ASCA News Digest (January 17, 2018)

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January 17, 2018


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Make sure your infection prevention program keeps your patients safe and your ASC Medicare compliant. Get the resources and education you need at ASCA 2018, April 11–14 in Boston, Massachusetts. ASCA’s annual meeting offers two full days of infection prevention sessions on topics such as the infection preventionist’s role in an ASC, performing an infection prevention risk assessment, using Medicare’s ASC infection control worksheet to drive improvement, endoscope reprocessing and more. Register today to take advantage of early bird savings.
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Find out how ASCs can provide care to patients who need active monitoring for up to 23 hours and 59 minutes. Join Mississippi Valley Health President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Patterson during ASCA’s next webinar, Recovery Care Options in ASCs, as he discusses best practices and current trends in overnight care. The webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, January 23, 1:00 pm ET; the cost is $100 for ASCA members and $150 for nonmembers. Register now.

This program is also included in ASCA’s 2018 Webinar All-Access Pass, which allows you to pay one low fee to access all 17 webinars in this year's series.
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If you attended ASCA’s Winter Seminars last week in Las Vegas, Nevada, don’t forget to request continuing education (CE) credits. In order to obtain nursing contact hours, Administrator Education Units (AEUs) or a certificate of participation, you must complete a session evaluation.
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With the rapid and complex changes taking place in the US health care system, maintaining your ASCA membership is more important than ever. Renew your membership today to enjoy continued access to educational resources, networking, top news stories and tools that apply daily in your practice.

Is your ASC not yet an ASCA member? Join today.
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Make sure your ASC has the translation and interpretation services required to be Medicare compliant. ASCA’s affinity partnership with Akorbi provides ASCs with access to high-quality, affordable language services. Through this relationship, ASCA members enjoy special discounted rates on Akorbi’s services. Get started with Akorbi today.
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In the latest Member Focus profile, an Idaho ASC executive director shares her secret for maintaining employee engagement.

Member Focus, published on the ASC Focus website, invites ASCA members to share their views on key ASC issues. Want to be featured? Answer a few quick questions and you could be selected for a future profile.
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In ASC Focus magazine’s January cover story, three experts share their views on the future of the ASC industry and what surgery centers can expect to see this year.
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an updated surveyor memo earlier this month clarifying that the Agency’s policy on texting of patient information only applies to hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs).
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Industry News

Joint Commission: Individual Failure to Wash Hands Will Be Cited as Deficiency
Health Exec (01/05/2018) Gregory, John

The Joint Commission has adopted a stricter standard on hand hygiene for all its accreditation programs as of Jan. 1, warning health care organizations if surveyors observe one worker failing to wash their hands in the process of direct patient care, it will be cited as a deficiency. This is a change from the previous standard, which cited facilities under infection prevention and control standards for failing to implement programs to improve hand hygiene.

CMS's Nod to Outpatient Total Knee Replacements Gives Hospitals a Big Leg Up
MedCity News (01/11/18) Weaver, Betsy

In November, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services removed total knee arthroplasty (TKA) from its inpatient-only list, effectively allowing eligible Medicare patients to have the surgery in hospital outpatient departments beginning January 2018. It did not, however, add TKAs to its list of payable procedures at ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs).

Preston Surgery Center in Frisco Texas Now Offering Transparent Cash Pricing
PR Newswire (01/16/18)

Preston Surgery Center is a privately owned outpatient surgical center in Frisco, Texas who now offers transparent cash pricing for self-pay patients and employers with self funded medical plans. Do you or your employee need to have a surgical procedure?

Minimizing OR Noise and Distractions
OR Today (01/01/2018) Sadler, Don

Excessive noise in the OR can be harmful to patients and OR personnel, says Mary J. Ogg, MSN, RN, CNOR, Senior Perioperative Practice Specialist with the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN). "Noise is a distraction that interrupts patient care and potentially increases the risk for error," says Ogg.

Awake Under Anesthesia
New Yorker (01/03/18) Rothman, Joshua

One day in the nineteen-eighties, a woman went to the hospital for cancer surgery. The procedure was a success, and all of the cancer was removed.

Fighting Antibiotic Resistance: CDC Tool Maps Progress in Every State, But Still More to Be Done
CDC News Release (01/10/18)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released new data in its Antibiotic Resistance (AR)Investment Map, which shows early progress by states to combat AR. This year's AR Investment Map features more than 170 state-reported successes—like rapidly identifying and containing rare and concerning resistant germs to protect communities.

CMS Announces New Payment Model to Improve Quality, Coordination, and Cost-Effectiveness for Both Inpatient and Outpatient Care
CMS Press Release (01/09/18)

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (Innovation Center) announced the launch of a new voluntary bundled payment model called Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced). Under traditional fee-for-service payment, Medicare pays providers for each individual service they perform.

How Robotic Surgery Demands Changes to Training
Huffington Post (01/16/18) Gaskell, Adi

The impact new technology will have on the future of work has been a common topic of discussion over the past few years, and it seems increasingly clear that there will be a new relationship between technology and human employees, with that relationship requiring new skills to enable that interaction. Many of the discussions on this topic are projections into the future, and are therefore hypothetical, so it was interesting to read a recent study that explored the impact of robotic surgical tools on the healthcare sector.

Increase in Colon Cancer Cases in Young People Sparks Awareness
NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth (01/11/18) Castro, Bianca

Doctors say colon cancers in young men and women are on the rise but catching it early can drastically improve your odds of beating it. That's why Stephanie King of Arlington is sharing her story about how a single decision saved her life.

Cataract Surgery May Help Women Live Longer, Study Suggests
CBS News (01/08/18)

Cataract surgery is one of the most common operations performed in the U.S. About four million Americans had the surgery last year alone.

Grassroots Group Tries to Get a New Kind of Doctor in the House (and Senate)
STAT News (01/12/18) Mershon, Erin

Since 1960, nearly 50 doctors have traded in their white coats for the suit jackets required in the halls of Congress. And there's been one remarkable constant: The doctors-turned-legislators in those blazers have been overwhelmingly male and overwhelmingly Republican.

Trump Officials, After Rejecting Obama Medicare Model, Adopt One Like It
New York Times (01/10/18) Pear, Robert

In a notable back flip, the Trump administration has decided that maybe the Obama administration was right in its efforts to change the way doctors and hospitals are paid under Medicare. The Trump administration said late Tuesday that it was starting a Medicare payment model very similar to the ones it canceled and curtailed last year.

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