ASCA News Digest (October 13, 2021)

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Infection Prevention in ASCs,” the newest episode in ASCA’s Advancing Surgical Care Podcast, features ASCA Chief Executive Officer Bill Prentice talking with Cindy Young, administrator of the Surgery Center of Farmington in Farmington, Missouri, and Rebecca Craig, chief executive officer of Harmony Surgery Center in Fort Collins, Colorado, about keeping surgical patients safe from infections.
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Reserve your spot now for ASCA’s 2022 Virtual Coding & Reimbursement Seminar! This popular virtual seminar provides essential training for ASC billers and coders.

During three afternoons in January—Monday, January 10; Tuesday, January 18; and Monday, January 24—you’ll hear from industry experts as they discuss the coding and billing updates for 2022 and share strategies you can use to maximize your ASC’s reimbursements.
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Join us next Tuesday, October 19, at 1:00 pm ET for the second webinar in the Administrator track. During Investigating Income Statements, participants will learn how to analyze their income statements and use other monthly financial documents to understand the story behind the numbers.

This webinar is also included in ASCA’s 2021 Webinar All-Access Pass, which provides access to all 17 webinars in this year’s series for one low fee.
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Data submission for the third quarter (Q3) of ASCA’s 2021 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey is now open. Subscribers should make sure to submit their data by Sunday, October 31, to get a complete picture of trends for the year.

Not yet subscribed to the 2021 survey? Purchase a subscription now.
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Visit the ASC Focus website to read the latest edition of the ASC Focus magazine. Highlights of this issue include “Develop an Effective ASC Compliance Plan,” “Leverage Your ASC’s IT to Its Fullest” and “Prevent Ransomware Attacks.”
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On September 30, the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), the US Department of Labor and the US Department of the Treasury, along with the US Office of Personnel Management, released an interim final rule with comment period entitled “Requirements Related to Surprise Billing; Part II.” This rule implements additional protections against surprise medical bills under the No Surprises Act, including provisions related to the independent dispute resolution process, good faith estimates for uninsured (or self-pay) individuals, the patient-provider dispute resolution process and expanded rights to external review.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

FDA News Release (10/07/21)
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced several actions related to surgical stapler and staple regulation and safety. "At the heart of our public health mission is protecting the public by regulating medical devices to ensure they are safe to use," said William Maisel, M.D., M.P.H., chief medical officer and director of the Office of Product Evaluation and Quality in FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health.
FDA News Release (10/07/21)
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Joint Commission Press Release (10/05/21)
The Joint Commission today released Speak Up Against Discrimination, a new educational campaign that encourages patients to speak up if discriminated against while receiving health care. The campaign comes at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has brought health inequities and disparities to the forefront.
Joint Commission Press Release (10/05/21)
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Business Wire (10/11/21)
United Surgical Partners International (USPI), a subsidiary of Tenet Healthcare Corporation, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Compass Surgical Partners to purchase its ownership and management interests in nine ambulatory surgery centers. Upon completion of the transaction, USPI will manage and jointly own the centers through partnerships with approximately 125 physicians, as well as with local health systems, where applicable.
Business Wire (10/11/21)
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Kaiser Health News (10/04/21) Michelle Andrews
Kaitlyn Hevner expects to complete a 15-month accelerated nursing program at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville in December. For her clinical training this fall, she's working 12-hour shifts on weekends with medical-surgical patients at a hospital.
Kaiser Health News (10/04/21) Michelle Andrews
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GovInfoSecurity.com (10/06/21) Marianne Kolbasuk McGee
The expanded recall this week of certain insulin pump devices due to vulnerabilities that pose the risk of injury or even death to patients and a recent malpractice lawsuit alleging that the effects of a ransomware attack led to a baby's death are the latest warnings of potential safety dangers posed by security issues involving medical devices and other healthcare IT systems. On Tuesday, federal regulators and medical device maker Medtronic announced the expanded recall - a recall that was first announced in 2018 - of remote controllers used with certain Medtronic insulin pumps.
GovInfoSecurity.com (10/06/21) Marianne Kolbasuk McGee
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Lincoln Journal Star (NE) (10/11/21) Matt Olberding
Two of Lincoln's surgery centers, which already are under the same ownership, will be consolidating to one site as well. Nebraska Surgery Center, at 625 S. 70th St., on the campus of CHI Health St. Elizabeth, will relocate to the Lincoln Surgical Hospital campus at 1710 S. 70th St.
Lincoln Journal Star (NE) (10/11/21) Matt Olberding
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WMBFNews.com (SC) (10/09/21)
A new addition to one orthopedic has resulted in a first for the Grand Strand. OrthoSC recently began offering robotic outpatient knee surgeries to the area, specifically at its Carolina Bone & Joint Surgery Center in Myrtle Beach.
WMBFNews.com (SC) (10/09/21)
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