ASCA News Digest (January 23, 2019)

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January 23, 2019


ASCA Highlights

If you attended ASCA’s 2019 Winter Seminar last week in Austin, TX, don’t forget to request your continuing education (CE) credits. In order to obtain nursing contact hours, Administrator Education Units (AEUs), Infection Prevention Contact Hours (IPCHs) or a certificate of participation, you must complete a session evaluation no later than February 28.
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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!

Next Thursday, January 31, is the last day to apply for the March Certified Ambulatory Infection Preventionist (CAIP)™ exam. CAIP is the first credential designed specifically for infection preventionists in the ASC industry. The exam period is March 1–31. Take the next step in your career—apply today.
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Learn state-of-the-art sterilization techniques in ASCA’s next webinar, Sterilization Quality Control for the ASC. This program will review sterilization modalities typically used in the ASC setting, discuss available sterilization monitoring tools and summarize current guidelines and recommended practices for quality control monitoring of steam and vaporized hydrogen peroxide sterilization processes. This webinar will take place Tuesday, January 29 at 1:00 pm ET.

This program is also included in ASCA’s 2019 Webinar All-Access Pass, which provides access to all 16 webinars in this year's series for one low fee.
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Why would an ASC opt to stay independent instead of partnering with another health care organization? A partner might provide capital for facility expansions and new equipment or resources to assist with physician recruitment and managed care contract negotiations. Yet not all ASCs jump to take advantage of such potential opportunities. Read this Digital Debut article for insights into why some ASCs “go it alone.”
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ASCA staff has received many questions regarding the changes to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program for 2019, and requests for resources that may help. In addition to the ASCQR Program resources available on our website, Quality Reporting Center has many helpful resources, including one entitled “Successful Reporting in the ASCQR Program: A Step-by-Step Guide.” Read on.
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Join ASC professionals from around the world for the 13th International Congress on Ambulatory Surgery: “Ambulatory Surgery—The Future Is Today,” May 27–29 in Porto, Portugal.

Sessions will cover everything from managing a hypertensive crisis and video-assisted thyroidectomies to reduced staffing ratios and going green. This meeting is sponsored by the International Association of Ambulatory Surgery (IAAS). Learn more.
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Industry News

Medicare Patients Can Compare Costs for Outpatient Surgeries on New Site
Topeka Capital-Journal (KS) (01/19/19) Chilson, Morgan

A new federal tool designed to help Medicare consumers compare prices before electing to have an outpatient surgery may be challenging for consumers to use. The Procedure Price Lookup tool launched in late 2018, offering the ability to search their specific surgeries and compare what their average out-of-pocket costs will be at hospital outpatient departments versus freestanding surgical centers, or ambulatory surgical centers.
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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 of Pharmaceutical Industry Marketing of Opioid Products With Mortality From Opioid-Related Overdoses
JAMA Network Open (01/18/19) Hadland, Scott E.; Rivera-Aguirre, Ariadne; Marshall, Brandon D. L.

In this study, across U.S. counties, marketing of opioid products to physicians was associated with increased opioid prescribing and, subsequently, with elevated mortality from overdoses. Amid a national opioid overdose crisis, reexamining the influence of the pharmaceutical industry may be warranted.
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Nearly Half of Doctors Feel Burned Out, Medscape Survey Shows
Healthcare Dive (01/17/19) Masterson, Les

Nearly 44 percent of American physicians report feeling burned out--and it's especially a problem for female doctors, according to a new Medscape report on doctor burnout, depression and suicide. Physicians blamed red tape as a major cause for feeling overworked.
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Nearly a Fourth of Outpatient Antibiotics Unneeded, Study Finds
CIDRAP (01/17/19) Dall, Chris

New data published yesterday in the British Medical Journal indicate that nearly a quarter of all US outpatient antibiotic prescriptions filled by adults and children with private insurance in 2016 were unnecessary, with 1 in 7 filling at least one inappropriate prescription for an antibiotic. But the authors of the study say the true number of inappropriate antibiotics doled out that year is likely much higher.
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Outpatient Surgery Center to Reopen in Bristol
WJHL-TV (TN) (01/10/19) Carey, Olivia

Holston Medical Group is planning on reopening an outpatient surgery center at the Bristol West building at the Pinnacle in Bristol. This comes after the previous surgery center at the previous surgery center dissolved and ceased operations in August of last year.
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A Human Model to Test Implants for Cataract Surgery
ScienceDaily (01/10/19)

Researchers at the University of East Anglia in collaboration with Hoya Surgical Optics have improved a laboratory model that simulates cataract surgery on human donor eyes. Their latest human model allows evaluation of artificial intraocular lens (IOL) implants under conditions that better reflect the post-surgical environment.
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