ASCA News Digest (September 8, 2021)

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Prepare for the October Certified Ambulatory Infection Preventionist (CAIP)® exam by registering for Infection Prevention for ASCs On Demand.

During this course, you will get the resources you need to develop and maintain an infection prevention program that protects your patients and your ASC.
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The ASCA Member Retirement Plan is a 401(k) retirement plan benefit available exclusively to ASCA members.

The plan is designed to allow participating facilities an opportunity to reduce their administrative burden, streamline employee benefit offerings and offload fiduciary liability.
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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 “Build a Better Website,” “Taking the Lead” and “Tools for Training Administrators.”
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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 once again submit comments raising industry-wide concerns, but it is important that CMS hears from individual centers as well. The deadline to submit comments is next Friday, September 17.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (08/30/21) Laura Gayton
One of the most memorable and traumatizing moments of my career occurred when a fire broke out during a patient’s thyroid surgery. This patient was burned because staff did not allow sufficient time for the alcohol-based prep agent to dry before covering it with a drape.
Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (08/30/21) Laura Gayton
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SHEA News Release (09/02/21)
After years of steady reductions in healthcare-associated infections, significantly higher rates of four out of six routinely tracked infections were observed in U.S. hospitals, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analysis of data from the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) published today in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. Increases were attributed to factors related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including more and sicker patients requiring more frequent and longer use of catheters and ventilators as well as staffing and supply challenges.
SHEA News Release (09/02/21)
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Urology Times (09/06/21) Jason M. Broderick
Urologic outpatient visits and procedures decrease by approximately 50% in the United States during the initial lockdown phase of the COVID-19 pandemic from March to April 2020, according to a real-world data analysis published online in the Journal of Urology. The researchers reported that the significant and swift decline in outpatient visits and overall procedures during this time period occurred across all ages, races, urology practice types, and geographic location, regardless of the specific timing of a state’s stay-at-home orders.
Urology Times (09/06/21) Jason M. Broderick
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Connecticut Mirror (08/21/21) Elizabeth Heubeck
Wilfredo Estrada, a 71-year-old New Haven resident and native of Peru, says getting colonoscopies is "muy necesario." His father died from colon cancer at age 65, and he knows family history plays a role in cancer risk.
Connecticut Mirror (08/21/21) Elizabeth Heubeck
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Sunvera Group (08/31/21)
Livonia Outpatient Surgery Center (LOSC), a partner of Sunvera Group, has been accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Accreditation distinguishes this ophthalmology and oculoplastic surgery center from many other outpatient facilities through its adherence to rigorous standards of care and safety.
Sunvera Group (08/31/21)
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REBusinessOnline.com (08/18/21) Kristin Hiller
IRA Capital has purchased an 11,200-square-foot ambulatory surgery center in Wauwatosa, about six miles west of Milwaukee. The purchase price was not disclosed.
REBusinessOnline.com (08/18/21) Kristin Hiller
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