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June 1, 2016

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Help Plan Next Year’s Annual Meeting

Save the date for ASCA 2017, Wednesday to Saturday, May 3–6, in Washington, DC. Planning has already begun for the meeting and your ideas for session topics and speakers are a valuable part of determining the educational content that the meeting provides every year. Topic and speaker submissions for ASCA 2017 will be accepted through July 31, 2016.
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Get tools and information to help you keep your office staff trained and all aspects of your revenue cycle maximized during ASCA’s next webinar “How to Train your Business Office Team to Optimize your Revenue Cycle.” Lisa Rock, president of National Medical Billing Services, will present this webinar on Tuesday, June 14, at 1:00 pm ET.
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If you attended ASCA 2016 in Dallas, you have until June 30, 2016, to submit your continuing education (CE) credits online. To submit online, you will need your ID number located on the back of your attendee badge. If you no longer have your badge, you can request your ID number by sending an email to registration@ascassociation.org.
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Drug diversion and poor management of controlled substances in a health care facility can lead to serious consequences. Visit the ASC Focus web site for advice on how to detect and prevent drug diversion in your center.
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ASCA’s online Regulatory Training Series is a convenient, low-cost way to earn continuing education (CE) credit year round without having to travel. The interactive courses target the special needs of ASC professionals to help you meet regulatory requirements, orient new staff, achieve top outcomes, assess competency and improve quality of care. With the recent addition of an e-commerce component, you can now purchase the complete series online.
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ASCA Benchmarking subscribers can now access their clinical and operational benchmarking reports for the first quarter (Q1) of 2016. View your Q1 reports by logging into the ASCA Benchmarking portal and clicking on the “Run Reports” tab.

If you are not a subscriber, sign up today to get valuable data about your ASC that you can compare with national performance statistics on clinical outcomes, staff indicators, billing performance and more.
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The deadline to submit 2015 data for the Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program is Monday, August 15, 2016. ASCs should start the process required to report data for these measures now. To report ASC-6, ASC-7, ASC-9 and ASC-10 data through QualityNet, facilities must have a registered Security Administrator or basic user.
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U.S. Sees First Case of Bacteria Resistant to Last-Resort Antibiotic
Reuters (05/26/16) Pierson, Ransdell; Berkrot, Bill

U.S. health officials on Thursday reported the first case in the country of a patient with an infection resistant to a last-resort antibiotic, and expressed grave concern that the superbug could pose serious danger for routine infections if it spreads. "We risk being in a post-antibiotic world," said Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, referring to the urinary tract infection of a 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman who had not traveled within the prior five months.
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Medicare's 'Big Data' Tools Fight & Prevent Fraud to Yield Over $1.5 Billion in Savings
CMS Blog (05/27/16) Agrawal, Shantanu; Wedgeworth, Raymond; Bowman, Kelly D.

Over the past five years, the CMS has successfully implemented a Fraud Prevention System using "big data" and predictive analytics approaches to fight fraud, waste and abuse in the Medicare fee-for-service program. Taking "big data" mainstream has given the CMS the ability to better connect with public and private predictive analytics experts and data scientists, as well as collaborate more closely with law enforcement.
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CMS Issues Alert on ICD-9 and ICD-10 Exclusions
WorkersCompensation.com (05/25/2016) Sanderson, Heather Schwartz

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a technical alert dated May 23, 2016 related to Non-Group Health Plan (NGHP) MMSEA Section 111 reporting. This alert communicates that there are newly excluded ICD diagnosis codes that will no longer be accepted by CMS beginning on January 7, 2017.
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Medicare's Drug-Pricing Experiment Stirs Opposition
Kaiser Health News (05/25/16) Appleby, Julie

A broad proposal by Medicare to change the way it pays for some drugs has drawn intense reaction and lobbying, with much of the debate centering on whether the plan gives too much power over drug prices to government regulators. One of most controversial sections would set up a nationwide experiment, scheduled to start in 2017, to test a handful of ways to slow spending on drugs provided in doctor's offices, clinics, hospitals and cancer infusion centers.
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Colonoscopy Prep May Improve With Some Solid Foods
EurekAlert (05/23/16)

There's good news for patients who dread the clear-liquid diet before a colonoscopy. A new study finds that patients who ate certain solid foods, considered "low residue," were better prepared for their colonoscopies than individuals who followed the conventional liquid diet.
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Certificate-of-Need Laws and Michigan: Rural Health Care, Medical Imaging, and Access
Mercatus Center (05/16/16) Koopman, Christopher; Stratmann, Thomas; Eastman, Scott

Certificate-of-need (CON) programs are state laws that require government permission for health care providers to open or expand a practice or to invest in certain devices or technology. These programs have been justified on the basis of achieving several public policy goals, including controlling costs and increasing access to health care services in rural areas.
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PriceCheck: Transparency 'Has to Happen Soon,' Florida Hospital's CEO Says
Health News Florida (05/15/2016) Aboraya, Abe

During a conversation about health care recently with WMFE, the chief executives of two major hospitals in Central Florida said making prices more transparent to patients is important, but the task itself is hard to accomplish. Both Daryl Tol, the CEO of Florida Hospital, and David Strong, CEO of Orlando Health, cited several reasons why health care prices may never be as transparent as prices for other services.
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