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April 24, 2018

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Data collection for the first quarter (Q1) of ASCA’s 2018 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey closes Monday, April 30. This valuable online resource allows you to compare your ASC's performance with national 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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ASCA 2019 will be held May 15–18, 2019, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, TN. If you have suggestions for topics or speakers for ASCA’s next annual meeting, please let us know. Submissions for ASCA 2019 will be accepted through June 30.
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All you need is an Internet connection to attend the ASCA Virtual Career Fair on Thursday, June 14. Don't miss out on 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.
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One Medical Passport

Share the benefits of ASCA membership with your peers! For each new ASC you refer to ASCA that joins through ASCA’s effort before September 28, you will receive a $25 gift card. Any individual working in an ASC that is a member of ASCA is eligible to participate. Learn more.
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On Friday, May 4, ASCA Regulatory Counsel Kara Newbury will speak at the Indiana Federation of Ambulatory Surgery Centers (IFASC) 2018 Spring Conference and Trade Show in Carmel, IN. Her session, titled “Update of Federal Regulations Affecting ASCs,” will examine Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) payment policies that may impact your ASC, recent federal regulatory changes regarding the CMS survey as well as ASC quality reporting requirements and recent changes. Learn more.
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Smith & Nephew

A delegation of 20 senior-level health care executives from eight Eurasian countries visited the Boston Eye Surgery & Laser Center in Boston, MA, as part of the US Department of Commerce’s Special American Business Internship Training (SABIT) Program during ASCA’s annual meeting in Boston, April 11–14. The SABIT program builds partnerships and provides technical assistance by training Eurasian business leaders in US business practices. Read more.
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The submission deadline for all ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program web-based measures is May 15, 2018. ASC-8 is reported through the CDC and NHSN. ASC-9 and ASC-10 are reported via QualityNet. This is the first year that the web-based measure reporting dates are aligned. Read more.
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Testing a New Approach to Post-Surgery Pain
Click On Detroit (04/19/18) Mayberry, Sarah

Joshua Cox can easily raise his arms above his head. It's a simple move that was excruciating for Cox just four months ago.

Following Manufacturers' Instructions Helps Prevent Surgical Infections
Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (04/18/18) Garcia-Houchins, Sylvia

Not surprisingly, three of the 10 most challenging standards for Joint Commission accredited ambulatory care (AHC) organizations and office based surgery (OBS) practices during surveys conducted in 2017 were related to infection prevention and control activities. Standards that posed the greatest challenges: Reducing infections associated with medical equipment, devices, and supplies (IC.02.02.01)--63% of accredited ambulatory care organizations surveyed in the first six months of 2017 were found noncompliant regarding this standard; implementing infection prevention and control activities (IC.02.01.01); and complying with either the current U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hand hygiene guidelines or the current World Health Organization (WHO) hand hygiene guidelines (National Patient Safety Goal [NPSG.07.01.01]).

New White Paper Delivers Proactive Strategies to Mitigate High-Risk HR Events for Surgical Facilities
MedHQ (04/03/18)

When it comes to high-risk human resources events, ASCs need to ensure they understand how improperly handling adverse events in human resources (HR) can significantly derail workforce productivity, cost tens of thousands of dollars and cause upward pressure on insurance rates. To assist with that effort, a new guide from MedHQ titled, "How to Mitigate Your ASC's Top 5 HR Risks," provides ASC leaders practical and proven strategies to implement at their facilities.

Joint Commission Proposes New Pain Management Standards
HealthExec (04/16/18) Gregory, John

Critical access hospitals, ambulatory care, and office-based surgical practices would be subject to new requirements for pain assessment and management under proposals released by the Joint Commission, with safe prescribing of opioids needing to be an "organizational priority" in all three settings. The proposed standards have some differences in the different settings.

Joint Replacement: 5 Benefits of Outpatient Surgery
Cleveland Clinic Health Essentials (04/18/18)

Total hip and knee replacements have come a long way. Afterwards, people no longer lay in a hospital bed for three weeks; instead they generally begin walking at home within a day of the procedure.

Surgery Center Begins Same-Day Joint Replacements
Grand Rapids Business Journal (04/16/18) Dawes, Justin

A lot has changed in the field since Dr. Robert DeMaagd began joint replacement surgery 30 years ago. At that time, a knee or hip replacement would keep a patient in the hospital up to 10 days, but technology and the procedure have evolved over the years.

24-Hour Multi-Patient Use Endoscope Connectors: Letter to HealthCare Providers and Healthcare Facilities - Risk of Cross-Contamination
FDA MedWatch (04/18/18)

The FDA is alerting health care providers and facilities about the risk of cross-contamination with certain connectors that are used in gastrointestinal endoscopy. Endoscope connectors that are labeled for use with multiple patients over the course of 24 hours without reprocessing are known as 24-hour multi-patient use endoscope connectors.

PAMED Joins Coalition to Oppose Governor's Proposed Ambulatory Surgery Center Tax
Pennsylvania Medical Society (04/18/18)

Gov. Wolf's 2018-19 state budget proposes a 2.81 percent provider tax on Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) and endoscopy centers to generate $25 million annually. The tax is proposed as one way to provide additional dollars for Medical Assistance, Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program.

Lawmakers Study Requirement for State Approval Before Opening New Medical Centers
Richmond Times-Dispatch (04/18/18) O'Connor, Katie

The House Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee met Wednesday to begin studying reforming Virginia's controversial Certificate of Public Need — or COPN — program. Delegates heard from state officials and academics on how COPN — essentially a requirement to receive state approval before opening a new medical facility — works in Virginia and other states.

Amazon Has Shelved a Plan to Sell Drugs to Hospitals, and Insiders Say There Are Two Reasons Why
CNBC (04/16/18) Kim, Eugene

Amazon Business, which sells bulk items to business customers, has shelved its plan to sell and distribute pharmaceutical products after considering it last year, according to people familiar with the matter. Instead, the company is focused on selling less sensitive medical supplies to hospitals and smaller clinics through Amazon Business — and it has found that business to be more challenging than expected.


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