ASCA News Digest (June 14, 2022)



Register today to attend ASCA’s virtual course Infection Prevention for ASCs, streaming 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 Thursday, June 30, 2022.

If you have any questions regarding your ID number, please contact the ASCA Meetings Department.
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ASCA Director of Education and Clinical Affairs Gina Throneberry will present “Regulatory and Quality Measure Reporting Update for ASCs” this Thursday, June 16, at 8:00 am CT at the 2022 Gulf States ASC Conference in New Orleans, LA.
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ASCs that want to remain competitive in today’s healthcare environment must evaluate their front-office operations. ASCA's latest 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 next Tuesday, June 21, at 1:00 pm ET, and is included in ASCA’s 2022 Webinar All-Access Pass.
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Visit the ASC Focus website to read the latest edition of the ASC Focus magazine. Highlights of this issue include “Engage Your Physicians in Value-Based Care,” “Empower Your Medical Director” and “Set Your Coders Up for Success.”
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As ASCA previously announced, 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 CDC’s revised definition of what it means to be “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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The country may see a nursing shortage of between 200,000 and 450,000 registered nurses by 2025 if healthcare stakeholders and federal leaders do not take action to address the dwindling workforce, according to a report from McKinsey & Company. McKinsey's latest data reflects responses from 710 frontline nurses and 156 healthcare professionals providing direct patient care.
RevCycle Intelligence (06/08/22) Victoria Bailey
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New policies are making colorectal cancer (CRC) screening free to more people and eliminating surprise bills, but only if doctors and facilities submit the correct procedure and diagnosis codes. A new AGA guide can help you identify the correct codes and outline how to help patients who get an unexpected bill after undergoing a colorectal cancer screening.
American Gastroenterological Association (06/08/22)
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Results showed having a physician assistant in the outpatient clinic positively affected Press Ganey patient satisfaction outcomes and "may ultimately improve the perception of care" after outpatient orthopedic surgery. Moritz J. Sharabianlou Korth, MD, and colleagues from the department of orthopedic surgery at Stanford University analyzed satisfaction scores from 11,059 patients who rated 24 orthopedic providers from an outpatient orthopedic surgery clinic of a single institution in 2013.
Orthopedics Today (06/22) Wursta. Max R.
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In a speech to physician and medical student leaders from across the country, American Medical Association President Gerald E. Harmon, M.D., today will unveil the AMA Recovery Plan for America's Physicians, an ambitious roadmap to renewing our country’s commitment to physicians—and ensuring their needs are met—so patients can receive the high-quality care they deserve. Envisioned and built against the backdrop of COVID-19 challenges that stretched our health care system to the brink, including increased physician burnout, unabated and onerous prior authorization requirements, and no permanent fix to ensure telehealth coverage for patients, the Recovery Plan for America's Physicians focuses on five key goals to re-build health care so that it works better for physicians and all those they serve
AMA News Release (06/10/22)
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The COVID-19 pandemic has abated in much of the world and, with it, many of the social restrictions implemented to curb its spread, as people have been eager to return to pre-lockdown life. But in its place have emerged a series of viruses behaving in new and peculiar ways.
CNBC (06/10/22) Karen Gilchrist
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We hypothesized that vaccination of hospital staff and patients, type of surgery, and length of stay, would affect willingness to undergo a surgical procedure. Participants are more willing to undergo surgery if they have been vaccinated, if staff vaccinations are required, and if surgery is lifesaving and outpatient.
Vaccine (06/09/22) Vol. 40, No. 26, P. 3536 Anna Clebone Ruskin; Stephen Rice; Michael O'Connor
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