ASCA News Digest (November 1, 2022)



ASCs should have acted earlier this year to comply with several new provisions in the No Surprises Act, such as disclosures of patient protections, notice and consent for balance billing, and good faith estimates (GFEs) for uninsured or self-pay patients.

ASCA’s new webinar, No Surprises Act: Recapping the First Year and Preparing for the Future, will review the requirements for ASCs, look back at the first year of the new requirements and give information on what ASCs need to be aware of to stay in compliance in 2023 and beyond. This program is scheduled for Tuesday, November 15, at 1:00 pm ET.

This webinar is free for ASCA members and $50 for nonmembers. Continuing education will not be offered.
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Register today to get the early bird rate 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. Reserve your spot now!
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ASCA Members: You can now renew your ASCA membership online. With your membership comes a variety of benefits that help you run your ASC more efficiently, provide quality patient care and stay up to date on industry trends and regulations. See all the ways you can put your ASCA benefits to good use.
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ASCA members are invited to apply for a Medical Mission Scholarship provided through the ASCA Foundation’s partnership with One World Surgery. Opportunities are available for CRNAs, sterile processors, nurses, surgical techs and scrub techs working at ASCA member facilities. Learn more and apply.
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The COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements for healthcare workers in Illinois expired on October 14. Governor J.B. Pritzker issued an executive order on that day to reissue and extend previously issued COVID-19 executive orders, but he did not extend the healthcare worker vaccination and testing requirements established by another executive order in September 2021. To date, Colorado and Illinois are the only two states that have ended their vaccination mandates. Read this Digital Debut for more information.
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For weeks, Congress has suggested that it will consider various measures in larger consolidated spending legislation, referred to as an omnibus package. With the House expected to flip from a Democratic to Republican majority, most staff believe that the final package will be very clean or “skinny,” meaning there will not be a lot of room for the inclusion of smaller appropriations requests.
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Amoxicillin, a common antibiotic used to treat a broad range of conditions, is in short supply, according to the US Food and Drug Administration. The agency lists amoxicillin oral solution in its drug shortage database, which relies on reports from manufacturers.
CNN (10/28/22) Jen Christensen
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Reducing diagnostic errors (such as missed, delayed or wrong diagnoses) is a major challenge for most healthcare organizations. The complexity of defining and measuring diagnostic errors poses challenges in developing solutions compared to other types of patient safety concerns.
Joint Commission Press Release (10/25/22)
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Ambulatory surgery centers, also commonly known as outpatient care centers, are growing in popularity for surgical procedures. Going under the knife is something many people would like to avoid, as it sometimes is accompanied by a hefty price tag and, at times, a lengthy recovery.
WSPA (SC) (10/27/22) Kelci O'Donnell
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Tenet Healthcare Corp. lowered its financial outlook for its surgical center subsidiary United Surgical Partners International due to more spikes in COVID-19 cases. The major hospital chain posted $131 million in net profits for the third quarter of the year and $4.8 billion in net operating revenue.
Fierce Healthcare (10/21/22) Robert King
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National Medical Billing Services of St. Louis, Missouri, has acquired MedTek of Woodland Hills, California, according to a release. This partnership will further enhance National Medical’s position as an end-to-end provider of outsourced revenue cycle solutions serving ASCs, surgical practices and anesthesia groups.
ASC Focus (10/01/22)
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Atlas Healthcare Partners – which specializes in developing and managing ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) – and MedAxiom – which is dedicated to cardiovascular organizational performance improvement – today announced the unveiling of its new joint venture, MedAtlas CV. In June, Atlas and MedAxiom partnered to form a cardiovascular-focused ASC company that will transform cardiovascular care by expanding access to high-quality, patient-centered heart care in ASCs.
PR Newswire (10/18/22)
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