ASCA News Digest (August 23, 2022)



Register today to attend ASCA’s virtual course Infection Prevention for ASCs, streaming next Monday, August 29, and Tuesday, August 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. It will also help you prepare for the Certified Ambulatory Infection Preventionist (CAIP)® exam.

Session recordings will be available to watch on demand after the live event.
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Applications for the virtual class of the new ASC Administrator Development Program are due next Wednesday, August 31. This yearlong mentoring program matches newer and aspiring administrators with their experienced peers to strengthen and broaden the knowledge and professional network of all participants.

The class will begin in October and a maximum of 30 applicants will be accepted into the program. Don’t miss out—apply today!
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For more than 50 years, ASCs have provided high-quality, cost-efficient surgical care for millions of Americans. In that time, ASCs have transformed the outpatient experience by offering a convenient and personalized alternative to the hospital outpatient surgical setting.

There is still time to celebrate National ASC Month by hosting an open house or facility tour for your elected officials, the media or members of your community!
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Are you interested in staying up to date with ASCAPAC’s work in Washington, DC, and participating in Q&A sessions with ASCAPAC staff? Watch this video to learn more and follow @ascapac on Instagram today!
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Beginning September 9, ASCs in Pennsylvania will not be required to submit waivers to perform common procedures routinely performed in ASCs in other states, such as total joint procedures, laparoscopic procedures, laparoscopic cholecystectomy procedures, and dialysis and vascular access procedures. Read this Digital Debut for more on the background and details of the new law, SB 818, that facilitates this update.
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On July 15, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2023 proposed payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPD). ASCA will once again submit comments raising industry-wide concerns, but it is important that CMS hears from individual centers as well.
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To capture patients who find the traditional two-visit colonoscopy process too onerous, some practices have implemented "fast-track" colonoscopy programs. Such programs can save patients and practices time and money and open the door to a new group of patients who've never been screened.
Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News (08/22) W. Harry Fortuna
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Colonoscopy is the most effective visceral cancer prevention tool in clinical medicine, but its potential is reduced by extreme operator dependence. Recent data indicate that protection against postcolonoscopy colorectal cancer by colonoscopy continues to improve up to adenoma detection rates of 50 percent.
American Gastroenterological Association (08/15/22)
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All Points North (APN) recently released a report based on the results of a survey entitled, "2022 State of Mental Health: American Healthcare Workers Report." APN is "a whole-person health company offering innovative treatment for the mind, body, and soul across the full continuum of care," according to its website.
Healthcare Innovation (08/18/22) Janette Wider
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Physicians tell us they're seeing more frequent incidents of other doctors acting disrespectfully toward patients or coworkers, too casually about patient privacy, angrily or aggressively at work, and sometimes even criminally. Such behavior is still relatively uncommon, and many respondents say they are proud of the high standards of attitudes and behavior shown by fellow physicians.
Medscape (08/19/22) Jon McKenna
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Many medications commonly used in anesthesiology and pain medicine are in serious shortage, according to an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) member survey. "Although I am not surprised by [these] drug shortages, I am quite alarmed by the impact they are having," said principal investigator Michael Ganio, PharmD, a senior director of pharmacy practice and quality for ASHP, in Bethesda, Md.
Pharmacy Practice News (08/11/22) Bob Kronemyer
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Lawmakers are urging the Biden administration to strengthen the federal government’s cyber defenses in the health care sector amid a spike in cyberattacks, a push industry leaders see as a way to help protect a critical sector that stores sensitive information. In a letter addressed to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) and Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) urged the agency to better protect the health care and public health sector from the growing number of cyber threats.
The Hill (08/18/22) Ines Kagubare
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