ASCA News Digest (April 16, 2019)

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April 16, 2019


ASCA Highlights

Time is running out to register for the ASCA 2019 Conference & Expo, May 15–18 in Nashville, TN. ASCA’s annual conference features 50+ ASC-specific educational 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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If you haven’t already purchased your subscription to ASCA's 2019 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey, what are you waiting for? This valuable online resource provides access to a full year of national comparison data you can use to improve clinical outcomes, billing performance, staffing and more at your ASC. First-quarter (Q1) data collection closes on April 30, so purchase your subscription today!
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Apply today to take the next Certified Ambulatory Infection Preventionist (CAIP)™ exam, offered during the month of June. CAIP is the first credential designed specifically for infection preventionists in the ASC industry. This certification distinguishes those with a comprehensive understanding of the skills and knowledge that the role of an ASC infection preventionist requires. Apply today.
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Modernizing Medicine

The ASC community had one of its most successful legislative and regulatory years in 2018. Read this ASC Focus article to learn more about last year’s legislative and regulatory victories, and to find out how you can get involved in ASC advocacy in 2019.
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On April 9, the US Senate Committee on Finance heard from witnesses representing pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). This was the third hearing that the Finance Committee has held as it investigates the high cost of prescription drugs. Across both chambers of Congress, there is bipartisan interest in this issue. Read on.
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Heron Therapeutics  

How the Surgical Setting Contributes to the Opioid Crisis

The number of Americans who become addicted to opioids following surgery is an under-reported implication of a crisis sweeping the nation. How did we get to a point where up to 440,000 people become addicted this way — every year? Continue reading here.

Industry News

Medscape's Ninth Annual Physician Compensation Report Shows Wider Gender Pay Gap As Administrative Burden Grows
BioSpace (04/10/19)

The gender gap in physician compensation grew this past year, with male physicians earning 25 percent more than women (up from 18 percent in 2018), according to the results of the 2019 Medscape Physician Compensation Report. While the report found that women see patients an average of four hours less per week, and gravitate towards the lower paid specialties, those factors do not fully explain the pay differences.
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D&Y Staffing
The FDA Continues to Remind Facilities of the Importance of Following Duodenoscope Reprocessing Instructions
FDA Safety Communication (04/12/19)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is issuing this communication to update the Safety Communication issued December 2018 regarding results from postmarket surveillance studies mandated under Section 522 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act ("522 studies") for duodenoscopes used in Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography procedures (ERCP). The FDA is also reminding facilities about the importance of strictly adhering to the manufacturer’s reprocessing and maintenance instructions, following best practices, and reporting adverse event information to the FDA.
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Two Lessons Learned: Preventing Drug Diversion in Your Organization
Joint Commission Press Release (04/10/19) Bronk, Katie Looze

In 2016, an estimated 11.5 million people misused prescription opioid pain relievers, according to data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the National Center for Health Statistics. These numbers continue to rise, according to interim data com-piled by the National Center for Health Statistics.
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FDA Identifies Harm Reported From Sudden Discontinuation of Opioid Pain Medicines and Requires Label Changes
FDA Drug Safety and Availability (04/09/2019)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has received reports of serious harm in patients who are physically dependent on opioid pain medicines suddenly having these medicines discontinued or the dose rapidly decreased. These include serious withdrawal symptoms, uncontrolled pain, psychological distress, and suicide.
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Workflow Fixes to Improve ASC Business Management
Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News (03/19) Shaw, Gina

When Coding Compliance Management, a health care consultancy specializing in ambulatory surgery centers, conducts assessments of ASC business offices, the assessors frequently find many of the same mistakes at different ASCs, according to the company's president, Cristina Bentin. During a webinar titled "A Successful High Performance Revenue Cycle," sponsored by the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association, Ms. Bentin discussed six key areas in which they often find gaps and errors and made suggestions for ASCs to improve workflow efficiency and optimize reimbursement.
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Provation Joins the ASC Quality Collaboration
Business Wire (04/11/19)

Provation, a leading provider of clinical productivity software, has joined the ASC Quality Collaboration (ASC QC), an independent non-profit organization that develops, supports and promotes standardized measures of quality appropriate for ambulatory surgery center (ASCs). Created in 2006 and incorporated in 2012, the ASC QC brings together leaders from the ASC industry and professional associations, ASC management companies, accrediting bodies and health informatics companies.
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Texas Ambulatory Surgery Center Society Holds Annual Conference & Capitol Day
PR Newswire (04/09/19)

The Texas Ambulatory Surgery Center Society (TASCS) held its 2019 Annual Conference & Capitol Day on March 27 – 29, 2019, in Austin, Texas. Lectures were given by local and national speakers who work in/with ambulatory surgery centers.
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