ASCA News Digest (July 2, 2019)

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July 2, 2019


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How does your ASC’s performance compare to similar facilities? Find out by subscribing to ASCA's 2019 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey. This valuable survey provides access to a full year of national comparison data you can use to improve clinical outcomes, billing performance, staffing and more at your ASC. Data collection for the second quarter (Q2) is now open, so purchase your subscription today!
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Learn how to negotiate commercial insurance carrier contracts that pay you fairly in ASCA’s next webinar, How to Negotiate Managed Care Contracts Successfully. This program will offer practical advice on assessing existing managed care agreements, determining how and when to engage payers and preparing and submitting effective proposals. Register now.
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Candidates who plan to take the September Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC)™ exam must submit their application during the month of July. The CASC credential is a distinction earned by members of the ASC community who demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the knowledge and skills required of an ASC administrator. Submit your application.
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D&Y Staffing

In response to patient complaints about “surprise” bills after receiving services in an in-network facility, congressional activity has picked up on the issue over the last year. As congressional consideration continues, ASCA stands with the provider community in advocating for arbitration to be used to resolve payment disputes and for pro-competition elements to be included. Read more.
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Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its July addenda that provide third-quarter updates to the ASC payment system. In response, ASCA has updated some payment resources including the rate calculator. Please make sure you use the third-quarter documents for all services provided on or after July 1, 2019. Read more.
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Modernizing Medicine

Industry News

Florida: Overnight Stays Approved for Surgical Centers (06/26/19)

After years of debate about the issue, a bill signed Tuesday by Gov. Ron DeSantis will allow patients to stay up to 24 hours at ambulatory surgical centers. Patients currently are required to leave the facilities on the same day they are admitted for treatment.
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Hospital Price Transparency Push Draws Industry Ire, But Effects Likely Limited
Healthcare Dive (06/25/19) Muchmore, Shannon

Far-reaching rules mandating industry price transparency could mark a major shift, but experts are skeptical the efforts will meaningfully lower prices for patients without a more fundamental system overhaul. President Donald Trump's executive order signed Monday directs HHS and other federal departments to begin rulemaking to require hospitals and payers to release information based on their privately negotiated rates.
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Florida Cracks Down on Plastic Surgery Centers, Becoming Among Toughest States
USA Today (06/25/19) Reilly, Steve; Perez, Maria

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis late Tuesday signed into law the first major reform in more than a decade to the state's cosmetic surgery industry, giving regulators stronger tools than in many other states. The new law, which takes effect in January, gives the state the power to suspend a clinic's operations or revoke its registration if it determines the facility poses an imminent threat to the public.
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Association of Coworker Reports About Unprofessional Behavior by Surgeons With Surgical Complications in Their Patients
JAMA Surgery (06/19/19) Cooper, William O.; Spain, David A.; Guillamondegui, Oscar; et al.

Do patients of surgeons with a higher number of coworker reports about unprofessional behavior experience a higher rate of postoperative complications than patients whose surgeons have no such reports? Among 13,?653 patients in this cohort study undergoing surgery performed by 202 surgeons, patients whose surgeons had a higher number of coworker reports had a significantly increased risk of surgical and medical complications.
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Cataract Symptoms Are Presenting Earlier, Doctor Says
Houston Chronicle (06/17/19) Garcia, Julie

You go through life and everything is so colorful and bright that you need sunglasses. But as time goes on, everything gets a little darker.
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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.


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