ASCA News Digest (February 7, 2023)



The ASC Administrator Development Program is a yearlong mentoring program that matches newer and aspiring administrators with their more experienced peers.

Apply today for the hybrid class of the 2023–2024 program. The hybrid class will kick off in May at the ASCA 2023 Conference & Expo with in-person content from the ASC Administrator Development Track and continue with virtual content through April 2024.

Applications for the hybrid class are due February 28. Learn more and apply today!
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Get an overview of Medicare payment policy reimbursement logic and the impact that logic and annual payment rule changes have on bringing cases into your ASC during the session “Medicare Payment Policy and Implications on Commercial Payers and Surgery Migration,” offered at the ASCA 2023 Conference & Expo, taking place May 17–20 in Louisville, KY.

This is one of more than 50 sessions offered at ASCA 2023. Early bird registration discounts are still available, so view the schedule and register today!
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Help ASCA advocate for the expansion of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) ASC Covered Procedures List (ASC-CPL) by completing a brief survey. The ASC-CPL contains codes that CMS considers clinically appropriate for ASCs to provide to Medicare beneficiaries.

The last day to take the survey is this Friday, February 10.
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Planning to take the Certified Ambulatory Infection Preventionist (CAIP)® exam in March? Prepare by attending ASCA’s Infection Prevention for ASCs virtual course.

This course, available on demand, will provide the resources you need to develop and maintain an infection prevention program that protects your patients and your ASC.
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Visit the ASC Focus website to read the latest edition of the ASC Focus magazine. Highlights of the February issue include “How to Market Your ASC Successfully,” “ASCA Advocates to Expand Medicare’s ASC-Payable List” and “Social Media Dos and Don’ts.”
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On January 30, multiple news outlets reported that the Biden administration plans to let the official declaration of a public health emergency (PHE) due to the COVID-19 pandemic expire on May 11, 2023.
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The Joint Commission has added new National Patient Safety Goals, effective January 1, 2023. Included below are links to the 2023 National Patient Safety Goals for the Ambulatory Health Care program.
Joint Commission (01/31/23)
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is issuing this Health Alert Network Health Advisory about infections with an extensively drug-resistant strain of Verona Integron-mediated Metallo-ß-lactamase (VIM) and Guiana-Extended Spectrum-ß-Lactamase (GES)-producing carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa (VIM-GES-CRPA) in 12 states. Most patients reported using artificial tears.
CDC Health Alert Network (02/01/2023)
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More than 60 percent of physicians across the U.S. are experiencing some sign of burnout, which presents a tremendous challenge to the nation's health system. That number reverses a six-year trend of falling burnout rates, and it's a seismic leap from the 38 percent of doctors who reported burnout just one year earlier.
American Medical Association (02/03/23) Marc Zarefsky
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Clinicians understand the value of colon cancer screenings and early detection. But for a patient who is squeamish about medical procedures, worried about healthcare costs, or simply disinclined to go looking for problems they can’t feel, the motivation to get tested isn't always there.
MDLinx (01/31/23) Anastasia Climan
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In this cohort study including 1,780 colonoscopy procedures, in the unassisted group, the adenoma detection rate at late sessions was significantly higher compared with that of early sessions, while with the assistance of AI systems, no such statistically significant difference was found. These findings suggest AI systems may be a potential tool for minimizing time-related degradation of colonoscopy quality.
JAMA Network Open (01/31/23) Zihua Lu; Lihui Zhang; Liwen Yao; et al.
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Anesthesiologists can play a role in reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming by decreasing the amount of anesthetic gas provided during procedures without compromising patient care, suggests new research being presented at the American Society of Anesthesiologists' ADVANCE 2023, the Anesthesiology Business Event. Inhaled anesthetics used during general anesthesia are estimated to be responsible for 0.01 percent to 0.10 percent of the total worldwide carbon dioxide equivalent emission.
Medical Xpress (CA) (01/27/23)
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