ASCA News Digest (June 29, 2021)

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ASCA’s free 2021 Salary & Benefits Survey closes tomorrow, June 30 at 11:59 pm ET. 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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The deadline to request continuing education (CE) credits for the ASCA 2021 Virtual Conference is tomorrow, June 30 at 11:59 pm ET. To receive credit, you must complete an evaluation for each session through the continuing education portal.

Don't miss your chance—request your CEs today!
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Tune in to the newest episode of ASCA’s Advancing Surgical Care Podcast to hear ASCA Chief Executive Officer Bill Prentice and ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeon Jessica Lee, MD, discuss advances in ENT surgical techniques, postoperative pain management and Dr. Lee’s special interest in promoting and prescribing lifestyle changes and integrative approaches to common chronic ENT issues.
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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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On Thursday, June 10, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requirements for frontline healthcare workers. Read this Digital Debut to learn if the new OSHA ETS affects your ASC.
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On June 15, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) released an annual report titled “Medicare and the Health Care Delivery System.” This report is the second of two annual reports delivered by the commission each year, the first being the March report, which provides recommendations on the individual payment systems. This report takes a broader view of the Medicare program with chapters devoted to a wide range of emerging issues.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

Kaiser Health News (06/28/21) Michelle Andrews
The week before Brian Colvin was scheduled for shoulder surgery in November, he tested positive for COVID-19. What he thought at first was a head cold had morphed into shortness of breath and chest congestion coupled with profound fatigue and loss of balance.
Kaiser Health News (06/28/21) Michelle Andrews
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JAMA Network Open (06/16/21) En Cheng; Holly N. Blackburn; Kimmie Ng; et al.
In this cohort study among 769?871 individuals diagnosed with primary CRC, after primary adjustment for stage at diagnosis, individuals with early-onset CRC (i.e., those diagnosed at age <50 years) had a survival advantage compared with individuals diagnosed from ages 51 through 55 years. In addition, the survival advantage appeared greatest for individuals diagnosed at ages 35 through 39 years and stages I through II. JAMA Network Open (06/16/21) En Cheng; Holly N. Blackburn; Kimmie Ng; et al.
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FDA Safety Communication (06/25/21)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is providing updated information about medical device adverse event reports and recommendations for health care providers on bronchoscopes. This is a supplement to the 2015 safety communication on reprocessed flexible bronchoscopes.
FDA Safety Communication (06/25/21)
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Joint Commission Press Release (06/24/21)
Interventions to decrease burnout in health care are urgently needed. A new study in the July 2021 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety evaluates the association between Positive Leadership WalkRounds, and health care worker well-being and organizational safety culture.
Joint Commission Press Release (06/24/21)
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Merritt Hawkins News Release (06/08/21)
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a rapid and profound shift in the employment market for physicians. This white paper examines how the pandemic is affecting the current recruiting market for physicians and both current and long-term physician supply and demand trends.
Merritt Hawkins News Release (06/08/21)
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The Hill (06/19/21) James Broughel
As the last year-plus has shown, regulations that seem to make sense in ordinary times can sometimes be revealed to have serious shortcomings during an emergency. In the public health sphere alone, regulations governing telehealth services, occupational licenses, and the authority of pharmacists to test for and immunize against COVID-19 have been relaxed or waived altogether.
The Hill (06/19/21) James Broughel
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