ASCA News Digest (November 26, 2019)

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November 26, 2019


ASCA Highlights

Get the final word on the changes to Medicare’s ASC payment system that will take effect January 1, 2020, during ASCA’s upcoming webinar Understanding Medicare’s 2020 Final Payment Rule. Participants will find out how ASC payment rates will change in 2020 and examine the new procedures that were added to the final list of those eligible to be performed on Medicare patients in the ASC setting.

This webinar is scheduled for next Tuesday, December 3, at 1:00 pm ET. Register today.
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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.

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Sign up today for the ASCA 2020 Winter Seminar, January 16–18 in New Orleans, LA. Attendees will enjoy small-group sessions led by industry experts and unparalleled networking opportunities. This year’s program features three specialized 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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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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The threat of patient-related violence is an unfortunate reality that all healthcare providers—regardless of setting—must prepare for and confront pursuant to established violence-prevention protocols and procedures. Read this ASC Focus article on how to handle a violent situation if it occurs.
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On November 18, ASCA staff met with representatives from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Survey and Certification Group and Clinical Standards Group. The conversation centered around the recent finalization of CMS’ burden reduction rule that goes into effect this Friday, November 29, and how those changes impact ASCs. Specific topics of discussion included updates to state operations manual appendices, emergency preparedness, hospital transfer agreements/admitting privileges and medical history and physical assessments. Read more.
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Industry News

AAAHC Updates Allergy Documentation Resource
AAAHC News Release (11/25/19)

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) has updated its Allergy Documentation Toolkit. The revised version includes an overview of challenges and improvement strategies, as well as more specific information on latex and penicillin/beta-lactam allergies, to help ambulatory health care organizations avoid patient complications.
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Association of Decreased Postsurgical Opioid Prescribing With Patients’ Satisfaction With Surgeons
JAMA Surgery (11/12/19) Louie, Christopher; Kelly, Julia; Barth, Richard

When surgeons cut their prescribing of opioids for pain by more than 50 percent, their patient-satisfaction scores didn’t suffer, a small U.S. study found. As reported in JAMA Surgery, the study team analyzed patient satisfaction results for 11 surgeons during the periods before and after the doctors were given education and prescribing guidelines that led to a sharp decrease in the number and duration of opioid prescriptions they gave out.
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FDA Statement on New Steps to Advance Innovation in Medical Device Sterilization With Ethylene Oxide
FDA News Release (11/25/19) Shuren, Jeffrey E.

At the U.S. Food and Drug Administration we continue to closely monitor the supply chain effects of closures and potential closures of specific large-scale sterilization facilities that use a gas called ethylene oxide to sterilize certain medical devices prior to their use. Ethylene oxide is used in the manufacturing processes for a variety of both medical and non-medical products.
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Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria More Prevalent in Device-Related Infections
EurekAlert (11/25/19)

Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) related to the use of medical devices are more likely to be antibiotic resistant than HAIs that result from surgical procedures, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) published today in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. "Combating antimicrobial resistance is a top clinical and public health priority in the United States," said Lindsey Weiner-Lastinger, MPH, an epidemiologist at the CDC.
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Direct Oral Anticoagulant Management Best Practices for Ambulatory Care
Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (11/13/19) Larios, Helen

For outpatient settings, direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) – medications that keep blood from clotting – consistently rank as the class of medications most frequently leading to emergency room visits and hospital admissions for adverse drug events (ADEs). Overall, anticoagulants are the second highest medications involved in error incidents causing death or serious harm.
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