ASCA News Digest (March 7, 2023)



Thank you to the more than 75 ASCA members who came to Washington, DC, for ASCA’s 2023 National Advocacy Day to advocate for the high-quality care ASCs provide.

This event provided participants the opportunity to meet with their elected officials, tell their ASC’s story and build relationships with the decision-makers who vote on matters that directly impact their surgery center.

We look forward to seeing everyone next year!
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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.

Don’t miss out—register before early bird registration rates end on March 24!
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ASCA members are invited to apply for a Medical Mission Scholarship provided through the ASCA Foundation’s partnership with One World Surgery. Opportunities are available for CRNAs, sterile processors, nurses, surgical techs and scrub techs working at ASCA member facilities. Learn more and apply.
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Visit the ASC Focus website to read the latest edition of the ASC Focus magazine.

Highlights of the March issue include “Run for the Roses,” “Key Components of a Successful ASC Transaction,” “Offer ASCA’s Member Retirement Plan to Your Employees” and “Improve Your Billing Practices; Transform Your Bottom Line.”
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On February 9, the Outpatient Surgery Quality and Access Act of 2023 (H.R. 972/S. 312) was introduced in the US House of Representatives and the US Senate. Since its introduction, Representatives Neal Dunn, MD (R-FL), Michael Burgess, MD (R-TX) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL) have voiced their support for the ASC community and joined the bill as cosponsors.

Your advocacy is critical in getting the attention and further support of policymakers.
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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.
ASCA Chief Executive Officer Bill Prentice will join the panel discussion “Washington Outlook: Evolving Federal Policy Impacting Reimbursement, Operations and Deal Strategies” at the McDermott Will & Emery Physician Practice Management & ASC Symposium 2023, April 11–12 in Nashville, TN.

The conference registration fee is waived for ASCA members.
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The CRC burden is shifting to younger individuals as cohorts born in the last one half of the 20th century who have elevated risk age; one in five new cases now occur in individuals in their early 50s or younger.
CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians (03/01/23) Rebecca L. Siegel; Nikita Sandeep Wagle; Andrea Cercek; et al.
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Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it has taken action to restrict the unlawful entry of xylazine active pharmaceutical ingredients and finished dosage form drug products into the country to address a growing public health concern. The chemical xylazine has increasingly been found in illicit drugs such as illicitly manufactured fentanyl and other drugs and increasingly detected in overdose deaths.
FDA News Release (02/28/23)
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A year after the Biden administration implemented Congress' law to ban surprise medical bills, the policy particulars are still caught up in litigation, and lawsuits are preventing insurers and hospitals from settling out-of-network disputes. A 2021 law banned out-of-network surprise medical bills as of the beginning of last year.
Roll Call (02/27/23) Ariel Cohen
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A prominent group of nurses in California slammed a state plan to rollback masking and COVID-19 vaccine requirements in health care settings starting in April, arguing that the decision puts health care workers at risk. The condemnation came Friday after the California Department of Public Health announced earlier in the day that it will no longer require masks to be worn in indoor high-risk and health care settings nor require health care workers to be vaccinated for COVID-19 starting April 3.
The Hill (03/03/23) Jared Gans
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Physicians nationwide scrambled to set up telehealth, a critical tool that allowed them to see patients at the height of the pandemic. There wasn't necessarily the time then to thoroughly vet telehealth platform vendors or perfectly refine workflows in the office.
American Medical Association (02/28/23) Tanya Albert Henry
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Fayetteville's Dr. Dickson Schaefer is working as hard as he can, but his Cumberland County waiting room keeps filling back up. He's an orthopedic surgeon treating a large Medicaid population in one of the state’s hardest-hit areas for doctor shortages.
Carolina Journal (02/23/23) Donna King
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