ASCA News Digest (November 2, 2021)

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After more than two years, ASCA’s National Advocacy Day is back!

Taking place March 8­­–9 next year, National Advocacy Day gathers members of the ASC community from across the country to advocate for their facilities and the high-quality care they deliver. It is an excellent opportunity to meet face-to-face with your members of Congress and their staff to educate them about the many benefits ASCs provide.

With more than 70 new members in the 117th Congress, it remains critical that lawmakers in both chambers stay informed about ASCs. Help the ASC community by advocating on Capitol Hill for your facility and patients.
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Registration is open for the ASCA 2022 Conference & Expo, taking place April 27–30 in Dallas, TX!

While the past two years of virtual conferences have been great, we are excited to return to the classic ASCA in-person conference. Reserve your spot today for this can’t-miss event of the year for ASC professionals!
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Renew your ASCA membership online today to retain vital benefits, including:
  • regulatory and industry news delivered directly to your inbox
  • access to ASCA’s Medicare Rate Calculator
  • free and discounted educational tools and programming
  • exclusive Advancing Surgical Care Podcast episodes
  • and much more!
Not yet a member? Join ASCA today.
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Register today for ASCA’s 2022 Virtual Coding & Reimbursement Seminar! During this virtual event, 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 and protect its bottom line.

This seminar will take place during three afternoons in January—Monday, January 10; Tuesday, January 18; and Monday, January 24.
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In March 2021, ASCA introduced a bimonthly survey series named 60-Second Survey. As the name suggests, each survey takes approximately a minute to complete and asks fewer than 10 questions on a current topic. The fourth survey, conducted in October 2021, asked questions regarding ASCA membership and ASC business/education travel in 2022. Read this Digital Debut for more on the survey responses.
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Representatives Ami Bera, MD (D-CA) and Larry Bucshon, MD (R-IN) recently led a group of 247 members of Congress in a letter urging US House leadership to address looming Medicare payment cuts to healthcare providers that will further strain patient access to care. ASCA has signed on as one of more than 200 federal and state healthcare organizations supporting these efforts to stave off further payment cuts to healthcare providers.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

Axios (11/01/21) Tina Reed
From medications to gloves to crutches, the strains of the global supply chain are hitting U.S. health care hard. Shortages of health care supplies can quickly jump from a nuisance to a life-or-death proposition.
Axios (11/01/21) Tina Reed
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FDA Medical Device Safety (10/29/21)
The FDA recommends that health care facilities and providers do not purchase, or use imported medical gloves from companies included on Import Alert 80-04 Surveillance and Detention Without Physical Examination of Surgeon's and Patient Examination Gloves. Companies are listed on an import alert when the agency has enough evidence to allow for detention without physical examination (DWPE) of their products as they appear to be in violation of the FDA's laws and regulations and thus, create a potential risk to health care professionals, patients and users.
FDA Medical Device Safety (10/29/21)
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Ophthalmology Times (10/22/21) Lisa K. Feulner
Although modern cataract surgery is already a mature and well-refined procedure, I have been delighted to find that new technologies continue to make surgery easier on me and my staff, with better outcomes for patients. Here, I will discuss 3 recent cases that illustrate the value of new technology in cataract surgery.
Ophthalmology Times (10/22/21) Lisa K. Feulner
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Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News (10/21) Caroline Helwick
More than one in four adults younger than 50 years of age who undergo colonoscopy have precancerous lesions, researchers have found. The study included colonoscopies from nearly 230,000 men and women between 30 and 49 years of age enrolled in the GI Quality Improvement Consortium Registry—the largest study to date on precancerous lesions in younger patients—according to Steven Itzkowitz, MD, a professor of medicine, oncological sciences and medical education at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York City.
Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News (10/21) Caroline Helwick
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ScienceDaily (10/18/21)
Disinfectants and surgical smoke -- the gaseous by-product produced by heat-generating surgical instruments -- are among the hazardous chemicals to which physicians, nurses, and other hospital staff are exposed in operating rooms (OR) during electrosurgery and laser procedures. Long-time exposure to these chemicals in the OR may significantly increase one's risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to a new study led by Boston University School of Public Health researchers.
ScienceDaily (10/18/21)
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PR Newswire (10/26/21)
Trilogy Health Solutions announced today that Ambulatory Surgical Center of Stevens Point will participate in their work comp cost containment solution – WC Bundled Payments – giving Stevens Point and the greater area employers access to transparent, all-inclusive pricing for orthopedic care. Ambulatory Surgical Center of Stevens Point has established bundled pricing for orthopedic surgeries and diagnostic services commonly required in treating injured workers such as arthroscopic rotator cuff, knee repair and carpal tunnel release.
PR Newswire (10/26/21)
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Mission: The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) is the national membership association that represents ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and provides advocacy and resources to assist ASCs in delivering high-quality, cost-effective ambulatory surgery to all the patients they serve.

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