ASCA News Digest (November 29, 2022)



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.

Early bird savings end tomorrow, November 30, so reserve your spot now!
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During ASCA’s next webinar, get the final word on the changes to Medicare’s ASC payment system that will take effect January 1, 2023.

During this webinar, registrants will find out how ASC payment rates will change in 2023 and if new procedures were added to the final list of those eligible to be performed on Medicare patients in the ASC setting.

This webinar will take place next Tuesday, December 6, at 1:00 pm ET, and is included in ASCA’s 2022 Webinar All-Access Pass.
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After more than three years, National Advocacy Day returns!

Taking place February 27–March 1, 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.

Sign up today to participate in this 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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Get a full year of top-quality, ASC-specific webinars—and save nearly $1,000—with ASCA’s 2023 Webinar All-Access Pass. This popular pass includes every webinar in ASCA’s 2023 series at a fraction of the full purchase price and is a convenient way to earn CEs. The 2023 All-Access Pass is $395 for ASCA members and $495 for nonmembers.
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Register now for the ASCA 2023 Conference & Expo, May 17–20 in Louisville, KY. ASCA’s annual conference—the front-runner in ASC events—has the resources, education and networking opportunities you need to lead your ASC to success.

Hurry! Sign up today to get the best rate.
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The onus to prevent surgical site infections (SSI) is on ASCs to do whatever they can to keep their number of SSIs as low as possible. To reduce the chances of an SSI in your facility, read this ASC Focus article for some key steps to consider.
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Nearly 1 in 7 older adults die within a year of undergoing major surgery, according to an important new study that sheds much-needed light on the risks seniors face when having invasive procedures. Especially vulnerable are older patients with probable dementia (33 percent die within a year) and frailty (28 percent), as well as those having emergency surgeries (22 percent).
Kaiser Health News (11/28/22) Judith Graham
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This week, The Joint Commission joins the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to recognize U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week. This annual observance raises awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic use.
Joint Commission -- Leading Hospital Improvement (11/21/22) Christina Cordero
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Critical shortages of the ADHD drug Adderall and the antibiotic amoxicillin have left families reeling as the medicines their loved ones need become harder to find. It's become a familiar struggle as supply and demand have fallen out of sync during the pandemic, with manufacturers of various consumer goods struggling to keep up.
NBC News (11/23/22) Rob Wile
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Following a series of consultations with global experts, WHO will begin using a new preferred term "mpox" as a synonym for monkeypox. Both names will be used simultaneously for one year while "monkeypox" is phased out.
WHO News Release (11/28/22)
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More than half of U.S. adults 80 and older either have cataracts or have had surgery to remove them. With cataracts, the lens of your eye becomes cloudy, leaving you with blurred vision.
Forbes (10/28/22) Angela Haupt
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Results showed several surgical and patient factors were significantly associated with conversion from ambulatory surgery to either outpatient or inpatient surgery in patients undergoing lumbar decompression. Gbolabo O. Sokunbi, MD, and colleagues categorized patients undergoing one- or two-level lumbar decompression surgery between January 2019 and March 2020 into three groups based on length of stay: ambulatory surgery, observational outpatient surgery (less than 48-hour stay), or inpatient surgery (staying more than 48 hours).
Healio (11/04/2022)
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