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May 17, 2016

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Q1 ASCA Benchmarking Reports Now Available

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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Why 503B compounding makes sense?

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Banner Health of Phoenix, Arizona, will join hands with Phoenix VA Health Care System on a public-private partnership that will help expedite outpatient surgical care to thousands of veterans in the Phoenix area.
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ASCA 2016 kicks off on Thursday, May 19. If you are already registered to attend, remember to network with other attendees in the ASCA 2016 Community on ASCA Connect, register for the 5K Fun Run/Walk and bring plenty of business cards.

If you have not registered for the event, you can do so on-site in Dallas.
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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 forthe 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 2016 Capitol Fly-Ins takes place next month, June 13–14 and this Friday is your last chance to sign up to participate. This is an opportunity to inform policymakers in Washington, DC, about issues affecting your ASC. Sign up today to help strengthen the collective voice of the ASC community.
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ASCA will be giving away a Microsoft Surface, Samsung Gear Fit fitness watch and a Visa gift card during ASCA 2016. Visit the ASCA Lounge (#520) in the Exhibit Hall to find out how you can win, and while you’re there, let ASCA’s professional caricature artist draw your picture! This year’s lounge is a great place to network with your fellow members and learn more about your member benefits from ASCA staff.
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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. ASCA members may download our Analysis of Life Safety Code Changes, which outlines the specific provisions in the Fire Safety Requirements for Certain Health Care Facilities (“Life Safety Code”) on which ASCA submitted comments.
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Settlement Reached in Joan Rivers Malpractice Case
New York Times (05/12/16) Santora, Marc

The family of the comedian Joan Rivers reached a settlement with the doctors and the clinic it had sued for malpractice over her death, lawyers for the family said on Thursday. The doctors accepted responsibility for Ms. Rivers's death, although the dollar amount of the settlement was not disclosed.
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Senate Panel: Docs Owning Device Companies Have Conflict of Interest
Bloomberg BNA (05/11/16) Swann, James

Spinal surgeons participating in a physician-owned distributorship (POD) saw 24 percent more patients than non-POD surgeons, increasing the possibility of unnecessary surgeries and patient harm, according to a Senate Finance Committee report released May 10. The report from the committee's Republicans, which updates a 2011 report, said spinal surgeons participating in PODs performed spinal fusion surgery on 9 percent of the patients they saw, compared to 6 percent for other surgeons.
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Insiders: Health Care Is 'Being Held Hostage to Hackers'
Politico (05/10/16) Diamond, Dan

A stolen credit card is worth about $2 on the black market. A stolen medical record?
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Joint Commission Adopting 2012 NFPA Life Safety Code
Occupational Health & Safety (05/16/16)

The Joint Commission announced May 13 that it will follow suit with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and adopt the National Fire Protection Association's 101 Life Safety code, effective July 5, 2016. The organization reported it has advocated for CMS to adopt this change for years. For ambulatory surgical centers, all doors to hazardous areas must be self-closing or must close automatically. Alcohol-based hand rub dispensers now may be placed in corridors to allow for easier access.
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HHS Announces Challenge to Redesign the Medical Bill for Patients
HHS News Release (05/09/16)

Speaking at the annual Health Datapalooza conference today, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced a challenge to encourage health care organizations, designers, developers, digital tech companies and other innovators to design a medical bill that's simpler, cleaner, and easier for patients to understand, and to improve patients' experience of the overall medical billing process. The "A Bill You Can Understand" design and innovation challenge is intended to solicit new approaches and draw national attention to a common complaint with the health care system: that medical billing is a source of confusion for patients and families.
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Joint Commission Announces Educational Campaign on Importance of Dual Identifiers
Joint Commission (05/06/16)

The Joint Commission launched its Speak Up: Right ID, Right Care campaign today to help educate the public on the importance of multiple identifiers in the health care environment. The campaign includes an infographic, animated video and podcast available for free download.
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Obama Official Willing to Change Controversial Medicare Proposal
The Hill (05/04/16) Sullivan, Peter

The Obama administration is willing to work to address congressional concerns with a proposal aimed at fighting high drug prices, a top health official said Wednesday. The administration's proposal to change how Medicare pays for certain drugs has drawn objections from both sides of the aisle.
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5 Practices That Can Help Health Systems Build Improved Relations With Doctors
Hospitals & Health Networks (05/16) Hamory, Bruce; Smith, Graegar; Singh, Rohit

Health system executives rank physician alignment as one of their top near-term priorities. As the market shifts toward financial incentives for quality, cost control and experience, closer collaboration between physicians and systems becomes a necessity.
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Nashville's $38.8B Health Care Industry Ponders Future
Tennessean (05/04/16) Fletcher, Holly

Health care is an unwieldy industry where specialty takes years to hone and the infrastructure of the system hasn't radically changed in decades. But with increasing costs and outcomes, there's a rush at all levels to — buzzword alert — innovate.
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GIQuIC Colonoscopy Quality Registry Reaches 3 Million Colonoscopy Cases
PR Newswire (05/04/16)

The dramatic growth in the number of colonoscopies reported through the GI Quality Improvement Consortium, Ltd. (GIQuIC) registry reached 3,000,000 cases in April. GIQuIC is a national registry that fosters the ability of endoscopists and endoscopy facilities to benchmark themselves, and provides impetus for quality improvement.
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