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June 13, 2017

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Is your Surgery Center ready for November 15?

This is the deadline for compliance with the new CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule.

Crisis Focus can help you:

  • Access a complimentary Compliance Checklist specific to Ambulatory Surgery Centers.
  • Learn the key elements for compliance and how to implement them.
  • Receive discounts on training and resources as an ASCA member with code ASCA17.

Learn more from experts in the health care emergency preparedness field.

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There’s still time to sign up for ASCA’s Virtual Career Fair, scheduled for Thursday, June 15. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind event for ambulatory surgery professionals, where interviews are conducted via instant message or Skype. The ASCA Virtual Career Fair is free for job-seekers. Register today.
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Cipher Health   Free Guide: Creating a Successful Patient Outreach Program

Download the guide to learn the five steps necessary to create a cost-effective and impactful patient outreach program. With the right program, ambulatory surgery centers can successfully engage patients in their care to meet regulatory requirements, proactively resolve issues, and enhance overall experiences.

ASCA has partnered with Healthcare Asset Network to launch the ASCA Asset Network, a secure online portal where ASCs can buy and sell health care supplies and equipment. This unique platform provides a streamlined, vetted marketplace for new and refurbished equipment and ASC supplies. ASCs that join the ASCA Asset Network by July 7 will also receive a complimentary projected savings report. Learn more.
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Session recordings from ASCA 2017—held last month in Washington, DC—are now available for purchase through ASCA’s Learning Center. Catch up on the presentations you missed or review information you found useful from ASCA’s annual meeting. Purchase recordings.
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If you have a suggestion for a topic or speaker you would like to see at ASCA 2018, let us know. We are developing the program for ASCA’s next annual meeting—which will be held April 11–14 in Boston, Massachusetts—and we value your input. All submissions must be in by July 31. Submit your suggestions.
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When The Joint Commission examined the most challenging accreditation guidelines for ASCs in 2016, it found that three of the top 10 were related to medication management. Find out more about the accreditation standards that challenge ASCs by visiting the ASC Focus website.
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SIS

Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an Advanced Copy of the Emergency Preparedness Interpretive Guidelines. As a reminder, the final rule on Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers became effective on November 15, 2016, and will be implemented on November 15, 2017. Read more.
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Industry News


Implementing HIPAA Technical Safeguards for Data Security
HealthIT Security (06/12/2017)

The push for digital health records is not going to slow down anytime soon, and as recent cases of ransomware attacks show, healthcare organizations must create comprehensive data security measures. HIPAA technical safeguards are just one key consideration for covered entities and business associates, and should be utilized as part of a larger cybersecurity approach.

3M HealthCare   Free Continuing Education Credit - Register Now

Join us June 15 from 9-10 AM CST for a live education webinar with Al Van Duren and Melissa Bailey. We will be discussing Non-Invasive Core Temperature Monitoring Registration. Reserve your space today!
OCR Highlights Proper Healthcare Cyberattack Response
HealthIT Security (06/09/2017)

HIPAA covered entities and business associates must know the necessary steps to take following a healthcare cyberattack. Failing to either notify overseeing agencies or properly alert patients could lead to numerous issues for an organization.

Same-Day Discharge for TJR: Clinical Guidelines and Caveats
Anesthesiology News (06/05/17) Doyle, Chase

Value-based reimbursement and alternative payment models are putting increased pressure on the profitability of joint replacement procedures. Although same-day discharge is not a common part of these programs yet, according to James D. Slover, MD, the new payment paradigm will favor ambulatory surgery in the future.

Computerized Cataract Surgery With Callisto Eye System Improves Efficiency
Ocular Surgery News (06/08/17)

Computerized cataract surgery with the Callisto eye system from Carl Zeiss Meditec can improve efficiency in the operating room and enhance patient flow, according to a surgeon. "I particularly appreciate the advantages of this technology when I implant toric IOLs," said Rolando Toyos, MD.

Feds ID $729M in Improper EHR Payments
HealthLeaders Media (06/12/17) Commins, John

Federal auditors say that $729.4 million in Medicare payments to incentivize rapid adoption of electronic health records did not comply with requirements for attesting meaningful use. The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General is urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to conduct a thorough review of the incentive program that was created under 2009’s Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) and attempt to recover improper payments.

Hospitals Don't Want Surgery Center to Pitch to New Regulators
VT Digger (06/08/17) Mansfield, Erin

The association representing Vermont's 14 hospitals has teamed up with a smaller hospital in St. Albans in an attempt to block investors in a surgical center they oppose from meeting with newly appointed regulators. The Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, which has been working with the University of Vermont Medical Center for almost two years to oppose the project, joined Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans in a letter to regulators Tuesday.

Whistle-Blower Files Suit Over Alleged Double-Booked Surgeries
Boston Globe (06/07/17) Saltzman, Jonathan; Wallack, Todd

Orthopedic surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital repeatedly kept patients waiting under anesthesia longer--sometimes more than an hour longer--than was medically necessary or safe, as they juggled two or even three simultaneous operations, according to a federal lawsuit that alleges frequent billing fraud at the prestigious hospital. Dr. Lisa Wollman, a former anesthesiologist at Mass. General, alleges in the lawsuit that at least five surgeons endangered patients by regularly performing simultaneous surgeries.

The Private Sector Can Lead in Delivery System and Payment Reform
Health Affairs Blog (06/08/17) Jennings, Chris; Capretta, James

Employers and other private purchasers of medical services have played an important role in spurring health care delivery system and payment reform. The development of managed care has been accelerated by federal and state policies over the years but originated with private sector purchasers.

A New Trend: Medical Care Without Insurance
Herald and News (Ore.) (06/10/17) O'Brien, Gerry

Imagine having a doctor on call 24/7, by phone, email, Skype and even one who will make a house call. That’s now possible in the Klamath Basin with the opening of No Insurance Cash Clinic Direct Primary Care; it functions without the red tape of insurance, co-pays, and deductibles.

Wills Eye Could Get Relief on Hospital Designation
Philly.com (06/06/17) Brubaker, Harold

Medicare regulators gave Wills Eye Hospital a glimmer of hope that the facility could regain its designation as a hospital for reimbursement and treatment purposes, according to a letter Tuesday from Seema Verma, administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Wills, despite its name, is not a hospital under Medicare.

Report: Family Physicians, Psychiatrists Top List of Most In Demand Doctors
Merritt Hawkins (06/05/17)

For the 11th consecutive year, family doctors top the list of the most highly recruited physicians in the United States, followed by psychiatrists, according to an annual report tracking physician compensation and recruiting trends. Prepared by Merritt Hawkins, the nation’s leading physician search firm and a company of AMN Healthcare, the 2017 Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives tracks the 3,287 physician and advanced practitioner recruiting assignments the firm conducted from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017.


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