ASCA News Digest (May 21, 2019)

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May 21, 2019


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Keep your ASC competitive by participating in ASCA’s 2019 Salary & Benefits Survey. This 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. The survey closes next Friday, May 31, so get started today.
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Save the date for the ASCA 2020 Conference & Expo, to be held May 13–16, 2020, at the Orlando World Center Marriott. If you have a suggestion for a topic or speaker for ASCA’s next annual conference, please let us know. Submissions for ASCA 2020 will be accepted through June 30. Submit your suggestion.
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If you attended the ASCA 2019 Conference & Expo last week in Nashville, be sure to request your continuing education (CE) credits online or through the ASCA Meetings app. To request your credits, you will need your ID number located on the back of your attendee badge. If you no longer have your badge, you can request your ID number by sending an email to Request CE credits.
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Subscribers to ASCA's 2019 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey can now access their first-quarter (Q1) reports. To access the reports, log in to the survey portal and select the "Run Reports" tab.

Not yet subscribed to the 2019 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey? Sign up today to keep your ASC on track in 2019 and beyond.
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Sara Ebert knows that nothing good can come from inefficiencies creeping into her ASC’s billing workflows. With the growing importance of patient collections, ASCs must ensure their billing processes make certain efforts, like patient collections, as easy as possible. Read this ASC Focus article for more.
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Industry News

Physician Reviews: Patients Increasingly Consult Online Ratings When Choosing a Doctor
Medical Economics (05/08/19) Bendix, Jeffrey

Medical practices that ignore their online ratings or don't respond to negative comments posted by patients may be doing so at their peril. A recent patient survey conducted by, a consulting firm that helps practices develop and manage their web presence, finds that online ratings and patient comments play a significant role in many people’s choice of healthcare providers.
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Peer Teaching for Infection Prevention Strategies in the OR
Infection Control Today (05/16/19)

Education is a cornerstone strategy to prevent healthcare-associated infections. Trainings benefit from being interactive, simulation-based, team-orientated, and early in professional socialization.
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State Regulators Agree to Surgical Center Additions Compromise in Triad
Winston-Salem Journal (NC) (05/14/19) Craver, Richard

State health regulators in North Carolina have agreed to allow three local medical groups to add a combined total of eight operating rooms in the Triad. Forsyth Medical Center, Triad Center for Surgery and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center applied for the additional operating rooms through the state’s certificate-of-need format.
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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.

Capital Ortho Surgery Center Is the First Freestanding Surgical Facility in Mississippi [to Successfully Perform a Robotic Partial Knee Replacement] (05/15/19) James, Marcus

A new, first of its kind procedure means less expense and a quicker recovery for knee replacement patients. Capital Ortho's surgery center is the first freestanding surgical facility in the state of Mississippi to successfully perform a partial knee replacement utilizing robotic technology.
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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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Modernizing Medicine
CMS Takes Action to Lower Prescription Drug Prices and Increase Transparency
CMS Press Release (05/16/19)

Today, the Trump Administration finalized improvements to Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D, which provide seniors with medical and prescription drug coverage through competing private insurance plans. These changes will ensure that patients have greater transparency into the cost of prescription drugs, so patients can compare options and demand value from pharmaceutical companies.
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Can Data Inventory Reduce Medical Device Risk to Patient Safety?
HealthIT Security (05/08/19) Davis, Jessica

Medical devices and legacy systems are some of the healthcare sector's most vulnerable areas when it comes to keeping patient data and networks secure, according to a recent report from Vectra that analyzed recent cyber incidents across the industry. Fueling those weak links are the proliferation of IoT devices in healthcare, as well as a lack of unsegmented networks, vulnerable access controls, and the reliance upon legacy systems, which can put patient data at risk.
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