ASCA News Digest (January 10, 2023)



ASCA’s 2023 Winter Seminar starts this week! If you haven’t already registered, don’t worry—registration will still be available onsite in Las Vegas.

The Winter Seminar takes place Thursday, January 12–Saturday, January 14, at Caesars Palace, and offers two ASC-specific tracks: Management Essentials for Administrators and Coding & Reimbursement.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday!
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The data submission period for the fourth quarter (Q4) of ASCA’s 2022 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey is open through Tuesday, January 31. Subscribers should make sure to submit their data before the deadline in order to get a complete picture of trends for last year.

Is your ASC on track for success in the new year? Make 2023 your facility’s best year yet by subscribing to ASCA’s 2023 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey.
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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 surgery center 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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After more than three years, National Advocacy Day is back!

Taking place February 27–March 1, 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.

This is an excellent opportunity to meet face-to-face with your members of Congress and their staff to educate them about the many benefits ASCs provide. Sign up today!
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At the beginning of this month, CMS resumed data collection for four outcomes measures in the ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program. Surgery centers should have started collecting data on January 1 for ASC-1: Patient Burn; ASC-2: Patient Fall; ASC-3: Wrong Site, Wrong Side, Wrong Patient, Wrong Procedure, Wrong Implant; and ASC-4: All-Cause Hospital Transfer/Admission for all patients, not just fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare beneficiaries. Read this Digital Debut to learn more.
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ASCA has posted the 2023 Q1 Medicare Rate Calculator, which is updated to account for corrections posted by CMS on December 30, although the updates only affect a single drug code (HCPCS J9314). Please read the note regarding the new complexity adjustment policy in 2023 that affects codes C7500 to C7555.
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Dr. Paul Jeffords and his colleagues at Atlanta-based Resurgens Orthopaedics were worried about their ability to survive financially, even though their independent orthopedic practice was the largest in Georgia, with nearly 100 physicians. They nervously watched other physician practices sell out entirely to large hospital systems and health insurers.
Kaiser Health News (01/06/23) Harris Meyer
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Let's talk about ASC Robotics. I think this is really exciting. We're right on the edge of it. It's really on the verge.
Uro Today (12/15/22) Ronney Abaza
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This guidance amends the previous "Calendar Year 2023 Fee Guidance for the Federal Independent Dispute Resolution Process under the No Surprises Act" released on October 31, 2022. The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury are amending the prior 2023 guidance to increase the administrative fee for the Federal independent dispute resolution process from $50 to $350 per party for disputes initiated during the calendar year beginning January 1, 2023, due to supplemental data analysis and increasing expenditures in carrying out the Federal IDR process since the development of the prior 2023 guidance.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (12/23/22)
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Upholding its ongoing commitment to the improvement of the patient care environment, the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) announced the release of its v42 Standards Handbooks for Medicare Deemed Status (MDS) and Ambulatory Accreditation. The updated editions provide guidance for health care providers seeking practical knowledge of changes to relevant Standards in the specific ambulatory settings for their organizations. Revisions in the v42 handbooks introduces new terminology and streamlines Standards architecture across all programs.
AAAHC News Release (11/08/22)
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All patients undergoing procedures requiring anesthesia should be asked about cannabis use, according to guidelines released by the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA Pain Medicine). The first U.S. guidelines on cannabis use in relation to surgery also notes regular use may worsen pain and nausea after surgery and increase the need for opioids.
Newswise (01/03/23)
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