ASCA News Digest (November 15, 2022)



Registration is now open for the ASCA 2023 Conference & Expo, May 17–20 in Louisville, KY. ASCA’s annual conference—the front-runner in ASC events—has the resources, education and networking opportunities you need to lead your ASC to success.

Don’t miss out—sign up today to get the best rate!
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Tune in to “Challenges and Opportunities for Electronic Health Records (EHR) in ASCs,” a new episode of ASCA’s Advancing Surgical Care Podcast, to hear Jigar Patel, MD, chief medical officer for the for-profit and emerging markets at Oracle Cerner, discuss current hurdles to EHR implementation in ASCs and how ASCs could benefit if those obstacles were avoided or eliminated.

ASCA Chief Executive Officer Bill Prentice and ASCA Regulatory Policy and Research Manager Alex Taira lead the discussion with Dr. Patel. Oracle Cerner, an ASCA affiliate, is a leading supplier of health information technology products and services worldwide, including EHR systems.
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Subscribers to ASCA’s 2022 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey can now access their third-quarter (Q3) reports. To access your facility’s report, log in to the survey portal and select the “Run Reports” tab.

Have you subscribed yet to next year’s survey? Keep your ASC on track for success in 2023 and beyond by signing up for the 2023 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey.
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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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Today is the last day to submit your data for ASC-20: COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage Among Health Care Personnel. This deadline is for submitting the data collected in the second quarter of 2022, April 1 through June 30. Learn more about what is required and recent updates on the CDC’s definition of “up to date,” in this November Digital Debut piece on ASC-20.
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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 Surgical Site Infections,” “A Tale of Three Successful QI Studies” and “Reduce LASA and HA Drug Risks.”
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ASCA’s Medicare payment resources have been updated to reflect the changes finalized in the 2023 final payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPD). This includes the 2023 Final Rule Rate Calculator, which ASCA members can use to view 2023 Medicare rates with their local wage index applied.
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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is planning to launch an alliance of stakeholders to advance patient safety in 2023. HHS was a leader in producing a "National Action Plan to Advance Patient Safety."
Healthcare Innovation (11/04/22) David Raths
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There is no place for violence in civil society. Yet stabbings, shootings, threats and other violent attacks have become frighteningly common, including in America’s hospitals and other health care settings.
STAT News (11/11/22) Mary Beth Kingston; Christopher S. Kang
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Two recent surveys from Merck Manuals offer competing views of the presence of medical misinformation online. In one recent poll conducted online by The Harris Poll on behalf of Merck Manuals among 2,044 U.S. adults, 44 percent of Americans believe there is more medical misinformation online and in social media now than in previous years.
PR Newswire (11/09/22)
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The U.S. COVID public health emergency will remain in place past Jan. 11 after the federal government did not notify states or health-care provides on Friday of any intent to lift the declaration. Health and Human Services Secretary Secretary Xavier Becerra has promised to give stakeholders 60 days notice before lifting the emergency declaration so they can prepare for a return to normal operations.
CNBC (11/12/22) Spencer Kimball
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The American Society of Anesthesiologists calls on Congress to block a nearly 4.5 percent Medicare payment cut to anesthesiologists and other physicians included in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule released this week. These significant cuts will compound the financial strain anesthesia groups are already facing and harm seniors’ access to surgical care.
Newswise (11/03/22)
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Over 90 percent of mobile users keep their smartphones within arm’s reach 24/7. This usage supports the implementation of mobile technology in the healthcare industry for professionals, patients and caregivers.
HIT Consultant (11/14/22) Sharat Potharaju
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