ASCA News Digest (May 24, 2022)



In the newest episode of ASCA’s Advancing Surgical Care Podcast, “Preparing Your ASC for Emergency Situations: A Conversation with Mary Ryan, RN,” hear from ASCA CEO Bill Prentice and Amblitel Senior Consultant Mary Ryan, RN, as they discuss how to find the information you need about Medicare’s emergency preparedness requirements and compliance tips that can lead to meaningful improvements in your ASC.
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Join us for the first webinar in the Business Office Personnel track, “Federal No Surprises Act: Six Months In. What Have We Learned? What Questions Remain?” on June 7, at 1:00 pm ET.

This webinar is also included in ASCA’s 2022 Webinar All-Access Pass, which provides access to all 12 webinars in this year’s series for one low fee.
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Save the date for the ASCA 2023 Conference & Expo, to be held May 17–20, 2023, in Louisville, Kentucky!

If you have a suggestion for a topic or speaker for ASCA’s next annual conference, please let us know. Submissions for ASCA 2023 will be accepted through June 30. Submit your suggestions today!
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ASCAPAC is the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association’s nonpartisan political action committee (PAC) and is the only PAC in the country that represents the entire ASC community in Washington, DC. ASCAPAC allows its members to pool resources and use this shared strength for promoting issues that are important in the ASC community to members of Congress. Learn more about ASCAPAC.
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ASCA conducted its seventh 60-Second Survey in April and asked questions regarding preferences for ASCA educational events, such as the annual conference and winter seminars. The survey received 180 responses. Read this Digital Debut for more on the survey results.
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It appears likely that the Biden administration will continue the declaration of a public health emergency (PHE) related to the COVID-19 pandemic until at least October 2022. The PHE was first declared by then US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar on January 31, 2020, and renewed every 90 days since. The most recent PHE declaration renewal was issued by current HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra on April 12, 2022, and is set to expire on July 15.
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A group of 27 healthcare sector stakeholders has issued a Declaration to Advance Patient Safety. Patient safety has been a pressing issue in healthcare since 1999, with the publication of the landmark report "To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System." Despite two decades of attention, estimates of annual patient deaths due to medical errors have risen steadily to as many as 440,000 lives, a figure that was reported in the Journal of Patient Safety in 2013.
Health Leaders Media (05/23/22) Christopher Cheney
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American doctors haven’t sounded this worried about a hospital supply issue since the early pandemic. This time, instead of masks, it's "contrast media" made by General Electric — medical dye critical in diagnosing strokes, heart attacks and dangerous lung clots.
Bloomberg (05/19/22) Carey Goldberg
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Drug shortages pose a significant public health threat as they can delay, and in some cases, even deny critically needed care for patients. Over the past decade, the FDA's efforts have contributed to fewer new drug shortages and reduced the time to resolve existing drug shortages.
FDA News Release (05/19/22) Patrizia Cavazzoni
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In a recent survey of more than 6,500 physicians from across the United States representing a broad spectrum of racial and ethnic diversity, nearly 30 percent of respondents reported experiencing discrimination and mistreatment from patients or patients' family members or visitors. Further, close to 20 percent of responding physicians had experiences in which patients or their family members or visitors refused to allow the physician to care for them because of the physician's racial or ethnic attributes or gender.
ScienceDaily (05/19/22)
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The American Medical Association this week, along with Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Joint Commission, announced the launch of a new learning network to help U.S. health systems approach their quality improvement and patient safety practices with health equity top of mind. The goal of the Advancing Equity through Quality and Safety Peer Network – which offers a year-long mentorship and networking program – is to improve health outcomes for historically marginalized populations.
Healthcare IT News (05/20/22) Mike Miliard
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Physician practices nationwide had a busy start to 2022, as physician productivity, compensation, and revenues all rose with higher patient volumes from Q4 2021 to Q1 2022. However, higher volumes also contributed to higher investments/subsidies needed to support physician practices and ongoing expense increases as practices contend with inflation and a tight labor market.
KaufmanHall (05/02/22)
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