ASCA News Digest (February 14, 2023)



ASCA proudly supports the reintroduction of the Outpatient Surgery Quality and Access Act of 2023. Last week, Congressmen Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) and John Larson (D-CT) reintroduced the legislation in the US House of Representatives and Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) introduced the legislation in the US Senate.
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Enjoy a sweet savings of $100 off registration for the ASCA 2023 Conference & Expo during the Valentine’s Day sale! Use promo code LOVE100 to receive the discount.

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.

The sale ends tomorrow, February 15, so register today to save!
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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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Since ASCA’s last update in August, healthcare organizations across the country posted 333 breaches of protected health information (PHI) affecting 500 or more individuals. Consistent with previous time periods, the vast majority of the breaches—95 percent—were caused by unauthorized access or hacking. Read this Digital Debut for three examples of recent resolution agreements, along with precautions ASCs can take to avoid similar violations.
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ASCA has recently updated its Medicare Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program resources, including the main Quality Reporting webpage. To ensure you are ready for compliance in 2023, the “How to Meet Medicare’s 2023 ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program Requirements” resource takes you through the measures that remain in the program for 2023 and what you need to do to avoid penalties in 2024.
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Staffing shortages will continue to be an issue across the board in 2023. ASCs are preparing for the continued migration of cases from hospitals while coping with decreasing payer rates. But how are these trends impacting compliance?

Watch the webinar recording for strategies to navigate the four most common compliance challenges for ASCs expected in 2023.
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United Surgical Partners International (USPI), the largest ambulatory surgery platform in the country and a subsidiary of Tenet Healthcare, and Providence, a not-for-profit health system serving the Western U.S., announced today that they have signed a new development agreement that will increase access to ambulatory surgical services across many communities. USPI and Providence entered a joint venture partnership in 2004 in California, which has grown to five ambulatory surgery centers.
Business Wire (02/08/23)
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Implementing the evidence-based RSI reduction bundle across 114 health care facilities resulted in a 14.3 percent reduction in the rate of harm caused by RSIs and a 59.1 percent increase in RSI near-miss reporting. The compliance to the RSI bundle reached an average of 70.5 percent, and 63.2 percent of the facilities are actively performing Plan-Do-Check-Act cycles to improve bundle compliance continually.
Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety (01/01/23) Vol. 49, No. 1, P. 3 April Carmack; Jahnavi Valleru; Kelly Randall; et al.
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As part of President Biden's historic Inflation Reduction Act, the nation's new prescription drug law, for the first time ever, drug companies will pay rebates to Medicare when their prescription drug prices increase faster than the rate of inflation for certain drugs dispensed to people with Medicare. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced next steps outlining how the Department will implement the new Medicare Prescription Drug Inflation Rebate Program, which will lower drug costs for millions of Americans.
HHS News Release (02/09/23)
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In the US, the COVID-19 pandemic has already resulted in over 1 million excess deaths, defined as the difference between the number of observed and expected deaths over a specified period. Despite their essential role in the pandemic response, little is known about excess deaths among physicians.
JAMA Internal Medicine (02/06/23) Mathew V. Kiang; Lindsey E. Carlasare; Sonoo Thadaney Israni; et al.
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Health insurance providers in New Jersey will soon be required to cover colonoscopies five years earlier, beginning at age 45, following an increase in colorectal cancer among younger adults. Gov. Phil Murphy signed a new law last week mandating the change, which coincides with updated guidance from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which recommended earlier screening. (02/08/23) Adam Clark
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Orthopaedic surgeons at Allegheny Health Network’s (AHN) Monroeville Surgery Center have become the first in the Pittsburgh region to perform outpatient hip replacement in the convenience and comfort of a stand-alone community ambulatory surgery facility, greatly improving the overall surgical experience for patients. AHN joint reconstruction specialist Michael Levine, MD, started performing same-day partial and total hip replacement procedures at the AHN Monroeville Surgery Center in October.
PR Web (02/02/23)
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