsley R. Chin was little more than a decade out of Harvard Medical School when sales of his spine surgical implants took off. Chin has patented more than 40 pieces of such hardware, including doughnut-shaped plastic cages, titanium screws and other products used to repair spines — generating $100 million for his company SpineFrontier, according to government officials.
Kaiser Health News (06/17/21) Fred Schulte; Elizabeth Lucas
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AMA News Release (06/17/21)
Furthering the American Medical Association’s (AMA) commitment to racial justice and equity within the medical profession and society as a whole, and building on the recent release of its strategic plan to embed racial justice and advance health equity, the AMA adopted policy during the Special Meeting of its House of Delegates this week aimed at improving the diversity of the physician workforce. The report outlines practices and interventions that can increase racial, ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic diversity among the physician workforce, including targeted recruitment and revised medical school admissions policies, curriculum changes, summer enrichment programs, and comprehensive programs that integrate multiple interventions, such as financial, academic, and social support.
AMA News Release (06/17/21)
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Healthcare Dive (06/17/21) Samantha Liss
Tenet, a major U.S. health system, has agreed to sell five hospitals in the Miami-Dade area for $1.1 billion to Steward Health Care System, a physician-owned hospital operator and health network. The deal also includes the hospitals' associated physician practices. Dallas-based Steward has agreed to continue using Tenet's revenue cycle management firm, Conifer Health Solutions, following the completion of the deal, which is expected to close in the third quarter.
Healthcare Dive (06/17/21) Samantha Liss
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Fierce Healthcare (06/21/21) Dave Muoio
In contrast to mounting healthcare utilization, personal healthcare spending and economywide price trends, the price of healthcare has begun to stabilize after months of rampant pandemic growth. The Altarum Institute, a nonprofit research group, reported a 2 percent annual increase in overall healthcare prices for May 2021 and a 1.9 percent increase for April 2021.
Fierce Healthcare (06/21/21) Dave Muoio
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