ASCA News Digest (June 25, 2019)

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June 25, 2019

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The second installment of ASCA’s new Asked & Answered series features Leah Binder, the president and chief executive officer of The Leapfrog Group. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national not-for-profit organization representing employers and other purchasers of healthcare. Read this short interview for insights into the first annual Leapfrog ASC Survey, which launched this year on April 1.
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Echelon Medical Capital   Echelon Medical Capital offers innovative accounts receivable liquidity solutions for healthcare providers that take insurance or medical liens against pending personal injury cases. Echelon Medical Capital has quickly become one of the largest dedicated medical receivables funding companies in the country. With unrivaled levels of committed capital, Echelon can support medical practices of any size, including doctors, hospitals and surgery centers.

This Sunday, June 30, is the final day to request your continuing education (CE) credits from the ASCA 2019 Conference & Expo, held last month in Nashville.

June 30 is also the deadline to submit suggestions for topics and speakers for the ASCA 2020 Conference & Expo, scheduled for May 13–16 in Orlando.
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Have you seen all of the photos from ASCA 2019? Check out our ASCA 2019 Conference & Expo Facebook album.

Thank you to all of our sponsors that made ASCA 2019 possible, including National Medical Billing Services, Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Midwest Medical, NSN Revenue Resources, Simplify ASC and Surgical Care Affiliates.
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Modernizing Medicine

Developing & Managing Ambulatory Surgery Centers offers an in-depth look into what it takes to run a successful ASC. This electronic book examines the four cornerstones of an ASC—patient and clinical care, risk management, business office systems and managed care and payer contracting—and explores the complexities involved in developing and managing all components. ASCA members enjoy a special discounted rate. Purchase today.
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Total hip. Total knee. Partial knee. Total shoulder. Lumbar fusion. Lumbar laminectomy. Cervical disc replacement. Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. Extreme lateral interbody fusion. These are just some of the complex orthopedic cases making their way out of hospitals and into ASCs. Read this ASC Focus article on how to properly accommodate them.
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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.


ASCAPAC and the ASCA Federal Government Affairs team have been hard at work representing the ASC industry to members of Congress. During the past month, ASCAPAC has ensured that ASCs’ greatest supporters in Congress continue to be attuned to the needs of the industry. Read more.
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Industry News


A New Trump Order May Make More Health Care Prices Public
New York Times (06/24/19) Abelson, Reed; Sanger-Katz, Margot

The White House released an executive order Monday afternoon intended to require insurance companies, doctors and hospitals to give patients more information about precisely what their care will cost before they get it. President Trump announced the new policy at a signing event, flanked by doctors and patients who had been hit by unexpected medical bills.
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New, Revised Antimicrobial Stewardship Requirements for Ambulatory Health Care Organizations Introduced
Joint Commission Press Release (06/20/19) Lyons, Maureen

Effective January 1, 2020, new antimicrobial stewardship requirements will be applicable to Joint Commission-accredited ambulatory health care organizations that routinely prescribe antimicrobial medications. The rationale, references and requirements behind the updated standards are detailed in a new R3 Report: Antimicrobial Stewardship in Ambulatory Health Care from The Joint Commission.
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U.N. Health Agency to Remove Controversial Opioid Guidelines
Associated Press (06/19/19) Galofaro, Claire

The World Health Organization notified U.S. lawmakers Wednesday that it will discontinue two publications on prescribing opioid painkillers in response to allegations that the pharmaceutical industry influenced the reports. The pledge to remove the guidelines comes a month after U.S. Reps. Katherine Clark and Hal Rogers accused the WHO of being influenced by Purdue Pharma, the American manufacturer of the potent painkiller OxyContin.
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AdvantageTrust
Sedation Method Does Not Affect Colonoscopy Detection Rate
EurekAlert (06/19/19)

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States and colonoscopy is the most-used screening tool to detect it. In a recently published study, researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine determined deep sedation does not improve the colonoscopy quality compared to moderate sedation when it comes to the polyp detection rate or adenoma detection rate, the type of polyp that can eventually become cancerous.
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AMA: Senate HELP Bill on Surprise Billing Fails to Fix a Broken System
AMA News Release (06/20/19)

The American Medical Association, along with more than 120 state and national medical specialty organizations, agrees that patients who have no opportunity to select an in-network physician should be protected from any charges above what they would have paid in-network. The "Lower Health Costs Act" released Wednesday by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, however, would establish a government-mandated rate that absolves plans of one of their most basic obligations – developing adequate networks of physicians to care for their premium-paying customers.
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D&Y Staffing
Ambulatory Surgical Center Planned for Manchester VA Draws National Expert
Conway Daily Sun (NH) (06/19/19)

Stemming from a review in 2017, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Manchester VA Medical Center announces it is poised to take the next steps to operationalize an Ambulatory Surgical Center. Development of an ASC was one of the VA New England VISN 2025 Task Force recommendations approved by the department to address the emerging needs of Granite State Veterans.
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Language Access: Improve Health Outcomes for Limited English Proficient Patients
Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog Harjer, Stacy E.

Language access rules and regulations have significantly strengthened as public policy related to medical insurance coverage as well as federal and state funding requirements evolve throughout the United States. Furthermore, patient rights and awareness, along with community healthcare advocacy efforts, have increased the need for healthcare organizations – including ambulatory care providers – to deliver compliant interpretation (spoken word) and translation (written word) solutions.
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