ASCA News Digest (September 22, 2020)

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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 6+ CE credits!

Session highlights include Finance - Bringing It All Together, in which participants can bring their most pressing financial concerns and discuss real-life ASC financial issues, exchange ideas and suggestions and share solutions that have worked and pitfalls to avoid.

If you’re still not registered, sign up for ASCA 2020 today!
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During ASCA’s webinar, Strategies to Recruit and Retain Physicians in the ASC, scheduled for next Tuesday, September 29, at 1:00 pm ET, participants will explore strategies for attracting and retaining physicians that they can incorporate into their daily and weekly routines. 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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Purchase your copy of Finance & Accounting for ASCs, 4th Edition. This essential resource—published just last year—covers the fundamental concepts that every ASC manager needs to know and is illustrated with real-world examples from ASCs like yours. ASCA members save $50 on this must-read publication. Buy your copy today.
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Come November 14, a revised length of stay requirement will take effect in Nebraska ASCs. Governor Peter Ricketts (R) signed LB 783 into law last month to make Nebraska the 29th state to successfully update its length of stay hours to match the CMS length of stay requirement for ASCs. Read this Digital Debut on how the governor’s signature marked the end of an endeavor nearly four years in the making to modernize Nebraska’s length of stay requirements.
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On September 10, the US Senate failed to advance a narrow COVID-19 relief bill. Among other provisions, the bill would have provided an extra $300 per week in federal unemployment benefits, another round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding, more money for testing and liability protections for healthcare providers.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

Advancing Surgical Care (09/22/20) Jing Xu; Lane Koenig; Julia Sheriff; et al.
New analysis shows ASCs now reduce Medicare costs by more than $4 billion each year and projects annual savings of $12 billion by 2028.
Advancing Surgical Care (09/22/20) Jing Xu; Lane Koenig; Julia Sheriff; et al.
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Institute for Healthcare Improvement (09/14/20)
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)-convened National Steering Committee for Patient Safety (NSC) today announced the release of a National Action Plan intended to provide health systems with renewed momentum and clearer direction for eliminating preventable medical harm. Safer Together: A National Action Plan to Advance Patient Safety draws fromevidence-based practices, widely known and effective interventions, exemplar case examples, and newer innovations.
Institute for Healthcare Improvement (09/14/20)
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SHEA News Release (09/17/20)
All healthcare personnel should be immunized against vaccine preventable diseases recommended by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (CDC/ACIP) as a condition of employment, according to a new policy statement by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. The broad statement of support of the vaccination recommendations, published in the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, suggests medical contraindications as the only exception to receiving recommended immunizations.
SHEA News Release (09/17/20)
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WebMD (09/18/20) Robert Preidt
Many Americans at high risk for colon cancer don't know how often they need to have a screening colonoscopy, researchers say. The report follows the recent death of actor Chadwick Boseman, who died Aug. 28 at age 43 after a private, four-year battle with colon cancer.
WebMD (09/18/20) Robert Preidt
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Annals of Surgery (08/20) Vol. 272, No. 2, P. e47 Jessica I. Billig; Erika D. Sears
Surgical outcomes, such as mortality and complication rates, can be substantially affected by delays in care. For emergency surgery, access to “round-the-clock” operating rooms, personnel, and surgeons is associated with lower mortality rates.
Annals of Surgery (08/20) Vol. 272, No. 2, P. e47 Jessica I. Billig; Erika D. Sears
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AJMC.com (09/15/20) Parth K. Modi; Nicholas Moloci; Lindsay A. Herrel; et al.
Medicare Shared Savings Program ACO alignment was associated with savings on surgical care. These savings resulted from increased outpatient surgery and reduced use of inpatient surgery, as well as reduced spending per inpatient surgical episode. Greater focus on surgical care may improve the ability of ACOs to control health care spending.
AJMC.com (09/15/20) Parth K. Modi; Nicholas Moloci; Lindsay A. Herrel; et al.
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