ASCA News Digest (February 20, 2019)

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February 20, 2019

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Register for the ASCA 2019 Conference & Expo, May 15–18 in Nashville, TN, by next Thursday, February 28, to take advantage of early bird savings. ASCA 2019 offers 50+ ASC-specific sessions designed for ASC professionals at all levels, unparalleled networking opportunities, hundreds of product demos in the largest ASC-specific exhibit hall of the year and more.

Need help convincing your supervisor to send you to ASCA 2019? Check out ASCA’s supervisor approval letter template, which you can customize to your own specific situation.
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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!

Subscribers to ASCA's 2018 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey can now access their fourth-quarter (Q4) reports. To access your facility’s report, log in to the survey portal and select the "Run Reports" tab.

Keep your ASC on track for success in 2019 and beyond by subscribing to the 2019 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey, now available for purchase.
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Make plans to participate in ASCA’s 2019 Salary & Benefits Survey, opening May 1. This survey collects national, regional and state data on 20+ ASC positions and is a vital tool that assists ASCs in attracting and retaining the best employees.

The survey is open to all ASCs, and there is no cost to participate. Both ASCA members and nonmembers who complete at least 40 percent of the survey will receive personalized results for free. Learn more.
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Complaints and concerns are a fact of life. How we respond to them determines how patients will perceive the care they are provided. Register for ASCA’s next webinar, Real-World Solutions for Managing Complaints, to examine specific tools and tactics you can use to help de-escalate complaints and turn a potentially negative situation into a positive one. This webinar will take place Tuesday, February 26, 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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If you have not already done so, renew your ASCA membership for 2019 before it expires at midnight next Friday, 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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Zebra

ASCs that adopt new technology can expect some internal resistance to change. This resistance is often linked to a lack of understanding about why an ASC needs the new tech. Whether an ASC is switching from a paper to an electronic solution, migrating to a different technological vendor or simply making an upgrade, you can always anticipate some hesitation. Read this ASC Focus article to better understand this reluctance and learn how to continue to bring about change in your ASC.
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At a recent meeting, staff from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) asked ASCA representatives which codes should be added to the ASC-payable list for 2020. To find out, ASCA is conducting a brief survey of its members. This information will help ASCA advocate for the expansion of the list of procedures that CMS considers clinically appropriate for ASCs to provide to Medicare beneficiaries. Participants must complete one survey for each procedure they would like added. Take the survey.
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Industry News


Leapfrog and NHSN Town Hall Call: Reporting to the OPC and the Leapfrog ASC Survey
The Leapfrog Group (02/18/19)

ASCs are invited to the Leapfrog and NHSN Town Hall Call which will be co-hosted with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). Presenters from Leapfrog and NHSN will review important information regarding the new Outpatient Procedure Component (OPC) within NHSN, and how to join Leapfrog's NHSN Group for ASCs.
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Florida House Looks for Transparency in Health Care
News4JAX (02/13/19) Sexton, Christine

Patients admitted to Florida hospitals could get more paperwork in the future in the name of health care "transparency." A House panel on Wednesday approved a bill that would require hospitals to give patients written information about the facilities' infection rates, 15-day readmission rates and overall ratings on a national health-system survey.
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To Save on Surgery, Out-of-State Patients Travel to Washington's Longview
Daily News (WA) (02/17/19) Fairbanks, Katie

A year and a half ago, Anita Graves' doctor told her her right knee needed to be replaced. However, rather than undergoing the procedure near her home in Omaha, Neb., where the surgery would cost about $50,000, Graves saved $13,000 by having it at the Pacific Surgical Center in Longview.
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Americans Have the Right to Know Their Health Care and Hospital Costs
STAT News (02/15/19) Verma, Seema

Americans are prolific shoppers, constantly on the lookout for the best price for top-quality products and services. If you are searching for a new television, it's easy to find prices and statistics transparently and prominently displayed at just about every store.
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CON Battle Heats Up General Assembly
Albany Herald (GA) (02/13/19) Miller, Andy

House Bill 198 will damage the state’s health care system. House Bill 198 will improve access to quality medical services.
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