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January 23, 2018

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Get even more valuable ASC education at ASCA 2018, April 11–14 in Boston, Massachusetts. This year, ASCA’s annual meeting will offer 17 new advanced sessions on topics such as strategic planning, cyber security, complying with the latest federal regulations, crossing the generational divide, financial benchmarking and more. The advanced sessions—which are denoted in the schedule by a red “A”—are designed for ASC employees who feel they have the basics in their respective fields covered and are looking to improve their skills. Check out the full schedule, then register for ASCA 2018 today to take advantage of early bird savings.
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With ASCA’s 2018 Webinar All-Access Pass, you can enjoy big savings on a full year of high-quality ASC education. This popular pass provides access to both the live events and recordings of all 18 webinars scheduled for this year, at a fraction of the full purchase price. The first webinar of the series—Recovery Care Options in ASCs—begins today at 1:00 pm ET. Purchase the 2018 All-Access Pass now.
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Subscribers to ASCA’s 2017 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey must submit their fourth-quarter (Q4) data by January 31 in order to get a complete picture of trends for the year. ASCA’s online benchmarking survey provides valuable insights on clinical outcomes, staffing and billing that you can use to drive improvement in your ASC.

Not yet subscribed to the 2018 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey? Sign up today to keep your ASC on track for success in 2018 and beyond.
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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.

Member Focus, published on the ASC Focus website, invites ASCA members to share their views on key ASC issues.
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The new edition of the ASC operational guidebook Developing & Managing Ambulatory Surgery Centers offers an in-depth look into what it takes to run a successful ASC. This electronic book examines the four cornerstones of an ASC—patient and clinical care, risk management, business office systems and managed care and payer contracting—and explores the complexity involved in developing and managing all components. ASCA members enjoy special discounted rates. Purchase.
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If you attended ASCA’s Winter Seminars earlier this 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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Although rare, surgical fires continue to occur in health care facilities. According to its website, ECRI Institute estimates around 200–240 surgical fires occur annually in the US, about the same number as other surgical mishaps, such as wrong-site surgery or retained instruments. To prevent surgical fires, ASCs must understand why they happen.
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As ASCA reported in October, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is introducing a new requirement for National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) users. The ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program measure ASC-8: Influenza Vaccination Coverage among Healthcare Personnel is reported through NHSN.
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Analysis of Anesthesia Closed Claims Compares Ambulatory Surgery Centers With Hospital-Based Operating Rooms
Anesthesiology News (01/17/18) Prudden, James

A comparison of anesthesia closed claims from ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and hospital operating rooms (HORs) has found some noteworthy differences, and also spotlights areas where underperforming can result in liability. Procedures performed in ASCs have become markedly more common since the 1980s.

Knee, Hip Surgery Revolution Could Pinch Profits at Syracuse Hospitals
Syracuse.com (01/18/18) Mulder, James T.

Michael Peck needed knee replacement surgery, but didn't want to lay in a hospital bed for several days. So the 56-year-old Vernon man had the operation Dec. 1 at an outpatient surgery center in Oneida County.

Doctors Are Taking Sharpies to Their Scrub Caps — And It Could Save Lives
APlus.com (01/09/18) Clarendon, Dan

Dr. Rob Hackett wears a scrub cap emblazoned with his name and profession not because he doesn't remember who he is, as some colleagues have joked, but because he's trying to improve communication in the operating room. And his idea could save lives.

Surgery Center Raises Issues With UPMC
Altoona Mirror (01/11/18) Kibler, William

At a health care hearing Wednesday in Altoona, the head of a local independent surgery center lambasted UPMC for allegedly denying his center access to patients — by shutting it out of UPMC Health Plan’s provider network and by steering patients to other providers. The “predatory and monopolistic” behavior of the integrated health care system — which offers both medical care and insurance — damages independent medical providers by depriving them of income and hurts patients by denying them quality care and by swelling health care costs, Advanced Center for Surgery Chairman Joshua Port told state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale.

New 'One Room' Law Encourages Expansion of Surgical Centers in NJ
NJBIZ (01/16/18) Calio, Vince

Surgical facilities in the state just got a boost from Trenton, as out-going Gov. Chris Christie just signed the "One Room" bill into law. The law allows registered surgical centers (“One Rooms”) to obtain licenses from the New Jersey Department of Health and now be exempt from the current “physical plant standards” overseen by the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners, which many health care professionals saw as constricting.

New Colorado Law Gives Patients More Transparency on Medical Fees
Durango Herald (CO) (01/18/18) Ramstack, Tom

A new law that took effect this month means Colorado is joining states trying to force hospitals to reveal their fees before treatment. The law requires hospitals and doctors to publicly post their self-pay rates for common treatments, which often refers to publishing them on websites.

Willamette Surgery Center Receives Advanced Certification
Statesman Journal (Oregon) (01/18/18) Clarkson, Lee

Willamette Surgery Center recently received advanced certification for outpatient total hip and total knee replacement. A partner with Hope Orthopedics of Oregon, WSC is the first ambulatory surgery center in the state of Oregon to receive the certification, according to a release.

Judge Orders New Olympus Trial Over Superbug Death
Kaiser Health News (01/18/18) Terhune, Chad

A Seattle judge said Olympus Corp. failed to properly disclose internal emails that raised safety concerns about a redesigned medical scope as early as 2008, several years before the device was publicly tied to deadly superbug outbreaks. Citing those “willful discovery violations” by the Japanese device giant, King County Superior Court Judge Steve Rosen ordered a new trial Tuesday in a wrongful death case brought by Theresa Bigler.

Higher Risk of Musculoskeletal Disorders in Some Physicians
Medical Xpress (01/03/18)

The prevalence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) appears to be high for at-risk physicians, according to a review published online Dec. 27 in JAMA Surgery. Sherise Epstein, M.P.H., from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, and colleagues conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to estimate the prevalence of work-related MSDs among at-risk physicians (surgeons and interventionalists).


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