ASCA News Digest (September 18, 2018)

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September 18, 2018

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Register today for ASCA's 2019 Winter Seminar, January 17–19 in Austin, TX. This year’s program features three tracks:
  • ASC Management Essentials (new in 2019)
  • Coding Update & Reimbursement Strategies
  • Infection Prevention Techniques for ASCs
You can move freely between the tracks and attend any of the sessions offered during this focused, ASC-specific seminar. Check out the schedule and register today!
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DepuySynthes  

Outpatient Joint Replacement and Achieving The Triple Aim

Andrew Stoeckl, MD President of Excelsior Orthopaedics | Nicholas J. Violante, DO | David Uba, MBA, CEO

Excelsior Orthopaedics – Buffalo, NY


Patient outcomes demonstrate that outpatient joint replacement (OJR) provides an alternative site of care for patients suffering from chronic osteoarthritis. With the Triple Aim Objectives of healthcare reform firmly planted at the forefront of the national debate, OJR has been less costly than joint replacement performed in an inpatient hospital setting for our practice. By streamlining care in the outpatient setting, and contracting with local insurance providers with a bundled offering, Excelsior Orthopaedics decreased the top line reimbursement for total joints from approximately $38,000 to $26,000.


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From team building and communication to defining expectations and celebrating success, explore ways that leaders can impact the level of success achieved by their revenue cycle team during ASCA’s next webinar, Take Your Collections from Average to Amazing, scheduled for Tuesday, September 25, at 1:00 pm ET. Register today.

This program is also included in ASCA’s 2018 Webinar All-Access Pass, which provides access to all 19 webinars in this year's series for one low fee.
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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 next Friday, 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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AT&T

ASCA staff will speak at two conferences this week:
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One World Surgery needs nurses, surgical techs and scrub techs on most of its medical mission brigades, and with the ASCA Foundation’s new Medical Mission Scholarship program, ASCA hopes to help fill these spots.

Read ASCA member Cindy Young’s firsthand account of her medical mission with One World Surgery. This article, published in ASC Focus, describes the safety and comfort of the accommodations, some of the surgeries she took part in and the people she met throughout her trip.
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Transwestern

Your input is needed in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) 2019 proposed ASC payment rule. ASCA will once again submit comments raising industry-wide concerns, but it is important that CMS hears from individual centers as well. We have developed a 2019 Proposed Payment Rule Comment Resources page to aid you in writing your remarks. Comments are due Monday, September 24. Learn more and submit your comments today.
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Industry News


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The Joint Commission Release Free New Infection Control Resources
Joint Commission Press Release (09/11/18)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and The Joint Commission are releasing new infection control resources for podiatry and orthopedic and pain management settings. As health care delivery transitions from acute inpatient settings to outpatient settings, there is a growing need to address outbreak and patient notification events related to lapses in infection control in outpatient settings.
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DePuy Synthes    Why did you start performing total joint replacements at the surgery center?
Insurers Take Aim at Opioid Crisis by Not Covering OxyContin
Houston Chronicle (09/11/18) Deam, Jenny

Private insurers across the country and in Texas have entered the very public fight against opioid addiction, with some now outright denying coverage of OxyContin, the most notorious of drugs linked to the crisis. But the move has unleashed a clash of opinion over its wisdom, with the insurance industry defending the crackdown as an important deterrent while some in Houston's drug abuse treatment and pain management communities call it an over-reaction and question the effectiveness of taking a stand against one drug.
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CMS Proposes to Lift Unnecessary Regulations and Ease Burden on Providers
CMS Press Release (09/17/18)

Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced a proposed rule to relieve burden on healthcare providers by removing unnecessary, obsolete or excessively burdensome Medicare compliance requirements for healthcare facilities. Collectively, these updates would save healthcare providers an estimated $1.12 billion annually.
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Hospitals Seek Non-Acute, Supplier Partners for Value-Based Care
RevCycle Intelligence (09/13/18) LaPointe, Jacqueline

Hospitals are looking to strategically expand their footprint in the non-acute care space to succeed in value-based care and alternative payment models, a new study of hospital decisionmakers found. L.E.K.'s ninth annual "Strategic Healthcare Landscape Review," performed in conjunction with the American Hospital Association (AHA), showed that hospitals are looking to add urgent care centers, outpatient surgery centers, physician offices, and other non-acute care facilities to their systems.
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You Can Haggle With Your Doctor for Your Next Surgery
New York Post (09/10/18) Kaplan, Michael

When Larry Nolan decided to fix his deviated septum--so askew that his nose was visibly crooked and airflow was almost nonexistent--he knew he needed to find a skilled plastic surgeon. He also knew he wouldn’t be paying retail.
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FDA's Gottlieb on Improving Supply of New Antibiotics? Subscription-Based Payments
Fierce Healthcare (09/17/2018) Reed, Tina

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., announced Friday his agency was launching a new effort—and a new website—around improved stewardship efforts in the race to protect existing antibiotics as more organisms grow resistant to some of the world's last lines of defense. That new plan included a more coordinated effort within FDA agencies, including the Center for Veterinary Medicine, to protect the efficacy of existing antibiotics.
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Georgia Considers CON Reforms to Increase Health Care Access
Heartland Institute (09/13/18) Akin, Travis

Georgia lawmakers are considering reforms to the state’s certificate of need (CON) laws, the regulatory frame- work designed to limit health care providers' ability to provide new facilities and services. The state's House Rural Develop-ment Council (HRDC)—chaired by Appropriations Committee Chairman Terry England (R-Auburn) and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jay Powell (R-Camilla)—will consider reform proposals during the council's September session.
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