ASCA News Digest (November 16, 2021)

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ASCA is excited to open applications for its new ASC Administrator Development Program—a yearlong mentoring program that matches newer and aspiring administrators with their experienced peers to strengthen and broaden the knowledge and professional network of all participants.

Mentors will be able to pass on what they wish they had known when they first became ASC administrators, and mentees will learn new ideas and best practices from people who have been in their shoes.
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Reserve your seat 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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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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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.
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Visit the ASC Focus website to read the latest edition of the ASC Focus magazine. Highlights of this issue include “On the Cutting Edge of Clinical Technology,” “Help Patients Understand Their Expenses Before Surgery” and “Expanding Coverage of ASC Procedures.”
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As ASCA reported to members last week, on November 4, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an interim final rule which adds a new section to the ASC Conditions for Coverage at § 416.51(c) that requires ASCs to establish and implement policies and procedures “for COVID-19 vaccination of all staff (includes employees; licensed practitioners; students, trainees, and volunteers; and other individuals) who provide care, treatment, or other services for the provider or its patients.”
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INDUSTRY NEWS

Business Wire (11/08/21)
Tenet Healthcare Corporation, and its subsidiary United Surgical Partners International (USPI), today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement with the principals of SurgCenter Development (SCD) to acquire SCD. Under the terms of the agreement, Tenet/USPI will acquire SCD's ownership interests in 92 ambulatory surgery centers and other related ambulatory support services.
Business Wire (11/08/21)
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Joint Commission Press Release (11/10/21)
The Joint Commission today issued a Sentinel Event Alert, "Addressing health care disparities by improving quality and safety." The alert helps guide health care organizations to position disparities as a central part of performance and patient safety improvement.
Joint Commission Press Release (11/10/21)
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PR Newswire (11/12/21)
A new survey of more than 2,000 surgeons across the country found that impending Medicare cuts to surgeons could result in longer wait times for patients, and further delays in care. Due to the ongoing global health crisis, patients who have already delayed care, could further delay critical treatments and procedures, leading to more medically complex and expensive treatments, further straining the health care system.
PR Newswire (11/12/21)
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News-Medical.net (11/14/2021)
Cataract surgery is one of the most successful medical procedures performed in the United States, with nearly 4 million Americans choosing to have their cataracts removed every year. While the procedure has a success rate of about 97 percent, it is not uncommon for people to still need glasses after surgery, especially reading glasses.
News-Medical.net (11/14/2021)
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The Hill (11/10/21) Sarakshi Rai
A coalition of 10 states, led by Missouri, has filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccine mandate imposed on health care workers, which they said was "unconstitutional and unlawful." Missouri was joined in the suit by eight other states with GOP governors: Nebraska, Arkansas, Iowa, Wyoming, Alaska, South Dakota, North Dakota, and New Hampshire.
The Hill (11/10/21) Sarakshi Rai
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FDA Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts (10/29/21)
Datascope/Getinge/Maquet is recalling this product due to the risk of the battery failing and having a shortened run-time due to substandard batteries not meeting performance specifications being released to customers, which may cause the device to stop working when operated by battery only. If a patient requires life-supporting therapy with an IABP and the device does not work or if therapy is stopped during use due to battery failure, the patient will be at risk of serious injury, including death.
FDA Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts (10/29/21)
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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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