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June 16, 2015

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Registration Now Open for ASCA's 2015 Fall Seminar

Register now for ASCA’s 2015 Fall Seminar, which will take place October 8–10, in Louisville, Kentucky. The seminar will offer educational sessions on key topics that drive development and daily operations at your ASC, lively networking opportunities and continuing education contact hours. The CASC Exam will be offered on Saturday, October 10. MORE
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More than 300 ASCs have logged into ASCA’s FREE Salary and Benefits Survey so far. The more ASCs that enter data the more valuable the data comparisons will be. If you answer at least 50% of the questions, you will receive the personalized reports for free in July. Start submitting your data today—the collection period will close on June 30 and won’t open back up until 2017. MORE
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Get an overview of legal issues surrounding the use of social media, (i.e., Facebook, Twitter and more) in the work place during ASCA's next webinar on Tuesday, June 30. Ed Boniske of Higgs, Fletcher & Mack, LLP, will share practical tips for regulating the use of social media in the business environment. MORE
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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is launching an endoscopy-focused cohort of its Safety Program for Ambulatory Surgery. Targeted specifically to endoscopy centers, this nine-month program is designed to improve communication, teamwork and quality in your ambulatory endoscopy facility. Enrollment is open now and will continue until the program begins on July 20. MORE
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ASCs who have not yet started the enrollment process for NHSN need to start now. To submit data for ASC-8, ASCs must enroll in NHSN a minimum of eight weeks (this week) before the data submission deadline of August 15, 2015. Contact the NHSN Helpdesk at NHSN@cdc.gov with questions. MORE
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  Ensure Patient Safety During Procedural Sedation

The ASA Standard of Basic Anesthetic Monitoring (2011) requires capnography monitoring during procedural sedation.

Nonin Medical’s easy-to-use, cost-effective RespSense™ and LifeSense® capnographs help ensure adequacy of ventilation and provide the earliest indication of an adverse breathing event.


Payment adjustments for eligible professionals who did not successfully participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program in 2014 will begin on January 1, 2016. Medicare eligible professionals can avoid the 2016 payment adjustment by taking action by July 1 and applying for a 2016 hardship exception. MORE
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the ASC Quality Reporting Specifications Manual, Version 4.1, which will apply to program requirements between October 1 and December 31, 2015. CMS has also released a supplemental document that outlines the updated measure requirements for ASC-9. MORE
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released interactive case studies that can help you understand key ICD-10 documentation concepts. The case studies present clinical scenarios, short quizzes on related coding concepts and documentation tips. Click on the “Road to 10” link at cms.gov/ICD-10 to access the case studies. MORE
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Are you on target to meet your recruiting goals? When it comes to finding the best clinical and business professionals in the ASC industry, the ASCA Career Center will help you find that perfect fit. Recruit first-rate talent while investing minimal time and resources. Visit the Career Center and start your search today, ASCA Members receive a discount on job postings! MORE
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In the final days of its session, the Connecticut legislature passed a budget that included a 6% gross receipts tax on ASCs. The Connecticut Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers (CAASC) and a coalition of specialty groups are currently working to mitigate the damage of the tax through targeted grassroots efforts and were granted approval by the governor’s office to present alternatives. MORE
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The US Senate Finance Committee has announced that they will consider the Electronic Health Fairness Act of 2015 (S. 1347) this month. This legislation is a companion bill to H.R. 887 that has already been passed by the Ways and Means Committee in the House. Consideration and passage of this bill by the Senate committee is a significant step towards the bill being signed into law. MORE
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Industry News


Patients Get a Recovery Suite, Not a Hospital Bed, After This New Joint Replacement Surgery
Buffalo News (06/13/15) Watson, Stephen T.

Early on a gray morning, as Paula Pitarresi slept under a blue sheet in an operating room in the Buffalo Surgery Center, Dr. Andrew Stoeckl sliced open her right knee, sawed away the damaged bone and cartilage and built her a new knee out of metal and plastic parts. Three hours after Stoeckl finished stitching up Pitarresi's knee, she was starting physical therapy in an apartment in a Williamsville hotel, where she slowly bent and extended her leg and carefully walked up and down a small set of stairs.
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Florida House Passes Bill to Expand Access to Surgical Recovery Care
Pharmacy Choice (06/12/15)

The House of Representatives today passed a measure (HB 23A) to improve recovery times in the state's 400 Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASC), which advocates say will lower health care costs across the state by preventing avoidable admissions to higher cost health care settings following surgery. The bill passed by a 78 to 21 vote.
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American Medical Association Adopts Policies to Improve Data and Price Transparency
American Medical Association (06/09/2015)

As part of its ongoing efforts to ensure greater health care transparency that can improve health outcomes, increase the value of health care spending and strengthen physician-patient relationships, the American Medical Association (AMA) at its annual meeting today passed two new policies that address the growing interest in health care data and price transparency. Over the past few years, large amounts of health care information have increasingly become publically accessible through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and other sources, such as all-payer claims databases, registries and qualified entities (QEs).
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States and Congress Urged to Act If Justices Rule Against Health Law
New York Times (06/11/15) Pear, Robert

The Obama administration's top health care official said Wednesday that if the Supreme Court stopped the payment of health insurance subsidies to millions of Americans, it would be up to Congress and state officials to devise a solution. "The critical decisions will sit with Congress and states and governors," Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the secretary of health and human services, said at a hearing of the House Ways and Means Committee.
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Fraud Alert: Physician Compensation Arrangements May Result in Significant Liability
HHS Office of Inspector General (06/09/15)

Physicians who enter into compensation arrangements such as medical directorships must ensure that those arrangements reflect fair market value for bona fide services the physicians actually provide. Although many compensation arrangements are legitimate, a compensation arrangement may violate the anti-kickback statute if even one purpose of the arrangement is to compensate a physician for his or her past or future referrals of Federal health care program business.
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AMA Launches STEPS Forward to Address Physician Burnout
American Medical Association (06/08/2015)

Building on its prominent study with RAND Corp. confirming that the administrative burden of modern medicine is a root cause of physician burnout, the American Medical Association (AMA) today launched an ambitious new effort aimed at helping physicians redesign their medical practices to minimize stress and reignite professional fulfillment in their work. AMA STEPS Forward is an interactive practice transformation series offering innovative strategies that will allow physicians and their staff to thrive in the evolving health care environment by working smarter, not harder.
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Higher Concentration of Physicians Groups Could Increase Medical Costs, Researchers Say
Stanford Medicine News Center (06/08/15)

As physician groups grow larger, their increased market share may drive costs up, rather than down, as they gain bargaining power with insurers, according to a new study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The study was published in the June issue of Health Affairs.
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Bill Seeks to Stop Spread of Outpatient Centers Owned by Out-of-State Hospitals
Philly.com (06/10/15)

The recent proliferation of outpatient surgery centers owned by out-of-state providers would halt if a bill backed by New Jersey hospitals becomes law. The bill, S-2876/A-4476, would require that all new ambulatory surgery centers--which perform less-complicated surgeries that don't require patients to stay overnight and are typically less complicated--be owned by New Jersey hospitals or medical schools.
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Some Insured Patients Still Skipping Care Because Of High Costs
NPR Online (06/10/15) Burress, Jim

A key goal of the Affordable Care Act is to help people get health insurance who may have not been able to pay for it before. But the most popular plans – those with low monthly premiums – also have high deductibles and copays.
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Surprise Bills for Many Under Health Law
Wall Street Journal (06/11/15) Armour, Stephanie

Many consumers with health coverage through the Affordable Care Act are facing unexpected medical bills that in some cases greatly exceed the law's caps on out-of-pocket expenses. The law's limits don't apply to charges from out-of-network providers, and many insurance plans sold on ACA exchanges have limited networks—amplifying the risk of surprise bills.
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Low Rates of Unplanned Admissions After Ambulatory Surgery Demonstrate Good Planning and Cooperation
Anesthesiology News (06/08/15) Vlessides, Michael

A quality control audit at an orthopedic ambulatory surgery center in New York City revealed low rates of unplanned admissions after surgery. That success, investigators concluded, is the product of an anesthesiology-led screening clinic and friendly collaboration between anesthesiologists and surgeons.
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CDC Offers CME Program for Colonoscopy
Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News (06/15)

In a first for the agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed a continuing medical education course to provide guidance and tools for clinicians on the optimal ways to implement high-quality screening for colorectal cancer. The program, which has versions for primary care providers and clinicians who perform colonoscopy, was developed by a group of nationally recognized experts in colorectal cancer screening, including gastroenterologists and other clinicians who perform colonoscopies.
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Use of Preoperative Testing and Physicians' Response to Professional Society Guidance
JAMA Internal Medicine (06/08/15) Sigmund, Alana E.; Stevens, Elizabeth R.; Blitz, Jeanna D.; et al.

The value of routine preoperative testing before most surgical procedures is widely considered to be low. To improve the quality of preoperative care and reduce waste, two professional societies released guidance on use of routine preoperative testing in 2002, but researchers and policymakers remain concerned about the health and cost burden of low-value care in the preoperative setting.
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Avera to buy Dakota Plains Surgical Center
Argus Leader (06/05/15)

Avera Health and Avera St. Luke's Hospital are buying Dakota Plains Surgical Center, an orthopedic specialty surgical hospital in Aberdeen on July 1. The surgical center is 28,000 square feet with three surgical suites, 16 patient recovery rooms, and an MRI unit.
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