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June 19, 2018

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This week is ASCA’s inaugural Member Appreciation Week! This celebration is dedicated to all the wonderful members who make our work possible. Head over to the Member Appreciation Week page for your chance to win one of many daily prizes or one of the grand prizes before the celebration ends on June 22!
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ASCA’s Education Committee needs your feedback about possible topics for pre-meeting workshops offered at ASCA 2019, May 15–18 in Nashville, TN. You can provide your feedback by answering this short, two-question survey.
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ASCA has published the Spring/Summer 2018 edition of ASC Physician Focus, a free quarterly publication for physicians who own and perform procedures in ASCs. Highlights of this issue include: “Safely Moving Cardiology Procedures to ASCs”, “Improving Your Governing Board's Effectiveness” and “Embracing the Self-Funded Model of Health Care” Sign up for a free subscription today.
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Make sure your ASC is achieving compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) with ASCA's HIPAA Workbook for ASCs. This resource provides comprehensive tools and information to help you design, evaluate and update your ASC's compliance program. The HIPAA Workbook for ASCs is free for ASCA members and available for purchase by nonmembers.
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Last week, the US Senate Finance Committee voted 27–0 to send 22 unique measures, held collectively as the Helping to End Addiction and Lessen (HEAL) Substance Use Disorders Act of 2018, to the whole Senate. Among numerous provisions, the HEAL Act would require health care professionals to use electronic prescribing for Medicare-covered drugs with certain controlled substances. Read this ASC Focus Digital Debut to learn more.
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There are now 55 cosponsors for the Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality and Access Act of 2017 (H.R. 1838). Congressmen Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL) signed soon after ASCA’s annual National Advocacy Day in early June. Read more.
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Transparent Pricing Boosts Business at Outpatient Surgical Centers, Study Suggests
Medicalxpress (06/13/2018)

In a small study of ambulatory surgical centers across the country, Johns Hopkins quality care researchers found that publicly listing the prices of common operations, such as uncomplicated labor and delivery and tonsillectomies, generally increased business, revenue and patient satisfaction. A report of the findings, published in the April issue of The American Surgeon, suggests that hospitals and other health care providers may want to increase price transparency to boost their bottom lines, according to the investigators.

FDA: Adverse Events Reported After Receiving Eye Injections of Guardian's Pharmacy Services Compounded Triamcinolone-Moxifloxacin Product
FDA MedWatch (06/14/18)

At least 43 patients reported adverse events after receiving eye injections of Guardian's Pharmacy Services compounded triamcinolone-moxifloxacin product during cataract surgery. The patients reportedly experienced various symptoms, including vision impairment, poor night vision, loss of color perception, and significant reductions in best-corrected visual acuity and visual fields.

New AMA Policy Reflects Frustration Over Ongoing Drug Shortages
AMA News Release (06/12/18)

Responding to ongoing national drug shortages that threaten patient care and safety, physicians gathered at the Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA) today adopted policy declaring drug shortages an urgent public health crisis. The new declaration strengthens existing AMA policy outlining the physician prescription for a comprehensive solution to ongoing drug shortages.

FY2019 ICD-10-CM Code Changes Have Been Released
ICD10Monitor.com (06/12/18) Bryant, Gloryanne

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Monday released the fiscal year (FY) 2019 ICD-10-CM (diagnosis) code changes. There are 473 code changes beginning Oct. 1st, including 279 new codes, 143 revised codes and 51 deactivated codes, according to the CDC website.

FDA's Efforts to Foster Discovery and Development of New Tools to Fight Antimicrobial-Resistant Infections
FDA News Release (06/12/18) Gottlieb, Scott

The increase in serious antimicrobial drug resistant infections is a critical public health concern and a growing threat to patients. According to our colleagues at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year in the U.S. at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections.

WHO Releases New International Classification of Diseases (ICD 11)
WHO News Release (06/18/18)

The World Health Organization is today releasing its new International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). The ICD is the foundation for identifying health trends and statistics worldwide, and contains around 55 000 unique codes for injuries, diseases, and causes of death.


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