ASCA News Digest (November 3, 2020)

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Save the Dates for These Virtual ASCA Courses
Mark your calendar for these two virtual courses scheduled for early 2021:
  • Infection Prevention for ASCs on February 1­–2: Get the resources you need to develop and maintain an infection prevention program that protects your patients and your ASC. This new course, comprised of two four-hour days, will also help you prepare for the Certified Ambulatory Infection Preventionist (CAIP)® exam.
  • Management Essentials for ASC Administrators on March 1­–2: This revamped course, formerly known as the CASC Review, will provide a comprehensive overview of the things every ASC administrator needs to know. This course takes place over two four-hour days and will also help you prepare for the Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC)® exam.
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Register now for 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 today!
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ASCA Chief Executive Officer Bill Prentice and Regulatory Counsel Kara Newbury will lead the “National Government Affairs Update” session at 10:30 am ET and will participate in the “Legislative Panel” at 12:00 pm ET at the Pennsylvania Ambulatory Surgery Association (PASA) Virtual Annual Meeting on November 9. During this event, participants will get informed on regulations, receive legislative updates and learn how to plan for the future success of their surgery centers.
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The 2021 editorial calendar of ASC Focus is now online. ASCA editors welcome contributions by external authors with expertise in the issues and topics relevant to the magazine’s audience: busy ASC professionals. Bring your ideas and pitch your stories to Sahely Mukerji. If you are interested in advertising, write Chris Schriever.
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Like the rest of the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Honduras and the Dominican Republic (DR), the two countries where One World Surgery (OWS) sends its medical mission teams. OWS is looking for physician volunteers to consult virtually with patients in both countries. Read this Digital Debut for more information on what these roles look like.
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On October 22, the US Department of Health & Human Services issued a Reporting Requirements Policy Update for recipients of funding from the Provider Relief Fund (PRF). The update announced revisions to the Post-Payment Notice of Reporting Requirements, which was initially released on September 19.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

USPSTF News Release (10/27/20)
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) today posted a draft recommendation statement on screening for colorectal cancer. For the first time, the Task Force is recommending that screening start at age 45.
USPSTF News Release (10/27/20)
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Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (10/28/20)
This joint cybersecurity advisory was coauthored by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This advisory describes the tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) used by cybercriminals against targets in the Healthcare and Public Health Sector (HPH) to infect systems with Ryuk ransomware for financial gain.
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (10/28/20)
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Joint Commission Online (10/28/20)
Effective January 1, 2021, The Joint Commission is eliminating its element of performance (EP) for Infection Control (IC) Standard IC.02.04.01 on organizations setting incremental influenza vaccination goals to try and achieve the 90 percent rate set by national initiatives. This comes after the August publication of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' "Healthy People 2030" goals, in which HHS removed its goal of reaching a 90 percent influenza vaccination rate.
Joint Commission Online (10/28/20)
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HHS News Release (10/29/20)
Responding to public health threats posed by the coronavirus pandemic, today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released an interim final rule with comment period that extends the compliance dates and timeframes necessary to meet certain requirements related to information blocking and Conditions and Maintenance of Certification requirements. Released to the public on March 9, 2020, ONC's Cures Act Final Rule established exceptions to the 21st Century Cures Act’s information blocking provision and adopted new health information technology (health IT) certification requirements to enhance patients’ smartphone access to their health information at no cost through the use of application programming interfaces.
HHS News Release (10/29/20)
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Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (10/28/20) Elizabeth Even
There's been a growing awareness of workplace violence potential in hospitals, but ambulatory providers are not immune. In fact, according to an executive brief issued by ECRI Patient Safety Organization in 2019, workplace violence is one of the top four key risks in ambulatory care.
Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (10/28/20) Elizabeth Even
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CMS Press Release (10/29/20)
Today, under President Trump's leadership, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services along with the Departments of Labor and the Department of the Treasury issued a historic final rule on price transparency, helping to ensure every American knows how much their healthcare will cost in advance and allowing them to make fully informed and value-conscious decisions. The rule requires most private health plans, including group health plans and individual health insurance market plans to disclose pricing and cost-sharing information and fulfills a key element of President Trump's Executive Order on price and quality transparency.
CMS Press Release (10/29/20)
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