ASCA News Digest (October 29, 2019)

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October 29, 2019

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Examine the final rule for Regulatory Provisions to Promote Program Efficiency, Transparency, and Burden Reduction and the impact it will have on the Medicare Conditions for Coverage during ASCA’s upcoming webinar CMS Burden Reduction Rule Update.

This webinar, scheduled for Tuesday, November 5, at 1:00 pm ET is free for ASCA members and $150 for nonmembers. Register 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.

Sign up by November 15 to lock in early bird registration rates for the ASCA 2020 Winter Seminar, January 16–18 in New Orleans, LA. The Winter Seminar features three ASC-specific tracks:
  • Finance & Accounting
  • Coding & Reimbursement
  • ASC Management
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 closes this Thursday, 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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Centurion Service Group

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, then renew your membership via the online portal or return the renewal form you received from ASCA in the mail.

Not yet an ASCA member? Join today!
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While most components of an ASC’s heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system are typically out of sight, they should never be out of mind. A properly functioning HVAC system is vital to keeping patients safe. Read this ASC Focus article on how to keep dangers at bay as well as how to fix certain HVAC problems when they arise.
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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.

Following the release of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) final burden reduction rule, ASCA staff have received many questions from members regarding state requirements surrounding medical history and physical examinations (H&Ps) as well as transfer agreements and admitting privileges. Over the past few weeks, the ASCA Government Affairs team has crafted two one-page briefs detailing existing state requirements for both H&Ps and transfer agreements and admitting privileges. Read more.
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Industry News


ECRI Institute: Top 10 Health Technology Hazards to Watch in 2020
HIT Consultant (10/08/19) Pennic, Jasmine

ECRI Institute identified surgical stapler misuse as the number one health technology hazard in its Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2020 report. ECRI Institute's Top 10 Health Technology Hazards, now in its 13th year, identifies top health technology concerns that warrant attention from healthcare leaders.
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FDA Statement on Concerns With Medical Device Availability Due to Certain Sterilization Facility Closures
FDA News Release (10/25/19) Sharpless, Ned

As the agency responsible for ensuring the safety and effectiveness of all medical devices, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been closely monitoring the supply chain effects of closures and potential closures of certain large-scale sterilization facilities that use a gas called ethylene oxide to sterilize medical devices prior to their use. The recent closure of a Sterigenics ethylene oxide sterilization facility in Illinois, the temporary closure of another Sterigenics facility in Georgia, and the potential closure of a large Becton Dickinson sterilization facility in Georgia could affect the availability of some sterile medical devices used by health care delivery organizations and patients.
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Fight Over Colonoscopy Sedation Raises Big Medical Questions
Buffalo News (10/16/19) Scanlon, Scott

The use of the anesthesia propofol puts patients to sleep faster, brings them out of their oblivion more quickly and may help doctors find more precancerous polyps during a colonoscopy than the traditional means of sedation. But do those benefits justify the $300 to $500 extra cost per patient?
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RG Medical
Infection Control in Healthcare Personnel: Infrastructure and Routine Practices for Occupational Infection Prevention and Control Services (2019)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (10/18/19)

This document, Infection Control in Healthcare Personnel: Infrastructure and Routine Practices for Occupational Infection Prevention and Control Services, is an update of four sections of Part I of the Guideline for infection control in health care personnel, 1998 (“1998 Guideline“) and their corresponding recommendations in Part II: C. Infection Control Objectives for a Personnel Health Service; D. Elements of a Personnel Health Service for Infection Control; H. Emergency-Response Personnel; and J. The Americans With Disabilities Act. Those sections described the infrastructure and routine practices of Occupational Health Services (OHS) for providing occupational infection prevention and control services to healthcare personnel, as well as special considerations associated with emergency response personnel and provisions in the Americans with Disabilities Act that are relevant to OHS.
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MPSC Expands Transparency Efforts by Releasing Its ASC Quality and Performance Data
P&T Community (10/28/19)

Monterey Peninsula Surgery Centers, LLC (MPSC) released its most current ASC quality outcome data, including the percentage of medical staff physicians with Board Certifications, hospital admitting privileges and rates for post-surgical infection, emergency room visits and readmissions. MPSC's continued focus on transparency in its quality performance measures empowers patients with the information they need to make well-informed decisions regarding their healthcare treatment options.
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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.
Atrium Health Surgeons Demonstrate Use of Robots in Surgery on Jack-o-Lantern
WBTV (N.C.) (10/25/19) O'Connor, Kristi

Surgeons with Atrium Health are using robots to help them be more accurate and less invasive in surgery. A group of surgeons demonstrated how the robotic technology helps them by using a jack-o-lantern as a patient.
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Improvement in Medication Compounding Environments & Accuracy of Engineering Control Reports
Joint Commission Dateline @ TJC blog (10/23/19) Campbell, Robert

Over the last two years, The Joint Commission has led the way in reducing risk related to the sterile compounding of medications within its accredited organizations. In 2018, we enhanced our survey focus on sterile medication compounding (as detailed in this blog post) and the effort appears to have paid off.
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