ASCA News Digest (December 10, 2019)

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December 10, 2019


ASCA Highlights

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 by Thursday, December 12. Self-nominations are accepted. Learn more.
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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 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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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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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!

Register for the ASCA 2020 Conference & Expo by December 31 and receive the lowest registration rates. ASCA’s annual conference—May 13–16 in Orlando—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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While the rules governing transportation services are clear in some ways, plenty of gray areas remain. Read this ASC Focus article to review the key components to creating a policy on transportation services for your patients.
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RG Medical

On November 29, the US Department of Defense (DoD) released a proposed rule that amends TRICARE reimbursement methodology for ASCs. TRICARE is the healthcare program for uniformed service members, retirees and their families. Read on to learn more.
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Industry News

Flu Season Off to Earliest Start in More Than 15 Years
Associated Press (12/06/19)

The U.S. winter flu season is off to its earliest start in more than 15 years. An early barrage of illness in the South has begun to spread more broadly, and there’s a decent chance flu season could peak much earlier than normal, health officials say.
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Taking It In-House: The Convenience, Savings and Safety of an Ambulatory Surgery Center
South Magazine (12/09/19)

The science of medicine is all about pushing for new frontiers, finding ways to improve nearly everything. We can thank this ethos for everything from advancements in the medicines we take to new techniques in surgical procedures that save our lives.
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New Outpatient Surgery Center Opens in Amherst
Buffalo News (12/06/19) Scanlon, Scott

WNY Medical Management this week hosted a grand opening this week of its new $3 million, 16,379-square-foot Amherst Surgery Center. Physicians from across the region will perform outpatient procedures to provide pain relief and address orthopedic, spine, vascular, OB/GYN and gastrointestinal challenges; breast, general, and plastic surgeries also will be performed.
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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!
New Life in Surprise Billing Ban as Key Lawmakers Reach Agreement
Healthcare Dive (12/09/19) Muchmore, Shannon

A bipartisan group of House and Senate leadership announced Sunday they had reached an agreement on a legislative ban to surprise medical billing that includes an arbitration element, though other details are still being worked out. Some key lawmakers, however, are not yet fully on board.
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The Most Viable Drug Pricing Bill in Congress is Getting a Makeover
Washington Post (12/05/19) Cunningham, Paige Winfield

The drug pricing bill with the best chances of passing Congress is getting a makeover, as its authors and the White House try to make it more attractive in a last-ditch effort to notch a win on lowering drug costs before the 2020 election season. Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) are unveiling a 2.0 version of their Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act of 2019, which caps out-of-pocket costs for Medicare enrollees and requires drugmakers to pay rebates if they hike prices faster than inflation.
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Winter Seminar

National Medical Billing Services