ASCA News Digest (July 28, 2020)

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When is a patient injury considered an adverse, a sentinel or a never event? What tools are available to help you document the investigation and analyze all the variables that may have contributed to the incident? Learn how to define adverse events and explore the tools you can use to respond to an incident during ASCA’s next webinar, Risk Management: Defining an Adverse Event and Performing a Root Cause Analysis, scheduled for Tuesday, August 4, at 1:00 pm ET. Register today.

This program is also included in ASCA’s 2020 Webinar All-Access Pass, which provides access to all 20 webinars in this year's series for one low fee.
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New ASC Quality Collaboration Executive Director Ann Shimek talks about the ways the Quality Collaboration is working to improve access to meaningful data about the quality of care ASCs and other outpatient surgery providers deliver in the newest installment of ASCA’s Asked & Answered series.
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ASCA’s first-ever virtual conference is available on demand through October 31—so you still have time to watch recordings of all the sessions and visit the virtual expo hall. If you watch just one session each week, you can earn 14+ CE credits!

Session highlights include Engaging Employees to Help Solve Problems, which discusses how to tap into the creativity of your employees to help them solve their own problems and shape the future of your facility.

If you’re still not registered for ASCA 2020, sign up today!
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Data submission for the second quarter (Q2) of ASCA’s 2020 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey closes this Friday, July 31. This valuable online resource provides access to a full year of national comparison data you can use to improve clinical outcomes, billing performance, staffing and more at your ASC. Subscribers should be sure to submit their data before the deadline; if you’ve not yet subscribed, purchase your subscription today!
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Traditionally, ASCs host facility tours in the month of August and invite their federal representatives for in-person tours. The coronavirus pandemic, however, has changed that approach to facility tours and the way ASCs celebrate National ASC Month. ASCs can now conduct virtual facility tours with Zoom, Microsoft Teams or any other video conferencing platform to showcase their facility and tell the story of the pandemic’s impact on their center and patients. Read this Digital Debut to learn more.
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On July 20, ASCA was contacted by the office of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma to provide an opportunity for our members to dialogue with the administrator that same evening. There was a good exchange with ASCA members discussing why not many ASCs are participating in the Hospitals Without Walls program, and Administrator Verma indicated she would take the feedback into consideration.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

HHS News Release (07/24/20)
Today, President Donald Trump took historic action to deliver lower prescription drug prices to American patients. The President signed four Executive Orders on drug pricing directing the Secretary of Health and Human Services to take several steps to deliver for American patients lower costs on prescription drugs, including insulin and epinephrine, and ensure Americans are getting the lowest price possible for their drugs.
HHS News Release (07/24/20)
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Anthem Public Policy Institute (07/01/20)
Over the next decade, the U.S. healthcare system could realize savings of approximately $12 billion if 1-in-5 upper gastrointestinal and colonoscopy procedures were performed in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) rather than in hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs). Advances in medical technology have allowed many more procedures to be safely performed in outpatient settings–mainly ASCs and HOPDs.
Anthem Public Policy Institute (07/01/20)
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The Oklahoman (07/26/20) Eddie Roach
In these unprecedented times, overnight hospital stays probably sound unappealing to many — but putting off a surgery can be dangerous. That's why many patients are opting for outpatient surgery, also called same-day, ambulatory or office-based surgery.
The Oklahoman (07/26/20) Eddie Roach
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FDA Safety Communication (07/24/20)
Duodenoscopes play a vital role in the assessment and treatment of diseases and conditions of the pancreas and bile ducts, and are used in more than 500,000 endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) procedures each year in the U.S. These devices have complex designs that include reusable hard-to-clean components.
FDA Safety Communication (07/24/20)
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Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (07/22/20) Ann Shimek
In my new role as executive director, I am often asked what the Ambulatory Surgery Center Quality Collaboration (ASC QC) is. The ASC QC is a nonprofit organization formed in 2006 primarily by several large ambulatory surgery center (ASC) management companies with the intent to develop quality measures that are specific to the ASC space.
Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (07/22/20) Ann Shimek
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McKinsey & Company (07/17/2020) Kyle Gibler; Omar Kattan; Rupal Malani; et al.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led many providers and physicians to consider how to maintain clinical quality standards and financial stability. McKinsey launched a national survey of general and specialty physicians in 2019, which it repeated six weeks into the pandemic.
McKinsey & Company (07/17/2020) Kyle Gibler; Omar Kattan; Rupal Malani; et al.
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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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