ASCA News Digest (August 31, 2021)

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We are so sad to see this monthlong celebration come to an end, but we hope you have enjoyed all the Member Appreciation Month activities and prizes! ASCA could not continue to do the work we do without your support, and this month of recognition is a small token of our appreciation.

To close this celebration out with a bang, we are offering discounted prices on everything through 11:59 pm ET tonight. Head over to the website now to catch today’s flash sales.
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Thank you for celebrating National ASC Month with us and other ASCs around the country! Many ASCs participated by hosting tours of their facilities and educating visitors on the importance of ASCs. 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.

Schedule a facility tour or contact Adam Parker for more information.
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Starting tomorrow, September 1, you can renew your ASCA membership online. With your membership comes a variety of benefits that help you run your ASC more efficiently, provide quality patient care and stay up to date on industry trends and regulations. Renew during the month of September and lock in membership renewal rates from 2021.

See all the ways you can put your ASCA benefits to good use.

Not yet a member? Join ASCA today.
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Today is the last day to apply for 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.

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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As the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus sweeps across the country, hitting unvaccinated populations hard and resulting in severe spikes in hospitalizations, many states have sought additional tools in their fight against this most recent wave. Read this Digital Debut to learn more about the actions some states are taking.
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On August 24, ASCA representatives met with Meena Seshamani, MD, PhD, who serves as deputy administrator and director of the Center for Medicare at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). At this meeting, ASCA representatives spent most of the time discussing payment policy changes in the 2022 proposed rule.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

NBC News (08/30/21) Curtis Bunn
In the year since the actor Chadwick Boseman's death from colorectal cancer, Mo Jenkins said he considered — but resisted — getting screened for the deadly disease. Two weeks ago, however, he watched for the second time the film “Black Panther” — Boseman’s most famous role — and the next day he made a doctor’s appointment.
NBC News (08/30/21) Curtis Bunn
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Baton Rouge Advocate (08/29/21)
Impatient with years of inaction in Washington on prescription drug costs, U.S. hospital groups, startups and nonprofits have started making their own medicines to combat stubbornly high prices and persistent shortages with little competition. The efforts are at varying stages, but some manufacturers have already produced and shipped millions of doses.
Baton Rouge Advocate (08/29/21)
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Dothan Eagle (AL) (08/24/21)
A partnership between a Dothan hospital and a local surgery center could give COVID-19 patients greater access to an infusion therapy seen as a way to keep patients out of hospitals. Flowers Hospital helped set up a clinic within Surgery Center South to offer monoclonal antibody infusion therapy to recently-diagnosed COVID-19 patients who qualify for the treatment.
Dothan Eagle (AL) (08/24/21)
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BenefitsPro (08/16/21) Jessica Hennessey
With the latest COVID resurgence forcing hospitals to curtail and even cancel elective surgeries, employers are again concerned about the impact of delayed care on their employees and how to manage their needs. As of early August, several hospital systems nationwide, notably in Florida, Louisiana and Texas, were reducing or suspending elective surgeries.
BenefitsPro (08/16/21) Jessica Hennessey
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Annals of Internal Medicine (08/10/21) Heiko Pohl; Joseph C. Anderson; Andres Aguilera-Fish; et al.
Incomplete resection of neoplastic polyps is considered an important reason for the development of colorectal cancer. However, there are no data on the natural history of polyps that were incompletely removed.
Annals of Internal Medicine (08/10/21) Heiko Pohl; Joseph C. Anderson; Andres Aguilera-Fish; et al.
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McKinsey & Company (05/11/2021) Gretchen Berlin; Meredith Lapoint; Mhoire Murphy; et al.
Twenty-two percent : That's how many nurses indicated in a recent McKinsey survey that they may leave their current position providing direct patient care within the next year. At a time when nurses are most needed, a significant strain in the workforce exists due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
McKinsey & Company (05/11/2021) Gretchen Berlin; Meredith Lapoint; Mhoire Murphy; et al.
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