ASCA News Digest (October 1, 2019)

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October 1, 2019

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Following years of advocacy from ASCA and its members targeting several burden reduction measures, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced elimination of the hospital transfer agreement requirement and changes in its emergency preparedness and H&P rules.
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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.

With your ASCA membership comes a variety of benefits that help you run your ASC more efficiently, provide quality patient care and stay up on industry trends and regulations. See all the ways in which this member puts her ASCA benefits to good use.

Renew via the online portal or return the renewal form you receive in the mail later this month.
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Data collection for the third quarter (Q3) of ASCA’s 2019 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey is now open. Subscribers should make sure to submit their data by October 31 in order to get a complete picture of trends for the year.

Not yet subscribed to the 2019 survey? Purchase a subscription now.
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Learn the pros and cons of adopting a new—or maximizing the use of an existing—electronic health record (EHR) in your facility. Registrants will find out what future EHR requirements could be coming for ASCs during ASCA’s next webinar, Electronic Health Record Update: Is EHR the Light or the Train at the End of the Tunnel?, scheduled for Tuesday, October 8, at 1:00 pm ET. Register today.

This program is also included in ASCA’s 2019 Webinar All-Access Pass, which provides access to all 17 webinars in this year's series for one low fee.
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Designing an ASC is hard work. From deciding between building a new space versus converting an existing space, to choosing an architect, a lot of decisions go into this process. Read this ASC Focus article for some guidance and tips to consider when undertaking such a large project.
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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.

ASCA submitted formal comments in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) CY 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Proposed Rule. Although payment updates in the MPFS do not affect reimbursement for ASCs, updates can affect reimbursement for the clinicians who work in ASCs. Read on.
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Industry News


Joint Commission Releases Quality Dashboard Reports for ASCs
Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare (09/24/19)

The Joint Commission has launched a new dashboard report for accredited ambulatory surgery centers (ASC) to provide performance measurement data on selected measures, according to the October issue of Perspectives. Available to Joint Commission surveyors and accredited ASCs, the reports are designed to help spur conversations about data, performance measures, and quality improvement in the survey process.
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Surgery Center of Southern Oregon Staff See 'Hard Days But Never a Bad Day': Top Workplaces 2019
Oregonian (09/26/19) Darling, John

In its 20 years, the Surgery Center of Southern Oregon has grown to be a desirable and smoothly functioning workplace, in large part because of a range of fun and practical benefits as well as staff and management councils that share decision-making. The center is a first-time winner in The Oregonian/OregonLive's annual Top Workplaces competition, which is in its eighth year in 2019.
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Lakewalk Surgery Center Duo Minimize Use of Opioids
Duluth News Tribune (MN) (09/24/19) Lundy, John

Dr. Christopher Davies and Neil Anderson — an anesthesiologist and a nurse anesthetist, respectively — acknowledge that they may be outliers in their field. But that's changing, the Lakewalk Surgery Center specialists said.
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Regent RCM   Download Now

Do you have the tools and intel to gauge performance across all functions of your revenue cycle? As a leading provider of cost-effective billing and collection services for ASCs, Regent Revenue Cycle Management recently published ASC-specific benchmarks and our own gold standards. Download today and receive the paper and a case study highlighting how one center increased collections by $125,000 per month, due in part to A/R Follow Up.
Cologuard Gains FDA Approval for Use in Younger Americans, Ages 45 to 49
PR Newswire (09/23/19)

Exact Sciences Corp. announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved its noninvasive colorectal cancer screening test, Cologuard, for eligible average-risk individuals ages 45 and older, expanding on its previous indication for ages 50 and older. The decision comes at a critical time when the incidence of colorectal cancer is on the rise among American adults under the age of 50.
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Hand Sanitizer Shown Less Effective Than Hand Washing Against Flu
CIDRAP (09/19/19) Soucheray, Stephanie

A new study from Japanese researchers challenges the idea that ethanol-based disinfectants are effective at completely destroying influenza A viruses quickly in all situations. The study was published yesterday in mSphere.
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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.

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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™”

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