ASCA News Digest (August 10, 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. And today only, members can take advantage of a flash sale on Finance & Accounting for ASCs!
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For all of August, ASCs around the country are participating in National ASC Month by hosting facility tours. Hosting a facility tour has never been easier with both virtual and in-person options. Facility tours are crucial to ASCA’s advocacy efforts, and educating the more than 70 new members of Congress about the ASC community is especially important. ASCA members have already hosted more than 15 facility tours in 2021 with more planned throughout National ASC Month. ASCA staff will support every aspect of your tour from start to finish.

Celebrate National ASC Month this August. Sign up here to host a facility tour or contact Adam Parker.
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On July 19, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2022 proposed payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPD).

ASCA will comment on the proposed rule, but we need your feedback to help shape our comments! Specifically, we’re requesting your input on two provisions in the proposed rule: codes proposed for removal from the ASC Covered Procedures List (ASC-CPL) and proposed mandatory implementation of the Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgery Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (OAS CAHPS) Survey-based measures (ASC-15a-e) beginning in 2024.

Please take the ASCA Survey by this Friday, August 13, to provide your feedback.
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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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Visit the ASC Focus website to read the latest edition of the ASC Focus magazine. Highlights of this issue include “Advocacy Works,” “How Much Is Your ASC Worth?” and “Transaction Trends in the ASC Market.”
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On July 27, the journal Health Services Research published a new research brief which shows dramatic effects of 2008 Medicare payment changes on growth rates in the ASC industry. The 2008 payment reforms involved temporarily freezing ASC rates and subsequently capping facility fees as a percentage of the fees paid to hospital outpatient departments (HOPD) for the same procedures.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

Philadelphia Inquirer (08/07/21) Robert I. Field
The days of the stalwart solo physician, hanging out a shingle and seeing patients as he or she sees fit, are rapidly drawing to a close. Consulting firm Avalere Health reports that almost 70 percent of physicians in the United States now work as employees of a hospital, health system, or private corporation.
Philadelphia Inquirer (08/07/21) Robert I. Field
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The Physicians Foundation (08/04/2021)
More than a year since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, physicians are continuing to experience new sources of stress that are taking an elongated toll on their well-being and the well-being of those in their immediate environments. The Physicians Foundation's 2021 Survey of America's Physicians sought to understand the breadth of COVID-19's impact on physicians and their patients, colleagues and practices.
The Physicians Foundation (08/04/2021)
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Kaiser Health News (08/09/21) Fred Schulte
Cristina Martinez's spinal operation in Houston was expected to be routine. But after destabilizing her spine, the surgeon discovered the implant he was ready to put in her back was larger than he wanted to use — and the device company's sales rep didn't have a smaller size on hand, according to a report he filed about the operation.
Kaiser Health News (08/09/21) Fred Schulte
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Buffalo News (08/05/21) Thomas J. Prohaska
Catholic Health System announced Wednesday that it has acquired a controlling interest in the region's largest outpatient surgery center. Catholic Health did not disclose terms of its deal with Ambulatory Surgery Center of Western New York, located on Sweet Home Road in Amherst.
Buffalo News (08/05/21) Thomas J. Prohaska
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PR Newswire (08/03/21)
Surgical Notes, a nationwide provider of revenue cycle services and solutions for the ambulatory surgery center (ASC) and surgical hospital markets, announces the acquisition of Zulu Health, a revenue cycle management (RCM) provider with a specialized focus on the ASC market. Zulu Health, based in Los Angeles, California, provides RCM services, predominantly to surgery centers, across the United States.
PR Newswire (08/03/21)
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Medscape (07/30/21) Leslie Kane
Reports of physicians misbehaving in their practice, in their personal life, or on social media seem more frequent lately. Some say physicians' job pressure, long hours, and payment frustrations spur the bad behavior.
Medscape (07/30/21) Leslie Kane
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About ASCA

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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