ASCA News Digest (September 4, 2019)

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September 4, 2019


ASCA Highlights

You can now renew your ASCA membership for 2020 via the online portal on ASCA’s website. Renew by September 30 to receive a discounted online-only rate (discount available to facility members only). Thank you for your membership and we look forward to working for you in 2020!

Not yet an ASCA member? Join today.
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Echelon Medical Capital   Echelon Medical Capital offers innovative accounts receivable liquidity solutions for healthcare providers that take insurance or medical liens against pending personal injury cases. Echelon Medical Capital has quickly become one of the largest dedicated medical receivables funding companies in the country. With unrivaled levels of committed capital, Echelon can support medical practices of any size, including doctors, hospitals and surgery centers.

Get on-call sourcing, equipment planning, and tracking and reporting services for just $30 per operating room per month with the new ASCA Buyer Program, offered through the ASCA Asset Network and provided by affinity partner HANDLE. Sign up by September 30 to save 40% on your subscription. Learn more.
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One of the most complicated employment issues that ASCs deal with is how to navigate the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) when an employee requests leave.

Join ASCA’s next webinar, When an Employee Requests Leave: Navigating the ADA and FMLA Requirements, for a step-by-step guide on how to comply with both ADA and FMLA requirements when handling employee leave requests.

This program will take place next Tuesday, September 10, at 1:00 pm ET. Register now.
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McKesson   Infection is the most common cause of total knee revisions, and the third most common in total hips1. In fact, by 2030 the infection risk for hip and knee arthroplasty is expected to increase threefold3.

If you’re doing total joints today, or planning to do them in the future, it’s important to have the tools and knowledge needed to prevent, diagnose and treat surgical site infections (SSIs).

What’s your plan to reduce SSIs? Click here for 4 tips to consider as part of your pre-op protocols.

Sign up today to get the best registration rate 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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Inventory Optimization Solutions (IOS) in Aliso Viejo, California, recognized The Surgery Center of Fairbanks (SCF) in Fairbanks, Alaska, with its 2019 Best Practice Award Q2. The honor recognized SCF’s capabilities in streamlining processes to optimize inventory and reduce cost, tackling such issues as management of physical counting, labelling and organization of storage areas and unit of measure. Read more.
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ClearGage   Missing out on revenue has been a consistent issue for ambulatory practices due to higher rates -of patient financial responsibility and a growing demand for outpatient care. This trend is forcing many practices to wait 90-120 days to receive payment, if at all, as medical bills are often going unpaid or underpaid. However, much of this lost revenue is avoidable. In this eGuide from ClearGage, you’ll learn exactly how your practice can implement intelligent communication tools to increase efficiency, maximize revenue, and optimize RCM processes. Ready to improve your bottom line? Find out how in our eBook.

ASCA and its members have made significant progress recently advocating for Medicare policies that benefit ASCs. The ASC community has seen important wins in recent years, such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalizing its proposal to align update factors and move ASCs to the hospital market basket and the addition of 58 procedures to the ASC-payable list in the past five years. However, payment disparities continue to affect our centers. Read on.
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Industry News

FDA Recommends Health Care Facilities and Manufacturers Begin Transitioning to Duodenoscopes With Disposable Components
FDA News Release (08/29/19)

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is recommending that duodenoscope manufacturers and health care facilities transition to different types of duodenoscopes that may pose less risk to patient safety. Specifically, because of challenges with cleaning these devices for reuse (reprocessing) and persistent high levels of contamination, the agency is recommending moving away from using duodenoscopes with fixed endcaps to those with disposable components that include disposable endcaps—or to fully disposable duodenoscopes when they become available.
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Understanding Environment of Care and Life Safety in Ambulatory Surgery Centers
FacilitiesNet (08/28/19) Shull, Joe

The environment of care (EC) has been developed as a category requirement by the accrediting organizations, including the Joint Commission and AAAHC. Its purpose is to identify and manage all risks associated with maintaining a safe, functional, and supportive environment.
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CDC Releases Free Infection Control Training Courses
AHA News (08/14/19)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released the first in a new series of free online training courses to help health care organizations prevent and control infections. Developed by the AHA's Health Research & Educational Trust, the first courses cover competency-based training, hand hygiene and strategies for preventing healthcare-associated infections.
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Physician Pay Increased, Productivity Remained Stagnant in 2018, AMGA Survey Finds
Globe Newswire (08/27/19)

Data from AMGA's 2019 Medical Group Compensation and Productivity Survey shows physician compensation increased in 2018, while changes in work relative value unit (wRVU) productivity remained low. The survey, conducted by AMGA's subsidiary, AMGA Consulting, found that overall physician compensation increased by a med­ian of 2.92 percent, compared to a 0.89 percent increase the previous year.
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NC Certificate of Need Bill Used for Slice of Mini-Budget, But Reforms Not Dead
Laurinburg Exchange (08/29/19) Havlak, Julie

Reforms to health-care regulations aren't dead. Certificate of need reform was one of the bills sacrificed as scrap material for the piecemeal budget.
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Surgeon Impresses Upon Physicians the Value of Outpatient Surgery
Fierce Healthcare (08/14/19) Renfrow, Jacqueline

Richard Berger, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon at Midwest Orthopedics at Rush, has performed more than 10,000 outpatient joint replacement surgeries. Now, he's trying to get more physicians to do more outpatient surgery themselves.
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