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Registration for ASCA’s June 4 National Advocacy Day closes Friday, May 11. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet face-to-face with your legislators on Capitol Hill and discuss the issues that impact your ASC and your patients. The night before, ASCA will provide a training session to help you prepare for your meetings. Learn more about National Advocacy Day and register today!
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Smith & Nephew

Eligible Medicare-certified ASCs that want to avoid future payment penalties must report all ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program web-based measures by Tuesday, May 15. This is the first year that the web-based measure reporting dates are aligned. As a reminder, to meet this requirement, you must report measures ASC-8, ASC-9 and ASC-10 no later than May 15. Learn more.
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Mark your calendar for ASCA’s first Member Appreciation Week, to be held June 18–22! Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on LinkedIn to get the most up-to-date news regarding this celebration. We will be giving out prizes and recognition to our awesome members throughout the week, so act now to stay in the loop. Learn more about Member Appreciation Week.
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Full Cirlce   When it comes to revenue cycle management (RCM), we’re talking about profitability, operating margins and bottom lines—the collective lifeline in your ambulatory surgery center or private practice. Wouldn’t it be nice to know that a trusted acquaintance and proven professional was safeguarding it all for you?

Developing & Managing Ambulatory Surgery Centers offers a comprehensive overview of the various components of running an ASC. This electronic book focuses on the four major elements of ASC management: patient and clinical care, risk management, business office systems, and managed care and payer contracting. Purchase today.
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National Nurses Week, Sunday, May 6–Saturday, May 12, is a time dedicated to celebrating nurses and the critical role they play in health care. ASCA would like to recognize the many nurses working in ASCs today for their contributions to the ASC community and the patients we serve.
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One Medical Passport

Depending on specialty, geography, payer mix and technology, the critical components of an ASC revenue cycle can change. Read ASC Focus magazine's May cover story to learn how to better manage your ASC’s revenue cycle.
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An independent study published in the Journal of Health Economics compares the rate of adverse events, defined as inpatient admissions or ER visits, following an outpatient procedure in either an ASC or hospital outpatient department (HOPD). The authors found that patients experienced a reduction in ER visits when undergoing outpatient procedures in ASCs relative to HOPDs. Read more about this study’s findings.
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To Enlist Physicians in Reducing Costs, Show Them the Costs
Harvard Business Review (05/03/18) Glasgow, Robert E.; Finlayson, Sam; Ray, David M.

In a recent speech, Alex Azar, the U.S. secretary of health and human services, said, "There is no more powerful force than an informed consumer." What about an informed provider?

Infection Control and Prevention in Clinics Is in Everyone's Hands
ScienceDaily (05/03/18)

When it comes to the examination room at your health care clinic, you might think that avoiding catching the flu or other more deadly viruses is out of your hands, so to speak. But infectious disease experts at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, who just published a practical guide for infectious disease control in clinics, reveal how we can all help make a difference in infection control.

Physician Burnout Is a Problem at 83 Percent of Healthcare Organizations
EHR Intelligence (05/04/2018) Monica, Kate

Eighty-three percent of clinicians, clinical leaders, and healthcare executives view physician burnout as a problem at their organizations, according to findings in a New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) Catalyst spring 2018 report about burnout and how to prevent it. Titled "Immunization Against Burnout," the report by Swensen et al. featured responses from 703 healthcare executives, clinical leaders, and clinicians from hospitals, physician organizations, and health systems that are part of the NEJM Catalyst Insights Council.

Surgeons' Skills Improve With Age
Reuters (05/04/18) Harding, Anne

Surgeons' skills may improve with age, and male and female surgeons perform equally well, a recent U.S. study finds. Medicare patients' risk of dying in the month after an operation steadily fell as their surgeon's age increased, Dr. Yusuke Tsugawa of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in Los Angeles and colleagues report in the BMJ.

Industry Orgs Express Concerns With Healthcare Price Transparency
RevCycle Intelligence (05/03/18) Belliveau, Jacqueline

Industry groups are cautioning a bipartisan group of Senators on the challenges and limitations of healthcare price transparency from the provider organization perspective after the policymakers called for more information on the topic earlier this year. In March 2018, Senators Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Chuck Grassley (R-IW), Tom Carper (D-DE), Todd Young (R-IN), and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) unveiled their intention to launch a healthcare price and quality information transparency initiative.

How Paying Your Doctor in Cash Could Save You Money
Consumer Reports (05/04/18) Rosato, Donna

A growing number of medical services, from MRIs to blood work to outpatient surgery, could cost you less—sometimes a lot less—if you pay the provider out of your own pocket and leave your insurer out of the picture. That this is possible seems contrary to what many of us have come to understand about how health insurance is supposed to work.

Surgery Center of Oklahoma Joins Health Beyond Insurance
EIN Presswire (05/03/18)

Health Beyond Insurance (HBI) is excited to announce that Surgery Center of Oklahoma (SCO), a multispecialty surgical facility, owned and operated by 40 of the top surgeons and anesthesiologists in central Oklahoma, has joined Health Beyond Insurance's national provider network. Surgery Center of Oklahoma (SCO) is a 32,535 square foot, state of the art multispecialty facility in Oklahoma City.

Patient-Centric Care in a Spa-Like Setting
CapeCod.com (05/04/18) Moeller, Susan

Cape Cod Healthcare's new surgical center in Mashpee is like another wing of Cape Cod Hospital, if you imagine the corridor to be 11 miles long. The Cape Cod Surgery Center, which is located at 160 Falmouth Road (Route 28), opened last year as Cape Cod Healthcare's first free-standing ambulatory surgical center specializing in plastic surgery, ear, nose and throat, and shoulder surgeries for low-risk ambulatory patients.

Few Patients Maximize Opioid-Sparing Medications After Orthopedic Surgery, Study Finds
Newswise (04/30/18)

A new study led by Johns Hopkins researchers adds to growing evidence that patients underuse nonopioid pain relievers to supplement opioid pain management after spine and joint surgery. A report on the findings, which also shows that patients improperly store and dispose of unused opioids, was published in the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia on April 17.

Big Reduction in Requirements for Accredited Telehealth Organizations
Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (05/03/18) Webb, Joyce

Effective July 1, 2018, several Joint Commission elements of performance (EPs) for Ambulatory Health Care accreditation will no longer apply to services provided via a telehealth platform. These changes represent a 25 percent reduction in applicable standards for telehealth surgical and telehealth non-surgical settings.

Waystar Releases Second Annual Patient Payment Check-Up Survey
Business Wire (05/03/18)

Waystar, the combination of Navicure and ZirMed revenue cycle technologies, today announced findings from its second annual Patient Payment Check-Up Survey, conducted by HIMSS Analytics. This year's survey, fielded in January 2018, polled over 1,000 patients that have visited a medical provider in the last 12 months, along with almost 900 financial executives from leading hospitals, health systems, and other outpatient facilities.

State to Enforce 'Safety Checkpoints' on Prescription Opioid Use
Columbus Dispatch (05/02/18) Ludlow, Randy

Ohioans in long-term, chronic pain need not worry about the state taking away their painkillers, but medical professionals will have to comply with "safety checkpoints" to more carefully manage patients’ use of opioids. Gov. John Kasich and leaders of state health-care profession licensing boards Wednesday announced a series of "common-sense" thresholds of opioid use that will trigger increased monitoring to ensure patients are receiving appropriate, non-dangerous doses.


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