ASCA News Digest (July 11, 2017)

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July 11, 2017


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Cipher Health   Free Guide: Creating a Successful Patient Outreach Program

Download the guide to learn the five steps necessary to create a cost-effective and impactful patient outreach program. With the right program, ambulatory surgery centers can successfully engage patients in their care to meet regulatory requirements, proactively resolve issues, and enhance overall experiences.

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Data collection for the second quarter (Q2) of ASCA Benchmarking is open and will close on July 31. Participate in ASCA’s clinical and operational benchmarking program to receive valuable data about your ASC’s performance that you can compare to national statistics on clinical outcomes, staffing, billing and more. If you have not yet signed up for the 2017 survey, purchase your subscription by July 31 and you will also receive the Q1 national report for free. Subscribe.
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If you have suggestions for session topics or speakers you would like to see at ASCA 2018, let us know. Your ideas will help us determine the educational content that will be most valuable to attendees at ASCA’s next annual meeting, which will take place April 11–14 in Boston, Massachusetts. Submissions will be accepted through July 31. Submit your suggestion.
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Host a facility tour during National ASC Week, August 7–11, and educate your members of Congress about the ASC industry. Facility tours allow your representatives to learn first-hand about the high-quality, cost-effective 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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ASCA would like to thank everyone who participated in the recent meeting survey. We received important feedback that will help us better design our content and educational offerings to ensure they are relevant to you and your staff. Three survey participants were randomly selected to receive a prize in appreciation of their time and insights. View names of the winners.
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Patient engagement is a vital component of a successful surgical experience. It can take many forms, including medication compliance, participation in patient satisfaction surveys and awareness of disease progression and prevention. To learn how patient engagement leads to better outcomes, visit the ASC Focus website.
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Several states remain in budget gridlock after the adjournment of their 2017 legislative session. Connecticut, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island and Wisconsin adjourned their legislative sessions without a budget, and two states governments—New Jersey and Maine—shut down briefly over the July 4 holiday weekend when legislators failed to reach a budget consensus. Learn more.
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Opioid Prescribing Is Still High and Varies Widely Throughout the U.S.
CDC News Release (07/06/17)

The amount of opioids prescribed in the United States peaked in 2010 and then decreased each year through 2015, but remains at high levels and varies from county to county in the U.S., according to the latest Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2015 six times more opioids per resident were dispensed in the highest-prescribing counties than in the lowest-prescribing counties.

Implantable Device to Help Patients With Macular Degeneration
WAVE-TV 3 (Kentucky) (07/06/17) Centlivre, Andreina

An eye surgery center in Louisville performed the first surgery in the region to help those suffering from macular degeneration. The surgery is not a cure, but it is an option for those who have permanently lost their vision.

Survey: Compensation Still Key to Physician Retention
Fierce Healthcare (07/05/2017) Kuhrt, Matt

Nearly 3 in 10 physicians cited concerns about appropriate compensation as the primary reason they would consider a career change, according to a recent survey. Results from the 14th annual Physician Practice Preference & Relocation Survey from The Medicus Firm show more than 17 percent of respondents will "likely" or "definitely" look to make a career change within the next year.

Drug and Device Makers Paid Doctors $8.18 Billion in 2016, CMS Data Show
Healthcare IT News (07/17) Sullivan, Tom

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services posted data showing that drug makers and medical device manufacturers paid doctors and hospitals $8.18 billion in 2016. That's up slightly from the $8.09 billion paid out in 2015.

Delivering High Quality Health Care
VT Digger (07/09/17) Silverstein, Gerry

Health care professionals who care for patients are expected to practice evidence-based medicine. This means that the care of patients should be determined by what health care workers publishing in the peer-reviewed medical literature over many decades have documented works.

Is Your Surgeon Double-Booked?
Washington Post (07/10/17) Boodman, Sandra G.

The controversial practice has been standard in many teaching hospitals for decades, its safety and ethics largely unquestioned and its existence unknown to those most affected: people undergoing surgery. But over the past two years, the issue of overlapping surgery--in which a doctor operates on two patients in different rooms during the same time period--has ignited an impassioned debate in the medical community, attracted scrutiny by the powerful U.S. Senate Finance committee that oversees Medicare and Medicaid, and prompted some hospitals, including the University of Virginia, to circumscribe the practice.

Surgeons Are Ditching Opioids for Ibuprofen and Novocain in the OR
Bloomberg (07/06/17) Lauerman, John

Amber McCanna's hip replacement in 2016 was her sixth surgery in 10 years. It was also the start of a life without opioids.

OSDH Announces Rule Changes for Hospitals/Ambulatory Surgical Centers (07/07/17)

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) have announced new standards for hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers regarding updates to building requirements that meet current national guidelines and Medicare and Medicaid safety codes. The revisions incorporate design, construction and safety innovations and improvements for health facilities.

Fear, Anxiety Before Colonoscopy Negatively Impact Patient Experience
Healio (06/26/2017) Leitenberger, Adam

Many patients experience fear and anxiety before undergoing colonoscopy, and at high levels, these emotions may produce a negative patient experience, according to new research presented at the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Annual Scientific Meeting. In particular, such patients could require higher levels of sedation or have lower tolerance of the procedure, according to James M. Church, MD, of the department of colorectal surgery at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald Is Named New CDC Director
STAT News (07/07/17) Branswell, Helen

Georgia's public health commissioner, an OB-GYN and two-time Republican candidate for Congress, has been named the next director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald will replace Dr. Tom Frieden, who served as CDC director for eight years before stepping down in January.

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