ASCA News Digest (June 20, 2017)

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June 20, 2017


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ASCA Highlights

If you attended ASCA 2017, you have until Friday, June 30, to request continuing education (CE) credits, nursing contact hours, administrator education units (AEUs), continuing medical education (CME) or a certificate of participation. To submit online, you will need your ID number located on the back of your attendee badge. If you no longer have your badge, send us an email and request your ID number. Request CE credits.
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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.

ASCA’s Salary and Benefits Survey will help you attract and retain top-notch employees. The survey includes national, regional and state data for 20 ASC positions and allows you to compare your ASC’s compensation packages to those offered by similar facilities. The cost to purchase the results is $299 for ASCA members and $599 for ASCA nonmembers. Purchase results.
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Now is the time to make plans for National ASC Week. From August 7–11, ASCs around the country will open their doors and host facility tours to educate the public and key policymakers on the high-quality, cost-efficient 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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Make sure your ASC is achieving compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) with ASCA’s HIPAA Workbook for ASCs. This resource provides comprehensive tools and information to help you design, evaluate and update your ASC’s compliance program. The HIPAA Workbook for ASCs is free for ASCA members and available for purchase by nonmembers. Download now.
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On Thursday, June 22, ASCA Regulatory Counsel Kara Newbury will speak at the 2017 Gulf States ASC Conference, taking place June 21–23 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her presentation will focus on recent changes to Medicare regulations and how they could impact daily operations at your ASC. Learn more.
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Hospira, Inc., a Pfizer company, is voluntarily recalling 42 lots of 8.4 percent sodium bicarbonate injection, USP, 50 ml vials; five lots of NeutTM (sodium bicarbonate 4 percent additive solution) 5 ml vials; five lots of QUELICINTM (succinylcholine chloride injection, USP) 200 mg/10 ml vials; and seven lots of potassium phosphates injection, USP, 45 mm vials to the hospital/retail level due to microbial growth detected during a routine simulation of the manufacturing process, which represents the potential introduction of microorganisms into the products. Learn more.
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Compounding pharmacies can play an important role in supplying ASCs with medications they need to provide patient care. Before purchasing drugs from a compounding pharmacy, however, due diligence is required. To learn more, visit the ASC Focus website.
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ASCA has submitted formal comments in response to the 2018 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed rule released in April by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The provisions addressed in the comments include the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Technology Exception for ASC-Based Physicians and the Publication of Accrediting Organization (AO) Surveys. Read more.
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Industry News

Rising Healthcare Expenditure and Declining Medicare Budgets to Propel Demand for Ambulatory Services
Digital Journal (06/15/17)

The global ambulatory services market size will be worth US$3.7 trillion by 2024, according to a new research study published by Ameri Research. The factors propelling the market include the growing prevalence of chronic diseases, increasing healthcare expenditure, increasing number of minimally invasive surgeries, and high unmet medical needs in the emerging regions.

This Wriggling Worm-Bot Could be Used for Colonoscopies One Day
The Verge (06/16/17) Vincent, James

Nobody needs to reinvent the wheel, but reinventing the colonoscope is definitely worth somebody’s time. Mark Rentschler, an associate professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, is one of those people.

Outpatient Hip Surgery Get Patients Back on Their Feet Faster
Spectrum News (Texas) (06/18/17) Maranan, Victoria

Shelley Washington is unstoppable. "After I retired, I spent like 10 years cycling and being a gym bunny after dancing all those years," said Washington.

Study Finds Low Risk for Complications After Colonoscopy Screening
News-Medical (06/14/17)

During colonoscopy screening for bowel cancer and in the four weeks after the procedure, the risk for complications to develop is low. This is the finding of a prospective cohort study conducted in the Saarland region, whose results Nadine Zwink and coauthors report in the current issue of Deutsches Ärzteblatt International (Dtsch Aerztebl Int 2017; 114: 321-7).

Apple Rumored to be Working on a Revolutionary Health Care Project
Mashable (06/15/17) Williams, Brett

Apple is focused on health care more than ever before, and if recent rumors hold any weight, the iPhone could become an essential component of your future visits to the doctor's office. The company's fledgling health care unit reportedly has a team pursuing an ambitious goal: to build a clinical data and record keeping platform for the iPhone.

Infection Prevention and Control Program Management Gets Boost from New Guidelines
Infection Control Today (06/12/17) Pyrek, Kelly

The healthcare landscape is, of course, very different today than it was 40 years ago, when a landmark study first called for the involvement of an individual tasked with paying attention to infections in the hospital environment. As Dhar, et al. (2016) observe, "Infection prevention programs (IPP), now a standard in healthcare, saw their inception in the1970s and 1980s after studies (such as the CDC’s Study on the Efficacy of Nosocomial Infection Control [SENIC]) showed a 32 percent reduction in HAIs in hospitals with established programs compared with the 18 percent increases in infection in hospitals without."

Medical Cost Trends for 2018: Healthcare Industry Must Adjust to the 'New Normal'
FierceHealthcare (06/13/17) MacDonald, Ilene

Looks like the era of volatile swings and double-digit growth in employer medical costs is coming to an end. That’s the findings of PwC’s Health Research Institute’s annual report, "Behind the Numbers," which analyzes medical cost trends—the projected percentage increase in the cost to treat patients from one year to the next—in the employer insurance market. The main drivers that influence the trend are changes in the prices of medical products and services and changes in the number or intensity of services used.

Iowa Eye Doctor Sues State Over Cronyist Rule That's Kept Him Out of Business Since 2004
Reason (06/17) Boehm, Eric

In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, there is a fully outfitted outpatient surgical center that could be used to treat patients with eye problems and improve their vision. It sits empty, unused, a monument to government-imposed, artificial restrictions on the supply of medical care.

CMS Actuary Predicts GOP Repeal Bill Will Reduce Coverage by 13 Million
Modern Healthcare (06/13/17) Meyer, Harris

The CMS Office of the Actuary on Tuesday estimated that the House-passed American Health Care Act would reduce insurance coverage by 13 million people by 2026 —10 million less than the Congressional Budget Office's prediction. But the actuary estimated that average net premiums paid by consumers in the individual insurance market in 2026 would be about 5 percent higher than under current law, and that average cost-sharing amounts would be about 61 percent higher.

CON Approved for Surgery Centers
WilmingtonBiz (NC) (06/16/17) Little, Ken

Proposed ambulatory surgery centers in two counties have gotten the green light from state regulators. The N.C. Division of Health Service Regulation, Healthcare Planning and Certificate of Need Section has given conditional approval to a Certificate of Need application for proposed ambulatory surgery center in Brunswick County.

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