ASCA News Digest (October 30, 2018)

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October 30, 2018

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Registration is now open for the ASCA 2019 Conference & Expo, May 15–18 in Nashville, TN. ASCA’s annual conference will feature more than 50 educational sessions designed specifically for ASC professionals, access to hundreds of ASC-industry vendors who can help you find the solutions you’re looking for, networking opportunities with more than a thousand of your colleagues and more. Learn more 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 specialty, 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.


The data collection period for the third quarter (Q3) of ASCA’s Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey closes tomorrow, October 31. This online benchmarking survey provides valuable performance metrics you can use to improve clinical outcomes, billing, staffing and more at your ASC. If you have not yet signed up for the 2018 survey, purchase your subscription now and receive the Q1 and Q2 national reports for free. Subscribe.
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Learn to evaluate your ASC’s financial performance and take it to a higher level during ASCA’s next webinar, Benchmarking Key Performance Indicators for Financial Health. This program, scheduled for Tuesday, November 6, at 1:00 pm ET, will explain how you can identify trends and improvement opportunities to help you grow or refocus your business.

This webinar 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 2019 Winter Seminar

On Thursday, November 1, at 10:45 am PT, ASCA Director of Government Affairs Heather Falen Ashby will lead the Federal Legislative and Regulatory Update for ASCs session at the Washington Ambulatory Surgery Center Association 2018 Annual Education Conference & Tradeshow, November 1–2, in Tacoma, WA.

At 8:45 am ET on Friday, November 2, ASCA CEO Bill Prentice will lead the National Perspective segment of the State of the Union session at the 5th Annual NY Metro ASC Symposium in New York, NY.

Keep up to date with the latest ASCA and ASC-industry events by visiting ASCA’s events calendar.
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Read this ASC Focus article to find out how one ASC director in Charlotte, NC, handles regulatory compliance and how her ASC consistently stays ahead of the curve. Read on.
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Surgical Notes

While the new administration has made removing regulatory barriers a priority, many are still uncertain what role the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI)
will play in pushing value-based care initiatives. Adam Boehler, previously chief executive officer of the at-home medical start-up Landmark Health, said that CMMI’s next steps are to look at providers willing to take on greater risk and assimilate them into existing models. Read on.
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Industry News


New Scoring for High Level Disinfection and Sterilization
Joint Commission Ambulatory Buzz blog (10/24/18) Garcia-Houchins, Sylvia

High-level disinfection (HLD) and sterilization lapses are an area of great concern for The Joint Commission. The problem is especially pronounced in ambulatory health care (AHC) organizations, as 79 percent of AHCs and nearly 81 percent of office-based surgery centers (OBS) practices surveyed in 2017 had at least one finding in the infection prevention and control chapter.
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Transwestern
St. George Surgical Center Administrator Speaks to Congress About Reducing Health Care Costs
St. George News (10/20/18) Shoup, Mikayla

In the midst of seemingly endless debate about America’s rising health care costs, St. George Surgical Center Administrator Ty Tippets was invited to speak to the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee about how cost transparency can reduce spending and empower patients when making health care decisions. Tippets testified last month alongside three other ambulatory surgical center executives in Washington, D.C.
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Trump Proposes to Lower Drug Prices by Basing Them on Other Countries' Costs
New York Times (10/26/18) P. A14 Pear, Robert

President Trump proposed on Thursday that Medicare pay for certain prescription drugs based on the prices paid in other advanced industrial countries — a huge change that could save money for the government and for millions of Medicare beneficiaries. As part of a demonstration project covering half the country, Medicare would establish an "international pricing index" and use it as a benchmark in deciding how much to pay for drugs covered by Part B of Medicare.
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Complex and Rapidly Changing Payment Models Challenge Physician Practices
RAND Corp. (10/14/18)

Physician payment models are becoming more complex and the pace of change is increasing, creating challenges for physician practices that might hamper their ability to improve the quality and efficiency of care despite their willingness to change, according to a new joint study by the RAND Corporation and the American Medical Association. "The complexity and pace of change in how physicians are paid for their services has required practices to spend substantial resources just to keep up with program details," said Dr. Mark W. Friedberg, the study's lead author and a senior physician policy researcher at RAND, a nonprofit research organization.
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Surgeon Age Doesn't Affect Cataract Surgery Outcomes
Reuters (10/24/18) Crist, Carolyn

Late-career surgeons perform a large proportion of cataract operations, and they do it with an overall low rate of adverse events, a Canadian study suggests. In recent years, researchers have analyzed whether surgeons’ age affects their skills, dexterity and risk for mistakes in the operating room, the study authors note in JAMA Ophthalmology.
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Crashing and Burning: New Concerns Emerging Over Physician Burnout
ICD10Monitor.com (10/09/18) Buck, Chuck

Last month, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reported on research findings that among U.S. resident physicians, "symptoms of burnout and career choice regret were prevalent, but varied substantially by clinical specialty." Also, the Physician's Foundation’s 2018 Survey of America's Physicians reported that physician morale and burnout are a continuing challenge: the rate of physicians feeling burned out increased from 74 percent in 2016 to 77.8 percent in 2018.
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