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August 21, 2018

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With many facility tours underway nationwide, ASCA members across the country are joining in the celebration of National ASC Month. This is a great way to promote awareness to both your local policymakers and the public about the high-quality, cost-efficient surgical care that ASCs provide.

If your facility would like to participate in ASC advocacy, please contact Danielle Kaster.
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ASCA Chief Executive Officer William Prentice talks about the oversights and flawed reporting in the recent Kaiser Health News/USA Today article about adverse event reporting by ASCs. Read this short interview to be prepared to respond to any questions patients or policymakers might raise.
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Apply today for the first-ever Certified Ambulatory Infection Preventionist (CAIP)™ exam, to be held October 1–31. CAIP is the first credential designed specifically for infection preventionists in the ASC industry. Applications are due Friday, August 31. Learn more and apply today.
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Subscribers to ASCA's 2018 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey can now access their second-quarter (Q2) reports. To access the reports, log in to the survey portal and select the "Run Reports" tab.

Not yet subscribed to the 2018 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey? Sign up today to keep your ASC on track for the remainder of 2018 and beyond.
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ASCA members are invited to apply for Medical Mission Scholarships provided through the ASCA Foundation’s partnership with One World Surgery. Opportunities are available for nurses, surgical techs and scrub techs, and each scholarship covers the program fee as well as roundtrip coach airfare for the participant.

All who are interested in One World Surgery’s weeklong medical missions at the Holy Family Surgery Center in Honduras should learn more and apply.
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Just because your facility was compliant with previous emergency preparedness requirements does not ensure compliance with the newer requirements. Federal and accreditation surveyors are closely scrutinizing ASCs on their preparedness, as the details added in the newest rules are critical for an effective emergency response. Read this ASC Focus article for tips on improving your facility’s emergency preparedness program.
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Your input is needed in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) 2019 Proposed ASC Payment Rule. Of note, CMS is proposing to review all procedures that were added to the ASC-payable list within the three calendar years prior to the year in which they are engaging in rulemaking (2015–2017).

ASCA will once again submit comments raising industry-wide concerns, but it is important that CMS hear from individual centers as well. All comments are due September 24. Learn more.
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McAfee Uncovers Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities in Patient Monitors
HealthIT Security (08/14/18) Donovan, Fred

McAfee Labs has discovered cybersecurity vulnerabilities in a protocol used by patient monitors to communicate with central monitoring stations. If hackers could exploit the weakness in the RWHAT protocol used by connected medical devices to communicate, they would be able to modify data on a patient's condition and substitute false data to medical personnel, researchers at McAfee Labs’ Advanced Threat Research found.

Outpatient Total Knee Replacement Let Karyn Randall Heal on Own Schedule
Midland Daily News (08/20/18)

After an outpatient total knee replacement, Karyn Randall was able to get back on her feet in no time. Since she had no medical risk factors that would require a stay at the hospital, Randall was eligible for outpatient surgery at Great Lakes Bay Surgery & Endoscopy Center. "Outpatient surgery was the choice that allowed me to have the surgeon that I wanted and to recover at home where I was most comfortable," she said. "It was also easier to schedule." With the scheduling convenience and the short recovery time, outpatient surgery would allow her to miss the least amount of work and income.

Seeking a Culprit Behind Rise in Colorectal Cancer Among Younger Adults
Harvard Gazette (08/03/18) Powell, Alvin

With the incidence of colorectal cancer rising among younger adults, the American Cancer Society has lowered its recommended age for first screening from 50 to 45. Dr. Kimmie Ng of Harvard-affiliated Dana-Farber Cancer Institute was senior author of a recent study linking a low-insulin-load diet — fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy protein and fats — to a dramatic drop in colorectal cancer recurrence.

Advanced Surgery Center of Long Island Celebrates National ASC Month
PRNewswire (08/14/18)

Taking place in August, National ASC Month serves to promote awareness of the safe, affordable, exceptional care that ASCs provide. During National ASC Month, ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) celebrate the high-quality care they provide to surgical patients across the country. Advanced Surgery Center of Long Island (ASLI) is taking advantage of the opportunity to promote awareness and educate key policy and decision makers about the benefits of ASCs with a visit from Congressman Lee Zeldin, who represents New York's First Congressional District in the House of Representatives.

Pinehurst Surgical Clinic Calls for Expansion of Affordable Medical Access in Richmond County Area
Florida Newswire (08/13/18) Hedly, Jennifer

Pinehurst Surgical Clinic has served Richmond County and its surrounding areas since 1946 as a reliable and trustworthy provider of affordable surgical services. Offering a number of medical services, from a Urological Surgical Center and a Women's Care Center, Pinehurst Surgical Center has proved itself a valuable and necessary surgical resource in Richmond County.

Justice Department, DEA Propose Significant Opioid Manufacturing Reduction in 2019
DEA News Release (08/16/18)

The Department of Justice and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration have proposed a reduction for controlled substances that may be manufactured in the U.S. next year. Consistent with President Trump’s “Safe Prescribing Plan” that seeks to “cut nationwide opioid prescription fills by one-third within three years,” the proposal decreases manufacturing quotas for the six most frequently misused opioids for 2019 by an average ten percent as compared to the 2018 amount.


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