ASCA News Digest (February 14, 2017)

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February 14, 2017


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    Promote your ASC on Capitol Hill during ASCA 2017

    ASCA’s National Advocacy Day program is your opportunity to meet with your representatives in Congress and advocate for issues that affect your ASC. Meetings are scheduled for May 3 and 4; to help you prepare, ASCA will provide a training session on the legislative process and offer talking points you can use during your meetings. Sign up.

    National Advocacy Day will be held in conjunction with ASCA 2017, May 3–6, in Washington, DC. ASCA’s annual meeting will feature more than 60 educational sessions, networking and business development opportunities, an exhibit hall and more. Register now.
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    Find out what your ASC needs to know about the latest updates to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) guidelines at ASCA’s next webinar, "HIPAA Essentials for Your ASC". Compliance expert Andrew Blustein of Garfunkel Wild will cover frequently asked questions, the penalties that can be assessed and real-world solutions for ensuring compliance at your ASC. The webinar is $100 for ASCA members and $150 for nonmembers.

    Note: You can also purchase ASCA’s 2017 Webinar All-Access Pass, which includes the live events and recordings for all 18 webinars. Members pay just $395 and save more than $1,400, and nonmembers pay $595 and save more than $2,100.
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    Renew your ASCA membership before February 28 to avoid suspension of benefits. Stay ahead of health care changes, Medicare regulations and quality improvement measures designed to improve your business operations and your ASC’s success. Maintain your access to vital news and emerging trends in health care as well as ASC-specific education and training resources designed to help improve the quality of your patient care. Act now before your member benefits expire. Renew today.

    Not a member? Find out why your ASC should join. Learn more.
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    One Medical Passport

    With much sadness, we announce the passing of our colleague Arthur Casey, a supporter of the ASC community for many years, a frequent presenter at ASCA’s meetings, a founding father of the Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC) credential and a former chair of the Board of Ambulatory Surgery, which administers the credential. Donations in Arthur’s memory can be sent to The Metropolitan Community Church of San Diego where Arthur sang with the Celebration Choir and chaired the Hospitality Team for many years. Donations can be mailed to PO Box 33291, San Diego, CA 92163-3291 or submitted online.
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    ASCA staff members are scheduled to speak at two conferences this month:
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    Benchmarking your revenue cycle allows you to gauge the health of your ASC’s collections, billing processes and contracts.

    To learn more about how ASCs can benefit from revenue-cycle benchmarking, visit the ASC Focus web site.
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    ASCA staff and ASCA Government Affairs Committee member Michael Patterson met with the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) on February 8 to discuss a number of key Medicare payment issues. ASCA staff asserted the vital role ASCs play in the health care market and brainstormed ways to encourage some procedures to migrate to the lower-cost ASC setting, while promoting transparency.
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    Industry News

    Physicians and Patients Have Very Opposing Views on Rating Doctors
    Internet Health Management (02/08/2017) Brohan, Mark

    More and more consumers are using online ratings and reviews to select a doctor and presumably find them helpful. But many physicians have an entirely different view, saying ratings and reviews increase job stress and strain the doctor/patient relationship, say researchers from Harvard Medical School.

    With Eye on ACA, Price Takes Helm as Health Secretary
    Reuters (02/10/17) Cornwell, Susan

    Tom Price was sworn in as U.S. secretary of health on Friday, putting in place a determined opponent of the Affordable Care Act to help President Donald Trump dismantle his predecessor's law and reshape the nation's healthcare system. The Senate voted 52-47 earlier on Friday to approve the conservative Georgia Republican, former U.S. lawmaker and orthopedic surgeon to head the Department of Health and Human Service (HHS), a massive department with an annual budget of more than $1 trillion.

    Same-Day Hip Replacement Comes to SCV
    The Signal (02/04/17) Mullen, Patrick

    Michael Savoie has a modest claim to fame among the more than 300,000 Americans who will have hip replacement surgery this year. The retired LA County deputy sheriff received the first same-day hip replacement ever done in the Santa Clarita Valley.

    DHEC Denies Application for New Surgery Center in Mount Pleasant
    Post and Courier (SC) (02/11/17) Sausser, Lauren

    Several opponents voiced objections to plans for a new surgical center the Medical University of South Carolina was seeking to open with another local health care provider. Among them: a physician who's a longtime business partner and co-worker of the MUSC board chairman.

    What's Next For Insurers? Turmoil Remains After Judges Reject Megadeals
    Hartford Courant (CT) (02/13/17) Singer, Stephen

    It may be fleeting, but for now the status quo prevails in the nation's insurance industry after two federal judges blocked corporate megadeals involving two players in Connecticut. Observers and health care analysts are divided over whether the four companies involved--Hartford-based Aetna Inc., and Humana Inc., its $37 billion prospect, and Anthem Inc. and its $48 billion target, Cigna Corp. in Bloomfield--will seek new acquisitions, use ample cash on hand to reward shareholders or find ways to capitalize on changes in federal health care policy.

    GAO Flags Gaps in FDA's Adverse Event System in Power Morcellator Report
    Mass Device (02/10/2017) Perriello, Brad

    Limitations in the FDA's adverse event reporting system for medical devices helped allow the widespread use of laparoscopic power morcellators for years before the risk that they can spread cancer became known, a government watchdog said this week. Medical device manufacturers and importers are required to tell the FDA about any device-related adverse events within 30 days.

    Nearly Half of Surveyed Patients Worried Over PHI Security
    HealthIT Security (02/10/2017)

    With the majority of healthcare data breaches in 2016 stemming from either a hacking or IT-related incident or unauthorized access or disclosure, it should not be a surprise that more patients are concerned with their PHI security. The 2017 Xerox eHealth Survey found that 44 percent of US adults are worried that their healthcare information may be stolen.

    Medicare Could Overpay Medicare Advantage Plans by $200 Billion Over Ten Years
    Science Daily (02/07/2017)

    Research conducted at University of California San Diego School of Medicine found that current trends in diagnostic coding for patient risk scores will lead to Medicare overpaying Medicare Advantage (MA) plans substantially through 2026-likely to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars. The study is published in the February issue of Health Affairs.

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