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May 30, 2018



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Last week, the US Senate passed the VA MISSION Act of 2018 (H.R. 5674) on a vote of 92-5. ASCA previously endorsed language included in the act, as it was included in the Veterans Deserve Better Act (H.R. 4783/S. 2239) early in 2018. Read ASCA’s press release on the passage of this important legislation.
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Candidates who plan to take the Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC)™ exam in July must submit an application by tomorrow, 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. Apply today.
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Sign up now for ASCA’s Virtual Career Fair, scheduled for Thursday, June 14. This virtual event connects ASC employers with a large pool of quality ASC-industry job-seekers. Interviews are conducted via instant message and Skype, saving you time and money on travel expenses. Recruiters must register by June 8; job-seekers can sign up through June 14. Don’t miss out—register today.
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In April, the ASCA Foundation 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 launched 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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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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Join us in celebrating ASCA’s first Member Appreciation Week, to be held June 18–22! We will be giving out prizes and recognition to our awesome members throughout the week, so like us on Facebook and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter to get the most up-to-date news regarding this event. Learn more about Member Appreciation Week.
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Infection preventionists in ASCs will now have their own certification program with the official launch of the Certified Ambulatory Infection Preventionist (CAIP)™ credential earlier this year. This credential represents the culmination of extensive planning over several years and will demonstrate that ASC infection preventionists possess the knowledge and skills deemed essential to filling their role. Read this ASC Focus article to learn more about this new credential and its importance in the ASC industry.
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Healthcare Ransomware Attacks Soared in Q3 2017
HealthIT Security (05/22/2018) Donovan, Fred

The number of healthcare ransomware attacks exploded in the third quarter of 2017, far outpacing all other types of cyberattacks against healthcare companies, but then dropped off sharply in the fourth quarter, according to the latest data from security firm Proofpoint. Still, ransomware far outpaced all other types of cyberattacks against healthcare last year.

The Resurgence of the Ambulatory Surgery Center: Seven Considerations for Ownership
National Law Review (05/24/18) Strode, Roger D.

After a prolonged period of stagnant growth primarily due to a glut of capacity coupled with flat or declining revenue growth, we’re beginning to see a resurgence of Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs). In fact, experts are forecasting a significant growth spurt in the ASC industry including de novo growth.

More Than 50 Percent of Hysterectomies Underreported
PR Newswire (05/23/18)

JAMA Surgery reports, "The highest quality national trend estimates have been significantly limited by exclusion of outpatient surgery ... Falsely low hysterectomy rates based on inpatient-only data can imply a greater use of alternative therapies (to hysterectomy) than what may actually be occurring." The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) excluded the majority of hysterectomies in their statistics by not including women who had undergone hysterectomies in Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASC) and hospitals that discharged women in <24 hours.

Four Healthcare Providers Seek State Approval for Adding Operating Rooms
Winston-Salem Journal (NC) (05/22/18) Craver, Richard

State health regulators have received certificate of need applications from four healthcare groups wanting to add operating rooms in Forsyth County. The applications come from Cone, Forsyth and Wake Forest Baptist medical centers and independent provider Triad Center for Surgery.

Surgery Center Opens in Shrewsbury, Promising More Affordable Care (05/25/18)

Central Massachusetts patients will have a new option for receiving orthopedic and plastic surgeries, following the opening of the first new ambulatory surgery center in Massachusetts since the state ended a years-long moratorium in 2017. The Surgery Center at Shrewsbury, a 35,000 square foot, $31 million partnership between UMass Memorial Health Care, Shields Healthcare Group, and Reliant Medical Group, held its grand opening Thursday, with its leadership promising affordable and quality care.

Port of Walla Walla Commissioners Find Middle Ground on Day-Surgery
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin (WA) (05/25/18) Porter, Andy

Port of Walla Walla commissioners took the middle road Thursday regarding separate efforts by Providence St. Mary Medical Center and Walla Walla Clinic to open day-surgery centers. On the suggestion of Commissioner Mike Fredrickson, the three directors agreed to write a letter expressing general support for both proposals. The state Department of Health will select and award the Certificate of Need sought by both local entities.

DISC Sports & Spine Center in Newport Beach Announced a New Partnership With Global One and Blue Shield
PR Newswire (05/22/18)

Today, DISC Sports & Spine Center (DISC) in Newport Beach announced a new partnership with Global One and Blue Shield forming a unique bundle payment structure in Orange County to provide Blue Shield subscribers with in-network services at DISC Surgery Center at Newport Beach. Effective immediately, patients with Blue Shield coverage may seek care from DISC in Newport Beach across a wide range of specialties, including minimally invasive spine surgery, orthopedic procedures, sports medicine, pain management, and conservative treatments.

New Push to Topple Affordable Care Act Looms
MarketWatch (05/26/18) Armour, Stephanie; Hughes, Siobhan

A group of Republicans and advocacy groups will soon release a proposal intended to spark another push to repeal the Affordable Care Act, resurrecting a potentially volatile issue in the months before the November midterm elections. The proposal to topple the Obama-era health law and replace it with a plan that would give states more control over health policy is the result of eight months of behind-the-scenes work by a coalition of conservative groups.

Borland Groover Partners With Large Health Care Company With 'Buying Power'
Florida Times-Union (05/28/18) Patton, Charlie

Borland Groover, a large gastroenterology practice headquartered in Jacksonville, has agreed to a partnership with United Surgical Partners International (USPI) that will result in the two companies jointly owning the Jacksonville Center for Endoscopy-Southside and the Jacksonville Center for Endoscopy-Riverside. The new partnership combines medical experience of Borland Groover’s physicians and staff with USPI’s experience in providing management and support services to ambulatory facilities.

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