ASCA News Digest (February 28, 2023)



Today is the last day to apply for the hybrid class of the 2023-2024 ASC Administrator Development Program!

This yearlong mentoring program matches newer and aspiring administrators with their experienced peers. 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.

Hurry—apply before the end of the day today.
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More than 75 ASCA members are meeting with members of Congress today to advocate for the high-quality care ASCs provide.

National Advocacy Day affords participants the opportunity to meet with their elected officials, tell the story of their ASC and build relationships with the decision-makers who vote on matters that directly impact their surgery center.

Good luck to everyone!
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Register today for 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 now to lock in the early bird registration rate!
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Nearly three-quarters of the Medicare-certified ASCs that failed to meet Medicare’s ASC quality reporting requirements last year were not ASCA members. ASCA has resources that can help.

ASCA Members: Today is the last day to renew your membership before your member benefits expire. If you have not yet done so, renew today.

Not an ASCA member? Join now!
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Three Ways Data Integration Can Boost Your Surgery Center’s Data Management
From operation data points to clinical outcomes, a tremendous amount of data is generated daily, all housed in several different systems, each with its own structure. By bringing all that data into one centralized location, ASCs and management groups can boost profitability, reduce inefficiencies, and deliver better patient care. Let’s explore how data integration can boost your surgery centers’ data management.
Thanks to advancements in medical techniques and devices, surgeons are performing an increasing number of total joint surgeries in the outpatient setting. According to a preprint article in The Journal of Arthroplasty, the proportion of elective total joint arthroplasty (TJA) patients who experienced same-day discharge in 2021 was more than 30 percent, up from less than 1 percent of patients undergoing TJA in 2017. Read this Digital Debut to learn more.
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On February 22, ASCA representatives met virtually with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) staff responsible for payment policies in ASCs.

One topic of conversation was the ASC Covered Procedures List (ASC-CPL). ASCA representatives raised concerns with CMS using a “typical Medicare beneficiary” standard to determine what procedures should be added to the ASC-CPL, questioning who this description represents and arguing that clinicians should be given more discretion to determine the appropriate site of service.
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Millions of people across the United States missed routine cancer screenings during the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the prevalence of screening for breast, cervical and prostate cancers in the previous year falling anywhere from 6 percent to 15 percent between 2019 and 2021, according to a new study from the American Cancer Society. "We were thinking there would be a rebound in late 2020," said Dr. William Dahut, chief scientific officer of the American Cancer Society.
CNN (02/23/23) Jacqueline Howard
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Half of Americans in a new poll say the government should emphasize lowering prescription drug costs and reducing the cost of health care over other public health-related priorities. Lowering drug and health costs was the top public health issue in the Axios-Ipsos American Health Index released Thursday, with 50 percent of Americans saying it should be prioritized.
The Hill (02/23/23) Chia-Yi Hou
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The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued a proposed rule designed to address the administrative hassles of prior authorization by requiring certain payers to implement an automated process, meet shorter time frames for decision making, and improve transparency. The proposal applies to payer processes mainly in public programs, with more limited application to health insurance marketplaces and no requirements on employer-sponsored coverage.
Kaiser Family Foundation (02/21/23) Kaye Pestaina; Justin Lo; Karen Pollitz; et al.
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A report released on Friday found that HIPAA complaints and breaches spiked between 2017 and 2021, with the agency in charge of handling the notices saying it lacks sufficient resources to properly respond. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act requires the Department of Health and Human Services to submit an annual report to Congress regarding HIPAA complaints, including how many the agency has received and resolved as well as how many complaints were settled monetarily.
The Hill (02/17/23) Joseph Choi
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Although they comprise only 30 percent of the U.S. population, the 55+ populace is the biggest consumer of U.S. healthcare services, and the 80+ cohort is forecasted to balloon nearly 50% in the next 10 years. The growth of the elder population in the U.S., longer life expectancies and better healthcare delivery are all fueling demand for outpatient healthcare services and facilities, reinforcing medical office as one of the most stable asset classes.
JLL (02/08/23)
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Proper hand hygiene for healthcare workers is a key infection prevention measure for the reduction of hospital-acquired infections. However, capturing meaningful hand hygiene compliance audits can be challenging for healthcare organizations.
Joint Commission -- Improvement Insights (02/21/23) Lesley Martinez
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