ASCA News Digest (November 12, 2019)

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November 12, 2019


ASCA Highlights

Be sure to register by this Friday, November 15, to lock in early bird registration rates for the ASCA 2020 Winter Seminar. The Winter Seminar—January 16–18 in New Orleans, LA—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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Regent RCM   Learn how an ASC increased collections by $125,000 per month, due in part to A/R Follow Up. Our new white paper provides this intel and so much more. Download today and leverage ASC-specific benchmarks and our own gold standards. 

As ASCA reported November 1, Medicare has released its 2020 final payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs). Of note, CMS has finalized its proposal to move eight codes—including total knee arthroplasty (TKA)—to the ASC-payable list; CMS also finalized the continued alignment of the ASC update factor with that used to update HOPD payments. ASCA has now published the 2020 final rule version of the Medicare Rate Calculator, an ASCA members-only resource. Read more.
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Recent changes in CMS’ quality reporting program for ASCs pose new challenges for perioperative leaders in the ASC setting. Learn what quality reporting is now required and get your questions answered during ASCA’s next webinar, CMS Quality Reporting for ASCs.

This program, scheduled for Tuesday, November 19, at 1:00 pm ET, is $100 for ASCA members and $150 for nonmembers. Register today.
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Purchase your copy of Finance & Accounting for ASCs, 4th Edition. This essential resource—published earlier this year—covers the fundamental concepts that every ASC manager needs to know and is illustrated with real-world examples from ASCs like yours. ASCA members save $50 on this must-read publication. Buy your copy today.
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The manner in which many ASCs operate can increase the likelihood for embezzlement. Without proper oversight by facility physician owners, embezzlement can go undetected. Read this ASC Focus article on how to understand your facility’s vulnerabilities and strengthen your defenses against this crime.
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Industry News

Preventing Staff-on-Staff Violence Starts at the Top
Joint Commission Dateline @ TJC blog (10/29/19) Pelletier, Mark G.

At The Joint Commission’s recent Chief Nurse Executive Council meeting, I was captivated by the story of Katie Blanchard, a former army nurse who was doused in gasoline, set on fire and cut with scissors by an employee she supervised. Blanchard was verbally intimidated and harassed for over a year from this individual she supervised.
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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.
Judge Scraps 'Conscience' Rule Protecting Doctors Who Deny Care for Religious Reasons
NPR (11/06/19) Simmons-Duffin, Selena

In a blow to the Trump administration, a federal court in Manhattan has knocked down a rule that would make it easier for doctors and other health care workers to refuse care for religious reasons. U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer ruled Wednesday that the Department of Health and Human Services, which issued the regulation earlier this year, exceeded its authority and "acted arbitrarily and capriciously" in promoting it.
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ACP Issues Guidance for Colorectal Cancer Screening
EurekAlert (11/04/19)

Physicians should screen for colorectal cancer in average-risk adults who do not have symptoms between the ages of 50 and 75, the American College of Physicians (ACP) states in a new evidence-based guidance statement published today in Annals of Internal Medicine. The frequency of screening depends upon the screening approach selected.
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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

Severe Shortage Hits a Drug Used for Cancer, Immune Disorders, and Epilepsy
Washington Post (11/04/19) Rosenkrantz, Holly

A severe shortage of immune globulin--a popular medicine used to treat epilepsy, cancer and immune disorders--is forcing doctors nationwide to cancel patients' lifesaving infusions, even as hospitals and treatment centers are resorting to rationing and dose-cutting. Immune globulin helps protect patients from infections, and it is used to treat many medical conditions including seizures, leukemia, auto­immune diseases, organ transplants, acute muscle illnesses and nerve disorders.
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Practice Eyes an Eye Surgery Center for Wilmington's Medical Corridor
WilmingtonBiz (NC) (11/08/19) Nunn, Cece

Wilmington Eye, one of the largest multi-specialty ophthalmology groups in Southeastern North Carolina, plans to open a freestanding ambulatory surgery center on 16th Street, a few blocks from the practice's largest location in Wilmington. The practice bought the property at 1915 and 1919 S. 16th St. for $1.2 million in October, property tax records show, in anticipation of gaining approval for a certificate of need for the surgery center.
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