ASCA News Digest (July 27, 2021)

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Reports from ASCA’s 2021 Salary & Benefits Survey are now available for purchase. This survey allows ASCs to compare their compensation packages to similar ASCs, negotiate a raise or determine salary and benefits for a new position. ASCs can benchmark their information with other ASCs from the same region, with a similar number of employees, of the same specialty, with a similar number of patient encounters and more.

ASCA members pay $299 for the results and nonmembers pay $399. Participants who completed at least 40 percent of the survey can access their reports for free. Purchase your report today.
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For the past three years, ASCA has dedicated a week to show our appreciation for our members. This year, we have extended Member Appreciation Week to Member Appreciation Month.

For the entire month of August, check out the Member Appreciation Month website, where ASCA members can enjoy a playlist curated by ASCA CEO Bill Prentice, enter to win prizes, get discounts, participate in self-care and exercise classes and more.
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If you weren’t able to attend the ASCA 2021 Virtual Conference live, don’t worry—you can still purchase the entire conference on demand through the ASCA Learning Hub.

Don’t miss your chance to access this premier ASC event, which features nearly 50 sessions you can watch anytime, anywhere.

Buy today and save $150 on your purchase.
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The data submission period for the second quarter (Q2) of ASCA’s 2021 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey will close this Saturday, July 31, at 11:59 pm ET. Q2 reports will be available on August 15.

This year, the survey includes several exciting new features, including a new specialty-specific section for ophthalmology procedures and free access to the new ASCA e-booklet Benchmarking Basics for ASCs. If you have not yet purchased your subscription, subscribe today!
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Candidates who plan to take the September Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC)® exam must submit their application by this Saturday, July 31. The CASC credential is a distinction earned by members of the ASC community who demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the knowledge and skills required of an ASC administrator. Learn more.
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Since ASCA’s last update in January, healthcare organizations across the country posted 344 breaches of protected health information (PHI) affecting 500 or more individuals. This is the highest number of breaches reported in a six-month span in the past three years and exceeds the number of breaches in the first half of 2020 by more than 40 percent. Read this Digital Debut for enforcement actions that highlight a few precautions ASCs can take.
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2022 proposed payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPD) earlier this week. If the proposed rule were to be finalized as drafted, ASCs would see, on average over all covered procedures, an effective update of 2.3 percent—a combination of a 2.5 percent inflation update based on the hospital market basket and a productivity reduction mandated by the Affordable Care Act of 0.2 percentage points.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

Washington Post (07/26/21) Dan Diamond
Medical groups representing millions of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health workers on Monday called for mandatory vaccinations of all U.S. health personnel against the coronavirus, framing the move as a moral imperative as new infections mount sharply. "We call for all health care and long-term care employers to require their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19," the American Medical Association, the American Nurses Association and 55 other groups wrote in a joint statement shared with the Washington Post.
Washington Post (07/26/21) Dan Diamond
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ASC Focus (07/01/21)
The Joint Commission’s Office of Quality and Patient Safety (OQPS) revised its definition of a sentinel event and clarified some of the event-specific examples in the Sentinel Event Policy, according to a July 21 release. The revisions clarify expectations regarding a healthcare organization’s partnership and collaboration with OQPS and include editorial revisions to improve the flow of the chapter.
ASC Focus (07/01/21)
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Regulatory Focus (07/22/2021) Michael Mezher
The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Acting Commissioner Janet Woodcock on Wednesday made a push for new funding to increase the resilience of the medical device supply chain and to expand the agency's authority to collect information about device shortages. "The pandemic has exposed great weaknesses in the medical device supply chain and its dependence on foreign medical devices," she said.
Regulatory Focus (07/22/2021) Michael Mezher
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MedPage Today (07/21/21) Crystal Phend
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) rates held steady after a COURAGE trial-related dip but have increasingly moved to the outpatient setting, population-based data from several states showed. Rates of PCI declined by a relative 10.5 percent from 2010 to 2017 (232.8 vs 260.2 per 100,000, P<0.001 for trend), reported Robert W. Yeh, MD, MSc, of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, and colleagues in a research letter in JAMA Cardiology,.
MedPage Today (07/21/21) Crystal Phend
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PR Newswire (07/22/21)
Vantage Health and Gramercy Surgery Center announced a new partnership aimed at lowering costs and improving quality of care for cancer patients. The two award-winning healthcare providers joined forces to strengthen the comprehensive care model and improve access to affordable, high-quality surgical and cancer care.
PR Newswire (07/22/21)
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VermontBiz.com (07/19/21)
Advancing a long-term plan to address the evolving health care needs of patients in our region, the UVM Medical Center in Burlington has requested permission from the Green Mountain Care Board to begin planning a modern outpatient surgery center that would further its commitment to provide high quality care at the lowest cost, in a health care setting most appropriate for each patient. Through the filing of a Conceptual Certificate of Need (CON), the hospital seeks an expedited review following the reduction of available operating rooms resulting from the closure of the Fanny Allen outpatient location due to air quality issues.
VermontBiz.com (07/19/21)
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