ASCA News Digest (September 27, 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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This week, three ASCA staff members will present at state ASC association meetings across the country.
  • ASCA Director of Government Affairs & Regulatory Counsel Kara Newbury will present the “2022 National Legislative Update” session at 10:00 am ET on September 28 at the OAASC 2022 Annual Educational Conference in Columbus, OH, September 27–28.
  • ASCA Regulatory Policy and Research Manager Alex Taira will present the “Federal Regulatory Overview: What ASCs Need to Know for 2023” session at 10:25 am ET on September 30 at the NYSAASC 2022 Fall Conference in Tarrytown, NY, September 29–30.
  • ASCA Chief Executive Officer Bill Prentice will present the morning keynote session at 8:30 am ET on September 30 at the MASA 2022 Education Day in Mackinac Island, MI, September 29–30.
View these events and more on the ASCA Connect calendar.
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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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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 Louisiana Department of Health’s Bureau of Health Services Financing finalized changes to the state’s transfer agreement and patient transfer requirements for ASCs a few weeks back. The final rule tweaked the state’s written transfer agreement requirement but did not align it with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements adopted in 2019, as other states have. Read this Digital Debut for more background information on Louisiana’s regulatory changes and what all of this means moving forward.
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On September 15, the US House Ways & Means Committee held a hearing titled, “Preparing America’s Health Care Infrastructure for the Climate Crisis.” In a statement given at the start of the hearing, Committee Chair Richard Neal (D-MA) indicated the purpose was to “examine how the health sector is contributing to the climate crisis, the ways extreme weather events are disrupting the health care delivery system nationwide, and what’s needed to safeguard our health care infrastructure from these changing conditions.”
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The COVID-19 public health emergency declaration was accompanied by several waivers and flexibilities that made it easier for healthcare providers to care for patients amid a global pandemic. Expanded telehealth coverage, Stark Law waivers, and 1135 waivers are key flexibilities that have helped healthcare organizations maintain quality of care and increase capacity, according to Jody Erdfarb, a partner in Wiggin and Dana’s Healthcare Department.
RevCycle Intelligence (09/20/22)
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This meta-analysis provides compelling evidence that physician burnout is associated with poor function and sustainability of healthcare organizations primarily by contributing to the career disengagement and turnover of physicians and secondarily by reducing the quality of patient care. Healthcare organizations should invest more time and effort in implementing evidence-based strategies to mitigate physician burnout across specialties, and particularly in emergency medicine and for physicians in training or residency.
BMJ (09/14/22) Alexander Hodkinson; Anli Zhou; Judith Johnson; et al.
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Almost a decade ago, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's (NIOSH) National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory recognized that a surge in demand for N95 filtering facepiece respirators could outpace supply. Therefore, NIOSH began exploring the use of elastomeric half mask respirators as an alternative respirator type for routine use or as a potential strategy during supply chain shortages.
Joint Commission -- Improvement Insights (09/21/22) Emily J. Haas
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Despite the frequency of diagnostic errors, clinicians and healthcare organizations seldom learn from diagnostic events due to the complexity of identification and analysis, according to a commentary published in International Journal for Quality in Healthcare. The paper discusses AHRQ's new resource, Measure Dx, which synthesizes knowledge from diagnostic safety measurement researchers to provide pragmatic guidance on how healthcare organizations can identify and analyze diagnostic errors for learning and improvement.
AHRQ News Now (09/20/22)
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The Josh Bersin Company, a research and advisory firm focused on HR and workforce strategies, has published groundbreaking research, revealing the real extent to which U.S. healthcare organizations must radically adapt to reverse the effects of mass resignations, impending retirements, a shortage of new nurses entering the field, and an aging population in need of more care. While the study, The Global Workforce Intelligence Project, shows the gap in nursing may only register as a net new demand of 200,000 nurses, market factors will create an actual gap of more than 2.1 million care providers by 2025.
PR Newswire (09/14/22)
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Dr. Suzy Fitzgerald remembers looking out the windows as wildfire flames surrounded the hospital where she worked. "We had fire in all three directions," Fitzgerald recalled.
Associated Press (09/15/22) Amanda Seitz
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