ASCA News Digest (May 31, 2017)

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May 31, 2017


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Crisis Focus  

Is your Surgery Center ready for November 15?

This is the deadline for compliance with the new CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule.

Crisis Focus can help you:

  • Access a complimentary Compliance Checklist specific to Ambulatory Surgery Centers.
  • Learn the key elements for compliance and how to implement them.
  • Receive discounts on training and resources as an ASCA member with code ASCA17.

Learn more from experts in the health care emergency preparedness field.

ASCA Highlights

Learn how to protect your revenue stream and your ASC by attending ASCA’s next webinar, “Seven Things You Need to Know About Managed Care Contracts.” On Tuesday, June 13, at 1:00 pm ET, Scott Allen and Lisa Rock of National Medical Billing Services will explain how to avoid the most common problems ASCs face when applying their managed care contracts to their coding and billing process. The cost is $100 for ASCA members and $150 for nonmembers. This webinar is included in the 2017 Webinar All-Access Pass, which includes the live events and recordings for all 18 webinars.
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ASCA’s Salary and Benefits Survey is a valuable tool that assists ASCs in attracting and retaining the most qualified employees. Results from the 2017 survey—which was open to all ASCs and collected national, regional and state data on 20 ASC positions—are now available for purchase. ASCs that completed 40 percent or more of the survey receive personalized results for free. Access or purchase results.
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There’s still time to register for the ASCA Virtual Career Fair, scheduled for Thursday, June 15. All you need is an Internet connection to attend 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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ASCA 2017 attendees who plan to request continuing education (CE) credits, nursing contact hours, administrator education units (AEUs), continuing medical education (CME) or a certificate of participation must do so by June 30. To submit online, you will need your ID number located on the back of your attendee badge. If you no longer have your badge, you can request your ID number by sending an email to Request CE credit.
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ASCA has entered a collaborative relationship with the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR), the only national registry of hip and knee arthroplasty. As a follow-up to their participation at ASCA 2017 in Washington, DC, the AJRR would like to once again offer a significant discount to ASCA members. ASCA has arranged a deep discount on the AJRR licensing fee for the first year and waived the set-up fee—a savings of more than 40 percent. Learn more.
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The quality of an ASC’s coding can make the difference between a struggling center and a successful center. To learn how your ASC can use audits and training to stay on top of contracts, visit the ASC Focus website.
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It has come to our attention that at least one vendor has been inaccurately portraying itself as an Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgery CAHPS (OAS CAHPS) Survey vendor approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Learn more.
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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.

Industry News

Warmer Weather Brings More Infections After Surgery
New York Times (05/23/17) Bakalar, Nicholas

As the weather gets warmer, the risk of developing an infection at the site of a surgical wound increases, a new study reports. Surgical site infections are a leading cause of increased hospital readmissions, longer hospital stays, greater health care costs and mortality.

Doctor Who Faced Retaliation for Raising Concerns About Double-Booked Surgeries Wins Lawsuit
Boston Globe (05/24/17) Saltzman, Jonathan

A prominent Boston neurosurgeon was illegally forced out of his previous job at a New York hospital for strongly objecting to a policy that allowed another surgeon to perform complex spine surgeries on two patients simultaneously, a judge ruled. Double-booking, as the practice is sometimes called, triggered a fierce dispute among doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital in recent years, leading to the 2015 dismissal of an orthopedic surgeon who opposed it.

Franciscan Health's Busy Surgery Center Lets More Docs Buy Piece of Business
Indianapolis Business Journal (05/22/17) Russell, John

Business is brisk at Franciscan Surgery Center on the south side, where surgeons last year performed nearly 15,000 outpatient procedures, or an average of 41 a day, from eye lifts and tummy tucks to colonoscopies and hysterectomies. Now, the for-profit center, an affiliate of Franciscan Health, is planning to share the wealth with more surgeons.

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.

Conflicting JAMA Reports Highlight Debate Over Reality of Pending Physician Shortage
Healthcare Finance News (05/17/17) Lagasse, Jeff

The American health care system is not facing a looming physician shortage, according to a new opinion piece published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The assertion is in contrast to reports from the American College of Surgeons and Association of American Medical Colleges, the latter of which predicts a physician shortage of between 40,800 to 104,900 by 2030.

Manufacturers, Providers Fear Attack Likely on Med Devices
Health Data Management (05/30/17) Goedert, Joseph

Medical device manufacturers and the healthcare providers that use these devices are significantly unprepared to defend against cyber attacks on their devices, according to results of a recent survey on security preparedness. The study by the Ponemon Institute show that both makers and users of medical devices are concerned about the likelihood that key medical equipment could be hacked.

Developed in Germany, Tested in Leawood, New Laser Eye Surgery Taking Off
Kansas City Star (05/30/17) Marso, Andy

Nick Wagoner, a 29-year-old from Kansas City, stood in the waiting area at Discover Vision Centers in Leawood on Friday, while a laser eye surgery was performed in a glass-encased surgical suite behind him. He was preparing to ditch the glasses and contacts he had worn since fifth grade and also one-up his brothers: They had their vision corrected with Lasik surgery, while Wagoner was about to experience the next generation of laser eye surgery, born of German technology and tested here in the Kansas City area.

Dental-Only Ambulatory Surgery Center Going Up in Fayetteville
Fayette Observer (05/24/17) Futch, Michael

If construction plays out as planned, Fayetteville will be home to North Carolina's first dental-only ambulatory surgery center in March 2018. Groundbreaking took place April 28 on the projected $3.2 million Valleygate Dental Surgery Center at 2038 Litho Place.

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Certificate of Need Repeal: North Carolina Senate Keeping an Eye on the Prize
Forbes (05/25/17) Restrepo, Katherine

North Carolina's Certificate of Need (CON) law limits lower-cost health care options for patients electing cataract surgery. This is because the law not only caps the number of stand-alone ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) that offer this service for patients across the state, it also blocks ophthalmologists from performing cataract surgery in their offices.

Poll: 57 Percent Disapprove of GOP Health Care Bill
CNN (05/25/17) Wright, David

A new poll shows trouble for lawmakers who back the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. A Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday found that a wide majority of voters -- 57 percent to 20 percent -- disapprove of the Republican health care bill.

Anthem Still Weighing 2018 Obamacare Individual Participation
Reuters (05/24/17) Humer, Caroline

Anthem Inc. on Wednesday said its plans for selling 2018 Obamacare individual plans are still up in the air because of political and regulatory uncertainty, making it the latest health insurer to say questions about continued funding of government subsidies will affect consumers next year. Anthem, the biggest provider of individual health plans, is looking at all 14 states where it sells Obamacare coverage to determine to what extent it will participate next year, given the continued uncertainty around subsidies and regulations, its chief executive said on Wednesday.

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