ASCA News Digest (August 1, 2017)

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August 1, 2017


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Attend ASCA’s next webinar, CMS Surveys, and learn how to be fully prepared the next time a surveyor visits your facility. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) ASC Program Lead & Hospital Analyst Erin McCoy, RN, will discuss the entire survey process, including the current infection control worksheet and the most common deficiency citations. This webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, August 8, at 1:00 pm ET; the cost is $100 for ASCA members and $150 for nonmembers. Register.
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ASCA has published the second edition of ASC Physician Focus, a free quarterly publication for physicians who own and perform procedures in ASCs. This newsletter provides news and analyses on ASC finance, future forecasting, legal concerns, industry trends and growth opportunities in the ASC marketplace. Learn more or subscribe.
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Find out how your ASC should proceed with the Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgery Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (OAS CAHPS) Survey now that Medicare’s proposed 2018 ASC payment rule delays mandatory implementation. ASCA Chief Executive Officer Bill Prentice will lead this new webinar, OAS CAHPS: Next Steps, scheduled for Tuesday, August 15, at 1:00 pm ET. The program is free for ASCA members and nonmembers. Register.
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Candidates who plan to take the Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC) exam in October must submit their application between August 1 and August 31. The CASC credential is a distinction earned by members of the ASC community who demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the knowledge and skills that the role of an ASC administrator requires. Learn more.
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Next week, ASCs around the country will participate in National ASC Week by opening their doors to their communities and hosting facility tours. This is your opportunity to educate policymakers and the public about the high-quality, cost-efficient surgical care that ASCs provide. If you would like assistance with informational materials or coordinating a tour, contact Danielle Kaster. Learn more.
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The New Jersey Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers (NJAASC) has elected members to the board of directors and four new officers who will serve a two-year term. Read more.
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The deadline to submit 2016 data for the ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program is August 15. This applies to measures ASC-6, ASC-7, ASC-9 and ASC-10. ASCs should start the process required to report data for these measures now.
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ICU Medical, Inc. is voluntarily recalling one lot of 0.9% sodium chloride injection, USP, 1000 mL to the hospital/user level due to a confirmed customer complaint of particulate matter identified as stainless steel within a single flexible container. Read more.
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As promised in the initial rule release, a more in-depth analysis of the 2018 Proposed ASC Payment Rule is now available. In addition to the rule analysis, ASCA has added 2018 proposed rule documents to its Medicare payment resources, including the Medicare Rate Calculator. These resources are available only to ASCA members. Read more.
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FDA Warns About Triamcinolone and Moxifloxacin Combo for Eye
FDA Safety Communication (07/28/17)

FDA received adverse event reports on April 5 and June 1, 2017, concerning at least 43 patients who were administered intravitreal (eye) injections of a drug containing triamcinolone (steroid) and moxifloxacin (anti-infective) compounded by Guardian Pharmacy Services in Dallas, Texas. The patients were administered Guardian’s product at the end of a cataract surgery procedure at the PRG Dallas Ambulatory Surgery Center in Dallas, Texas, by physicians affiliated with the Key Whitman Eye Center, and at the Park Central Surgical Center in Dallas, Texas, by physicians affiliated with Tylock-George Eye Care.

Vizient’s Drug Price Forecast Offers Insights into Costs and Pharmacy Trends
Vizient News Release (07/25/17)

Vizient, Inc. has released its July 2017 Drug Price Forecast. An executive summary of the Drug Price Forecast can be accessed here. The report provides pharmacy leaders and health system executives with the latest information and insight on factors driving pricing and practice changes in the pharmaceutical industry.

Drug Prices Expected to Rise Nearly 8 Percent Next Year
Modern Healthcare (07/25/17) Kacik, Alex

Health systems can expect drug prices to increase by 7.61 percent next year, largely due to the surging prices of branded, specialty medications, a group purchasing organization said Tuesday. Vizient said in its drug pricing forecast that it's seen a spike in purchases for products not offered on its contract, most of which are patented, branded pharmaceuticals.

GAO Examines Patients' Frustrations with EHRs
Healthcare Informatics (07/24/17) Leventhal, Rajiv

Following up on a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report from earlier this year on patients’ accessing their health records, a new blog post from the agency explores some of the reasons why people don’t use their electronic health records more. Indeed, a GAO report from the spring noted that healthcare providers who participated in the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program offered nearly 9 out of 10 patients the ability to access their health information online. However, GAO found that relatively few of these patients accessed their records online, and patients typically did so in response to a medical visit.

Desai's Murder Conviction Overturned Three Months After Death
Las Vegas Review Journal (07/27/17) Bekker, Jessie

The Nevada Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a second-degree murder conviction against the Las Vegas doctor imprisoned under 27 criminal counts related to the city’s 2007 hepatitis C outbreak. The decision comes more than three months after the death of Dipak Desai, who died while serving life in prison. Seven people contracted hepatitis C after two registered nurse anesthetists working under Desai injected patients with contaminated needles.

Senate Rejects Slimmed-Down Affordable Care Act Repeal
New York Times (07/28/17) Pear, Robert; Kaplan, Thomas

The Senate in the early hours of Friday morning rejected a new, scaled-down Republican plan to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, derailing the Republicans’ seven-year campaign to dismantle President Barack Obama’s signature health care law and dealing a huge political setback to President Trump. Senator John McCain of Arizona, who just returned to the Senate after receiving a diagnosis of brain cancer, cast the decisive vote to defeat the proposal, joining two other Republicans, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, in opposing it.

McCain Flies Back to Senate. Is It Too Soon After Surgery? (07/25/17) Weaver, Jane; Charles, Shamard

Sen. John McCain returned to the U.S. Senate 10 days after undergoing minimally invasive surgery for an aggressive glioblastoma, a quick return after spending the past week outdoors and hiking with his daughter Meghan and friends. "It is possible to fly cross country safely, but it needs to be done carefully," said NBC News medical correspondent Dr. John Torres. "Having a trained flight crew and medical team that fully understands how flying can stress the body and worsen the medical condition is key."

Four Ways to Protect Your Practice from Ransomware Attacks
Medical Economics (07/25/17) Andrulis, Tom

As ransomware attacks multiply, cybersecurity has become a top concern among healthcare professionals. What are the best ways to stop these attacks before they occur?

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