ASCA News Digest (December 11, 2018)

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December 11, 2018


ASCA Highlights

From top-quality educational sessions and 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 biggest savings.
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Are you attending the 2019 Winter Seminar? Join us for HSTpathway's Affiliate Lab Presentation: Utilizing an Integrated Software Platform to Reach Business & Clinical Goals

Are you looking to maximize your efficiency across your center from scheduling to charting to billing, and making patient care & safety improvements?  How can you improve your supply chain costs, measure your case costs easily, or improve your revenue cycle management with faster collections?  Robert Marinich, Vice President at HSTpathways, will show you how utilizing HST’s integrated platform will help you reach your goals faster, and with more accurate and measurable outcomes.

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Learn about the key components of the ASC revenue cycle and how to ensure each is functioning at its highest level during ASCA’s next webinar, A Successful High Performance Revenue Cycle: 101 Monitoring. Learn about the tools and monitoring strategies you need to have in place to ensure efficient workflow while maximizing reimbursement for all of the services your facility provides. This program will be offered Tuesday, December 18, at 1:00 pm ET. Register today.

Want to enjoy all of ASCA’s webinars from 2018, or get access to the entire 2019 series, all for one low fee? Purchase an All-Access Pass for the 2018 or 2019 webinar series.
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In response to questions ASCA has already received regarding compliance with Medicare’s 2019 ASC quality reporting program, ASCA has posted a new FAQ document on its website. This is just one of several free resources ASCA is making available to both member and nonmember ASCs on this topic. Read on.
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ASCA’s 2019 Winter Seminar will take place January 17–19 in Austin, Texas. This is a smaller, more focused and intimate seminar than ASCA’s annual conference and will offer three days of ASC-specific education in three specialized tracks along with opportunities to earn CE credits. Read this ASC Focus article to learn more.
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ASCA is seeking candidates to serve on the ASCA Board of Directors. Board members also serve on the ASCA Foundation Board. If you know of an individual who has the skills, experience and the commitment to devote efforts to advocacy by serving on the ASCA/ASCA Foundation boards, please see if they are interested and, if so, nominate them. Self-nominations are accepted. Learn more.
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ASCA would like to thank all of our members who have volunteered their time and expertise serving on committees and task forces. Through your efforts, ASCA is stronger and better able to serve the many needs of our members. Volunteers play a tremendous role across all of ASCA’s programs and services, and we are always in need of new energy and talent to help. If you are interested in giving back to the ASC community, please complete ASCA’s Volunteer Interest Form.
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Industry News

Shift to Ambulatory Care Centers Seen Lowering Costs, Improving Outcomes
Business Insurance (12/05/18) Esola, Louise

Injured workers who need surgery are increasingly going to ambulatory surgical centers instead of hospitals for treatment as experts say that such procedures can produce better, less expensive outcomes with fewer complications for most patients. "The ambulatory care centers are a cost-effective way to manage certain types of surgeries," said Andrea Buhl, Jersey City, New Jersey-based senior vice president of clinically integrated medical programs for Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc.
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Joint Commission Issues New Quick Safety Advisory on Flu Prevention in Health Care Settings
Joint Commission Press Release (11/28/18) Lyons, Maureen

During the 2017-2018 flu season, an estimated 48.8 million people became ill with influenza, and 22.7 million sought help from a health care provider, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Overall hospitalization rates for all age groups during the 2017-2018 flu season were the highest ever recorded in the national surveillance system.
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Medical Devices for Pain, Other Conditions Have Caused More Than 80,000 Deaths Since 2008
Associated Press (11/25/18) Weiss, Mitch; Mohr, Holbrook

Desperate for relief after years of agony, Jim Taft listened intently as his pain management doctor described a medical device that could change his life. It wouldn't fix the nerve damage in his mangled right arm, Taft and his wife recalled the doctor saying, but a spinal-cord stimulator would cloak his pain, making him "good as new."
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Promoting Patient Choice, Consumer-Centered Care HHS Priorities
PatientEngagementHIT (12/06/18) Heath, Sara

Improving patient choice, cutting healthcare costs, and supporting consumer-centered care design are key action areas for the Department of Health & Human Services, the agency said in a recent report. The report, "Reforming America’s Healthcare System Through Choice and Competition," outlined the bureaucratic hurdles that HHS said litter the healthcare industry and create logistical or financial barriers to patient care.
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FDA: New Efforts to Assure the Quality of Compounded Drugs
FDA News Release (12/10/18) Gottlieb, Scott; Abram, Anna

As we continue to implement our 2018 Compounding Priorities Plan, our mission is to preserve patient access to compounded drugs to meet patients' individual medical needs while also protecting patients from the risks of contaminated or otherwise harmful products. We're especially focused on the importance of ensuring compounded product quality.
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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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Older Adults May Be Unwilling to Give Up Colorectal Screening
Reuters (12/07/18) Carroll, Linda

At age 76 the risks of a repeat colonoscopy may exceed the benefits for seniors whose previous screenings have found no signs of cancer, but many older adults don't like the logic behind this guideline based on life expectancy. A new study surveyed U.S. military veterans and found many believe age is not a good reason to give up regular colonoscopies even though most thought it was reasonable to use age in deciding when to start screening.
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ASCA 2019 Winter Seminar