ASCA News Digest (March 22, 2022)



There’s just one month until the ASCA 2022 Conference & Expo, taking place April 27–30 in the wonderful city of Dallas, Texas. Don’t miss out on ASCA’s first in-person conference in more than two years!

In addition to top-quality ASC education, you will have access to an expo hall with more than 100 exhibitors who can answer your questions, along with fun and games in ASCA’s Backyard.

Other opportunities for networking and fun this year will include the ASCA 2022 social event, wellness morning activities and expo hall receptions.

Register today and we’ll see you next month!
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Listen to ASCA CEO Bill Prentice and National Medical Billing Services’ CEO Nader Samii discuss current ASC issues on the latest episode of ASCA’s Advancing Surgical Care Podcast, “A Conversation with Nader Samii.” Topics they cover include how to turn lessons learned during COVID-19 into best practices for ASCs going forward, how ASCs can benefit from the growing trend toward price transparency across providers and why so many people in the ASC community are looking forward to the ASCA 2022 Conference & Expo convening in person in Dallas, Texas, April 27–30.
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Make sure all the physicians in your ASC get a copy of the newest edition of ASCA’s “ASC Physician Brief.” This issue provides education to help centers comply with new surprise billing requirements, discusses the copay penalty that affects ASC patients and explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the physician workplace. These quarterly, one-page news briefs provide at-a-glance reporting that can help ASC physicians lead their facilities to future success. Please encourage all your ASC’s physicians to subscribe.
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Designated ASCA voting members are encouraged to vote for the members of the ASCA Board of Directors. The candidates selected to serve on the ASCA Board will also serve on the ASCA Foundation Board. Learn more about the candidates and cast your ballot by Monday, April 18.
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In February, ASCA conducted its sixth 60-Second Survey and asked questions regarding ASC facility marketing and resources that ASCA might be able to provide. The survey received 141 responses. Read this Digital Debut to learn more about the survey results.
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On March 10, the Washington State Legislature sent HB 1779 to Governor Jay Inslee for final consideration. If signed, Washington would be the first state to enact its surgical smoke evacuation legislation in 2022. Eight other states (AZ, CT, GA, IA, MO, NJ, UT, WV) have considered similar legislation this session.
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Lawmakers shouldn't heed a key Medicare advisory panel's recommendation to freeze physician payments for the 2023 fiscal year, according to provider groups that stress practices are still feeling the brunt of the pandemic. The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), which advises Congress on Medicare policy and payment issues, recommended in a report to lawmakers Tuesday (PDF) that clinician payments are adequate, and they don’t need a bump in 2023.
Fierce Healthcare (03/16/22) Robert King
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The long-term shift from hospital-based care toward more treatment delivered in the home and ambulatory centers picked up pace during the COVID-19 pandemic and is expected to continue to gain momentum, pressuring revenue growth and margins in the hospital sector, according to new research from Moody's Investors Service. Reimbursement changes, risk-sharing, investment in outpatient services including ambulatory surgery centers, advances in drugs and medical devices and greater use of at-home acute care services are among the forces driving the movement away from more expensive hospital inpatient care.
Healthcare Dive (03/16/22) Susan Kelly
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Factors like cost, being able to take time off work, and potential for pain or discomfort are serious access to care considerations for seniors deliberating elective surgery, according to survey data from Michigan Medicine. But when patients do decide to access care, they overwhelmingly report high patient satisfaction.
Patient EngagementHIT (03/16/22) Sara Heath
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The Green Mountain Care Board has approved a new independent surgical center that, if built, will offer another alternative to Vermont’s overburdened hospital system. But the board will not allow the Collaborative Surgery Center to perform the full slate of procedures it had requested, at least initially.
Seven Days (03/17/22) Colin Flanders
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Staffing shortages and healthcare workers' mental health top a list of patient safety concerns released today by ECRI, the nation’s largest nonprofit patient safety organization. While the annual list is typically dominated by clinical issues caused by device malfunctions or medical errors, ECRI researchers say the most significant concerns at present are caused by crises that have simmered, but COVID-19 exponentially worsened.
ECRI Institute (03/14/2022)
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Pay equity among physicians is not a new topic, and recent data suggests that the pay gap remains wide. 504 Maryland physicians responded to an updated survey on compensation, benefits and practice metrics conducted by Merritt Hawkins on behalf of MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society.
National Law Review (03/16/22) Jessica M. Marsh; Laura A. Mitchell
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