ASCA News Digest (October 16, 2019)

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October 16, 2019

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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.

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Sign up today to lock in the early bird 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. Check out the schedule and register today!
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Data collection for the third quarter (Q3) of ASCA’s 2019 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey is open through October 31. Subscribers should make sure to submit their data by the deadline 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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RG Medical

Get answers to all your questions about how to respond when a patient has a surgical site infection during ASCA’s next webinar, You Just Discovered an Infection in an ASC Patient. Now What?, scheduled for Tuesday, October 22, at 1:00 pm ET. This program will discuss the different types of surgical site infections, which patients you must follow for post-surgical infections and effective techniques for accomplishing your goals. Register today.

This program is also included in ASCA’s 2019 Webinar All-Access Pass, which provides access to all 18 webinars in this year's series for one low fee.
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People, today, expect background information on nearly every good or service they seek, and that includes healthcare services. The Leapfrog ASC Survey is a quick and powerful tool ASCs can use to demonstrate transparency. The inaugural survey launched on April 1, and will remain open to submissions and updates until November 30. Read this ASC Focus Advocacy Spotlight for more.
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Centurion Service Group

The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is proposing to establish the 2020 aggregate production quotas for controlled substances in schedules I and II of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and an assessment of annual needs for the list I chemicals ephedrine, pseudoephedrine and phenylpropanolamine. Read more.
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Industry News


HHS Proposes Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute Reforms to Support Value-Based and Coordinated Care
HHS News Release (10/09/19)

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services announced proposed changes to modernize and clarify the regulations that interpret the Physician Self-Referral Law (the “Stark Law”) and the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute. The proposed rules provide greater certainty for healthcare providers participating in value-based arrangements and providing coordinated care for patients.
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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.
Man Drives Five Hours for Surgery Insurance Won't Cover
CBS News (10/11/19) Werner, Anna

James Schlieper drove five hours from Central Texas to a surgery center across state lines for his hernia surgery — a procedure his catastrophic insurance doesn't pay for. Hospitals back home quoted him cash prices of over $30,000.
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Ambulatory Health Care: 2020 National Patient Safety Goals
Joint Commission (10/04/19)

[The Joint Commission has released] the National Patient Safety Goals effective January 1, 2020. Included below are links to the 2020 National Patient Safety Goals for the program: Download chapter and Simplified version.
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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.
HHS Announces Guide for Appropriate Tapering or Discontinuation of Long-Term Opioid Use
HHS News Release (10/10/19)

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published a new Guide for Clinicians on the Appropriate Dosage Reduction or Discontinuation of Long-Term Opioid Analgesics. Individual patients, as well as the health of the public, benefit when opioids are prescribed only when the benefit of using opioids outweighs the risks.
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Ohio Senate Passes Bill to Allow Patients to Learn Hospital Costs in Advance
Columbus Dispatch (10/09/19) Ludlow, Randy

Ohioans would be able to learn the bottom-line cost of their scheduled hospital care — and their out-of-pocket share of the bill — in advance under a bill passed unanimously by the Ohio Senate on Wednesday. Senate Bill 97, sponsored by Sen. Steve Huffman, R-Tipp City, would require hospitals to provide a "reasonable, good faith" cost estimate, or price range, of scheduled services at the advance request of patients beginning July 1, 2021.
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