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December 29, 2015

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Renew Your Membership by Thursday to get 10 percent off Benchmarking

Renew your ASCA membership through the new online portal using a credit card or check by December 31 to receive 10 percent off an ASCA Benchmarking subscription.

If you have questions concerning membership renewal, contact Renee Harris-Etheridge at 703.636.0609 or rharris@ascassociation.org.
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ASCA's Winter Coding Seminar takes place next month, January 14–16, 2016, at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. ASC professionals who have not already registered are encouraged to do so before the end of December. Don’t miss this comprehensive program with more than 25 sessions designed to help position your ASC for success.

Attendees will be awarded up to 17.75 units of AEU credit and up to 14 nursing contact hours.
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ASCA is encouraging its members to nominate qualified candidates to serve on its board of directors. To nominate someone, you must be an ASCA member and complete the Call for Nominations Online Form, or download the PDF form and return it by January 12, 2016. Visit the ASCA web site for more details.
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ASCA’s Online Regulatory Training Series includes 21 courses, designed specifically for ASCs, to help train ASC staff on the latest regulations and standards of care. For less than $3.00 per continuing education (CE) credit, ASCs can ensure they are meeting training requirements in critical operational areas like medication management, infection prevention, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and domestic abuse assessment.
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Sign up for ASCA 2016, Thursday to Sunday, May 19–22, at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. Learn more about the meeting and register on the ASCA 2016 website.

ASCA 2016 offers a unique opportunity to network with thousands of ASC professionals from around the country. Attendees can exchange best practices and discuss marketplace trends that have immediate and long-term implications for their centers.

ASCA members receive a discounted rate and can save even more by registering multiple attendees at the same time.
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Fujifilm Medical Systems issued revised, validated manual reprocessing instructions for the ED-530XT duodenoscope to replace those provided in the original device labeling. U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) encourages health care facilities to apply the revised reprocessing instructions for the ED-530XT duodenoscope to reprocess the 250 and 450 duodenoscope models.
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Draeger is recalling the Perseus A500 anesthesia workstation because a faulty power switch may fail, causing the workstation to alarm and shut down unexpectedly. If this occurs, ventilation may fail and the patient may not receive either anesthesia or enough oxygen.
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ASCA’s Chief Executive Officer William Prentice will speak at McDermott Will & Emery’s 14th annual ASC Symposium on February 26 in Miami, Florida.
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ASCA’s offices will be closed December 31 at 12:00 pm and all day January 1. The Government Affairs Update will return on Thursday, January 7.

ASCA wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season.
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79% of Organizations Report Successful ICD-10 Transition
Health IT Outcomes (12/24/2015) Wike, Katie

Seventy-nine percent of the nearly 300 health care organizations responding to a KPMG survey reported a successful transition to the new ICD-10 coding system since the switch was implemented on October 1. EHR Intelligence reports that, despite mixed feelings about the transition, 51 percent of respondents said they encountered some technical issues, but the transition overall has been successful.
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Medicare: Increasing Hospital-Physician Consolidation Highlights Need for Payment Reform
GAO Reports (12/15)

Vertical consolidation is a financial arrangement that occurs when a hospital acquires a physician practice and/or hires physicians to work as salaried employees. The number of vertically consolidated hospitals and physicians increased from 2007 through 2013.
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Three Va. Lawmakers Propose Changes in Pre-Approval of Hospital Expansions
Washington Post (12/21/15) Portnoy, Jenna

Three Republican members of Virginia's House of Delegates on Monday called for a repeal of Virginia health-care laws that they say curb competition and stifle innovation. The move reflects a national push to eliminate regulations that require state pre-approval of hospital expansions, surgery centers and certain medical services.
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GIs May Reduce Colonoscopy Cases Due to CMS Payment Cuts
General Surgery News (12/14/15) Smith, Monica J.

Faced with cuts in Medicare reimbursement for colonoscopy, some gastroenterologists said they might reduce the number of procedures they do and retire earlier than they had intended, according to a recent survey. Although hypothetical, a shrinking GI workforce could hinder the ongoing initiative of extending screening for colorectal cancer to more of the eligible population.
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Nurses Rank as Most Honest, Ethical Profession for 14th Straight Year
PR Newswire (12/21/15)

Nursing continues to be rated the most trusted profession, according to the annual Gallup poll ranking of honesty and ethics in various fields. For the past 14 years, the public has voted nurses as the most honest and ethical profession in America.
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How a Medical Device Maker Kept U.S. Hospitals in the Dark About Deadly Infections
Los Angeles Times (12/19/15) Terhune, Chad; Petersen, Melody

The hunt for a deadly superbug that sickened 22 patients at a Dutch hospital began just before noon on a spring day in 2012. Inside a lab in the tiny hamlet of Zoeterwoude, a technician carefully peeled back the tip of a state-of-the art medical scope.
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