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May 15, 2018

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On Tuesday, May 22, at 1:00 pm ET, join ASCA Director of Communications Kay Tucker and OCNC Group Public Relations and Public Affairs Consultant Charlie Leonard for In Print, On Air and Online: The Challenges and Opportunities of Media Relations. This webinar will provide practical tips for both initiating and responding to media coverage as well as an overview of the media relations resources that are available to ASCA members.

This webinar is FREE for ASCA members and $150 for nonmembers. Register today.
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Full Cirlce   When it comes to revenue cycle management (RCM), we’re talking about profitability, operating margins and bottom lines—the collective lifeline in your ambulatory surgery center or private practice. Wouldn’t it be nice to know that a trusted acquaintance and proven professional was safeguarding it all for you?

Sign up now for ASCA’s Virtual Career Fair, scheduled for Thursday, June 14. All you need is an internet connection to take part in 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; registration discounts for recruiters have been extended through Friday, May 18. Register today.
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Eligible Medicare-certified ASCs that want to avoid future payment penalties must report all ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program web-based measures by today, May 15. This is the first year that the web-based measure reporting dates are aligned. As a reminder, to meet this requirement, you must report measures ASC-8, ASC-9 and ASC-10 by the end of the day. Learn more.
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One Medical Passport

Subscribers to ASCA's 2018 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey can now access their first-quarter (Q1) reports. To access the reports, log in to the survey portal and select the "Run Reports" tab.

Not yet subscribed to the 2018 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey? Sign up today to keep your ASC on track in 2018 and beyond.
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Have you seen photos from ASCA 2018? Check out the ASCA 2018 photo gallery to view scenes from this year’s annual meeting. Then, share your suggestions for topics or speakers for ASCA 2019, May 15–18 in Nashville, TN. The deadline to submit suggestions for next year’s meeting is June 30.

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Smith & Nephew

Candidates who plan to take the Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC)™ exam in July must submit their application no later than May 31. The CASC credential is a distinction earned by members of the ASC community who demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the knowledge and skills required of an ASC administrator. Learn more about CASC.
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Whether your ASC is in- or out-of-network with a payer, payment denials, payment delays and underpayments are inevitable. ASCs that fail to pay attention to whether and how much they are paid could potentially be leaving a lot of money on the table. Read this ASC Focus feature article to gain insights on how to address insurance payment issues.
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Hagerstown Surgery Center Completes First Total Knee Replacement Without Narcotics
Hagerstown Herald-Mail (MD) (05/07/18) Bonk, Valerie

Teresa Jensen, 54, was always an avid runner. She completed the JFK 50 Mile race four times and always tried to stay fit and healthy.

Sticker Shock Jolts Oklahoma Patient: $15,076 for 4 Tiny Screws
NPR Online (05/14/18) Szabo, Liz

Sherry Young just wanted to be able to walk without pain. About three years ago, she began to experience sharp pain in her left foot.

Virtua Negotiating to Add 13 Ambulatory Centers
NJBIZ (05/09/18) Calio, Vince

Virtua Health is looking to add 13 ambulatory centers to its network as it seeks to expand through one-room surgery centers. Dennis Pullin, who was appointed as CEO of the system in October, said in an interview that the centers are being negotiated with independent doctor offices.

More Young Adults Getting, Dying From Colon Cancer
WebMD (05/10/18) Clopton, Jennifer

Heather Blackburn-Beel was 34 years old when the pain in her belly started. The Indiana resident was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome, and the mother of two and full-time nurse felt that made sense with her busy and stressful schedule.

Texas Free Market Surgery Partners with Health Beyond Insurance
EIN Presswire (05/09/18)

Health Beyond Insurance (HBI) is excited to announce that Texas Free Market Surgery, a free market, medicine solution provider in Texas, has joined Health Beyond Insurance’s national provider network. Texas Free Market Surgery offers competitive, transparent prices on surgical procedures across a broad range of specialties, both outpatient and inpatient.

Trump Promises Lower Drug Prices, but Drops Populist Solutions
New York Times (05/12/18) Pear, Robert

President Trump vowed on Friday to "bring soaring drug prices back down to earth" by promoting competition among pharmaceutical companies, and he suggested that the government could require drugmakers to disclose prices in their ubiquitous television advertising. But he dropped the popular and populist proposals of his presidential campaign, opting not to have the federal government directly negotiate lower drug prices for Medicare.


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