ASCA News Digest (November 28, 2017)

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November 28, 2017


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Take advantage of the early bird registration discount for ASCA’s Winter Seminars, January 11–13, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Register by December 15 for one of three ASC-specific seminars:
All three seminars will run concurrently in the same location, so you can register for one and attend sessions from the others at no additional cost. Prices go up $100 in two weeks, so learn more and sign up 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.

Get the final word on the upcoming changes to Medicare’s ASC payment system during ASCA’s next webinar, Understanding Medicare’s 2018 Final Payment Rule. Join ASCA Regulatory Counsel Kara Newbury on Tuesday, December 5, at 1:00 pm ET, as she describes how ASC payment rates will change next year. The webinar costs $100 for ASCA members and $150 for nonmembers. Register.
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Reserve your spot today at ASCA 2018, April 11–14, in Boston, Massachusetts. Join more than a thousand of your colleagues at ASCA’s annual meeting, where you will find more than 60 educational sessions—including new advanced content for administrators—an exhibit hall with hundreds of ASC-industry vendors, ample networking opportunities and the first-ever ASCA carnival. Learn more and register today.
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In the spirit of the holiday season, this month ASCA held its first annual ASCA Service Day dedicated to helping those in need. ASCA staff volunteered at the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) in Washington, DC, by helping organize donated goods to be repackaged for needy families in the area. Read more and see photos.
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The new edition of the ASC operational guidebook Developing & Managing Ambulatory Surgery Centers offers an in-depth look into what it takes to run a successful ASC. This electronic book examines the four cornerstones of an ASC—patient and clinical care, risk management, business office systems and managed care and payer contracting—and explores the complexity involved in developing and managing all components. Purchase.
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ASC staff typically have limited time to spend with patients, so it is imperative to take advantage of every moment available to provide critical education to patients. To learn how your ASC can share basic information more effectively and encourage questions, visit the ASC Focus website.
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FDA Raids Florida Stores That Consumers Use to Buy Drugs From Canada
Kaiser Health News (11/20/17) Galewitz, Phil

The Food and Drug Administration last month sent criminal investigation agents with search warrants into nine storefronts across Central Florida that help customers order drugs from pharmacies in Canada and overseas at big discounts. The agents notified the store owners that importing drugs from foreign countries is illegal and that those helping to "administer" such medicines could face fines or jail time.

Increased Use of Ambulatory Surgery Centers for Cataract Surgery
ScienceDaily (11/23/17)

National data shows a major shift in eye surgeries from hospitals to less expensive ambulatory surgery centers where care may be delivered faster and closer to home for some patients. Over the past decade the proportion of cataract surgeries performed at surgery centers increased steadily, reaching 73 percent in 2014, compared to 43.6 percent in 2001.

Pre-Surgery Cognitive Screen Can Flag Elderly Complications Risk
Reuters (11/23/17) Crist, Caroline

Screening older surgery patients for cognitive impairment can catch undiagnosed problems that raise risk for complications, researchers say. Among 211 patients over age 65 having elective orthopedic surgeries such as hip or knee replacement, pre-operative screening found that about one quarter had likely cognitive impairment such as undiagnosed dementia.

FDA Approves First Implanted Lens That Can Be Adjusted After Cataract Surgery to Improve Vision Without Eyeglasses in Some Patients
FDA News Release (11/21/17)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the RxSight Inc. Light Adjustable Lens and Light Delivery Device, the first medical device system that can make small adjustments to the artificial lens’ power after cataract surgery so that the patient will have better vision when not using glasses. Cataracts are a common eye condition where the natural lens becomes clouded, impairing a patient’s vision.

Doctors Back New Ohio Health-Care Price Transparency Bill
Columbus Dispatch (11/22/17) Siegel, Jim

As Ohio's health-care price transparency law remains tied up in court by Ohio hospitals and others, one of the legislature's few doctors has introduced a replacement proposal backed by the medical community. Rep. Stephen Huffman, R-Tipp City, a physician and chairman of the House Health Committee, said the new transparency bill would give patients information upfront about out-of-pocket and covered costs of procedures with prior authorization.

American College of Physicians Says Efforts to Increase Health Care Price Transparency Are Vital
American College of Physicians (11/20/17)

Efforts to improve health care price transparency through increasing access to meaningful information can work to mend the fragmentation of health care, said the American College of Physicians (ACP) in a new policy paper released today. Improving Health Care Efficacy and Efficiency through Increased Transparency examines the current environment and challenges to achieving greater health care transparency and lays out a set of recommendations aimed at increasing and improving transparency.

Statement From FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on Steps to Promote Development of Generic Versions of Opioids Formulated to Deter Abuse
FDA News Release (11/21/17)

As we continue to confront the staggering human and economic toll created by opioid abuse and addiction, we're focused on taking actions that reduce the scope of new addiction by decreasing unnecessary exposure to opioids. At the same time, we also must take steps to help those with acute and chronic pain who need access to medicines, including opioids, get access to improved alternatives.

Joint-Replacement Surgery Can Be an Outpatient Procedure, Doctor Says
WBAL-TV 11 (Baltimore) (11/21/17) Pringle, Megan

Joint-replacement surgery used to mean several days of in-hospital recovery, but not anymore. Some surgeons will do it as an out-patient procedure, and find that there's less anxiety beforehand and a lot more relief after.

Medical Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Surgical Center
Grand Rapids Business Journal (11/22/17) Dawes, Justin

A local medical firm is now the majority owner of a surgical center in the area. Grand Rapids-based Great Lakes Management Services Organization said this week it added the Walker Surgical Center to its group of service locations.

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