ASCA News Digest (April 25, 2017)

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April 25, 2017

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ASCA Benchmarking subscribers have until April 30 to submit their data from the first quarter (Q1) of 2017. ASCA’s clinical and operational benchmarking program provides the data you need to improve clinical outcomes, billing performance, staffing and more at your ASC. If you have not already subscribed to the 2017 survey, purchase a subscription today.
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Interested in attending ASCA 2017 but missed the online registration deadline? Simply complete the On-Site Registration Form and bring it with you to the registration desk at ASCA’s annual meeting, May 3–6, in Washington, DC. Learn more.
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If you are joining us next week at ASCA 2017, you can begin preparing now on ASCA Connect. All ASCA 2017 attendees have been automatically subscribed to the ASCA 2017 community. This is a great place to network with other attendees, ask speakers about their presentations or make plans for your time in Washington, DC. Log in today.
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Last week, ASCA published the first edition of ASC Physician Focus, a free quarterly publication for physicians who own and perform procedures in ASCs. This newsletter provides news and analyses on ASC finance, future forecasting, legal concerns, industry trends and growth opportunities in the ASC marketplace. Learn more or subscribe.
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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 Skype. The ASCA Virtual Career Fair is free for job-seekers. Register today.
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Regardless of the changes that will be made to the US health care system in the coming years, at least one thing seems to be certain: Value-based care is here to stay. To learn why surgery centers should seize this opportunity, visit the ASC Focus web site.
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The Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act (H.R. 1017/S. 479), sponsored by US Representatives Charlie Dent (R-PA) and Donald Payne, Jr., (D-NJ) in the House and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) in the Senate, continues to build momentum in Congress. This legislation would correct an oversight in federal law that requires Medicare beneficiaries to cover the cost of their copayment for a “free” screening colonoscopy when a polyp is discovered and removed during the procedure. Learn more.
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TRSA Showcase   Resources for Environmental Safety in Outpatient Care

Download this interactive guide to improve practices in infection control to protect patients, staff and the public from environmental pathogens. Hygienically Clean Healthcare certified laundries are providing you with this PDF with hyperlinks for easy access to CDC resources. See us at ASCA 2017.

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How Do Former Opioid Addicts Safely Get Pain Relief After Surgery?
NPR Online (04/20/17) Lemoult, Craig

Nearly 1.5 million Americans were treated for addiction to prescription opioids or heroin in 2015, according to federal estimates, and when those people get seriously hurt or need surgery, it's often not clear, even to many doctors, how to safely manage their pain. For some former addicts, what begins as pain relief ends in tragedy.
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VCU Graduate Medical Students to Receive Training at Outpatient Surgery Center
Virginia Business (04/19/17)

Virginia Commonwealth University has signed an agreement with MEDARVA Healthcare allowing VCU graduate medical students to receive part of their residency training at the company’s outpatient surgery center in Richmond. Residents in eight medical programs will rotate through the MEDARVA Stony Point Surgery Center with VCU surgeons using the facility.
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Secret Hospital Inspections May Become Public at Last
ProPublica (04/18/2017) Ornstein, Charles

The public could soon get a look at confidential reports about errors, mishaps and mix-ups in the nation’s hospitals that put patients’ health and safety at risk, under a groundbreaking proposal from federal health officials. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services wants to require that private health care accreditors publicly detail problems they find during inspections of hospitals and other medical facilities, as well as the steps being taken to fix them.
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Health Care in America: An Employment Bonanza and a Runaway-Cost Crisis
Kaiser Health News (04/24/17) Terhune, Chad

In many ways, the health care industry has been a great friend to the U.S. economy. Its plentiful jobs helped lift the country out of the Great Recession and, partly due to the Affordable Care Act, it now employs 1 in 9 Americans--up from 1 in 12 in 2000.
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Deadline Looms for Hospitals, Suppliers to Set Emergency Preparedness Plans
Health Data Management (04/24/17) Goedert, Joseph

A deadline requiring hospitals to meet new requirements for handling patient safety during emergencies is fast approaching. The federal rule requiring upgrades in facility practice was published in September 2016 requires and went into effect on Nov. 16, 2016, requiring hospitals to be in compliance within one year, or by Nov. 15, 2017.
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Humana Expands Medicare Orthopedic Bundled Payment Programs
HealthPayer Intelligence (04/21/17)

The nation's fourth largest healthcare payer recently announced it will be expanding its orthopedic bundled payment programs to eight new groups in Indiana and Kentucky. The value-based care model will also offer participating providers enhanced analytics and population health management services.
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4 Trends That Are Transforming the Ambulatory Surgery Center Industry
PR Newswire (04/20/17)

ASCs are big business. From the creation of the first ASC in 1970, the industry has grown so rapidly that, as of July 2016, there were 5,486 ASC facilities certified by Medicare, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
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Florida House Approves 'Certificate Of Need' Repeal
Health News Florida (04/20/2017)

The Florida House on Wednesday easily passed a bill that would eliminate a controversial regulatory process for the approval of new hospitals. House members voted 75-42, along almost straight party lines, to approve the bill (HB 7) to repeal what is known as the "certificate of need" process.
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Final Pros, Cons of First Surgery Center Heard
Burlington Free Press (04/19/17) D'Ambrosio, Dan

The Green Mountain Care Board has wrapped up testimony on a proposed ambulatory surgery center in Colchester and was urged by the head of human resources at Burton Snowboards to take "swift action" to approve a certificate of need for the center. "We're sort of perplexed why we're still having this conversation, and why there would be further delay," Justin Worthley said.
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'Catastrophic Threat': CDC Chief Fears a Deadly Superbug's Spread
STAT News (04/21/17) Blau, Max

Public health officials have a lot on their plate now: Outbreaks of measles and flu, soaring deaths from opioid overdoses, funding cuts. But for Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one of the scariest threats is a deadly fungus.
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Payer Groups Urge Congress to Keep ACA Cost Sharing Reductions
HealthPayer Intelligence (04/20/17)

In a recent letter to the President and leading members of Congress, insurance payer groups and the nation's largest provider organizations detailed their case to retain the cost sharing reductions (CSR) provision in the ACA. Payers rely on CSR subsidies to offset costs for lower income consumers and those with complex and expensive medical conditions.
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Physician Partners of America Unveils a State of the Art Surgery Center
PR Newswire (04/19/17)

Patients in need of immediate response to their healthcare needs now have a much-needed option. The Habana Ambulatory Surgery Center, owned by Physician Partners of America, hosted the Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce for a ribbon cutting ceremony on March 15.
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