ASCA News Digest (May 2, 2017)

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May 2, 2017


ASCA Highlights

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ASCA 2017 Meetings  

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Affiliate Focus Groups

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  • Cerner: Going Digital in Your ASC—Leveraging Technology to Support ASC Success
  • Philips Healthcare: Addressing the Challenges Facing Tomorrow’s ASCs

These 90-minute focus groups are your opportunity to help ASCA Affiliates shape their product and service offerings.

One-on-One Affiliate Speed Meetings

Meet one-on-one with up to five of our most popular ASCA Affiliate Sponsors & Exhibitors in a private setting during ASCA’s first Speed Meetings.

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ASCA Highlights

ASCA 2017 kicks off tomorrow at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, just outside Washington, DC. If you have not yet registered for ASCA’s annual meeting, you can do so on-site. Simply fill out the On-Site Registration Form and bring it with you to the registration desk, or complete the registration process once you arrive at the meeting.
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ASCA 2017 Program Handouts can be found in the ASCA 2017 Community Resource Library on ASCA Connect. Please take the time to view and print the handouts before the meeting begins. You also can download the ASCA 2017 Mobile App, which provides access to program handouts, schedules, maps, contact sharing and more. We look forward to seeing you later this week in Washington, DC!
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For National Nurses Week, May 6–12, ASCA would like to recognize the many nurses working in ASCs for their contributions to the ASC community and the patients we serve.
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All you need is an Internet connection to attend the ASCA Virtual Career Fair on Thursday, June 15. Don't miss out on this one-of-a-kind event for ambulatory surgery professionals, where interviews are conducted via instant message or Skype. The ASCA Virtual Career Fair is free for job-seekers. Register today.
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ASCs that perform more complex procedures might benefit from accessing the existing services of a skilled nursing facility (SNF). To learn more about why ASCs and SNFs could make good partners, visit the ASC Focus web site.
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ASCA has begun reviewing the 2018 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed rule released earlier this month by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). ASCA is working with interested specialty groups and the accrediting organizations to align our comments.
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Industry News

Methadone May Reduce Need for Opioids After Surgery
Newswise (04/24/17)

Patients undergoing spinal fusion surgery who are treated with methadone during the procedure require significantly less intravenous and oral opioids to manage postoperative pain, reports a new study published in the May issue of Anesthesiology, the peer-reviewed medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). "This is a new application for an old pain medication that offers hope for reducing the development of acute pain in the first few days after surgery, as well as chronic postoperative pain and the need for opioid medications following discharge from the hospital," said Glenn S. Murphy, M.D., lead study author and physician anesthesiologist at NorthShore University Health System in Evanston, Illinois.
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Spending: How to Prepare for Joint Replacement
Chicago Tribune (04/28/17) Esswein, Patricia Mertz

When you're ready to have surgery to replace a damaged knee or hip, you owe it to yourself to shop for the best price as well as the best surgeon. The cost of total joint replacement varies in the U.S.--and even within many cities--with prices ranging roughly from $20,000 to $60,000, says Bill Kampine, senior vice president and cofounder of the Healthcare Bluebook.
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NIH to Get a $2 Billion Funding Boost as Congress Rebuffs Trump's Call for Cuts
STAT News (05/01/17) Facher, Lev

The National Institutes of Health will get a $2 billion funding boost over the next five months, under a bipartisan spending deal reached late Sunday night in Congress. The agreement marks a sharp rejection of President Trump’s proposal to cut $1.2 billion from the medical research agency in the current fiscal year.
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TRSA Showcase   Resources for Environmental Safety in Outpatient Care

Download this interactive guide to improve practices in infection control to protect patients, staff and the public from environmental pathogens. Hygienically Clean Healthcare certified laundries are providing you with this PDF with hyperlinks for easy access to CDC resources. See us at ASCA 2017.
Parkersburg Doctors Treat Cataracts Around the World
Parkersburg News and Sentinel (WV) (04/23/17)

Cataracts are the leading cause of curable blindness in the world. Many countries do not have the finances or health systems in place to treat the poor who have cataracts, said Dr. David George, a local ophthalmologist.
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Why Do Medical Costs Keep Outpacing Inflation?
Chattanooga Times Free Press (04/30/17) Johnson, Steve

The news from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last month was striking: The FDA was approving a drug that seemed to dramatically slow the progress of the most severe form of multiple sclerosis, a crippling disease that often leads to paralysis and mental decline. "I think this is a very big deal," MS expert Dr. Stephen Hauser, whose committee supervised some of the clinical trials, told The New York Times.
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Overlapping Surgeries Are Not Associated With Worse Patient Outcomes
Newswise (04/25/17)

Winner of the Robert Florin Award, Michael Bohl, MD, presented his research, Overlapping Surgeries are not Associated with Worse Patient Outcomes: Retrospective Multivariate Analysis of 14,872 Neurosurgical Cases Performed at a Single Institution, during the 2017 American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Annual Scientific Meeting. The purpose of this study was to characterize and evaluate the effect of overlapping surgery on patient outcomes.
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U.S. Appeals Court Blocks Anthem Bid to Merge With Rival Cigna
Reuters (04/28/17) Bartz, Diane

A U.S. appeals court on Friday blocked health insurer Anthem Inc's bid to merge with Cigna, upholding a lower court's decision that the $54 billion deal should not be allowed because it would lead to higher prices for health care. The ruling will probably kill the proposed merger, which was opposed by the U.S. Justice Department, 11 states and a District Court judge after consumers, medical professionals and others objected to it.
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Intuitive Surgical  

da Vinci® Robotic-Assisted Surgery

Robotic surgery was a mere curiosity until 1999, the year Intuitive Surgical introduced the da Vinci® Surgical System. Today, Intuitive Surgical is the leader in robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery. Surgeons operate through a few small incisions with 3D-HD vision and tiny instruments that rotate far greater than the hand. This technology allows for enhanced vision, precision and control.

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