ASCA News Digest (December 1, 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.

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The pandemic continues and communities across the country are seeing surges in the number of diagnosed cases of COVID-19. As those numbers multiply, so do the numbers and kinds of questions policymakers and the media are asking ASCA about the safety of outpatient surgery at this time.

ASCA needs good information to be able to advocate for you in Washington, DC, and your state capitol, so please take a few minutes to complete this brief survey. The survey deadline has been extended to tonight, December 1, at midnight, so if you haven’t already submitted your data, please do so now.
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Enjoy big savings on a full year of quality ASC education with ASCA's 2021 Webinar All-Access Pass. This popular pass provides access to all 15 webinars in ASCA’s 2021 series—both the live events and the recordings—at a fraction of the full purchase price.

This year’s webinars are divided into four tracks: Materials Manager, Clinical Director, Infection Preventionist and Administrator. All four tracks are included in the Webinar All-Access Pass. ASCA members enjoy a savings of $100.
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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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Register today for the ASCA 2021 Virtual Conference—now scheduled for April 26, May 3 and May 10, 2021.

You can learn more about ASCA’s decision to make ASCA 2021 an entirely virtual event, what to expect during the conference and how these decisions are affecting ASCA’s legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts in the newest episode of ASCA’s Advancing Surgical Care Podcast.
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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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For an ASC to be successful, its marketing must be successful. Has your facility addressed your center’s marketing needs in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Read this ASC Focus article to learn more about how to play up your strengths and how to share your new safety precautions with patients.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

CMS Press Release (11/25/20)
Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) outlined unprecedented comprehensive steps to increase the capacity of the American health care system to provide care to patients outside a traditional hospital setting amid a rising number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) hospitalizations across the country. These flexibilities include allowances for safe hospital care for eligible patients in their homes and updated staffing flexibility designed to allow ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) to provide greater inpatient care when needed.
CMS Press Release (11/25/20)
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American College of Surgeons (11/23/2020)
The recent resurgence of the COVID-19 virus across the United States has many states near or at bed and ICU capacity, and health care facilities are again struggling to meet the needs of patients presenting for essential surgery. Now in their ninth month of stretching to treat growing numbers of COVID-19 patients, health care organizations, physicians and nurses must be able to meet the escalating demands for patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and those in need of essential surgical services.
American College of Surgeons (11/23/2020)
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JAMA Surgery (11/11/20) Lorraine I. Kelley-Quon; Matthew G. Kirkpatrick; Robert L. Ricca; et al.
In this expert panel review and opinion, opioid misuse was found to occur frequently, particularly for adolescents with access to opioids, and nonopioid regimens were found to be effective to minimize or eliminate need for opioids after surgery. Families of children who undergo surgery want instruction on pain management before and after surgery.
JAMA Surgery (11/11/20) Lorraine I. Kelley-Quon; Matthew G. Kirkpatrick; Robert L. Ricca; et al.
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Ocular Surgery News (11/09/20) Patricia D. Nale
Even after the pandemic subsides, some trends in clinical and surgical care should continue, according to a speaker. "It just makes sense" to move in the direction of bilateral immediately sequential cataract surgery, Elizabeth Yeu, MD, said at the virtual Eyecelerator meeting.
Ocular Surgery News (11/09/20) Patricia D. Nale
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Renown Health (11/16/20)
In a collaboration designed to offer consumers additional convenient and affordable options for outpatient surgery, Surgery Center of Reno and Renown Health today announced a new partnership. "We are thrilled to bring a new level of convenience in surgical care to patients and providers in the Reno community and outlying areas, to deliver superior clinical quality and service, and make health care more affordable," said James Lynch, MD, President, and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Surgery Center of Reno.
Renown Health (11/16/20)
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AMA News Release (11/17/20)
The economic impact of COVID-19 on health care continues to reveal itself through reductions in patient volume and revenue and in higher practice costs. As the pandemic stretches on, physician practice viability remains under threat.
AMA News Release (11/17/20)
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Mission: The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) is the national membership association that represents ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and provides advocacy and resources to assist ASCs in delivering high-quality, cost-effective ambulatory surgery to all the patients they serve.

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