ASCA News Digest (October 12, 2022)



Register today to get the best rates 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. Best rates end this Friday, October 14, so reserve your spot now!
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New ASCA Mailing Address
Last week, ASCA moved its physical office. Please update your records with ASCA’s new mailing address: 277 S Washington St, Ste 375, Alexandria, VA 22314.
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Be sure to check out the latest issue of ASCA’s “ASC Physician Brief,” a quarterly one-pager to share with both the owner and nonowner physicians who work in your ASC. The Fall 2022 issue is now available on ASCA’s website.
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Leave ASCA’s next webinar with the necessary tips and tools for dealing with deficiencies and implementing corrective actions that will enhance the patient experience at your center.

During this webinar, you will learn how to create an effective and comprehensive peer review program and how to implement a peer review process that will meet all the goals of this important part of your center’s quality assurance and performance improvement program. You will also gain an understanding of the many legal implications involved in the peer review process, review best practices involving your ASC’s governing body and discuss certification and accreditation requirements.

This webinar is next Tuesday, October 18, at 1:00 pm ET, and is included in ASCA’s 2022 Webinar All-Access Pass.
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Visit the ASC Focus website to read the latest edition of the ASC Focus magazine. Highlights of this issue include “Use IT to Improve ASC Workflow,” “Benchmark to Standardize Practices and Protocols” and “Use Data to Improve Patient Safety in Your ASC.”
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ASCA has signed on to a letter from a number of clinician and specialty organizations asking Congress to provide relief from an impending physician payment cut. The coalition letter voices ASCA’s support for the Supporting Medicare Providers Act of 2022 (H.R. 8800), introduced by Representatives Ami Bera, MD (D-CA), and Larry Bucshon, MD (R-IN), which would provide an additional 4.42 percent to the physician conversion factor (CF) for 2023.
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A year ago, Dr. Brian Gruber opened Integrated Surgical Services in Phoenix, transforming a former grocery store into an ambulatory surgical center for outpatient orthopedic surgeries. "The genesis of the whole thing was the ability to control patient experience," Gruber said.
MedTech Dive (10/05/22) Elise Reuter
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Today, the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association and Children's Hospital Association unite in support of physicians and hospitals who have been threatened and attacked in recent months. The groups sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland urging the Department of Justice to investigate the increasing threats of violence against physicians, hospitals and families of children for providing and seeking evidence-based gender-affirming care.
AMA News Release (10/03/22)
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Although colonoscopy is widely used as a screening test to detect colorectal cancer, its effect on the risks of colorectal cancer and related death is unclear. In this randomized trial, the risk of colorectal cancer at 10 years was lower among participants who were invited to undergo screening colonoscopy than among those who were assigned to no screening.
New England Journal of Medicine (10/09/22) Michael Bretthauer; Magnus Løberg; Paulina Wieszczy; et al.
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Compensation is rising for younger physicians (those under age 40), at a rate even higher than that for their older peers. Although pandemic-related financial challenges began receding in 2021, many still struggle with heavy workloads, long hours, and difficult situations with patients.
Medscape (09/23/22) Mary Lyn Koval
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Google on Tuesday announced a new set of artificial intelligence tools aimed at letting healthcare organizations use the search giant’s software and servers to read, store and label X-rays, MRIs and other medical imaging. The tools, from Google’s cloud unit, allow hospitals and medical companies to search through imaging metadata or develop software to quickly analyze images for diagnoses.
Forbes (10/04/22) Richard Nieva
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The results of this cohort study suggest that systemic complications occurred less frequently after cataract surgery compared with other elective, low-risk, outpatient procedures during which anesthesia care was less commonly used. Anesthesia care was not associated with patient characteristics, such as older age or worse health status, but with the ophthalmologists' usual approach to cataract surgery sedation.
JAMA Internal Medicine (10/03/22) Dhivya Perumal; R. Adams Dudley; Siqi Gan; et al.
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