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April 12, 2016

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ASCA Releases HIPAA Workbook for ASCs

To assist ASCs in achieving Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) compliance, ASCA recently released the HIPAA Workbook for ASCs. Designed specifically for use within the ASC setting, this resource provides you and your staff with comprehensive tools and essential information to meet HIPAA’s requirements.

Download your copy of the HIPAA Workbook for ASCs by visiting ASCA’s online store and make sure your facility has access to the best practices in ASC HIPAA compliance. This resource is available for free to facility and corporate members of ASCA.
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4.1 PharMEDium  

Why 503B compounding makes sense?

PharMEDium is the leading provider of pharmacy-outsourced, ready to use compounded sterile preparations.  PharMEDium helps to:  mitigate medication supply issues, enhance patient safety efforts, reduce drug waste and simplify regulatory compliance.  PharMEDium, part of AmerisourceBergen, serves 3,000+ hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers through our state-of-the-art FDA Registered 503B Outsourcing Facilities.


The data collection period for the first quarter (Q1) of the 2016 ASCA Benchmarking Survey will close on April 30. If you have not already, subscribe to the 2016 survey before the end of the month to ensure that you get a complete picture of your data and trends for the year. ASCA members will receive a $300 discount on survey subscriptions.
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Get moving and energized during ASCA’s annual meeting, May 19–22, in Dallas by participating in the expanded wellness activities ASCA is offering this year. All skill levels—from beginner to expert—are invited to participate in ASCA’s 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, May 21, at 6:00 am, and group yoga class on Friday, May 20, at 6:30 am.

All events are free, but registration is required for the group yoga class and 5k Fun Run/Walk.
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ASCA’s Chief Executive Officer William Prentice will speak at Brach Eichler LLC’s “NJ ASC Review,” May 3–4, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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ASCA’s 2016 Capitol Fly-Ins, June 13–14 or September 12–13, offer the opportunity to inform policymakers in Washington, DC about issues affecting your ASC.

Join ASCA members from across the country for a dinner where ASCA staff will provide a legislative update, talking points and tips on how to conduct an effective meeting with your legislator. The following day, you and other attendees from your state will head out on Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and ask them to support the ASC industry. Sign up today to help strengthen the collective voice of the ASC community.
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Last week, representatives from the Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society (OOSS) and ASCA met with medical directors at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to discuss their proposal in last year's physician payment rule regarding the possibility of cataract surgery being performed in the office setting as an alternative to the ASC and hospital outpatient department (HOPD).

ASCA and OOSS reiterated their concerns outlined in ASCA's comments last year, with our top priority ensuring that these procedures continue to be performed in an environment that ensures patient safety.
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Industry News


UnitedHealth Quitting Obamacare Markets in Georgia, Arkansas
Bloomberg (04/08/16) Tracer, Zachary

UnitedHealth Group Inc., the largest U.S. health insurer, has decided to call it quits in two state Obamacare markets, in the latest challenge to President Barack Obama's health-care overhaul. The insurer won't sell plans for next year in Georgia and Arkansas, according to state insurance regulators.
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How Practices Are Faring With ICD-10 at Six Months
Physicians Practice (04/07/16) Perna, Gabriel

It took 23 years for ICD-10 to come to the U.S. health care system, from its publication by the World Health Organization in 1992 to its mandatory implementation date last year, with multiple delays, a good amount of pushback from high-level doctor groups, and lots of stress for physicians crammed in between. Just like Y2K, ICD-10's impending deadline came with a lot of trepidation and hype.
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State's New Tax on Surgery Centers Threatens Care
Norwich Bulletin (04/10/16) Martin, Rick

In October, the state of Connecticut implemented a 6 percent provider tax on same-day surgeries at ambulatory surgery centers. Although this misguided and widely opposed tax is relatively new, patients, taxpayers and the state's health care system will soon begin to feel it.
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What Yelp Can Tell You About a Hospital That Official Ratings Can't
Washington Post (04/05/16) Cha, Ariana Eunjung

If you've ever taken the time to give Yelp your two cents about a hospital, you'll be happy to know that someone's listening and that they've deemed the crowdsourced information not only useful — but unique. In what is believed to be the first large-scale analysis of such data, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania looked at 17,000 Yelp reviews of 1,352 hospitals from consumers.
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Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion in Ambulatory Surgery Centers: Patient Selection and Outcome Measures Compared With an Inhospital Cohort
Spine (04/01/16) Vol. 41, No. 8, P. 686 Chin, Kingsley R.; Pencle, Fabio J.R.; Coombs, Andre V.; et al.

Lateral lumbar interbody fusion has been popularized as a less invasive lumbar fusion surgery as an alternative approach to anterior lumbar interbody fusions, posterior lateral interbody fusion, and transforaminal lateral interbody fusion (TLIF). Lumbar fusions have been traditionally performed in a hospital setting because of the potential blood loss, length of surgery, and need for longer recovery.
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If Healthcare Prices Emerge, Americans Won't Link to Quality
Forbes (04/05/16) Japsen, Bruce

As the health care industry begins to offer more ways for consumers to see and use price information, a new study indicates Americans don't often link the price tag with quality. Most Americans "did not think that price and quality are associated," according to new research conducted by Public Agenda that is published in the April issue of the journal Health Affairs.
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McKenzie Surgery Center, a Local Day Surgery Center, to Provide Free Surgeries to 20 Patients as Annual Community Service Project
Eugene Register-Guard (OR) (04/08/16) McDonald, Sherri Buri

Twenty patients who can't afford surgeries they need to correct hernias, bent toes and other health problems will receive the procedures for free on April 30 at McKenzie Surgery Center in Eugene. This will be the fifth year in a row that the independent day surgery center on Country Club Road has offered this service to eligible community members, administrator Karen Hudspeth said.
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Healthcare Data Breaches Spiked in 2015, Surpassed Previous Years, BakerHostetler Says
Healthcare IT News (03/16) Monegain, Bernie

The rate of security incident disclosures in 2015 surpassed those of 2014, according to the second annual BakerHostetler Security Incident Response report. What's more, health care tops the list for frequency of data breaches.
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CMS Finalizes 2017 Payment and Policy Updates for Medicare Health and Drug Plans
CMS Press Release (04/04/16)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today released the final Medicare Advantage and Part D Prescription Drug Program changes for 2017 that seek to provide stable payments to plans, and make improvements to the program for plans that provide high quality care to the most vulnerable enrollees. "We continue to strengthen Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D, in particular for enrollees who need additional investments in their health, such as dually Medicare-Medicaid eligible individuals and those with complex socioeconomic needs," said Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt.
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