ASCA News Digest (September 21, 2021)

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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.

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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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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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On July 13, CMS released CY 2022 proposed updates to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) and other related Part B payment policies. ASCA generally focuses on Medicare’s technical component of payments, which reimburses the ASC facility for services provided to Medicare beneficiaries. However, the professional component, the clinician reimbursement, also can impact the kind and volume of care being provided in ASCs. Read this Digital Debut to learn more about the three notable policies in the proposed rule that might affect clinicians working in ASCs.
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On September 10, the Biden-Harris administration announced that the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) will make $25.5 billion in new funding available for healthcare providers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The amount includes $8.5 billion in American Rescue Plan (ARP) resources for providers who serve rural Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) or Medicare patients, as well as an additional $17 billion for Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 for a broad range of providers able to document revenue loss and expenses associated with the pandemic.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (09/14/21) Kimberly Clawson
Joint Commission accreditation and certification are used to satisfy a number of requirements for health plan network participation. This article discusses three main ways payors use Joint Commission ambulatory accreditation and certification programs as a criterion for network participation.
Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (09/14/21) Kimberly Clawson
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PR Newswire (09/20/21)
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) has launched Hear Us Out, a nationwide effort to report nurses' reality from the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic and urge those who have yet to be vaccinated to reconsider. In response to the surge of the delta variant, a dramatic increase in younger Americans dying and the Food and Drug Administration's first full approval of a COVID-19 vaccine, AACN is advocating on behalf of the acute and critical care nursing community, as the profession and healthcare systems are being pushed to a breaking point.
PR Newswire (09/20/21)
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DOTmed.com (09/13/21) Ken Diebner
There are many benefits of implementing a reprocessing initiative within an Ambulatory Surgery Center. By committing to a reprocessing initiative, a facility can reduce supply costs and strengthen its bottom line.
DOTmed.com (09/13/21) Ken Diebner
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DEA News Release (09/17/21)
The Department of Justice announced today criminal charges against 138 defendants, including 42 doctors, nurses, and other licensed medical professionals, in 31 federal districts across the United States, for their alleged participation in various healthcare fraud schemes that resulted in approximately $1.4 billion in alleged losses. The charges target approximately $1.1 billion in fraud committed using telemedicine (the use of telecommunications technology to provide health care services remotely), $29 million in COVID-19 health care fraud, $133 million connected to substance abuse treatment facilities, or “sober homes,” and $160 million connected to other health care fraud and illegal opioid distribution schemes across the country.
DEA News Release (09/17/21)
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Steamboat Pilot & Today (CO) (09/19/21) Suzie Romig
A Steamboat Springs local for 25 years and avid bike rider for more than 40, Butch Boucher previously had only one common surgery in his lifetime, and not even any stitches, before he crashed onto his head and shoulder during a gravel bike ride in July. "The helmet was a beautiful thing to have," said Boucher, 61, but the bicyclist needed surgery for a third-degree AC separation in his right shoulder.
Steamboat Pilot & Today (CO) (09/19/21) Suzie Romig
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AAAHC News Release (09/15/21)
The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) Board of Directors and executive leadership team have adopted a new COVID-19 vaccination requirement for its community of surveyors. Effective October 15, all AAAHC surveyors – whose frontline role in the accreditation process may place them at greater risk of COVID-19 infection – must comply with this new guidance and have received either two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
AAAHC News Release (09/15/21)
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