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April 26, 2016

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Q1 of Benchmarking Data Collection Closes This Week

The data collection period for the first quarter (Q1) of the 2016 ASCA Benchmarking Survey will close on Saturday, April 30. Make sure to submit your data before the end of the week.

If you have not already, subscribe to the 2016 survey before Saturday 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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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.


ASC professionals will convene in Dallas in less than a month for ASCA 2016, one of the largest and most comprehensive industry events of the year. Join us for a wide variety of educational opportunities, the largest exhibit hall of the year and networking opportunities with thousands of your colleagues from around the country.

ASCA members can still take advantage of registration discounts of up to $310 for the meeting.
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Earlier this month, ASCA launched a new web site for its ASC Focus magazine. Readers of the magazine can now engage with the publication’s content in an entirely new way. Visit the web site today to read the May issue of ASC Focus.

Highlights of this month’s issue include innovative new techniques for breast cancer surgeries in the ASC setting, a look ahead to ASCA’s annual meeting in Dallas and tips for managing your drug supply.
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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.

On the first day of the fly-in, 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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Designated ASCA voting members are encouraged to submit their votes for ASCA's Board of Directors by May 4, 2016.
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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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The reporting deadline for ASC-8: Influenza Vaccination Coverage among Healthcare Personnel is May 15, 2016. The data collection period is for this year’s flu season, which ran from October 1, 2015 through March 31, 2016. Facilities that fail to report their data may receive a 2 percentage point reduction in their calendar year (CY) 2016 annual payment update from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
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Healthcare No. 1 Target for Cyberattacks in 2015
FierceHealthIT (04/20/16) Hall, Susan D.

Health care hit the No 1. spot for cyberattacks last year, though no industry was immune from such incidents, according to an IBM cybersecurity report. The authors of the report say health care rising to the top of the list did not come as a surprise, considering that at the end of 2015, IBM declared it the year of the healthcare security breach.
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CMS Delays Refresh of Hospital Quality Data on Hospital Compare
Health Transparency (04/21/16) Dolan, Martina

The update to Hospital Compare data on CMS Hospital Compare, originally scheduled for April 21, 2016, will now occur on May 4, 2016. This release will include refreshes to the measure data and the release of new measures for the Inpatient Psychiatric Program and Ambulatory Surgical Centers
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The Safety of Hand and Upper-Extremity Surgical Procedures at a Freestanding Ambulatory Surgery Center
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (04/20/2016) Vol. 98, No. 8, P. 700 Goyal, Kanu S.; Jain, Sameer; Buterbaugh, Glenn A.; et al.

More procedures are being completed on an outpatient basis at freestanding ambulatory surgery centers. The purpose of our study was to determine the safety and rate of adverse events in outpatient hand and upper-extremity surgical procedures.
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South Bay Physician-Owned Surgical Company Slapped With $37.4 Million Judgment
San Jose Mercury News (04/21/16) Seipel, Tracy

It once billed an insurance company $66,000 for a bunion repair, but a South Bay surgical company now faces another eye-popping dollar figure: a $37.4 million judgment for defrauding insurance giant Aetna. A civil jury last week found that Bay Area Surgical Management, based in Saratoga, recruited dozens of doctors to refer their patients for out-of-network procedures at inflated prices, fraudulently billing millions of dollars.
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Medical Providers Push for Higher Colonoscopy Rates
Bloomington Pantagraph (04/22/16) Swiech, Paul

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer and the second most common cause of cancer death. But it's preventable and treatable if detected early through a colonoscopy, said Theresa Bailey, clinical manager of the medical oncology specialty unit at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, and Dr. Philip Koszyk of Digestive Disease Consultants.
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Gov. Rick Scott Signs Health Care Bills Sponsored by Local Legislators Into Law
Florida Times-Union (04/24/16) Stepzinski, Teresa

Gov. Rick Scott recently signed legislation intended to ensure Florida health care consumers will have access to clear and accurate pricing information online at a website. House Bill 1175, sponsored by state Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, and state Rep. Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, takes effect July 1.
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Plastic Surgeons Taking to Snapchat to Broadcast Operations in Real Time
Fox News (04/20/16) Carstensen, Melinda

Going under the knife in March for her first breast augmentation didn't scare 29-year-old Jessica Wilson. After all, the Brooklyn, N.Y., woman had vicariously experienced countless similar surgeries for months before her own--on her plastic surgeon's Snapchat.
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Aurora and Anthem Join to Start a New Insurance Company
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (04/19/16) Boulton, Guy

In another sign of the changes taking place in the health care market, Aurora Health Care is partnering with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin to start an insurance company. The new company basically is a bet by Aurora that it can provide care at a lower cost than its competitors when people get most of their care from Aurora's own network of physicians and hospitals.
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15 Top Health Systems Cultivate a Culture of Transparency
Modern Healthcare (04/23/16) Castellucci, Maria

Access to data was critical for the orthopedic surgeons at St. Luke's Health System in Boise, Idaho, when they launched a project to eliminate hospital-acquired infections in 2011. It enabled them to routinely monitor the system's infection rate after knee and hip replacement surgeries, laminectomy procedures and spinal fusion surgeries.
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Startup Helps Doctors Maximize Productivity Using Google Glass
Government Technology (04/21/16) Gumz, Jondi

Doctors working in urgent care at Palo Alto Medical Foundation are using technology from a San Francisco startup with Google Glass to cut back on time spent record keeping and focus more on patients. Augmedix, co-founded in 2012 by millennial entrepreneurs Ian Shakil and Pelu Tran out of Stanford University, streams audio and visual information to a medical scribe in India or San Francisco who updates the patient's electronic medical record, a necessity in today's Affordable Care Act era.
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How Doctors Are Developing New Payment Models for Their Specialties
AMA Wire (04/15/2016) Parks, Troy

New regulations under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) are on their way, and physicians will have a choice to participate in the new Merit-based Incentive Payment System or alternative payment models (APM). It's important that physicians are involved and leading the way now in the design of APMs to ensure they work for both their patients and their practices.
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