ASCA News Digest (February 11, 2020)

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If you haven't already, renew your ASCA membership for 2020 before it expires on February 28. ASCA membership provides your entire staff with access to vital educational resources, great networking opportunities, essential industry news and practical tools to use daily in your facility. Members can renew via the online portal on ASCA’s website or by returning the renewal notice received in the mail.

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Volunteer for an international medical mission trip in Honduras by applying for a Medical Mission Scholarship provided through the ASCA Foundation’s partnership with One World Surgery. Opportunities are available for CRNAs, sterile processors, nurses, surgical techs and scrub techs working at ASCA member facilities. Learn more and apply.
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The ASCA 2021 Winter Seminar will be held January 14–16, 2021, in Las Vegas, NV. If you have a suggestion for a topic or speaker, please let us know. ASCA is accepting submissions through February 28. Submit your suggestion now.
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While your ASC will likely never be mistaken for Disney World, strive to provide the same level of attention and service that helps attract millions of people to the resort every year. When patients come through your ASC’s door, they should be made to feel like the most important person in the facility, with every need met and every concern addressed. Read this ASC Focus article to learn how to manage the patient experience.
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On February 3, the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a bulletin providing information about Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) responsibilities and patient information rights in regards to the current coronavirus outbreak.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (02/06/20)
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued information on the respiratory illness caused by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). CMS strongly urges the review of CDC's guidance and encourages facilities to review their own infection prevention and control policies and practices to prevent the spread of infection.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (02/06/20)
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Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (02/05/20) Helen Larios
During my perioperative career as an operating room nurse, often in the scrub or assistant roles, the potential dangers of surgical smoke exposure were a real concern. All of us wore a mask in the operating room, but during some long procedures, I remember my eyes watering and trying to hold back the urge to cough as the smoke accumulated in the sterile field while the surgeon cauterized a patient's tissues.
Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (02/05/20) Helen Larios
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Cath Lab Digest (02/05/20) Vol. 28, No. 2 Marc Toth; Derek Mitzel
By the time you read this article, hundreds, if not thousands, of Medicare patients will have had percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs) in Medicare-accredited ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) around the country. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' approval of PCI in the ASC setting is a watershed moment and will accelerate the outmigration of cardiovascular care from the hospital to ASCs.
Cath Lab Digest (02/05/20) Vol. 28, No. 2 Marc Toth; Derek Mitzel
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Since 2005, HST Pathways has made revenue cycle management easier, faster, and more accurate.
  • Insurance authorization workflow and retro-authorization checks and balances
  • Implant tracking and management
  • Native patient estimator based upon the surgery centers payer contracts
By monitoring the process better, you can predict cash flow based on volume and payer mix versus using retrospective data to forecast cash. For more information, visit hstpathways.com/revenue.
FDA MedWatch (02/07/20)
GE Healthcare is recalling the Carestation 620/650/650c A1 anesthesia systems because there is a potential for a loose cable connection inside the system which may cause the mechanical ventilation to stop working. If this occurs, the system will emit a high priority audio and visual alarm to alert the health care provider.
FDA MedWatch (02/07/20)
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Business Insurance (02/04/20) Angela Childers
The Indiana House of Representatives passed a bill that would cap reimbursement for ambulatory outpatient surgical centers treating injured workers. Bipartisan bill H.B. 1332, introduced by Republican Rep. Matthew Lehman, passed with a 91-1 vote on Monday.
Business Insurance (02/04/20) Angela Childers
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