ASCA News Digest (February 23, 2021)

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Register today for the ASCA 2021 Virtual Conference—scheduled for April 26, May 3 and May 10. For more than two decades, ASCA’s annual conference has remained the premier, can’t-miss event for the ASC community and this year’s conference is no different. ASCA 2021 will feature nearly 50 educational sessions, ample networking opportunities and a virtual expo hall filled with ASC industry vendors. Attendees can participate in the live event or watch recordings on demand at their convenience. Register now!
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If your ASC’s employees see something unsafe, do they feel comfortable asking questions or speaking up? Do staff members feel rushed between procedures or do they have enough time to properly prepare for the next patient?

Find out with the new Culture of Safety Survey—an electronic survey that evaluates how well your ASC’s organizational culture supports patient safety. The data submission period for the 2021 survey will open next Monday, March 1, and close April 15. You must subscribe by March 31 in order to participate in the 2021 survey. Survey subscriptions are $100 per ASC.
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Sign up today for ASCA’s new Management Essentials for ASC Administrators virtual course, which is happening live next Monday, March 1, and Tuesday, March 2, and will be available on demand afterwards. If you plan to join the live broadcast, you must register by tomorrow, February 24, at 5:00 pm ET.

Registrants will hear from expert faculty with extensive experience in ASC management as they discuss what ASC leaders need to know about compliance, finance, quality management and human resources—and how to keep up with the latest information about these critical operational areas. This virtual course will also help you prepare for the Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC)® exam.
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If you haven't already, renew your ASCA membership for 2021 before it expires this Sunday, February 28. ASCA membership provides your entire staff with access to vital educational resources, great networking opportunities, essential industry news and practical tools to use daily in your facility. Members can renew via the online portal on ASCA’s website or by returning the renewal notice received in the mail.
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Amanda Hawkins, CASC, director of The Surgery Center of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, joined the ASCA Board of Directors in 2019. She will serve a three-year term. All members of the ASCA Board also serve on the ASCA Foundation Board. Read this Digital Debut featuring Amanda Hawkins as she talks about participating in the Hospitals Without Walls (HWOW) program.
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On February 11, the US House Committee on Ways and Means advanced legislation that would provide additional federal support in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Compared to past relief efforts, this bill has a narrower scope of healthcare-related provisions.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

Associated Press (02/14/21) Tammy Webber
One patient threatened to shoot Dr. Terry Hunt if physical therapy didn't relieve his pain as effectively as opioids did. Another harassed his staff, then roamed a hospital searching for Hunt after being told he would be weaned off painkillers he had used inappropriately.
Associated Press (02/14/21) Tammy Webber
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FDA Safety Communication (02/19/21)
The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has caused an increase in the use of pulse oximeters, and a recent report (Sjoding et al.) suggests that the devices may be less accurate in people with dark skin pigmentation. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is informing patients and health care providers that although pulse oximetry is useful for estimating blood oxygen levels, pulse oximeters have limitations and a risk of inaccuracy under certain circumstances that should be considered.
FDA Safety Communication (02/19/21)
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PR Newswire (02/12/21)
Physicians Thrive is pleased to announce the "2020 Physician Compensation Report" is now available for download. The report highlights how physicians in different medical specialties and regions of the United States are being compensated for their work, the gender wage gap, the impact of COVID-19 on physician compensation, how much physicians are earning in bonuses and incentives, and which specialties are in the greatest demand.
PR Newswire (02/12/21)
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PR Newswire (02/16/21)
Richard Rosenfield MD, medical director of Pearl Surgicenter, has been performing ambulatory outpatient gynecologic surgery since opening doors in 2005 in Portland's very own Pearl District. Rosenfield says that many large companies are looking for better healthcare pathways for their valued employees.
PR Newswire (02/16/21)
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Gastroenterology (02/21) Yazmin San Miguel; Joshua Demb; Maria Elena Martinez; et al.
The optimal time interval for diagnostic colonoscopy completion after an abnormal stool-based colorectal cancer (CRC) screening test is uncertain. We examined the association between time to colonoscopy and CRC outcomes among individuals who underwent diagnostic colonoscopy after abnormal stool-based screening.
Gastroenterology (02/21) Yazmin San Miguel; Joshua Demb; Maria Elena Martinez; et al.
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Johns Hopkins Hub (02/04/21)
Shortages of many essential drugs amid the COVID-19 crisis reveal serious vulnerabilities in the systems for supplying and distributing pharmaceuticals in the United States, according to a new report led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In the report, "The Pandemic and the Supply Chain," the researchers identify multiple problems in the drug supply chain, and then recommend specific policy actions that the Food and Drug Administration and Congress could take to reduce current drug shortages and prevent future shortages—creating incentives for more U.S.-based production of essential pharmaceuticals, for example.
Johns Hopkins Hub (02/04/21)
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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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