ASCA News Digest (October 4, 2022)



Data submission for the third quarter (Q3) of ASCA’s 2022 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey is now open. This valuable online resource provides data you can use to improve clinical outcomes, staff indicators, billing performance and more at your facility.

If you haven’t already, subscribe today so you can submit your data and gain valuable comparison data.

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Register today to get the best rates for the 2023 Winter Seminar, taking place in person January 12–14 at Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.

This focused, ASC-specific event features two tracks: Coding & Reimbursement and Management Essentials for Administrators. Best rates end Friday, October 14, so reserve your spot now!
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ASCA is pleased to announce the latest issue of its “ASC Physician Brief,” a quarterly one-pager to share with both the owner and nonowner physicians who work in your ASC. The Fall 2022 issue is now available on ASCA’s website.
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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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ASCA conducted its ninth 60-Second Survey and asked questions about medical supply and drug price changes over the past year. The survey, conducted last month, received 139 responses from facilities in 39 states and one respondent from the US Virgin Islands.

ASCA introduced the 60-Second Survey, a bimonthly survey series, in spring 2021. As the name suggests, each survey takes 60 seconds or less to complete and asks fewer than 10 questions on a current topic. Read this Digital Debut for more information on this survey’s results.
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On September 26, ASCA staff met with Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) to discuss S. 3132, the Outpatient Surgery Quality and Access Act of 2021. Both senators have agreed to help reintroduce the legislation in the 118th Congress. ASCA will work closely with their congressional staff to generate more support from other Senate offices while gearing up for any potential inclusion of current bill provisions in the year-end omnibus. ASCA is grateful to have bipartisan support for the bill introduction.
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When a Rothman Orthopaedic Institute surgeon replaced Kathryn Patterson's left hip in May 2021, the North Cape May resident was part of a massive shift in the way joint replacements are done. The 78-year-old arrived at the AtlantiCare surgery center in Egg Harbor Township at 7 a.m. the day of her surgery and was back home in the middle of the afternoon.
Philadelphia Inquirer (10/02/22) Harold Brubaker
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More than 120 state medical associations and national specialty societies have joined the AMA in urging Congress to institute Medicare payment reforms in order to maintain patients’ access to care. Reduced Medicare physician payment rates are being outweighed by the rising cost of running a practice plus the administrative and financial burdens associated with participating in Medicare.
American Medical Association (09/28/22) Andis Robeznieks
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Hello. I'm Dr David Johnson, professor of medicine and chief of gastroenterology at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. The ultimate goal of screening for colon cancer is to prevent it. Over the past several decades, we've certainly seen an increasing emphasis on colon cancer screening.
Medscape (09/21/22) David A. Johnson
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Achieving satisfactory post-operative pain control for common elective general surgical procedures, while minimizing opioid utilization, remains challenging. Utilizing pre-operative educational strategies, as well as multimodal analgesia, we sought to reduce the post-operative opioid use in elective general surgery cases.
Journal of Surgical Research (10/22) Vol. 278, P. 293 Ryan Lamm; Steven Woodward; Brandon A. Creisher; et al.
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed Assembly Bill 2236, which would have allowed optometrists in the state to use therapeutic lasers, remove eyelid lesions and perform corneal crosslinking. Newsom shared the news in his Sept. 28 legislative update, saying, "This bill would authorize optometrists to perform ocular surgical procedures currently performed by ophthalmologists after completing specified education and training. I am not convinced that the education and training required is sufficient to prepare optometrists to perform the surgical procedures identified."
Healio Primary Care Optometry News (09/29/22) Nancy Hemphill
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In an era of growing awareness regarding the effects of healthcare professional well-being on quality of care, the government, hospital systems, and professional organizations, including the American College of Surgeons, have been focusing more on physician health. Many initiatives focus on the mental and emotional aspects of well-being, as they are underrecognized prerequisites to career success and positive patient outcomes.
American College of Surgeons (09/01/2022) Matthew Fox
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