ASCA News Digest (August 2, 2022)



For more than 50 years, ASCs have provided high-quality, cost-efficient surgical care for millions of Americans. In that time, ASCs have transformed the outpatient experience by offering a convenient and personalized alternative to the hospital outpatient surgical setting.

Celebrate National ASC Month this August by hosting an open house or facility tour for your elected officials, the media or members of your community!
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Learn more about the recent changes to the CMS Interpretive Guidelines that could affect your ASC. During ASCA’s latest webinar, participants will learn about the changes to the guidance on periodic written notices, medical history and physical assessments, medical records and presurgical assessments.

This webinar will take place tomorrow, August 3, at 1:00 pm ET. It’s free for members and available for purchase by nonmembers; it’s also included in ASCA’s 2022 Webinar All-Access Pass.
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Data on hourly pay rates for six common ASC positions collected in ASCA’s June 60-Second Survey is now available free to ASCA members. Comparisons between rural and urban and single- and multispecialty facilities are provided.
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a new complexity adjustment payment mechanism for ASCs in its 2023 proposed payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPD), which, if adopted, will provide Medicare beneficiaries better access to care. Read this Digital Debut for more on ASCA’s analysis.
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On July 15, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2023 proposed payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPD). As promised in the initial rule release, ASCA is preparing resources to help members understand the impact the rule may have on their facilities.
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Investment in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) is soaring. Physicians, hospitals, and health systems are attracted by the high margins, significant growth potential, payer influence, and efficient patient care.
Lexology (07/27/22)
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As the pandemic stretches on with no clear end in sight, one of the biggest unanswered questions is what this experience has meant, and ultimately will mean, for those who’ve been on the front lines throughout – the nation's health care workforce – and the patients they serve. An estimated 1.5 million health care jobs were lost in the first two months of COVID-19 as the country raced to curb the novel coronavirus by temporarily closing clinics and restricting non-emergency services at U.S. hospitals.
U.S. News & World Report (07/28/22) Steven Ross Johnson
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Private equity funds can help spur innovations or provide stable funding for workers’ pensions, but investor expectations for a quick return on investment may clash with a medical practice’s long-term sustainability and physicians’ ethical demands. "The notion here is that the private equity firms buy the practices and then their investors expect them to get their money back in roughly five to seven years at a 20% to 30% profit," said AMA member Francis J. Crosson, MD, one of the experts to present during an education session at the 2022 AMA Annual Meeting on the ethical concerns surrounding private equity acquisitions of physician practices.
American Medical Association (08/01/22) Andis Robeznieks
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Every year, The Joint Commission supports the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Safe + Sound Week. The theme of the awareness week—recognizing the successes of workplace health and safety programs—offers information and ideas on how to keep America's workers safe and aligns with The Joint Commission’s mission and recent work.
Joint Commission Dateline @ TJC blog (07/29/22) Lisa DiBlasi-Moorehead; Barbara Braun
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Older adults could have better medication management, yet most are missing out on medication reviews which can reduce patient risk and improve prescription costs, according to researchers from the University of Michigan. Medication discrepancies have led to cases of adverse patient outcomes.
PatientEngagementHIT (07/22/22) Sarai Rodriguez
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WellSpan Health has announced the acquisition of an ownership stake in the Parkway Surgery Center in Hagerstown, Maryland. "Becoming a part owner in the Parkway Surgery Center increases access to advanced services in northern Maryland for our WellSpan Health patients and strengthens our continuum of care," said Dr. Anthony Aquilina, executive vice president and chief physician executive, WellSpan Health; president, WellSpan Medical Group.
Wellspan Health (07/19/22)
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Mission: The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) is the national membership association that represents ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and provides advocacy and resources to assist ASCs in delivering high-quality, cost-effective ambulatory surgery to all the patients they serve.

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