ASCA News Digest (September 28, 2021)

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Save more than $1,000 on a full year of top-quality, ASC-specific webinars with ASCA’s 2021 Webinar All-Access Pass. This popular pass provides access to all 17 webinars scheduled for this year—both the live events and recordings—at a fraction of the full purchase price and the ability to earn up to 17.25 nursing contact hours, 17.25 AEUs and 4.0 IPCHs.

2021 webinar topics include financial impact of materials management, medication management, improving workplace culture and much more!
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Check these essential ASC reads off your list and prepare to face any financial, management or compliance challenges that come your way!
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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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On September 17, ASCA submitted its comments in response to the calendar year (CY) 2022 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System proposed rule (“Proposed Rule”) (86 Fed. Reg. 42018, August 4, 2021). Read this Digital Debut for more on what ASCA has to say.
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In addition to its own extensive comments in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) CY 2022 OPPS/ASC proposed payment rule, for the first time ASCA worked with ASC state associations to develop a comment letter allowing state associations to have a more direct impact on the rulemaking process than in years past. The idea of a state sign-on letter was originally raised during a meeting with state leaders at the end of July, as state leaders asked for ways that they could become more involved in the comment process on the proposed rule.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

Infection Control Today (09/24/21) Joseph Choi
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky on Sunday admitted to not having all the answers yet to questions about possible COVID-19 annual booster shots. While appearing on CBS's "Face the Nation," Walensky was asked by host Margaret Brennan if people should be prepared to receive annual COVID-19 booster shots in the wake of a week in which an FDA advisory panel recommended boosters for those 65 and older and people with compromised immune systems.
Infection Control Today (09/24/21) Joseph Choi
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WKBW.com (NY) (09/26/21)
Monday marks an important deadline for health care workers statewide. New York is requiring all health care workers to have at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by then.
WKBW.com (NY) (09/26/21)
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AMA News Release (09/21/21)
The American Medical Association issued a report today showing a 44.4 percent decrease in opioid prescribing nationwide in the past decade. At the same time, the country is facing a worsening drug-related overdose and death epidemic.
AMA News Release (09/21/21)
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Medical Economics (09/27/21) Renee Dowling
The ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting for fiscal year 2022 is out, detailing some coding and lanaguge changes. The full document can be found on the CMS website. Below are the new and revised guidance, effective October 1, 2021.
Medical Economics (09/27/21) Renee Dowling
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Merritt Hawkins News Release (09/02/21)
Merritt Hawkins' 2021 Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives reveals a number of trends within the physician and advanced practitioner recruiting market, including: Nurse practitioners (NPs) topped the list of Merritt Hawkins’ most requested search engagements for the first time, underscoring the accelerating demand for these professionals. In 27 previous years, the top position has always been held by physicians.
Merritt Hawkins News Release (09/02/21)
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Seven Days (09/18/21) Colin Flanders
The University of Vermont Medical Center’s proposal to build a new outpatient surgery facility is facing opposition from an unlikely source: its own employees. The Vermont Federation of Nurses & Health Professionals — which represents 2,400 nurses, technicians and technologists at the UVM Medical Center — wrote to state regulators on Monday questioning the wisdom of expanding the hospital’s surgical capacity at a time when its leaders are “unable and unwilling” to safely staff existing operations.
Seven Days (09/18/21) Colin Flanders
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