ASCA News Digest (January 8, 2019)

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January 8, 2019


ASCA Highlights

Online registration for ASCA’s 2019 Winter Seminar closes this week. 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!

Apply today to take the March Certified Ambulatory Infection Preventionist (CAIP)™ exam. CAIP is the first credential designed specifically for infection preventionists in the ASC industry. The application deadline is Thursday, January 31, and the exam period is March 1–31. Apply today.
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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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Capsa Healthcare   Attending the 2019 Winter Seminar? Register today for Capsa Healthcare's Focus Group & Dinner 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!

On December 21, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a correction notice to the 2019 OPPS/ASC final rule. ASCA has updated the rate calculator and other members-only payment resources to reflect CMS changes to payment indicators and corrections to multiple procedure discounting errors. Please make sure you use these updated rate documents for all services. Read on.
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Relocating an ASC is not easy. Read this ASC Focus article by an ASC executive director on how his facility did just that. The article discusses key considerations for relocation, planning a central sterilization department (CSD), choosing a moving company and more.
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Are you attending the 2019 Winter Seminar? Join us for HSTpathway's Affiliate Lab Presentation & Lunch: 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!

Industry News

Evaluating Surgeon Gowning Steps for Optimal Sterile Techniques in the OR
Infection Control Today (01/07/19)

For surgeons getting ready to enter the operating room (OR), the chances of contamination may be lower if they put their gowns on by themselves -- without the assistance of a surgical technician, according to an experimental study in the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.
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The Top 10 Highest Physician Salaries by Specialty
Fierce Healthcare (01/03/19) Finnegan, Joanne

Specialists continue to draw bigger paychecks than primary care physicians, with orthopedic salaries at the top of the list, according to a new survey. Orthopedic doctors had the highest salary among 25 types of physicians, according to a MedPage Today salary survey.
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As Hospitals Post Sticker Prices Online, Most Patients Will Remain Befuddled
Kaiser Health News (01/04/19) Appleby, Julie

As of Jan. 1, in the name of transparency, the Trump administration required that all hospitals post their list prices online. But what is popping up on medical center websites is a dog's breakfast of medical codes, abbreviations and dollar signs — in little discernible order — that may initially serve to confuse more than illuminate.
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ASCA Survey   Complete A Survey & Earn $50!

Spend 10 minutes sharing your insights on the state of the ASC industry in 2019 and ensure your responses are included in the ASCA / HealthCare Appraisers 2019 ASC Valuation Survey. The completed Survey will contain insights into valuation multiples and other transaction trends occurring in the ASC industry, as well as provide data metrics on management fees and other operating statistics related to ASCs.

In return, you will be entered to win a complimentary registration to ASCA 2019 in Nashville, TN, May 15-18, 2019, and will also receive a complimentary copy of the final survey results in April 2019. Additionally, HealthCare Appraisers will provide a $50 Amazon gift card as a small token of their appreciation for participating in the survey.

Click here to start. Complete your survey before 2/15/19 to be included in the drawing and have your responses tabulated in the survey results.
Association Between Postoperative Opioid Use and Outpatient Surgical Adverse Events
MDLinx (01/07/19)

In view of the common occurrence of opioid-related adverse drug events following inpatient surgical procedures, researchers determined opioid prescribing after outpatient surgical procedures and its influence on short-term risks of outpatient surgical adverse events (AEs). They used VA Corporate Data Warehouse to identify opioid use within 48 hours for FY2012-14 chart-reviewed cases from a larger VA study of AEs in outpatient surgeries.
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Medicare's Bundled Payment Experiment for Joint Replacements Shows Moderate Savings
EurekAlert (01/02/19)

Medicare's randomized trial of a new bundled payment model for hip and knee replacement surgeries led to $812 in savings per procedure, or a 3.1 percent reduction in costs, when compared with traditional means of paying for care, according to new research from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School. The study found that the bundled payment model was also associated with a reduction in use of skilled nursing care after the hospitalization, but had no effects on complication rates among patients.
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Outpatient Centers on the Rise as Average Asking Rent for U.S. Medical Office Buildings Reaches Record High
CBRE Media Release (12/20/2018)

The U.S. outpatient care center sector has grown robustly in recent years as asking rents for medical office buildings continue to rise and health systems seek to provide a better patient experience at a lower cost, according to a new report from CBRE. The U.S. average asking rent reached its highest level on record in Q2 2018, rising 1.4 percent year-over-year to $22.90 per sq. ft., due to tight market conditions and the completion of new, high-quality space.
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ASCA 2019 Winter Seminar