ASCA News Digest (September 20, 2022)



Registration is now open for the 2023 Winter Seminar, taking place in person January 12–14 at Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.

This focused, ASC-specific event features two tracks: Coding & Reimbursement and Management Essentials for Administrators. Reserve your spot now to lock in the best rate!
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ASCA Members: 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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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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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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While states have moved slowly to align with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) 2019 burden reduction changes, 2022 has seen an uptick in action on the issue. Three states have made changes this year. Read this Digital Debut to learn more about the changes Illinois has finalized.
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On September 13, ASCA submitted formal comments in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) CY 2023 OPPS/ASC proposed payment rule. If the proposed rule were to be finalized as drafted, ASCs would see, on average over all covered procedures, an effective update of 2.7 percent—a combination of a 3.1 percent inflation update based on the hospital market basket and a productivity reduction mandated by the Affordable Care Act of 0.4 percentage points.
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It was a first for actor Ryan Reynolds, who allowed a video crew to capture his colonoscopy screening on camera to raise awareness of the increase in colon cancer diagnoses among people under 50. Colorectal cancer is the third most frequently diagnosed cancer in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society.
CNN (09/14/22) Sandee LaMotte
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Today we announced the beginning of a review of all Joint Commission "above-and-beyond" requirements, those that go beyond the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Conditions of Participation (CoPs) and are not on crosswalks to the CoPs. During the COVID-19 public health emergency, CMS put many requirements on hold.
Joint Commission Press Release (09/13/22) Jonathan B. Perlin
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U.S. Reps. Ami Bera, MD, D-Cali., and Larry Bucshon, MD, R-Ind., have introduced legislation that would stop planned cuts in Medicare payments to physicians in 2023. The Supporting Medicare Providers Act would stop cuts of 4.42% in Medicare payments starting on Jan. 1, 2023.
Healio (09/16/2022)
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The widely-supported legislation that aims to reform prior authorization in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans has been unanimously passed in the House, a decision advocated by several medical groups. Now on its way to the Senate, the Improving Seniors' Timely Access to Care Act is one step closer to establishing an electronic prior authorization program to streamline requests for services under MA plans, which would help mitigate unnecessary denials or delays in care.
Health Leaders Media (09/16/22) Jay Asser
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Adderall and monkeypox vaccine represent only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to drugs now in short supply in the United States -- some badly needed by patients who are seriously ill with life-threatening diseases. Pharmacists tell UPI of scrambling to meet patients' urgent needs amid current shortages ranging from basics like sterile water and saline to antibiotics, sedatives and cancer-fighting medications.
United Press International (09/16/22) Judy Packer-Tursman
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Heron Therapeutics has two drugs on the market to prevent the nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy. Now, it has one to prevent the sickness that often comes after surgery.
Fierce Pharma (09/16/22) Kevin Dunleavy
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