ASCA News Digest (March 19, 2019)

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March 19, 2019


ASCA Highlights

Register for the ASCA 2019 Conference & Expo, May 15–18 in Nashville, TN, to enjoy more than 50 ASC-specific sessions designed for 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. Register today!
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Are you getting the most out of your facility’s benchmarking results? Do you struggle thinking of Quality Improvement (QI) studies to conduct? Learn how to seek out opportunities for improving quality and patient care and how to harness your findings in ASCA’s upcoming webinar, “How to Use Benchmarking Results in Your Facility.” This program will take place at 1:00 pm ET on Tuesday, March 26. Register today!

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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Candidates who plan to take the Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC)™ exam in May must submit their application no later than March 31. 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 about CASC and apply today!
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Designated ASCA voting members are encouraged to vote for the members of the ASCA Board of Directors. The official results will be announced May 18 on the ASCA website. The candidates selected to serve on the ASCA Board will also serve on the ASCA Foundation Board. Learn more about the candidates and cast your ballot by Monday, April 15.
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Polish your rhinestones, put on your Stetson and join thousands of your colleagues in Nashville, Tennessee, for the largest ASC meeting of the year, the ASCA 2019 Conference & Expo, May 15–18. This year, ASCA returns to the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center for the first time since 2014 and brings with it what might be the most impressive schedule for an ASCA conference yet. Read more.
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On March 11, the Trump administration released their $4.75 trillion 2020 budget plan outlining funding and programmatic priorities for calendar year (CY) 2020. Included are a few provisions that could impact ASCs that ASCA is tracking. Read on.
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Industry News

Patients Deserve Greater Quality and Price Transparency
Morning Consult (03/13/19) Prentice, William

Thanks to new technologies that allow us to easily share our experiences on social media and ratings platforms, consumers today have unprecedented access to price and quality information on an enormous range of products and services. With just a few taps on a smartphone, we can access everything we need to know to buy a new dishwasher or hire any number of professional services with confidence.
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No Increased Risk of Complications for Joint Replacement in Ambulatory Surgery Setting
Science (03/14/19)

The typical length of stay in hospital after hip replacement and knee replacement procedures has decreased over the last decade from about four days to under two days. "It's early in the trend, but there is a massive shift taking place toward more ambulatory hip and knee replacement surgeries that allow that patients go home on the same day of their operations," says Michael P. Ast, MD, a hip and knee replacement surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery.
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Games Payers Play: ASCs and Prior Authorizations
Inside Digital Health (03/12/19) Vail, Tara

In today's healthcare world, every stakeholder is trying to cut costs. Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) are trying to optimize revenue cycle management (RCM). At the same time, both commercial and government payers are trying to contain costs by turning to utilization management (UM) strategies, such as changing or increasing preauthorizations, also known as prior authorization requirements.
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Improving Outpatient Care Is a Necessity
Capitol Weekly (03/15/19) Miller, Deborah

In his state budget proposal, Gov. Gavin Newsom made it clear that health care is a top priority for the Golden State – allocating the largest component of total state-funding to the California Department of Health Care Services (53.5% of the budget, or roughly $34.7 billion). While he's only been in office for a short period of time, Gov. Newsom has taken bold steps toward reforming health care business as usual.
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Study: Surgery for Herniated Discs in Neck Can Be Safely Performed in Outpatient Setting
EurekAlert (03/14/19)

Surgery to remove multiple herniated or degenerated discs in the neck, a procedure known as anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, can be safely performed in an outpatient setting in select patients, according to a study at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. The research, titled, "A Comparison of Multilevel Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion Performed in an Inpatient versus Outpatient Setting," was presented today at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.
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