ASCA News Digest (April 30, 2019)

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April 30, 2019


ASCA Highlights

Today is the last day to submit first-quarter (Q1) data for ASCA’s 2019 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey. 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. Purchase your subscription now!
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ASCA 2019 Focus Groups   ASCA 2019 attendees are invited to participate in one of six Affiliate-led Focus Group lunches. This is your opportunity to help ASCA Affiliates shape their product/service offerings during a targeted discussion over lunch.

+Finding the Future of Supply Chain Distribution for ASCs Hosted by Cardinal Health
+Managing Postoperative Pain in Ambulatory Surgery Center Settings Hosted by Heron Therapeutics
+Addressing the Opioid Crisis in ASCs: Social Risk Scoring, Prevention and Reportable Outcomes Measures Hosted by HSTpathways
+Do More of What You Love: How to Make More Time for Patient Care Hosted by McKesson Medical-Surgical
+Reporting to Simplify Your ASC Operations and Harness the Power of Your Data Hosted by Simplify ASC
+Strategies for Success as Orthopedics and Total Joints Shift to Outpatient Value-Based Care Hosted by Smith & Nephew

For consideration, please complete the Focus Group Registration Form by Friday, May 10. Participation is limited to ASCA 2019 attendees and advance registration is required.

Today is the last day to apply for the June Certified Ambulatory Infection Preventionist (CAIP)™ exam. 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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Online registration for the ASCA 2019 Conference & Expo, May 15–18 in Nashville, TN, will close this Friday, May 3—so register today! 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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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.

ASCA members are invited to apply for Medical Mission Scholarships provided through the ASCA Foundation’s partnership with One World Surgery. Opportunities are now available for CRNAs and sterile processors as well as nurses, surgical techs and scrub techs. Each scholarship covers the program fee as well as roundtrip coach airfare for the participant. Scholarships are available for ASCA members only.

All who are interested in One World Surgery’s weeklong medical missions at the Holy Family Surgery Center in Honduras should learn more and apply.
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Are you considering taking on a new service line in your ASC? Read this ASC Focus article about an ASCA 2019 session that will teach you how to make the best decisions when purchasing or leasing new equipment for your facility.
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D&Y Staffing

On April 22, US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma announced a new set of voluntary payment models aimed at moving primary care administration toward value-based payment. The models were developed and will be administered by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) under the direction of Adam Boehler. Read on.
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Industry News

Desperately Seeking Surgeons
Association of American Medical Colleges (04/26/19) Haskins, Julia

Michel Makaroun, MD, has been hard-pressed finding vascular surgeons. As chief of the division of vascular surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UMPC) Department of Surgery, he helps hire these much-needed specialists.
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Providing Useful Hospital Pricing Information to Patients: Lessons From Voluntary Price Disclosure
Health Affairs Blog (04/19/19) Bai, Ge; Patel, Pavan; Makary, Martin A.; et al.

For most goods and services, pricing information is readily available to consumers. Sellers have a strong incentive to voluntarily disclose their prices because they know consumers will consider them when making purchasing decisions.
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Has Medicaid Expansion Improved Rates of Colorectal Cancer Screening?
Newswise (04/22/19)

Has medicaid expansion improved rates of colorectal cancer screening? In the January issue of Diseases of the Colon & Rectum, Dr. Zerhouni and colleagues from Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston sought to answer this question using data from health-related telephone surveys administered by the Centers for Disease Control.
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CDC Advises Against Misapplication of the Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain
CDC News Release (04/24/19)

In a new commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), authors of the 2016 CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain (Guideline) advise against misapplication of the Guideline that can risk patient health and safety. CDC commends efforts by healthcare providers and systems, quality improvement organizations, payers, and states to improve opioid prescribing and reduce opioid misuse and overdose.
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Spotlight: Ambulatory Surgery Centers
Jewish Link of New Jersey (04/17/19) Abramchayev, Isaac

Ambulatory surgery centers, also known as outpatient, or same-day surgery centers are facilities providing surgical care to patients not in need of an overnight stay. Typically, these surgeries are less complicated as well as performed on patients that are overall healthier.
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Modernizing Medicine
Appropriate Risk Management Builds Safety Culture
Joint Commission -- High Reliability Healthcare (04/16/19) Gervasi, Michael F.

While doctors have traditionally worried about errors leading to patient harm and economic loss, today's physicians also must contend with fears about more dire consequences such as actions against licensure, loss of Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement, or jail. No physician wants to get sued, although it's probably more a question of "when" than "if."
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South Carolina Should End Certificate of Need Laws
Heartland Institute (04/17/19) Glans, Matthew

South Carolina is one of 35 states that institute certificate of need (CON) laws, which limit health care providers' ability to expand services. CON programs require health care providers to receive state approval, generally from the state's health care agency or a designated CON commission, to expand facilities and services.
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