ASCA News Digest (November 19, 2019)

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November 19, 2019


ASCA Highlights

ASCA’s Medicare payment resources (available to ASCA members only) have been updated to reflect the changes finalized in the 2020 final payment rule for hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) and ASCs. The 2020 Final Rule Rate Calculator, which you can use to view rates with your local wage index applied, is also now available to ASCA members. Learn more.
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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. 

Through ASCA’s affinity partnership with Akorbi, ASCA members can enjoy special discounted rates on Akorbi’s high-quality translation and interpretation services, which are available in more than 170 languages. Read this blog post to learn more about how Akorbi’s language solutions can benefit your ASC, then get started with Akorbi.
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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, then renew your membership via the online portal or return the renewal form you received from ASCA in the mail. All members who renew in the month of November will be entered to win an Amazon Echo.

Not yet an ASCA member? Join 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.

Register today for the ASCA 2020 Conference & Expo, May 13–16 in Orlando, and receive the lowest registration rate. ASCA’s annual conference will feature more than 50 educational sessions designed specifically for ASC professionals, access to hundreds of ASC-industry vendors who can help you find the solutions you’re looking for, networking opportunities with more than a thousand of your colleagues and more. Register today to save!
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ASCA is seeking candidates to serve on the ASCA Board of Directors. Board members also serve on the ASCA Foundation Board. If you know of an individual who has the skills, experience and the commitment to devote efforts to advocacy by serving on the ASCA/ASCA Foundation boards, please see if they are interested and, if so, nominate them. Self-nominations are accepted. Learn more.
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RG Medical

Read this ASC Focus interview of Michael Gordon, founder and president of Gordon & Associates in Florida, on the trends in ASC design. Gordon discusses the biggest factors and top considerations regarding ASC design and how to develop a design plan with a limited budget that also allows for future growth.
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Industry News

FDA Clears First Duodenoscope With Disposable Elevator Piece, Reducing the Number of Parts Needing Disinfection
FDA News Release (11/15/19)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today cleared for marketing in the U.S. the first duodenoscope with a sterile, disposable elevator component that will reduce the number of parts that need to be cleaned and disinfected (reprocessed) in between uses. The Pentax Medical Video ED34-i10T2 model duodenoscope is intended to provide visualization and access to the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract to treat bile duct disorders and other upper GI problems.
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More People in the United States Dying From Antibiotic-Resistant Infections Than Previously Estimated
CDC News Release (11/13/19)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released its updated Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States (AR Threats Report) indicating that antibiotic-resistant bacteria and fungi cause more than 2.8 million infections and 35,000 deaths in the United States each year. That means, on average, someone in the United States gets an antibiotic-resistant infection every 11 seconds and every 15 minutes someone dies.
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The Joint Commission Launches Educational Campaign on Patient Rights
Joint Commission Press Release (11/13/19) Lyons, Maureen

The Joint Commission today launched its Speak Up™ For Your Rights campaign to educate patients and their advocates on their rights before, during and after receiving care. The campaign includes an infographic and animated video, in English and Spanish, available for free download and use.
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Nurses in Georgia Seek Law to Protect Themselves in the Operating Room (Atlanta, Georgia) (11/13/19) Ross, Kaitlyn

Operating room nurses in Georgia say they're being put in danger as they try to help their patients. They're pushing for regulations in the state that will make it safer for them to perform surgery.
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Wilmington Eye Announces Plans for New Ambulatory Surgery Facility in Wilmington (11/17/19)

Wilmington Eye, the largest multi-specialty ophthalmology group in southeastern North Carolina, is pleased to announce its plans to open a new freestanding ambulatory surgery center located on 16th Street, a few blocks from the practice's largest location in Wilmington. This state-of-the-art surgical facility will be the only ambulatory surgery center in eastern North Carolina focused primarily on ophthalmic surgery cases.
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