ASCA News Digest (August 13, 2019)

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August 13, 2019


ASCA Highlights

Registration is now open for the ASCA 2020 Winter Seminar, January 16–18 in New Orleans, LA. This year’s program features three specialized tracks that cover ASC Management, Coding & Reimbursement and—back this year by popular demand—Finance & Accounting.

Attendees can move freely between the tracks and join any of the sessions offered throughout the seminar. Best rates end September 30 so check out the schedule and register today!
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Last month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2020 proposed payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs). As promised in the initial rule release, ASCA has prepared more resources to help members understand the impact the rule may have on their facilities. Read more.
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Has your ASC participated in National ASC Month yet? 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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D&Y Staffing

Sign up today for ASCA’s National Advocacy Day, taking place on September 24. During this event, you will attend a full day of face-to-face meetings with representatives on Capitol Hill to advocate for the ASC community. To help you prepare for your meetings, ASCA staff will provide a training briefing and dinner the night before.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to educate members of Congress about issues that affect your ASC. Learn more and register.
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The increasing prevalence of high-deductible health plans over the last decade means that patients—who can be harder to collect from than payers—now owe a larger percentage of the bill. Join ASCA’s next webinar, Lower the High Cost of Collecting from the New Payer: The Patient, to explore the processes, technologies and best practices that facilities across the country employ to help reduce the overall cost of collecting from patients.

This program will take place next Tuesday, August 20, at 1:00 pm ET. Register now.
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Several compliance issues could come up with the use of intraocular lenses (IOL) used in cataract cases performed on Medicare patients in ASCs. Read this Digital Debut article to find out which guidelines should be followed by ASCs and ophthalmology practices to stay in compliance with Medicare guidelines.
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Industry News

ASCs Could Get More Medicare Customers, More Quality Requirements After CMS Rule
Fierce Healthcare (08/09/19) King, Robert

As the Trump administration expands traditional Medicare coverage in ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs), the industry will face new quality requirements and concerns about costs. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed last week that it will extend Medicare coverage to ASCs for total knee replacements and several coronary procedures.
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The CapStreet Group Announces Investment in Surgical Notes (08/08/19)

The CapStreet Group, LLC is pleased to announce the completion of the majority recapitalization of Surgical Notes, Inc., in partnership with the founders and shareholders. Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Surgical Notes is a healthcare solutions company that provides a comprehensive and integrated suite of products and services designed to streamline the reimbursement process, reduce administrative costs, and better manage information for U.S. ambulatory surgical centers
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First-of-a-Kind Study Finds Outpatient Joint Replacement Patients "as Satisfied"--If Not More--Than Inpatients
PR Newswire (08/08/19)

A new study found that joint replacement patients who go home the day of surgery are as happy—if not happier—than those who remain in the hospital. This is the first study to examine patient satisfaction when patients are given a choice between same-day discharge from the hospital or being admitted for an overnight stay in the hospital.
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Injection Safety: Patient Safety Depends on Providers "Giving Their Best Shot"
Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (08/07/19) Clement, Ernest

You're probably already asking yourself: "What healthcare provider would ever consider reusing needles and syringes or misusing single-dose or multi-dose vials?" It's hard to accept that there are recurring lapses in what is considered basic infection control.
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Smoke in an Operating Room? It's Common (07/23/2019) Ginter, Marlee

You probably wouldn't expect smoke in an operating room but every day, nurses, doctors and patients are exposed to what some are calling deadly surgical smoke. The smoke is created by surgical instruments that are used to cauterize or vaporize tissues.
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