ASCA News Digest (November 22, 2022)



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After more than three years, National Advocacy Day returns!

Taking place February 27–March 1 next year, National Advocacy Day gathers members of the ASC community from across the country to advocate for their facilities and the high-quality care they deliver.

Sign up today to participate in this excellent opportunity to meet face-to-face with your members of Congress and their staff to educate them about the many benefits ASCs provide.
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Register now 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.

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The ASCA Member Retirement Plan is a 401(k) retirement plan benefit available exclusively to ASCA members.

The plan is designed to allow participating facilities an opportunity to reduce their administrative burden, streamline employee benefit offerings and offload fiduciary liability.
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Per the No Surprises Act (NSA), the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin enforcing the full scope of good faith estimates (GFE)—the inclusion of data elements from co-providers and co-facilities—on January 1, 2023. ASCs will likely most often be considered a co-facility. Read this Digital Debut to learn more about what comes next for ASCs.
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Earlier this month, Heart of Texas Cath Lab and Surgery Center in Woodway, Texas, hosted a facility tour for their member of congress, Representative Pete Sessions (R-TX).

During the tour, the facility spoke with their congressman about their experience operating as a hospital outpatient department (HOPD) during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The discussion also allowed the facility to advocate directly for the Outpatient Surgery Quality and Access Act of 2021 and its importance to the ASC community.
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A coalition of 22 states led by Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen (R), today formally called on the Biden administration to withdraw its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for nursing home workers and other healthcare workers in Medicare and Medicaid-funded facilities, as well as all related guidance. The coalition of attorneys general filed its petition Thursday under the Administrative Procedures Act requesting the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services take immediate action to repeal its interim final rule and state surveyor guidance, which require participating healthcare facilities to "develop and implement policies and procedures to ensure that all staff are fully vaccinated for COVID-19."
McKnight's Senior Living (11/17/22) Lois A. Bowers
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Today, The Physicians Foundation released part three of its 2022 Survey of America's Physicians, which assessed the state of the physician practice and strategies to improve it. "Before the pandemic and now, regulations and compliance have changed the landscape of physician practice—resulting in an environment that has negatively impacted physicians' ability to deliver patient care and their overarching outlook on the profession," said Gary Price, M.D., president of The Physicians Foundation.
PR Newswire (11/15/22)
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The Medical Group Management Association on Monday sent a letter to congressional leaders asking for a series of actions by the end of the year that it argues are needed to mitigate the impact of 2023 Medicare payment cuts to physicians. MGMA has been sounding the alarm for months about a projected 8.5 percent cut in Medicare payments next year, contending the reduction threatens the financial viability of group practices across the country.
Healthcare Dive (11/15/22) Susan Kelly
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Last month, healthcare coders saw changes to the ICD-10-CM guidelines that included over 1,100 new diagnoses for FY2023. Further changes are expected for 2023 CPT. The American Medical Association, and its editorial panel, have continued to pursue burden-reducing revisions to the codes and guidelines for most Evaluation and Management services.
Lexology (11/18/22)
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When healthcare workers burn out and quit their jobs, the stakes are higher than when the Great Resignation hits some other industries. Healthcare's Great Resignation creates shortages in the vital healthcare workforce that can put patients at risk.
Forbes (11/08/22) Deb Gordon
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Roughly three in five physicians are experiencing burnout amid the COVID-19 pandemic, an all-time high. That reality is not exclusive to those in practice, as research indicates that medical students are more likely to experience burnout and depression than other similarly aged people pursuing different careers.
American Medical Association (10/26/22) Brendan Murphy
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