ASCA News Digest (August 24, 2021)

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Be sure to visit ASCA’s Member Appreciation Month website before the month ends!

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 take advantage of a flash sale on Finance & Accounting for ASCs!
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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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Apply today to take the next Certified Ambulatory Infection Preventionist (CAIP)® exam, offered during the month of October. This certification distinguishes those with a comprehensive understanding of the skills and knowledge that the role of an ASC infection preventionist requires. The application deadline is next Tuesday, August 31.

Looking for resources to prepare for the October CAIP exam? ASCA's on-demand course, Infection Prevention for ASCs, can help you prepare—register today to get started.
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Keep up to date with essential news and education for ASCs with ASCA’s Advancing Surgical Care Podcast. Latest episodes include a members-only discussion on Medicare’s 2022 proposed ASC payment rule and a dialog on advancements in ENT surgical techniques and postoperative pain management.
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Salaries for nearly every position in an ASC continued to trend upward this year, according to data collected in ASCA’s 2021 Salary & Benefits Survey. In fact, most ASCs reported budgeting 3% salary increases for both hourly and salaried staff. At the same time, 71% of ASCs projected hiring would increase in 2021. Read this Digital Debut for more on the results from this year’s Salary & Benefits Survey.
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Thank you to everyone who responded to ASCA’s survey on provisions in the CY 2022 OPPS/ASC proposed payment rule. The survey was open from August 3 to August 13 and received 361 responses. The survey asked about 34 specific codes being proposed for removal from the ASC Covered Procedures List (ASC-CPL), with respondents able to select codes that they’d like to remain payable in ASCs.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

Fierce Healthcare (08/20/21) Anastassia Gliadkovskaya
Physician pay barely increased in 2020, while productivity plummeted due to the pandemic, a new survey found. According to the latest AMGA medical group compensation and productivity survey, which reached nearly 400 medical groups representing more than 190,000 providers, increases in compensation were modest, while productivity impact was significant.
Fierce Healthcare (08/20/21) Anastassia Gliadkovskaya
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Orthopedics Today (08/21) Casey Tingle
December 2020 saw CMS finalize a proposal to eliminate the inpatient only list in a 3-year transitional period, which allowed about 300 primarily musculoskeletal-related services to be performed in the hospital outpatient setting. The 2021 Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and ASC Payment System final rule also added 11 procedures to the ASC-covered procedures list, including total hip arthroplasty.
Orthopedics Today (08/21) Casey Tingle
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General Surgery News (08/16/21) Christina Frangou
Male surgeons perform more highly remunerated procedures in colorectal surgery than their female counterparts, contributing to a gender wage gap in colorectal surgery, according to an analysis of Medicare claims data. Investigators examined nearly 63,000 Medicare claims submitted by board-certified colorectal surgeons between 2013 and 2017.
General Surgery News (08/16/21) Christina Frangou
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Health Affairs (Summer 2021) John (Xuefeng) Jiang; Martin A. Makary; Ge Bai; et al.
On January 1, 2021, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented the Hospital Price Transparency Final Rule, with the objective to improve the affordability of hospital care in the commercial market by promoting price competition. The Rule requires that hospitals in the United States reveal their negotiated price with specific insurance plans (hereafter, commercial negotiated price), chargemaster price, cash price, and de-identified minimum and maximum commercial negotiated price for hospital services.
Health Affairs (Summer 2021) John (Xuefeng) Jiang; Martin A. Makary; Ge Bai; et al.
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Joint Commission -- Improvement Insights (08/19/21) Scott C. Woller
Each year in the U.S., it is estimated that venous thromboembolism (VTE), which includes deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, affects as many as 900,000 people and is responsible for up to 100,000 deaths. Additionally, VTE is associated with health care costs of approximately $10 billion annually.
Joint Commission -- Improvement Insights (08/19/21) Scott C. Woller
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Myhighplains.com (TX) (08/16/21) Jason Britsch
Hospital recovery from total hip replacement surgery could last several days. The Surgery Center of Amarillo is offering it now to where you could go home the same day of the operation.
Myhighplains.com (TX) (08/16/21) Jason Britsch
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