ASCA News Digest (October 13, 2020)

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced amended terms for payments issued under the Accelerated and Advance Payment (AAP) Program as required by recent action by President Trump and Congress. Repayment will now begin one year from the issuance date of each provider or supplier’s accelerated or advance payment.
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A new ASC Quality Collaboration survey shows ASCs performed outpatient surgery safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, with virtually no heightened risk of patients contracting the virus. Read the survey results and listen to the most recent episode of the Advancing Surgical Care Podcast, “Monitoring Patient Safety during the Pandemic,” to learn more.
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During ASCA’s webinar, Optimizing Profitability Through Engagement and Team Alignment, scheduled for next Tuesday, October 20, at 1:00 pm ET, participants will discuss strategies on how to bridge the gap between their clinical and materials management teams and the revenue cycle management team to help unite and lead their centers to better results. 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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Data collection for the third quarter (Q3) of ASCA’s 2020 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey is open through October 31. Subscribers should make sure to submit their data by the deadline in order to get a complete picture of trends for the year.

Not yet subscribed to the 2020 survey? Purchase a subscription now.
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Visit the ASC Focus website to read the latest edition of ASC Focus magazine. Highlights of the October issue include “Building an Ophthalmic ASC,” “Considering Single-Use Products” and “The Evolution of Device-Intensive Procedures.”
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On October 5, ASCA submitted formal comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in response to the 2021 proposed payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPD) as well as proposed updates to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS).
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INDUSTRY NEWS

University of Bristol News (U.K.) (10/06/20)
Since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been much debate about the danger to hospital staff from anaesthetic procedures. Concerns include that placing a tube in the patient's airway (intubation) before surgery or removing it at the end (extubation) may produce a fine mist of small particles (called aerosols) and spread the COVID-19 virus to nearby staff.
University of Bristol News (U.K.) (10/06/20)
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Observer-Reporter (Penn.) (10/01/20) Kristin Emery
When the COVID-19 pandemic started and Western Pennsylvania went into lockdown, many doctor's offices were closed, appointments were canceled and patients were forced to delay preventive care. Nationwide, colonoscopy numbers plummeted by 88% in mid-April and were still a third lower than normal at the end of June.
Observer-Reporter (Penn.) (10/01/20) Kristin Emery
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American Dental Association News (10/06/20)
The ADA and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry are asking the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to update the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System in order to improve patient access to dental procedures in hospitals and surgery centers. In an Oct. 2 letter to CMS administrator Seema Verma, ADA President Chad P. Gehani and AAPD President Jessica A. Lee broke down how the Medicare payment policies under the current payment systems are "significantly" impacting patient access to dental procedures that require the use of hospital or ambulatory surgery center operating rooms.
American Dental Association News (10/06/20)
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Burlington Free Press (10/05/20) Dan D'Ambrosio
The Vermont Supreme Court denied an appeal by the Green Mountain Surgery Center to free it from a regulatory ruling that limits the services it can offer to patients, which also limits the options for care for residents of Chittenden County and beyond. The court on Friday upheld an order from the Green Mountain Care Board that prevents the Colchester surgery center from adding new specialties without first getting approval from the board.
Burlington Free Press (10/05/20) Dan D'Ambrosio
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Oasis Surgery Center (10/08/20)
OASIS Surgery Center recently celebrated the grand opening of its new 38,000 square-foot facility at 7000 Whipple Ave NW with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The OASIS expansion project is a state-of-the-art surgery center with six operating rooms and two pain management procedure rooms.
Oasis Surgery Center (10/08/20)
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Joint Commission Press Release (10/07/20)
The use of telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic has skyrocketed, enabling the timely delivery and continuity of safe patient care while preventing exposure to the coronavirus. This continuity of care is especially important for patients with chronic disease, the elderly, and behavioral health care patients who require routine check-ins with their providers.
Joint Commission Press Release (10/07/20)
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