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July 10, 2018

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Data collection for the second quarter (Q2) of ASCA’s Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey is now open and will close Tuesday, July 31. This online resource allows you to compare your ASC's metrics with national performance statistics on clinical outcomes, staff indicators, billing performance and more.

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DePuy Synthes    Why did you start performing total joint replacements at the surgery center?

ASCA supports a comprehensive solution to address the abuse and misuse of opioids that is fueling a tragic epidemic across the country. Visit ASCA’s new Opioid Resource Center, which provides ASCs with an abundance of reputable resources to help in their training and understanding of the ongoing opioid crisis the country is facing.
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This year, ASCA has expanded the celebration of National ASC Week into a full month! For the entire month of August, ASCs around the country will participate in National ASC Month by opening their doors to the public and hosting facility tours. This is a great way to promote awareness of the high-quality, cost-efficient surgical care that ASCs provide. If your ASC is planning to participate in any National ASC Month events, please let Danielle Kaster know.
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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?

Through ASCA’s affinity partnership with Akorbi, ASCA members can enjoy special discounted rates on Akorbi’s high-quality translation and interpretation services, which are available in more than 170 languages. Learn more about how Akorbi’s language solutions can benefit your ASC.
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The Certified Ambulatory Surgery Center (CASC)™ credential shows that you are current on your education, especially on the regulatory and clinical sides. Employers are saying that this credential is a seal of quality that demonstrates commitment to the ASC community. Read this ASC Focus article to learn more about the benefits of the CASC certification.
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Last month, CMS announced that they are advancing the Medicare Advantage Qualifying Payment Arrangement Incentive (MAQI) Demonstration. This demonstration would waive Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) requirements for physicians participating in certain innovatively structured Medicare Advantage plans. Learn more.
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Workplace Violence: It Doesn't Just Happen in Hospitals
Joint Commission Dateline @ TJC blog (07/02/18) Paul, Stacey

While the issue of violence in hospitals is finally getting the attention it deserves, there's still little conversation on the problem in outpatient settings—and even fewer standardized solutions. For instance, pediatric behavioral health outpatient offices see more than their fair share of violence.

Top 25 Highest-Paying U.S. Jobs of 2018: Anesthesiologists, Surgeons, and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
Investopedia (07/02/18) Konig, Susan

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics published its most recent list of National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates on March 20, 2018, based on data from May 2017. Hedge fund managers get all the attention, but when you look at mean salaries, jobs in the health care field dominate this list.

Provide Fluoroscopy Services? You Need to Know About These New Requirements!
Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (07/05/18) Webb, Joyce

As of January 1, 2019, five (5) new Joint Commission elements of performance (EPs) focused on fluoroscopy will become effective. The new requirements are applicable to accredited ambulatory care (AHC) organizations, office-based surgery (OBS) practices, and hospital organizations that provide fluoroscopy services to their patients.

Court OKs $160 Million Horizon Blue Settlement
ThinkAdvisor (07/05/18) Toutant, Charles

A federal judge in Newark has granted final approval to a $160 million settlement on behalf of out-of-network ambulatory surgical centers, in connection with a legal battle with Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. Some patients received services from the centers even though the centers were outside of their Horizon Blue health plan provider networks.

Cuomo Brings 32-Site Ambulatory Care Network to Central Brooklyn
Kings County Politics (07/09/18)

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (D) announced last week that One Brooklyn Health, the new health system created as part of the Vital Brooklyn initiative, identified flagship ambulatory care sites and entered into partnerships with six Brooklyn-based federally qualified health centers to form the foundation of its $210 million, 32-site ambulatory care network. More than $140 million will be invested in these flagship projects, which will be expanding access to a full range of primary care and other health services in Central Brooklyn.

More Execs Expect Value-Based Reimbursement to Up Profitability
RevCycle Intelligence (07/09/18) LaPointe, Jacqueline

Approximately 46 percent of healthcare executives and managers expect value-based reimbursement contracts to improve their organization’s profitability, according to a recent KPMG survey. Healthcare leaders are more optimistic about the impact value-based reimbursement will have on their organization's bottom line, the survey of 221 executives and managers found.

Surgeons Hold Strong Opinions For and Against FLACS vs. Manual Cataract Surgery
Ocular Surgery News (07/10/18)

Since its FDA approval in 2010, femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery has been an option for surgeons, a new method in their armamentarium along with the traditional manual phaco technique. However, opinions differ among surgeons regarding techniques, safety, complication rates and cost-effectiveness.

Medical Errors May Stem More From Physician Burnout Than Unsafe Health Care Settings
Stanford Medicine News Center (07/08/18)

Physician burnout is at least equally responsible for medical errors as unsafe medical workplace conditions, if not more so, according to a study led by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. "If we are trying to maximize the safety and quality of medical care, we must address the factors in the work environment that lead to burnout among our health care providers," said Tait Shanafelt, MD, director of the Stanford WellMD Center and associate dean of the School of Medicine.

Patients With Chronic Pain Feel Caught in an Opioid Prescribing Debate
NPR Online (07/08/18) Stone, Will

It started with a rolled ankle during a routine training exercise. Shannon Hubbard never imagined it was the prologue to one of the most debilitating pain conditions known to exist, called ­­­­­­­complex regional pain syndrome.

Opthalmology Practice Building Ambulatory Surgery Center in Plano
D Healthcare Daily (Dallas) (07/08/18) Shinneman, Shawn

Brooks Eye Associates is building a 20,000-square-foot clinic and ambulatory surgery center in Plano. It'll have two operating rooms with pre- and post-surgery rooms, consultation and diagnostic areas, offices, and a reception area.


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