ASCA News Digest (August 6, 2019)

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August 6, 2019

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its 2020 proposed payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) on July 29, 2019. In this Q & A, ASCA Chief Executive Officer Bill Prentice discusses the changes Medicare is proposing and their expected impact on ASCs.
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For all of August, ASCs around the country are participating 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.

To host a facility tour, sign up online or contact Adam Parker.
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Apply today to take the next Certified Ambulatory Infection Preventionist (CAIP)™ exam, offered during the month of October. CAIP is the first credential designed specifically for infection preventionists in the ASC community. This certification distinguishes those with a comprehensive understanding of the skills and knowledge that the role of an ASC infection preventionist requires. Apply today.
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Thinking about starting a robotics program in your ASC? Read this ASC Focus article on how to build a solid foundation for the program, as well as how to expand it.
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On July 29, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2020 proposed payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs). Of note, CMS has proposed to add eight codes to the ASC-payable list, including total knee arthroplasty (TKA) and several cardiology codes. Read more.
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Industry News


Freestanding Ambulatory Surgery Centers: A New Strategy for Cardiovascular Services?
Cath Lab Digest (08/01/19) Vol. 27, No. 8 McIntyre, Christine

With the advent of the Affordable Care Act and the move to value-based care, hospitals and healthcare systems are facing stiff competition from freestanding ambulatory service sites, especially those that offer outpatient imaging, physician office-based procedures, and ambulatory surgery. Gaining in popularity across the country, ambulatory surgery centers provide operational and economic efficiencies, allowing for very competitive pricing, ease of patient access, and increased opportunities for physician engagement.
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Surgical Notes Celebrates National ASC Month
PR Newswire (08/01/19)

Surgical Notes wishes all ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) a wonderful National ASC Month. Throughout August, ASCs will be hosting events that will help inform policy makers and the general public about the benefits surgery centers provide and grow awareness of the industry.
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Trump Administration Moves to Make Health Care Costs More Transparent
Kaiser Health News (07/31/19) Appleby, Julie

Shopping around for the best deal on a medical X-ray or a new knee? The Trump administration has a plan for that.
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Physicians Struggle With Their Own Self-Care, Survey Finds
Healthcare Finance News (07/26/19) Lagasse, Jeff

Despite believing that self-care is a vitally important part of health and overall well-being, many physicians overlook their own self-care, according to a new survey conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of Samueli Integrative Health Programs. Lack of time, job demands, family demands, being too tired and burnout are the most common reasons for not practicing their desired amount of self-care.
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The Joint Commission Issues New Sentinel Event Alert on Managing Risks of Direct Oral Anticoagulants
Joint Commission Press Release (07/30/19) Bronk, Katie Looze

Anticoagulants--medications that keep blood from clotting--have been named the No. 2 top medications involved in error incidents causing death or serious harm. While direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) offer ease of use to patients, stopping bleeding events in patients on DOACs is more complicated, requiring different strategies than those for patients on warfarin (Coumadin) and heparin.
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