ASCA News Digest (June 4, 2019)

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June 4, 2019


ASCA Highlights

Mark your calendar for ASCA’s Member Appreciation Week, to be held June 17–21! Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on LinkedIn to get the most up-to-date news regarding this celebration. We will be giving out prizes and recognition to our awesome members throughout the week, so act now to stay in the loop. Learn more about Member Appreciation Week.
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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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Through ASCA’s affinity partnership with Akorbi, ASCA members can enjoy special discounted rates on Akorbi’s high-quality translation and interpretation services, which are available in more than 170 languages. Learn more about how Akorbi’s language solutions can benefit your ASC.
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D&Y Staffing

As the final year of this decade, 2019 brings with it a new Congress and plenty of fresh, and many familiar, faces on Capitol Hill. As a result of last November’s election, the US House of Representatives is now under a Democratic majority and the US Senate is operating with a larger Republican majority than in 2018. Read this ASC Focus article for more information about key legislators to watch.
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On May 24, the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) proposed regulatory reform related to regulations issued under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Section 1557 is a civil rights provision in the ACA that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in certain health programs or activities. Read more.
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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

FDA, Industry, Advisers Say Surgical Staplers Warrant Premarket Review
MedTech Dive (05/31/19) Rachal, Maria

Surgical staplers for internal use are almost certainly headed for Class II regulation after an advisory panel Thursday endorsed FDA's proposal to add premarket review and special controls to the category of devices. The panel said Class II regulation would offer a reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness, and recommended simplifying proposed labeling and increasing surgeon training with the devices to improve outcomes.
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New MGMA Research Finds Physician Compensation on the Rise
PR Newswire (05/30/19)

Medical Group Management Association released its annual Provider Compensation and Production Report, the most comprehensive view of provider compensation in the United States, representing data from more than 147,000 physicians and non-physician providers in over 5,500 organizations. More than 10,000 medical practices and physicians currently utilize this data to analyze compensation and market trends.
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Pain Management Task Force Issues Final Report on Best Practices for Treatment of Pain
HHS News Release (05/30/19)

The Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force, a federal advisory committee established by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016, today released its final report on acute and chronic pain management best practices, calling for a balanced, individualized, patient-centered approach. To ensure best practices for the treatment of pain, the Task Force final report underscores the need to address stigma, risk assessment, access to care and education.
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Modernizing Medicine
Your Surgeon's Childhood Hobbies May Affect Your Health
New York Times (05/30/19) Murphy, Kate

Could you tie a series of square knots around the neck of a teaspoon without, even slightly, moving the teaspoon? How about using tweezers to extract a grape from inside a roll of toilet paper, without piercing the grape's skin or touching the sides of the roll?
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Surgery Centers Bemoan DOH's Turnover-Related Problems, Effect on Licensing
ROI-NJ (05/30/19) Khemlani, Anjalee

A staff shortage at the state Department of Health has created a backlog of applications for single-room surgery centers — and the problem could cost the businesses time and money. A Department of Health official spent the better part of an hour answering questions and fielding criticisms about the backlog, due to high turnover, at an annual meeting of the New Jersey Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers, held Wednesday in East Brunswick.
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Failure to High Level Disinfect Ophthalmology Devices Could Lead to Transmission of Infectious Agent
Joint Commission -- On Infection Prevention & Control (05/28/19) Garcia-Houchins, Sylvia

The American Academy of Ophthalmology has reported that transmission of infectious agents could occur from failure to adequately disinfect ophthalmology devices, such as tonometers, which is resulting in multiple declarations of an immediate threat to health and safety of patients. Infectious agents that could be transmitted include: adenovirus, herpes simplex virus, HIV, hepatitis C virus, enterovirus 70, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Acanthamoeba, and prions (transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease).
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3 Area Hospitals Join Forces with Skyline Surgery Center (05/28/19) Cohan, Max

In an unprecedented move, Portneuf Medical Center and Mountain View Hospital have entered an agreement with Bingham Memorial and Skyline Surgery Center that will allow all three hospitals to utilize the surgical center. Bingham and Skyline have a previous relationship, working as partners for the past six years, but the new joint venture, finalized just over a month ago, will give Portneuf and Mountain View access they've never had before.
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