ASCA News Digest (January 7, 2020)

Online registration for the ASCA 2020 Winter Seminar will close Friday, January 10.

This year’s program—taking place January 16–18 in New Orleans—features three ASC-specific tracks:
  • ASC Management
  • Coding & Reimbursement
  • Finance & Accounting
Attendees can move freely between the tracks and join any of the sessions offered throughout the seminar. Get the new year off to a great start by registering today.
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On January 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a corrected payment addendum for CY 2020 ASC payment rates. ASCA has updated its proprietary Medicare Rate Calculator to reflect these changes (available to ASCA Members only). A complete list of ASCA's payment resources can be found under the Federal Regulations tab.
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Many ASCs don’t have defined temperature management protocols for their perioperative patients and may not be able to recognize that their patients could be cold. Explore the important role that maintaining normothermia plays in helping to improve patient outcomes during ASCA’s first webinar of the year, Perioperative Temperature Management for ASCs: What’s in Your Protocol?, scheduled for Tuesday, January 14, at 1:00 pm ET. Register today.

This program is also included in ASCA’s 2020 Webinar All-Access Pass, which provides access to all 17 webinars in this year's series for one low fee.
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On December 18, the Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality and Access Act of 2019 was introduced by Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) in the US Senate.

Your vocal support of the bill to your members of Congress is crucial in garnering their support. Please help secure the support of your senators for the Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality and Access Act of 2019 by using ASCA's letter template to reach out and ask them to sign on to the bill as a cosponsor.
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The data collection period for the fourth quarter (Q4) of ASCA’s 2019 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey is now open and will close on Friday, January 31. Subscribers should make sure to submit their data before the deadline in order to get a complete picture of trends for last year.

Is your ASC on track for success in the new year? Make 2020 your facility’s best year yet by subscribing to ASCA’s 2020 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey.
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HST Pathways
In 2012, Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes. Since then, the number of states where the drug has been legalized for medical and/or recreational purposes has increased. Read this ASC Focus article on how to incorporate questions regarding marijuana in the medication reconciliation process.
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Drug shortages have the potential to adversely affect health outcomes by leading to delays in treatment regimens or alternative drug therapies. According to a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) report released in October, a staggering 163 drugs made this list.
Medscape (01/03/20) Robert Glatter; Paul Biddinger
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Check-Cap announced positive results from a pilot study of its C-Scan system, an ingestible X-ray scanning capsule for no-prep colorectal cancer screening, according to a press release. "The results of the study are promising, both in terms of safety and patient compliance of the procedure," Seth A. Gross, MD, associate professor of medicine at NYU Langone Health and principal investigator of the study, said in the press release.
Healio Gastroenterology (01/04/20)
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For severe acute pain due to surgeries and medical conditions, there is a lack of guidance on the appropriate type, strength, and amount of opioid medication that clinicians should prescribe to patients, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. A standardized process for developing clinical practice guidelines would provide trustworthy evidence-based criteria for prescribing opioids, help clinicians assess the risks and benefits of prescribing opioids, and identify areas where more evidence and research is needed, says Framing Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Acute Pain: Developing the Evidence.
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (12/19/19)
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Surgical Information Systems
An estimated one in 20 patients, or 12 million U.S. adults, will have a diagnostic error every year, according to a 2014 study. A diagnostic error is a diagnosis that is missed, wrong or delayed, as detected by some subsequent definitive test or finding.
Joint Commission Press Release (12/19/19) Maureen Lyons
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A new surgery center opened in Greenville. "I had diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and ever since the surgery I'm off all of my medications for my chronic illnesses," said John Whichard, a patient at Southern Surgical.
WNCT-TV 9 (Greenville, NC) (12/18/19) Amber Joseph
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