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May 9, 2017

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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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During the opening session of ASCA 2017, ASCA presented the second annual Nap Gary Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement in the ASC Community to Alsie Sydness-Fitzgerald, RN, CASC. This award recognizes individuals who have made a positive difference in the ASC community during many years of dedicated service. Learn more.
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If you attended ASCA 2017 last week in Washington, DC, you have until June 30 to request your continuing education (CE) credits, nursing contact hours, administrator education units (AEUs) or a certificate of participation. To submit online, you will need your ID number located on the back of your attendee badge. If you no longer have your badge, you can request your ID number by sending an email to registration@ascassociation.org. Request CE credit.
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Save the date for ASCA 2018, to be held April 11–14, 2018, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts. If you have a suggestion for a topic or speaker for ASCA’s next annual meeting, please let us know. Submissions for ASCA 2018 will be accepted through July 31. Submit your suggestion.
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Submit your data for ASC-8: Influenza Vaccination Coverage among Healthcare Personnel by May 15. You must report your data through the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), which is managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

For more information, visit ASC-8: What You Need to Know to Successfully Report. This resource includes a link to NHSN training slides, which provide instructions on enrollment and reporting. If after reviewing this document you still have questions related to NHSN enrollment or reporting, please contact the NHSN Helpdesk at NHSN@cdc.gov, including “HPS Flu Summary-ASC.”
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National Nurses Week, May 6–12, is a time dedicated to celebrating nurses and the critical role they play in health care. ASCA would like to recognize the many nurses working in ASCs today for their contributions to the ASC community and the patients we serve.
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Given its widespread use, social media is no longer optional for businesses. To learn how your business can create and maintain a social media site, visit the ASC Focus web site.
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In Rare Unity, Hospitals, Doctors and Insurers Criticize Health Bill
New York Times (05/04/17) Abelson, Reed; Thomas, Katie

It is a rare unifying moment. Hospitals, doctors, health insurers and some consumer groups, with few exceptions, are speaking with one voice and urging significant changes to the Republican health care legislation that passed the House on Thursday.
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Intuitive Surgical  

da Vinci® Robotic-Assisted Surgery

Robotic surgery was a mere curiosity until 1999, the year Intuitive Surgical introduced the da Vinci® Surgical System. Today, Intuitive Surgical is the leader in robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery. Surgeons operate through a few small incisions with 3D-HD vision and tiny instruments that rotate far greater than the hand. This technology allows for enhanced vision, precision and control.

Hand Hygiene Is Key to Safe Care and Prevention of Antibiotic Resistance
PAHO News Release (05/04/17)

The lack of adequate and timely hand hygiene raises the risk of health care-associated infections and the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which risks patients' lives. As part of the SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign, which takes place on May 5, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) calls for improved hand hygiene to prevent antimicrobial resistance.
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Fewer Ambulatory Care Standards ... What's Not to Like?
Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (05/03/17) Webb, Joyce

After a thorough review – which began with the Hospital program – The Joint Commission recently deleted 85 elements of performance (EPs) from the Ambulatory Health Care (AHC) accreditation program and 50 EPs from the Office-Based Surgery (OBS) program (see chart below). The deletions removed EPs that: were duplicative; have been in place for years, but addressed concepts that are now a routine part of clinical operations; no longer addressed contemporary quality and safety concerns; [and] are adequately addressed by law and regulation or other external requirements.
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SIS
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guideline for the Prevention of Surgical Site Infection, 2017
JAMA Surgery (05/03/2017)

The human and financial costs of treating surgical site infections (SSIs) are increasing. The number of surgical procedures performed in the United States continues to rise, and surgical patients are initially seen with increasingly complex comorbidities.
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Physicians Received $2.4B in Industry-Related Payments in 2015
Healthcare Dive (05/02/17) Masterson, Les

A new JAMA study found that physicians received $2.4 billion in industry-related payments in 2015, mostly through general payments for consulting or food and beverage. Surgeons received a "higher value of payments" than primary care specialists, as did male physicians compared to female physicians.
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Price Shopping for Surgery? Some Websites Can Help
Kansas City Star (05/08/17) Marso, Andy

Raymore resident Dana Fogt couldn't believe his eyes when he got the bill for his wife's minor medical procedure earlier this year. The skin biopsy she had at a local hospital came with a price tag of almost $3,000.
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Can Costs of Big-Ticket Health Care Treatments Be Contained?
Chattanooga Times Free Press (05/01/17) Johnson, Steve

Are there ways to control America's rocketing cost of health care? The higher costs for specialty drugs are not always bad for insurers.
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National Group Calls Surgical Center Opposition 'Anti-Competitive'
VT Digger (05/04/17) Mansfield, Erin

A national group that has worked with the Federal Trade Commission to stop hospital mergers that would create monopolies says opposition to a proposed independent surgical center may be "anti-competitive." The Association of Independent Doctors, which just started a Vermont chapter, has weighed in on the controversial case involving the proposed Green Mountain Surgery Center as part of the Green Mountain Care Board's public comment process.
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Wide Variation in Quality at U.S. Weight Loss Surgery Centers
Reuters (05/02/17) Rapaport, Lisa

Quality varies widely at U.S. centers of excellence for bariatric surgery, with serious complication rates of less than 1 percent at some places and more than 10 percent at others, a recent study suggests. Researchers examined rates of serious complications within 30 days of weight loss operations for 145,527 patients at 165 bariatric centers of excellence in 12 U.S. states.
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Anthem Not Giving Up on Cigna Merger, Is Appealing to Supreme Court
CT Mirror (05/05/17) Radelat, Ana

Anthem's $54 billion merger deal with Cigna is considered to be on life support after a federal appeals court ruled last week it violated antitrust law. But on Friday, Anthem said it is appealing that decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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