ASCA News Digest (January 2, 2019)

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January 2, 2019

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ASCA Highlights



Get the new year off to a great start with 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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LendingUSA   An Innovative Patient Financing Solution for ASCsToday’s ASCs have more options than ever to help patients pay for services — but they're only useful if patients take advantage of them. Offering patient-friendly financing can boost patient satisfaction and support your ASC. By adding LendingUSA as a financing option, ASCs are empowered to provide their patients with low monthly payments for out-of-pocket surgery costs.To learn more about LendingUSA Patient Financing, click here!

The data collection period for the fourth quarter (Q4) of ASCA’s 2018 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey is now open and will close on Thursday, January 31. Subscribers should make sure to submit their data before the deadline in order to get a complete picture of trends for last year.

Is your facility ready to make 2019 its best year yet? Keep your ASC on track for success by subscribing to ASCA’s 2019 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey today.
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Purchase ASCA’s 2019 Webinar All-Access Pass to save more than $1,000 on quality ASC education. This popular pass provides access to both the live events and recordings of all 16 webinars scheduled for this year. The 2019 All-Access Pass is $395 for ASCA members and $495 for nonmembers. Purchase now.
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Zebra

Developing & Managing Ambulatory Surgery Centers offers an in-depth look into what it takes to run a successful ASC. This electronic book examines the four cornerstones of an ASC—patient and clinical care, risk management, business office systems and managed care and payer contracting—and explores the complexities involved in developing and managing all components. ASCA members enjoy a special discounted rate. Purchase today.
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Thinking about renovating your ASC? Do not be too quick to break down a wall; it may be wiser to break ground. Read this ASC Focus article to examine the pros and cons of renovating versus building a new facility.
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Industry News


Complications Following Overlapping Orthopaedic Procedures at an Ambulatory Surgery Center
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (12/18) Goldfarb, Charles A.; Rizzo, Michael G.; Rogalski, Brandon L.; et al.

Overlapping surgery occurs when a single surgeon is the primary surgeon for >1 patient in separate operating rooms simultaneously. The surgeon is present for the critical portions of each patient's operation although not present for the entirety of the case.
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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.

Sign-up today!

Hospitals Must Make Prices Public Starting Jan. 1
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (01/01/19) Teegardin, Carrie

Do hospitals really charge patients $15 for a Tylenol and even more for a bandage? How much will I get billed for my new pacemaker?
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Negative Colonoscopy Linked to Lower Colorectal Cancer Risk After 12 Years
Healio (12/18/2018) Kahi, Charles J.

Average risk patients with a negative colonoscopy demonstrated a lower risk for overall, proximal, distal, early-stage and advanced-stage colorectal cancer and related deaths for more than 12 years after screening, according to findings published in JAMA Internal Medicine. "Guidelines recommend a 10-year rescreening interval after a colonoscopy with normal findings (negative colonoscopy results), but evidence supporting this recommendation is limited," Jeffrey K. Lee, MD, MAS, from the department of gastroenterology at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco, and colleagues wrote.
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Capsa Healthcare   Attending the 2019 Winter Seminar? Register today for Capsa Healthcare's Focus Group on Improving the Safe Storage & Tracking of Controlled Medication Doses.

Capsa Healthcare is looking for input from up to twelve ASC directors or administrators on how best to deploy a new technology for safely storing and tracking controlled medication dosages in the ASC setting. Those selected will join Capsa for a working dinner to identify how their proprietary technology solution should be customized to best meet the demands of the ASC environment.

Register today!
DNA Study Shows Stethoscopes Loaded with Bacteria, Including Staphylococcus
SHEA News Release (12/12/18)

Stethoscopes carried by health care practitioners are loaded with diverse bacteria, including some that can cause healthcare-associated infections, according to a study published today in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. The research also reviewed the effectiveness of cleaning methods, finding a standardized approach to be superior for removing bacteria compared with various approaches employed by health care practitioners.
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Effort to Change Georgia's CON Laws Gains More Momentum
Gwinnett Daily Post (12/18/18) Miller, Andy

Following a similar move by a House panel, a Georgia Senate study committee has proposed some major changes in the state’s health care regulatory structure known as certificate of need (CON). The panel, chaired by state Sen. Ben Watson (R-Savannah), a physician, has formulated draft legislation that could ease restrictions involving Cancer Treatment Centers of America, which has a hospital in Newnan, and clear a path for a planned sports medicine center in Alpharetta.
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ASCA 2019 Winter Seminar