ASCA News Digest (November 10, 2020)

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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. ASCA members save $100 on each attendee. Register today!
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The ASC Quality Collaboration (ASC QC) is seeking an Executive Director to oversee all operations, functions and activities of the organization. Candidates must have extensive experience in ASC clinical quality and prior leadership experience. For information regarding the position responsibilities and candidate competencies, please visit the ASC QC website. Interested candidates must submit the required materials by November 30, 2020.
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In this episode of ASCA's Advancing Surgical Care Podcast, ASCA Chief Executive Officer Bill Prentice talks with Rebecca Craig, chief executive officer of Harmony Surgery Center, and Janie Kinsey, administrator of Surgicenter of Kansas City, about how ASCs are keeping their patients and healthcare workers safe by strictly adhering to both pre-pandemic and new COVID-19 infection prevention protocols.
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Federal agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US Department of Health & Human Services, issued a warning last month on an “increased and imminent cybercrime threat to US hospitals and healthcare providers.” The agencies reported that cybercriminals were targeting providers with ransomware, a type of malicious software designed to encrypt data with a security key known only to the cybercriminal.

Read this Digital Debut for more information on what ASCs can do to proactively protect their data.
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On November 2, ASCA submitted comments in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rule on Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology (MCIT) and the definition of “reasonable and necessary.” ASCA supported steps CMS is taking to ensure innovative technology is made available in a timely fashion for Medicare beneficiaries. ASCA did not support CMS’ proposal to codify a definition of “reasonable and necessary” under §1862(a)(1)(A) of the Social Security Act.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

FDA News Release (11/06/20) Patrizia Cavazzoni
Protecting patients from exposure to poor quality compounded drugs is a fundamental part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s drug compounding program, and we are committed to protecting patients. While compounded drugs can serve an important role for patients whose medical needs cannot be met by an FDA-approved drug product, these drugs have not been reviewed by the FDA for safety, effectiveness or quality.
FDA News Release (11/06/20) Patrizia Cavazzoni
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American College of Surgeons (10/30/2020)
Representatives Ami Bera, MD (CA-7) and Larry Bucshon, MD (IN-8), along with Representatives Brendan Boyle (PA-2), Raul Ruiz, MD (CA-36), Abby Finkenauer (IA-1), George Holding (NC-2), Phil Roe, MD (TN-1), and Roger Marshall, MD (KS-1) introduced legislation today that will protect patients’ access to surgical care by stopping cuts to Medicare payments for surgical specialties. The Holding Providers Harmless From Medicare Cuts During COVID-19 Act of 2020 will prevent the Medicare payment cuts from taking place on January 1, 2021.
American College of Surgeons (10/30/2020)
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GAO Reports (10/20)
In 2018, Medicare paid over $2 billion for anesthesia services such as those needed for surgery. In 2007, we reported that private insurance was paying about 3 times more for certain anesthesia services than Medicare was.
GAO Reports (10/20)
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WDVM (Maryland) (10/21/20) Emily Yinger
Tri-State Surgical Center is offering outpatient total knee replacement surgery. The surgery allows patients to get surgery and return home, all in the same day.
WDVM (Maryland) (10/21/20) Emily Yinger
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Ocular Surgery News (10/20/20) Robert Linnehan
Dropless or reduced drop cataract surgery can improve patient compliance, reduce costs, reduce ocular surface damage, and increase patient satisfaction and convenience, according to a speaker. "The advantages of dropless over traditional drops can be summarized by the three Cs: compliance, cost and complications," Kendall E. Donaldson, MD, MS, said at the virtual OSN New York meeting.
Ocular Surgery News (10/20/20) Robert Linnehan
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American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (11/01/20)
Each year, the AAOS Registry Program releases Annual Reports on its data. Below you will find links to download the current American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) Annual Report, its additional supplements, PowerPoint figure decks with the Report’s figures, as well as previous years' Reports.
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (11/01/20)
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