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October 20, 2015

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Registration Now Open for ASCA’s 2016 Winter Coding Seminar

ASCA’s 2016 Winter Coding Seminar is essential to learning best coding practices in a post ICD-10 environment. Join ASCA and your fellow ASC professionals January 14—16 in Scottsdale, Arizona as we prepare for the coding and billing changes to come in 2016, and address the ones that took place this year. Register today to make sure you’re receiving the reimbursements you deserve.
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Renew your ASCA membership online using a credit card or check by December 31 to receive 10 percent off an ASCA Benchmarking subscription.

If you have questions concerning the membership renewal, contact Renee Harris-Etheridge at 703.636.0609 or rharris@ascassociation.org.
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ASCA has partnered with HealthStream to offer a collection of 21 courses that apply specifically to ASCs and are designed to train ASC staff on the most current regulations and standards of care. Sixteen of the interactive courses provide continuing education (CE) credit. Reduced prices are available through January 31, 2015.
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AW0275-MedIQ CME/CE Webcast: Selecting Intraoperative Opioids

Watch this CME/CE Webcast, sponsored by Med-IQ, to explore strategies that address the challenges of balancing cost, safety, and efficacy when selecting short-acting intravenous opioid anesthesia regimens. This activity also presents insights on effective communication among anesthesiologists, CRNAs, and hospital-based pharmacists regarding patient needs and economic factors. WATCH TODAY


Clinical recommendations for preventing and managing surgical fires have changed over recent years. Register for ASCA’s October 27 webinar to review current guidance and data on the prevention of surgical fires.
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ASCA's Chief Executive Officer William Prentice and Chief Operations Officer Steve Miller will speak at Becker’s ASC 22nd Annual Meeting—The Business and Operations of ASCs, October 22—24, in Chicago, Illinois.

Miller and ASCA’s Assistant Director of Government Affairs Blake McDonald will also speak at the 2015 OASCA Annual Education Conference and Trade Show on November 11 in Portland, Oregon.
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The data collection period for the third quarter (Q3) of the 2015 survey is now open. The collection period will close October 31. Start submitting your data today. If you haven’t purchased a subscription, there is still time to sign up. The 2015 survey features a completely revamped financial section.
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) final rule on Meaningful Use Stage 3 aims to ease reporting burden on providers, support interoperability and improve patient outcomes.
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Employers and Consumers Lead Push for Better Data on Price and Quality in Health Care Industry
Crain's Detroit Business (10/18/15) Greene, Jay

The other shoe has clearly fallen. The movement to high-deductible health insurance plans--designed to control costs and put more decision-making in the hands of patients--has saved employers billions of dollars, but it has also put pressure on the health care industry to become more transparent on the price and quality of its services.
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Hopes Dim for Deal to Avert Medicare Premium Spikes
The Hill (10/18/15) Ferris, Sarah

The window is closing for congressional leaders to avert the double-digit premium hikes that are set to hit 8 million Medicare enrollees next year. Congress has only a handful of weeks to prevent the 52 percent premium hikes--the largest in the program's history--that will harm seniors and drain state budgets.
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Most Patients Forget Colonoscopy Results as Time Goes By
Medscape (10/16/15) Louden, Kathleen

Patient recall of colonoscopy findings and follow-up procedures fades quickly, according to a new study. "Most patients were not able to recall the number of polyps detected if the colonoscopy was performed 2 years earlier, even if they recalled having polyps," said study investigator Mark Tarakji, MD, a surgical resident at the St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.
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AGA Fights for Fair Colonoscopy Reimbursement
American Gastroenterological Association (10/15/15)

CQ published a report yesterday on AGA's fight against drastic proposed cuts to colonoscopy reimbursement. It highlights the formal comments AGA, ACG and ASGE submitted to CMS in September, outlining the agency's flawed methodologies and rationale for making the cuts, and the importance of fair reimbursement for physicians and their patients.
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ASCA Member Facility Offers Free Cataract Surgery to Military Veterans and Uninsured
Buffalo News (10/16/15)

Three surgeons will provide free cataract surgery from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday for non-insured and low income area residents as well as military veterans and recent immigrants. This free surgeries will take place at Atwal Eye Care, 3095 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga.
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Regent Surgical Health Announces New ASC Physician Partnership in Alaska
Globe Newswire (10/15/15)

Regent Surgical Health, an industry-leading surgery center management and development company specializing in hospital and physician ambulatory surgery center joint ventures, today announced a new ambulatory surgery center partnership in Alaska. The facility, Surgery Center of Wasilla, serves patients in the fast-growing Matanuska-Susitna Valley near Anchorage.
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Acetaminophen Tablets by Medline Industries: Recall - Mislabeling with Incorrect Strength
FDA MedWatch (10/14/15)

On October 9, 2015, Medline Industries, Inc. announced that it will initiate a voluntary nationwide recall of lot # 45810 of Acetaminophen tablets, 500mg, uncoated compressed tablets to the consumer level. The Acetaminophen 500mg, Tab 100/BT (OTC20101) has been found to be mislabeled displaying "Acetaminophen 325mg" (OTC10101) instead of "Acetaminophen 500mg".
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HHS: Remaining Uninsured Worry About Costs of Coverage
Kaiser Health News (10/15/15) Carey, Mary Agnes

Department of Health and Human Services officials Thursday predicted that about an additional 1 million Americans would sign up for coverage under the federal health law next year and acknowledged that prospective enrollees are worried about the cost of health insurance, even with the law's financial help. "We know the remaining uninsured have a lot of concerns about whether they can afford coverage," HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell told reporters.
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Docs Who Practice Without Proper Med-Mal Insurance
Medscape (10/14/15) Guglielmo, Wayne J.

Doctors involved in a malpractice action who lack professional liability insurance, in whole or part, should be disciplined by the state medical board and not the courts, according to a split decision by the New Jersey Supreme Court last month. The court ruled that medical facilities that hire such doctors can be sued, however, if they haven't done their due diligence, according to a September 29th story that ran on the website of the Courthouse News Service.
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Study Quantifies Threat of Rising Antibiotic Resistance on Surgery and Chemotherapy
Medical Xpress (10/16/15)

Researchers report the strongest evidence yet that rising antibiotic resistance could have disastrous consequences for patients undergoing surgery or cancer chemotherapy. New estimates published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal suggest that up to half of infections after surgery and over a quarter of infections after chemotherapy are caused by organisms already resistant to standard prophylactic antibiotics in the USA.
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