ASCA News Digest (October 18, 2022)



After more than three years, ASCA’s National Advocacy Day is back!

Taking place February 27–March 1, 2023, National Advocacy Day gathers engaged members of the ASC community from across the country to advocate for their facilities and the high-quality care they deliver. Help the ASC community by advocating on Capitol Hill for your facility and patients.
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Data submission for the third quarter (Q3) of ASCA’s 2022 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey will close Monday, October 31. This valuable online resource provides data you can use to improve clinical outcomes, staff indicators, billing performance and more at your facility.

If you haven’t already, submit your data to gain valuable comparison data.

ASCA members save $150 on subscriptions to the 2022 survey. Purchase your subscription now.
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This week, ASCA Chief Executive Officer Bill Prentice will present the session “National Outlook for ASCs” at 7:45 am ET on Friday, October 21, at the MAASC 2022 Northeast ASC Conference in Waltham, MA. If you are in Massachusetts, be sure to stop by.
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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.

Not yet a member? Join ASCA today.
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Powder River Surgery Center in Gillette, Wyoming, opened its doors for an open house event recently, as part of National ASC Month. Administrator Linda Bedwell organized the event to bring together elected officials, private payers and center staff to discuss the state of healthcare in Wyoming and the issues facing ASCs across the state. Read this Digital Debut interview with the ASC’s administrator to learn more about the event.
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Staff at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have been monitoring the COVID-19 public health emergency and the ASCs temporarily enrolled as hospitals. As states are ending (or have already ended) their state of emergency/pandemic plans related to COVID-19 and are returning to normal status, ASCA has been asked to remind its members enrolled in the Hospitals Without Walls program what the QSO-20-24-ASC memo says and what they signed as part of their participation attestation.
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In just 15 minutes, learn how technology can eliminate the pain and cost of outdated workflows at your ASC. From the administrative burden of processing surgery orders to mitigating canceled procedures to accelerating your revenue cycle—embracing the digital shift at your ASC is critical for remaining competitive and keeping your facility ahead of the curve.

This is a sponsored message. For information about sponsorship opportunities available from ASCA, please reach out to Alex Yewdell.
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Participate in International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) 2022, October 16-22. As a crucial part of the Infection Prevention and You campaign, IIPW helps patients, families and health care professionals better understand their role in preventing infections and aims to shine a light on the infection prevention profession each year. This year’s theme is “The Future is Infection Prevention: 50 Years of Infection Prevention.”
Infection Prevention and You (10/14/22)
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Bon Secours St. Francis Health System plans to break ground this fall on a new ambulatory surgery center at its Millennium Campus that will take a substantial portion of the orthopedic, spinal, and ENT patients now seen in its hospitals. The $30 million Millennium Surgery Center is a partnership between Bon Secours, Compass Surgical Partners, and two physician groups – Piedmont Orthopedics and Carolina ENT – and reflects a growing trend across South Carolina and the U.S.
Greenville Business Magazine (10/22) Liv Osby
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In this randomized clinical trial that included 200 patients, a multimodal opioid-sparing postoperative pain protocol, compared with standard opioid prescribing, significantly reduced postoperative opioid consumption over 6 weeks (median oral morphine equivalent consumption, 0 mg vs 40 mg, respectively). Among patients who underwent arthroscopic knee or shoulder surgery, a multimodal opioid-sparing postoperative pain management protocol significantly reduced postoperative opioid consumption compared with standard opioid prescribing.
Journal of the American Medical Association (10/04/22) Olufemi R. Ayeni; Aaron Gazendam; Seper Ekhtiari; et al.
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The Biden administration on Thursday extended the nation’s COVID-19 public health emergency for the next 90 days as officials brace for a potential surge of infections over the winter. The declaration comes as daily deaths and case rates have been falling, though the U.S. continues to see more than 300 people dying due to COVID-19 each day.
The Hill (10/13/22) Nathaniel Weixel
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Physicians are already saddled with more paperwork to comply with a new requirement they give patients good faith estimates of care costs, a new survey finds. The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) released Tuesday its annual regulatory burden report outlining key headaches practices face.
Fierce Healthcare (10/12/22) Robert King
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When it comes to nurses, some specialties earn more than others. Registered nurses (RNs), the largest group, have seen their earnings rise for the past 2 years while the earnings of licensed practical nurses (LPNs) have remained stagnant. In our Medscape RN/LPN Compensation Report 2022, we surveyed 4922 US nurses (3444 RNs and 1478 LPNs) about their earnings, work environment, degrees, certifications, and supplemental income.
Medscape (09/30/22) Roni Robbins
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Mission: The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) is the national membership association that represents ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and provides advocacy and resources to assist ASCs in delivering high-quality, cost-effective ambulatory surgery to all the patients they serve.

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