ASCA News Digest (May 4, 2021)

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The second day of the ASCA 2021 Virtual Conference was a success! The live conference will conclude with the third, and final, day next Monday, May 10. If you haven’t yet signed up, don’t worry—there’s still time to participate in this essential event for ASC professionals. If you register now, not only can you watch the day three sessions live, you can also watch all the sessions you missed from days one and two as on-demand recordings. Register today!
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ASCA is developing educational programs and content for next year—and we need your input. If you have suggestions for topics you want to see covered and/or speakers you would like to hear from in 2022, please let us know.

We are seeking topic and speaker suggestions for all of ASCA's programs, including:
  • ASCA 2022 Conference & Expo
  • 2022 Winter Seminar
  • 2022 Webinar Series
  • ASC Focus magazine articles
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In March, ASCA introduced a bimonthly survey series called 60-Second Survey designed to take the pulse of the ASC community and help ASCA provide the most up-to-date outreach and advocacy. Take the second survey about your facility’s experience with electronic health records (EHRs) today!
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Make plans to participate in ASCA’s 2021 Salary & Benefits Survey, which will be open from June 1–30. This survey collects national, regional and state data on 20+ ASC positions and is a vital tool that assists ASCs in attracting and retaining the best employees.

The survey is open to all ASCs, and there is no cost to participate. Both ASCA members and nonmembers who complete at least 40 percent of the survey will receive personalized results for free.
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The ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program data submission deadline is rapidly approaching on May 17, 2021. ASCs that fail to report by the deadline are subject to a 2 percent cut to their fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare reimbursements for the following year. Read this Digital Debut to find out more.
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Effective April 21, US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra extended the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) another 90 days through July 19, 2021. This extension is consistent with an HHS letter to state governors in January informing them that these 90-day extensions will likely continue for the rest of 2021.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

Joint Commission Dateline @ TJC blog (04/27/21) Falguni Shah
An estimated 41 percent of adults in the U.S. have avoided medical care during the pandemic because of concerns about COVID-19. Even though restrictions are lifting in many states, delayed care has far reaching implications for screening and disease management.
Joint Commission Dateline @ TJC blog (04/27/21) Falguni Shah
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Hartford Business Journal (05/03/21) Liese Klein
Surgical Care Affiliates, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group’s Optum division, filed a certificate of need with the state late last year to take a controlling interest in the Bloomfield facility, along with another bid to take control of a Stamford ambulatory surgical center. Surgical Care Affiliates took over management of the Bloomfield center in December, adding to its roster of eight other surgical facilities across the state.
Hartford Business Journal (05/03/21) Liese Klein
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MySanAntonio.com (04/30/21) Sarah Martinez
One San Antonio doctor is taking matters into her own hands to address the lack of healthcare services on the city's South Side. Dr. Lyssa Ochoa and healthcare administrator Carl Negley want to improve South Side residents' access to healthcare.
MySanAntonio.com (04/30/21) Sarah Martinez
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Ocular Surgery News (04/28/21) Maria Marabito
In a Canadian study of cataract surgery outcomes among variously focused practices, results favored practices with a narrow or moderately diverse focus on cataract surgery. However, "When non-cataract operations comprised the majority of surgeons' surgical cases, there was an increased risk of adverse events," Robert J. Campbell, MD, MSc, and colleagues wrote in Ophthalmology.
Ocular Surgery News (04/28/21) Maria Marabito
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EurekAlert (04/29/21)
In a Correspondence article published in the April 29, 2021 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers from University Hospitals (UH) Cleveland Medical Center, and New York Presbyterian Hospital - Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, found a substantial reduction in the use of minimally invasive surgery for cervical cancer after publication of the results a major study called the Laparoscopic Approach to Cervical Cancer (LACC) in November 2018. The earlier study, which compared minimally invasive surgery with open abdominal radical hysterectomy in patients with early-stage cervical cancer, found that minimally invasive surgery was associated with worse disease-free and overall survival than open surgery.
EurekAlert (04/29/21)
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HHS News Release (04/27/21)
In an effort to get evidenced-based treatment to more Americans with opioid use disorder, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is releasing new buprenorphine practice guidelines that among other things, remove a longtime requirement tied to training, which some practitioners have cited as a barrier to treating more people. Signed by HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, the Practice Guidelines for the Administration of Buprenorphine for Treating Opioid Use Disorder exempt eligible physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists and certified nurse midwives from federal certification requirements related to training, counseling and other ancillary services that are part of the process for obtaining a waiver to treat up to 30 patients with buprenorphine.
HHS News Release (04/27/21)
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