ASCA News Digest (February 7, 2017)

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February 7, 2017


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    Participate in ASCA’s Salary and Benefits Survey

    Data collection is now open for ASCA’s Salary and Benefits Survey and will close on March 31. The survey collects national, regional and state data on 20 ASC positions and is a valuable resource that allows ASCs to compare their compensation packages with similar facilities. There is no cost to participate and all ASCs are invited to take the survey. ASCA members and nonmembers who complete at least 40 percent of the survey will receive personalized results for free. Take the Survey
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    Member benefits will be suspended on February 28. Renew your ASCA membership now and stay up-to-date on Medicare regulations and guidelines, ACA news and other important issues that will impact your ASC. Your membership also provides you and your staff 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. Renew your ASCA membership today.
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    Looking to purchase new equipment, hire a consultant or find another supplier? Find the solution you need in the exhibit hall of ASCA 2017, May 3–6, in Washington, DC. Hundreds of vendors will be on hand to answer questions and help you find the best resources for your ASC. Don’t miss out on the largest ASC-industry exhibit hall of the year. Check out this year’s current list of sponsors and exhibitors. Register today
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    If you attended ASCA’s winter seminars last month, there is still time to request your continuing education (CE) credits, nursing contact hours, AEUs or a certificate of participation. To receive credit, complete the session evaluations by February 28. Request CE credit
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    Have a suggestion for a topic or speaker for ASCA’s 2018 Coding Update and Reimbursement Strategies seminar? ASCA is accepting submissions through February 28. Submit your suggestion
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    Late last year, Congress passed the 21st Century Cures Act, which includes a version of the Electronic Health Fairness Act of 2015. The bipartisan Cures Act is a large, nearly 1,000-page legislative package that provides funding for the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, combating opioid abuse and more.

    Visit the ASC Focus web site to learn how ASCA’s advocacy efforts made this legislative achievement possible.
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    The option to select the Calendar Year 2018 Payment Determination for submission of Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) measure data into the web-based tool is currently unavailable in the QualityNet Secure Portal. It was originally scheduled to be available to ASCs for data submission beginning January 1, 2017. The PY 2018 option is now anticipated to be available by April 1, 2017. For ASC measures submitted via a web-based tool (ASC-6, ASC-7, ASC-9 and ASC-10), the submission period for PY 2018 is still scheduled to close on August 15, 2017. ASC-8 influenza summary data is submitted through the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) web site by May 15, 2017, and is not affected by this issue. If you have any additional questions, contact the QualityNet helpdesk via email at or via telephone at (866) 288-8912/TTY (877) 715-6222 Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm CT.
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    Q&A: Ambulatory Surgery Center Association CEO William Prentice Weighs in on New HHS Nominee
    Modern Healthcare (01/28/17)

    With Dr. Tom Price headed for confirmation to lead HHS, ambulatory surgery centers, often physician-owned, have cause for optimism. Price, an orthopedic surgeon and member of the U.S. House of Representatives, once chaired a chain of ASCs in his home state of Georgia.

    Trump Tells Drug Companies to 'Get Prices Down'
    The Hill (01/31/17) Sullivan, Peter

    President Trump on Tuesday told a group of drug company executives gathered for a meeting at the White House that they need to "get prices down." "You folks have done a tremendous job but we have to get prices down," Trump said, according to a pool report.

    Indiana Patients Can Now Bargain Shop for Outpatient Procedures
    Associated Press (02/03/17)

    Health officials have begun providing quality and price data online for Indiana's 50 most frequently performed outpatient procedures. The information is included on, which the Indiana Hospital Association launched in 2015, The Journal Gazette reported.

    A Third of Americans Are Still Struggling to Find Affordable Healthcare
    Bloomberg (02/01/17) Greifeld, Katherine

    Uninsured rates in low-income families have fallen under the Affordable Care Act, yet more than a third of Americans continued to face difficulties paying their medical bills in 2016, a survey found. Adults in poor families were among the greatest beneficiaries of the ACA, with uninsured rates falling as much as 17 percentage points since it became law in 2010, according to a study from the Commonwealth Fund, a private, New York-based research organization.

    Trump Says Health Law Replacement May Not Be Ready Until Next Year
    New York Times (02/05/17) Landler, Mark

    President Trump said in an interview that aired on Sunday that a replacement health care law was not likely to be ready until either the end of this year or in 2018, a major shift from promises by both him and Republican leaders to repeal and replace the law as soon as possible. "Maybe it'll take till sometime into next year, but we're certainly going to be in the process," Mr. Trump said during an interview with Bill O'Reilly of Fox News, after Mr. O'Reilly asked the president whether Americans could "expect a new health care plan rolled out by the Trump administration this year."

    The Intruder in the Brigham OR — How Did She Get There?
    Boston Globe (02/05/17) Kowalczyk, Liz

    For several days, she roamed the halls of Brigham and Women's Hospital, dressed in scrubs, asking questions at a lecture, attending patient rounds, and observing operations — even helping transport a patient to the recovery unit. The middle-aged woman said she was a doctor in training, but she was not.

    Trump's F.D.A. Pick Could Undo Decades of Drug Safeguards
    New York Times (02/05/17) Thomas, Katie

    President Trump's vow to overhaul the Food and Drug Administration could bring major changes in policy, including steps to accelerate the process of approving new prescription drugs, setting up a clash with critics who say his push for deregulation might put consumers at risk. Mr. Trump has been vetting candidates to run the agency, which regulates the safety of everything from drugs and medical devices to food and cosmetics.

    UnitedHealth, Aetna, Anthem Near 50 Percent Value-Based Care Spending
    Forbes (02/02/17) Japsen, Bruce

    The nation's largest health insurers say they are paying out almost half of their reimbursements via value-based care models sweeping the U.S. medical system. UnitedHealth Group and Aetna appear to be the furthest along in moving quickly from the traditional fee-for-service approach that can lead to overtreatment and unnecessary medical tests and procedures.

    Proposal Seeks Repeal Of Certificate Of Need Laws
    Health News Florida (02/05/2017)

    Lining up with Gov. Rick Scott and House leaders, Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, filed a proposal Friday that would eliminate the state's "certificate of need" regulatory process, which helps determine whether hospitals, nursing homes and hospice facilities are built. The proposal (SB 676) follows the filing last month of a similar measure (HB 7) by Rep. Alex Miller, R-Sarasota.

    Use of Enhanced Recovery Pathways in Ambulatory Settings Markedly Successful
    Anesthesiology News (02/01/17) Vlessides, Michael

    Although enhanced recovery pathways are beginning to gain a foothold in the inpatient arena, their place in the ambulatory setting is only now evolving, particularly for cancer patients. Research shows, however, that procedure-specific enhanced recovery pathways can be successfully implemented in outpatient centers, with marked success in terms of reduction in lengths of stay and increased patient satisfaction.

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