ASCA News Digest (April 18, 2017)

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April 18, 2017


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Do not miss the deadline on Friday to register online for ASCA 2017, May 3–6 in Washington, DC. Join more than a thousand ASC professionals at ASCA’s annual meeting and take advantage of networking and business development opportunities, dozens of educational sessions, a huge exhibit hall and more. ASCA members receive discounted rates on registration. If you have not already made plans to attend ASCA 2017, register today.
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ASCA 2017 attendees can begin preparing for the meeting now on ASCA Connect. All ASCA 2017 attendees have been automatically subscribed to ASCA Connect's ASCA 2017 community. This is a great forum to network with other attendees, ask speakers about their presentations or make plans for your time in Washington, DC. Log in today.
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Designated ASCA voting members are encouraged to vote for the members of the ASCA Board of Directors. All ballots must be submitted by Friday. Submit your ballot.
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The data collection period for the first quarter (Q1) of ASCA Benchmarking will close on April 30. ASCA’s clinical and operational benchmarking program provides the data you need to improve clinical outcomes, billing performance, staffing and more at your ASC. If you have not already subscribed to the 2017 survey, purchase a subscription today.
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All you need is an Internet connection to attend the ASCA Virtual Career Fair on Thursday, June 15. Don't miss out on this one-of-a-kind event for ambulatory surgery professionals. Interviews are conducted via instant message or Skype. The ASCA Virtual Career Fair is free for job-seekers. Register today.
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For an ASC striving to bring about improvements throughout the facility, applying Lean Six Sigma principles can be an effective method to achieve desired results. To discover how these techniques can help your ASC streamline production, eliminate waste and improve efficiency, visit the ASC Focus web site.
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Last week, US Representatives Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Sam Johnson (R-TX) joined a growing list of supporters for the Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality and Access Act of 2017 (H.R. 1838). The legislation, which now has 30 cosponsors in the US House of Representatives, would change the Medicare inflationary update factor that contributes to the growing disparity between ASC and hospital outpatient department (HOPD) payments. Learn more.
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Industry News

Top 10 Challenging Standards for 2016
Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (04/13/17) Kulczycki, Michael

Frequent AmBuzz readers know it’s spring when The Joint Commission unveils an annual summary of the Top 10 Challenging Standards our Ambulatory Health Care (AHC) and Office-Based Surgery (OBS) accredited organizations experienced throughout 2016. Our Ambulatory Care-specific customers may well recognize the Infection Control and Human Resources standards, because they have topped this list many times before.

From Opioid-Free to Long-Term User, in One Operation: Study Shows Key Role of Surgery
Newswise (04/10/17)

Having surgery always comes with risks. But a new study suggests a new one to add to the usual list: the risk of becoming a long-term opioid user.

Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Now Taking Applications From Docs
Healthcare Informatics (04/12/17) Leventhal, Rajiv

The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact has officially began accepting applications from qualified physicians who wish to obtain multiple licenses from participating states. Currently, 18 states have adopted the compact and eight additional states and the District of Columbia have introduced legislation in support of a pathway for license portability.

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.
State's Health-Shopping Website to Debut Soon
Boston Globe (04/13/17) McCluskey, Priyanka Dayal

After years of delay, Massachusetts is taking another crack at a job that has proven especially tough: creating a one-stop online shop to help consumers make educated choices about their health care. The state's Center for Health Information and Analysis has hired a vendor to design and launch a user-friendly website that includes the average prices of dozens of common health care procedures, safety and quality measures for individual hospitals, and basic information about obtaining insurance and getting care.

Health Care Spending Growth Rate at Its Highest Since 2007
AMA Wire (04/10/2017) Zimmerschied, Caleb

New data show spending on health care growing at its fastest rate since 2007, with prescription-drug spending again outpacing all other categories of personal health care expenditures in 2015. The 2015 data, the most recent available, were released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services late last year.

Hospitals, Regulators Lean Hard on Surgical Center Investors
VT Digger (04/13/17) Mansfield, Erin

Investors seeking to build a surgical center in Colchester faced stiff opposition from hospitals Thursday while trying to persuade state regulators to grant them a certificate of need. Representatives for Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans and the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems framed the proposed six-room surgical center as a "for-profit," "unregulated" project that would hurt community hospitals and drive up health care costs.

HSS Opens Ambulatory Surgery Center in Manhattan
PR Newswire (04/12/17)

Today, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) the first and only hospital in the United States dedicated to orthopedic and rheumatologic care, announced its plan to open the HSS ASC of Manhattan in June 2017. The HSS ASC of Manhattan will focus on hand, foot and ankle and sports medicine surgeries.

HHS's Price Urges Doctors to Submit Ideas for Medicare Pay Models
Bloomberg BNA (04/12/17) Yochelson, Mindy

Doctors should step up and recommend more payment alternatives to fee-for-service Medicare, the HHS secretary said April 11. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said innovative payment models could work better than fee-for-service Medicare and might stop doctors from leaving the profession at middle age because they feel "burned out."

California Bill Takes Aim at Surgical Smoke Exposure
Safety+Health (04/04/17)

California lawmakers are moving forward with legislation that would require health care facilities to use scavenging systems to reduce surgical plume – toxic airborne contaminants that threaten surgical staff and patients. Surgical plume is a serious, preventable hazard that affects thousands of health care workers on an annual basis, according to NIOSH.

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