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March 5, 2019

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Attend a full day of face-to-face meetings with representatives on Capitol Hill to advocate for the ASC industry by participating in ASCA’s National Advocacy Day, September 24 in Washington, DC. This is your opportunity to educate members of Congress about issues that affect your ASC. Prior to your meetings, ASCA staff will provide a training briefing and dinner the night before. Learn more and register.
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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!

Candidates who plan to take the May Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC)™ exam must submit their application during the month of March. The CASC credential is a distinction earned by members of the ASC community who demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the knowledge and skills required of an ASC administrator. Learn more.
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Get tools to help you manage cost and drive efficiencies in ASCA’s next webinar, Engaging Your Supply Chain Resource to Gain Understanding and Provide Leadership. This program will examine the supply chain function in your ASC from an administrator’s point of view. Participants will learn how to identify the professional materials manager, understand procurement transactions and conduct meaningful data analytics in their center. This webinar will take place Tuesday, March 12 at 1:00 pm ET. Register now.
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Updox   Simplifying administrative tasks. Redefining engagement.

Let us help change the way you and your staff work with our easy to use collaboration platform. At Updox, we offer a broad set of capabilities to help streamline repetitive tasks, eliminate multiple logins and more, so you can focus on what matters most – helping patients.

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ASCA is seeking to partner with an information technology (IT) company to administer a web-based Culture of Safety Survey to ASCA members. The selected company will provide a web-based platform for the Ambulatory Procedure/Surgery Center Survey on Patient Safety; implement the survey; produce benchmarking reports for participating ASCs as well as a comparison among like ASCs; and provide training to ASCA and ongoing support to ASCA and ASCs for using the web-based platform.

If you are interested in working with ASCA on this project, please provide the information requested in ASCA’s RFP by Friday, March 15.
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Last week, the Hospital and Ambulatory Policy Group of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) invited Terry Bohlke, former president of the ASCA Board and vice president of Ambulatory Surgery Centers at Community Health Systems in Franklin, Tennessee, to serve on the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment (HOP). Read this Digital Debut on what this means for the ASC community.
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Modernizing Medicine

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it has updated quality reporting data for several different health care providers, including ASCs, at its Hospital Compare website. The updated ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program data includes facility, state and national statistics for certain measures that were required for 2018 data reporting and 2019 payment determinations. Read more.
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Industry News


'Overlapping Surgery' Is Safe for Most Patients, But Not All
STAT News (02/26/19) Sun, Eric C.; Jena, Anupam B.

Tens of millions of Americans undergo surgery each year. They expect their surgeon to be in the operating room for the entire procedure.
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Frailty May Be a New Screening Criterion for Fitness for an Operation
American College of Surgeons (03/01/2019)

Frailty, a decline in function and resistance to short-term stress that typically occurs in old age, is linked to more complications after an operation among adults of all ages, according to researchers of a large new study published as an "article in press" on the Journal of the American College of Surgeons website in advance of print. The researchers suggest that a brief measure of frailty can help determine a patient's physical fitness for a nonurgent operation.
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Risk Factors ID'd for Site Infection After Orthopedic Surgery in Seniors
Medicalxpress (02/28/2019)

Five risk factors are independently associated with surgical site infection among geriatric patients undergoing elective orthopedic surgery, according to a study published online Feb. 20 in the International Wound Journal. Zhiquan Liang, from the First Hospital of Jilin University in Changchun, China, and colleagues retrospectively reviewed medical records (January 2014 through September 2017) for 4,818 patients 60 years or older undergoing elective orthopedic surgeries in order to assess the risk for SSI.
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Colon Cancer Often Misdiagnosed, Treatment Delayed in Many Younger Patients
NBC News (NY) (02/27/19) Carroll, Linda

Many younger patients with colon cancer are initially misdiagnosed, which often leads to their disease being discovered at an advanced stage. Researchers also found that for many younger patients, it took visits to multiple doctors before the correct diagnosis was made, according to survey results released Wednesday, to be presented next month at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research.
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FDA Plots New Ways to Address Opioid Epidemic in 2019
Regulatory Focus (02/26/2019) Brennan, Zachary

While acknowledging "past mistakes" related to the opioid epidemic, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday drew up new actions it will take to stem the crisis in 2019. The comments and commitments from FDA follow a report from "60 Minutes" last Sunday questioning if FDA enabled an expansion of the opioid epidemic.
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