ASCA News Digest (November 23, 2021)

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Purchase ASCA’s 2022 Webinar All-Access Pass to save nearly $1,000 on top-quality, ASC-specific webinars. This popular pass provides access to all three tracks—the Clinical Manager Track, the Business Office Personnel Track and the Administrator Track—and 11 webinars scheduled for next year. The 2022 All-Access Pass is $395 for ASCA members and $495 for nonmembers.
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Listen to the newest episode of ASCA’s Advancing Surgical Care Podcast to learn how your ASC can benefit from creating a long-term value proposition for staff, using a billing checklist and uncovering hidden sources of revenue in your facility. This program, “Business Strategies for Navigating the Pandemic,” features Jocelyn Gaddie, chief executive officer, and Hannah Hagan, business development manager, of in2itive Business Solutions in conversation with Charlie Leonard of ASCA’s public affairs team.
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During CMS Quality Reporting for ASCs, the third webinar in the Administrator track, participants will learn what quality reporting measures are now required by CMS and get key definitions and answers to frequently asked questions about the measures their ASC needs to report.

This webinar is free for ASCA members and will take place next Tuesday, November 30, at 1:00 pm ET.
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Interested in finding an ASC in your area or some other state? Visit ASCA’s Advancing Surgical Care website and use the interactive map to find Medicare-certified ASCs throughout the US. You can filter your search by location, state and congressional district, or center specialty—this interactive map makes it easy.
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In its 2022 final payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPD), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized its proposal to reverse policy changes from the previous administration that added a significant number of codes to the ASC Covered Procedures List (ASC-CPL) and began the process of eliminating the inpatient-only (IPO) list, with a few modifications. CMS also continued to use the hospital market basket to update ASC payments for calendar year (CY) 2022.

Read this Digital Debut to learn more about the major provisions in the 1,394-page rule.
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ASCA’s Medicare payment resources have been updated to reflect the changes finalized in the 2022 final payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPD). As promised in the initial rule release, a more detailed analysis of the 2022 final ASC payment rule is now available. ASCA has created a table that summarizes select proposals from the rule, ASCA’s comments in response to the proposals and the determinations made in the final rule. The 2022 Final Rule Rate Calculator is also available.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

AGA News Release (11/15/21)
The United States Multi-Society Task Force on colorectal cancer (CRC) has released updated screening recommendations, endorsing 45 as the age to start average-risk CRC screening. These recommendations solidify our announcement in May 2021 supporting the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in lowering the screening age.
AGA News Release (11/15/21)
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Washington Post (11/18/21) Dan Diamond
The American Medical Association and more than 60 other health care associations on Thursday called on employers to voluntarily implement President Biden’s contested vaccine-or-testing mandate, saying businesses had no time to waste ahead of the busy holiday season. "We — physicians, nurses and advanced practice clinicians, health experts, and health care professional societies — fully support the requirement that workers at companies with over 100 workers be vaccinated or tested," the organizations wrote in a joint statement.
Washington Post (11/18/21) Dan Diamond
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Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (11/15/21) Laura Gayton
It may sound oversimplified, but an understanding of human factors may be the best tool for assessing standards compliance. When you think about it, human existence and human error go hand-in-hand. We can make an impact in safety performance by mastering some basic concepts of human factors, such as: inherent behavior, characteristics, needs, abilities, and limitations.
Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (11/15/21) Laura Gayton
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RevCycle Intelligence (11/15/21) Sarai Rodriguez
AMGA's 2021 Medical Group Operations and Finance Survey finds that medical group revenue and expenses fell due to a decrease in volume caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey found that median provider salary and benefits expense as a percent of net revenue increased from 72.1 percent to 84.9 percent, which is the outcome of provider compensation being protected during the COVID-19 pandemic combined with decreased productivity.
RevCycle Intelligence (11/15/21) Sarai Rodriguez
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AAOS Press Release (11/12/21)
The American Joint Replacement Registry, the cornerstone of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Registry Program, released its 2021 Annual Report on hip and knee arthroplasty procedural trends, and patient outcomes today at the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons 2021 Annual Meeting. Despite the disruption to the delivery of joint replacement care during the initial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic (March through May 2020), procedures rebounded to historic averages by June 2020.
AAOS Press Release (11/12/21)
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American Academy of Ophthalmology (11/14/21)
The American Academy of Ophthalmology recognizes that immediate sequential bilateral cataract surgery has the potential for some positive implications for patients. These include reduced out-of-pocket expense and fewer total visits to health care facilities.
American Academy of Ophthalmology (11/14/21)
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