ASCA News Digest (August 17, 2021)

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Have you visited ASCA’s Member Appreciation Month website?

For the entire month of August, we are celebrating our members. Visit the site made just for you and enjoy a playlist curated by ASCA CEO Bill Prentice, enter to win prizes, get discounts, share self-care tips, attend exercise classes and more.

Today only, members can save $100 on a subscription for ASCA’s 2021 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey!
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August is National ASC Month and ASCs around the country are participating by hosting facility tours. 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. With both virtual and in-person options, hosting a facility tour has never been easier and ASCA staff will support every aspect of your tour from start to finish.

Join in the celebration and sign up to host a facility tour or contact Adam Parker for more information.
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Subscribers to ASCA’s 2021 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey can now access their second-quarter (Q2) reports. To access the reports, log in to the survey portal and select the “Run Reports” tab.

This online survey provides valuable quality and performance data about your ASC that you can compare with other ASCs. The 2021 survey has several new features, including free access to the new ASCA e-booklet Benchmarking Basics for ASCs.
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Summer’s in full swing—add these four books to your summer reading list and by September you’ll be even better prepared to face any financial, management or compliance challenges that come your way.
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On July 27, researchers from the University of Louisville and Baylor University, Elizabeth L. Munnich and Michael R. Richards, published a research brief, Long-run growth of ambulatory surgery centers 1990–2015 and Medicare payment policy, in Health Services Research. The brief examines how growth in the ASC industry was affected by Medicare payment changes in 2008. Read this Digital Debut to learn more about the findings.
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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).

Last week, ASCA uploaded a Proposed Rule Payment Resources document which lists all 2022 proposed device-intensive codes (including 95 new device-intensive codes), as well as codes proposed for removal from the ASC Covered Procedures List (ASC-CPL) and codes proposed for addition back to the inpatient-only (IPO) list due to the proposed reversal of 2021 policy changes.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

STAT News (08/13/21) Claudia López Lloreda
In the past month, Tampa's BayCare Health System has seen a tenfold increase in COVID-19 patients at its 14 acute care hospitals in central Florida. Expecting this surge to get worse, its executives decided to pause elective surgeries starting Saturday to avoid staffing shortages.
STAT News (08/13/21) Claudia López Lloreda
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Joint Commission Dateline @ TJC blog (08/10/21) Lisa DiBlasi Moorehead
When our Chief Nurse Executive Council outlined the priority nursing issues in 2018, workplace violence was top of the list. In the spirit of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Safe + Sound Week—observed August 9-15, 2021—I am excited to share our new and revised workplace violence prevention requirements, effective Jan. 1, 2022.
Joint Commission Dateline @ TJC blog (08/10/21) Lisa DiBlasi Moorehead
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New York Times (08/16/21) Nicholas Bakalar
Surgical procedures performed with the aid of a robot is sometimes marketed as the "best" form of surgery. But a recent review of 50 randomized controlled trials, testing robot-assisted surgeries against conventional methods for abdominal or pelvic procedures, suggests that while there may be some benefits to robotic surgery, any advantages over other approaches are modest.
New York Times (08/16/21) Nicholas Bakalar
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Quincy Herald-Whig (IL) (08/11/21) Mike Sorenson
Quincy Medical Group held an open house to showcase their brand new Surgery Center which has, just this week, received the final accreditation needed to begin treating patients. The 70,000 square foot space at Quincy Town Center that used to house Bergner’s is now home to the QMG Cancer Institute on the first floor, and a five-room sterile-environment operating space and two additional procedure rooms for more routine services.
Quincy Herald-Whig (IL) (08/11/21) Mike Sorenson
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CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians (08/04/21) Mike Fillon
At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the goals of minimizing viral spread in health care settings and focusing health care resources on the care of infected patients led to nonurgent medical services, such as cancer screening tests, being temporarily suspended. As a result, the sheer number of cancer screening tests, such as colonoscopies and mammograms, dropped precipitously.
CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians (08/04/21) Mike Fillon
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MarkTechPost (08/06/21) Asif Razzaq
With the use of computer-aided diagnostic systems, physicians can better diagnose and treat diseases in their patients. This has been shown to be especially useful for colorectal cancer , which is deadly and results in 900K deaths per year globally.
MarkTechPost (08/06/21) Asif Razzaq
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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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