ASCA News Digest (June 1, 2022)



Join us for ASCA’s next webinar, “Federal No Surprises Act: Six Months In. What Have We Learned? What Questions Remain?” next Tuesday, June 7, at 1:00 pm ET.

This webinar is also included in ASCA’s 2022 Webinar All-Access Pass, which provides access to all 12 webinars in this year’s series for one low fee.
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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, 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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Now that Connecticut has repealed the state’s ASC gross receipts tax, the Connecticut Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers (CAASC) has a moment to rejoice and look back at the long road it took to get to this point. Read this Digital Debut for more on the background and success of this fight.
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On May 18, the New York State Department of Health issued a health advisory concerning infection prevention and control recommendations for healthcare personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic. The advisory requires pre-elective procedure COVID-19 testing to be performed prior to elective surgeries or procedures by hospitals, ASCs, office-based surgery practices and diagnostic and treatment centers for all patients, regardless of vaccination status.
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Last December, a young patient was admitted to Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, after several medications had failed to quell the child's relentless seizures. A hospital pediatrician, Vignesh Doraiswamy, consulted with neurologists and then tried a different drug.
Medscape (05/26/22) Lola Butcher
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The 2022 edition of MGMA DataDive Provider Compensation, which reflects data from more than 192,000 providers across more than 7,700 physician-owned and hospital-owned organizations and academic practices, reveals that compensation for providers varies dramatically by state, physician-owned practices report higher levels of productivity than in previous years, and while COVID-19 has subsided, physician burnout and disruptive patients have not.
PR Newswire (05/24/22)
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Since the No Surprises Act went into effect, the law has prevented more than two million surprise billing claims in its first two months of enactment, according to a survey from AHIP and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. "The No Surprises Act ended the practice of surprise medical billing in most circumstances, providing relief for millions of patients who faced surprise medical bills they did not expect at prices they could not afford," said Matt Eyles, AHIP president and chief executive officer.
HealthPayerIntelligence (05/24/22) Kelsey Waddill
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Supplies of key COVID-19 therapies are in danger of running out as soon as this summer, a senior health official said, as the Biden administration seeks more funds to fight the pandemic. Stocks of Eli Lilly & Co.'s monoclonal COVID antibody, bebtelovimab, are expected to be exhausted by July, the official said on a call, and newer omicron variants have already rendered other monoclonal treatments ineffective.
Bloomberg (05/17/22) Madison Muller
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In January 2022, the Biden Administration issued guidance to private health insurance plans clarifying patient cost-sharing for preventive benefits under the Affordable Care Act, ACA. It includes the new United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPFTF) screening guidelines that recommended colorectal cancer screening begin at age 45. Additionally, starting May 31st, all insurance plans covered under the Affordable Care Act must provide no-cost coverage for a colonoscopy after a positive stool test.
KBTX (Bryan/College Station, TX) (05/26/22) Donnie Tuggle
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Jennifer Beane is pretty good about getting her annual physical. The soon-to-be 46-year-old was visiting her doctor earlier this year when she was told to get a colonoscopy.
WFMY News 2 (05/24/22) Kevin Kennedy
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