ASCA News Digest (January 21, 2015)

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January 21, 2015





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Spine and Beyond: Moving Procedures to the ASC Setting

Spine is one of the fastest growing specialties in ASCs, and this year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services added 11 new spine codes to the ASC-payable list. If your ASC has plans to add spine cases or already has a spine program, you won't want to miss ASCA's next webinar on Tuesday, January 27, at 1:00 pm ET. MORE
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Need a convenient and low-cost way to earn continuing education (CE) credit this year? ASCA’s new Regulatory Training Series will help you meet regulatory requirements, orient new staff and achieve top outcomes without having to travel. Special reduced prices are available through the end of the month. MORE
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"ASCA's new Medical Director Leadership Seminar, May 16-17, in Orlando, will address high-level aspects of issues surrounding ASC management, expectations and responsibilities. Participants will come together to examine current challenges and selected clinical concepts in ambulatory surgery," said Arnaldo Valedon, MD. Learn more and register today. MORE
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The complete ASCA 2015 Program is now available online. Download the program today to review a detailed schedule with session descriptions, a list of social and networking events, exhibit hall hours, hotel and registration information and more. Share it with your colleagues and plan now to attend ASCA 2015 in Orlando, May 13–16. MORE
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently posted changes to the 2015 ASC payment rates. ASCA’s payment resources, including ASCA’s Medicare Rate Calculator, have all been updated to reflect the revisions. To be safe, please delete all previously released materials and use these moving forward. MORE
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The data collection period for the fourth quarter (Q4) of the 2014 ASCA Benchmarking Program is now open. The collection period will close February 6. If you haven’t purchased your 2014 subscription yet, there is still time to sign up. Even though you are subscribing during Q4, you will still receive the national/specialty report for Q1, Q2 and Q3. MORE
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In addition to the 0% increase in ASC payments, the commission recommended a 3.25% increase in payment rates for inpatient and outpatient hospitals in 2016. “Once again, the commissioners suggest that Medicare penalize the most efficient care provider in this market,” said ASCA Chief Executive Officer Bill Prentice. MORE
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Industry News


New Privacy Concerns Over Government's Health Care Website
Associated Press (01/20/15)

A little-known side to the government's health insurance website is prompting renewed concerns about privacy, just as the White House is calling for stronger cybersecurity protections for consumers. It works like this: When you apply for coverage on HealthCare.gov, dozens of data companies may be able to tell that you are on the site.
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CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner Is Stepping Down
Washington Post (01/16/15) Millman, Jason

Marilyn Tavenner, a key Obama administration health official overseeing the country's largest health insurance programs, announced Friday that she's resigning from her position as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services next month. Tavenner, who's been with CMS since 2010, played a major role in the implementation of President Barack Obama's health care law.
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Patients Can Make Surgery Safer: Physician Anesthesiologists Explain How
American Society of Anesthesiologists (01/13/2015)

Surgery and anesthesia are safer than ever, but most patients don't know about the steps they can and should take to make their experience safer and more comfortable. One of the most important things patients can do to make surgery as safe as possible is to have a detailed conversation with their physician anesthesiologist before any surgery or procedure, according to J.P. Abenstein, M.S.E.E., M.D., president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.
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New Survey: More Americans Could Get Needed Health Care and Afford to Pay Their Medical Bills in First Year of ACA Enrollment
Commonwealth Fund (01/15/15)

The number of Americans reporting they did not receive needed health care because of its cost dropped for the first time since 2003, falling from 80 million in 2012 to 66 million, according to The Commonwealth Fund's 2014 Biennial Health Insurance Survey. And the number saying they had trouble paying their medical bills or were paying off medical debt fell from 75 million in 2012 to 64 million--the first time it declined since this question was initially asked in 2005.
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CMS' Doc Payments Database Wins Good Reviews
MedPage Today (01/15/15) Frieden, Joyce

The Open Payments database created under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act (PPSA) is much improved from its rocky start, several speakers said at a briefing here sponsored by the National Coalition on Health Care. "To CMS' [the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services] credit, they have made consistent improvements in what is out there," Rodney Whitlock, PhD, health policy director for Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), said at the briefing Wednesday.
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Progress Being Made in Infection Control in U.S. Hospitals; Continued Improvements Needed
CDC News Release (01/14/15)

Progress has been made in the effort to eliminate infections that commonly threaten hospital patients, including a 46 percent decrease in central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) between 2008 and 2013, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, additional work is needed to continue to improve patient safety.
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You Can Do It: Guide to Physician ICD-10 Conversion
Coalition for ICD-10 (01/12/15)

Moving to a new coding system after 35 years will certainly be an adjustment. But it won't be nearly as extreme as some are trying to make it out to be.
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AtlantiCare Expands Network of Outpatient Surgery Centers
NJBIZ (01/13/15) Fitzgerald, Beth

With the opening last week of its third outpatient surgery center, AtlantiCare now offers same-day surgery in Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May counties and can provide this lower-cost option closer to where patients live. Melissa Bushnell, executive director of AtlantiCare Surgery Centers, said the new center in Little Egg Harbor, Ocean County, is the former Sea Oaks Surgery Center, which was acquired by AtlantiCare.
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Laser Spine Institute's New Surgery Center Opens in St. Louis
ChiroEco.com (01/15/2015)

Laser Spine Institute, a leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, has opened the doors of its new facility in Creve Coeur, Missouri, located in west St. Louis County. The greater St. Louis metropolitan area contains more than 1.1 million people with neck or back pain, according to the National Institutes of Health, The Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases in the United States.
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