ASCA News Digest (September 9, 2020)

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The Labor Day Sale is still in full swing! For the rest of this week, save 50% on the ASCA 2020 On Demand Conference & Expo and the Virtual CASC Review. Both programs are available on demand through October 31. Don’t miss out—register by this Friday, September 11, to take advantage of this Labor Day Sale!
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You can now renew your ASCA membership online via ASCA’s website. With your membership comes a variety of benefits that help you run your ASC more efficiently, provide quality patient care and stay up to date on industry trends and regulations. See all the ways you can put your ASCA benefits to good use.

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Next Friday, September 18, is the last day to apply for the October Certified Ambulatory Infection Preventionist (CAIP)™ exam. CAIP is the first credential designed specifically for infection preventionists in the ASC industry. The exam period is October 1–31. Take the next step in your career—apply today.
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During ASCA’s webinar, Bringing Out the Best in Your Staff: Go Beyond Your Comfort Zone, scheduled for Tuesday, September 22, at 1:00 pm ET, participants will learn how to create a culture where accountability, encouragement, teamwork and motivation are principles that are palpable throughout their organization. Register for this webinar 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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Visit the ASC Focus website to read the latest edition of ASC Focus magazine. Highlights of the September issue cover how to operate your ASC during a pandemic, including how to properly collaborate with your partners during COVID-19, how to disinfect, handle and store endoscopes, managing drug supplies and more.
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Earlier this week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology (MCIT) and Definition of “Reasonable and Necessary” proposed rule to provide more timely national Medicare coverage for breakthrough devices that have US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) market authorization. Under the proposed rule, new MCIT coverage would begin on the same day as FDA market authorization for breakthrough devices and would last for four years.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

Washington Post (09/05/20) Joel Achenbach; Rachel Weiner
Infectious-disease experts are warning of a potential cold-weather surge of coronavirus cases — a long-feared “second wave” of infections and deaths, possibly at a catastrophic scale. It could begin well before Election Day, Nov. 3, although researchers assume the crest would come weeks later, closer to when fall gives way to winter.
Washington Post (09/05/20) Joel Achenbach; Rachel Weiner
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Health Leaders Media (09/02/20) Jack O'Brien
Overall physician compensation increased 3.8 percent according to an AMGA Consulting survey released Wednesday. While physician compensation rose, work relative value unit production "remained stagnant" with an increase of 0.56 percent last year.
Health Leaders Media (09/02/20) Jack O'Brien
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AMA News Release (09/01/20)
The first major overhaul in more than 25 years to the codes and guidelines for office and other outpatient evaluation and management (E/M) services was included in today’s release of the 2021 Current Procedural Terminology code set published by the American Medical Association. These foundational modifications were designed to make E/M office visit coding and documentation simpler and more flexible, freeing physicians and care teams from clinically irrelevant administrative burdens that led to time-wasting note bloat and box checking.
AMA News Release (09/01/20)
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CMS Press Release (09/03/20)
Today, under the leadership of President Trump, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched Care Compare, a streamlined redesign of eight existing CMS healthcare compare tools available on Medicare.gov. Care Compare provides a single user-friendly interface that patients and caregivers can use to make informed decisions about healthcare based on cost, quality of care, volume of services, and other data.
CMS Press Release (09/03/20)
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AAAHC News Release (09/01/20)
With its mission to improve health care quality through accreditation, the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) has published version 41 of the Accreditation Handbook for Medicare Deemed Status. Released today, the revised edition provides the most current information and guidance for organizations seeking AAAHC Medicare Deemed Status (MDS) accreditation and promotes best practice for the safety and care of patients and staff within the ambulatory setting.
AAAHC News Release (09/01/20)
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ThinkAnthem (08/28/20)
Over the next decade, the U.S. healthcare system has an opportunity to realize savings of approximately $12 billion if just one in five upper gastrointestinal and colonoscopy procedures move from hospital outpatient departments to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). ASCs have consistently demonstrated the ability to provide the same high quality outcomes as hospital-based settings and can offer patients more convenience by adding more locations to receive care and better scheduling options.
ThinkAnthem (08/28/20)
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