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April 4, 2017

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    ASCA Highlights


    Key ASC Legislation Introduced in US House of Representatives

    Last week, US Representatives Devin Nunes (R-CA) and John Larson (D-CT) introduced the Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality and Access Act of 2017, which is intended to preserve patient access to the high-quality, cost-effective health care services that ASCs provide. The legislation has already experienced extensive support, including 27 original cosponsors. Learn more.
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    Data collection for the first quarter (Q1) of ASCA Benchmarking is now open. ASCA Benchmarking, a valuable online clinical and operational benchmarking program, allows you to compare your ASC's metrics with national performance statistics on clinical outcomes, staff indicators and billing performance. Purchase a 2017 subscription now.
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    More than a thousand ASC professionals from around the country have already made their plans to attend ASCA 2017, May 3–6 in Washington, DC. ASCA’s annual meeting will feature more than 60 educational sessions, networking opportunities, an exhibit hall with hundreds of vendors and more. Do not miss out on the premier meeting of the ASC industry. If you have not already signed up, register today.
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    Learn how your ASC can avoid regulatory risks by attending ASCA’s next webinar, “Reading the Tea Leaves—What Are the Top Ten Regulatory Risks Your ASC Will Face in 2017?." On Tuesday, April 11, at 1:00 pm ET, Robert Liles, managing member of Liles Parker PLLC, will discuss recent actions against health care providers and examine the challenges your ASC is likely to face this year. The cost is $100 for ASCA members and $150 for nonmembers. This webinar is included in the 2017 Webinar All-Access Pass, which includes the live events and recordings for all 18 webinars.
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    Meet face-to-face with your representatives on Capitol Hill and advocate for the ASC industry by participating in National Advocacy Day events, May 3 and 4. This is your opportunity to educate your members of Congress about issues that affect your ASC. Prior to your meetings, ASCA staff will provide a briefing on policy concerns. This year, National Advocacy Day is being held in conjunction with ASCA 2017. Register now.
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    What better way to connect with ASC employers than right from the comfort of your own computer? All you need is an Internet connection to attend the ASCA Virtual Career Fair on Thursday, June 15. Don't miss out on this one-of-a-kind event for ambulatory surgery professionals. Interviews are conducted via instant message or you can connect your Skype account for a face-to-face interview. The ASCA Virtual Career Fair is free for job-seekers. Registration opens Wednesday, April 12.
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    David Shapiro, MD, CASC, will present “The Importance of Maintaining Normothermia and Quality Measure Reporting” at ASCA 2017, May 3–6, in Washington, DC. He will share tips on how ASCs can stay on top of collecting data to report for the ASC-13: Normothermia Outcome measure.

    To get more details on the presentation, visit the ASC Focus web site.
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    TRSA Showcase   Training Video Demonstrates Best Practices for Handling Soiled Linen
    FREE training to comply with OSHA precautions for handling soiled linen saturated with bodily fluids, residues and other potentially infectious materials. Click here to receive a flash drive with The Six C’s video, a follow-up quiz on its content and a poster to keep this training top-of-mind with employees.

    As a reminder, the data collection period for ASC-8: Influenza Vaccination Coverage among Healthcare Personnel is coming to an end, as influenza season is defined as between October 1, 2016, and March 31, 2017. The reporting deadline is May 15, 2017. Learn more.
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    Industry News


    Healthcare Informatics Releases Exclusive Physician Survey Results—Most Practices Still Need MACRA Help
    PR Web (03/31/17)

    Healthcare Informatics surveyed 2,045 U.S. physicians in SERMO across various specialties--revealing that most practices still need MACRA help, with many still stuck in fee-for-service environments. The complete survey results are available at:
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    Seizing a Growth Market, Providers Push to Develop Outpatient Surgery Centers
    MiBiz (04/02/17) Sanchez, Mark

    On the heels of opening an outpatient surgery center in Grand Rapids in February, a California firm has set its sights on developing another facility in West Michigan. In a move that adds capacity locally for doing procedures outside of hospital operating rooms, SurgCenter Development proposes to renovate an office building off Chicago Drive in Zeeland for the West Michigan Surgical Center.

    WHO Launches Global Effort to Halve Medication-Related Errors in 5 Years
    WHO News Release (03/29/17)

    WHO today launched a global initiative to reduce severe, avoidable medication-associated harm in all countries by 50 percent over the next 5 years. The Global Patient Safety Challenge on Medication Safety aims to address the weaknesses in health systems that lead to medication errors and the severe harm that results.

    Survey: U.S. Physicians Overwhelmingly Satisfied With Career Choice
    AMA News Release (03/30/17)

    Today, the American Medical Association (AMA) announced new survey findings that explore the experiences, perceptions, and challenges facing physicians in the rapidly changing health care environment. The survey of 1,200 physicians, residents, and medical students asked when respondents knew they would become physicians, who encouraged them down that path, what challenges they face professionally, and whether they are satisfied with their career choice.

    Those Indecipherable Medical Bills? They're One Reason Health Care Costs So Much
    New York Times Magazine (03/29/17) Rosenthal, Elisabeth

    The catastrophe struck Wanda Wickizer on Christmas Day 2013. A generally healthy, energetic 51-year-old, she suddenly found herself vomiting all day, racked with debilitating headaches.

    As Health Care Debate Shifts, Sen. Franken and Senate Colleagues Lead Milestone Effort to Bring Down Prescription Drug Prices
    Insurance News Net (03/29/17)

    The office of Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., issued the following news release: In the wake of Congressional Republicans' failed attempt to rip health coverage away from millions of Americans, Senator Al Franken and a key group of Senate Democrats launched a major push to improve the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by bringing down the skyrocketing price of prescription drugs, one of the main reasons why health care costs are rising. An overwhelming majority of Americans agree that prescription drug prices are too high and that we need action to lower prices.

    Drastic Cuts to NIH Budget Could Translate to Less Innovation and Fewer Patents, Study Argues
    Los Angeles Times (03/30/17) Healy, Melissa

    From research on stem cells and DNA sequencing to experiments with fruit flies and surveys of human behavior, projects funded by the National Institutes of Health aim to make Americans healthier. A new analysis finds that NIH-funded research also fuels the kinds of innovations that drive the U.S. economy.

    Big ACA Insurer Anthem Seen 'Leaning Toward Exiting' Many Areas Where It Now Sells Plans
    CNBC (03/30/17) Mangan, Dan

    A new analyst report says there is reason to believe that major ACA insurer Anthem "is leaning toward exiting a high percentage" of the insurance regions where it currently sells individual health plans. If that happens, millions of Obamacare customers and potential customers would be left in 2018 with even fewer choices of insurers than they have now.

    Use of Enhanced Recovery Pathways in Ambulatory Settings Markedly Successful
    General Surgery News (03/28/17) Vlessides, Michael

    Although enhanced recovery pathways are beginning to gain a foothold in the inpatient arena, their place in the ambulatory setting is only now evolving, particularly for cancer patients. Research shows, however, that procedure-specific enhanced recovery pathways can be successfully implemented in outpatient centers, with marked success in terms of reduction in lengths of stay and increased patient satisfaction.

    Also Made in Mexico: Lifesaving Devices
    Kaiser Health News (04/03/17) Varney, Sarah

    The North American Free Trade Agreement has transformed this sprawling and gumptious border town from a gritty party spot to something entirely different: a world capital of medical devices. Trucks choke boulevards lined with factories, many bearing the names of American-born companies: Medtronic, Hill-Rom, DJO Global and Greatbatch Medical. Inside, Mexican workers churn out millions of medical devices each day, from intravenous bags to artificial respirators, for the global market.

    Mayo, AMA CEOs Urge: Seek Physicians as Innovation Partners
    AMA Wire (03/20/2017)

    The chief executives of two of America's most influential health care organizations urged health tech startups to involve physicians in the development process from the ground up to ensure that their products can gain a foothold in the market and meet the paramount goals of improving care and freeing up more time for physicians to spend with patients. The question-and-answer session between Mayo Clinic CEO John H. Noseworthy, MD, and AMA CEO and Executive Vice President James L. Madara, MD, was held recently at MATTER, a Chicago-based incubator for emerging health care companies.



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