ASCA News Digest (December 21, 2021)

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

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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January is right around the corner! Hurry and 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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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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On January 1, 2022, much of the No Surprises Act goes into effect, including provisions pertinent to ASCs, such as the requirement to provide a good faith estimate to uninsured and self-pay individuals.

Read this Digital Debut to learn more about this requirement, along with provisions related to the independent dispute resolution (IDR) process, the patient-provider dispute resolution process and expanded rights to external review.
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On December 15, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued an order reviving the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) healthcare worker COVID-19 vaccination mandate in 26 states. The order is in response to a nationwide preliminary injunction issued by the US District Court for the Western District of Louisiana on November 30 in a case against the mandate brought 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

CMS Press Release (12/15/21)
As with so many aspects of American life, the COVID-19 pandemic had a dramatic impact on the nation’s health sector in 2020, driving a 9.7 percent growth in total national healthcare spending, bringing spending to $4.1 trillion. This statistic is one of many health care expenditures presented in the 2020 National Health Expenditures Report, prepared by the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
CMS Press Release (12/15/21)
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Kaiser Health News (12/16/21) Christine Spolar; Mark Kreidler; Rae Ellen Bichell
Nurses and health care workers across the country are finding strength in numbers and with labor actions not seen in years. In California, which has a strong union tradition, Kaiser Permanente management misjudged workplace tensions during the covid-19 crisis and risked a walkout of thousands when union nurses balked at signing a four-year contract that would have slashed pay for new hires.
Kaiser Health News (12/16/21) Christine Spolar; Mark Kreidler; Rae Ellen Bichell
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PR Newswire (12/20/21)
Atlas Healthcare Partners, in partnership with Banner Health, today announce the addition of new ambulatory surgical centers in Chandler, Tucson and Northern Scottsdale, Arizona. This brings the total to 24 Banner Surgery Centers in Colorado and Arizona for the Banner/Atlas Healthcare Partners Network.
PR Newswire (12/20/21)
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The Hill (12/14/21) Justine Coleman
Almost one-third of Americans skipped necessary medical care in the past three months because they could not afford it, according to a poll released Tuesday. The survey from the West Health Policy Center and Gallup found that 30 percent of participants said they opted out of health care due to the cost — a percentage that tripled from nine months ago, reaching its highest point during the pandemic.
The Hill (12/14/21) Justine Coleman
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Current Medical Research and Opinion (12/21) Deborah A. Fisher; Nicole Princic; Lesley-Ann Miller-Wilson; et al.
Among the 333,306 average-risk adults, colonoscopy was the most common CRC screening modality (70.6 percent), followed by FIT (17.7 percent), FOBT (8.1 percent), and mt-sDNA (3.2 percent). The mean cost of a colonoscopy procedure was $2,125 and mean out of pocket costs were $79.
Current Medical Research and Opinion (12/21) Deborah A. Fisher; Nicole Princic; Lesley-Ann Miller-Wilson; et al.
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