ASCA News Digest (April 19, 2016)

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April 19, 2016

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ASCA Launches New Web Site for ASC Focus Magazine

ASCA has delivered print copies of its magazine, ASC Focus, free to its members for many years. Now the organization has launched a new web site for the magazine so that its members and ASC Focus subscribers can engage with the magazine’s content in an entirely different way.

This online version of the magazine features all the components of the print version, only on a more dynamic and accessible platform. You will now be able to search current and past issues by topic, author or keyword and share articles on your Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts directly from the new site. You also will find a new "Digital Debut" section on the site that features breaking news and other selected articles.
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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.


ASCA’s annual meeting, May 19–22, in Dallas promises to be one of the largest and most comprehensive ASC events of the year. The meeting will offer more than 60 essential educational opportunities, the largest ASC-specific exhibit hall of the year and countless opportunities to network with ASC professionals from around the country.

It is not too late to register for ASCA 2016. Members can still take advantage of a $210 registration discount and can save even more by registering more than one attendee at the same time.
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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 receive a $300 discount on survey subscriptions.
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ASCA’s 2016 Capitol Fly-Ins, June 13–14 and 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 to 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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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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US Representatives Charlie Dent (R-PA) and Lois Frankel (D-FL) joined a growing list of supporters for the ASC Quality and Access Act of 2015 (H.R. 1453/S. 2071). The legislation, which now has 72 cosponsors in the House and seven in the Senate, would fix the Medicare inflationary update factor that causes the growing disparity in payments between the ASC and HOPD settings. Click here to read a full description of the legislation and how it helps protect patient access to care in the ASC setting.
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Number of Deadly Infections From Dirty Scopes Is Far Higher Than Previously Estimated
Los Angeles Times (04/15/16) Terhune, Chad

The number of potentially deadly infections from contaminated medical scopes is far higher than what federal officials previously estimated, a new congressional investigation shows. As many as 350 patients at 41 medical facilities in the U.S. and worldwide were infected or exposed to tainted gastrointestinal scopes from Jan. 1, 2010, to Oct. 31, 2015, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
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NIH Launches Research Program to Reduce Health Disparities in Surgical Outcomes
NIH News (04/18/16)

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, part of the National Institutes of Health, has launched an initiative to support research to better understand and address disparities in surgical care and outcomes for disadvantaged populations. The new surgical disparities research program will involve collaborations among several NIH institutes and centers, along with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
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Surgeons Must Tell Patients of Double-Booked Surgeries, New Guidelines Say
Boston Globe (04/14/16) Abelson, Jenn; Saltzman, Jonathan

The world's largest surgeons' organization has issued its first-ever guidelines for surgeons managing simultaneous operations, saying the controversial practice is broadly permissible, within limits, but that "the patient needs to be informed" whenever a doctor runs more than one operating room at a time. Such notice to patients is not now routine or required at many hospitals.
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Epigenomics Receives FDA Approval for Epi proColon
Epigenomics (04/13/16)

Epigenomics AG, the German-American cancer molecular diagnostics company, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Company's lead product, Epi proColon, the first and only FDA-approved blood-based colorectal cancer screening test. Epi proColon will be made available in the United States under a joint commercialization agreement with the Company's strategic partner Polymedco, a leader in non-invasive colorectal cancer screening technology.
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These Hospitals Are Doing Something Shocking: Giving Refunds to Unhappy Patients
Washington Post (04/15/16) Sun, Lena H.

At Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania, hospital officials want to keep their customers happy. So when patients are upset about a long wait in the emergency department, or a doctor's brusque manner, or a meal that never arrived in a room, Geisinger is doing more than apologizing.
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Price Transparency and Consumer Protections Part of New Florida Health Law
WMFE.org (04/15/16) Hatter, Lynn

Florida's hospitals will now have to be more transparent when it comes to pricing and consumers will get more protections from unexpected health care bills. Those provisions are among several health-related measures Governor Rick Scott signed into law Thursday.
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Hospitals to Fight Bill That Would Open NC Medical Market
Raleigh News & Observer (NC) (04/16/16) Alexander, Ames

An influential state senator wants to repeal laws that were designed to curb health care costs, arguing that they have actually accomplished the opposite. A bill introduced by Sen. Tom Apodaca, the Henderson County Republican who chairs the Senate Rules Committee, would eliminate the state's certificate-of-need laws.
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Six-Step Hand-Washing Technique Found Most Effective for Reducing Bacteria
SHEA News Release (04/08/16)

New research demonstrates that the six-step hand-hygiene technique recommended by the World Health Organization is superior to a three-step method suggested by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in reducing bacteria on health care workers' hands. The study was published online today in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.
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