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May 27, 2015





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New Salary and Benefits Survey Launching Next Week

ASCA’s revamped Salary and Benefits Survey will open for data collection on Monday, June 1. The survey, which collects national, regional and state data on 20 ASC positions, is free for all ASCs, but in order to have access to the personalized reports and data comparisons, you must participate and answer at least 50% of the questions (otherwise you will have to purchase the reports). MORE
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Planning has already begun for next year’s annual meeting. Make sure to mark your calendar for ASCA 2016, which will take place Thursday to Sunday, May 19-22, in Dallas, Texas. Your ideas for session topics and speakers are an invaluable part of determining the exceptional educational content that the meeting provides every year. Please submit your ideas by July 31. MORE
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Learn how your ASC can use moderate (conscious) sedation to ensure that the gastroenterology and endoscopy procedures you provide are safe and efficient, and explore the future of moderate sedation, during ASCA's next webinar "Moderate Sedation in the GI Suite." This program will be offered Tuesday, June 2, at 1:00 pm ET. MORE
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CMS has released the recordings of two MLN Connects videos: Estimating the Impact of the Transition to ICD-10 on Medicare Inpatient Hospital Payments (29 minutes) and Medicare’s Testing Plan for ICD-10 Success (7 minutes). There is also a call scheduled for June 18 that will present strategies and resources to help you prepare. MORE
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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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ASCA’s online Regulatory Training Series is a convenient, low-cost way to earn continuing education (CE) credit year round without having to travel. The interactive courses target the special needs of ASC professionals to help you meet regulatory requirements, orient new staff, achieve top outcomes, assess competency and improve quality of care. MORE
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Save the date for ASCA’s 2015 Fall Seminar, October 8 – 10, 2015, at the Louisville Marriott Downtown in Louisville, Kentucky. The 2015 Fall 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. MORE
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Earlier this month, the federal government released Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Affordable Care Act Implementation (Part XXV), clarifying that plans or issuers may not impose cost sharing for anesthesia services performed in conjunction with a preventive colonoscopy “as long as the attending provider determines that anesthesia is medically appropriate for the individual.” MORE
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Industry News


N.J. Surgery Centers Contributed $3.75B to Economy in 2014
NJ.com (05/26/15) Livio, Susan K.

Same-day surgery centers contributed $3.75 billion to New Jersey's economy last year, employing 9,100 people and generating $73 million in tax dollars, according to the industry's latest annual report that was released on Tuesday. The second annual report by the New Jersey Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers coincides with the introduction earlier this month of controversial legislation aimed at curbing the astronomical billing practices of some out-of-network physicians and hospitals.
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Keeping Solo Practice More Difficult for Doctors
Orlando Sentinel (05/16/15) Miller, Naseem S.

The thing that Dr. Ralph Nobo misses most about the old days, when he started his ob-gyn practice some 30 years ago, is the connection he had with his patients. "You were there for the patient, and the patient was there for you."
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ASCO Proposes New Physician Payment Reforms
OncLive (05/21/2015) Hagen, Tony

ASCO has proposed a series of payment reforms that it says would significantly increase physician pay, improve the breadth of patient services available, and lower the overall cost of cancer care. The reforms build on an oncology payment model ASCO proposed last year as a means of moving from fee-for-service (FFS) care to value-based care.
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Preventing Nurse, Patient Injuries Subject of New Bill
Medscape (05/22/15) Brown, Troy

U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr (D-MI) is working with the U.S. Senate to develop The Nurse and Health Care Worker Protection Act, which would provide a national standard for nurses and other healthcare workers when lifting patients. Rep. Conyers, the American Nurses Association (ANA), and other healthcare safety experts spoke at a briefing on Capitol Hill on May 12.
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The Preoperative Stop and Go Sign Interactive Checklist Awarded AORN Seal of Recognition
PR Newswire (05/05/15)

The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) has awarded the AORN Seal of Recognition to The Preoperative Stop and Go Sign designed by Christopher Connor, M.D., Ph.D. and Mauricio Gonzalez, M.D., anesthesia providers with Anaesthesia Associates of Massachusetts (AAM). The Preoperative Stop and Go Sign product is distributed by the Plexus Management Group, Inc., a market-leading anesthesia management company, and is in compliance with the AORN Safe Surgery Checklist.
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Take Time Out Before Surgical Procedure to Avoid Mistakes
Times of Trenton (NJ) (05/22/15) Cox, Doreen

On June 10, National Time Out Day will be marked in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers around the country. Taking a "time out" to confirm correct patient, correct procedure, correct surgical site, and other important information before every operative and other invasive procedure is a requirement of the Joint Commission Universal Protocol.
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Four Words That Imperil Health Care Law Were All a Mistake, Writers Now Say
New York Times (05/26/15) Pear, Robert

They are only four words in a 900-page law: "established by the state." But it is in the ambiguity of those four words in the Affordable Care Act that opponents found a path to challenge the law, all the way to the Supreme Court.
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Milliman Sees Health Costs Biting Back
LifeHealthPro (05/19/15) Bell, Allison

The total cost of typical employer-sponsored preferred provider organization (PPO) coverage for a family of four has increased 6.3 percent this year, to $24,671. Analysts at Milliman have published that estimate in their latest medical cost index.
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Health Insurers Seek Hefty Rate Boosts
Wall Street Journal (05/22/15) Radnofsky, Louise

Major insurers in some states are proposing hefty rate boosts for plans sold under the federal health law, setting the stage for an intense debate this summer over the law's impact. In New Mexico, market leader Health Care Service Corp. is asking for an average jump of 51.6% in premiums for 2016.
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