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March 6, 2018

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There’s still time to register for ASCA 2018, April 11–14 in Boston. ASCA’s annual meeting is your opportunity to network with hundreds of other ASC professionals, earn continuing education credits, discover new products and services and keep up with the latest marketplace trends. Take advantage of the multi-attendee discount by registering two or more people at the same time. Register today.
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Sign up now for the 2018 ASCA State Leaders Conference, taking place from 12:00–4:00 pm on April 11 at ASCA 2018 in Boston. Participants will engage with their peers from around the country and share best practices on association governance, budgeting, public relations and grassroots advocacy. Be sure you are already registered for ASCA 2018. There is no additional cost to attend and lunch will be provided. Space is limited, so register today!
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The Idaho Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (IASCA) is holding its annual meeting March 12–13 in Boise. The program includes ASCA’s Regulatory Counsel Kara Newbury, who will lead the session "Advocacy for ASC’s & Physician Owners" on Monday, March 12, at 2:30 pm. Later that evening, she will also present a federal government update during the legislative reception scheduled for 5:30–7:00 pm.
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Through ASCA’s affinity partnership with Akorbi, ASCA members can enjoy special discounted rates on Akorbi’s high-quality translation and interpretation services, which are available in more than 170 languages. Learn more about how Akorbi’s language solutions can benefit your ASC.

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Last year, ASCA and its members achieved several beneficial policy changes through steadfast federal and state advocacy efforts. This year, ASCA continues to work with Congress, regulatory agencies and state legislatures across the country to ensure ASCs are represented as policy decisions are made. Read more.

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There are now 245 cosponsors in the US House of Representatives for the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act of 2017 (H.R. 1017). Representatives Alma Adams (D-NC) and Robert Aderholt (R-AL) signed as cosponsors on February 23. Read more.  
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ASCA Faults Kaiser Health News and USA Today for Sensationalism and Misrepresentation of Safety and Quality in ASCs
ASCA News Release (03/02/18)

The leadership of the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA), the country's leading representative and advocate of ambulatory surgery centers, today sharply rebuked both Kaiser Health News (KHN) and USA Today for their March 2, 2018, report about outpatient surgery, "As Surgery Centers Boom, Patients Are Paying With Their Lives," by Christina Jewett and Mark Alesia. "KHN and USA Today have done a terrible disservice to their readers in their article about ambulatory surgery centers by failing to accurately and responsibly report the high-quality, high-value outcomes occurring in ambulatory surgery centers today," said William Prentice, chief executive officer of ASCA.

Patient Safety Solutions to Prevent Up to 70 Percent of Adverse Events
PR Newswire (02/22/18)

Frost & Sullivan's recent analysis, "Patient Safety in Healthcare, Forecast to 2022," assesses the 30 most pressing safety adverse events affecting patients, caregivers, and health care organizations across the globe. Cumulatively, these adverse episodes affected an estimated 91.8 million patient admissions across the U.S. and Western Europe resulting in around 1.95 million deaths at an average mortality of 2.1 percent and a significantly higher morbidity.

Performance Measures for Advanced Certification in Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement
Joint Commission (02/26/18)

The Joint Commission recently finalized performance measures for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement (THKR) Certification (an advanced disease-specific care certification available to Joint Commission–accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals, and ambulatory surgery centers). Data collection for the new measures will be mandatory effective January 1, 2018, for all currently THKR-certified programs as well as those seeking initial certification.

34 Percent of Physicians Have Been Sued: How to Best Minimize Your Risk
Healio (02/23/2018) Tedesco, Alaina

The AMA released three new trend reports demonstrating the high frequency and cost burden of medical liability claims. "Information in this new research paints a bleak picture of physicians' experiences with medical liability claims and the associated cost burdens on the health system," David O. Barbe, MD, MHA, president of AMA, said in a press release.

Senators Scrap Contentious Surgical Center Bill
VT Digger (03/01/18) Faher, Mike

A Senate committee has dropped a controversial plan to regulate and tax Vermont's independent surgical centers. After weeks of debate, the Senate Health and Welfare Committee on Thursday unanimously voted against S.278 and its proposed amendments.

Ambulatory Surgery Protocol Reduces Post-Op Returns
HospiMedica.com (02/27/18)

A new study shows that implementation of a standardized protocol for ambulatory anorectal surgery decreased postoperative pain and unplanned return visits to emergency care. Researchers at Kaiser Permanente Southern California conducted a retrospective review of data from 14 KPSC medical centers in order to evaluate a modified enhanced recovery after surgery protocol for ambulatory anorectal surgery, which includes eight items: preoperative education, preoperative distribution of prescriptions, preoperative carbohydrate treatment, multimodal analgesia, preferential use of monitored anesthesia care, routine use of local anesthesia/regional blocks, intraoperative restriction of intravenous fluids, and post-discharge phone call.

Medicare Now Paying for Outpatient Joint Replacement Surgeries
News4SA.com (03/01/18) Baucum, Emily

Big news if you need a hip or knee replacement: Medicare and some insurance companies are now paying for outpatient surgeries. Janie Franklin is getting her new hip replacement checked out by the doctor.

Need a Medical Procedure? Pick the Right Provider and Get Cash Back
Kaiser Health News (03/05/18) Appleby, Julie

Laurie Cook went shopping recently for a mammogram near her home in New Hampshire. Using an online tool provided through her insurer, she plugged in her ZIP code.

The South Florida Hospital War. (It's All Location, Location, Location)
Miami Herald (02/25/18) Dorschner, John

This fall, Mount Sinai Medical Center plans to open a medical office building and stand-alone emergency room in Hialeah--15 miles from its hospital on Miami Beach and less than a mile from Palmetto General's own ER. Meanwhile, Baptist Health, the South Miami-Dade powerhouse, is finishing a large medical center on South Beach that will open later this year.

House Passes Bill to Expand Hours at Outpatient Surgery Centers
Lund Report (03/02/18) Gray, Chris

The Oregon Ambulatory Surgery Center Association appears poised to get a big win in the 2018 session, as legislation allowing centers to keep patients overnight heads for passage after a years-long fight. An amendment included in House Bill 4020 also resurrects a policy pushed by Portland Democratic Rep. Mitch Greenlick to improve the transparency of hospital charity care policies.

Grifols Announces New Agreement with Henry Schein to Distribute Normal Saline Solution in the U.S.
PR Newswire (03/05/18)

Grifols, one of world's top three producers of plasma-derived medicines and a forerunner in the research and development of therapeutic alternatives that drive scientific and social advancements, signed a distribution agreement with Henry Schein. As the world's largest provider of health care solutions to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, Henry Schein will market and distribute Grifol's 500mL Normal Saline solution (0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection, USP) in the U.S. market.


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