ASCA News Digest (December 7, 2021)

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ASCA’s new ASC Administrator Development Program is a yearlong mentoring program that matches newer and aspiring administrators with their experienced peers. Mentees will learn new ideas and best practices from people who have been in their shoes. The connections you make will help you strengthen and broaden your knowledge and professional network. Learn more and apply today!
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New legislation introduced in both houses of Congress this month with bipartisan support would improve the patient experience, lower the cost of outpatient surgeries and keep ASCs competitive with other sites of care. Learn more about this proposal and ways you can get involved in supporting it in the newest episode of ASCA’s Advancing Surgical Care PodcastThe Outpatient Surgery Quality and Access Act of 2021.”
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In early November, elected officials in both the US House of Representatives and the US Senate introduced the Outpatient Surgery Quality and Access Act of 2021 (H.R. 5818 and S. 3132). Representatives John Larson (D-CT) and Devin Nunes (R-CA) introduced the legislation in the House and Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) introduced it in the Senate. Read this Digital Debut to learn more about the bill and why you should write your members of Congress and ask them to support it.
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On November 30, US District Judge Terry Doughty issued a nationwide preliminary injunction against the healthcare worker COVID-19 vaccination mandate issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in response to a request filed by 14 states (Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah and West Virginia).
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INDUSTRY NEWS

AMA News Release (12/02/21)
A new report from the American Medical Association (AMA) documents unprecedented changes in Medicare spending as people decided to delay or forgo health care services during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The new AMA report, "Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on 2020 Medicare Physicians Spending" analyzed Medicare claims data exclusive to physician services and found spending fell an estimated $13.9 billion (14 percent) below expected levels in 2020.
AMA News Release (12/02/21)
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Albany Times Union (12/06/21) Joshua Solomon
The state Department of Health is poised to direct a few dozen upstate hospitals to begin limiting elective surgeries this week, based on an executive order signed by Gov. Kathy Hochul late last month amid rising cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations attributed to the virus. Health department data indicates the order is expected to impact Albany Medical Center's system, and potentially the greater Capital Region, according to regional guidelines in the order.
Albany Times Union (12/06/21) Joshua Solomon
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (12/06/21) Rebecca Johnson
When Frances Ferra needed to have knee replacement surgery, her primary care physician told her she would need to stay in the hospital for about three days. Ms. Ferra, 78, of New Castle, was skeptical.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (12/06/21) Rebecca Johnson
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Fierce Healthcare (11/23/21) Susan Kreimer
U.S. physicians saw a decline in malpractice lawsuits during the pandemic, likely the result of performing fewer procedures during lockdown, according to the Medscape Malpractice Report 2021. A total of 4,358 doctors across 29 specialties participated in the 10-minute online Medscape member survey, conducted from May 21 through Aug. 28 this year.
Fierce Healthcare (11/23/21) Susan Kreimer
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Kaiser Health News (12/03/21) Jordan Rau
After 23 years as a physician assistant, Leslie Clayton remains rankled by one facet of her vocation: its title. Specifically, the word “assistant.”
Kaiser Health News (12/03/21) Jordan Rau
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PR Newswire (12/02/21)
Dr. Karl Pankratz performed robot-assisted total knee replacement surgery today at Covenant High Plains Surgery Center, expanding the program to many more West Texas patients seeking high-quality, cost-effective outpatient knee replacement surgery. Dr. Pankratz trained in orthopedics at Texas Tech and practices with Lubbock Sports Medicine.
PR Newswire (12/02/21)
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