ASCA News Digest (December 14, 2021)

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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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Reserve your seat for the ASCA 2022 Conference & Expo by December 31 to lock in the best rates—and defer payment until 2022!

While the past two years of virtual conferences have been great, we are excited to return to the classic ASCA in-person conference—taking place April 27–30 in Dallas, TX. Reserve your spot today for this can’t-miss event of the year for ASC professionals!
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Renew your ASCA membership for 2022 online today! With your membership comes a variety of benefits that help you run your ASC more efficiently, provide quality patient care and stay up to date on industry trends and regulations. See all the ways you can put your ASCA benefits to good use.

Not yet a member? Join ASCA today.
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“What an amazing opportunity I wish I had had...Being able to pick up the phone and call a mentor to ask a question or talk with a mentee going through the same experience I was would have been extremely helpful.”
—Mandy Hawkins, BSN, RN, CASC, CAIP

Have you been an ASC administrator for two years or less? You don’t have to do this alone. Get connected with a mentor through ASCA’s new ASC Administrator Development Program.
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State laws and regulations governing the performance of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures—a type of cardiac catheterization service—still pose a major obstacle in ASCs performing the procedures despite the addition of three PCI procedures and three associated add-on procedures to the ASC Covered Procedures List (ASC-CPL). Read this Digital Debut to learn more.
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On December 7, amidst heavy advocacy pressure from physician groups, the US House of Representatives passed the Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act (S. 610) that addresses multiple policies expected to drastically cut physician Medicare reimbursement in 2022.

In particular, the act provides a 3 percent increase to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) conversion factor in 2022, which provides relief from the scheduled expiration of a 3.75 percent increase passed as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

AMA News Release (12/09/21)
The American Hospital Association and American Medical Association, representing hospitals, health systems, and physicians, sued the federal government today over the misguided implementation of the federal surprise billing law. The associations are joined in the suit by plaintiffs including Renown Health, UMass Memorial Health and two physicians based in North Carolina.
AMA News Release (12/09/21)
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Federation of State Medical Boards (12/09/21)
The Federation of State Medical Boards has released findings from its 2021 annual survey of its member state medical boards. A prominent focus of this year’s survey was to identify how medical boards are being impacted by, and addressing, physicians and other health care professionals who spread false or misleading information about COVID-19.
Federation of State Medical Boards (12/09/21)
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Associated Press (12/09/21) Bruce Schreiner
Kentucky's governor declared the state’s chronic nursing shortage to be an emergency Thursday, taking executive actions amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic to boost enrollment in nurse-training programs. Kentucky is projected to need more than 16,000 additional nurses by 2024, to help fill gaps caused by retirements and people leaving the profession, Gov. Andy Beshear said.
Associated Press (12/09/21) Bruce Schreiner
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CIDRAP (12/03/21)
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, announced this week that he has reintroduced legislation to strengthen the federal response to antibiotic resistance. The Strategies to Address Antibiotic Resistance Act, which was originally introduced in 2019, aims to strengthen the federal response by improving data collection on antibiotic use and resistance, expanding the capacity of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance and Laboratory Network, and boosting the development and implementation of antimicrobial stewardship programs in healthcare facilities.
CIDRAP (12/03/21)
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Fox Business (12/04/21) Julia Musto
The Federal Reserve reported Wednesday that many parts of the country were hit by supply chain disruptions and labor shortages in November. While these problems have continued into December – with price increases reported to be widespread across the U.S. economy – empty shelves aren't the only issue for Americans.
Fox Business (12/04/21) Julia Musto
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News4Jax.com (12/11/21) Aaron Farrar
Antonio Ricardo is on his way to better sight. He was one of 30 patients who received much-needed cataract surgery for free early Saturday morning thanks to a charity called Florida Eye Cares.
News4Jax.com (12/11/21) Aaron Farrar
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