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August 9, 2016

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Final Week to Book Capitol Fly-In Hotel Stay Through ASCA

Register for the ASCA Capitol Fly-In, September 12–13, by this Friday, August 12, to guarantee a hotel room and save $50. Participants will be staying at the Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill, which is an ideal location for the activities included in the Fly-In.

Don't miss this opportunity to join your fellow ASC professionals in Washington, DC and work together to advance your collective interests on Capitol Hill. The Fly-In is one of the most effective ways to ensure that ASCs remain a viable health care option. Register today!
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Learn how to properly target the right audience and increase awareness of your center online during ASCA’s next webinar on Tuesday, August 23, at 1:00 pm ET. Speaker Kelly L David, APR, director of marketing and public relations at Spectrum Medical Group will discuss the important do’s and don’ts involved in building and maintaining a successful digital relationship with patients. Learn how to get started, how to keep the conversation going and how to prepare for problems that might arise.
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As insurance plans change, collection from patients can become more challenging. Visit the new ASC Focus web site to learn tips on how to make your collections efforts more successful.
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ASCA recently added "Prevention of Healthcare-Associated Influenza in Ambulatory Care" to its online Regulatory Training Series. Visit ASCA’s web site today to see what’s covered in each of the 24 courses and order them all online using the new “Purchase Now” button.
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Mid-year reports are now available via the QualityNet Secure Portal. To access and download your report, you must have an active QualityNet Security Administrator (SA) registered for your facility. Facility-level data, as well as state and national level data are provided.


If you have questions or concerns regarding your report, you can use the Outpatient and ASC Questions and Answers tool, or call 866.800.8756 weekdays from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm ET.
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Surgeon: CON Laws Cost State Health Plan $250 Million Yearly
Carolina Journal (08/05/16) Way, Dan

A Durham orthopedic surgeon argues that the State Health Plan for public employees wastes a quarter-billion dollars annually because North Carolina's certificate-of-need laws force patients to use hospital-based facilities instead of physician-operated outpatient surgery clinics. Dr. Richard Bruch, who is on the North Carolina Orthopaedic Association executive committee, issued that assessment in an invited commentary titled "A Sea Change in Medicine: Current Shifts in the Delivery and Payment of Medical Care" in the current issue of the North Carolina Medical Journal.
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Celebrating National Ambulatory Surgery Week
Daily Journal (Missouri) (08/06/16)

The Surgery Center of Farmington will be celebrating National Ambulatory Surgery Center week and their upcoming 17th year anniversary with an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 11. The public is welcome to come tour the facility and meet some of the staff.
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Rep. Srinivasan Visits Glastonbury Surgery Center
Office of Prasad Srinivasan (08/02/16)

Representative Prasad Srinivasan (R-31) toured the Glastonbury Surgery Center to speak with the facility's staff about the services they provide and their concerns. Rep. Srinivasan met with Clinical Director Cheryl Parent and Office Manager Amanda Laplante.
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Showcase 2016: Josie Robertson Surgery Center, MSK Cancer Center
Healthcare Design (08/04/16) DiNardo, Anne

Creating a new ambulatory surgery center for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, in New York, with a 100-by-115-foot footprint on a tight urban site required the design team to rethink traditional planning strategies and go vertical rather than horizontal. The project, submitted by Perkins Eastman, earned an honorable mention in the 2016 Healthcare Design Showcase.
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Most States Fail When It Comes to Health Cost Transparency
BenefitsPro (07/28/16) Cook, Dan

Slowly, state laws requiring price transparency for health care-related costs are beginning to work. However, much room for progress remains, as can be seen in the results of the fourth annual state pricing transparency survey.
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Why 'Useless' Surgery Is Still Popular
New York Times (08/03/16) Kolata, Gina

Before a drug can be marketed, it has to go through rigorous testing to show it is safe and effective. Surgery, though, is different.
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National Survey Finds Doctors Feel Overworked and Want More Time With Patients
Marketwired (08/02/16)

According to a new national study from locumstory.com, nearly two-thirds of physicians feel more overworked now compared to when they first started their careers. In contrast, only 13 percent say they are less overworked now than at the beginning of their careers.
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Doctors Who Spent More on Patients Were Sued Less Often
Albany Daily Star (08/03/16)

American physicians who order more tests and services for their patients – regardless of whether they need them – tend to face fewer malpractice suits, a new study finds. Though experts have said that confirming the link between "defensive medicine" and malpractice risk needs further exploration.
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Huge Data Breach at Health System Leads to Biggest Ever Settlement
CNBC (08/05/16) Mangan, Dan

One of the nation's biggest health-care systems has agreed to pay the largest settlement ever by a single entity for potential violations of federal patient privacy law, related to breaches that compromised the electronic data of 4 million patients. Advocate Health Care Network, which operates 12 hospitals and more than 200 other treatment locations in Illinois, will pay $5.55 million to the U.S. Health and Human Services Department as part of the settlement announced by HHS on Thursday.
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Non-Technical Skills Matter Too
American College of Surgeons (08/05/2016)

Patient safety before, during, and after surgery requires an appropriately educated, committed and empowered health care team, according to recommendations being presented today at the inaugural National Surgical Patient Safety Summit (NSPSS). The two-day event, which includes more than 100 representatives from medical professional associations, insurers, health care systems, payers and government agencies, is sponsored by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS), with the goals of developing surgical care and surgical education curricula standards, and prioritizing safety research efforts.
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Smartphone App Helps Patients Prepare for and Recover From Surgery
Medicalxpress (08/01/2016) Swensen, Eric

A new smartphone app is helping some University of Virginia Health System surgery patients follow a treatment program to better prepare them for surgery and speed their recovery. Since 2013, colorectal surgery patients at UVA have used the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery program.
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