ASCA News Digest (April 26, 2022)



The ASCA 2022 Conference & Expo starts tomorrow, Wednesday, April 27! 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.

Don’t miss your chance. Join us in Dallas!
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Last week, you received an email with instructions on how to download the ASCA Meetings app and verify your account. Be sure to download it as soon as possible to begin planning your conference experience. You can also search for ASCA Meetings in the App Store or Google Play Store and download the app on your own.

Through this app you can view session handouts, customize your event schedule, view interactive maps, browse exhibitor information and more.

Please contact ASCA at if you have any questions.
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Data submission for the first quarter (Q1) of ASCA’s 2022 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey closes this 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 next month? 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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Failure to maintain compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)—particularly when it leads to exposure of protected patient health information (PHI)—can have serious consequences for an ASC.

Read this ASC Focus article for recommendations on how to help strengthen your HIPAA compliance.
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As a reminder, the deadline for submitting ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program data for several measures is Monday, May 16, due to the standard May 15 deadline falling on a weekend this year. ASCs must submit data via the Hospital Quality Reporting system portal for ASC-9: Endoscopy/Polyp Surveillance: Appropriate Follow-Up Interval for Normal Colonoscopy in Average Risk Patients, ASC-13: Normothermia and ASC-14: Unplanned Anterior Vitrectomy by May 16 to avoid a 2 percent cut to their fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare reimbursements for the following year.
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Definitive Healthcare, LLC a healthcare analytics and market intelligence firm based in Framingham, Massachusetts, has issued a whitepaper describing the expanding role of ambulatory surgery centers in orthopedic healthcare and among its findings is that the ambulatory surgery center procedure volume jumped 47 percent between 2020 and 2021. The study, which was authored by Definitive Healthcare Senior Product Marketing Manager Ashley Volling, focused on four key indicators which, in the author’s view, indicate the "acceptability for this change: positive clinical outcomes, overall economic savings, market acquisition and growth activity."
Orthopedics This Week (04/22/22) Kim Delmonico
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The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated trends in physician practice consolidation and increased the number of employed physicians at health systems, hospitals, and corporate entities, a new study found. The purchase of independent physician practices by health systems, hospitals, and corporate entities has been going on for several years, as have the increasing number of employed physicians at health systems, hospitals, and corporate entities.
Health Leaders Media (04/25/22) Christopher Cheney
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After two years working in a pandemic, the national conversation has rightfully shifted to workforce health and well-being. COVID-19 has exposed the fact that there’s still a lot of work to be done in this arena and the time to take better care of the healthcare workforce is now.
Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (04/20/22) Pearl Darling
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The hulking Hickory Hollow Mall—a full 1.1 million square feet of retail space in southeastern Nashville—was once the largest shopping center in Tennessee. But like many malls, it’s been in a downward death spiral for more than a decade.
Fortune (04/25/22) Blake Farmer
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Artificial intelligence (AI) tools increase detection of precancerous polyps during colonoscopy and might contribute to long-term colorectal cancer prevention. The aim of the study was to investigate the incremental effect of the implementation of AI detection tools in screening colonoscopy on colorectal cancer incidence and mortality, and the cost-effectiveness of such tools.
The Lancet Digital Health (04/13/22) Miguel Areia; Yuichi Mori; Loredana Correale; et al.
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DISC Surgery Center at Newport Beach successfully performed its 1,000th artificial disc replacement earlier this year. This milestone underscores DISC's role in establishing ADR surgery as a highly effective option with great patient outcomes that can be done safely in the outpatient setting.
PR Newswire (04/21/22)
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