ASCA News Digest (August 20, 2019)

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August 20, 2019


ASCA Highlights

Reports from ASCA’s 2019 Salary & Benefits Survey are now available for purchase. This survey allows ASCs to compare their compensation packages to similar ASCs, negotiate a raise or determine salary and benefits for a new position. ASCs can benchmark their information with other ASCs from the same region, with a similar number of employees, of the same specialty, with a similar number of patient encounters and more.

ASCA members pay $299 for the results and nonmembers pay $399. Purchase your report today.
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Register today for the ASCA 2020 Winter Seminar, January 16–18 in New Orleans, LA. This year’s program features three specialized tracks: 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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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. The deadline to sign up is Friday, August 30, so learn more and register now.
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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. Applications for the October CAIP exam are due Saturday, August 31. Apply today.
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Ophthalmology procedures continue to migrate out of hospitals and into ASCs, thanks to new clinical developments. Read this ASC Focus article on a shift in methodology, surgical improvements and new technology and equipment.
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D&Y Staffing

On July 29, 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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Industry News

The Role of Ambulatory Surgery Centers
Managed Healthcare Executive (08/19) Vail, Tara

Speaking at the World Congress 2019 Care Coordination & Technology Congress earlier this year Richard Wild, MD, JD, chief medical officer of CMS noted that using digital technology to better coordinate patient care can help to save money and deliver more efficient care. One of the healthcare stakeholder groups that has embraced digitization is the ambulatory surgery center (ASC) industry.
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U.S. Senator Visits Local Surgery Center
Cleveland Daily Banner (TN) (08/16/19) Siniard, Tim

U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn visited Cleveland Wednesday to tour a local surgery center to learn more about how such facilities can not only provide excellent care, but also save Tennesseans million of dollars per year. Blackburn toured The Surgery Center of Cleveland, an ambulatory surgery center where physicians can perform surgeries “from eyes to feet,” according to Marietha Silvers, facility administrator.
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Data Shows Drop in Coverage Among People Ineligible for ACA Subsidies
The Hill (08/12/19) Sullivan, Peter

Health insurance enrollment declined among people who do not qualify for financial help under ObamaCare as premiums rose to make coverage less affordable, new federal data shows. The data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) shows that enrollment declined by 1.2 million people, or 24 percent, between 2017 and 2018 among people with incomes too high to qualify for ObamaCare subsidies.
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Safe Workspaces Require Workers and Managers to Find and Fix Errors
Joint Commission Dateline @ TJC blog (08/09/19) Hafiz, Hasina

There's a lot of talk in health care circles about safety culture lately, yet many don't realize this concept isn't just meant for patients. No organization can be serious about its commitment to keep patients safe without equal dedication to employee safety.
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‘Silent’ Strokes Common After Non-Cardiac Surgery
Cardiovascular Business (08/16/19) Slachta, Anicka

“Silent” strokes are more common than overt strokes in older patients undergoing elective non-cardiac surgery, investigators with the NeuroVISION study have found. Co-principal investigator and professor Marko Mrkobrada, MD, and colleagues followed 1,114 patients aged 65 years or older for one year after they received surgery for a non-cardiac indication.
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Software-Defined Solutions Deliver Powerful Management Capabilities
HealthTech (08/14/19) Hayes, Heather

The IT infrastructure for Proliance Surgeons was already on its last legs three years ago when the specialty surgery group hit a sudden growth spurt — a 15 percent boost in new patients and procedures that left IT staffers at the Seattle-based, physician-owned practice struggling to keep pace. “The network, the data center, our storage, they were all straining, trying to absorb and accommodate that level of growth,” says Proliance CIO Curt Kwak, whose small team of 36 IT specialists supports more than 2,400 employees across 100 clinics and ambulatory surgery centers in western Washington state.
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Doctors Lowering the Age Recommended for That First Colonoscopy
WBFO (88.7) (08/14/19) Desmond, Mike

As people approach the age of 50, they start hearing jokes about that first colonoscopy, doctors looking for evidence of colorectal cancer. However, doctors are starting to drop the age for that first colonoscopy, as a lot of colon cancer is turning up in people as young as 30.
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