ASCA News Digest (September 9, 2015)

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September 9, 2015

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ASCA Seeks Member Input for Strategic Plan

ASCA is preparing a strategic plan to help guide its future activities. To ensure that this plan aligns with the needs of its members, ASCA is requesting their feedback. Members, review the draft and share any comments you have with Steve Miller at smiller@ascassociation.org. Please submit your comments by September 23. MORE
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More than 5,500 students are already enrolled in ASCA's online Regulatory Training Series that provides access to on-demand content developed specifically for ASC professionals. Topics range from medication management and infection control to preventing operating room fires and identifying and assisting domestic abuse victims. Act now to take advantage of ASCA's summer sale and begin offering staff in your ASC the opportunity to earn continuing education credits for under $3 per credit! MORE
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We are one week away from ASCA's Virtual Career Fair on September 16. Still haven't registered? It's free for job-seekers, and you can easily sign in to participate from your computer or mobile device. Preregistration is encouraged 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 results of ASCA's 2015 Salary and Benefits Survey are now available. The final report includes national, regional and state data on 20 ASC job positions, employee benefits and ASC demographics. ASCs can use this information to determine how their ASC's compensation package compares to similar ASCs and as an important tool in attracting and retaining the best employees. ASCs that completed more than 50 percent of the survey can access the results for free. Others can purchase access to the online survey results. MORE
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There's still time to register for ASCA's 2015 Fall Seminar, taking place October 8-10 in Louisville, Kentucky. The program 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. Reserve your seat today! MORE
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CME/CE Webcast: Selecting Intraoperative Opioids

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Get the guidance you need to ensure that staff at your ASC function properly within their roles and fulfill their regulatory responsibilities during ASCA's next webinar "Staff Roles and Responsibilities in the ASC." This program will be offered Tuesday, September 15, at 1:00 pm ET. MORE
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ASCA's CEO Bill Prentice and Regulatory Counsel Kara Newbury will be speaking at the California Ambulatory Surgery Association's 2015 Annual Conference and Exhibits, taking place September 9-11, in Huntington Beach, California.

ASCA Chief Operating Officer Steve Miller will speak at the American Society for Surgery of the Hand's 70th Annual Meeting on September 11.

Prentice will also be part of a panel discussion on the current state of the ASC industry at the 2nd Annual West Coast Ambulatory Surgery Center Seminar taking place October 6 in Los Angeles. MORE
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To stay ahead of the curve in a highly competitive market, some ASCs have begun offering warrantees and guarantees on their services. Learn why ASCs are taking these initiatives and the benefits they expect from putting their money where their mouth is. MORE
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With the implementation of ICD-10 just three weeks away, ASCs should make sure to check all systems, contact vendors and test claims adjudication. Follow the ABCs of ICD-10 to get ready for the transition on October 1: Assess how ICD-10 will affect your practice and make a plan; Be sure your systems are ready; and Contact your vendors. Visit ASCA's ICD-10 resource page for more information.
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ASCA recently submitted its formal comment letter in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 2016 proposed payment rule, which, among other payment policies, proposes the reimbursement rates for the coming year and changes to the ASC list of payable procedures for 2016. MORE
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Hawaii Ambulatory Surgery Centers Unite Through New Association
Pacific Business News (09/01/15) Gill, Lorin Eleni

A local health care consultant has organized a new group to represent Hawaii's ambulatory surgery centers. Longtime Kailua resident and health care consultant Woodrow Moore, also the founder of the Texas ASC Society, spearheaded the Hawaii ASC Association, which held its inaugural meeting in June.
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$750,000 HIPAA Settlement Emphasizes the Importance of Risk Analysis and Device and Media Control Policies
HHS News Release (09/02/15)

Cancer Care Group, P.C. agreed to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Cancer Care paid $750,000 and will adopt a robust corrective action plan to correct deficiencies in its HIPAA compliance program.
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AMA Releases Analyses on Potential Anthem-Cigna and Aetna-Humana Mergers
American Medical Association News Release (09/08/15)

The combined impact of proposed mergers among four of the nation's largest health insurance companies would exceed federal antitrust guidelines designed to preserve competition in as many as 97 metropolitan areas within 17 states, according to new special analyses of commercial health insurance markets issued today by the American Medical Association (AMA). For these locations, the mergers would enhance market power.
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Healthy Job Growth for Medical Coders
San Diego Union Tribune (09/06/15) Davies, Jennifer

On Oct. 1, a big change is coming to the health care industry. That's the deadline for all health care companies--doctors, hospitals, clinics, insurance provider--to upgrade to a new system that logs all medical diagnoses, symptoms and procedures and dictates how much patients and their insurance companies should pay for a specific treatment.
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Despite Healthcare Changes, Physicians Remain Happy
PR Newswire (09/01/15)

Even with the ICD-10 coding transition looming, the rules governing "meaningful use" of their EHRs in a state of flux, and the constant shift in their reimbursement from volume to value, U.S. physicians are still happy in their careers. That's according to the 2015 Great American Physician Survey, sponsored by Kareo, conducted by Physicians Practice.
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Fewer People Neglecting Health Care Over Cost: CDC
CNBC.com (09/01/15) Mangan, Dan

Here are some big market plunges you might actually like. The rate of people who didn't get needed medical care as a result of its cost reached a 16-year-low in the three months that ended in March, as the Affordable Care Act continued to drive down the number of people without health insurance, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Tuesday.
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Survey: Physician Leadership Development Moving Into High Gear
Navigant Healthcare (09/03/15)

Results of a comprehensive survey by the American Association for Physician Leadership and Navigant Center for Healthcare Research and Policy Analysis has found physician leadership development training programs to be growing throughout the U.S. health care system. "In the industry, there is an increasing awareness of the need for improved physician engagement and integration of physicians and, as that occurs, there's obviously a natural movement of having physicians engaged in the leadership of different types of health care systems," said Peter Angood, president and CEO of the association.
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Study Finds Cataract Surgery Leaves Patients Satisfied
Crawford County Avalanche (09/08/15)

By 2030, 38 million Americans will suffer from cataracts, a number that will increase to 50 million by 2050, according to the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health. The most common treatment for cataracts is surgery, and new research suggests its benefits are strong.
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HHS Takes Next Step in Advancing Health Equity Through the Affordable Care Act
HHS News Release (09/03/15)

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a proposed rule to advance health equity and reduce disparities in health care. The proposed rule, Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities, will assist some of the populations that have been most vulnerable to discrimination and will help provide those populations equal access to health care and health coverage.
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GAO to Investigate Medical Device Implicated in Cancers
Philadelphia Inquirer (09/05/15) McCullough, Marie

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has agreed to investigate why an electric device used in gynecological surgery was marketed for two decades before safety warnings were issued by the Food and Drug Administration. The GAO, which investigates how the government spends tax dollars, sent a confirmatory letter to U.S. Rep Mike Fitzpatrick (R, Pa).
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Longer Colonoscopies Linked to Lower Cancer Rate
EndoNurse (08/26/15)

If a colonoscopy seems like the type of thing you'd like to get done with quickly, think again. Research by a Veterans Affairs team has confirmed that longer-lasting colonoscopies are associated with lower cancer rates.
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