ASCA News Digest (February 22, 2023)



There’s just one week left to apply for the hybrid class of the 2023-2024 ASC Administrator Development Program!

This yearlong mentoring program matches newer and aspiring administrators with their experienced peers. The hybrid class will kick off in May at the ASCA 2023 Conference & Expo with in-person content from the ASC Administrator Development Track and continue with virtual content through April 2024.

Applications for the hybrid class are due next Tuesday, February 28, and a maximum of 30 mentees will be accepted. Learn more and apply today!
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Gain insight into new ways of managing leadership transitions inside your ASC and among your physician partners in “Succession Planning for ASCs,” the newest episode of ASCA’s Advancing Surgical Care Podcast. This conversation between ASCA Board Member Lisa Austin, RN, CASC, and ASCA Chief Executive Officer Bill Prentice looks at ways of identifying new leaders, when to hire a professional recruiter and how providing professional development opportunities for staff can help.
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Three Ways Data Integration Can Boost Your Surgery Center’s Data Management
From operation data points to clinical outcomes, a tremendous amount of data is generated daily, all housed in several different systems, each with its own structure. By bringing all that data into one centralized location, ASCs and management groups can boost profitability, reduce inefficiencies, and deliver better patient care. Let’s explore how data integration can boost your surgery centers’ data management.
Register today for 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 now to lock in the early bird registration rate!
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Next Tuesday, February 28, member benefits will be terminated for ASCs that have not renewed their membership for 2023.

ASCA membership provides your entire staff with access to vital educational resources, great networking opportunities, essential industry news and practical tools to use daily in your facility. Renew today to keep receiving these important benefits.

To confirm your facility’s renewal status for 2023 or to request a renewal invoice, email ASCA’s member services team. ASCA appreciates your continued support.
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Thank you to everyone who participated in an ASCA 60-Second Survey in 2022.

Last week, we released our first 60-Second Survey of 2023. For this survey, we have a few questions about your facility’s approach to patients covered by Medicaid. As always, these surveys are designed to take approximately one minute, so you won’t need to pull any reports to respond.

The survey will be open through this Friday, February 24.
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As competition for patients, staff and physicians has risen, so has the importance of marketing for ASCs. Erica Palmer, senior content marketing manager for HST Pathways in Nashville, Tennessee, says marketing has become an essential strategy for all surgery centers if they wish to remain a destination of choice. Read this ASC Focus article to learn how to successfully market your ASC.
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ASCA has posted its 2023 HOPD Medicare Rate Calculator for hospital outpatient department (HOPD) payment rates to its Medicare Rate Calculator webpage. Similar to the ASC Medicare Rate Calculator, this tool allows members to select their state and county from dropdown menus to display corresponding local and national payment rates for all HOPD-payable procedures.
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A key Senate panel is launching a major effort to shore up the healthcare workforce after lingering shortages have roiled the industry. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing Thursday on addressing the crisis.
Fierce Healthcare (02/16/23) Robert King
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North American Partners in Anesthesia (NAPA) was recently honored with the 2022 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards National Level Innovation for its Anesthesia Risk Alerts program. This effective protocol, implemented under NAPA's Patient Safety Organization, provides anesthesia clinicians with novel mitigation strategies to better manage five high-risk clinical scenarios in the perioperative setting, including known/suspected difficult airway, patients with a body mass index greater than or equal to 45, American Society of Anesthesiologists status 4 or 5, pulmonary hypertension, and populations of patients at risk for operating room fire.
Joint Commission Dateline @ TJC blog (02/14/23) Leo Penzi; Julie Marhalik-Helms; Brent Lee
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The overall patient experience and how patients perceive cleanliness are intertwined — sometimes in surprising ways. Press Ganey and Compass One Healthcare teamed up to analyze millions of post-procedure patient voices and define the key drivers of cleanliness in ambulatory surgery centers.
Press Ganey (02/23)
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published updates to the CMS Voluntary Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol (SRDP) on January 23, 2023. The SRPD is the CMS process for Medicare providers and suppliers to self-disclose actual or potential violations of the Stark Law.
JDSupra (02/15/23) Chandler Martin
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At a new surgical clinic in Monroeville — the first of its kind in the region — Allegheny Health Network is reducing the cost of care for both insurers and patients by using medical advancements to move joint replacement operations out of the hospital. And that includes its own Forbes Hospital, just two miles away from the new clinic.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (02/13/23) Kris B. Mamula
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Limestone Surgery Center has signed a new partnership with NorthStar Anesthesia, a Texas-based anesthesia provider that boasts of a presence in 180 health care facilities. NorthStar Anesthesia first started providing services at Limestone Surgery Center in November 2022, with nine employees working at the medical facility.
Delaware Business Times (02/10/23) Katie Tabeling
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Mission: The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) is the national membership association that represents ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and provides advocacy and resources to assist ASCs in delivering high-quality, cost-effective ambulatory surgery to all the patients they serve.

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