ASCA News Digest (April 19, 2022)



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

If you haven’t yet registered, don’t worry—you can still register onsite. Attendees will receive top-quality ASC education, access to the largest expo hall in the industry and a return to in-person networking.

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Data submission for the first quarter (Q1) of ASCA’s 2022 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey closes Saturday, April 30. 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 before the end of this month and get 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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Are you taking the Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC)® exam in May? Applicants can prepare with ASCA’s virtual course for ASC administrators, Management Essentials for ASC Administrators. Participants will learn what ASC leaders need to know about compliance, finance, quality management and human resources—and how to keep up with the latest information about these critical operational areas.
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The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) has announced that providers who experienced one or more extenuating circumstances that prevented them from meeting the reporting deadline for Provider Relief Fund (PRF) payments received during Reporting Period 1 will be able to Request to Report Late Due to Extenuating Circumstances.

The request form for Reporting Period 1 will be available through this Friday, April 22. Period 1 funds were those received April 10 to June 30, 2020, and the deadline to report was November 30, 2021.
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In President Biden’s proposed budget for 2023 federal spending, Medicare Part B fee-for-service (FFS) spending, which covers physician services, outpatient hospital services and ASCs among other programs, is expected to total $227.7 billion in 2023 alone. This represents a 3 percent increase over the $221.2 billion Part B spending in 2022. Read this Digital Debut to learn more about the policies and programs included in the HHS budget brief that might impact the ASC community.
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On April 11, ASCA submitted comments regarding the development of a novel patient-reported outcome-based performance measure (PRO-PM). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with Yale New Haven Health Services Corporation – Center for Outcomes Research & Evaluation (CORE) to develop a measure “focusing on patient receipt of key information related to recovery from an outpatient surgery or procedure.”
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An analysis of more than 26 million Americans has found that only about half of average-risk adults are up-to-date with colorectal cancer screening, a lower rate than typically cited, according to research presented at the 2022 ASCO Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium. According to the CDC, nearly 70 percent of U.S. adults aged 50 to 75 years have been screened for CRC in accordance with guidelines.
Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News (04/22) Caroline Helwick
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Though the pandemic is by no means over, life has returned to something approaching normal. Practices have reopened, and elective procedures are beginning to fill physicians' schedules once again.
Medscape (04/15/22) Avery Hurt
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Doctors will soon have new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how and when to prescribe opioids for pain. Those guidelines – currently under review as a draft – will serve as an update to the agency's previous advice on opioids, issued in 2016.
NPR (04/09/22) Will Stone
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The coronavirus pandemic and its ripple effects have snarled supply chains around the world, contributing to shipping backlogs, product shortages and the fastest inflation in decades. But in a report released Thursday, White House economists argue that while the pandemic exposed vulnerabilities in the supply chain, it didn't create them — and they warned that the problems won't go away when the pandemic ends.
New York Times (04/14/22) Ben Casselman; Ana Swanson
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Scientists and health-care professionals have been exploring blood substitutes for centuries. The pandemic, which has caused blood shortages, has cast new light on that search.
Washington Post (04/16/22) Lala Tanmoy Das
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This national cross-sectional study aims to establish the prevalence and potential impact of performance anxiety among surgeons and investigate its association with psychological traits and wellbeing. Despite a growing awareness that human factors, non-technical skills and wellbeing in healthcare affect patient outcomes, an area that has remained unexplored is surgical performance anxiety.
Annals of Surgery (04/22) Vol. 275, No. 4, P. 632 Robert Miller; Matthew Hotton; Aaron Williamon
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