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June 28, 2016

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ASCA Benchmarking Q2 Data Collection Period Opens Friday

The data collection period for the second quarter (Q2) of the recently improved 2016 ASCA Benchmarking Survey opens Friday, July 1, and will close on Sunday, July 31. The 2016 survey includes several new features, such as dynamic filtering capabilities, streamlined data entry and real-time data review.

If you have not already, subscribe to the 2016 survey today. ASCA members receive a $300 discount on survey subscriptions.
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If you attended ASCA 2016 in Dallas, you have until this Thursday, June 30, 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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The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR), the largest and only national registry of hip and knee arthroplasty, is providing a complementary webinar in partnership with ASCA on Wednesday, July 6 at 1:00 pm ET. The webinar is specifically designed for ASCs, and will demonstrate how participation in the AJRR can benefit your facility.
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Partners In Health (PIH), a global health nonprofit, headquartered in Boston, MA, is working to bring high-level surgical care to resource-poor areas around the world. Through its partnership with the ASCA Foundation, PIH will match 100 percent of every contribution—up to $350,000—made before Thursday, June 30. If you have ever considered making a contribution to help strengthen health systems in resource-poor areas, now is the time.
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Through this Thursday, June 30, you can save up to 25 percent on a video job listing in ASCA’s Career Center using the offer code AM16DV, or 20 percent on a featured listing using the code AM16FJ.
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Robert Williams, former ASCA executive director, board president and noted champion of the same day surgery concept, passed away last week following a year-long battle with cancer. Williams was the executive director of the nation’s first freestanding ambulatory surgery center, Surgicenter, Inc., and a founder of the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).
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The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) last month issued a final rule that further protects from discrimination in health care on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability and sex, including discrimination based on pregnancy, gender identity and sex stereotyping. In addition to implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act’s prohibition on sex discrimination, the final rule also enhances language assistance for people with limited English proficiency and helps to ensure effective communication for individuals with disabilities.
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Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Abortion Clinic Regulations
Associated Press (06/27/16) Sherman, Mark

The Supreme Court struck down Texas' widely replicated regulation of abortion clinics Monday in the court's biggest abortion case in nearly a quarter century. The justices voted 5-3 in favor of Texas clinics that had argued the regulations were a thinly veiled attempt to make it harder for women to get an abortion in the nation's second-most populous state.
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U.S. Will Spend $2.6 Trillion Less on Health Care Than Expected Before Obamacare, Study Projects
Washington Post (06/21/16) Johnson, Carolyn Y.

A new study predicts that the federal forecast of national health care spending under President Obama's signature health law was a big overestimate--by $2.6 trillion over a five-year period. Expanding health insurance coverage to millions of Americans was bound to increase overall spending.
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Need to Have Surgery? Look Into an Ambulatory Surgery Center
Idaho Statesman (06/27/16) Feltenberger, Gregory S.

So your doctor just said, "You need surgery." Now what?
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National Health Care Fraud Takedown Results in Charges Against 301 Individuals for Approximately $900 Million in False Billing
DOJ News Release (06/22/16)

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell announced today an unprecedented nationwide sweep led by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force in 36 federal districts, resulting in criminal and civil charges against 301 individuals, including 61 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals, for their alleged participation in health care fraud schemes involving approximately $900 million in false billings. Twenty-three state Medicaid Fraud Control Units also participated in today's arrests.
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HHS Announces Major Initiative to Help Small Practices Prepare for the Quality Payment Program
HHS News Release (06/20/16)

Over the last few weeks, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has made several important announcements related to the Quality Payment Program, which has been proposed to implement the new, bipartisan law changing how Medicare pays clinicians, known as the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, or MACRA. Today, we are announcing $20 million to fund on-the-ground training and education for Medicare clinicians in individual or small group practices of 15 clinicians or fewer.
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Screening for Colorectal Cancer: US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement
Journal of the American Medical Association (06/21/16) Vol. 315, No. 23, P. 2564

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. In 2016, an estimated 134?000 persons will be diagnosed with the disease, and about 49?000 will die from it.
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U.S. Healthcare Facilities Have Capacity to Meet Colorectal Cancer Screening Goals
CDC News Release (06/22/16)

U.S. government agencies and their colorectal cancer prevention partners have set a goal that at least 80 percent of adults ages 50-75 will be screened for colorectal cancer. A recently published study conducted by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that the U.S. health care system has the capacity to make this goal a reality.
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Surgeons Provide Free Surgeries for Pulse Shooting Survivors
WFTV.com (Florida) (06/24/16)

The group, Rebuilding America's Warriors said it will provide free surgeries of any kind to victims of the Pulse nightclub mass shooting. "This was literally hundreds of my fellow Americans being attacked on an instantaneous battlefield here in Florida," Dr. Andrew Borom said.
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Humana-Aetna Push Merger Closing to Year End
Louisville Courier-Journal (06/25/16) Schneider, Grace

Health insurance giants Humana and Aetna are finding that consummating their marriage will take longer than a year--maybe 18 months. Late Friday, the companies notified federal regulators that they have agreed to extend the deadline to complete the $37 billion acquisition by Aetna to Dec. 31, six months later than their deal set out when the parties announced the agreement and merger plan a year ago.
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Surgery Partners Buys Florida Doc Group
Nashville Post (06/24/16) De Lombaerde, Geert

Surgery Partners has acquired a Jacksonville, Florida, physician group specializing in pain management. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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Clarkston Surgery Center Offers New Method of Cataract Surgery
Oakland Press (06/17/16) Watters, Kim

Ophthalmic surgeons at Clarkston Surgery Center are now able to offer patients an all-laser, blade-free method of cataract surgery that is revolutionizing one of the most common procedures performed in medicine today. The new method of femtosecond laser cataract surgery uses the LenSx Laser System.
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Pharmaceutical Industry–Sponsored Meals and Physician Prescribing Patterns for Medicare Beneficiaries
JAMA Internal Medicine (06/20/16) DeJong, Colette; Aguilar, Thomas; Tseng, Chien-Wen; et al.

Physician-industry relationships--including sponsored meals and promotional speaking fees--are at the center of an international debate, intensified by recent transparency efforts in the United States and the European Union. In the United States, in the last 5 months of 2013, 4.3 million industry payments totaling $3.4 billion were made to more than 470?000 physicians and 1000 teaching hospitals.
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