ASCA News Digest (September 11, 2018)

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September 11, 2018

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Does your ASC take steps to ensure the appropriate antimicrobials, including antibiotics, are being used? Learn about the critical role your facility should play in helping support more appropriate prescribing of medications during ASCA’s next webinar, Antibiotic Stewardship, scheduled for Tuesday, September 18, at 1:00 pm ET. 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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ASCA members are invited to apply for Medical Mission Scholarships provided through the ASCA Foundation’s partnership with One World Surgery. Each scholarship covers One World Surgery’s medical mission program fee and round-trip airfare for the participant.

One World Surgery is recruiting nurses and surgical/scrub techs for several upcoming trips to the Holy Family Surgery Center in Honduras, including:
  • September 22–29 (orthopedics, general, ophthalmology, urogynecology)
  • October 13–20 (orthopedics)
  • October 20–27 (orthopedics)
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ASCA staff will speak at three conferences in the next week:
Keep up to date with the latest ASCA and ASC-industry events by visiting ASCA’s events calendar.
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Share the perks of ASCA membership with your peers so that more facilities can enjoy the same benefits! For each new ASC you refer to ASCA that joins before Friday, September 28, you will receive a $25 gift card. Any individual working in an ASC that is a member of ASCA is eligible to participate. Learn more about ASCA’s Member Referral Program.
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As patients take a more active role in their health care decisions, it becomes more important than ever to build awareness about the high-quality, low-cost surgical care that ASCs provide for millions of Americans each year. Help share the ASC story by joining state associations and participating in benchmarking and National Advocacy Days. Read this ASC Focus cover story to find out what you can do to highlight your ASC and its services.
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Thank you to everyone who participated in ASCA’s 2018 September National Advocacy Day! ASCA members from 10 states met with their lawmakers and health staff to ask for their support on ASC legislation. These advocacy efforts have led the ASC industry to have one of its most successful years in Washington, DC. Read on.
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Industry News


SSIs Following Hip, Knee Replacements Will Increase by 14 Percent If HHS Goal Not Met
Healio (09/10/2018) Stulpin, Caitlyn

Unless rates are reduced, researchers predict that surgical site infections following knee and hip arthroplasties will increase by 14 percent between 2020 and 2030 in the United States. "Hip and knee arthroplasties improve the quality of life for patients who receive elective surgery," Hannah M. Wolford, MSPH, and colleagues from the CDC's Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion wrote in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.

Best Practice Resource Developed to Prevent Infections
ASHE News Release (09/04/18)

The American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have published best practices on using the health care physical environment to prevent infections. Using the Health Care Physical Environment to Prevent and Control Infection: A Best Practice Guide to Help Health Care Organizations Create Safe, Healing Environments contains best practices, case studies, resources and information based on key research.

AMA Releases 2019 CPT Code Set
AMA News Release (09/05/18)

The American Medical Association today announced the release of the 2019 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code set. There are 335 code changes in the new CPT edition reflecting the CPT Editorial Panel and the health care community’s combined annual effort to capture and describe the latest scientific and technological advances in medical, surgical and diagnostic services.

Physician Burnout Associated With Poorer Patient Outcomes
AJMC.com (09/04/18) Rosenberg, Jaime

In 2017, the Medscape Physician Lifestyle Report found that 50 percent of physicians in the United States report signs of burnout, a 4 percent increase from the year before. As physician burnout continues to persist, researchers warn that there are negative impacts on patient care.

Hospitals Prepare to Launch Their Own Drug Company to Fight High Prices and Shortages
NPR Online (09/06/18) Kodjak, Alison

Sometimes IV bags are hard for hospitals to come by. Other times it's injectable folic acid to treat anemias.


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