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ASCA 2016 Call for Topics and Speakers

Save the date for ASCA 2016, which will take place Thursday to Sunday, May 19-22, in Dallas. Planning has already begun for ASCA 2016 and your ideas for session topics and speakers are an invaluable part of determining the exceptional educational content that the meeting provides every year. Topic and speaker submissions for ASCA 2016 will be accepted through July 31, 2015. MORE
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If you attended ASCA 2015 in Orlando, you have until June 30, 2015, to submit your continuing education credits online. To submit online, you will need your ID number located on the back of your attendee badge. (If you no longer have your badge, you can request your ID number by sending an email to registration@ascassociation.org.) MORE
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Pre-order the entire package of all of the ASCA 2015 session recordings on ASCA's Learning Center. If you could not make it to the meeting or if you were unable to attend every session that you wanted, order session recordings to review all of the education content that the conference had to offer. MORE
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Your ASC must communicate all documentation deficiencies to your physicians and monitor those physicians who are disinclined to accept change. Your physicians might go to an ICD-10 conference and hear the documentation requirements, but if they feel that they already provide the necessary requirements, they won’t have the urgency to change. MORE
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Examine what ASC owners, managers and anesthesiologists can do now to ensure that the ASC setting can continue to provide endoscopy procedures that are both safe and efficient for patients during ASCA's next webinar on Tuesday, June 2 at 1:00pm ET. MORE
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Read the latest issue of ASC Focus magazine to learn about price transparency models that work in ASCs, trends in payer contracting, key statistics to help your patients and ASC, using executive coaching to develop effective physician leaders and six ways for ASCs to optimize their business office performance. MORE
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Industry News


FDA Panel Urges Intensified Device Cleaning to Stave Off 'Superbugs'
Wall Street Journal (05/15/15) Burton, Thomas M.

An advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration recommended sharply intensified cleaning steps for gastrointestinal medical devices that have caused outbreaks of bacterial infections from "superbugs" at several hospitals around the U.S. Several panel members said mandatory sterilization of the devices, called duodenoscopes, may well be needed before they are reused, although this is an expensive process.
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Fayetteville's North Hills Surgery Center Offers Price Quotes Upfront
Arkansas Business (05/18/15)

North Hills Surgery Center in Fayetteville has fired a shot across the bow of competing outpatient surgery centers: transparent pricing for patients who pay out of pocket. Prices for various procedures are already posted on the center's website, and the quoted price included the full service range from consultation to follow-up care.
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CMS Announces July 2015 Transition From IACS to EIDM
CMS.gov (05/15/2015)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) would like to inform Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) participants and their staff to an important system update scheduled to be in place on July 13, 2015. The Individuals Authorized Access to CMS Computer Services (IACS) system will be retired, but current IACS user accounts will transition to an existing CMS system called Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM).
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Physician Education for ICD-10
Physicians Practice (05/11/15) Endicott, Melanie

With only five months to go until the implementation of ICD-10, the countdown is on for physicians, and other clinicians to be educated on the nuances of this new code set. Training in ICD-10 is being offered by many different companies in multiple formats, such as online learning, face-to-face workshops, textbooks, or webinars.
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State Legislators Tackle Persistent Problem of Unexpected Medical Bills
NJ Spotlight (05/14/15) Kitchenman, Andrew

A far-ranging proposal to alter how medical providers bill for services is being championed as a way to protect consumers from unwittingly being charged high fees for services. But doctors' groups are lining up in opposition, saying it would give power to insurers in their negotiations with doctors over prices.
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SourceMedical to Acquire Denver-Based Health IT Company
Birmingham Business Journal (Alabama) (05/14/15) Alexander, Alan

SourceMedical has plans to acquire Denver-based health IT company LaClaro in a deal that will add operations to SourceMedical's outpatient solutions for its ambulatory surgery center branch. SourceMedical, one of Birmingham's largest health IT companies, currently has more than 2,300 ambulatory surgery centers within its national footprint and CEO Jamie Coffin expects the acquisition of LaClaro to add 120.
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1 in 4 Adults Had Insurance But Still Couldn't Afford Medical Care
Washington Post (05/14/15) Sun, Lena H.

More than 1 in 4 adults who bought insurance for themselves or their families last year had to skip needed medical care because they couldn't afford it, according to a study released Thursday by Families USA, a consumer health group. Some signed up for coverage on the new health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act and received financial assistance to help pay their premiums and some of their out-of-pocket costs.
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Time Out to Prevent Operating Room Errors
Baltimore Sun (05/14/15) Spear, Joan

On June 10 hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers around the country will observe National Time Out Day — acknowledging the need for medical professionals to take a "time out" to confirm the correct patient, correct procedure, correct surgical site and other important information before every operation or invasive procedure. Such "time outs" are mandated by the Joint Commission Universal Protocol, which accredits and certifies health care organizations in the U.S.
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SGR Repeal Opens Doors to Big Data
Medical Practice Insider (05/07/15) Irving, Frank

A year from now, physicians who treat Medicare beneficiaries may have vastly expanded resources to help them prepare for a new payment structure defined by quality and efficiency measures and practice improvement activities. The Medicare Data Sharing Program, enacted in 2010 as part of the Affordable Care Act, could be significantly enlarged under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), which was signed into law April 16.
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2015 Celebration of Nurses: Employment Outlook Quite Healthy
Florida Times-Union (05/04/15) Sealey, Jean

The impact of America's baby boomers on nursing is two-fold. As nurses from that generation reach retirement, the ranks of experienced nurses will decrease.
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Location, Season Influences C. Difficile Infections
MD News (05/08/2015)

Clostridium (C) difficile infections (CDIs) are at their highest during the spring and in the Northeast region of the US, a study published May issue of the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC) found. Researchers from the University of Texas (UT) analyzed 10 years of data from the US National Hospital Discharge Survey for CDI cases.
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Reduce Splashes, Increase Infection Prevention
Infection Control Today (05/06/15) Goss, Linda

Slips, trips, falls and sharps are widely recognized as potential occupational risks in the health care industry. However, there is another dangerous hazard that often goes unnoticed and underreported—splashes.
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