ASCA News Digest (September 17, 2019)

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September 17, 2019


ASCA Highlights

Sign up today to get the best registration rates 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 Monday, September 30, so register today!
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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.

“Salaries, Wages & Benefits” comprise one of the largest expense items on the ASC Profit & Loss statement. Learn the secrets of controlling your productivity and improving your bottom line through proven techniques that go far beyond old-school standards and benchmarking during ASCA’s next webinar, “Maximizing Staff Productivity,” scheduled for Tuesday, September 24, at 1:00 pm ET. Register today.
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Make sure your ASC’s compensation packages are competitive as you plan budgets and staffing for 2020. ASCA’s Salary & Benefits Survey report makes it easy for you to benchmark your ASC’s information with similar facilities, negotiate a raise or determine salary and benefits for a new position. ASCA members save $100 on the survey report. Purchase your report today.
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RG Medical   Preventing Perioperative Hypothermia
DataTherm® Continuous Patient Temperature Monitoring in the ASCs

Perioperative Hypothermia is considered a common complication and those patients who receive neuraxial and general anesthesia are at risk. Perioperative Hypothermia can be defined as a core body temperature dropping below 36°C during surgery.

Even mild to moderate PH can be associated with increased susceptibility to cardiovascular stress, infection, impaired coagulation as post anesthetic shivering and discomfort. Continuously monitoring the patient’s temperature during the entire surgical process versus periodically taking temperatures is the only way to truly assess the patient for temperature trending and normothermia outcomes.

“Dynamic Patient Temperature Monitoring™”

RG Medical Diagnostics

On September 4, the Advanced Endoscopy Center (AEC) hosted US Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) at its Bronx center as part of National ASC Month. While National ASC Month has concluded, facility tours can be held throughout the year and remain one of the most effective ways to educate lawmakers about ASCs and gain new supporters for the community in Congress. Learn more.
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On September 9, the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced its first enforcement action under the new Right of Access Initiative. This initiative seeks to ensure that patients receive their requested medical records within the timeframe and price set out by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Read on.
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Industry News

Leading Healthcare Organizations Urge Congress to Reform Prior Authorizations
MD Magazine (09/12/19) Campbell, Patrick

In a show of solidarity, a conglomerate of leading healthcare organizations sent a letter to Congress earlier this week urging passage of a bill that would protect Medicare Advantages beneficiaries from prior authorization requirements. The letter is in support of the Improving Seniors' Timely Access to Care Act of 2019 and was signed 370 organizations including the American Medical Association.
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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.
Colorectal Cancer Becoming More Common at Younger Ages
Reuters (09/09/19) Carroll, Linda

Rates of early-onset colon cancer are rising in many high-income countries even as rates among older adults hold steady or decline, a new study shows. The trend toward more colon cancer in younger adults began in the mid-1990s, according to the report published in Gut.
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FDA Statement Alerting Patients and Health Care Professionals of NDMA Found in Samples of Ranitidine
FDA News Release (09/13/19)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has learned that some ranitidine medicines, including some products commonly known as the brand-name drug Zantac, contain a nitrosamine impurity called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) at low levels. NDMA is classified as a probable human carcinogen (a substance that could cause cancer) based on results from laboratory tests.
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McKesson   Infection is the most common cause of total knee revisions, and the third most common in total hips. In fact, by 2030 the infection risk for hip and knee arthroplasty is expected to increase threefold.

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.
5 Steps to Better Patient Engagement and No More No-Shows
Fierce Healthcare (09/06/19) Bennight, Sarah

Healthcare providers who need to connect with patients have more competition than ever in grabbing their attention. Consumers are bombarded with calls and emails—particularly in this era of rampant robocalls—not to mention all the distractions from ads and social media.
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Are Patients the Next Cyberattack Targets?
Medscape (09/13/19) Miller, Jen A.

When Vice President Dick Cheney received a new defibrillator in 2007, his doctor disabled the device's wireless capabilities so that it wouldn't be vulnerable to terrorist attacks. "I worried that someone could kill you," his cardiologist, Jonathan Reiner, told him years later on CBS' 60 Minutes.
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