ASCA News Digest (March 21, 2017)

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March 21, 2017


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    ASCA 2017 Early Registration Deadline Extended Through March 24

    Save $100 on your registration fee for ASCA 2017, May 3–6 in Washington, DC. Sign up for ASCA’s annual meeting by this Friday, March 24, to take advantage of the early registration discount. Do not miss this opportunity to network with your colleagues, hear from industry experts, discover new products and services and earn continuing education credits at the ASC industry’s premier meeting. Register today.
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    Make your voice heard on Capitol Hill by participating in ASCA’s National Advocacy Day events, which will be held in conjunction with ASCA 2017. This is your opportunity to educate your representatives in Congress about issues that affect your ASC. ASCA staff will provide a training session on policy concerns prior to your meetings. National Advocacy Day events are scheduled for May 3 and 4. Sign up now.
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    Participate in ASCA’s free Salary and Benefits Survey by March 31 and get the resources you need to attract and retain the best staff. The survey allows you to compare your ASC’s compensation packages to similar ASCs, negotiate a raise or determine salary and benefits for a new position. There is no cost to participate, and 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 the end of this month. Participate now.
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    Make sure your ASC’s infection prevention program is up to par by joining ASCA’s next webinar, Infection Prevention Risk Assessment. Donna Nucci, RN, infection preventionist at Yale New Haven Hospital, will explain how to ensure your ASC is properly stratifying its infection risks and using the right tools to minimize the transmission of infections. The webinar is scheduled for today, March 21, at 1:00 pm ET, and the cost is $100 for ASCA members and $150 for nonmembers. It is also included in the 2017 Webinar All-Access Pass, which includes the live events and recordings for all 18 webinars.
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    Daren Smith, RN, senior clinical solutions specialist for AmkaiSolution, will present “Reduce Supply Costs in Your Independent ASC” at ASCA 2017, May 3–6, in Washington, DC. He will discuss five key areas for setting up a successful materials program in an independent and small ASC: staffing, pricing, distribution, shipping and monitoring and management.

    To learn more about keeping your supply costs low in an independent ASC, visit the ASC Focus web site.
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    Earlier this week, ASCA Board President Rebecca Craig, RN, CASC, and ASCA staff met with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) staff responsible for the payment policies in ASCs. Some of the issues discussed at the meeting were: the use of the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) as the update factor for ASC payments, the negative impact secondary rescaling is having on ASC payments and the uncertainty around CMS’s process for the approval of procedures eligible to be performed in the ASC setting. Learn more.
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    Industry News

    Trump's Budget Slashes HHS by $15 Billion
    Healthcare IT News (03/17) Powderly, Henry

    The White House on Thursday proposed a federal budget that would include an 18 percent cut to the Department of Health and Human Services. Under President Donald Trump's budget, the HHS budget would be reduced by $15 billion, a move intended to rein in federal spending while also offsetting a proposed $54 billion increase in defense spending.

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    End the Partisan Warfare on Health Care
    Charleston Post and Courier (03/13/17) Kasich, John

    Americans are relying on leaders in Washington to fix health care, not engage in yet another unproductive partisan standoff. In 2010, one side of the political aisle in Congress, the Democrats, chose to "fix" health care unilaterally, without bipartisan support.

    Senate Confirms Seema Verma to Head Medicare and Medicaid
    Associated Press (03/13/17)

    President Trump's pick to run Medicare and Medicaid won confirmation Monday from a divided Senate as lawmakers braced for another epic battle over the government's role in health care and society’s responsibility toward the vulnerable. Indiana health care consultant Seema Verma, a protégé of Vice President Pence, was approved by a 55-43 vote, largely along party lines.

    Wyden Statement on Senate Floor on Seema Verma Nomination and Trumpcare (03/13/17) Wyden, Ron

    Today the Senate turns to consider the nomination of Seema Verma to be the administrator of the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services. Now I'll admit, people in coffee shops across America probably aren't atwitter with the latest buzz out of CMS.

    Surgeons Wary of Ortho Bundles Delay and Deny Procedures
    MedCity News (03/13/17) Parmar, Arundhati

    The annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeon kicks off Tuesday and in advance of it, a new analyst report shows that when it comes to bundled care, surgeons are being cautious to do joint replacement procedures. The Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) rolled out to several areas nationwide last April, in a bid to control costs related to hip and knee replacement.

    Backers, Opponents Line Up on Surgery Center Proposal
    Burlington Free Press (03/19/17) D'Ambrosio, Dan

    The state's largest insurer is backing a proposal for Vermont's first independent surgery center, about a month before the Green Mountain Care Board hears final arguments on whether the center should receive a required certificate of need. The state's hospital association opposes the Green Mountain Surgery Center.

    Florida Optometry Bill Clears House Subcommittee
    Orlando Sentinel (03/15/17) Miller, Naseem S.

    It's been dubbed the Eyeball Wars: Optometrists want to prescribe more medications and perform surgeries and ophthalmologists are standing firm against them. Optometrists gained some ground Wednesday when a House bill cleared the Health Quality Subcommittee with an 8-7 vote and headed to the House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee.

    Bill Allowing Overnight Ambulatory Surgery Stay Clears Senate Committee
    Florida Politics (03/13/17) Wilson, Drew

    A bill allowing patients to stay overnight in ambulatory surgery centers cleared its first Senate committee Tuesday with a 4-1 vote. SB 222 by Sarasota Republican Rep. Greg Steube would allow patients to stay up to 24 hours at ASCs, a type of medical facility dedicated to less complicated, generally elective surgeries.

    What Young People Need to Know About Colon Cancer
    New York Times (03/16/17) Rabin, Roni Caryn

    Sarah DeBord was 24 when she first noticed blood in her stool. She saw a gastroenterologist who did a procedure called a flexible sigmoidoscopy to examine her lower colon and rectum, then gave her a diagnosis of hemorrhoids.

    HMO Doctors Take Pains to Slash Opioid Prescriptions
    Kaiser Health News (03/13/17) Quinones, Sam

    On a summer afternoon in 2009, eight Kaiser Permanente doctors met in Pasadena to review the HMO's most prescribed drugs in Southern California. Sun blasted through the windows and the room had no air conditioning, but what unsettled the doctors most were the slides a pharmacist was presenting.

    SurgCenter Development a Powerhouse in the ASC Industry With 100 Operational Centers
    PR Web (03/13/17)

    SurgCenter Development (SCD), a leader in the development of ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) throughout the United States, celebrates a new milestone of concurrently operating 100 centers for the first time in its 23-year history with the opening of Grand Rapids Surgical Suites. "Today we celebrate how far we've come and tomorrow we look to the future," said Dr. Stacey Berner, president and CEO of SurgCenter Development.

    Poll: Early Perceptions of House Bill Show Public Thinks It Would Cover Fewer People and Raise Health Costs
    Kaiser Family Foundation (03/15/17)

    Fielded March 6-12 as Americans were first learning about the American Health Care Act and before the Congressional Budget Office estimated its effects, the latest Kaiser Tracking Poll shows that large shares of the public expect the House Republican health care plan would result in fewer people having health insurance and higher costs for people who buy their own health insurance. Republicans are generally more likely to expect positive results from the plan while Democrats and independents are more likely to foresee negative ones.

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