ASCA News Digest (January 14, 2020)

Join ASCA this week in New Orleans, LA, for the ASCA 2020 Winter Seminar. Register onsite at the InterContinental New Orleans for this year’s program, which features three specialized tracks:
  • ASC Management
  • Coding & Reimbursement
  • Finance & Accounting
Attendees can move freely between the tracks and join any of the sessions offered. We hope to see you there!
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The data collection period for the fourth quarter (Q4) of ASCA’s 2019 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey is open through 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 facility ready to make 2020 its best year yet? Keep your ASC on track for success by subscribing to ASCA’s 2020 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey today.
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The next time your ASC needs to buy or sell equipment, supplies or inventory, look no further than the ASCA Asset Network, provided by HANDLE, an ASCA affinity partner. This trusted online marketplace features thousands of new and refurbished items and can save you both time and money. Get started today.
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HST Pathways
What's in store for this year? Read this ASC Focus article to see industry professionals weigh in on key trends. The overview consists of three sub-articles: Proliferation of Private Equity Investment in ASCs, Growth Expected for ASCs and Key Trends for ASCs.
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Make advocacy a part of your New Year’s resolution by acting now to build support for critical ASC legislation. Request that your members of Congress support your ASC and the patients you serve by cosponsoring the Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality and Access Act of 2019 (H.R. 4350/S. 3085).
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Surgical Information Systems
In February 2020, MHAUS will provide a webinar on options to clean anesthesia machines for MH-susceptible patients and answer specific questions attendees may have on this topic. To ensure the information given will meet your needs, they ask if you would respond to a short survey. They can use your feedback to develop a solid and insightful webinar for all.
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New research suggests surgery patients overwhelmingly prefer presurgical safety checklists to be completed in front of them, contrary to what was believed by doctors. The study, published in the European Journal of Anaesthesiology, is by Dr. Sabine Nabecker, Department of Anaesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Bern University Hospital, and University of Bern, Switzerland, and colleagues.
Medical Xpress (12/20/19)
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High-alert and hazardous medications bear a heightened risk or cause significant patient harm and/or sentinel events when they are used in error and, as a result, require special safeguards. Look-alike/sound-alike (LASA) medications are those, either written or spoken, which may lead to potentially harmful errors when confused with each other.
Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (01/08/20) Bobby Hurt
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In 2015, Congress passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act – or MACRA. In an attempt to streamline multiple quality programs for physicians, the law created the Merit Based Incentive Payments System (MIPS).
CMS Blog (01/06/20) Seema Verma
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U.S. News and World Report ranked the best-paying jobs for 2020. Topping the list is anesthesiologist, followed by surgeon, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, obstetrician and gynecologist, and orthodontist.
U.S. News & World Report (01/07/20)
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Older adult patients are using online provider reviews to make care access decisions, but they aren't the only thing that matters, according to survey data out of the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation. The National Poll on Healthy Aging, which included responses from nearly 2,200 patients ages 50 to 80 and was conducted by U of M in partnership with AARP and Michigan Medicine, revealed that just under half (43 percent) have used an online provider review to make a care access decision at least once.
Patient EngagementHIT (01/08/20) Sara Heath
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HealthCare Appraisers
Complete a Survey and Earn $50!

Spend 10 minutes sharing your insights into the state of the ASC industry in 2020 and ensure your responses are included in the HealthCare Appraisers 2020 ASC Valuation Survey. The completed surveys will contain insights into valuation multiples and other transaction trends occurring in the ASC industry, as well as provide data metrics on management fees and other operating statistics related to ASCs.

In return, you will be entered to win a complimentary registration to the ASCA 2020 Conference & Expo in Orlando, FL, May 13–16, 2020, and will also receive a complimentary copy of the final survey results after they are tabulated. Additionally, HealthCare Appraisers will provide you with a $50 Amazon gift card as a small token of their appreciation for participating in the survey.
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