ASCA News Digest (June 22, 2022)



Register today to attend ASCA’s virtual course Infection Prevention for ASCs, streaming live August 29–30.

Over the course of two half days, this program will cover a wide variety of topics and provide you with the resources you need to develop and maintain an infection prevention program.

Session recordings will be available to watch on demand after the live event.
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ASCA has just released the next installment of its bimonthly survey series, the 60-Second Survey.

For this survey, we have a few questions about your ASC’s salary rates and recent turnover trends. We ask for feedback on hourly rates for six full-time personnel positions and four PRN positions, plus a few questions on staff turnover and contracted personnel.

The survey will close this Friday, June 24.
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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, you will use the ID number listed on your name badge. The deadline to request CEs is next Thursday, June 30, 2022.

If you have any questions regarding your ID number, please contact the ASCA Meetings Department.
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Purchase ASCA’s 2022 Webinar All-Access Pass to save nearly $1,000 on top-quality, ASC-specific webinars. This popular pass provides access to all 12 webinars scheduled for this year, which are divided into three tracks—Clinical Manager, Business Office Personnel and Administrator.

The 2022 All-Access Pass is $395 for ASCA members and $495 for nonmembers.
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According to Sg2, growth is expected across nearly every major ASC specialty: gastroenterology, ophthalmology, pain management and orthopedics are the highest volume and will see double-digit percent ASC growth in the next 10 years. Growth drivers include payer pressure and expanded site of care restrictions, bundled payments, private equity activity, entrepreneurial physician groups and increased competition for profitable surgical cases. Read this Digital Debut for more information on how expansion is expected in nearly all major specialties.
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CMS recently updated its surveyor memo that provides “Guidance related to Emergency Preparedness- Exercise Exemption based on A Facility’s Activation of their Emergency Plan.” CMS Emergency Preparedness (EP) regulations require facilities to “conduct exercises to test the facility’s EP plan to ensure that it works and that staff are trained appropriately about their roles and the facility’s processes.” If the facility must activate its emergency plan, however, the regulations allow for a one-year exemption from the facility’s required full-scale testing exercise.
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The American Gastroenterological Association today released a series of evidence-based position statements that amount to a call to action for a national colorectal cancer screening approach, which would enable everyone to participate in colorectal cancer (CRC) screening programs without barriers. CRC experts developed eight statements, which highlight the continuum of CRC screening, identify barriers and provide a platform for physician groups, patient advocates, industry, employers, payers and the government to work together eliminate screening barriers.
PR Newswire (06/14/22)
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United Surgical Partners International (USPI), a subsidiary of Tenet Healthcare, and United Urology Group (UUG) signed an agreement on June 21 to form a joint venture partnership in 22 ASCs, according to a release. USPI will acquire a portion of UUG’s ownership interests in well-established and brand-new facilities located in Maryland, Colorado and Arizona.
ASC Focus (06/01/22)
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Managing commercially prepared sterile supplies and devices can be challenging for healthcare organizations. In order to protect patients from infection and other potential harm from expired or compromised supplies and devices, organizations must identify the best location to store the supplies so that staff can readily access them, ensure the supplies are being stocked to the most optimal par levels, and that items have not passed their expiration dates.
Joint Commission (06/14/22)
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An online patient portal is a website that is used to access personal health information. The patient portal is helpful for patients to keep track of their medical visits, test results, billing, prescriptions and insurance, among others.
American Medical Association (06/20/22) Sara Berg
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A first-of-its-kind clinical trial led by scientists at University College London and the University of Sheffield found that using robot-assisted surgery to remove and rebuild bladder cancer allows patients to recover much faster and spend considerably (20 percent) less time in hospital. The study, which was published in JAMA on May 15th and funded by The Urology Foundation with a grant from the Champniss Foundation, also discovered that robotic surgery cut the chance of readmission in half (52 percent) and revealed a "striking” four-fold (77 percent) reduction in the prevalence of blood clots (deep vein thrombus & pulmonary emboli) – a significant cause of health decline and morbidity – when compared to patients who had open surgery.
SciTechDaily (06/13/22)
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Rising from a muddy field on the outskirts of the small town of Fayette, Alabama is a bricks-and-mortar symbol of the global COVID pandemic: A new glove factory. When completed in 2024 the complex, owned by Japan's SHOWA Glove Co will be able to produce about 3 billion medical-grade nitrile gloves a year from its dozen massive new, five-stories-tall, automated assembly lines.
Reuters (06/21/22) Timothy Aeppel
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