ASCA News Digest (November 15, 2016)

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November 15, 2016





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These Seminars Will Help Make 2017 Your ASC's Best Year Yet

ASCA will offer three seminars in January to help ASC professionals—from administrators and clinical staff to coders, billers and business office managers—address their greatest challenges. Join ASCA and your fellow ASC professionals in San Antonio, Texas, January 12–14, 2017, to learn how to minimize your ASC’s legal and regulatory risk, update coding practices and refine reimbursement strategies or manage your finance and accounting functions more effectively.

Registration for all three seminars is now open! As a bonus, since the seminars run concurrently, when you enroll in one and see a session in another that interests you, you can attend that session. Register now to take advantage of early registration prices for the program that best suits your needs.
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Membership continues to open doors to many opportunities for you and your entire staff through direct access to timely networking and critical news, information and tools, and fundamental educational and professional development resources that you can apply daily in your practice. Renew online today to stay informed and involved!
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During ASCA's next webinar on December 6, get the final word on the changes to Medicare's ASC payment system that will take effect on January 1, 2017. Join Kara Newbury, ASCA’s regulatory counsel, as she discusses how ASC payment rates will change in 2017 and what new procedures were added to the final list of those eligible to be performed on Medicare patients in the ASC setting. Register today!
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Why should you register for ASCA 2017, taking place May 3–6 in Washington, DC? Check out these seven reasons, then start making your plans to join thousands of other ASC professionals from around the country at the premier meeting for the ASC industry.
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Ransomware, a type of malware or malicious software, is designed to encrypt data with a security key known only to the cybercriminal—and ASCs are attractive targets.

Go to the ASC Focus web site to learn about the dangers of ransomware, what your ASC can do to help keep it from becoming a victim, and how to respond if you are infected.
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ASCA is offering its members a special all-access pass for the entire 2017 webinar series. The cost is $395. This is a savings of more than $1,000. Sign up and you will have access to all 17 webinars planned for 2017, both the live events and recordings. View the 2017 webinar series and secure your pass today by clicking here.
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Donald Trump Says He May Keep Parts of Obama Health Care Act
New York Times (11/11/16) Abelson, Reed

Just days after a national campaign in which he vowed repeatedly to repeal President Obama's signature health care law, Donald J. Trump is sending signals that his approach to health care is a work in progress. Mr. Trump even indicated that he would like to keep two of the most popular benefits of the Affordable Care Act, one that forces insurers to cover people with pre-existing health conditions and another that allows parents to cover children under their plan into their mid-20s.
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Network Helps Central Florida Doctors Stay Independent
Orlando Sentinel (11/14/16) Miller, Naseem S.

In the era of uncertainty and a rapidly changing health-care system, a group of doctors in Central Florida have joined together so they can stay independent. More than 1,100 primary-care doctors, specialists, and health-care providers in six counties make up the Integrated Independent Physicians Network, or IP Network, which was established less than two years ago by a local orthopedic hand surgeon.
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NYC Doctors Struggle to Stay Independent in a Changing Industry
Crain's New York Business (11/07/16) Lewis, Caroline; Schatz, Robin D.

Doctors in private practice have always had to balance the demands of running a small business with providing the best care for their patients. But the challenges of keeping the waiting room open are growing amid declining reimbursement rates from insurers, rising overhead costs and a torrent of new regulations that have come into play in recent years.
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AMA Launches Textbook to Train Physicians on 'Third Science'
AMA News Release (11/01/16)

As part of its ongoing effort to develop bold, innovative ways to improve physician training, the American Medical Association (AMA) today launched a new health systems textbook that will help physicians navigate the changing landscape of modern health care. The textbook, parts of which are already in use in medical schools across the country, comes out as the nation's health care system moves toward value-based care.
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Dangerous Infusion Errors Top ECRI Institute's Annual Health Technology Hazards List
ECRI Institute (11/07/2016)

The safe use of health technology--from infusion pumps to complex imaging systems--requires that health care facilities recognize the possibility of danger or difficulty with those technologies and that they take steps to minimize the likelihood of adverse events. Today, ECRI Institute announces the launch of its Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2017 list.
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Monterey Peninsula Surgery Centers Announce Opening of Minimus Institute
PR Newswire (11/14/16)

Monterey Peninsula Surgery Centers (MPSC), one of the largest locally owned and operated outpatient surgery organizations in the United States, announced today the opening of the Minimus Institute, a national referral center offering state-of-the-art outpatient surgery to patients and self-insured groups throughout the country. Although the majority of their patients reside in Northern and Central California, in the last five years, MPSC has become a national center attracting patients from 47 states and 10 countries seeking the most advanced minimally-invasive surgery.
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Veterans Day Ceremony Honors Those in Medical Field
WNEP.com (PA) (11/10/16) Mataloni, Carmella

Outside Pocono Ambulatory Surgery Center in Stroudsburg, a ceremony was held honoring those who served our country. These men and women traded their camouflage for white medical coats.
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Surgical Care Affiliates Partners With River Valley Ambulatory Surgery Center
Globe Newswire (11/14/16)

Surgical Care Affiliates, Inc., a leader in the outpatient surgery industry, has partnered with River Valley Ambulatory Surgery Center, a multi-specialty facility in Norwich, Connecticut with 24 physician partners. RVASC, in addition to the recently announced partnership with Surgical Center of Connecticut, increases SCA’s network of surgical facilities in the state to six locations.
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LifeBridge Health Adds Two Outpatient Surgery Centers to Its System
Baltimore Sun (11/09/16) Cohn, Meredith

LifeBridge Health, which operates Sinai Hospital in Baltimore and several other hospitals and medical centers, has added two outpatient surgery centers to its system. Officials said the centers -- SurgiCenter of Baltimore in Owings Mills and the Ellicott City Ambulatory Surgery Center in Howard County -- will offer patients more services in their own communities.
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Medarva Moving Forward With New West Creek Surgery Center
Richmond Times-Dispatch (11/09/16) Demeria, Katie

After fighting with the state for two years, Medarva Healthcare has received approval from the Virginia Department of Health to build its West Creek Surgery Center in Goochland County. To be built within Medarva's existing medical office building in the West Creek Medical Park, the 25,000-square-foot surgery center will include two operating rooms that will be relocated from the company's existing Stony Point Surgery Center in Richmond.
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