ASCA News Digest (September 13, 2022)



If you weren’t able to attend the 2022 Infection Prevention for ASCs virtual course live, don’t worry—the entire course is now available on demand through the ASCA Learning Hub.

This program covers a wide variety of topics and provides participants with the resources they need to develop and maintain an infection prevention program. It will also help participants prepare for the Certified Ambulatory Infection Preventionist (CAIP)® exam.
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The ASCA Career Center gives employers and job seekers in the ASC community a better way to find each other and make that perfect career fit. It offers employers an easy-to-use tool that can help them recruit the most qualified professionals in the industry and helps job seekers find the best possible opportunities in the ASC community.
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In just about any organization, but especially in ASCs, the governing board is an important component of both the structure and function of the entity. The operational characteristics of this governance unit are particularly significant for ASCs that are Medicare certified, accredited or both.

ASCA’s next webinar will cover both regulatory requirements and practical suggestions for assisting facility leaders in creating and maintaining a compliant and high-functioning board positioned to guide their ASC into the future.

This webinar is next Tuesday, September 20, at 1:00 pm ET, and is included in ASCA’s 2022 Webinar All-Access Pass.
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This week, two ASCA staff members will present at state ASC association meetings across the country.

Gina Throneberry, ASCA director of education and clinical affairs, will present the “Regulatory and Quality Measure Reporting Update for ASCs” on Thursday, September 15, at 8:15 am CT, at the Tennessee Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (TASCA) Fall Conference & Trade Show in Franklin, TN, September 15–16.

Kara Newbury, ASCA director of government affairs and regulatory counsel, will provide the “Federal Regulatory Update” on Thursday, September 15, at 9:15 am CT, at the Illinois Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (IASCA) 2022 Annual Meeting in Rosemont, IL, September 15–16.

View these events and more on the ASCA Connect calendar.
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Visit the ASC Focus website to read the latest edition of the ASC Focus magazine. Highlights of this issue include “Reduce Waste and Save,” “Key Components of a Mass Communication Plan” and “How to Speak with Physicians and Staff about Costs.”
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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 template comment letters that can provide a starting point if you wish to submit comments. The deadline to submit comments is today, September 13.
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Owning a medical practice generates significant income for many physicians. Along those lines, a growing number of physicians are opting for sole ownership of an ambulatory surgery center (ASC), which provides surgery, diagnostic services, and preventative interventions.
Physician's Weekly (09/08/22) Erin Finelli
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High and rising health care prices are the biggest driver of health care spending in the United States. Some experts and policy makers theorize that improving the transparency of health care prices will empower consumers to be smarter shoppers and enable the payers of health care services, such as employers and insurers, to lower their health care spending.
Health Affairs (09/12/22) Maanasa Kona; Sabrina Corlette
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A majority of adults in the U.S. who say that health care is not handled well in the country, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The poll reveals that public satisfaction with the U.S. health care system is remarkably low, with fewer than half of Americans saying it is generally handled well.
Associated Press (09/12/22) Amanda Seitz
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A range of extended reality technology integration, including immersive virtual reality, augmented reality, as well as mixed reality, has lately acquired favor in orthopaedics. The utilization of extended reality machinery in knee arthroplasty is examined in this review study.
Cureus (09/06/2022) Pooja Mandal; Ratnakar Ambade
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Gloves are an important part of infection prevention and control, but they are often misused and overused in clinical practice, putting patients at increased risk of infection. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this issue has been exacerbated due to health professionals' fear and anxiety.
Nursing Times (United Kingdom) (08/29/22)
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Citing a growing need, a surgical center and medical spa plans to construct a 15,000-square-foot surgical center on a portion of its property in Unity Township. Plastic surgeon Dr. Theodore A. Lazzaro appeared Tuesday before the Unity Township Planning Commission, which approved both the preliminary and final plans for not only the subdivision request, but also the center’s site plan for the development.
Latrobe Bulletin (PA) (09/07/22) Amy Fauth
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