ASCA News Digest (September 7, 2022)



If you weren’t able to attend the 2022 Infection Prevention for ASCs virtual course live, don’t worry—the entire course is now available on demand through the ASCA Learning Hub.

This program covers a wide variety of topics and provides participants with the resources they need to develop and maintain an infection prevention program. It will also help participants prepare for the Certified Ambulatory Infection Preventionist (CAIP)® exam.
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You can now renew your ASCA membership online via ASCA’s website. With your membership comes a variety of benefits that help you run your ASC more efficiently, provide quality patient care and stay up to date on industry trends and regulations. See all the ways you can put your ASCA benefits to good use.

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This week, two ASCA staff members will present at state ASC association meetings across the country.

ASCA CEO Bill Prentice will present the “Legislative Update” on Thursday, September 8, at 8:30 am PT at the 2022 California Ambulatory Surgery Association (CASA) Annual Conference & Exhibits in Indian Wells, CA, September 7–9.

ASCA Director of Government Affairs & Regulatory Counsel Kara Newbury will provide the “ASCA Update” on Thursday, September 8, at 7:30 pm CT at the Association of Wisconsin Surgery Centers (WISCA) 2022 Leadership Summit in Stevens Point, WI, September 8–9.

View these events and more on the ASCA Connect calendar.
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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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The deadline to submit comments on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) 2023 proposed payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPD) is next Tuesday, September 13. ASCA will once again submit comments raising industry-wide concerns, but it is important that CMS hears from individual centers as well. Read this Digital Debut for more information about the rule and sample comment letters.
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On August 20, the Louisiana Department of Health’s Bureau of Health Services Financing finalized changes to the state’s transfer agreement and patient transfer requirements for ASCs at LAC 48:I.4541.

Originally, the proposed rule would have allowed optometrists to perform surgeries such as YAG laser capsulotomies in ASCs while exempting them from the requirement that each member of the ASC medical staff be a member in good standing on the medical staff of at least one hospital in the community. After pushback from stakeholders over this exception granted to optometrists, the language regarding optometrists practicing in ASCs was removed.
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UnitedHealth Group's healthcare services division, Optum, will reportedly acquire Kelsey-Seybold for approximately $2 billion, according to the Star Tribune. The acquisition of Kelsey-Seybold, a physician group based in Houston that includes cancer and women's health centers, two ambulatory surgery centers, and a sleep center, was first announced in April, but few details have emerged since, the Star Tribune reported.
MedPage Today (09/02/22) Michael DePeau-Wilson
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The proposed changes in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for calendar year 2023 may offer incentives for provider groups to consider alternative payment models. Still, the policies will likely require more apparent benefits to significantly impact the shift to value-based care.
Medscape (08/16/22) Victoria Bailey
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For two years, the COVID-19 pandemic rattled financial markets, dominated news coverage and disrupted daily life in ways most Americans would never have predicted. But now, in year three, the coronavirus has been downgraded to a persistent yet manageable threat—on par with the flu.
Forbes (08/15/22) Robert Pearl
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Cleaning instruments for ambulatory surgery centers is a daily, routine procedure for staff. Sterile processing and perioperative staff work together to ensure instruments used during surgical procedures are clean, sterile and safe for use.
Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (08/30/22) Sylvia Garcia-Houchins
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In December 2019, COVID-19 was first documented in Wuhan, China. By January 2020, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern, followed by an unprecedented spread of this virus akin to the 1918 flu pandemic. As of May 2022, more than 517 million people had been infected and more than 6.2 million people worldwide had died from the virus—nearly 1 million in the US alone.
American College of Surgeons (08/01/2022) Julia Coleman; Yewande Alimi; Kaitlin Ritter
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