ASCA News Digest (May 3, 2022)



Thank you to everyone who came out and joined us last week in Dallas for the ASCA 2022 Conference & Expo! We had a great time being back in person after two years of virtual events.

If you attended the conference, be sure to request your continuing education credits through the ASCA Meetings app. The deadline to request CEs is June 30.
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ASCA awarded this year’s Nap Gary Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement in the ASC Community to Peter Daly, MD, chief medical officer and cofounder of One World Surgery, and Thomas M. Deas, Jr., MD, retired vice president of physician engagement at North Texas Specialty Physicians. ASCA Board President Michael Patterson presented the award to Daly and Deas on Wednesday, April 27, during the opening session of the ASCA 2022 Conference & Expo in Dallas, Texas.
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Save the date for the ASCA 2023 Conference & Expo, to be held May 17–20, 2023, in Louisville, Kentucky. If you have a suggestion for a topic or speaker for ASCA’s next annual conference, please let us know. Submissions for ASCA 2023 will be accepted through June 30. Submit your suggestions today!
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ASCA members have elected one new member and reelected four incumbent members to its Board of Directors. Their terms started at the conclusion of the ASCA 2022 Conference & Expo, April 27–30 in Dallas, Texas.
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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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The pandemic is just one of the elements disrupting the supply chain and causing expanding equipment challenges in ASCs. Natural disasters are another. With demand generally exceeding the availability of equipment and supplies, achieving cost savings is not as easy as it used to be, but opportunities to reduce expenses can still be found. Read this ASC Focus article for more on how to turn equipment and supply challenges into cost-savings opportunities.
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Every year, tens of thousands of people enrolled in private Medicare Advantage plans are denied necessary care that should be covered under the program, federal investigators concluded in a report published on Thursday. The investigators urged Medicare officials to strengthen oversight of these private insurance plans, which provide benefits to 28 million older Americans, and called for increased enforcement against plans with a pattern of inappropriate denials.
New York Times (04/29/22) Reed Abelson
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A cascade of care is a seemingly uncontrollable sequence of medical services that is driven by the desire to avoid even the smallest risk of a bad outcome. Cascades prompted by low-value medical tests or incidental findings (on any test) are both common and consequential, often having limited clinical value and potential for harm.
Joint Commission -- Improvement Insights (04/21/22) Kathleen L. Mulligan; Ishani Ganguli; Robert S. Rudin
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The HHS Office of Inspector General has released a favorable advisory opinion on physician ownership. The decision should be good news for some manufacturers of innovator medical devices—specifically, companies in which physician-inventors have received ownership interests in exchange for their product development contributions, but whose orders represent only a limited proportion of the companies’ sales—and the health systems, hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers who are the potential customers.
Ropes & Gray (04/25/22) Thomas N. Bulleit; Alison Fethke; Michael B. Lampert; et al.
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Brain illness and injury, with a focus on dementia-related diagnoses, occupy a high volume of the 1,495 proposed changes to the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code set by CMS in the fiscal year 2023 inpatient prospective payment system proposed rule. At the same time, CMS also introduced a minimal amount of new ICD-10-PCS procedure codes, including codes for reporting knee joint replacements.
Health Leaders Media (04/19/22) Amanda Norris
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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has presented tremendous challenges to the healthcare systems worldwide. Consequently, ambulatory surgery centers have been forced to find new and innovative ways to function safely and maintain operations.
Cureus (04/18/2022) Paul R. Diekmann; Owen R. O'Neill; Edward R. Floyd; et al.
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