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THE ASCA JOURNAL FEBRUARY 2021


10 BENCHMARK TO MEET ACCREDITATION REQUIREMENTS,


IMPROVE OPERATIONS Review Medicare’s interpretive guidelines, state licensure rules and your accreditation organization's standards


DEPARTMENTS


6 MESSAGE FROM THE CEO 7 TRENDS


The virus has enhanced the appeal of ASCs by highlighting their strengths and advantages


16 AWARDS Nap Gary’s legacy continues through ASCA Lifetime Award


18 REGULATORY REVIEW Research shows ASCs lower Medicare costs by billions


21 ADVOCACY SPOTLIGHT ASC QC COVID-19 survey confirms continued safety in ASCs


23 MEMBER FOCUS Michelle George, RN, CASC, discusses the essential steps to designing and implementing a successful clinical benchmarking program


24 ASCA NEWS ASCA to offer virtual courses for administrators and infection preventionists


25 WEB CRAWL Last chance to renew your membership for 2021


13 ASCA 2021 TO DELIVER ENHANCED VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE Add this must-not-miss summer event to your calendar


14 ONE WORLD SURGERY NEEDS VOLUNTEER CONSULTS Physicians in the US who sign up would work with local physicians in Honduras and the Dominican Republic


26 BENCHMARKING PRO TIPS Focus on key metrics, take action based on your results


ASC Focus is published by the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association, 1012 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, phone: 703.836.8808, fax: 703.549.0976, ascassociation.org. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission from ASCA is prohibited.


Chief Executive Officer: Bill Prentice; Director of Communications: Kay Tucker; Editor: Sahely Mukerji; Staff Writers: Kara Newbury, Alex Taira, Sharita Williams and Rob Kurtz.


Advertising inquiries should be addressed to Chris Schriever at 202.337.1897. Vol. 14, No. 2 | ISSN 1944-7280


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