ASCA News Digest (December 3, 2019)

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December 3, 2019


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Make sure you have the education, resources and connections you need to make 2020 your best year yet. Reserve your spot today at the ASCA 2020 Winter Seminar and the ASCA 2020 Conference & Expo—two can’t-miss events for ASC professionals.

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RG Medical

Earlier this year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced elimination of the hospital transfer agreement requirement as well as changes to its emergency preparedness and H&P rule. These changes took effect Friday, November 29. ASCA members can view ASCA’s burden reduction rule resources to learn more.
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With the increase of high-deductible health plans and out-of-pocket costs rising, patients with insurance can sometimes end up with expensive bills for surgery. Since the surgery costs less and quality is not compromised, patients have been willing to travel a reasonable distance to the high-quality, cost-effective providers. Read this ASC Focus article on how ASCs can market to patients outside of their community.
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Regent RCM   A partner center utilized our upfront financial counseling program and Regent benchmarks. As a result, the center exceeded all ASC-specific benchmarks. Click here to find out how your center can increase revenue!

Industry News

Wrong Site Events, Unintended Foreign Object Retention Top Reported Sentinel Events in Ambulatory
Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (11/25/19) Castro, Gerald

While The Joint Commission has always devoted a great deal of study to sentinel events, or patient safety events that reach a patient and result in death, permanent harm, or severe temporary harm, we're drilling down into the data to provide greater insight into events reported to us by accredited ambulatory care organizations. This additional study has led to new categorization for better characterization and analysis of these events that require immediate investigation and response.
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More Hospitals, States Snuff Out Surgical Smoke (11/29/19) Harrington, Kristine

A health warning for health care workers. Surgical smoke is a danger looming in the operating room that many states are working to eliminate.
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3 Challenges Facing ASCs and Tips to Overcome Them
Mnet Health (11/26/19)

With patients having more financial responsibility for their healthcare, outpatient settings like surgery centers are becoming more attractive to patients. In general, surgical procedures at ASCs are 35 percent to 50 percent lower than hospitals.
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Surgical Notes   New Revenue Cycle KPI E-book Available From Surgical NotesSurgical Notes, a leading nationwide provider of ASC revenue cycle solutions has developed a new e-book, “ASC Revenue Cycle Key Performance Indicators to Monitor” for the ASC community. The complimentary guide was developed by Surgical Notes’ RCM experts to help ASCs gain better control over their revenue cycle performance, spot problems hurting the bottom line, and identify opportunities for improvement that can enhance profitability. Click Here to request the e-book today!
6 Drug Companies' Role in Opioid Epidemic Scrutinized by Prosecutors
New York Times (11/27/19) Hong, Nicole

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn have opened a criminal investigation into whether several large drug companies intentionally skirted regulations in order to promote the sale of addictive opioids, according to corporate filings and a person familiar with the matter. The investigation is part of a heightened law enforcement scrutiny around the country into companies that make and distribute prescription painkillers.
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The Safety of Single and Multi-Level Cervical Total Disc Replacement in Ambulatory Surgery Centers
Spine (11/07/19) Cuéllar, Jason M; Lanman, Todd H.; Rasouli, Alexandre

As healthcare costs rise, attempts are made to perform an increasing proportion of spine surgery in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). ASCs are more efficient, economically and functionally.
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