ASCA News Digest (March 14, 2023)



Be sure to sign up for the ASCA 2023 Conference & Expo by next Friday, March 24, to get the early bird discount!

ASCA’s annual conference—May 17–20 in Louisville, KY—has the resources, education and networking opportunities you need to lead your surgery center to success.

Don’t miss out. Register now to lock in your discount!
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Hear directly from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) staff responsible for the ASC program during ASCA’s next webinar, “CMS Updates,” on Tuesday, March 21, at 1:00 pm ET. This webinar will examine ASC data, explore recent regulatory changes to the ASC Conditions for Coverage and subsequent updates to the interpretive guidelines and identify important resources for ASCs.

The webinar is also included in ASCA’s 2023 Webinar All-Access Pass.
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Subscribe to ASCA’s 2023 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey—a valuable online resource that provides data you can use to improve clinical outcomes, staff indicators, billing performance and more at your facility.

Data collection for the first quarter opens next month. Subscribe today and submit your data in April to gain a full year of national comparison data.

ASCA members save $150 on subscriptions to the 2023 survey. Purchase your subscription today!
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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.
Candidates who plan to take the May Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC)® exam must submit their application by March 31. The CASC credential is a distinction earned by members of the ASC community who demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the knowledge and skills required of an ASC administrator.
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During ASCA’s 2023 National Advocacy Day, 70 ASCA members representing 31 states met with more than 100 members of Congress and their staff. Read this Digital Debut for an excerpt from an interview with Linda Bedwell, RN, CASC, director of Powder River Surgery Center in Gillette, Wyoming. Bedwell received a National Advocacy Day Scholarship, which helped offset the rising cost of travel to attend the event.
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As a reminder, the next deadline for submitting Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program data for several measures is Monday, May 15. ASCs must submit 2022 data via the Hospital Quality Reporting secure portal for ASC-9: Endoscopy/Polyp Surveillance: Appropriate Follow-Up Interval for Normal Colonoscopy in Average Risk Patients, ASC-13: Normothermia and ASC-14: Unplanned Anterior Vitrectomy.
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Nearly a year after a sweeping opioid settlement imposed new requirements on the companies that provide medications to pharmacies, patients across the United States are having difficulty obtaining drugs to treat many conditions, including anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and addiction. The $21 billion settlement, which was brokered between the three largest American pharmaceutical distributors and the attorneys general of 46 states, was designed in part to correct practices that had flooded the country with prescription painkillers, contributing to the nation's opioid crisis.
New York Times (03/13/23) Christina Jewett; Ellen Gabler
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When Paula Chestnut needed hip replacement surgery last year, a pre-operative X-ray found irregularities in her chest. As a smoker for 40 years, Chestnut was at high risk for lung cancer.
Kaiser Health News (03/13/23) Lauren Sausser
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With the COVID-19 state of emergency a thing of the past, California health officials on Friday unveiled plans to relax guidance on masking in high-risk settings and to end vaccination requirements for healthcare workers. Among the changes announced by the California Department of Public Health is the end of statewide mask requirements in healthcare and other indoor high-risk settings — including correctional facilities and emergency and homeless shelters — beginning April 3.
Los Angeles Times (03/03/23) Luke Money
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AMSURG, a division of Envision Healthcare and a national leader in outpatient care, is continuing its mission to help people maintain their health and raise awareness about the importance of timely, appropriate screenings in the fight against colorectal cancer. AMSURG and its national network of gastroenterologists and colorectal surgeons performed more than 1 million colonoscopies in 2022, helping people prevent, detect and overcome colorectal cancer.
Business Wire (03/06/23)
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Scotland has become the first country in the world to stop its hospitals using the anaesthetic desflurane because of the threat it poses to the environment. NHS data suggests the gas, used to keep people unconscious during surgery, has a global warming potential 2,500 times greater than carbon dioxide.
BBC (03/03/23) Smitha Mundasad
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DISC Surgery Center at Newport Beach has deepened its partnership with Blue Shield of California to both advance and increase access to leading-edge spine care in the outpatient setting. Today's announcement is the result of a thoughtful and swift negotiation.
PR Newswire (03/13/23)
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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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