ASCA News Digest (October 26, 2021)

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This Sunday, October 31, is the last day to submit your data for the third quarter (Q3) of ASCA’s 2021 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey. Subscribers should make sure to submit their data by the deadline to get a complete picture of trends for the year.

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Reserve your spot now for ASCA’s 2022 Virtual Coding & Reimbursement Seminar! This popular virtual seminar provides essential training for ASC billers and coders.

During three afternoons in January—Monday, January 10; Tuesday, January 18; and Monday, January 24—you’ll hear from industry experts as they discuss the coding and billing updates for 2022 and share strategies you can use to maximize your ASC’s reimbursements.
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After state legislatures spent 2020 grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 saw states dedicating more time to addressing issues not directly related to the pandemic, though legislation related to the pandemic still featured heavily on dockets. States considered and passed legislation on a variety of topics impacting ASCs during 2021. Learn more about these topics in this Digital Debut.
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On October 15, US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra renewed the determination of a public health emergency (PHE) due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The PHE was originally declared on January 31, 2020, by former HHS Secretary Alex Azar, and has been renewed continuously since then.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

Honest Columnist (10/20/21)
Tenet Healthcare kicked off earnings season for the hospital group on Wednesday afternoon by easily beating Q3 estimates. Tenet raised earnings guidance for the full year.
Honest Columnist (10/20/21)
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Newswise (10/20/21)
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on patients' willingness to keep appointments for non-COVID-19 illnesses has been well documented, but a team of researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University report that for people hesitant to come into the hospital or an outpatient center to get a colonoscopy, home-administered fecal occult blood tests (FOBT) may provide a useful workaround tool. About 30 percent more survey respondents completed home-based test during the pandemic than before.
Newswise (10/20/21)
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Newswise (10/20/21)
Using quantitative rather than qualitative terms to describe the risks of various treatment options improves communication between surgeons and patients, according to a study presented at the virtual American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress 2021. Based on a survey of American adults, researchers found that using qualitative descriptions of various risks—for example, using terms such as "sometimes" or "uncommon"—led to a wide range of interpretations.
Newswise (10/20/21)
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JAMA Internal Medicine (10/01/21) Vol. 181, No. 10, P. 1324 Ambar La Forgia; Amelia M. Bond; Robert Tyler Braun; et al.
This retrospective economic analysis of more than 2.5 million claims filed for patients with private health insurance who received anesthesia services in hospital outpatient departments and ambulatory surgery centers from 2014 to 2017 found that prices paid to out-of-network anesthesiologists at in-network facilities and to in-network anesthesiologists decreased in California, Florida, and New York after each state passed comprehensive surprise-billing legislation. Meaning State surprise-billing legislation appears to directly lower out-of-network prices and indirectly lower in-network prices by changing payer-practitioner negotiating dynamics.
JAMA Internal Medicine (10/01/21) Vol. 181, No. 10, P. 1324 Ambar La Forgia; Amelia M. Bond; Robert Tyler Braun; et al.
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Joint Commission Press Release (10/19/21)
Health care requires an all-hands approach to cybersecurity, including the establishment of a data safety culture that permeates an entire organization and its operations. Instituting a cybersecurity program can be challenging as the digital transition in health care means more information from across an organization is stored online.
Joint Commission Press Release (10/19/21)
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Health Europa (10/01/21)
A team of world-leading medical experts have collaborated to improve patient safety and outcomes following high-risk surgery. The endeavour, which includes industry specialists such as anesthetists, surgeons, and patient representatives, is called the Improving Patient Outcomes (ImPrOve) Think Tank.
Health Europa (10/01/21)
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