ASCA News Digest (January 4, 2023)



This Friday, January 6, is your last chance to register online for the 2023 Winter Seminar.

The Winter Seminar—January 12–14 in Las Vegas—features two ASC-specific tracks: Management Essentials for Administrators and Coding & Reimbursement.

Attendees can move freely between the tracks and join any of the sessions offered throughout the seminar. Check out the schedule and register today!
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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.
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Place your ASC in the winner’s circle by attending 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 surgery center to success.

Hurry—register today to lock in the early bird registration rate!
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Be sure to check out the latest issue of ASCA’s “ASC Physician Brief,” a quarterly one-pager to share with both the owner and nonowner physicians who work in your ASC. The Winter 2022 issue is now available on ASCA’s website.
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Visit the ASC Focus website to read the latest edition of the ASC Focus magazine. Highlights of this issue include “Looking at 2023,” “Follow Best Practices in Inventory Management” and “Make Smarter Implant Purchases.”
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On December 19, federal lawmakers released the text of impending legislation that will fund the federal government for 2023. The sprawling, $1.7 trillion bill contains more than 4,000 pages of text, which outline ongoing funding for federal agencies as well as ad hoc spending for programs such as aid to Ukraine and hurricane disaster relief for Florida and Puerto Rico.
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Need medical treatment this year and want to nail down your out-of-pocket costs before you walk into the doctor’s office? There's a new tool for that, at least for insured patients.
Kaiser Health News (01/03/23) Julie Appleby
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The Joint Commission today announced it is eliminating 168 standards (14 percent) and revising 14 other standards across its accreditation programs to streamline requirements and make them as efficient and impactful on patient safety, quality and equity as possible. Additionally, The Joint Commission is not raising its accreditation fees for domestic hospitals in 2023 in recognition of the many financial challenges hospitals and health systems continue to face.
Joint Commission Press Release (12/29/22)
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Just one in seven instances of cancer in the U.S. are detected through cancer screening, new research shows, indicating a need to ramp-up early detection efforts to increase survival rates. The independent research institution NORC at the University of Chicago found that just 14 percent of diagnosed cancers are detected via screening — and most others are found when symptoms occur or in the course of other medical care.
The Hill (12/15/22) Julia Mueller
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Patients with allergic diseases are at higher risk of cataract development and subsequent surgery, according to study findings published in Scientific Reports. Common in adults and children, allergic diseases, including atopic dermatitis (AD), allergic rhinitis (AR), and asthma, have demonstrated consistently increasing prevalence over the last few decades. (12/16/22) Matthew Gavidia
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The federal government should ensure Medicare Advantage insurers Humana and Aetna cover cataract surgeries for older Georgians without delays or denials, Georgia's Democratic Congressional representatives said this week. Aetna started requiring prior authorizations for cataract surgeries in its Medicare Advantage plans across the country last year.
Statesboro Herald (12/19/22)
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