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December 27, 2017

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Below is a list of the top 10 most-clicked stories from this year.
  1. Trump Order Pauses CMS Bundles
  2. Healthcare Report 2018: Best & Worst States for Healthcare
  3. Trump Issues Executive Order Scaling Back Parts of ACA
  4. FDA Warns 'Critical' Drug Shortages Possible After Hurricane Maria Battered Puerto Rico
  5. UnitedHealth's Surgery Center Play Could Pressure Hospitals on Prices
  6. Healthcare Workers Worry Salaries May Be Cut in 2018
  7. Facing Saline Shortage, FDA Prioritizes Some Puerto Rico Plants
  8. Ransomware Attack Hits a Florida Surgery Center
  9. UnitedHealth's Optum to Acquire Surgical Care Affiliates for $2.3 Billion
  10. FDA Raids Florida Stores That Consumers Use to Buy Drugs From Canada

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Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released ASC Quality Reporting Program data for 2018 payment determinations. More than 96 percent (96.9 percent) of Medicare-certified ASCs successfully met requirements and will receive the full annual payment update for calendar year (CY) 2018.
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ASCA is seeking candidates to serve on the ASCA Board of Directors. Board members also serve on the ASCA Foundation Board. If you know of an individual who has the skills, experience and the commitment to devote efforts to advocacy by serving on the ASCA/ASCA Foundation boards, please see if they are interested and, if so, nominate them. The deadline to submit nominations is today, December 27. Learn more or submit a nomination.
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Enjoy big savings on a full year of top-quality ASC education with ASCA’s 2018 Webinar All-Access Pass. This popular pass provides access to all 17 webinars in ASCA’s 2018 series—both the live events and the recordings—at a fraction of the full purchase price. Topics include infection prevention, managing adverse events, narcotic diversion, recovery care options, QAPI and managing conflicts in the ASC. Purchase 2018 All-Access Pass.
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ASCA 2018, April 11–14 in Boston, Massachusetts, has the resources, education and connections you need to lead your ASC to success in 2018 and beyond. ASCA’s annual meeting features more than 50 educational sessions, an exhibit hall with hundreds of ASC-industry vendors and networking opportunities with more than a thousand of your colleagues. Check out the schedule and register for ASCA 2018 today.
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Find out how your ASC’s performance stacks up against similar facilities—and where there’s room for improvement. ASCA’s Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey provides the data you need to improve clinical outcomes, billing performance, staffing and more at your ASC. The member rate for a 2018 subscription increases on January 1, so subscribe to the 2018 survey today.
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Join ASCA and your colleagues January 11–13 in Las Vegas, Nevada, at one of three focused, ASC-specific Winter Seminars. Each seminar features small-group sessions led by industry experts and will provide in-depth, real-world advice and ideas you can immediately begin using in your ASC. Register today for:
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The next time your ASC needs to buy or sell equipment, supplies or inventory, look no further than the ASCA Asset Network. This trusted online marketplace features thousands of new and refurbished items and can save you both time and money. The ASCA Asset Network is provided by Healthcare Asset Network, an ASCA Affinity Partner. Create your free account.
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In 2017, ASCA welcomed nearly 200 new facility members to the association. View list of ASCA’s new members in 2017.
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Industry News


Trump Order Pauses CMS Bundles
Home Health Care News (02/20/17) Stramowski, Alana

President Trump's recent executive order freezing new regulations has pushed back the implementation of new and expanded bundled payment models by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) by 60 days. A final rule issued in December by CMS creates mandatory bundled payment programs for cardiac conditions, and expands an existing bundled payment program for joint replacement episodes for Medicare beneficiaries.

Healthcare Report 2018: Best & Worst States for Healthcare
Renew Bariatrics (12/02/17)

Health care has been a significant topic in the recent U.S. presidential election. There is controversy among which form of health care should be implemented.

Trump Issues Executive Order Scaling Back Parts of ACA
New York Times (01/20/17) Davis, Julie Hirschfeld; Pear, Robert

In his first executive order, President Trump on Friday directed government agencies to scale back as many aspects of the Affordable Care Act as possible, moving within hours of being sworn in to fulfill his pledge to eviscerate Barack Obama's signature health care law. The one-page order, which Mr. Trump signed in a hastily arranged Oval Office ceremony shortly before departing for the inaugural balls, gave no specifics about which aspects of the law it was targeting.

FDA Warns 'Critical' Drug Shortages Possible After Hurricane Maria Battered Puerto Rico
USA Today (09/26/17) Bomey, Nathan

Patients could experience "critical shortages" of key pharmaceuticals, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning after Hurricane Maria brought Puerto Rico's drug manufacturing industry to a standstill. The FDA said late Monday it is taking active measures to help redirect production and preserve existing treatments to avoid a ballooning health crisis from Maria's destruction.

UnitedHealth's Surgery Center Play Could Pressure Hospitals on Prices
Forbes (01/10/17) Japsen, Bruce

UnitedHealth Group's decision to spend $2.3 billion on a national network of outpatient surgery centers could put pressure on hospitals where surgeries are performed at higher prices. Increasingly, health insurers encourage their enrollees to consider an ambulatory surgery center for a procedure before a hospital.

Healthcare Workers Worry Salaries May Be Cut in 2018
Fierce Healthcare (11/09/2017) Minemyer, Paige

Though 41 percent of health care workers saw their salaries increase over the past year, many are still concerned about what the future holds for their paychecks. Indeed, 38 percent of 20,000 healthcare workers polled for this year's annual Health eCareer's Salary Guide indicated one of their biggest concerns for 2018 was whether their salaries will stay the same or decrease.

Facing Saline Shortage, FDA Prioritizes Some Puerto Rico Plants
Bloomberg (11/17/17) Koons, Cynthia; Langreth, Robert

U.S. drug regulators say they'll move some "critical facilities" that make saline bags to the front of the line for access to Puerto Rico’s still-fragile electrical grid, in an attempt to alleviate a U.S. shortage of the critical medical supply. Puerto Rico is a major hub of drug manufacturing and one of the key manufacturing sites for saline bags that are ubiquitous in hospitals and medical clinics.

Ransomware Attack Hits a Florida Surgery Center
Information Management (08/28/17) Goedert, Joseph

A ransomware attack at St. Mark's Surgical Center in Fort Myers, Fla., has resulted in 33,887 individuals across seven states being offered a year of identity protection and credit monitoring services. After a forensic investigation by a third party firm in May, the surgical center learned that ransomware had been placed on certain files in the server between April 13 and April 17.

UnitedHealth's Optum to Acquire Surgical Care Affiliates for $2.3 Billion
MarketWatch (01/09/17) Mathews, Anna Wilde

UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s Optum health-services arm has agreed to acquire Surgical Care Affiliates Inc. for about $2.3 billion, adding a major surgical company to its growing roster of doctor groups and clinics. The deal, for a mixture of cash and stock, substantially expands the health-care provider footprint of UnitedHealth, which is already the parent of the biggest U.S. health insurer, UnitedHealthcare.

FDA Raids Florida Stores That Consumers Use to Buy Drugs From Canada
Kaiser Health News (11/20/17) Galewitz, Phil

The Food and Drug Administration last month sent criminal investigation agents with search warrants into nine storefronts across Central Florida that help customers order drugs from pharmacies in Canada and overseas at big discounts. The agents notified the store owners that importing drugs from foreign countries is illegal and that those helping to "administer" such medicines could face fines or jail time.


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