ASCA News Digest (August 18, 2020)

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ASCA HIGHLIGHTS

Last week, ASCA celebrated Member Appreciation Week. During this celebration, members entered to win prizes and enjoyed special sales on ASCA 2020 On Demand, the 2020 Webinar All-Access Pass, the Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey and more. Thanks to all who participated!
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Hosting a facility tour is the best way to educate your members of Congress about the ASC community and how COVID-19 has impacted your operations.

Sign up with ASCA to host a virtual facility tour and receive ASCA's new Virtual Tour Kit—designed to help your facility every step of the way!
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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 11+ CE credits!

Session highlights include CMS Quality Reporting for ASCs, which discusses what quality reporting is required now and the key definitions and answers to frequently asked questions about the measures your ASC needs to report.

If you’re still not registered for ASCA 2020, sign up today!
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Subscribers to ASCA's 2020 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey can now access their second-quarter (Q2) reports. To access the reports, log in to the survey portal and select the "Run Reports" tab.

Not yet subscribed to the 2020 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey? Sign up today to keep your ASC on track in 2020 and beyond.
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ASCs can be optimistic about the 2021 proposed payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released last week. The tone of the rule was positive toward ASCs and a common thread running through was a recognition that physician decision-making is the best arbiter for determining the appropriate setting for beneficiary care. Read this Digital Debut for more on what CMS proposes.
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On August 4, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2021 proposed payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs). As promised in the initial rule release, ASCA is preparing resources to help members understand the impact the rule may have on their facilities. The 2021 Proposed Rule Rate Calculator, an ASCA members-only resource, is now on ASCA’s Medicare Payment Resources page.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

The Hill (08/14/20) Brooke Seipel
The Food and Drug Administration announced on Friday that it has created its first list of medical supplies that are facing a shortage just hours after President Trump touted the administration's production of personal protective equipment and other devices. In an effort to prevent stockpiling or hoarding of supplies, the list does not reveal the product manufacturers, but lists that ventilators, respirators, masks, surgical gowns, gloves and sterile swabs are on short supply.
The Hill (08/14/20) Brooke Seipel
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Health Leaders Media (08/07/20) Christopher Cheney
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is impacting the market for health systems and hospitals acquiring physician practices, a recent report says. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on independent physician practices.
Health Leaders Media (08/07/20) Christopher Cheney
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MedTech Dive (08/14/20) Nick Paul Taylor
Four national healthcare associations proposed a roadmap Thursday to facilitate continuation of essential surgery at a time when COVID-19 cases are filling up hospitals in some regions. The American College of Surgeons, American Hospital Association and two other groups are calling for healthcare providers to cooperate to address capacity needs and source the personal protective equipment they need to safely perform procedures.
MedTech Dive (08/14/20) Nick Paul Taylor
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Journal of Clinical Anesthesia (09/01/2020) Vol. 64 Franklin Dexter; Mohamed Elhakim; Randy W. Loftus; et al.
We performed a narrative review to explore the economics of daily operating room management decisions for ambulatory surgery centers following resolution of the acute phase of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. It is anticipated that there will be a substantive fraction of patients who will be contagious, but asymptomatic at the time of surgery.
Journal of Clinical Anesthesia (09/01/2020) Vol. 64 Franklin Dexter; Mohamed Elhakim; Randy W. Loftus; et al.
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MedPage Today (08/13/20) Cheryl Clark
Medicare's new proposed rule would move 266 procedures -- including dozens of amputation, replantation, and bone graft surgery codes -- out of the federal "inpatient only," or IPO, reimbursement list so they could be performed in a hospital outpatient department. If the rule is finalized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, beneficiaries undergoing those procedures would generally have an option to leave the facility the same day, or before two midnights have elapsed, to complete their recovery at home.
MedPage Today (08/13/20) Cheryl Clark
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CDC Partner Relations Group Communication (08/13/20)
CDC is interested in hearing from patients with acute or chronic pain, patients' family members and/or caregivers, and healthcare providers who care for patients with pain or conditions that can complicate pain management (e.g., opioid use disorder (OUD) or overdose). As part of this effort, CDC will be holding approximately 100 individual conversations with stakeholders over the phone or through an internet-enabled virtual platform. CDC is asking stakeholders interested in participating to contact CDC at InjuryCenterEngage@cdc.gov no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT August 21, 2020.
CDC Partner Relations Group Communication (08/13/20)
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