ASCA News Digest (January 30, 2018)

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January 30, 2018

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Take advantage of ASC-specific educational opportunities for your entire staff at ASCA 2018, April 11–14 in Boston, Massachusetts. The schedule at ASCA’s annual meeting features more than 60 educational sessions, including 17 new advanced sessions, two full days of infection prevention education, panel discussions on hot-button issues and more. Early bird savings end soon, so register for ASCA 2018 today.

Need help getting to ASCA 2018? ASCA has developed a template letter you can present to your supervisor that details all the compelling reasons you can’t miss this meeting.
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Find out how your ASC can keep drug diversion from affecting patient care and staff wellbeing during ASCA’s next webinar, Identify and Prevent Narcotic Diversion in Your ASC, Tuesday, February 6, at 1:00 pm ET. John Karwoski, RPh, president and founder of pharmacy consulting company JDJ Consulting, will discuss your ASC’s responsibilities in reporting drug diversion and share strategies you can use to identify and prevent diversion. 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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The deadline to submit fourth-quarter (Q4) data for ASCA’s 2017 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey is tomorrow, January 31. Subscribers to the 2017 survey should make sure to submit their data before the deadline in order to get a complete picture of trends for the year.

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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If you have not yet renewed your ASCA membership for 2018, do so now to ensure your ASC stays up to date on health care changes, Medicare regulations, quality improvement measures and other important issues. Your membership also provides you and your staff with valuable opportunities to enhance your professional growth and help you improve the quality of your patient care. If you don't renew, your member benefits will be suspended on February 28.
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Since our last update in September, health care organizations across the country posted 180 breaches of protected health information (PHI) affecting 500 or more individuals. As with our last update, the majority of the breaches (81 percent) were caused by unauthorized access and hacking.
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program support contractor is hosting a webinar entitled, “Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program 2018 Specifications Manual Update.” The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at 2:00 pm ET, and will help ensure you are complying with recent changes to the ASCQR Program.
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In the latest Member Focus profile, a Texas nurse administrator explains how implementing a shared governance management style helps his ASC maintain quality.

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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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. Get started today.
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Opioids Often Not the Answer to Post-Surgery Pain, Discomfort, Note Physician Anesthesiologists
Newswise (01/22/18)

It's a given that surgery is painful and may leave you sore and uncomfortable for a few days, whether you're recovering at home or in the hospital. But it's best to limit opioids or avoid them altogether, opting for alternatives to manage pain and discomfort, recommends the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

More Than One-Third of People with Traditional Medicare Spent at Least 20 Percent of Their Total Income on Health Care in 2013
Kaiser Family Foundation (01/29/18)

Health care costs are a substantial and growing burden for many people on Medicare and are projected to consume a larger share of total income over time, according to a new analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation. The study, Medicare Beneficiaries’ Out-of-Pocket Health Care Spending as a Share of Income Now and Projections for the Future, finds that more one-third of people with traditional Medicare spent at least 20 percent of their total income on out-of-pocket health care costs in 2013.

Transparency Legislation Is Latest Effort to End Surprise Billing
Georgia Health News (01/23/18) Miller, Andy

Surprise medical bills have long puzzled – and angered – patients in Georgia and elsewhere. This billing occurs when consumers have procedures or visit ERs at hospitals in their insurance network, then get separate bills for hundreds or even thousands of dollars from non-network doctors who were involved.

Decision Support Systems May Improve Quality of Patient Surgical Care
EurekAlert (01/24/18)

Physician anesthesiologists are constantly striving to improve the quality of surgical care and postoperative outcomes for patients. Integrating the various sources of patient medical data they are faced with during surgery into a single dashboard view to help guide decisions during anesthesia may be one way to improve intraoperative care.

Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact Implemented Jan. 19, 2018
National Council of State Boards of Nursing (01/19/18)

The eNLC was implemented on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 with 29 member states. Colorado and New Mexico’s governors signed their legislation the evening of Jan. 18.

Iowa Looks to End Certificate of Need Laws
Heartland Institute (01/25/18) Glans, Matthew

Iowa is one of 35 states that limit the ability of health care providers to expand their businesses through an approval process known as certificate of need (CON). Iowa's certificate of need program currently restricts 17 devices and services, including organ transplants, psychiatric services, and acute hospital beds.

Efforts to Weaken Laws Limiting Medical Expansion Halted
Daily Journal (01/24/18) Harrison, Bobby

House Medicaid Committee Chairman Chris Brown was unable to pass out of his committee Wednesday a bill that would significantly weaken the law that requires state approval to build certain health care facilities. After Rep. Becky Currie, R-Brookhaven, made a motion to lay the bill on the table, Rep. Joel Bomgar, R-Madison, made a substitute motion to adjourn the committee

Copper Ridge Surgery Center in Traverse City Celebrates Ribbon Cutting, Rebranding
9and10News.com (01/23/18) Light, Harrison

A ribbon cutting marked the start of a new era for a Northern Michigan medical facility. Formerly known as the Northwest Michigan Surgery Center, the facility launched its new branding as the Copper Ridge Surgery Center.

Doctors File Countersuit Against Surgery Center
Sioux City Journal (IA) (01/25/18) Hytrek, Nick

A group of doctors and a physicians group have struck back at a rival surgical center, filing a counter lawsuit that the competing center wrongfully terminated operating agreements with physicians and has interfered with potential business relationships involving the development of a new outpatient surgery center. Drs. Adam Smith, William Samuelson, Kevin Liudahl, Joseph Morris, Terry Monk and Duane Nelson all claim that Pierce Street Same Day Surgery violated terms of their agreements when terminating those agreements.

Federal Judge Rules Against Wills Eye in Dispute Over Hospital Status
Philly.com (01/25/18) Brubaker, Harold

A federal judge in Philadelphia on Thursday turned down Wills Eye Hospital's bid to win certification as a hospital under Medicare. U.S. District Judge Eduardo C. Robreno said in a 25-page memorandum that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services was within its rights when it decided in 2013 that Wills did not provide enough inpatient care to qualify as a hospital.


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