ASCA News Digest (November 27, 2018)

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November 27, 2018


ASCA Highlights

Sign up by December 7 to save $100 on registration 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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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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Learn how to make the most of the significant changes to Medicare’s ASC payment system during ASCA’s next webinar, Understanding Medicare’s 2019 Final Payment Rule. This program will be offered Tuesday, December 4, at 1:00 pm ET; the cost is $100 for ASCA members and $150 for nonmembers. Register today.

Want to catch up on ASCA’s 2018 webinars or get access to the entire 2019 series for one low fee? Purchase an All-Access Pass for the 2018 or 2019 webinar series.
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Renew your ASCA membership for 2019 and make sure you don’t miss any member benefits. ASCA membership provides your entire staff with access to vital educational resources, great networking opportunities, essential industry news and practical tools to use daily in your facility. Members can renew via the online portal on ASCA’s website or by returning the renewal notice received in the mail.

Not yet an ASCA member? Join today.
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Make plans now to attend the ASCA 2019 Conference & Expo, May 15–18, in Austin, TX. ASCA’s annual conference—the can’t miss event of the year for the ASC industry—will offer more than 50 sessions covering topics of interest to administrators, nurses, physicians, human resources, business office staff, materials managers and the rest of your ASC's staff.

Check out the full schedule and register by December 31 to receive the early bird discount.
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On November 28 at 10:00 am ET, The US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) will showcase innovation during its final hearing in a series on health care costs. The hearing, titled Reducing Health Care Costs: Improving Affordability Through Innovation, follows a September 18 HELP hearing that highlighted ASCs. Learn more.
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DePuy Synthes   Why did you start performing total joint replacements at the surgery center?

For ASCs struggling to manage their information technology while maintaining cyber security and compliance, partnering with a managed services provider might provide needed relief. Read this ASC Focus article to learn of some of the benefits.
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Industry News

ASCA CEO William Prentice Discusses Medicare's Final 2019 ASC Payment Rule
Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (11/20/18)

On November 2, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final 2019 payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPD). ASCA Chief Executive Officer William Prentice talks about the policy changes the rule contains and the implications of those changes for ASCs.
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More People Turning to Surgical Centers for Procedures at Lower Cost
WXYZ News (Detroit) (11/20/18) Aaron, Kumasi

If you've ever had a surgical procedure, you know it can often mean a high hospital bill. Now, more people are turning to surgery centers for a lower cost.
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Free Infection Prevention and Control Resources From CDC and Joint Commission
Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (11/20/18) Longo, Beth Ann

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and The Joint Commission have released new infection control resources tailored specifically for podiatry, orthopedic and pain management settings, as well as a new electronic fillable checklist for other ambulatory care settings. The guides feature key recommendations such as infection prevention and control program and infrastructure information, education and training, safe injection practices, medical device reprocessing, environmental cleaning, as well as real-life scenarios and helpful checklists.
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Klamath Surgery Center Marks 20 Years
Klamath Falls Herald and News (OR) (11/25/18) O'Brien, Gerry

In December, the Klamath Surgery center will celebrate its 20th anniversary. Over the past 20 years, the center has brought new technology to Klamath Falls, and has given patients options as to how, when, and where they receive their surgical care.
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Patient Satisfaction Not Influenced by Surgery Complications
Reuters (11/22/18) Rapaport, Lisa

Patients' satisfaction with surgeon care doesn't seem to be tied to whether or not they have complications after a procedure, a small U.S. study suggests. Researchers compared how 529 patients rated their surgeons in satisfaction surveys after their operations and the number and severity of any complications these patients might have experienced.
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