ASCA News Digest (October 25, 2022)



Data submission for the third quarter (Q3) of ASCA’s 2022 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey will close next 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.

Is your ASC on track for success in the new year? Make 2023 your facility’s best year yet by subscribing to ASCA’s 2023 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey.

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Register today to get the early bird rate 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!
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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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ASCs still operating as hospitals as part of the Hospitals Without Walls program should evaluate their continued participation as states are ending, or have already ended, their emergency/pandemic plans related to COVID-19 and are returning to normal status. Read this Digital Debut to learn more about what surgery centers enrolled in the program need to know as the public health emergency approaches its end.
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After more than three years, ASCA’s National Advocacy Day returns! National Advocacy Day gathers members of the ASC community from across the country to advocate for their facilities and the high-quality care they deliver. It is an excellent opportunity to meet face-to-face with your members of Congress and their staff to educate them about the many benefits ASCs provide.
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Louise Fitzgerald once said, "What is lack of prevention but denial that there is anything to be prevented." I think that sums up the biggest ailment that we as a nation face.
Forbes (10/19/22) Shakeel Ahmed
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Healthcare providers and patients alike receive their fair share of inappropriate racial comments or racist behavior, though a new analysis of race-related patient safety incidents suggest the former experience the majority of those incidents. Fifty-seven percent of racial patient safety incidents within a sample of over 500 events were related to a patient or their family members' inappropriate racial comments or behaviors, ECRI reported this week.
Fierce Healthcare (10/21/22) Dave Muoio
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More than eight in ten healthcare facilities are experiencing allied healthcare professional shortages, leading them to increase hiring incentives and employ newly graduated professionals, according to a survey from AMN Healthcare. The survey reflects responses from 1,005 healthcare executives from hospital systems, laboratories, home health facilities, independent hospitals, and other healthcare facilities gathered between April 5 and April 19, 2022.
RevCycle Intelligence (10/20/22) Victoria Bailey
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California optometrists lost their latest bid to expand their scope of practice when the state's governor recently vetoed a bill that would have allowed them to perform laser and scalpel eye surgeries, long the domain of ophthalmologists. Assembly Bill 2236 sought to permit optometrists who treat glaucoma to perform advanced procedures, including excision and drainage of small lesions, corneal crosslinking, administering injections for blocked glands in the eyelid, and using therapeutic lasers.
Medscape (10/19/22) Steph Weber
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New research from the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and Jackson Physician Search, a leading firm in physician recruitment, confirms that physician burnout and turnover rates remain dangerously high due to the rising toll of stress during the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting staffing shortages. The new report – Back from Burnout: Confronting the Post-Pandemic Physician Turnover Crisis – reflects data from hundreds of administrators and physicians across the country who took part in the 2022 Physician Burnout, Engagement and Retention Survey, commissioned by Jackson Physician Search in partnership with MGMA and conducted in August 2022.
PR Newswire (10/10/22)
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DMOS Orthopaedic Centers, Ankeny Medical Park Surgery Center & UnityPoint Health – Des Moines are proud to announce that the Orthopaedic Outpatient Surgery Center earned both the AAAHC Accreditation for Advanced Ortho Certification and the Blue Distinction Center of Excellence for Hip and Knee. Dr. Paul Butler from Des Moines Orthopaedic Surgeons and Michelle Eilander from Ankeny Medical Park Surgery Center share what this means for patients. (IA) (10/21/22) Megan Reuther
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