ASCA News Digest (October 27, 2020)

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Register by this Saturday, October 31, to save $50 on the ASCA 2021 Virtual Coding & Reimbursement Seminar! This popular seminar—now a virtual event—provides essential training for ASC billers and coders.

During three afternoons in January—Monday, January 11; Tuesday, January 19; and Monday, January 25—you’ll hear from industry experts as they discuss the coding and billing updates for 2021 and share strategies you can use to maximize your ASC’s reimbursements. Register now to save $50!
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ASCA’s 2021 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey includes several exciting new features, including a new specialty-specific section for ophthalmology procedures and free access to the new ASCA e-booklet Benchmarking Basics for ASCs. Subscribers to the 2021 survey are also invited to participate in Virtual Book Club discussions about this new online publication.

The Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey provides valuable quality and performance data you can use to improve clinical outcomes, billing performance, staffing and more at your ASC. ASCA members save $150 on subscriptions. Purchase your 2021 survey subscription today!
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This Friday, October 30, at 7:00 pm CT, One World Surgery (OWS)—a nonprofit that delivers high-quality surgical services globally—will host a virtual gala. ASCA is a premier sponsor of the gala and ASCA members may attend for free to learn more about OWS and get involved in its medical missions, for which the ASCA Foundation provides scholarships.
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Data submission for the third quarter (Q3) of ASCA’s 2020 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey closes this Saturday, October 31. Subscribers should make sure to submit their data by the deadline to get a complete picture of trends for the year.
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The ASCA 2020 Virtual Conference & Expo is available on demand through this Saturday, October 31. If you’ve registered for this exciting virtual event, this is your last chance to watch recordings of all the sessions, request CEs and visit the virtual expo hall.
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Last month, the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) published the Post-Payment Notice of Reporting Requirements and a summary of reporting requirements for Provider Relief Fund (PRF) recipients. The notice specifies the information that providers must submit. Read this Digital Debut for more information on what ASCs need to know about these requirements.
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On October 15, ASCA sent a letter to US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar raising concerns with the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) reporting requirements, including the low threshold of $10,000 that initiated reporting requirements. The letter was sent in response to the recently released Post-Payment Notice of Reporting Requirements.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

The Hill (10/23/20) Celine Castronuevo
A report released this week from the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota said that COVID-19-related drug shortages in the United States have reached "unacceptable" levels. "Ensuring a Resilient US Prescription Drug Supply" is the sixth report in the center's series titled, "COVID-19: The CIDRAP Viewpoint."
The Hill (10/23/20) Celine Castronuevo
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Medscape (10/19/20) Batya Yasgur
A recent Medscape survey found there were high levels of loneliness, stress, and burnout in physicians during the COVID-19 pandemic. Isolation and relationship stress add to the problem.
Medscape (10/19/20) Batya Yasgur
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Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (10/20/20)
In a historic move, Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) and Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) are joining to form a single company with the programs, knowledge and resources to provide complete, quality accreditation and certification services to healthcare providers globally across the entire continuum of care. HFAP will operate as a brand within ACHC, and collectively the organization will be known as ACHC.
Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (10/20/20)
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Healio Primary Care (10/16/20) Janel Miller
An artificial intelligence tool based on data from patients’ electronic medical records correctly identified which patients would need high doses of opioids after surgery, according to findings presented at Anesthesiology 2020. "Being able to target the right treatment to the right patient is important to not only to reduce opioid use, but also to ensure that patients receive the treatment that is right for them," Mieke S. Soens, MD, an instructor of anesthesia at Brigham and Women's Hospital, told Healio Primary Care.
Healio Primary Care (10/16/20) Janel Miller
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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (10/16/20)
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposes that the evidence is sufficient to cover a blood-based biomarker test as an appropriate colorectal cancer screening test once every 3 years, or at the interval designated in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) label if the FDA indicates a specific test interval, for Medicare beneficiaries when performed in a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA)-certified laboratory, when ordered by a treating physician and when all of the following requirements are met. The currently available Epi proColon test does not meet the proposed criteria for an appropriate blood based biomarker CRC screening test.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (10/16/20)
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ASC Focus (10/01/20)
The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) of Skokie, Illinois, received a four-year accreditation of its healthcare standards from the International Society for Quality in Health Care's (ISQua) External Evaluation Association (IEEA) International Accreditation Programme (IAP), according to an October 21 press release. "This award further demonstrates our commitment to establishing best practices in ambulatory healthcare worldwide," said Noel M. Adachi, president and chief executive officer of AAAHC, in the release.
ASC Focus (10/01/20)
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