ASCA News Digest (July 23, 2019)

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July 23, 2019


ASCA Highlights

Data collection for the second quarter (Q2) of ASCA’s 2019 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey closes next Wednesday, July 31. This valuable online resource 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. Purchase your subscription today!
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For all of August, ASCs around the country will participate in National ASC Month by opening their doors to the public and hosting facility tours. This is a great way to promote awareness to both your local policymakers and to the public of the high-quality, cost-efficient surgical care that ASCs provide.

Sign up here to host a facility tour or contact Adam Parker.
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Candidates who plan to take the Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC)™ exam in September must submit their application no later than next Wednesday, July 31. 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. Learn more about CASC and apply today!
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The healthcare landscape is quickly changing. There is a huge market shift underway that is seeing more complex procedures primarily performed in the inpatient setting, such as total joint replacements, coming to the ASC. Surgery centers are no longer just the site for simple cases with small setups. Read this ASC Focus article for more on how the ASC robotics market appears ready to experience rapid growth.
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As previously reported, the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has 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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The Joint Commission Issues Quick Safety Advisory on Combating Nurse Burnout Through Resilience
Joint Commission Press Release (07/16/19) Bronk, Katie Looze

Nurses accomplish a myriad of tasks and responsibilities, but often at high personal cost. The need to juggle competing priorities in often high-stress situations can result in feeling overwhelmed or burnout.
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Watered Down Reform Bill Emerges on Hospital Regulations (07/15/19) Fain, Travis

North Carolina would slow walk Certificate of Need reforms under legislation that moved at the statehouse Monday, focusing on process changes first and phasing in changes that would affect psychiatric facilities, drug treatment facilities and urban dialysis centers. Ambulatory surgery centers would see smaller changes under a compromise bill that advocates for more significant reforms to the way North Carolina approves new health care facilities said was a realistic step forward.
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Blue Cross's Approach to Paying Doctors Based on Quality of Care Shows Results, Harvard Study Finds
Boston Globe (07/18/19) McCluskey, Priyanka Dayal

A decade-old experiment to put a dent in Massachusetts health care costs by changing the way doctors are paid appears to be working — offering a potential strategy to combat one of the most vexing problems in today's economy. In a new study, researchers at Harvard Medical School found that a payment plan from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts that rewards doctors who control costs is linked to smaller increases in health care spending and better-quality care.
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Modernizing Medicine
American College of Surgeons Introduces a New Standardized Program for Hospitals Devoted to High-Quality Surgical Care for Older Adults
American College of Surgeons (07/19/2019)

Today, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) launched its new Geriatric Surgery Verification Program at the ACS Quality and Safety Conference. This new surgical quality improvement program introduces 30 new surgical standards designed to systematically improve surgical care and outcomes for the aging adult population.
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Diabetes Medications Masking Surgical Complication
Newswise (07/18/19)

A new class of diabetes medications is masking the potentially dangerous condition of ketoacidosis at the time of surgery. Testing for acid load in the blood of diabetes sufferers who are taking gliflozin medications is needed in order to avoid complications associated with ketoacidosis--a potentially lethal build-up of acid in the blood.
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Chattanooga's Hospitals Struggling With Shortage of Nurses
Chattanooga Times Free Press (TN) (07/13/19) Fite, Elizabeth

The Chattanooga region is home to six different nursing programs producing nearly 500 graduates per year. But despite more than 6,500 registered nurses living in Hamilton County, according to Tennessee Board of Nursing data, local hospitals struggle to fill critical nursing roles.
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