ASCA News Digest (November 14, 2017)

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November 14, 2017


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Purchase ASCA’s 2018 Webinar All-Access Pass to enjoy big savings on a full year of quality ASC education. This popular pass provides access to both the live events and recordings of all 17 webinars in the 2018 series. Webinar topics include infection prevention, narcotic diversion, recovery care options, Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) quality reporting. Purchase 2018 All-Access Pass.
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Get the new year off to a great start with ASCA’s Winter Seminars, January 11–13, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Whether you manage coding and billing, infection prevention or regulatory matters in your ASC, these intensive, hands-on programs will provide the education and resources you need to succeed in 2018 and beyond. Choose one of three seminars:
All three seminars run concurrently in the same location, so you can register for one and attend sessions from the others for free. Learn more and register.
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ASCA membership provides the resources you need to lead your ASC to success. Renew your membership now for continued access to education, networking, regulatory updates, top news stories and tools that apply daily in your facility. Renew.

Is your ASC not yet an ASCA member? Join today.
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3M Health Care  
Are you ready - Normothermia Quality Measure
Data collection period begins January 1, 2018. Having protocols in place to maintain normothermia throughout the perioperative process including monitoring and documenting temperatures is essential. Learn more from your normothermia experts.

Tomorrow, November 15, ASCA Benchmarking subscribers will have access to their clinical and operational benchmarking reports for the third quarter (Q3) of 2017. To access the reports, simply log into the ASCA Benchmarking portal and click the “Run Reports” tab. Access Reports.
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In response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) emergency preparedness final rule, The Joint Commission is updating its emergency management requirements for ASCs and other types of accredited organizations. To learn about the new and updated elements of performance that are taking effect November 15, visit the ASC Focus website.
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Make sure your ASC has the translation and interpretation services required to be Medicare compliant. ASCA’s affinity partnership with Akorbi provides ASCs with access to high-quality, affordable language services, including in-person interpretation; phone, video and mobile interpretation; document translation; and document localization. ASCA members enjoy special discounted rates on Akorbi’s services. Learn more.
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In the latest Member Focus profile, a Pennsylvania administrator describes how her ASC’s business and surgeons’ offices work together to find ways to improve upfront collections for out-of-pocket expenses. View featured member.

Member Focus, published on the ASC Focus website, invites ASCA members to share their views on key ASC issues. Want to be featured? Complete this brief questionnaire and you could be selected for a future profile.
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ASCA’s Medicare payment resources have been updated to reflect the changes suggested in the final rule. In addition, as promised in the initial rule release, a more in-depth analysis of the 2018 Final ASC Payment Rule is now available. These resources are available only to ASCA members. Read more.
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Industry News

Healthcare Workers Worry Salaries May Be Cut in 2018
Fierce Healthcare (11/09/2017) Minemyer, Paige

Though 41 percent of health care workers saw their salaries increase over the past year, many are still concerned about what the future holds for their paychecks. Indeed, 38 percent of 20,000 healthcare workers polled for this year's annual Health eCareer's Salary Guide indicated one of their biggest concerns for 2018 was whether their salaries will stay the same or decrease.

Mass. Panel Reviews Cataract Surgery Adverse Events, Makes Recommendations for Prevention
Medicalxpress (11/10/2017)

A team of specialists in anesthesiology, ophthalmology, and patient safety convened in response to a series of injuries to patients receiving cataract surgery has reported its findings regarding factors contributing to those and other adverse events and strategies for preventing patient harm in such procedures. In two papers published online in Anesthesia & Analgesia, investigators from the Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety, a Massachusetts state agency, detail adverse events associated with cataract surgery in the state over a five-year period, pinpoint factors underlying those events and make recommendations for improvements in patient safety.

American College of Physicians Says Patient Safety Must Be Improved in Office-Based Practice Settings
American College of Physicians (11/06/17)

More needs to be done to improve patient safety in the outpatient setting, said the American College of Physicians (ACP) in a new policy paper released today. Patient Safety in the Office-Based Practice Setting offers a set of recommendations aimed at improving patient care in office-based practices.

Quality Payment Program Reporting for 2018 Raises the Bar
AGA News Release (11/08/17)

CMS released the final rule updating the calendar year (CY) 2018 Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) that was established under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and includes the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). AGA will provide additional information and materials in the coming weeks to ensure your practice is prepared for the 2018 performance year.

Concurrent Surgery Is Safe for Patients—Sometimes
Fierce Healthcare (11/08/2017) Finnegan, Joanne

Overlapping surgery is a controversial topic, but a new study has found there’s no difference in patient outcomes if a surgeon is involved in overlapping procedures. The practice came into the public eye when the Boston Globe's spotlight team first reported it was happening at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and other U.S. teaching hospitals.

Professional Satisfaction and the Career Plans of U.S. Physicians
Mayo Clinic Proceedings (11/17) Vol. 92, No. 11, P. 1625 Sinsky, Christine A.; Dyrbye, Lotte N.; West, Colin P.; et al.

The United States Department of Health and Human Services projects a shortfall of 45,000 to 90,000 physicians by 2025, even after accounting for an influx of advanced practice health care professionals, as the U.S. population ages and the prevalence of chronic disease increases. The United States has begun to address this issue by increasing the flow of physicians into the workforce, establishing 11 new medical schools between 2001 and 2011.

Trump Health Agency Challenges Consensus on Reducing Costs
New York Times (11/12/17) Goodnough, Abby; Zernike, Kate

For several decades, a consensus has grown that reining in the United States' $3.2 trillion annual medical bill begins with changing the way doctors are paid: Instead of compensating them for every appointment, service and procedure, they should be paid based on the quality of their care. The Obama administration used the authority of the Affordable Care Act to aggressively advance this idea, but many doctors chafed at the scope and speed of its experiments to change the way Medicare pays for everything from primary care to cancer treatment.

Hip Replacements, Arthroscopy Coming to Southtowns Surgery Center
Orchard Park Bee (11/02/17)

In November, both hip replacements and hip arthroscopy will be performed at the Southtowns Surgery Center in the BrookBridge medical park, located at 5959 Big Tree Road. Orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Brian McGrath, is the first surgeon to perform hip replacements in a Southtowns outpatient facility.

Centers Recognized for Quality, Efficiency at Annual Conference
AmSurg (11/09/17)

At its annual Center Leadership Conference, held Oct. 4-6 in Nashville, Tenn., AMSURG, an Envision Healthcare solution, recognized 45 ASCs for outstanding commitment to clinical quality and operational efficiency. The centers, located across 18 states, were evaluated based on various clinical, financial and process metrics during 2017.

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