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Bring Your Running Shoes to ASCA 2016

Whether you are a seasoned runner trying to beat your personal record or you just want to enjoy an early morning walk with friends and co-workers, the 5K Fun Run/Walk at ASCA 2016 is a great way to burn some extra calories and take in the beautiful landscape around the Gaylord Texan Resort.

Make sure you register ahead of time for the 5K Fun Run/Walk. The race starts at 6:00 am Saturday, May 21. All race participants will receive a T-shirt and the three fastest women and men will get additional prizes.
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Already registered for the annual meeting? The ASCA 2016 Community on ASCA Connect is a great place to network with other attendees and submit questions to the speakers. Let people know you are attending and help promote the conference using the hashtag #ASCA2016 on social media.
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ASCA members can still take advantage of ASCA 2016 registration discounts of up to $310. Don’t miss this opportunity to network with thousands of ASC professionals at one of the largest and most comprehensive industry events of the year. The meeting takes places this month, May 19–22, in Dallas, Texas.
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Designated ASCA voting members are encouraged to submit their votes for ASCA's Board of Directors by Wednesday, May 4.
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ASCA’s first Capitol Fly-In of the year is right around the corner on June 13. Sign up today and join your fellow ASC professionals in Washington, DC next month for an important weekend that will help strengthen the collective voice of the ASC community.
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Many women with breast cancer have their surgery in the hospital setting. For cases of lumpectomy, however, it is possible and, for patients without comorbidities, often preferable to do the surgeries in an ASC.

Read the May issue of ASC Focus magazine to find out how one center pioneered innovative techniques for breast cancer treatment in the ASC setting.
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On April 27, CMS released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). In the MACRA legislation, Congress streamlined these programs into a single framework to help clinicians transition to payments based on value instead of payments based on volume.
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Administration Takes First Step to Implement Legislation Modernizing How Medicare Pays Physicians for Quality
HHS News Release (04/27/16)

The Department of Health and Human Services today issued a proposal to align and modernize how Medicare payments are tied to the cost and quality of patient care for hundreds of thousands of doctors and other clinicians. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is a first step in implementing certain provisions of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).
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Opposition Building On Capitol Hill To HHS Plan To Cut Medicare Payments For Some Drugs
The Hill (04/29/16) Sullivan, Peter

An Obama administration proposal aimed at fighting high drug prices is facing a backlash on Capitol Hill. Republicans say the pilot program that would change how Medicare pays for certain drugs should be scrapped, while congressional Democrats are expressing serious concerns and seeking changes, but generally do not want to terminate it completely.
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Significant Premium Hikes Expected Under Obama Health Law
Associated Press (04/30/16) Alonso-Zaldivar, Ricardo; Murphy, Tom

Insurers will seek significant premium hikes under President Barack Obama's health care law this summer - stiff medicine for consumers and voters ahead of the national political conventions. Expect the state-by-state premium requests to reflect what insurers see as the bottom line: The health law has been a financial drain for many companies. They're setting the stage for 2017 hikes that could reach well into the double digits, in some cases.
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Anesthesia Use for Colonoscopy Attracts New Scrutiny
HealthLeaders Media (04/13/16) Ready, Tinker

New findings on risks associated with the use of anesthesia during colonoscopies and the demise of the first automated sedation device for use in such procedures add sparks to the debate over how sedation should be delivered in the endoscopy suite. The decision to scrap Sedasys came last month.
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The Impact of Value-Based Contracts on Independent Practices
Diagnostic Imaging (04/29/16) Johnson, Chad

In an effort to improve quality and contain costs, payers are moving away from fee-for-service contracts in favor of a value-based system, incentivizing physicians for cost containment and quality of care rather than volume. Aetna, a Fortune 50 commercial payer, along with other partner organizations, predicts that by 2020, as much as 75 percent of its business will be in value-based arrangements. Likewise, CMS unveiled a plan to shift $362 billion of its non-managed-care budget to accountable care, bundled payments, and other payments that may offer rewards or institute penalties based on performance and cost savings. With this shift, independent providers in small practices who employ limited staff support for payer negotiations are often ill-equipped to successfully broker value-based contracts.
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Human Element the Weakest Link in Healthcare Security, Says Verizon Report
Medical Practice Insider (04/28/16) Davis, Jessica

Stolen credentials, privilege misuse and miscellaneous errors were the three biggest causes for health data breaches in 2015, according to the 9th annual Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report released on April 26. The majority of threats come from outside of organizations rather than with internal actors. Furthermore, there's an increasing trend of external culprits taking advantage of employees' missteps online.
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Pay for Colonoscopy Perk, Plans Urged
Arkansas Online (04/14/16) Davis, Andy

To protect public-school and state employees from surprise medical bills, the employees' health plans should start paying for general anesthesia for routine colonoscopies, an advisory panel recommended Tuesday. The Quality of Care subcommittee of the State and Public School Life and Health Insurance Board made the unanimous recommendation after hearing a presentation from G. Richard Smith, a professor and former dean at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
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Scientists Find Way to Reduce Need for Secondary Cataract Surgery
News-Medical.net (04/29/2016)

Scientists at the University of East Anglia may have found a way to prevent complications from surgery to treat cataract - the world's leading cause of blindness. Surgery works well to restore vision. Natural lens cells are removed from the inside of the lens, which leaves an outer casing called the 'capsular bag' that can house a clear, artificial lens. The capsular bag effectively 'shrink-wraps' the new lens and holds it in place. However, a few natural lens cells always remain after surgery. In time the eye's wound-healing response leads the cells to spread across the underside of the artificial lens. This interferes with vision, causing what's known as 'posterior capsule opacification' or secondary cataract.
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