ASCA News Digest (May 10, 2022)



In recognition of National Nurses Week (May 6–12), we salute ASC nurses across the country and thank you for your leadership and the essential services you provide throughout the year.

This year, as the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, we also want to send our heartfelt appreciation to nurses everywhere who have provided frontline care to those in need.
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If you attended the ASCA 2022 Conference & Expo in Dallas, be sure to request your continuing education (CE) credits via the ASCA 2022 Continuing Education Portal or through the ASCA Meetings app. To log in to the portal, you will use the ID number listed on your name badge. The deadline to request CEs is June 30, 2022.

If you have any questions regarding your ID number, please contact the ASCA Meetings Department.
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ASCA members are invited to apply for a Medical Mission Scholarship provided through the ASCA Foundation’s partnership with One World Surgery. Opportunities are available for CRNAs, sterile processors, nurses, surgical techs and scrub techs working at ASCA member facilities. Learn more and apply.
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Save the date for the ASCA 2023 Conference & Expo, to be held May 17–20, 2023, at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

If you have a suggestion for a topic or speaker for ASCA 2023, please let us know. Annual conference suggestions will be accepted through June 30, 2022.
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Has your staff been considering adding a robotics system to your ASC? What exactly would that look like and what would it allow your facility to do? Read this ASC Focus article featuring general surgeon Gregory Grant, MD, for insight into why you should consider adding robotics to your operations.
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The Connecticut Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers (CAASC), in partnership with their advocates in the Connecticut Senate, successfully had language included in the state budget that would sunset the state’s tax on ASCs on July 1, 2022. CAASC has worked to overturn the tax for years and saw recent success in securing reductions in the state’s tax on ASCs during the 2021 legislative session, but this year’s effort would fully repeal the tax on ASCs in the state.
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Medicare Advantage plans approve most requests for coverage for care, according to a group for health insurers. When the plans do deny preauthorization request incorrectly, the main reason is often lack of clear advice from Medicare program managers, the group says.
Think Advisor (05/02/22) Allison Bell
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California ICU nurse Amy Erb has seen her share of nursing strikes in her 19 years as a registered nurse. But recent strikes demanding better working conditions, including one that ended Monday, seem to have gained more attention, she believes, because of how nurses were hailed as frontline heroes during the pandemic.
Medscape (05/03/22) Roni Robbins
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Every year, The Joint Commission receives reports of unintended retained foreign objects (URFOs), which are categorized as sentinel events. According to the Sentinel Event Database, there were 326 events reported in ambulatory health care organizations from 2010-2020 and URFOs—with 40 reports—were the second most commonly reported sentinel event.
Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (05/03/22) Suzanne Gavigan
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The CMS Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced) Model reduced Medicare fee-for-service episode payments for both surgical and medical episodes, according to a new report for CMS prepared by The Lewin Group. CMS launched the BCPI Advanced Model in October 2018, building upon the original BCPI initiative.
RevCycle Intelligence (05/02/22) Victoria Bailey
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AtlantiCare is marking the 25th anniversary of the opening of its flagship surgery center, which took place April 9, 1997, in its Health Park in Egg Harbor Township. Staff celebrated the silver anniversary by presenting every patient with a silver-ribbon-wrapped carnation to thank them for choosing AtlantiCare.
ROI-NJ (05/05/22) Linda Lindner
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