ASCA News Digest (December 20, 2022)



ASCA Members: Renew your ASCA membership online for 2023 via ASCA’s website to retain your benefits through the new year! With your membership comes a variety of benefits that help you run your surgery center 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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January is right around the corner! Start the new year off to a great start with the 2023 Winter Seminar.

The Winter Seminar—January 12–14 in Las Vegas—features two ASC-specific tracks: Management Essentials for Administrators and Coding & Reimbursement.

Attendees can move freely between the tracks and join any of the sessions offered throughout the seminar. Check out the schedule and register today!
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Place your ASC in the winner’s circle by attending the ASCA 2023 Conference & Expo, May 17–20 in Louisville, KY. ASCA’s annual conference—the front-runner in surgery center events—has the resources, education and networking opportunities you need to lead your surgery center to success.

Hurry—register before January 1 to lock in the lowest registration rate!
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Start the new year with inspiring and insightful stories directly from your peers. On January 26, in 60 minutes, we’ll share four stories from each pillar that is top of mind for every surgery center leader—patients, physicians, payers and people. You’ll hear directly from the masterminds of these innovative ideas, have the opportunity to ask questions and walk away with new ideas to leverage at your own ASC. Register today!

This focus group is sponsored by HST Pathways.
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On January 1, 2023, ASCs will need to resume collecting data for four outcomes measures in the ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program: ASC-1: Patient Burn; ASC-2: Patient Fall; ASC-3: Wrong Site, Wrong Side, Wrong Patient, Wrong Procedure, Wrong Implant; and ASC-4: All-Cause Hospital Transfer/Admission. Read this Digital Debut to learn more.
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ASCA’s National Advocacy Day, February 27–March 1, is quickly approaching—register today!

Interested members who find the expenses prohibitive are encouraged to apply for ASCA’s National Advocacy Day Scholarship. ASCA will award up to five scholarships of up to $1,000 each.

The application will close next Friday, December 30.
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Happy Holidays! ASCA News Digest to Return January 4
The ASCA News Digest will not be released next week. The next edition will be published on Wednesday, January 4.

ASCA wishes you a safe and happy holiday season!
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Scarcity of several high-profile prescription drugs, such as the antibiotic amoxicillin and the ADHD treatment Adderall, have had some patients searching pharmacies and rationing pills, and now parents in some areas are having to hunt to find over-the-counter pain- and fever-reducing medications for their sick kids. So what’s going with the availability of medications in the United States?
CNN (12/12/22) Brenda Goodman
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These practice guidelines provide evidence-based recommendations on the management of neuromuscular monitoring and antagonism of neuromuscular blocking agents during and after general anesthesia. The guidance focuses primarily on the type and site of monitoring and the process of antagonizing neuromuscular blockade to reduce residual neuromuscular blockade.
Anesthesiology (Winter 2023) Vol. 138, P. 13 Stephan R. Thilen; Wade A. Weigel; Michael M. Todd; et al.
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The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) of Skokie, Illinois, released its 2022 Quality Roadmap, an analysis of data from 2,016 accreditation surveys conducted in 2021–2022, according to a release. AAAHC encourages healthcare organizations to use this resource to establish benchmarks and identify standards in areas of compliance and deficiency.
ASC Focus (12/01/22)
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MedPAC wants Congress to increase hospitals and clinicians' 2024 Medicare payment rates. If Congress opts not to follow the recommendations, CMS has to make payment updates according to current law — setting up another year of providers running to lawmakers for relief from Medicare cuts after the fact.
Axios (12/12/22) Maya Goldman
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In this cohort study of 3997 adult patients, increasing time from COVID-19 diagnosis to surgery was associated in a time-dependent fashion with a decreasing rate of a composite outcome of major cardiovascular events. This study suggests that delaying surgery after COVID-19 infection was associated with decreasing postoperative cardiovascular morbidity and should be a factor in shared decision-making between clinicians and patients.
JAMA Network Open (12/14/22) John M. Bryant; Christina S. Boncyk; Kimberly F. Rengel; et al.
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Burnout among physicians and other health professionals increased as the pandemic has dragged on, with a new study published in JAMA Health Forum showing that more than 60 percent of the over 20,000 surveyed were burned out by the end of 2021. That's up from 45 percent who felt that way in 2019.
American Medical Association (12/06/22) Tanya Albert Henry
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