ASCA News Digest (March 14, 2017)

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March 14, 2017


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    Last Chance to Save $100 on ASCA 2017

    Register for ASCA 2017 by Friday to take advantage of early registration savings of $100. Join hundreds of ASC professionals, vendors, industry experts and government officials May 3–6 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, just steps from National Harbor's premier entertainment and shopping district and only a few miles from the heart of Washington, DC. ASCA members can receive an additional discount by registering two or more attendees at the same time. If you have not already made your plans to attend ASCA 2017, register today.
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    Participate in ASCA’s free Salary and Benefits Survey to get the information you need to attract and retain the best employees. The survey collects national, regional and state data on 20 ASC positions and allows you to compare your ASC’s compensation packages with similar facilities, determine salary and benefits for a new position or negotiate a raise. There is no cost to take the survey and all ASCs are invited to participate. ASCA members and nonmembers who complete at least 40 percent of the survey will receive personalized results for free. The survey will not be conducted again until 2019, so make sure your ASC participates by March 31 to take advantage of this valuable resource. Participate now.
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    Make sure your ASC is effectively protecting your patients from infection by attending ASCA’s next webinar, Infection Prevention Risk Assessment, on March 21 at 1:00 pm ET. Donna Nucci, RN, of Infection Prevention Consulting Services will explain how you can make certain your ASC is properly stratifying its infection risks and using the right tools to minimize the transmission of infections. The cost to sign up is $100 for ASCA members and $150 for nonmembers. This webinar is also included in the 2017 Webinar All-Access Pass, which includes the live events and recordings for all 18 webinars. Members pay $395 and save more than $1,400, and nonmembers pay $595 and save more than $2,100.
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    TRSA Showcase   Training Video Demonstrates Best Practices for Handling Soiled Linen
    FREE training to comply with OSHA precautions for handling soiled linen saturated with bodily fluids, residues and other potentially infectious materials. Click here to receive a flash drive with The Six C’s video, a follow-up quiz on its content and a poster to keep this training top-of-mind with employees.

    Take advantage of ASCA’s Online Training Series, a convenient, low-cost way to train your entire ASC staff on the most current regulations and standards of care. ASCA has partnered with HealthStream to offer the series, which is a collection of courses designed to orient new staff, help assess competency, assist in meeting regulatory and accreditation standards and engage all team members in improving quality of care. Eighteen of the 24 courses provide continuing education (CE) credits. Significant discounts are available for ASCs that purchase multi-year subscriptions, and the new registration process allows ASCs with 50 or fewer learners to complete their purchase online. Sign up today.
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    To help ASCA advocate for your ASC and others, please complete ASCA's brief survey that aims to determine which procedures should be added to the list of ASC-payable procedures for 2018. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will soon consider if any procedures should be added to the list of clinically appropriate procedures for ASCs. Information provided in this survey will help ASCA advocate for the expansion of the list. Participants must complete one survey for each procedure they would like added and all surveys must be submitted by March 17. Complete the survey.
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    There is no better time or place than ASCA 2017—May 3–6 in Washington, DC—to learn about how decisions made by the federal government will impact your ASC.

    To learn about the federal policy sessions taking place at ASCA 2017, visit the ASC Focus web site.
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    Last week, ASCA nominated Ms. Marian Lowe to serve on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). As part of her nomination, Ms. Lowe met with several congressional leaders and key committee staff to discuss her candidacy for the Commission in February. With more than 20 years of policy and practical experience, Ms. Lowe is a widely recognized subject-matter expert on Medicare payment policy and a variety of other topics. For more information on the MedPAC nomination process, contact Kristin Murphy at
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    Industry News

    GOP Health Care Bill Could Leave 24M More Without Coverage by 2026, CBO Says
    NPR Online (03/13/17) Kurtzleben, Danielle

    A new report finds that the Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would reduce the federal deficit by $337 billion over a decade but would also leave 24 million more Americans uninsured during that same period. The uninsured estimates from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office could create even greater political hurdles for the GOP bill.

    Health Groups Denounce G.O.P. Bill as Its Backers Scramble
    New York Times (03/08/17) Goodnough, Abby; Pear, Robert; Kaplan, Thomas

    Influential groups representing hospitals and nurses came out on Wednesday against a Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, joining doctors and the retirees' lobby to warn that it would lead to a rise in the uninsured. In a letter to lawmakers, major hospital groups wrote, "As organizations that take care of every individual who walks through our doors, both due to our mission and our obligations under federal law, we are committed to ensuring health care coverage is available and affordable for all."

    Trump Will Nominate Scott Gottlieb to Lead FDA
    STAT News (03/10/17) Kaplan, Sheila

    President Trump will nominate Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a longtime drug industry financier and advocate for deregulation, to run the Food and Drug Administration, the White House said Friday. Gottlieb, 44, is a physician and resident fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute.

    To Save on Drug Costs, Insurer Wants to Steer You to 'Preferred' Pharmacies
    Kaiser Health News (03/10/17) Bartolone, Pauline

    One of California's largest insurers has proposed a change in the benefits of commercial plans next year that would require consumers to pay more for drugs at pharmacies outside an established network. Blue Shield of California wants to create "a tiered pharmacy network" in its 2018 small- and large-group plans, according to preliminary proposals the company submitted to the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC), a state health insurance regulator.

    46 Percent of Providers Unsure About Value-Based Purchasing Impact
    RevCycle Intelligence (03/09/17)

    Value-based purchasing is not a new term for many providers, yet 46.4 percent of health care providers and leaders are still unsure how the shift away from fee-for-service payments will impact their revenue cycles, a recent Physicians Practice survey stated. Out of the 1,124 respondents, only 12.5 percent said that the value-based purchasing would positively impact their health care revenue cycles.

    High Costs, Few Options in VT Health Care
    Burlington Free Press (03/12/17) D'Ambrosio, Dan

    The dearth of competition for health care in Vermont came as a particular shock to Annie Ode, who moved to Burlington from Boston two and a half years ago. Ode, 31, has been on an aggressive screening schedule for the past year because of her family's history of cancer.

    House Moves on Certificate of Need Repeal, Recovery Care Center Plans
    WFSU (Florida State University) (03/07/17) Hatter, Lynn

    Florida lawmakers are starting to put the pieces of the state's health care puzzle together and the picture could involve changes for hospitals, nursing homes, hospice centers, and other long-term care facilities. The federal government rarely makes a move state lawmakers agree with.

    House Pushes to Keep 'Certificate of Need' in W.Va.
    West Virginia Public Broadcasting (03/06/2017) McCormick, Liz

    A legislative audit released earlier this year encouraged lawmaker to get rid of the state's certificate of need process. A Certificate of Need is essentially approval from the state to open a new hospital, clinic or health related facility.

    Louisville Doctor Strengthens Free Surgery Program for Uninsured, Underinsured
    WAVE-TV 3 (Louisville, KY) (03/12/17) Centlivre, Andreina

    With the future of health care up in the air, a local doctor says Surgery On Sunday Louisville is more important than ever. The program provides essential outpatient surgical services at no cost to patients.

    Vadnais Heights Surgery Center Receives Certification Award
    Pioneer Press (03/09/17)

    Summit Orthopedics' Vadnais Heights Surgery Center recently received a national award for its work on hip and knee replacements. The center received the Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement from The Joint Commission, a non-profit group that accredits health care organizations.

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