ASCA News Digest (August 16, 2022)



We hope you enjoyed all of last week’s Member Appreciation Week activities and prizes! ASCA could not continue to do the work we do without your support, and this week of recognition was a small token of our appreciation.

We are excited to announce the winners of the games and contests. Check the Member Appreciation Week page to see if you’re one of them!
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Discover what you need to know about managing the business aspects of adding robotic surgery to your ASC before you invest in the equipment needed in the newest episode of ASCA’s Advancing Surgical Care Podcast, “Robotic Devices in ASCs.”
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Subscribers to ASCA’s 2022 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey can now access their second quarter (Q2) reports. To access your facility’s report, log in to the survey portal and select the “Run Reports” tab.

Not yet subscribed? Keep your ASC on track for success in 2022 and beyond by subscribing to the 2022 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey today.
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Register today to attend ASCA’s virtual course Infection Prevention for ASCs, streaming live in two weeks on 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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The ASC Quality Collaboration (ASCQC) held its seventh annual ASC Quality Conference in the last week of July in Franklin, Tennessee. Kathy Wilson, RN, executive director of ASCQC, discussed the meeting with ASC Focus. Read this Digital Debut for excerpts from the interview.
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National ASC Month runs the entirety of August and is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the ASC community by advocating for ASCs. Coinciding with Congress’s August recess, each year leaders in the ASC community spend the month promoting the work their facilities do by inviting their members of Congress into their facilities to learn about ASCs, the services they provide and the advantages of the ASC model.
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The latest national survey commissioned by Avanza Healthcare Strategies, a leading expert on ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and outpatient services, found most hospitals and health systems are planning to increase their investments in ASCs. This fourth annual survey of senior healthcare executives and clinical leaders, available here, provides valuable insight into hospital-owned and hospital-physician joint venture ASC trends.
Avanza Healthcare Strategies (08/12/22)
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A New York federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a surgeon’s legal challenge that sought to roll back key pieces of a federal law that protects patients from surprise out-of-network bills. Judge Ann Donnelly ruled against the surgeon, finding that the law is constitutional, and dismissed the case for lack of standing and dismissed the surgeon’s request for a preliminary injunction.
Healthcare Dive (08/11/22) Samantha Liss
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Ambulatory surgery centers and outpatient hospitals offer surgical, diagnostic, and preventive procedures without the need for a large, traditional hospital. Both offer similar services and provide safe and effective care.
Verywell Health (08/10/22) Christine Zink
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Sixty-three provider and healthcare advocacy organizations are petitioning Congress to pass legislation expanding international medical graduates’ ability to immediately practice in the U.S. The two letters, sent to the House and Senate’s Judiciary Committee leaders late last week, address the Conrad 30 Waiver Program.
Fierce Healthcare (08/03/22) Dave Muoio
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A research team from the lab of Quing Zhu, the Edwin H. Murty Professor of Engineering in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, has combined optical coherence tomography and machine learning to develop a colorectal cancer imaging tool that may one day improve the traditional endoscopy currently used by doctors. The results were published in the June issue of the Journal of Biophot, with an image featured on the inside cover.
Newswise (08/04/22)
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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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