ASCA News Digest (June 7, 2022)



Register today to attend ASCA’s virtual course Infection Prevention for ASCs, taking place live August 29–30.

Over the course of two half days, this program will cover a wide variety of topics and provide you with the resources you need to develop and maintain an infection prevention program.

Session recordings will be available to watch on demand after the live event.
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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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ASCs that want to remain competitive in today’s healthcare environment must evaluate their front-office operations. This webinar will discuss how improving efficiencies in key areas such as demographic capture, patient eligibility and financial responsibility quoting, coupled with a complete managed care contract review, will ensure that your facility is capturing and maximizing revenue from both your patients and your payers.

This webinar will take place Tuesday, June 21, at 1:00 pm ET, and is included in ASCA’s 2022 Webinar All-Access Pass.
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Developing & Managing Ambulatory Surgery Centers offers an in-depth look into what it takes to run a successful ASC. This electronic book examines the four cornerstones of an ASC—patient and clinical care, risk management, business office systems and managed care and payer contracting—and explores the complexities involved in developing and managing all components. ASCA members enjoy a special discounted rate. Purchase today.
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Quality, Certification and Oversight Reports (QCOR) page allows the public to pull citation frequency reports for both health surveys and Life Safety Code surveys. Read this Digital Debut for an overview of the top citations for both surveys.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced changes to the Healthcare Personnel Safety (HPS) Component COVID-19 vaccination forms following the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) May 2022 release. These changes impact data collection and reporting for ASC-20: COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage Among Health Care Personnel. Among the changes is the definition of “up to date” on vaccinations. To be considered as such, a healthcare worker who is eligible must have received at least one booster.
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National Time Out Day is Wednesday, June 8, when perioperative nurses, also known as surgical nurses, will work with their surgical teams to review the preoperative safety process of time out. Performed prior to the start of every invasive procedure, time out is the final safety check to confirm right patient, right site and right procedure.
ASC Focus (06/01/22)
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The Joint Commission actively monitors state legislative and regulatory activities for the purpose of identifying additional opportunities for state reliance on Joint Commission accreditation/certification. The Joint Commission's various accreditation/certification programs are recognized and relied upon by many states as part of their quality oversight activities.
Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (05/31/22) Mark Crafton
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Elizabeth Melville and her husband are gradually hiking all 48 mountain peaks that top 4,000 feet in New Hampshire. "I want to do everything I can to stay healthy so that I can be skiing and hiking into my 80s — hopefully even 90s!" said the 59-year-old part-time ski instructor who lives in the vacation town of Sunapee.
Kaiser Health News (05/31/22) Michelle Andrews
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In its first analysis, the newly formed End Drug Shortages Alliance (EDSA) warns that the recent shuttering of a troubled Teva Pharmaceuticals manufacturing plant in Irvine, California, could affect the availability of 24 generic sterile injectable drugs, including 5 essential medications for which the company had an over 15 percent market share. The Israel-based, multinational Teva, one of the world's largest generic drug producers, closed the plant after receiving the latest in a string of warning letters from the US Food and Drug Administration about observations of contamination, dirty changing rooms and scrubs, and a years-long lack of sterilization and testing of equipment.
CIDRAP (05/23/22) Mary Van Beusekom
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Organizations with greater clinician agreement that their EHR has the expected speed or reliability have significantly higher clinician satisfaction than organizations that lack this conformity, according to a KLAS Arch Collaborative report. The Arch Collaborative is a group of healthcare organizations working to improve the EHR experience through surveys.
EHR Intelligence (06/06/2022) Hannah Nelson
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The Department of Health has issued updated guidance on Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel During the Coronavirus Disease Pandemic. The advisory adopts the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on transmission-based precautions for both patients and health care providers, and recommends that all health care settings adhere to the CDC recommendations.
JDSupra (05/23/22) Michael Paulsen
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