ASCA News Digest (October 2, 2018)

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October 2, 2018

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Register for ASCA's 2019 Winter Seminar by Monday, October 15, to take advantage of the early bird discount. This year’s program, taking place January 17–19 in Austin, TX, features three specialized tracks:
  • ASC Management Essentials (new in 2019)
  • Coding Update & Reimbursement Strategies
  • Infection Prevention Techniques for ASCs
You can move freely between the tracks and attend any of the sessions offered during this focused, ASC-specific seminar. Be sure to check out the schedule and register today!
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ASCA Survey  

Participate in This Orthopedic Survey for the Chance to Receive a Free Registration to ASCA 2019

If you are an ASC professional in a role at a multi-specialty center with an orthopedic practice, you are invited to provide your feedback. The short survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Upon completion of the survey, you will have the opportunity to sign up for the chance to receive a complimentary registration for the ASCA 2019 Conference & Expo. 


You can now renew your ASCA membership for 2019 via the online portal on ASCA’s website. Renew online before November 1 for a chance to win a $50 gift card! Thank you for your membership and we look forward to working for you in 2019.

Not yet an ASCA member? Join today.
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Data collection for the third quarter (Q3) of ASCA’s Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey is now open. Subscribers should make sure to submit their data by October 31 in order to get a complete picture of trends for the year.

Not yet subscribed to the 2018 survey? Purchase a subscription now.
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AT&T

With the ever-expanding list of procedures being provided in the outpatient setting, it is critical for facilities of all sizes to understand guidelines for reprocessing medical devices. Register for ASCA’s next webinar, Best Practices in Surgical Instrument Reprocessing, scheduled for Tuesday, October 9, at 1:00 pm ET and get a template for compliance that you can rely on inside your ASC. 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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Right now is a good time to sell your ASC. Hospitals are shopping, private equity firms are hungry for deals and management companies are looking to expand their portfolios. Read this ASC Focus article about the inherent obstacles facing an ASC trying to sell, ways to raise your facility’s profile and how to plan long term.
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DepuySynthes  

Outpatient Joint Replacement and Achieving The Triple Aim

Andrew Stoeckl, MD President of Excelsior Orthopaedics | Nicholas J. Violante, DO | David Uba, MBA, CEO

Excelsior Orthopaedics – Buffalo, NY


Patient outcomes demonstrate that outpatient joint replacement (OJR) provides an alternative site of care for patients suffering from chronic osteoarthritis. With the Triple Aim Objectives of healthcare reform firmly planted at the forefront of the national debate, OJR has been less costly than joint replacement performed in an inpatient hospital setting for our practice. By streamlining care in the outpatient setting, and contracting with local insurance providers with a bundled offering, Excelsior Orthopaedics decreased the top line reimbursement for total joints from approximately $38,000 to $26,000.


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On September 24, ASCA formally responded to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) 2019 proposed payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs). Of note, ASCA thanked CMS for addressing a number of long-requested ASCA priorities, including proposing to align update factors and moving ASCs to the hospital market basket that is used to update HOPD payments. Read more.
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Industry News


Healthcare Bluebook and ASCA Invited to Speak at U.S. Senate HELP Committee's Fourth Hearing
Healthcare Bluebook Blog (10/01/18)

On Tuesday, September 18th the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee held the fourth in a series of five hearings intended to examine the drivers of high U.S. healthcare costs. The hearing, entitled Reducing Health Care Costs: Examining How Transparency Can Lower Spending and Empower Patients, was presided over by Chairman Lamar Alexander, the ranking senator from the state of Tennessee.
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Transwestern
HHS Launching Database of Patient Safety Culture at Ambulatory Surgical Centers
Healthcare Dive (09/18/18) Masterson, Les

The Office of Management and Budget gave the OK for HHS to launch the Ambulatory Surgery Center Survey on Patient Safety Culture Database. The decision comes as ambulatory surgery centers are treating more patients—a trend being pushed by payers, including Medicare, that want to move care away from more expensive inpatient settings.
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MGH Study Finds Major Increase in U.S. Healthcare Data Breaches
HealthIT Security (09/26/18) Donovan, Fred

Since 2010, the total number of healthcare data breaches has increased steadily every year — except in 2015 — from 199 in 2010 to 344 in 2017, according to an analysis of U.S. health care data conducted by two Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) physicians. While 70 percent of all breaches took place at health care providers, breaches involving health plans accounted for 63 percent of all breached records.
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ASCA 2019 Winter Seminar
Tower Health Forms Partnership to Expand Access to Outpatient Surgery Centers
Lehigh Valley Business (09/27/18) Wescoe, Stacy

West Reading's Tower Health has announced a partnership with the nation's largest manager of ambulatory surgical centers to expand access to care for patients in its market area. Through the joint venture with United Surgical Partners International of Texas, Tower plans to both acquire and develop ambulatory surgery centers in Southeastern Pennsylvania with a goal of improving access for patients to high-quality, high-value surgical procedures.
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BridgeHealth Expands Its National Panel of Surgical Centers
Business Wire (09/27/18)

BridgeHealth, the leading national provider for surgical centers of excellence and value-based care, announced today it has added five surgical centers to its national provider panel. Fresno Surgical Hospital and Summit Surgical Center, both in Fresno, California, and OrthoAtlanta (two centers) and Polaris Spine and Neurosurgery Center serving the greater Atlanta area are now partnered with BridgeHealth.
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DePuy Synthes    Why did you start performing total joint replacements at the surgery center?
AAOS and The Joint Commission Collaborate to Help Further Standardize Care and Quality Improvement in Hip and Knee Replacement Surgeries
Joint Commission Press Release (09/26/18)

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has announced collaboration with The Joint Commission to incorporate AAOS clinical expertise into standards development and performance measurement requirements for Total Hip and Knee Replacement (THKR) Certification. The Joint Commission established the voluntary advanced certification in 2016 for accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers seeking to elevate the quality, consistency and safety of their services and patient care.
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