ASCA News Digest (January 15, 2019)

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January 15, 2019


ASCA Highlights

Join ASCA this week in Austin, TX, for the 2019 Winter Seminar. Register on site at the Hilton Austin for this year’s program, which features three specialized tracks:

  • ASC Management Essentials (new in 2019)
  • Coding Update & Reimbursement Strategies
  • Infection Prevention Techniques for ASCs
Attendees can move freely between the tracks and join any of the sessions offered. We hope to see you there!
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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!

Renew your ASCA membership for 2019 and make sure you don’t miss any member benefits. ASCA membership provides your entire staff with access to vital educational resources, great networking opportunities, essential industry news and practical tools to use daily in your facility. Members can renew via the online portal on ASCA’s website or by returning the renewal notice received in the mail.

Not yet an ASCA member? Join today.
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Last week, ASCA nominated David Shapiro, MD, to the Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC). Dr. Shapiro, who served as president of the ASCA Board of Directors from 2009 to 2012, has more than 30 years of experience as an anesthesiologist and is a champion of the ASC industry. Read more.
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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!

ASCA supports a comprehensive solution to address the abuse and misuse of opioids that is fueling a tragic epidemic across the country. ASCA frequently updates its Opioids Resource Center, which provides ASCs with an abundance of reputable resources to help in their training and understanding of the ongoing opioid crisis the country is facing. Visit the page to view the newly added resource.
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Although changes to MPFS rates and guidelines do not affect ASC payments, they do affect physician behavior. This year the MPFS created a significant amount of controversy in the health care world, as the new administration attempted to put its stamp on Medicare with a bold new proposal for Evaluation and Management (E/M) services. Read this Digital Debut article to learn more.
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On January 4, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated the January addenda for the ASC payment system. This is in addition to the correction notice that was released on December 21. ASCA’s 2019 member-only Medicare Payment Resources have been updated to reflect these changes. Please make sure you are now using the payment resources that indicate that they were updated in January. Previous versions are no longer accurate. Read on.
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is granting exceptions under certain Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing and payment programs to facilities, including ASCs, as well as Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians located in areas affected by the California wildfires due to the devastating impact of the fires. Read more.
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Industry News

Surgeries in Mexico Linked to Antibiotic-Resistant Infections in U.S., CDC Says
CNN (01/10/19) LaMotte, Sandee

Nearly a dozen Americans who had surgery in Tijuana, Mexico, have returned home with dangerous antibiotic-resistant infections, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. All of the travelers diagnosed with the life-threatening bacteria, carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa or CRPA, had undergone invasive medical procedures.
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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!

Hall of Fame, NFL Alumni Partner With PriceMDs for Benefits
Massillon Independent (OH) (01/07/19)

Former NFL players receive increased access to health care and savings on surgeries as part of a partnership the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Monday announced it is joining. The collaboration among the Hall, the NFL Alumni Association and PriceMDs allows retired players unlimited access to lower-cost surgical care at nearby ambulatory surgery centers.
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Will New USPSTF Review Lead to CT Colonography Payment? (01/04/19) Kim, Abraham

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has opened a review of its recommendations for colorectal cancer screening. While the USPSTF already recommends the use of CT colonography (CTC) for colon screening, proponents of the virtual exam hope the new review will prompt Medicare to pay for the exam -- which, so far, it has resisted.
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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.
Patients May Benefit With Same-Day Discharge After THA
Orthopedics Today (01/19) Tingle, Casey

Most patients undergoing total hip arthroplasty may benefit from same-day discharge, according to results published in The Journal of Arthroplasty, as researchers found change in patient preference postoperatively was the main cause of same-day discharge failure. Among 106 patients undergoing THA preselected for same-day discharge, Jonathan R. Danoff, MD, and colleagues identified reasons for not discharging home on the same day of surgery as the primary outcome, while the proportion of patients who failed same-day discharge and any preoperative patient characteristics that could be linked to failed same-day discharge were secondary outcomes.
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Uniontown Surgery Center Certified for Outpatient Knee Replacements
Uniontown Herald-Standard (Pa.) (01/14/19) Basinger, Rachel

After a nearly two-year application process with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Elite Surgery Center in Uniontown is now one of just four centers in the entire state that has been granted exceptions to perform outpatient knee replacement surgeries. "Our patients want to have this option," said Dr. David Sheba with the Elite Surgery Center.
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These Are the 25 Best-Paying Jobs in America in 2019: Anesthesiologist, Surgeon, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
CNBC (01/10/19) Meija, Zameena

Jobs in health and medicine are some of the best-paying in America, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2019 Best Jobs rankings. But those high salaries come with an important catch.
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