ASCA News Digest (October 16, 2018)

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October 16, 2018

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Many companies continue to focus on the millennial consumer, but what about the other side of the coin? What does the working world look like from a millennial point of view? Join ASCA’s next webinar, A Shifting Perspective: The Voice of the Millennial Professional, scheduled for next Tuesday, October 23, at 1:00 pm ET, for this in-depth exploration of the unique perspectives, needs and priorities of millennial professionals. 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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ASCA Survey  

Participate in This Orthopedic Survey for the Chance to Receive a Free Registration to ASCA 2019

If you are an ASC professional in a role at a multi-specialty center with an orthopedic specialty, you are invited to provide your feedback. The short survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Upon completion of the survey, you will have the opportunity to sign up for the chance to receive a complimentary registration for the ASCA 2019 Conference & Expo.


Register today for ASCA's 2019 Winter Seminar. This year’s program, taking place January 17–19 in Austin, TX, features three specialized 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. Be sure to check out the schedule and register today!
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On Friday, October 19, ASCA CEO Bill Prentice will speak at the Becker's ASC Review 25th Annual Meeting, taking place October 18–20 in Chicago, IL. Prentice will participate in the “Key Legislative Issues for ASCs” panel discussion at 3:20 pm CT.

Keep up to date with the latest ASCA and ASC-industry events by visiting ASCA’s events calendar.
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Surgical Notes

Developing & Managing Ambulatory Surgery Centers offers an in-depth look into what it takes to run a successful ASC. This electronic book examines the four cornerstones of an ASC—patient and clinical care, risk management, business office systems and managed care and payer contracting—and explores the complexities involved in developing and managing all components. ASCA members enjoy a special discounted rate. Purchase today.
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When an Edmond, Oklahoma-based ASC management company set out in 2017 to build comprehensive total joint replacement programs at its two Maryland ASCs, the team decided it also wanted to develop a supporting opiate-sparing pain management program that delivered excellent pain relief. Read this ASC Focus article for insight into how this company currently runs a successful pain management program.
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AT&T

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced last week that it plans to enhance and strengthen its oversight and quality transparency of accrediting organizations (AOs) in three ways: 1) public posting of AO performance data; 2) a redesigned process for AO validation surveys and 3) the release of the annual Report to Congress. Read on for more information.
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Industry News


CVS Health, Aetna Merger Gets OK, and It Could Reshape US Health Care
USA Today (10/10/18) Snider, Mike

The Justice Department approved CVS Health's $69 billion bid to acquire insurer Aetna in a deal that could reshape how many Americans get basic health care. CVS must divest Aetna's Medicare Part D prescription drug plan business for individuals as part of the process, the DOJ said Wednesday.
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Transwestern
10 Benefits of a Robust ASC Patient Survey Program
Surgical Information Systems (10/03/18) Rivera, Marisol

While ASCs have long asked patients to complete surveys following procedures, administrators and staff often paid insufficient attention to the results. There are several possible explanations why, including: the assumption that if the outcome was positive, the overall experience was as well; survey questions were broad and/or ratings used a scale system (e.g., 1-5) that did little to help pinpoint specific opportunities for improvement; and the belief that the patient experience, outside of the surgical outcome, would have little impact on procedure volume since cases were typically directed to the ASC via physician referral.
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Top 10 Most Challenging Standards for AHC and OBS Accredited Organizations
Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (10/10/18) Vance, Maureen

Loyal AmBuzz readers know fall is here when they see The Joint Commission's list of Top Challenging Standards for accredited Ambulatory Health Care (AHC) organizations and Office-Based Surgery (OBS) practices, for the first half of 2018. The Joint Commission regularly analyzes standards compliance data to identify the most common challenges impacting our accredited AHC and OBS customers.
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ASCA 2019 Winter Seminar
KKR Completes $9.9B Purchase of Envision
Health Exec (10/12/2018) Baxter, Amy

Private equity firm KKR has completed its acquisition of Envision Healthcare Corporation for a deal valued at $9.9 billion. The deal was previously announced in June.
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'State of the Union' for America's Physicians
American Council on Science and Health (10/08/18) Wells, Jamie

The results of the biennial 2018 Survey of America's Physicians, intended to "take the pulse" of doctors in the U.S., were recently released and tallied from responses of 8,774 physicians (along with 2,472 written comments). And the findings leave much to be desired.
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