ASCA News Digest (May 17, 2022)



Subscribers to ASCA’s 2022 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey can now access their first quarter (Q1) reports. To access your facility’s report, log in to the survey portal and select the “Run Reports” tab.

Not yet subscribed? Keep your ASC on track for success in 2022 and beyond by subscribing to the 2022 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey today.
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If you attended the ASCA 2022 Conference & Expo in Dallas, be sure to request your continuing education (CE) credits via the ASCA 2022 Continuing Education Portal or through the ASCA Meetings app. To log in to the portal, use the ID number listed on your name badge. The deadline to request CEs is June 30, 2022.

If you have any questions regarding your ID number, please contact the ASCA Meetings Department.
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ASCA members are invited to apply for a Medical Mission Scholarship provided through the ASCA Foundation’s partnership with One World Surgery. Opportunities are available for CRNAs, sterile processors, nurses, surgical techs and scrub techs working at ASCA member facilities. Learn more and apply.
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Save the date for the ASCA 2023 Conference & Expo, to be held May 17–20, 2023, at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

If you have a suggestion for a topic or speaker for ASCA 2023, please let us know. Annual conference suggestions will be accepted through June 30, 2022.
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Visit the ASC Focus website to read the latest edition of the ASC Focus magazine. Highlights of this issue include “Sterile Processing Challenges in the ASC,” “Tips to Improve Clinical Documentation” and “Incisional Negative Pressure Therapy Could Migrate More Cases to ASCs.”
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On May 3, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) released a new report detailing the severe impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the healthcare workforce. The report reviews existing research, including data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) that shows that 1.5 million healthcare workers lost their jobs between March and April 2020 alone.
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The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the growth of ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and growth is likely to continue for the foreseeable future, an ASC expert says. The first ASC in the United States opened in 1970 and explosive growth happened through the late 1980s and into the 1990s, according to the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA).
Health Leaders Media (05/11/22) Christopher Cheney
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The U.S. could face a labor gap of up to 450,000 nurses by 2025, according to new research out Wednesday. An analysis from McKinsey & Company specifically found a potential shortage of between 200,000 and 450,000 nurses who are available for direct patient care.
The Hill (05/12/22) Monique Beals
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Outpatient surgery may be an option for people who are having their hips, knees or other joints replaced. It is part of a trend in orthopedic surgery to move total joint arthroplasty, commonly known as joint replacement, from inpatient to outpatient surgery. Patients benefit from the shorter hospital stay, and they are more satisfied recovering at home.
Newswise (05/11/22)
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Doctors in the United States are prioritizing only the most critical patients and hospitals are rationing supplies of a crucial drug after a covid lockdown in China temporarily closed a GE Healthcare factory that is a vital source for a key ingredient in medical imaging. The shutdown of the facility in Shanghai in April halted production of contrast media, an iodine solution that medical staff inject into blood vessels to allow a device such as a CT scanner or fluoroscope to see inside the body.
Washington Post (05/11/22) Christopher Rowland
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A new survey of healthcare workers by employee listening leader, Perceptyx, has revealed that nine in ten have experienced (or been in close proximity to) violence from a patient or a patient’s caregiver in the past month. Three in four have encountered both verbal and physical assaults in the month, and nearly half of workers needed to call for security or another coworker to assist.
Globe Newswire (05/04/22)
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National Medical Billing Services of Chesterfield, Missouri, has acquired Medi-Corp Inc. of Cranford, New Jersey, according to a release. This partnership will further broaden National Medical’s surgical expertise by providing complementary resources to better serve its core ASC and surgical practice clients.
ASC Focus (05/01/22)
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In this cohort study of 111 801 U.S. women, compared with no endoscopy, initiation of endoscopy before 50 years of age was associated with reduced risk of colorectal cancer and specifically colorectal cancer diagnosed before 55 years of age. Initiation of endoscopy from 45 to 49 years of age was associated with a greater reduction in the absolute risk of colorectal cancer through 60 years of age compared with initiation from 50 to 54 years of age.
JAMA Oncology (05/22) Wenjie Ma; Molin Wang; Kai Wang; et al.
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