ASCA News Digest (February 13, 2018)

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February 13, 2018



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Don't miss out on saving $100 on your registration for ASCA 2018, April 11-14 in Boston. Sign up for ASCA's annual meeting by February 23 to take advantage of the early registration discount. ASCA 2018 is your opportunity to network with more than a thousand of your peers, meet with industry leaders, earn the continuing education credits you need and find solutions to the challenges you face every day. Register today!
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Make sure your center is prepared to respond to a human resources (HR) crisis during ASCA's next webinar, Tackle the Top Five Human Resources Risk Events, Tuesday, February 20, at 1:00 pm ET. During this program, MedHQ Chief Executive Officer Tom Jacobs and Vice President of Human Resources Rita Hernandez Figi will share practical strategies for mitigating risk and handling the most difficult adverse events. The cost is $100 for ASCA members and $150 for nonmembers. Register now.

This program is also included in ASCA's 2018 Webinar All-Access Pass, which provides access to all 18 webinars in this year's series for one low fee.
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Renew your ASCA membership for 2018 by February 28 to avoid suspension of benefits. Maintain your access to vital news and emerging trends in health care as well as ASC-specific education and resources designed to help improve the quality of your patient care. Act now before your member benefits expire. Renew your membership now.

Not yet an ASCA member? Join today.
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Candidates who plan to take the April 14 pencil/paper Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC)™ exam—administered on site at ASCA 2018 in Boston—must submit an application by February 28. All applications must be submitted electronically; paper applications are no longer accepted.

The CASC credential is a distinction earned by those in the ASC industry who demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the knowledge and skills that the role of an ASC administrator requires.
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Make sure your ASC is achieving compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) with ASCA's HIPAA Workbook for ASCs. This resource provides comprehensive tools and information to help you design, evaluate and update your ASC's compliance program. The HIPAA Workbook for ASCs is free for ASCA members and available for purchase by nonmembers.
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In the latest Member Focus profile, an Alabama vice president of clinical services shares her secrets for achieving safe patient and optimum organizational outcomes.

Want to be featured in Member Focus? Share your answer to this month's questionWhat steps does your ASC take to ensure patient satisfaction?—and you could be selected for a future profile.
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Where can you find thousands of your peers, ASC industry leaders, cutting-edge technology, the Green Monster, chowder and duck tours all in one place? Boston, Massachusetts, of course, between April 11 and 14, when ASCA 2018 convenes at the Hynes Convention Center. Need some more reasons why you need to be at this meeting? Read on.
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If you attended ASCA's Winter Seminars last month in Las Vegas, Nevada, don't forget to request continuing education (CE) credits. In order to obtain nursing contact hours, Administrator Education Units (AEUs) or a certificate of participation, you must complete a session evaluation.
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Industry News

Hand Hygiene Compliance Now Mandatory in All Ambulatory Care Settings
Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (02/08/18) Brockway, Mary

A decade ago, The Joint Commission began requiring health care organizations to maintain a hand hygiene program. For the past several years, deemed ambulatory surgery center surveyors have cited hand hygiene as an expectation of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

OxyContin Maker Stops Promoting Opioids, Cuts Sales Staff
Reuters (02/10/18) Finkle, Jim; Raymond, Nate; Simpson, Ian

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP said on Saturday that it has cut its sales force in half and will stop promoting opioids to physicians, following widespread criticism of the ways that drugmakers market addictive painkillers. The drugmaker said it will inform doctors on Monday that its sales representatives will no longer visit physician offices to discuss its opioid products.

Could a Rare, Deadly 'Superbug' Fungus Be Gaining a Foothold?
Kaiser Health News (02/12/18) Thill, David

The number of U.S. patients infected with a rare but dangerous fungal "superbug" called Candida auris has climbed quickly to 200 as of Dec. 31, according to the latest figures from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2016, there were only seven cases of the multidrug-resistant infection on the national radar.

Updated Status of Pentax Medical Duodenoscope Model ED-3490TK
FDA Safety Communication (02/07/18)

The FDA is issuing this communication to provide updated status information about FDA clearance of a modified version of Pentax's ED-3490TK and to amplify Pentax's Urgent Medical Device Correction and Removal notification disclaimer icon, issued on February 7, 2018. As noted in the FDA's February 2015 Safety Communication, the complex design of duodenoscopes may impede effective reprocessing.

Eliminating CON Law Is Meaningful Step in Lowering Alaska’s Health Care Costs
Juneau Empire (02/10/18) Scherz, Hal; Ortiz, Alfredo

Getting a grip on rising health care costs is one of state and federal policymakers' most important 2018 priorities. Alaska, which has the highest health care costs in the nation, is no exception.

Proposed Legislation Could Kill Vermont Surgery Center
Burlington Free Press (02/08/18) D'Ambrosio, Dan

Proposed regulations threaten to scuttle the ambulatory surgery center planned for Colchester before it breaks ground, the lead investor says--a move that would undo a decision by the Green Mountain Care Board to allow the facility to move forward. Amy Cooper said a bill sponsored by Sen. Claire Ayer, D-Addison, imposes new costs that would prevent the project from being viable.

New Anthem Anesthesia Policy for Cataracts Can Have Blinding Consequences (02/06/18)

A policy change made by health insurer Anthem, Inc. could result in increased risk for many patients--up to and including blindness--if not immediately rescinded, according to physicians' groups. The California Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons and the California Society of Anesthesiologists have sent letters to Anthem Inc. requesting that they immediately rescind a new policy that deems Monitored Anesthesia Care "not medically necessary" during "routine" cataract surgery--a move seen as endangering patients.

Cedar Rapids ASC Completes 100,000 Procedures
ASC Focus (02/12/18)

On February 14, 2018, Surgery Center Ceder Rapids in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will perform its 100,000th procedure, according to a press release. In the 15 years since its inception, the ASC has saved patients and insurance companies more than $100 million dollars by offering a high-quality, lower-cost alternative for multiple outpatient surgical procedures.

How Snapchat Is Helping One Doctor Transform Medical Training
Bloomberg (01/21/18) Gale, Jason

Shafi Ahmed dons a pair of digital sunglasses and explains how the tiny lenses built into its black plastic frame, which can capture high-resolution images, are transforming how doctors get trained in operating rooms. The British colorectal surgeon used Snap Inc.’s high-tech spectacles a year ago to walk rookie physicians and millions of curious viewers through a hernia operation using the Snapchat photo-sharing app.

Judge's Ruling Prevents 6 Doctors' Involvement in Riverview Surgery Center
Sioux City Journal (IA) (02/07/18) Hytrek, Nick

Six doctors will for now be prohibited from holding ownership interests, consulting with or working for a new outpatient surgery center being developed in South Sioux City. District Judge Duane Hoffmeyer has granted Pierce Street Same Day Surgery's request for a temporary injunction against the doctors until a trial can be held to determine if the physicians violated non-compete agreements they had with the surgery center while having some perceived role in the development of Riverview Surgical Center.

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