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September 5, 2018

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Make sure your ASC is prepared for planned or unplanned physician departures during ASCA’s next webinar, When a Physician Leaves: Strategies for Surviving and Thriving, scheduled for Tuesday, September 11, at 1:00 pm ET. In this webinar, participants will focus on the components of an effective, ongoing physician succession plan, including what is needed to execute the plan successfully and tips for avoiding common pitfalls along the way. Register today.

This program is also included in ASCA's 2018 Webinar All-Access Pass, which provides access to all 19 webinars in this year's series for one low fee.
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Thanks to all who celebrated National ASC Month! During the month of August, more than 25 ASCs around the country opened their doors to the public and hosted facility tours for elected officials. Thank you for joining ASCA’s advocacy efforts by promoting awareness of the high-quality, cost-effective care that ASCs provide. We will see you next year!

If you participated in National ASC Month and would like your photos featured, please contact Danielle Kaster.
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In the latest Member Focus profile, a director of nursing from Florida shares her secrets to handling postop instructions with patients and discusses the hiring methods her ASC uses to fill open positions. This is the first Member Focus profile to feature the new expanded question format.

Want to be featured in Member Focus? Share your answer to one or both of this month’s questions and you could be selected for a future profile.
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Two ASCA staff members are scheduled to speak at the 2018 California Ambulatory Surgery Association (CASA) Annual Conference & Exhibits, September 5–7 in Huntington Beach, California:
  • ASCA CEO Bill Prentice will present a legislative and regulatory update on Thursday, September 6, at 8:30 am PT
  • ASCA Regulatory Counsel Kara Newbury will speak on the regulatory update panel on Friday, September 7, at 10:20 am PT
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The continued use of opioids after the initial postoperative recovery period has increased greatly in recent years. Studies have shown that up to 10 percent of surgery patients given postoperative opioid medications have continued opioid use after one year. Read this ASC Focus Digital Debut on how to better understand the connection between the need for immediate postoperative pain relief and the long-term effects of overprescribing opioids.
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Your input is needed in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) 2019 Proposed ASC Payment Rule. Of note, CMS is proposing to review all procedures that were added to the ASC-payable list within the three calendar years prior to the year in which they are engaging in rulemaking (2015–2017).

ASCA will once again submit comments raising industry-wide concerns, but it is important that CMS hear from individual centers as well. All comments are due September 24. Learn more.
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Better Testing of Electronic Health Records Needed to Protect Patients
Pew Charitable Trusts (08/28/18) Moscovitch, Ben

Technology often produces unintended consequences, and that’s certainly true of the electronic health record (EHR) systems used in hospitals and medical practices. These digital tools have increased the quality, safety, and efficiency of health care, but problems with their usability—how doctors, nurses, and other staff interact with them—have put patients in harm's way.

AAAHC Offers Educational Resources on Emergency Drills
AAAHC News Release (08/27/18)

Many different types of emergencies can occur in a health care setting--and facilities need to be prepared to handle all of them. Whether the emergency is related to medical demands, inclement weather, or security threats, organizations should create a crisis plan and practice key strategies before an actual disaster hits.

New Joint Commission Advisory on Non-Pharmacologic and Non-Opioid Solutions for Pain Management
Joint Commission Press Release (08/28/18) Bronk, Katie Looze

Each year, an estimated 42,249 individuals die from overdosing on opioids in the United States. As health care continues to fight the opioid epidemic, organizations are addressing their pain management policies and processes, including how they relate to non-pharmacologic and non-opioid solutions.

ASCA, AJRR, and the Orthopaedic Surgery Market
AJRR Blog (08/30/18) Taira, Alex

August is National Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Month and the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) has invited Alex Taira, Policy Analyst, Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA), to contribute a guest blog on the evolution and diversity of today's orthopaedic surgery sites. It has always been the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons' (AAOS) belief that choosing the appropriate orthopaedic surgery setting is a decision that the patient and the surgeon make together based on a series of factors that lead to the best patient experience and outcome.

Assemblymember Victor M. Pichardo Marks National Ambulatory Surgery Center Month at Mid-Bronx Endoscopy Center
PharmiWeb.com (08/29/18)

On Friday, August 24, 2018, Assemblymember Victor M. Pichardo (NY-86) toured the Mid-Bronx Endoscopy Center (MBEC) to mark National Ambulatory Surgery Center Month. During National ASC Month, ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) celebrate the high-quality care they provide to surgical patients across the country.

Queens Endoscopy Celebrates National ASC Month
Pharmacy Choice (08/29/18)

Taking place in August, National ASC Month serves to promote awareness of the safe, affordable, exceptional care that ASCs provide. Queens Endoscopy (QEC) is taking advantage of the opportunity to promote awareness and educate key policy and decision makers about the benefits of ASCs with a visit from Senator Anthony Avella, from the 11th New York Senate district.

Coalition Requests Federal Taskforce Reconsider Colorectal Screening Guidelines
ACS Cancer Action Network News Release (08/28/18)

Twenty-two public health and patient advocacy groups submitted a letter to the United States Preventive Services Task Force today requesting it reconsider its 2016 colorectal cancer screening recommendation before its currently scheduled review in 2021. The request follows a guideline update from the American Cancer Society in May that recommends screening begin at age 45 for people at average risk of colorectal cancer instead of starting at age 50.


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