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August 14, 2018

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Sign up today for ASCA's next National Advocacy Day event, scheduled for September 5. National Advocacy Day is your opportunity to educate your representatives in Congress about issues that affect your ASC. This event includes a full scheduled day of congressional meetings on Capitol Hill for each participant, as well as a training briefing and dinner the night before. Register today.
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Make sure your Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (QAPI) program meets requirements and helps deliver lasting improvements during ASCA’s next webinar, Create a Meaningful Quality Improvement Program, scheduled for Tuesday, August 21, at 1:00 pm ET. This webinar will review a back-to-basics approach that ensures a robust program and fosters “buy-in” from staff. Register today.

This program is also included in ASCA's 2018 Webinar All-Access Pass, which provides access to all 18 webinars in this year's series for one low fee.
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Apply today for the first-ever Certified Ambulatory Infection Preventionist (CAIP)™ exam. CAIP is the first credential designed specifically for infection preventionists in the ASC industry. The application period will close Friday, August 31, and the exam period is October 1–31. Apply today.
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In the latest Member Focus profile, a Florida center director shares her secrets to handling postop instructions with patients.

Want to be featured in Member Focus? Share your answer to one of this month’s questions and you could be selected for a future profile.
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Share the perks of ASCA membership with your peers so that more facilities can enjoy the same benefits! For each new ASC you refer to ASCA that joins before September 28, you will receive a $25 gift card. Any individual working in an ASC that is a member of ASCA is eligible to participate. Learn more about ASCA’s Member Referral Program.
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In a lot of institutions, including ASCs, there is a minimum of three generations mixed together: Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials and some even have traditionalists. While the generation an individual is born into cannot paint the entire picture of a person’s attributes and attitudes, it can provide insight for ASC leaders. This ASC Focus article offers insights into establishing a management style that adequately reflects the diversity of the workforce and caters effectively to all generations.
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This week, the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) posted their July newsletter, which provided guidance on disposing of technology that stores protected health information (PHI). In the newsletter, OCR provides some helpful questions for health care organizations to consider when conducting a risk analysis of the protection of PHI on their electronic devices and much more. Read on.
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Companies Respond to an Urgent Health Care Need: Transportation
New York Times (08/09/18) Morrissey, Janet

As America's baby boomers are hitting 65 at a rate of 10,000 a day, and healthier lifestyles are keeping them in their homes longer, demand is escalating for a little talked-about--yet critical--health care-related job: Transporting people to and from nonemergency medical appointments. "It's going to become a massive phenomena,” said Ken Dychtwald, founder and chief executive of Age Wave, a consulting firm specializing in age-related issues.

Health Payer Introduces Price Shopping Tool to Drive Care Quality
Patient EngagementHIT (MA) (07/26/18) Heath, Sara

BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) has launched a price shopping tool that allows patients to receive incentives for selecting what the insurer deems lower-cost and higher-quality healthcare services. Using the new SmartShopper tool, patients can view quality and price information when choosing where to receive certain types of care.

Minimally Invasive Surgery Effective for Lung Cancer
HemOnc Today (08/07/2018) Stevens, Melinda

Survival rates among patients with stage I non-small cell lung cancer who underwent video-assisted thoracic surgery appeared similar to those of patients who underwent traditional thoracotomy, according to results of a retrospective cohort noninferiority study. "Our study suggests that the minimally invasive approach is just as effective as the traditional approaches through a bigger incision," Daniel J. Boffa, MD, associate professor of thoracic surgery at Yale School of Medicine, told HemOnc Today.

Researchers Find Conditions, Characteristics That Raise Opioid Misuse Risk
United Press International (08/01/18) Cone, Allen

Certain risk factors contribute to opioid misuse, including depression, back pain and previous drug use, according to an analysis of data. Specific prescribing patterns, surgical procedures and patient characteristics increase the risk of long-term opioid use, which is generally considered longer than two months after surgery or trauma.

Trends in U.S. Antibiotic Use, 2018
Pew Charitable Trusts (08/01/18)

Antibiotic resistance remains a pressing global public health problem. This second report on antibiotic use in the United States highlights encouraging progress made over the past year in the collection and availability of data for both human health care and animal agriculture settings.


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