ASCA News Digest (October 23, 2018)

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October 23, 2018

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Learn about The Leapfrog Group’s plan to begin surveying ASCs and hospital outpatient departments in 2019 in a Q & A with ASCA Chief Executive Officer Bill Prentice.
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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.


Data collection for the third quarter (Q3) of ASCA’s 2018 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey will close next Wednesday, October 31. Subscribers should make sure to submit their data before the deadline in order to get a complete picture of trends for the year. Q3 reports will be available November 15.

Not yet subscribed to the 2018 survey? Purchase a subscription now.
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You can now renew your ASCA membership for 2019 via the online portal on ASCA’s website. Renew online before October 31 for a chance to win a $50 gift card! Two winners will be announced every Friday. Thank you for your membership and we look forward to working for you in 2019.

Not yet an ASCA member? Join today.
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Transwestern

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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In the latest Member Focus profile, a director of nursing from Louisiana shares her secrets to handling postop instructions with patients and discusses the hiring methods her ASC uses to fill open positions.

Want to be featured in Member Focus? Share your answer to one or both of this month’s questions and you could be selected for a future profile.
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ASCA 2019 Winter Seminar

On Tuesday, October 30, at 1:30 pm CT, ASCA Director of Government Affairs Heather Ashby and ASCA Regulatory Counsel Kara Newbury will lead the Federal Update session at the Illinois Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (IASCA) 2018 Annual Meeting, October 29–30 in Oak Brook, IL.

Keep up to date with the latest ASCA and ASC-industry events by visiting ASCA’s events calendar.
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ASCs would be wise to make the life safety process a quality assurance performance initiative. The Life Safety Code (LSC), published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), is the fire and life safety guidelines adopted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS); ASCs that choose to participate in Medicare are required to meet all requirements of the 2012 edition of the NFPA 101.

Read this ASC Focus article
for more information on how to do just that.
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Surgical Notes

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule that would require drug manufacturers to include their products’ current list prices in any direct consumer television advertising for products reimbursable under Medicare or Medicaid. To support this new requirement, CMS points to overall prescription drug spending (estimated at $457 billion in 2015) and rapidly increasing Medicare Part D drug costs. Read on.
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Industry News


Despite Opioid Crisis, Most Patients Want the Drugs for Post-Op Pain
WebMD (10/15/18)

Despite a flood of news reports on the opioid crisis, many people still want the potentially addictive painkillers after surgery, a new survey suggests. The survey, of more than 500 patients scheduled for surgery, found that more than three-quarters expected to get opioids afterward.
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AT&T
The Leapfrog Group Expands Ratings to Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgery Settings
PR Newswire (10/16/18)

The Leapfrog Group, a national health care nonprofit driven by employers and other purchasers of health care, announced today the expansion of its public reporting to outpatient settings. For the first time, Leapfrog will collect quality and safety data on ambulatory surgery centers through a new voluntary survey.
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ASC Directors of Nursing Cite Staffing and Regulatory Requirements as Key Issues
Regent Surgical Health (10/10/18)

The fast-paced ambulatory surgery center (ASC) environment requires Directors of Nursing to wear many hats. Typically, in addition to an important clinical role such as infection control nurse or safety officer for their center, an ASC Director of Nursing also is responsible for ensuring the center is fully staffed, well-managed with a focus on patient safety and continues operating smoothly when it comes to administrative functions and accreditation.
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Clinical Results and Technology Drive Ambulatory Surgery Center Decision Making
Health Industry Distributors Association (10/01/18)

Achieving clinical results is the factor most likely to drive medical product decision making and supply chain goals for ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). Over the next year, one-third of ASCs plan to expand, and the most commonly added new service is ear, nose, and throat surgery.
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Why Doctors Need Leadership Training
Harvard Business Review (10/17/18) Rotenstein, Lisa S.; Sadun, Raffaella; Jena, Anupam B.

Medicine involves leadership. Nearly all physicians take on significant leadership responsibilities over the course of their career, but unlike any other occupation where management skills are important, physicians are neither taught how to lead nor are they typically rewarded for good leadership.
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Sounding the Sirens on Alarm Fatigue
Advance for Nurses (10/02/18) Darrah, Joe

The impact that technology has had on the delivery of healthcare is reaching an immeasurable status. For the most part, the impact has been positive.
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