ASCA News Digest (November 17, 2020)

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ASCA and 26 other healthcare organizations requested that Congress extend the moratorium on Medicare reimbursement cuts for as long as the COVID-19 public health emergency continues. View the letter in ASCA’s COVID-19 Resource Center.
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Subscribers to ASCA's 2020 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey can now access their third-quarter (Q3) reports. To access the reports, log in to the survey portal and select the "Run Reports" tab.

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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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Visit the ASC Focus website to read the latest edition of ASC Focus magazine. Highlights of the November-December issue include “Marketing Your ASC in the COVID-19 Era,” “Collaboration Key to Infection Prevention” and “Improve ASC Outcomes Through Environmental Hygiene.”
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On November 12, ASCA joined the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) and Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA) in sending a letter urging Congress to eliminate the copay penalty that Medicare beneficiaries face when they receive some procedures in ASCs. Like other Part B services, a beneficiary’s copayment for ASC procedures is 20 percent of the procedure cost.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

Joint Commission Online (11/11/20)
The Joint Commission has modified its Environment of Care (EC) survey process for ambulatory surgery centers (those that are deemed and/or assigned life safety code surveyors), critical access hospitals, and hospitals. The change — which will go into effect Jan. 1, 2021 — eliminates the one-hour, sit-down EC discussion with members of the safety or EC committee.
Joint Commission Online (11/11/20)
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New York Times (11/15/20) Reed Abelson
Two years ago, Dr. Kelly McGregory opened her own pediatric practice just outside Minneapolis, where she could spend as much time as she wanted with patients and parents could get all of their questions answered. But just as her practice was beginning to thrive, the coronavirus hit the United States and began spreading across the country.
New York Times (11/15/20) Reed Abelson
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PR Newswire (11/10/20)
Sebela Pharmaceuticals today announces that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved SUTAB (sodium sulfate, magnesium sulfate, and potassium chloride) tablets. SUTAB, a sulfate-based tablet preparation for colonoscopy, was developed and will be marketed by Braintree Laboratories, the makers of SUPREP Bowel Prep Kit (sodium sulfate, potassium sulfate and magnesium sulfate) Oral Solution—the market leader in branded colonoscopy preparations.
PR Newswire (11/10/20)
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ZS (11/10/20) Prateek Harsh; Lea Ventura
The shift in site of surgical care from the inpatient hospital setting to the ambulatory surgery center (ASC) is not a new trend. Over the past 15 years, the number of procedures performed in the ASC has been steadily increasing due to a variety of factors and now more recently, due to COVID-19.
ZS (11/10/20) Prateek Harsh; Lea Ventura
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Mergers & Acquisitions (11/20) Demitri Diakantonis
Bain Capital Tech Opportunities is acquiring and combining HST Pathways and Casetabs, two cloud-based practice management providers for ambulatory surgery centers. Nexxus Holdings is also making a minority investment in the deal. "Given ASCs ability to provide equal if not better patient outcomes for low acuity surgeries at lower price points than hospitals, payors and regulators are beginning to allow even more surgeries to take place in ASCs," according to Bain.
Mergers & Acquisitions (11/20) Demitri Diakantonis
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Infection Control Today (11/11/20) Vol. 24, No. 10 Linda Spaulding
Preventing surgical site infections has long been the goal of hospitals across the United States. Important components for preventing SSIs are: implementation of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) 2017 updated guidelines for the prevention of SSIs, compliance with recommendations for proper prophylactic antimicrobial use for its efficacy against pathogens causing SSIs for specific procedures, self-monitoring of procedure and processes with the surgical suites, rounding by the hospital's infection preventionist, [and] following guidelines from credible organizations.
Infection Control Today (11/11/20) Vol. 24, No. 10 Linda Spaulding
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