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September 1, 2015

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Last Chance to Register for ASCA Capitol Fly-In

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to meet with your members of Congress. The registration deadline for the 2015 ASCA Capitol Fly-In, September 29-30, is September 4. As a participant in the ASCA Fly-In, you will get to meet face-to-face with legislators and their staff to ask for their support on key issues that will help your center. With a unified voice, the ASC industry can educate Congress about the services, savings and quality care ASCs provide. In addition, ASCAPAC is hosting a VIP Monument by Moonlight Tour on the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 30, celebrating ASCAPAC and Advocacy Fund Contributors. MORE
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The next CASC exam is scheduled for October 10 from 8:30 am-12:30 pm. The application to take the exam must be postmarked by September 4. The exam will be held at the Louisville Marriott Downtown in Kentucky. Download the CASC Candidate Handbook, which includes the exam application form. MORE
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Connect with ambulatory surgery employers right from the comfort of your own desk when you attend the ASCA Virtual Career Fair on Wednesday, September 16. All you need is Internet access, and the best part is it’s free for job-seekers. Preregistration is encouraged as job-seekers will need adequate time to create and update profiles for employer viewership. Register today! Questions? Call 866.964.2765 to speak with an ASCA Career Center adviser or click here to register as an employer. MORE
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The clinical and operational benchmarking report for the second quarter of 2015 (Q2) is now available for ASCA Benchmarking subscribers. Subscribers can access the Q2 report by logging in to the ASCA Benchmarking portal and clicking on the Reports page. As a reminder, don't forget to use the new ASCA Benchmarking community on ASCA Connect to discuss ASCA Benchmarking with other subscribers, ask questions about the data collection and share ideas/tips on how to use the quarterly reports to improve your operations and bottom line. You can also suggest changes/improvements to the survey for future reporting. MORE
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ASCA members can now take advantage of early registration discounts through Tuesday, September 8, for ASCA's 2015 Fall Seminar taking place October 8-10, in Louisville, Kentucky. It will offer educational sessions on key topics that drive development and daily operations at your ASC, lively networking opportunities, continuing education contact hours and the CASC review course and exam. MORE
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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



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Learn how to ensure your staff are functioning within their roles and fulfilling all of their responsibilities at your ASC in accordance with a staffing plan that promotes the best in patient care during ASCA's webinar on Tuesday, September 15, at 1:00 pm ET. Find out what your nursing assistant can do in the preoperative or postoperative area, what other staff and physicians should expect from the circulating RN, whether you need to have an RN in every clinical area and more. MORE
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Results of ASCA's 2015 Salary and Benefits Survey are now available. ASCs that completed more than 50 percent of the survey can access the results for free. ASCs and others that did not complete 50 percent of the survey can purchase access to the online survey results. MORE
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ASCs throughout the country are expanding their services, with more facilities considering the viability of adding complex surgeries that may require overnight recovery care. Read what experts in overnight care say are the keys to safely and successfully adding procedures requiring extended recovery care. MORE
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With less than 30 days remaining until the implementation of ICD-10, the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) has released the findings of its June 2015 ICD-10 Industry Readiness Survey. The results indicate that only 21 states have confirmed workers' compensation ICD-10 adoption and readiness at this time. ASCs must contact their state workers' compensation carrier(s) to get the most up-to-date information regarding status, contingency and reporting directives. To review the status of your state, visit ASCA’s ICD-10 resource page and click on the WEDI link. MORE
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is soliciting comments from interested stakeholders regarding the advisability of paying for cataract surgery in the office setting as an alternative to the ASC and hospital outpatient departments. As with all surgical procedures performed on an outpatient basis, ASCA’s primary concern is ensuring that cataract procedures continue to be performed in an environment that ensures patient safety. While ASCA will submit comments, it is also important that CMS hear from individual facilities. Submit your comments by September 8. MORE
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Ambulatory Surgical Centers Face Reimbursement Challenges
Wisconsin Health News (08/27/2015)

A disparity in Medicare reimbursement rates continues to grow between ambulatory surgical centers and hospital outpatient departments, said Ambulatory Surgery Center Association COO Steve Miller during a visit to Wisconsin last week. Medicare reimbursement rates for hospital outpatient departments are updated using the hospital market basket, which includes factors that account for the cost of health care.
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Surgeon Performance Unaffected by Fatigue From Overnight Work: Study
Reuters (08/27/15) Emery, Gene

Going without sleep the night before does not affect the performance of doctors doing elective surgery the next morning, according to a new Ontario study that runs contrary to research demonstrating that sleep-deprived physicians pose a hazard to patients. The odds of having a surgery-related problem were 22.2 percent when the doctor had been treating patients between midnight and 7 a.m. and 22.4 percent when the doctor had, presumably, received sufficient sleep.
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States Taking the Lead in Laws to Curb Drug Costs
Business Insurance (08/28/15) Muchmore, Shannon

Several states are tackling high prescription drug prices, an issue that's important to the public but has not yet been aggressively addressed by Congress. Massachusetts has the boldest proposal so far.
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ANA Sets 'Zero Tolerance' Policy for Workplace Violence, Bullying
ANA News Release (08/31/15)

The nursing profession "will no longer tolerate violence of any kind from any source," the American Nurses Association (ANA) declared in a new position statement on violence in health care workplaces released today. "Taking this clear and strong position is critical to ensure the safety of patients, nurses and other health care workers," said ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN.
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CMS Establishes ICD-10 Coordination Center, Ombudsman Role
Health Data Management (08/15) Slabodkin, Greg

With the ICD-10 compliance deadline just a little more than a month away, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is putting in place a number of organizational structures that the agency hopes will help to successfully manage the transition after October 1. Towards that end, CMS has established and is now staffing a new ICD-10 Coordination Center located in Baltimore, Md.
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New Coalition to Tackle Diagnostic Errors in Medicine
Medscape (08/26/15) Brooks, Megan

Several medical societies and health care organizations, including patient and consumer advocates and government partners, have banded together to address diagnostic errors in medicine through the newly formed Coalition to Improve Diagnosis. The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM), a physician-led nonprofit organization, established and will lead the coalition.
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81% of Healthcare Organizations Have Been Compromised by Cyber-Attacks in Past 2 Years: KPMG Survey
PR Newswire (08/26/15)

Eighty-one percent of health care executives say that their organizations have been compromised by at least one malware, botnet, or other cyber-attack during the past two years, and only half feel that they are adequately prepared in preventing attacks, according to the 2015 KPMG Healthcare Cybersecurity Survey. Furthermore, in polling 223 chief information officers, chief technology officers, chief security officers and chief compliance officers at health care providers and health plans, KPMG found the number of attacks increasing, with 13 percent saying they are targeted by external hack attempts about once a day and another 12 percent seeing about two or more attacks per week.
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How to Address Bundled Payment Cost Reduction Challenges
RevCycle Intelligence (08/21/15) DiChiara, Jacqueline

As per the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin applying a value-based payment program under the physician fee schedule within the year in association with budget neutrality. This November, CMS is hosting a conference to discuss plans to shift half of Medicare payments to value-based models within the next 3 years.
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The 'Must Do' List: Certain Patient Safety Rules Should Not Be Elective
Health Affairs (Summer 2015) Wachter, Robert

The modern patient safety field was built on a foundation of "systems thinking," namely, that we should avoid assigning individual blame for errors, instead focusing on identifying and fixing dysfunctional systems. While this approach is largely correct and is responsible for many of the field's successes, it needs to be balanced with a need for accountability.
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Insurers Win Big Health-Rate Increases
Wall Street Journal (08/27/15) Radnofsky, Louise; Armour, Stephanie

At a July town hall in Nashville, Tenn., President Barack Obama played down fears of a spike in health insurance premiums in his signature health law's third year. "My expectation is that they'll come in significantly lower than what's being requested," he said, saying Tennesseans had to work to ensure the state's insurance commissioner "does their job in not just passively reviewing the rates, but really asking, 'OK, what is it that you are looking for here?'"
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ND Insurers, Providers Working on Price Transparency
Grand Forks Herald (ND) (08/24/15) Springer, Patrick

Confusion and lack of specifics over the cost of health care have long vexed consumers, provoking louder calls for greater transparency and better tools to predict the cost of services. Health providers and insurers say they are well aware of the demand by consumers for more precise advance information that is easily accessible and understood, but say the complexity and variability of health care make that an enormous challenge.
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The Startups That Give You a Second Opinion on Costly Surgery
Bloomberg (08/20/15) Tozzi, John

In the window before his kids wake up and he has to go to work, Dr. Gregory Gebauer helps people he's never met avoid needless surgery. That's when the Florida spine surgeon reads charts and examines MRI or X-ray scans referred to him through a company called Grand Rounds, a San Francisco startup that promises to save employers money and help their workers find better care.
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