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June 12, 2018

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All you need is an internet connection to participate in ASCA’s Virtual Career Fair, scheduled for this Thursday, June 14, from 11:00 am–3:00 pm ET. During this online recruiting event, ASC industry employers will be able to engage with a large pool of job-seekers and have instant access to resumes and candidate contact information. Job-seekers register for free. Register today.
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Join us next week, June 18–22, in celebrating ASCA’s first Member Appreciation Week. We will be giving recognition and prizes to our awesome members throughout the week, so be sure to 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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Two ASCA staff members are scheduled to speak at conferences this month:
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ASCA 2019 will be held May 15–18, 2019, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center 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 the end of this month.
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ASCA is pleased to announce that Director of Membership & Business Development Renee Harris-Etheridge is one of 12 scholars chosen by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) to participate in the 2018–2020 Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP). DELP is a two-year program that helps individuals advance into the ranks of leadership in the association management profession; DELP scholars participate in an accelerated leadership program of education, mentoring and volunteer service in the association community. Read ASAE’s press release.
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On June 6, President Donald Trump signed the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks (MISSION) Act of 2018 to reform the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system. The VA MISSION Act will directly impact ASCs that offer care to veterans, as one important provision requires non-VA provider claims be reimbursed in 30–45 days. Read this ASC Focus Digital Debut to learn more.
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Today, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) published a Request for Information (RFI) regarding the development of a new workgroup focused on innovation and investment in health care. The goal of the workgroup is to provide a forum for governmental leadership to collaborate with other organizations to find new approaches to health care issues. Learn more.
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Making Ambulatory Surgery Safer
Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (06/07/18) Castro, Gerard M.; Miller, Melissa

More than 23 million surgeries are performed annually in U.S. ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). It is likely that this number will continue to increase as more and more procedures are being performed in ASCs rather than hospital settings.

WHO Aims to Build Health Worker Knowledge of Antimicrobial Stewardship
CIDRAP (06/07/18) Roos, Robert

The World Health Organization, following up on its 3-year-old action plan to fight antimicrobial resistance (AMR), yesterday released guidance to help ensure that health workers have the knowledge and skills they need for that effort. The guidance is a 28-page document titled WHO Competence Framework for Health Workers' Education and Training on Antimicrobial Resistance.

Questions Swirl Around New Jersey Out-of-Network Health Law
Bloomberg BNA (06/10/18) Pappas, Leslie A.

In less than three months, a new law to prevent surprise out-of-network billing charges will take effect in New Jersey, after a decade of debate in the state's Legislature. Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signed A-2039, now P.S. 2018, c.32, on June 1, starting a 90-day countdown before the law formally goes into effect.

CMS Leverages Medicaid Program to Combat the Opioid Crisis
CMS Press Release (06/11/18)

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services CMS released guidance aimed at building on our commitment to partner with states to ensure that they have flexibilities and the tools necessary to combat the opioid crisis. This new guidance provides information to states on the tools available to them, describes the types of approaches they can use to combat this crisis, ensures states know what resources are available, and articulates promising practices for addressing the needs of beneficiaries facing opioid addiction.

Surgeons Are Using 3-D-Printed Organs to Figure Out the Best Way to Operate
Washington Post (06/11/18) Blakemore, Erin

Bernice Belcher couldn't get out of bed. It wasn't that she was tired--she'd had a good night's sleep.

AACN Issues Practice Alert on Reducing Alarm Fatigue
HealthLeaders Media (MA) (06/07/18) Michek, Kenneth

Nurses working in acute-care settings are all too familiar with alarm fatigue, which occurs when clinicians are exposed to excessive amounts of alarms, particularly false and clinically insignificant alarms. In fact, studies estimate that approximately 90% of alarms in various critical care settings are either false or clinically irrelevant.

42,000 Patients Impacted by 2016 Breach of Michigan Provider
Healthcare IT News (06/04/18) Davis, Jessica

Michigan-based Holland Eye Surgery and Laser Center is notifying 42,200 of its patients that an unauthorized user hacked into a patient database in 2016 and potentially accessed their records. A pen tester contacted Holland officials on March 19 and said they accessed a patient list containing personal data.

Strong Demand for Medical Coders Expected for Years
Newswire.com (06/05/18) Burrows, Sean

In April 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported a near historic low national unemployment rate of just 3.9 percent. In addition to unemployment rates, the BLS also reported projected job growth by industry, and the number one industry for job growth in the United States for the next decaded is health care.

Administration Challenges ACA's Preexisting Conditions Protection in Court
Kaiser Health News (06/08/18) Rovner, Julie; Appleby, Julie

The Trump administration is refusing to defend key parts of the Affordable Care Act, essentially arguing that federal courts should find the health law's protection for people with preexisting conditions unconstitutional. The federal lawsuit hinges on the ACA's individual mandate, or the requirement to get health coverage or pay a penalty.

KKR Will Buy Envision Healthcare for $5.57 Billion Plus Debt
Bloomberg (06/11/18) Mittelman, Melissa

Private equity firm KKR & Co. will buy Envision Healthcare Corp. for $5.57 billion plus debt, after a lengthy sale process by the hospital staffing and surgical center company. Including debt, the all-cash purchase will value Envision at $9.9 billion, the health-care company said in a statement Monday.


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