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April 17, 2018

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The ASCA Foundation has partnered with One World Surgery, a U.S.-based nonprofit, to support its mission of providing access to high-quality surgical care globally. Through this partnership, the ASCA Foundation is pleased to launch a Medical Mission Scholarship Program for nurses, surgical techs and scrub techs interested in One World Surgery’s weeklong medical missions at the Holy Family Surgery Center in Honduras. Each scholarship covers the program fees associated with participating in the medical mission, as well as roundtrip coach airfare for the participant. Learn more and apply.
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During the Celebration Luncheon at ASCA 2018, ASCA presented the third annual Nap Gary Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement in the ASC Community to Milla Perry Jones and Joel Gordon. This award recognizes individuals who have made a positive difference in the ASC community during many years of dedicated service.
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If you attended ASCA 2018 last week in Boston, MA, be sure to request your continuing education (CE) credits online or through the ASCA Meetings app. To request your credits, 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 registration@ascassociation.org. Request CE credits.
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Smith & Nephew

Save the date for ASCA 2019, to be held May 15–18, 2019, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, TN. If you have a suggestion for a topic or speaker for ASCA’s next annual meeting, please let us know. Submissions for ASCA 2019 will be accepted through June 30. Submit your suggestion.
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Data collection for the first quarter (Q1) of ASCA’s 2018 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey is now open. This valuable online resource allows you to compare your ASC's metrics with national performance statistics on clinical outcomes, staff indicators, billing performance and more. If you haven't yet subscribed, purchase a 2018 subscription now.
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On the first day of McDermott Will & Emery’s 2018 Physician Practice Management & ASC Symposium—April 25–26 in Nashville, TN—ASCA CEO William Prentice will participate in the Washington Update—Reading the Tea Leaves panel discussion, taking place from 3:40–4:10 pm. Learn more.
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In 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a proposed rule to improve the tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses through the electronic collection of establishment-specific injury and illness data. After receiving comments on the proposal, OSHA issued the final rule that became effective January 1, 2017. Read on to learn how to implement the revised reporting requirements.
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Frederick Doctors Perform Complete Knee Replacement Surgery Without the Use of Opioids
Frederick News-Post (MD) (04/14/18) Masters, Kate

If you talk to his doctors, you'll learn there's a lot that's exceptional about Michael Derflinger. For John Baker, a physical therapist and the owner of Baker Rehab Group in Frederick, it's the fact that his 64-year-old patient was able to undergo a complete knee replacement surgery--without the use of opioids--on March 27.

The Benefits of Outpatient Surgical Care
Reno Gazette-Journal (04/10/18) O'Neill, Maggie

Outpatient surgery centers provide a place for surgeries such as colonoscopies, cataract removal and even epidural injections for spinal pain to be done and can be an easy way to have same-day surgery in a safe setting. "The majority of all outpatient surgeries are now done in Ambulatory Surgery Centers or ASCs," said Dr. Peter Kasprzak, the physician owner of Quail Surgical and Pain Management Center, a joint venture with Northern Nevada Medical Center.

How Profiteers Lure Women Into Often-Unneeded Surgery
New York Times (04/14/18) Goldstein, Matthew; Silver-Greenberg, Jessica

Jerri Plummer was at home in Arkansas, watching television with her three children, when a stranger called to warn that her life was in danger. The caller identified herself only as Yolanda.

Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia Maintains Outpatient Facilities Maximize Patient Safety
PR Newswire (04/11/18)

Over 70 percent of surgeries performed in the United States occur in outpatient facilities that include Hospital Outpatient Departments (HOPDs), Freestanding Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs), and Office-Based Surgical (OBS) facilities. Patient safety and measurement of clinical outcomes are continuously monitored, and have made continuous quality improvement protocols meaningful in maintaining outcomes that meet or exceed clinical outcomes benchmarks in such facilities.

New Research Shows Increasing Physician Shortages in Both Primary and Specialty Care
Association of American Medical Colleges (04/11/18)

The United States could see a shortage of up to 120,000 physicians by 2030, impacting patient care across the nation, according to new data published today by the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges). The report, The Complexities of Physician Supply and Demand: Projections from 2016-2030, updates and aligns with estimates conducted in 2015, 2016, and 2017, and shows a projected shortage of between 42,600 and 121,300 physicians by the end of the next decade.

CMS Releases Updated 2018 MIPS Eligibility Tool
AAFP News (04/11/18)

CMS has finally announced the release of an updated web-based tool to assist physicians in checking their eligibility status for the 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). This MIPS eligibility tool is easily accessible.

Medscape's 8th Annual Physician Compensation Report Finds Modest Increase in Physician Pay Overall, But Little Change in Gender and Racial Pay Gaps
PR Newswire (04/11/18)

Salaries for U.S. physicians edged higher this past year, with compensation increasing modestly for most specialties, while jumping 16 percent for psychiatrists. Still, the gender gaps in compensation remain unchanged and failed to budge for African-American physicians, according to the results of the 2018 Medscape Physician Compensation Report.

Humana Expands Bundled Payment Model for Medicare Advantage
HealthPayer Intelligence (04/12/18) Beaton, Thomas

Humana has expanded a bundled payment model into seven additional states that will cover hip and knee replacements within Medicare Advantage populations. The payer has teamed up with orthopedic specialists to expand its Total Joint Replacement Episode-Based Model into Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.

Copper Ridge Surgery Center's Patient Care Initiative Honored
Traverse City Record-Eagle (04/11/18) Urban, Mark

It's a cross between a user guide and an organizational flow-chart. The rebranded Copper Ridge Surgery Center's Patient Experience Initiative is one of 12 Intalere Healthcare Achievement Award winners.

Banner Health Settles Whistleblower Case for $18 Million
Arizona Republic (04/12/18) Alltucker, Ken

Banner Health has agreed to pay more than $18 million to settle whistleblower claims that the Phoenix-based health system admitted patients who could have been treated less expensively at outpatient facilities. The settlement resolves a whistleblower case brought by a former Banner Health employee who claimed one dozen hospitals in Arizona and Colorado overcharged Medicare for brief, inpatient procedures that should have been billed on a less costly outpatient basis, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona said.


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