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May 10, 2016

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Online Registration for ASCA 2016 Closes This Week

We are now less than two weeks away from ASCA's annual meeting, ASCA 2016, May 19–22, in Dallas, Texas. The last day to register online for the event is Friday, May 13. If you have not signed up for ASCA 2016 yet, make sure to do so this week.

ASCA members can still take advantage of a discounted standard registration fee and can enjoy additional savings by registering more than one attendee at a time.
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National Nurses Week, May 6–12, is a time dedicated to celebrating the important role nurses play in health care. ASCA would like to recognize all of the nurses working in ASCs today for their contributions to the ASC community and the patients we serve.
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved the Institute for Medical Quality (IMQ) of San Francisco, California, as a national accrediting organization for ASCs that participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs.
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Officials at SourceMed of Birmingham, Alabama, announced a strategic partnership with Command Health of Boulder, Colorado.
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Save the date for ASCA 2017, which will take place 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 an invaluable part of determining the exceptional 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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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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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) last week finalized its intent to adopt provisions of the 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code (LSC) and provisions of the 2012 edition of the Health Care Facilities Code to bring CMS’s requirements more up to date. Health care providers, including ASCs, affected by this rule must comply with all regulations within 60 days of the publication date of the final rule, which was May 4, 2016, unless otherwise specified in the final rule.
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Access to Health-Care Prices Doesn't Lower Spending
Boston Globe (05/04/16) Freyer, Felice J.

If people know how much health care services cost, they'll shop for the best prices and spend less — or so the theory goes. That's why the Massachusetts law intended to lower costs included a requirement that doctors, hospitals, and insurers provide cost estimates.
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Nurses Make Their Rounds in Health Care Design
Health Facilities Management (05/16) Eagle, Amy

In her book Notes on Nursing, originally published in 1859, Florence Nightingale stressed the importance of a number of environmental factors that are now understood to be critical to patient care, such as cleanliness, noise control, natural light and views of nature. Nurses have long understood that "good design is good medicine," says Jennie Evans, R.N., LEED AP, EDAC, Lean Six Sigma CE, senior vice president and associate principal for Dallas-based architecture firm HKS Inc.
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New CDC Campaign Reminds Docs, Nurses That 'Clean Hands Count'
CDC News Release (05/05/16)

Today, World Hand Hygiene Day, CDC is launching the new "Clean Hands Count" campaign urging health care professionals, patients, and patients' loved ones to prevent health care-associated infections by keeping their hands clean. Although hand contact is known to be a major way germs spread in medical facilities, studies show that some health care professionals don't follow CDC hand hygiene recommendations.
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Updates to Data Initiatives Increase Transparency of the Medicare Program
CMS Press Release (05/05/16)

As entrepreneurs, investors, data scientists, researchers, policy experts, government employees, and others prepare to gather for the seventh annual Health Datapalooza conference in Washington, D.C., the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) is releasing updated data to increase transparency in the Medicare program. Today CMS is posting the third annual release of the Physician and Other Supplier Utilization and Payment public use data.
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AGA Works to Improve Patient Safety through ADOPT Project
AGA News Release (05/04/16)

AGA is collaborating with The Joint Commission and CDC on a new project to help prevent patients from getting health-care-associated infections during outpatient care. The project will help expand the reach, uptake and adoption of guidelines by creating model infection prevention and control plans that can be used by practices nationwide.
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Medical Errors 3rd Leading Cause of Death, Study Finds
San Diego Union Tribune (05/04/16) Fikes, Bradley J.

Medical errors constitute the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to a study released Tuesday by researchers at Johns Hopkins University. The eye-widening estimate puts the number of error-caused deaths at 250,000 annually as of 2013.
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Doctors Call for Single-Payer Healthcare to Improve on Obamacare
United Press International (05/06/16) Feller, Stephen

More than 2,000 doctors are calling for the establishment of a single-payer health insurance system, signing on to a plan they say would take healthcare non-profit and allow care to be available for everybody who needs it. The Physicians for a National Health Program on Thursday released their plan to move to a Medicare-style system open to all American citizens, outlining it in an editorial published in the American Journal of Public Health.
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FDA Retreats From Recall of Scope-Cleaning Machines Tied to Outbreaks
Kaiser Health News (05/06/16) Terhune, Chad

The Food and Drug Administration has dropped a recall of some 2,800 scope-cleaning machines in use at hospitals and clinics nationwide despite a finding by a top agency scientist last year that the action was "necessary to protect public health." The FDA had ordered the equipment off the market in November because it said Custom Ultrasonics of Ivyland, Pennsylvania, had repeatedly violated federal safety laws and those lapses could increase the risk of infection for patients.
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CMS Publishes Final Rule on Fire Safety Requirements for Certain Health Care Facilities
CMS Press Release (05/03/16)

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a final rule (https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection) to update health care facilities' fire protection guidelines to improve protections for all Medicare beneficiaries in facilities from fire. The new guidelines apply to hospitals; long-term care facilities; critical access hospitals; inpatient hospice facilities; programs for all inclusive care for the elderly; religious non-medical healthcare institutions; ambulatory surgical centers; and intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
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Humana Has Become the Latest Health Insurer to Serve Notice That It Might Leave Some Affordable Care Act Exchanges Next Year
Associated Press (05/04/16) Murphy, Tom

Humana became the latest health insurer to serve notice that it might leave some Affordable Care Act exchanges next year, creating more uncertainty for customers ahead of this fall's enrollment window and presidential campaign, during which the law is sure to remain a hot debate topic. The insurer, which is being acquired by rival Aetna, said Wednesday that it expects to make a number of changes to its business for 2017, and that may include leaving some markets both on and off the exchanges or changing prices.
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