ASCA News Digest (May 14, 2019)

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May 14, 2019


ASCA Highlights

Can’t make it to Nashville for the ASCA 2019 Conference & Expo? ASCA will be livestreaming four sessions taking place on Thursday, May 16. The Livestream Pass is the perfect way to earn CEs and get a glimpse into ASCA 2019. Learn more and buy your Livestream Pass.

Planning to attend ASCA 2019 in person, but still haven’t registered? Onsite registration will be available throughout the conference. Download the Onsite Registration Form.
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All ASCA 2019 attendees have been automatically subscribed to the ASCA 2019 Conference & Expo community on ASCA Connect, which is a great place to network with other attendees, ask speakers about their presentations or make plans for your time in Nashville. All session handouts can be found under the “Library” tab in this community.

Be sure to also download the ASCA Meetings app—another source for your session handouts as well as a tool to plan your conference schedule—and join in the social media conversation using the hashtags #ASCA2019 and #ASCAConf!
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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 tomorrow, Wednesday, May 15. For more information on these measures, please visit ASCA’s quality reporting resource center.
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Submit your data for ASCA’s 2019 Salary & Benefits Survey. This survey will close on Friday, 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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If you are planning to add vascular procedures to your ASC, read this ASC Focus article to learn which session you should attend at the ASCA 2019 Conference & Expo, May 15–18, in Nashville, Tennessee. One particular session will share tips on what to consider before taking on this specialty in your facility.
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On May 3, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the draft of its hospital co-location interpretive guidance. This subregulatory guidance would provide more flexibility for hospitals and other health care entities, including ASCs, to share the same physical space. Read on.
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Industry News

AMA: Employed Physicians Now Outnumber Self-Employed Doctors
Healthcare Dive (05/07/19) Liss, Samantha

For the first time, employed physicians outnumber self-employed physicians, a study from the American Medical Association found. The report is based on survey data AMA collects every other year, beginning in 2012.
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Modernizing Medicine
Best & Worst Places to Practice 2019: Where Physicians Can Thrive
Medscape (05/08/19) Reese, Shelly

Medscape ranked all 50 states on the basis of 14 key criteria, to identify locales where physicians can thrive both in their practices and in the broader community. Five metrics--burnout, happiness at work, unhappiness at work, happiness outside of work, and unhappiness outside of work--come from physicians' own assessments of their work-life situations.
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Effects of Surgery on a Warming Planet: Can Anesthesia Go Green?
NPR (05/06/19) Foden-Vencil, Kristian

It's early morning in an operating theater at Providence Hospital in Portland, Ore. A middle-aged woman lies on the operating table, wrapped in blankets.
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Next Step in Telehealth Could Be Surgery Rehab Led by an Avatar
American Medical Association (05/08/19) Henry, Tanya Albert

Using telerehabilitation following total hip and knee arthroplasty lowers rehabilitation costs by an estimated $1,000 per patient and boosts patient adherence with exercises as they recover, suggests an unpublished pilot study. And patients say that they like the at-home option, according to the study, "Tele-Rehabilitation for Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty Patients: No Increase in Readmissions," which was presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons' annual meeting.
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VHI Publishes 2019 Healthcare Pricing Transparency Report
Augusta Free Press (05/07/19)

Healthcare costs in Virginia continue to vary dramatically depending on where a patient is treated. Just how much?
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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.

Fayetteville Center Performs State's First Robotic Dental Implant Surgery
Talk Business & Politics (05/07/19) Rosa, Jeff Della

Arkansas Oral & Facial Surgery Center in Fayetteville was the first in Arkansas to insert a dental implant using a robot. Dr. Scotty Bolding, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and one of three partners at the center, inserted the implant April 2 using dental robot Yomi — the only one approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for dental surgery.
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White House Takes on Surprise Medical Bills in Continued Push to Lower U.S. Health-Care Costs
CNBC (05/09/19) Coombs, Bertha

President Donald Trump continued his campaign to lower health-care costs in the U.S. on Thursday, announcing a new push for legislation designed to end surprise medical bills that leave Americans saddled with costs for care that they thought were covered by their insurance. For too long surprise out-of-network bills have left Americans facing thousands of dollars in debt "for services they did not know anything about, and sometimes services they did not have any information on," Trump announced at the White House.
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