ASCA News Digest (April 5, 2022)



The ASCA 2022 Conference & Expo is just three weeks away! Don’t miss out on this premier ASC conference taking place April 27–30 in the wonderful city of Dallas, TX.

Attendees will receive top-quality ASC education, access to the largest expo hall in the industry and a return to in-person networking.

Online registration closes next Friday, April 15. Register Today!
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Data submission for the first quarter (Q1) of ASCA’s 2022 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey is now open. This valuable online resource provides data you can use to improve clinical outcomes, staff indicators, billing performance and more at your facility.

If you haven’t already, subscribe today so you can submit your data in April and gain a full year of national comparison data.

ASCA members save $150 on subscriptions to the 2022 survey. Purchase your subscription now.
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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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ASCAPAC is the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association’s nonpartisan political action committee (PAC) and is the only PAC in the country that represents the entire ASC community in Washington, DC. ASCAPAC allows its members to pool resources and use this shared strength for promoting issues that are important in the ASC community to members of Congress. Learn more about ASCAPAC.
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Everything from an aging nurse population to the inability of nursing schools to keep up with workforce demand to limited training and educational platforms for perioperative nursing have contributed to a national shortage that was starting to affect ASCs in recent years. Then the COVID-19 pandemic came along and added fuel to this fire. Read this ASC Focus article for strategies on hiring and retaining staff.
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ASCA has posted a 2022 Q2 Medicare Payment Resources document. This document reflects rate updates as posted in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) April payment addendum.
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When the end of the COVID-19 pandemic comes, it could create major disruptions for a cumbersome U.S. health care system made more generous, flexible and up-to-date technologically through a raft of temporary emergency measures. Winding down those policies could begin as early as the summer.
Associated Press (03/31/22) Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
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Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2021-2030 National Health Expenditure report, prepared by the CMS Office of the Actuary, that presents health spending and enrollment projections for the coming decade. The report notably shows that despite the increased demand for patient care in 2021, the growth in national health spending is estimated to have slowed to 4.2 percent, from 9.7 percent in 2020, as supplemental funding for public health activity and other federal programs, specifically those associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, declined significantly.
CMS Press Release (03/28/22)
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The Department of Health and Human Services is clawing back as much as $100 million in pandemic assistance from health-care providers who didn’t comply with the agency’s reporting requirements. Physician practices and clinics that received notices from HHS say they didn’t know there were strings attached to the money.
Bloomberg Law (03/30/22) Allie Reed
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Everywhere you look nowadays, Western New York's health systems are thinking up ways to expand beyond traditional hospital walls. That includes by acquiring ambulatory surgery centers – health care facilities focused on same-day surgical procedures that don't require an overnight stay.
Buffalo News (03/30/22) Jon Harris
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In operating rooms, the smoke created by surgery can be a health hazard for those breathing it in. Such "surgical smoke" is a byproduct of the thermal destruction of human tissue by the use of lasers or other devices.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (03/29/22) Andy Miller
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