ASCA News Digest (November 8, 2022)



Learn about new complexity adjustments for ASCs, additions to the ASC Covered Procedures List, changes to the ASC Quality Reporting Program and how the 3.8 percent inflation update ASCs will get in 2023 will vary across specialties and procedures in ASCA’s newest Advancing Surgical Care Podcast episode, “Medicare’s 2023 Final ASC Payment Rule.”

Find out how ASCA plans to respond to all these changes as ASCA Chief Executive Officer Bill Prentice and ASCA Regulatory Counsel and Director of Government Affairs Kara Newbury discuss these key provisions of the final ASC payment rule released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on November 1, 2022.

This podcast is available to ASCA members only; if you are not a member, join now.
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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 next 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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The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) of Skokie, Illinois, named David Shapiro, MD, CASC, as its board chair. “With such a skilled and diverse leadership team, I am confident we will continue to serve AAAHC and its accredited organizations in their shared goal of improving patient safety and quality of care through accreditation,” Shapiro said in the release.
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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. Early bird savings end November 30, so reserve your spot now!
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Get a full year of top-quality, ASC-specific webinars—and save nearly $1,000—with ASCA’s 2023 Webinar All-Access Pass. This popular pass includes every webinar in ASCA’s 2023 series at a fraction of the full purchase price and is a convenient way to earn CEs. The 2023 All-Access Pass is $395 for ASCA members and $495 for nonmembers.
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2023 final payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPD) on November 1. Read this Digital Debut to learn what this means for your ASC.
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On November 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule. Policies in the MPFS generally do not affect ASC facility services or rates, but they do have an impact on the clinicians who work in ASCs.
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Pain affects the lives of millions of Americans every day and improving pain care and the lives of patients with pain is a public health imperative. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is releasing updated and expanded recommendations for clinicians providing pain care for adult outpatients with short- and long-term pain.
CDC News Release (11/03/22)
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Burnout and health industry consolidation are driving more doctors and doctors-in-training to unionize to demand better pay, benefits and working conditions. More than 1,200 resident physicians and interns at Montefiore Medical Center last week asked the Bronx, N.Y. hospital to recognize their bargaining unit after an organizing vote.
Axios (11/07/22) Arielle Dreher
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State employees in Colorado are being asked to be better consumers when shopping for health care services. And if they choose lower-cost and higher-quality providers, they could get a check in the mail for a portion of the savings.
Kaiser Health News (11/02/22) Markian Hawryluk
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Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, released a report on Thursday outlining cybersecurity threats in the health care sector and ways the federal government can improve security standards in the industry. The report, which is divided into three sections, recommends that the federal government improve the country’s cybersecurity risk posture in the health care sector, help the private sector mitigate cyber threats and assist health care providers in responding and recovering from cyberattacks.
The Hill (11/03/22) Ines Kagubare
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Unfortunately, health care quality and patient outcomes are often far worse for people who fall into certain classifications, including racial/ethnic minorities, women, residents of rural communities, people who live with disabilities, poverty or lower educational attainment, and other historically marginalized groups. Health care equity is one of the highest priorities at The Joint Commission.
Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (11/02/22) Kathryn Petrovic
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Last year, vials of the decades-old chemotherapy drug fludarabine could be purchased for a wholesale price of around $110. Not so much anymore.
Fierce Pharma (11/01/22) Kevin Dunleavy
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