ASCA News Digest (February 5, 2019)

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February 5, 2019


ASCA Highlights

Register for the ASCA 2019 Conference & Expo by February 28 to take advantage of early bird savings. From top-quality educational sessions and unparalleled networking opportunities, to product demos from hundreds of vendors in the largest ASC-specific exhibit hall of the year, ASCA 2019 has it all.

Make plans now to attend this can’t-miss event, May 15–18 in Nashville, TN. Check out the full 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!

If a human resource crisis were to arise at your ASC, would you be prepared to respond quickly? Join these two attorneys with decades of experience managing employer/employee relationships during ASCA’s next webinar, From Marijuana to Sexual Harassment: Health Care Employment Law Updates, as they discuss hot topics and emerging issues in employment policy. This webinar will take place Tuesday, February 12 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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Renew your ASCA membership for 2019 before it expires at midnight on March 1. 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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McKesson   Did you leave money on the table last year? Order only what you need in 2019 with drug quantities that are right for you.

“Love the fact we can order items individually and not by case only!” – Susan Meistrell, James D. Wethe, MD

Click here to learn how you can put your dollar to work in 2019.

All you need is an internet connection to attend the Heart of Healthcare Online Career Fair for nurses, hosted by ASCA’s Career Center on Thursday, April 4. Don't miss out on this one-of-a-kind event for ambulatory surgery professionals, where interviews are conducted via instant message or Skype. This Online Career Fair is free for job seekers. Register today!
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While it is true that for an ASC to thrive its staff must possess essential “hard” skills, defined as the necessary knowledge and technical expertise to fulfill specific job responsibilities, “soft” skills are equally important. Read this ASC Focus article on the importance of these skills, and ways to evaluate and improve them in your ASC.
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Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held their 2019 CMS Quality Conference in Baltimore, MD. The opening plenary on January 29 included remarks by CMS Administrator Seema Verma, CMS Chief Medical Officer Kate Goodrich and Director of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) Adam Boehler. Read more.
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In its February 2019 issue, Reader’s Digest reprinted the 2018 Kaiser Health News article that told the stories of several patients who experienced negative outcomes in ASCs without including any comparable information on the overwhelmingly positive experiences millions of ASC patients reported during that same period of time.

Any ASCs that get questions from patients about that article can use the resources ASCA made available when the original article appeared to help develop their response. ASCA members can access those on ASCA’s website.

If your ASC needs additional assistance, please contact Kay Tucker at ASCA.
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Industry News

Joint Commission Issues New Quick Safety Advisory on De-escalating Aggression/Agitation in Health Care Settings
Joint Commission Press Release (01/29/19)

Twenty-five percent of nurses have reported being assaulted by patients or patients' family members, according to a three-year study in the American Journal of Nursing. Statistically higher rates of health care violence are reported in emergency department, geriatric and psychiatric settings.
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When Is the Surgeon Too Old to Operate?
New York Times (02/01/19) Span, Paula

In the fall of 2015, Dr. Herbert Dardik, chief of vascular surgery at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in New Jersey, nodded off in the operating room. Note that Dr. Dardik, then 80, was not performing the operation.
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3 Ways Healthcare Providers Can Take Advantage of CMS' Reduced Burdens
Fierce Healthcare (02/04/19) Lacombe, Larry

It goes without saying that both regulation and accreditation are crucial to ensuring that healthcare providers and facilities uphold nationwide standards in patient care. While both hold healthcare providers accountable to their patients and community, strengthen patient safety and measure quality and safety of care, federal regulations require a great deal of physicians’ time—not to mention the looming penalties they could face if they fall short.
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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.
White House Prioritizes Opioid Abuse in First National Drug Control Strategy
CNN (02/01/19) Vazquez, Maegan

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy outlined Thursday its top priorities for combating illicit drug abuse and distribution in the United States in the office's first National Drug Control Strategy. The release of the report comes the same day that the drug control office's first permanent director since the Obama administration, Jim Carroll, was sworn-in by Vice President Mike Pence.
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Payment Claim for Injured Worker's Surgeries Not Time-Barred
Business Insurance (01/30/19) Childers, Angela

A surgery center's claim seeking payment for two surgeries it performed on an injured worker was not time-barred, according to the Virginia Court of Appeals. In Roanoke Ambulatory Surgery Center v. Bimbo Bakeries USA Inc., the appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, on Tuesday reversed a decision by the state's Workers Compensation Commission that held that the Roanoke Ambulatory Surgery Center in Roanoke, Virginia, failed to submit its claim for full compensation of two shoulder rotator cuff surgeries it performed on an injured worker within the one-year statute of limitations.
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