ASCA News Digest (July 12, 2022)



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Data submission for the second quarter (Q2) of ASCA’s 2022 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey is open through July 31. This valuable online resource provides data you can use to improve clinical outcomes, staff indicators, billing performance and more at your facility.

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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. It will also help you prepare for the Certified Ambulatory Infection Preventionist (CAIP)® exam.

Session recordings will be available to watch on demand after the live event.
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Candidates who plan to take the September Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC)® exam must submit their application by the end of this month, Sunday, July 31.

Applicants can prepare with ASCA’s virtual course for ASC administrators, Management Essentials for ASC Administrators. Participants will learn what ASC leaders need to know about compliance, finance, quality management and human resources—and how to keep up with the latest information about these critical operational areas.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated its reporting guidance for ASC-20: COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage Among Health Care Personnel, including the definition of what it means for an individual to be “up to date” with vaccinations. This change became effective with reporting beginning the week of June 27. Read this Digital Debut to learn more.
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In June, Representative Gregory Murphy (R-NC) joined the list of cosponsors for H.R. 5818, the Outpatient Surgery Quality and Access Act of 2021. ASCA staff is working with its external lobbyists to canvass the rest of the members of Congress who sit on the committees of jurisdiction, the US House Ways & Means and Energy & Commerce Committees.
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued the Calendar Year 2023 Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule, which would significantly expand access to behavioral health services, Accountable Care Organizations, cancer screening, and dental care — particularly in rural and underserved areas. These proposed changes play a key role in the Biden-Harris Administration’s Unity Agenda — especially its priorities to tackle our nation's mental health crisis, beat the overdose and opioid epidemic, and end cancer as we know it through the Cancer Moonshot — and ensure CMS continues to deliver on its goals of advancing health equity, driving high-quality, whole-person care, and ensuring the sustainability of the Medicare program for future generations.
CMS Press Release (07/07/22)
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On June 27, 2022, the United States Supreme Court clarified the "knowingly or intentionally" standard for criminal prosecutions against doctors accused of overprescribing addictive medications in violation of the Controlled Substances Act. In Ruan v. United States and Kahn v. United States, federal prosecutors accused two licensed doctors of illegally prescribing large volumes of opioid painkillers to patients.
JDSupra (07/06/22) Anthony Cochran; Stephen Youngblood
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Arrangement of medications within a pharmacy and throughout the organization is key to reducing the chances of a medication error. According to American Society of Health System Pharmacists, this means product arrangement should minimize unintended selection of the wrong product or dosage form.
Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (07/07/22) Maura Naddy
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n the face of rising inflation and intense competition for workers, new data from Medical Group Management Association reveals the salaries and wages of healthcare workers who weathered the pandemic storm are rising. Further analysis shows the surge in demand for workers is creating new challenges for medical practices and health systems in updating retention and recruitment strategies.
PR Newswire (06/22/22)
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Pennsylvania's ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) will soon offer outpatient procedures that were bound by bureaucratic red tape for decades, Sen. Judy Ward (R-30) announced Thursday. It’s reported that Senate Bill 818, which is sponsored by Ward, updates Pennsylvania’s interpretation and application of onerous and antiquated regulations that require ASCs to seek special authorization to perform certain outpatient procedures that have been deemed safe by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid for more than 15 years. (07/07/2022) Alexis Loya
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ASCs Inc. is pleased to announce that Florida Urology Center and Physicians Ambulatory Surgery Center has entered into a partnership with U.S. Urology Partners. "Florida Urology Center's mission of providing quality, affordable and compassionate care to its patients was the basis on which we founded our practice and our surgery center," states Dr. Greg Parr, a founding partner.
PR Newswire (07/07/22)
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