ASCA News Digest (May 7, 2019)

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May 7, 2019


ASCA Highlights

Data collection is now open for ASCA’s 2019 Salary & Benefits Survey and will close on May 31. The survey collects national, regional and state data on 20+ ASC positions and is a valuable resource that allows ASCs to compare their compensation packages with similar facilities. There is no cost to participate and all ASCs are invited to take the survey. ASCA members and nonmembers who complete at least 40 percent of the survey will receive personalized results for free. Take the survey.
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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.

Can’t make it to Nashville for the ASCA 2019 Conference & Expo? ASCA is livestreaming four sessions taking place on Thursday, May 16. The Livestream Pass is the perfect way to earn some continuing education credits and get a glimpse into ASCA 2019. View the complete livestream schedule and buy your Livestream Pass today.
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ASCA 2019 session handouts can be found under the “Library” tab in the ASCA 2019 Conference & Expo community on ASCA Connect. All ASCA 2019 attendees have been automatically subscribed to this community, which is a great place to network with other attendees, ask speakers about their presentations or make plans for your time in Nashville.

Coming soon! All handouts will also be available before and after the conference in the ASCA Meetings app. Stay tuned for an upcoming email with instructions for downloading the app.
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Pend Oreille Surgery Center (POSC) LLC in Ponderay, Idaho, marks its 10th birthday on May 13, 2019. Inspired by two local physicians and constructed in 2008, POSC is the first and only physician-owned ASC in the two northern most counties of Idaho, Bonner and Boundary, that provides patient care in orthopedics, podiatry, endoscopy and general surgery, according to a release. Read this ASC Focus article to learn more.
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To comply with Medicare’s Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program and avoid penalties for calendar year (CY) 2020, you must submit data on ASC-9, ASC-10, ASC-13 and ASC-14 through the QualityNet Secure Portal by next Wednesday, May 15. For more information on these measures, please visit ASCA’s quality reporting resource center.
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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

Three Health Care Trends Impacting ASC Revenue
Forbes (04/30/19) Hui, Tom

There are so many changes happening in the health care space right now that it is sometimes difficult to identify which trends merit your attention and which you can safely ignore. Ambulatory surgery center owners and administrators are dealing with increased patient volumes, changing reimbursement formulas, a rapidly evolving payer mix and a continuously changing regulatory environment.
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AAAHC Needs Your Feedback
Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (05/01/19)

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) of Skokie, Illinois, seeks public comment on proposed revisions to the accreditation standards for ambulatory health care. All interested parties, including AAAHC-accredited organizations, surveyors, ambulatory health care associations, medical specialty groups, regulatory agencies and the public at-large are encouraged to review and provide comments on the proposed revisions.

Reflected within the public comment process is 1095 Strong–Quality every day, a call to action spearheaded by AAAHC to equip ambulatory leaders with what they need to operationalize quality practices. Open since May 1 and until May 30 at 5:00 PM CT, the proposed revisions will be available on the AAAHC website.

AAAHC is particularly interested in your and your members’ review of proposed changes to standards in Chapter 9, Anesthesia Services and Chapter 10, Surgical and Related Services. If your members conduct any type of laboratory testing, they also should review the proposed revisions to Chapter 12, Pathology and Medical Laboratory Services.
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Lawmakers Drop Plan to Tax Independent Surgery Centers
VT Digger -- (04/29/19) Faher, Mike

An effort to regulate independent surgery centers is moving forward in the Legislature, but lawmakers have dropped two controversial provisions that could have imposed substantial costs on those facilities. The House Health Care Committee‘s version of S.73, which would establish a state licensing structure for ambulatory surgical centers, does not include a provider tax or Green Mountain Care Board budget regulation.
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3 Tips for Working with RCM Partners to Handle Self-Pay Patients
Mnet News (04/29/19)

Patient balances present one of the most significant challenges in healthcare especially for surgery centers. With ever-rising healthcare costs, ambulatory surgery centers see an increase in the number of patients that have high deductible health insurance plans.
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Marin Specialty Surgery Center Plans Big Expansion as Demand for Outpatient Procedures Grows
North Bay Business Journal (05/01/19) Quackenbush, Jeff

After being vacant for about a decade, a 74,009-square-foot office building on a prominent Marin County hilltop is now half spoken for, thanks to new leases with a rapidly growing outpatient surgery center and a maker of high-end audio speakers. Marin Health Ventures LLC leased 17,280 square feet on the second floor of 1 Thorndale Drive in north San Rafael, and tenant improvements are underway for occupancy late this year.
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Long Road to Justice Ends: Man Gets Life in Prison for 2013 Fatal Stabbings at Longview Hospital
Longview News-Journal (TX) (05/01/19) Evans, Glenn

Kyron Templeton sat motionless, his future of life in prison sealed, as his victims' family members told how his crime devastated their lives. The long road to justice for that still unexplained crime — the Nov. 26, 2013, fatal stabbings of two people and the assault of three others at what was the Good Shepherd Ambulatory Surgical Center in Longview — ended Wednesday.
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UN, Global Health Agencies Sound Alarm on Drug-Resistant Infections
UN News Centre (04/29/19)

According to a groundbreaking report, the UN Ad hoc Interagency Coordinating Group on Antimicrobial Resistance warned that if no action is taken, drug-resistant diseases could cause 10 million deaths each year by 2050 and damage to the economy as catastrophic as during the 2008-2009 global financial crisis. By 2030, antimicrobial resistance could force up to 24 million people into extreme poverty.
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