ASCA News Digest (October 24, 2017)

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October 24, 2017


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Get 2018 off to a great start by attending ASCA’s 2018 Winter Seminars, January 11–13, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Register for one of three focused, 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. Sign up today to save $100 with the early bird discount. Register.
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3M Health Care  
Free CE! Maintaining Normothermia in ASC Patient
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. 
Register now for the upcoming webinar on October 31, 2017, with David Shapiro, MD, Maintaining Normothermia in the ASC Patient.

Learn how to implement a meaningful quality assessment and performance improvement (QAPI) project with ASCA’s next webinar, Steps for Completing a QAPI Project, scheduled for Tuesday, November 7, at 1:00 pm ET. Join Amsurg Senior Director of Regulatory Jan Allison, RN, as she walks through the steps involved in a successful project and explains their importance. The webinar costs $100 for ASCA members and $150 for nonmembers. Register.
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Data collection for the third quarter (Q3) of ASCA Benchmarking will close Tuesday, October 31. Participate in ASCA’s clinical and operational benchmarking program to receive valuable data you can use to improve your ASC’s performance. If you have not yet signed up for the 2017 program, purchase your subscription now and receive the Q1 and Q2 national reports for free. Subscribe.
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Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico last month and disrupted the production of several drugs and medical supplies, including IV solutions. To find out what ASCs can do to stay ahead of the curve and manage shortages effectively, visit the ASC Focus website.
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The next time your ASC needs to buy or sell equipment, supplies or inventory, look no further than the ASCA Asset Network. This trusted online marketplace features thousands of new and refurbished items and can save you both time and money. Get started today.
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ASCA staff members are scheduled to speak at two conferences next week:
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ASC Focus, the official magazine of ASCA, has published its 2018 Editorial Calendar and welcomes your story ideas for next year. If you would like to pitch an idea or are interested in writing a story, please contact ASC Focus Editor Sahely Mukerji. View 2018 Editorial Calendar.
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Cipher Health   Watch the Video: Maximize Staff Time with Efficient Patient Outreach
Watch the video and see how you can maximize staff time with efficient pre and post-op patient outreach. CipherHealth's Voice patient outreach solution reaches out to 100% of patients with targeted questions and automatically alerts designated staff members for patients needing additional help. 
Watch the video now and see how your center can save. 

As a reminder, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin surveying based on the revised emergency preparedness standards on November 15, 2017. The revised requirements are outlined in the final rule published in September 2016, which established national emergency preparedness requirements for all 17 Medicare and Medicaid provider and supplier types. Read more.
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Industry News

Maryland to Offer Online Shopping Tool for Common Medical Procedures
Washington Post (10/18/17) Itkowitz, Colby

The Maryland Health Care Commission, the state's independent regulatory agency, is unveiling a website on which people scheduling a hip replacement, knee replacement, hysterectomy or vaginal delivery can see price differences among different providers for the same procedure. The site is launching amid rising health-care costs and as some consumers turn to insurance plans with high deductibles.

Study Finds Compliance Concerns Remain With Safe Injection Practices
Infection Control Today (10/18/17)

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), a founding member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s Safe Injection Practices (SIP) Coalition, found that the level of deficiencies associated with the accreditor's SIP Standard was significant (greater than 10 percent) in several of the health care settings which the AAAHC accredits. Last year, the AAAHC Institute released a patient safety toolkit to help organizations comply with the AAAHC Standard and national guidelines.

Bundled Payment Cancellation by CMS Draws Calls for New Advanced APMs
Health Exec (10/18/2017) Gregory, John

When the previous administration at CMS finalized rules on mandatory bundled payment models for cardiac and orthopedic care late in 2016, 221 public comments were received. The cancellation of those same bundles, however, drew only 85 official comments as of Oct. 18.

Patient & Professional Perceptions of Electronic Health Records
SelectHub (10/18/17)

Electronic health records, also known as electronic medical records (EHRs/EMRs), are becoming the standard method of record keeping by medical professionals. According to the CDC, nearly 87 percent of office-based physicians use an EMR/EHR system.

Surgeons Reflect on Roles in Opioid Crisis
Lowell Sun (10/16/17) Lannan, Katie

For a patient recovering from surgery, an opioid painkiller prescription can be the first step to necessary relief. Surgeons who gathered at the State House Monday said there's a growing focus in their offices and operating rooms on the other paths those prescriptions can lead down, as doctors rethink their procedures in light of the ongoing opioid addiction epidemic.

Recovery Care Center Plan Filed in House
Northwest Florida Daily News (10/19/17)

Florida House Republicans could be poised to make a renewed attempt to allow types of health-care facilities known as "recovery care centers," where patients could stay up to 72 hours after undergoing surgical procedures. Rep. Paul Renner, a Palm Coast Republican who is expected to become House speaker in 2022, filed a bill (HB 23) on Wednesday that would allow the centers in Florida.

Georgia Certificate of Need Law Upheld by Supreme Court
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA) (10/16/17) Teegardin, Carrie

The Georgia Supreme Court upheld the state's "Certificate of Need" law in an opinion issued Monday that said a surgical center could not expand without state approval. Two doctors who own The Georgia Advanced Surgery Center for Women in Cartersville had challenged the state law that governs health care facilities.

Trump's Opioid Commission Turns to the Role of Health Iinsurers in Addiction Crisis
USA Today (10/20/17) Korte, Gregory

President Trump's opioid commission turned its attention Friday to the role health insurance policies might play in contributing to the addiction crisis. The issue: Some health insurance policies have a built-in bias toward opioids to treat pain, or cover only one type of addiction treatment and not others.

AMA to Unleash a New Era of Patient Care
AMA News Release (10/16/17)

A new collaborative initiative founded by the American Medical Association (AMA) announced today it is working to unleash a new era of better, more effective patient care by introducing a data evolution for improving, organizing and sharing health care information. The Integrated Health Model Initiative (IHMI) is a platform for bringing together the health and technology sectors around a common data model that is missing in health care.

Grossnickle Eye Center's Ambulatory Surgery Center Celebrates 30 Years
PRWeb (10/19/17)

On Thursday, September 28th, Grossnickle Eye Center (GEC) celebrated the 30th anniversary of its ambulatory surgery center (ASC) with a staff picnic lunch. Several of the doctors and employees attending GEC's event were present for the ASC’s first surgery performed in 1987.

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