ASCA News Digest (August 3, 2021)

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ASCA HIGHLIGHTS

For the past three years, ASCA has dedicated a week to showing 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, share self-care tips, attend exercise classes and more.
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For all of August, ASCs around the country are participating in National ASC Month by hosting facility tours. This is a great way to promote awareness to both your local policymakers and the public of the high-quality, cost-efficient surgical care that ASCs provide.
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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 report for free. Purchase your report today.
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Tune in to the newest episode of ASCA’s Advancing Surgical Care Podcast where ASCA CEO Bill Prentice and ASCA Regulatory Counsel and Director of Government Affairs Kara Newbury come together to discuss the 2022 proposed payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on July 19, 2021.
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Apply today to take the next Certified Ambulatory Infection Preventionist (CAIP)® exam, offered during the month of October. CAIP is the first credential designed specifically for infection preventionists in the ASC community. This certification distinguishes those with a comprehensive understanding of the skills and knowledge that the role of an ASC infection preventionist requires.
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ASCs developing a QAPI agenda should consider covering fire and safety, infection control, patient complications, antibiotic dosing/redosing, risk management, patient satisfaction and more. Read this ASC Focus article for more information on these important QAPI components.
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ASCA has updated its payment resources related to the CY 2022 OPPS/ASC proposed rule. This includes a Medicare Rate Calculator, which allows you to see proposed 2022 rates for every procedure with your local wage index applied. ASCA has also uploaded a detailed 2022 Proposed Rule Analysis, which identifies and briefly summarizes the provisions of greatest interest to ASCs in the proposed rule.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

Medscape (07/29/21) Naomi Shammash
Physician burnout, which has worsened during the COVID-19 crisis, doesn't just affect doctors ? it also affects their patients, according to a new survey. The research, published by virtual healthcare technology company Wheel and independent research firm Pure Spectrum, found that 80 percent of the 2000 patients surveyed noticed during a healthcare visit in the past year that their doctor or nurse was burned out.
Medscape (07/29/21) Naomi Shammash
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Cancer Therapy Advisor (07/26/21) Tori Rodriguez
Among the routine medical procedures initially deferred due to COVID-19, screenings for colorectal cancer (CRC) were drastically reduced after nonurgent endoscopies were temporarily suspended during the early part of the pandemic. Rates of screening colonoscopies in the United States reportedly declined by almost 90 percent by mid-April 2020 compared with the previous year, and new CRC diagnoses decreased by more than 32 percent in the same time period.
Cancer Therapy Advisor (07/26/21) Tori Rodriguez
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PR Newswire (07/29/21)
Today, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, representing 20,000 medical doctors in the United States, sent a letter to members of Congress, asking for support in our ongoing effort to rein in excessive prior authorization requirements imposed by insurers. These policies take control of medical decisions from doctors and put them in hands of insurance company administrators who delay and disrupt, and sometimes deny medically necessary care.
PR Newswire (07/29/21)
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Design News (07/30/21) Philip Remedios
Since the turn of the century, advancements in capability using Minimally invasive surgical (MIS) techniques have been nothing short of miraculous. For this article, I have chosen to include interventional procedures (involving trans-vascular anatomical access) within the minimally invasive surgical toolkit, including endoscopy, laparoscopy, arthroscopy, and robot-assisted surgeries.
Design News (07/30/21) Philip Remedios
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Harvard Business Review (07/28/21) Kushal T. Kadakia; Nancy D. Perrier; Anaeze C. Offodile II
An estimated 50 million inpatient surgical procedures occur each year in the United States, at a cost of $175 billion. Given these striking numbers and the fact that over 40% of costs of the acute care episodes of surgical patients are related to the resource-intensive operating room, it comes as no surprise that the OR has become a locus of cost-containment initiatives for health systems.
Harvard Business Review (07/28/21) Kushal T. Kadakia; Nancy D. Perrier; Anaeze C. Offodile II
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U.S. News & World Report (07/09/21) Matthew Mitchell
As we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic and re-learn how to interact with unrelated members of our species, many of us are unlikely to pick up exactly where we left off. Hugs, handshakes and in-person meetings may be fewer and farther between. With luck – and some political leadership – we may also see fewer regulations standing between patients and the health care they need.
U.S. News & World Report (07/09/21) Matthew Mitchell
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Mission: The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) is the national membership association that represents ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and provides advocacy and resources to assist ASCs in delivering high-quality, cost-effective ambulatory surgery to all the patients they serve.

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