ASCA News Digest (August 25, 2020)

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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 (HOPD). As promised in the initial rule release, ASCA is preparing resources to help members understand the impact the rule may have on their facilities.
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During ASCA’s webinar, How to Succeed When a CMS Survey Strikes, scheduled for Tuesday, September 8, at 1:00 pm ET, participants walk through a typical day in the life of a Medicare survey, discuss current survey deficiency trends and identify important compliance strategies that will assist in maintaining a continued state of survey readiness. 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 10+ CE credits!

Session highlights include Performing Spine Procedures in the ASC: From the Trenches to the Mountaintops, in which an administrator with 14 years of experience describes the successes and pitfalls of running a spine facility, offers insights into the processes she's found to be most and least helpful and examines the limitations and future potential of spine procedures in the outpatient setting.

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As ASCs settle in after being back from the COVID-19 lockdown, they are reporting various personnel concerns. Read this Digital Debut on how surgery centers around the country are finding creative ways to prevent staff burnout while dealing with overloaded schedules.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

Joint Commission Dateline @ TJC blog (08/20/20) Robert Campbell
The Joint Commission continues to receive questions regarding USP Chapter 797 and its revisions along with expectations for compliance with USP Chapter 800. This updated guidance supersedes previous statements released by The Joint Commission related to medication compounding.
Joint Commission Dateline @ TJC blog (08/20/20) Robert Campbell
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RAC Monitor (08/19/2020) Ronald Hirsch
Medicare's often-misunderstood inpatient-only list may soon be departing, as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed to eliminate it over the next three years, as outlined in the 2021 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Proposed Rule. First introduced 20 years ago, the list designates surgeries that require inpatient care because of the invasive nature of the procedure, the need for at least 24 hours of postoperative recovery time, or the underlying physical condition of the patient requiring the surgery.
RAC Monitor (08/19/2020) Ronald Hirsch
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JAMA Surgery (08/19/20) Saunders Lin; Karen J. Brasel; Ougni Chakraborty; et al.
Is the implementation of Medicaid expansion through the Affordable Care Act associated with changes in the use of outpatient general surgical care in states with expanded Medicaid coverage vs states without expanded Medicaid coverage? In this case-control study of 207,176 adult patients from 4 U.S. states, Medicaid expansion was associated with a 10 percent increase in outpatient laparoscopic cholecystectomies, a 26 percent increase in lumpectomies, and a 16 percent increase in laparoscopic hernia repairs; all of these increases were statistically significant.
JAMA Surgery (08/19/20) Saunders Lin; Karen J. Brasel; Ougni Chakraborty; et al.
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BJS (08/18/20) Yoav Mintz; Alberto Arezzo; Luigi Boni; et al.
The issue of protecting the operating room (OR) team from patient infection transmission is well known. When energy-driven instruments were introduced, surgical smoke, potentially containing bacteria and viruses1, became an additional danger for the OR team.
BJS (08/18/20) Yoav Mintz; Alberto Arezzo; Luigi Boni; et al.
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Norwich Bulletin (08/22/20) John Penney
The Hartford HealthCare group hopes to expand its offerings with a new ambulatory surgical center inside an existing facility in town. The healthcare group has applied for a certificate of need through the state’s Office of Health Strategy to bring the new outpatient medical service to the second floor of the Hartford HealthCare Family Medical Center.
Norwich Bulletin (08/22/20) John Penney
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Healio Primary Care Optometry News (08/17/20)
The Vision Council’s 2019 VisionWatch Cataract Report conducted in December indicated that cataract procedures would increase annually over the next several years. The report measured changes in consumer behavior related to vision and vision correction after cataract surgery, the group said in a press release.
Healio Primary Care Optometry News (08/17/20)
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