ASCA News Digest (August 11, 2020)

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ASCA HIGHLIGHTS

We are in the midst of our third annual ASCA Member Appreciation Week! This celebration is dedicated to all of our wonderful members that make our work possible. Head over to the Member Appreciation Week website for your chance to win one of many daily prizes or grand prizes before the celebration ends this Friday, August 14!
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Join ASCA Chief Executive Officer Bill Prentice and ASCA Regulatory Counsel and Director of Government Affairs Kara Newbury for a closer look at the proposed ASC payment rule issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on August 4, 2020.

In the latest episode of ASCA’s Advancing Surgical Care Podcast—“The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ 2021 Proposed Payment Rule”—Prentice and Newbury look at proposed changes in allowable procedures and payment rates as well as what ASCs can expect from Medicare’s quality reporting program in 2021.
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If you’re planning on expanding your service line or have made a change recently, this is a webinar you won’t want to miss. During ASCA’s webinar, Best Practices in Surgical Instrument Reprocessing, scheduled for Tuesday, August 18, at 1:00 pm ET, participants will discuss guidelines for reprocessing medical devices, their role in protecting patient safety and the practices their facility can put in place to ensure compliance. 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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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 12+ CE credits!

Session highlights include Get Ready, Change is Coming: Designing the ASC of the (Near) Future, which discusses the physical plant needs of the coming years and glimpses into what ASCs may look like in the near future. Participants will identify what is required by CMS and by their state as well as what is needed by prospective patients and staff.

If you’re still not registered for ASCA 2020, sign up today!
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Visit the ASC Focus website to read the latest edition of ASC Focus magazine. Highlights of the August issue include how ASCs are adjusting to COVID-19 protocols, delivering personalized patient communication and how to help patients better understand their expenses.
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On August 4, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released proposed updates to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) for CY 2021. This rule annually updates professional payment rates to physicians for services rendered to Medicare beneficiaries, as well as updates to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) and other ancillary value-based payment programs.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

Harvard Business Review (08/10/20) Amit Jain; Tinglong Dai; Kristin Bibee; et al.
COVID-19 has exposed vulnerabilities in health care systems across the United States and world. To reduce infectious risk to patients and providers, and conserve critical resources — such as personal protective equipment, ventilators, and intensive care beds — most states in the U.S. enacted a temporary ban on elective surgery from March through May 2020.
Harvard Business Review (08/10/20) Amit Jain; Tinglong Dai; Kristin Bibee; et al.
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Health Leaders Media (08/10/20) Christopher Cheney
Joint use of the World Health Organization Surgical Safety Checklist and the Surgical Patient Safety System (SURPASS) checklist is beneficial for patients, recent research indicates. Patient safety has been a pressing issue in healthcare since 1999, with the publication of the landmark report To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System.
Health Leaders Media (08/10/20) Christopher Cheney
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Kaiser Health News (08/10/20) Bernard J. Wolfson
Dr. Ira Weintraub, a recently retired orthopedic surgeon who now works at a medical billing consultancy, saw a hip replacement bill for over $400,000 earlier this year. "The patient stayed in the hospital 17 days, which is only 17 times normal. The bill got paid," mused Weintraub, chief medical officer of Portland, Oregon-based WellRithms, which helps self-funded employers and workers' compensation insurers make sense of large, complex medical bills and ensure they pay the fair amount.
Kaiser Health News (08/10/20) Bernard J. Wolfson
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Docwire News (08/04/20)
A new white paper outlines how fewer people would die of colorectal cancer if health care providers adopted a new model of screening. The paper was laid out by the American Gastroenterological Association and published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
Docwire News (08/04/20)
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FDA News Release (08/07/20)
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Olinvyk (oliceridine), an opioid agonist for the management of moderate to severe acute pain in adults, where the pain is severe enough to require an intravenous opioid and for whom alternative treatments are inadequate. Olinvyk is indicated for short-term intravenous use in hospitals or other controlled clinical settings, such as during inpatient and outpatient procedures.
FDA News Release (08/07/20)
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AMA News Release (08/06/20)
As antibiotic resistance poses a growing threat to public health across the globe, new research published today from the American Medical Association (AMA) and The Pew Charitable Trusts (Pew) highlights the need for improved antibiotic stewardship in outpatient settings to combat antibiotic resistance. The organizations commissioned a joint study of 1,550 primary care physicians in the U.S. that identified barriers to reducing unnecessary antibiotic prescribing in outpatient settings and emphasized the need for physician and patient education to prevent the acceleration of antibiotic resistant infections.
AMA News Release (08/06/20)
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