ASCA News Digest (December 04, 2018)

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December 4, 2018


ASCA Highlights

Save $100 on ASCA’s 2019 Winter Seminar by registering no later than this Friday, December 7. This year’s program, taking place January 17–19 in Austin, TX, features three specialized tracks:
  • Infection Prevention Techniques for ASCs
  • Coding Update & Reimbursement Strategies
  • ASC Management Essentials (new in 2019)
You can move freely between the tracks and attend any of the sessions offered during this focused, ASC-specific seminar. 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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Lead your ASC to success in the new year with ASCA’s 2019 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey. This valuable resource provides data you can use to improve clinical outcomes, staff indicators, billing performance and more at your ASC. ASCA members save more than $150 on subscriptions to the 2019 survey. Purchase your subscription today.
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ASCA’s 2019 Webinar Series features 16 programs covering a wide variety of ASC-specific topics, including infection prevention, managing patient complaints, maximizing staff productivity, CMS surveys, quality reporting and much more. With the 2019 Webinar All-Access Pass, you'll receive access to the entire series—both the live programs and recordings—for a fraction of the total purchase price. Purchase the All-Access Pass now.
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From top-quality educational sessions to unparalleled networking opportunities to product demos from hundreds of vendors in the largest ASC-specific exhibit hall of the year, the ASCA 2019 Conference & Expo has it all.

Make plans now to attend this can’t-miss event, May 15–18, in Nashville, TN. Check out the full schedule and register by December 31 to take advantage of the early bird discount.
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The US Department of Health & Human Services unveiled a new payment model proposal that would drastically change the way Medicare pays for Part B prescription drugs. The proposal, broadly named the International Pricing Index (IPI) model, contains several reforms designed to reduce the prices Americans pay for prescription drugs. Read this ASC Focus article to learn more.
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ASCA 2019 Winter Seminar

ASCA submitted comments in response to CMS’ proposed rule “Regulatory Provisions to Promote Program Efficiency, Transparency, and Burden Reduction.” Read more.
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Industry News

ASCA/One World Surgery Partnership Supports Free Surgical Care in Honduras
OR Today (11/30/2018) Prentice, William

On a 2,000-acre ranch about an hour from Honduras' capital city, Tegucigalpa, an ASC known as the Holy Family Surgery Center is providing life-changing surgical procedures for free to Hondurans who cannot afford to pay for the surgery they need. In 2017, alone, the center touched the lives of more than 7,000 people.
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New Online Tool Displays Cost Differences for Certain Surgical Procedures
CMS Press Release (11/27/18)

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a new online tool that allows consumers to compare Medicare payments and copayments for certain procedures that are performed in both hospital outpatient departments and ambulatory surgical centers. The Procedure Price Lookup tool displays national averages for the amount Medicare pays the hospital or ambulatory surgical center and the national average copayment amount a beneficiary with no Medicare supplemental insurance would pay the provider.
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Physicians Have Responsibility to Patients to Talk About the Cost of Care, Prescriptions
USA Today (12/03/18) Gordon, Deb

Going to the doctor in the United States is like dining at a restaurant where the menus don't list prices. At this restaurant, the chef decides what you should eat, and someone else entirely calculates the bill.
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DePuy Synthes   Why did you start performing total joint replacements at the surgery center?
Identifying the Root Causes of Drug Shortages and Finding Enduring Solutions
FDA News Release (11/27/18)

FDA under a cooperative agreement with the Robert J. Margolis, MD, Center for Health Policy at Duke University will hold a public meeting to identify the root causes of drug shortages and recommend enduring solutions. FDA is seeking input from a variety of stakeholders––health care providers, patients, manufacturers, wholesalers, pharmacists, pharmacy benefit managers, veterinarians, public and private insurers, academic researchers, and the public––on the underlying systemic causes of drug shortages and make recommendations for actions to prevent or mitigate drug shortages.
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Sales Reps May Be Wearing Out Their Welcome in the Operating Room
Kaiser Health News (11/30/18) Farmer, Blake

In the operating room, surgical masks and matching scrubs can make it hard to tell who's who — at least for outsiders. Patients getting wheeled in might not realize that salespeople working on commission are frequently present and sometimes even advise the clinical team during surgery.
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How Much Do Doctors Make in 2018? (11/13/18) O'Connell, Brian

A career as a physician, whether you're a primary care doctor or a specialist, is a noble calling. Doctors adhere to the Hippocratic Oath, which stems from Greek medical history, and calls for physicians to swear to uphold the highest ethical standards in the service of medicine.
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