ASCA News Digest (August 30, 2022)



Today is Day 2 of ASCA’s virtual course Infection Prevention for ASCs.

Didn’t get the chance to register in time to view this virtual course live? No worries—the course will be available to view on demand.

This course will also help you prepare for the Certified Ambulatory Infection Preventionist (CAIP)® exam. Purchase it today!
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Applications for the virtual class of the new ASC Administrator Development Program are due tomorrow, August 31. This yearlong mentoring program matches newer and aspiring administrators with their experienced peers to strengthen and broaden the knowledge and professional network of all participants.

The class will begin in October and a maximum of 30 applicants will be accepted into the program. Don’t miss out—apply today!
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ASCA has released the next installment of its bimonthly survey series, the 60-Second Survey. In the past, we’ve asked about topics such as COVID-19 operational impacts, electronic health record (EHR) usage and staffing shortages. For this survey we have a few questions about your facility’s experience regarding medical supply and drug prices over the past year.

This survey will be open through Friday, September 2. We look forward to your responses!
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Are you interested in staying up to date with ASCAPAC’s work in Washington, DC, and participating in Q&A sessions with ASCAPAC staff? Watch this video to learn more and follow @ascapac on Instagram today!
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Since ASCA’s last update in January, healthcare organizations across the country posted 337 breaches of protected health information (PHI) affecting 500 or more individuals. Consistent with previous time periods, the vast majority of the breaches—95 percent—were caused by unauthorized access or hacking. Read this Digital Debut for a closer look at a few of these incidents.
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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). ASCA will once again submit comments raising industry-wide concerns, but it is important that CMS hears from individual centers as well. As a special member resource, ASCA staff have created several template comment letters that can provide a starting point if you wish to submit comments.
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There is little doubt that the gradual move away from fee-for-service toward value will continue, and physician and administrative leaders will define the best approaches to engage patients for better care outcomes and financially beneficial results for practices. The 2022 MGMA DataDive Practice Operations survey report, based on 2021 data from more than 2,300 organizations from a variety of specialties and practice types, offers brand-new benchmarks related to the shift to value-based reimbursement and quality measure performance, detailing key performance indicators that reflect incredible operational changes that have evolved patient engagement and impacted medical practices’ financial resilience. (08/18/22)
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There may be a wait for your next medical procedure, that's because the FDA is warning of a critical prescription drug shortage. "I just can't do basic stuff that most people can do," said Pamela Hackley. (WI) (08/25/22) Rhonda Foxx
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Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the removal of N95 respirators from the agency's medical device shortage list, signaling that demand or projected demand for this type of face protection device commonly used in health care settings no longer exceeds the supply. This action is the result of increased domestic manufacturing of N95 respirators, as well as updates to the FDA's supply chain assessment based on engagement with industry and federal stakeholders, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's approval of new disposable N95s and reusable respirators.
FDA News Release (08/26/22)
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Continued strong patient needs for blood have depleted Vitalant's supply by nearly 50 percent since the start of summer, creating an emergency shortage across the country. As the Labor Day holiday weekend approaches, when fewer donors are typically available, the nonprofit blood services provider to about 900 hospitals nationwide, urges all eligible donors to schedule an appointment now for the coming days and weeks. ­­­
PR Newswire (08/22/22)
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A quantitative segmentation algorithm (QuantCRC) was applied to 6,468 digitized H&Es of CRCs. Fifteen parameters were recorded from each image and tested for associations with clinicopathologic features and molecular alterations.
Gastroenterology (08/22) Reetesh K. Pai; Imon Banerjee; Sameer Shivji; et al.
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On August 19, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General posted a favorable advisory opinion, AO 22-16, with respect to the provision of gift cards to Medicare Advantage (MA) plan enrollees who complete certain steps in an online patient education program. This opinion underscores potential flexibility for with Medicare Advantage Organizations and their vendor partners to offer incentives to patients to engage in learning and health care engagement activities that may improve health outcomes without inappropriately steering patients toward particular providers or MA plans.
Mondaq (08/23/22) Erica J. Kraus
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