Departments

Departments

 

Message from the President

Role of Technology in Your ASC

Use of technology has been increasing in surgery centers for many years. As we continue to meet the needs of surgeons and patients in the future, will technology be your friend or foe?


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Message from the CEO

Transparency to a T

While consumers can compare prices and make informed decisions before buying myriad products and services, cost and quality of health care services are not easily available. That needs to change.


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As I See It

Postsurgical Pain Management in ASCs

Prevent opioid dependency, minimize readmissions and improve patient experience

Major advances in surgical techniques have enabled ASCs to perform a myriad of outpatient surgery procedures on millions of Americans. Many challenges, however, still exist in adequately managing postsurgical pain while minimizing negative outcomes in the ASC setting.


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Q & A

ASCA CEO Discusses Proposed 2019 ASC Payment Rule

A Q&A with Bill Prentice

On July 25, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2019 proposed payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPD). ASCA Chief Executive Officer Bill Prentice talks about the policy changes proposed and the implications of those changes for ASCs.


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ASCA 2019

Considering Vascular Procedures in Your ASC?

Come to ASCA 2019 to learn what you need to know

If you are planning to add vascular procedures to your ASC, I recommend you attend my session “Should You Perform Vascular Procedures in Your ASC?” at the ASCA 2019 Conference & Expo, May 15–18, in Nashville, Tennessee.


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Coding

Applying NFPA 99 to Your ASC

The Health Care Facilities Code identifies provisions for maintaining building systems

Health care facilities, including ASCs, contain many building systems and equipment that are unique compared to other occupancies. Those systems play a vital role in providing care to patients and are a key component in patient outcomes. Even those systems that are not unique to health care can have more importance in facilities that are occupied by the sick, weak or otherwise compromised (i.e., individuals who are sedated or under anesthesia). The continual upkeep of these systems and equipment is essential to providing safe patient care.


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Compliance

OSHA Updates Its Regulations

Learn how to implement the revised reporting requirements

In 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a proposed rule to improve the tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses through the electronic collection of establishment-specific injury and illness data. After receiving comments on the proposal, OSHA issued the final rule that became effective January 1, 2017 (Occupational Safety and Health Administration 29 CFR Part 1904).


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Regulations

HIPAA Biannual Update

July to December 2018

Since ASCA’s last update in July 2018, health care organizations across the country posted 163 breaches of protected health information (PHI) affecting 500 or more individuals.


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Doing Business

Leverage Technology to Improve Business Office Efficiency

Tips on training and implementation

If you have worked in the ASC industry long enough, you have likely heard a phrase along the lines of “case volume is the lifeblood of an ASC.” While cases are vital to an ASC’s success—after all, without cases, there are no billable services—cases on their own will not make or break a surgery center.


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Insurance

Trends in Medical Risk Transfer

Risks that are uninsurable or prohibitively expensive to insure might call for alternative risk transfer

In an ever-changing world, it is no secret that risks associated with ASCs also are evolving. Trends in medical risk transfer, however, are generally not related to ordinary risks but rather nontraditional—low frequency/high severity—risks. If these risks occur, they have the ability to bring a practice to a screeching halt. Examples of such risks include: loss or suspension of professional license, legislative and regulatory changes, cyber risk (breach of customer data and detrimental code) and related Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) violations.


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Legislature

ASCA Advocates for Fair Implementation of Section 603

Congress passes site-neutral payment legislation

On November 2, 2015, congressional leaders and the Obama administration announced a bipartisan budget agreement that would fund the federal government for two years, raise the nation’s debt ceiling and stave off Medicare premium increases for beneficiaries. The final legislation, called the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, responded to a number approaching fiscal deadlines and leadership changes in the House that could have impacted the ability to strike such a deal.


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Technology

Curbing the Opioid Epidemic

The role of ASCs and EHRs

Emergency rooms (ER)—where a 2016 New York Times report says up to 75 percent of visits are for pain—can be a starting point for addiction. Many patients’ initial exposure to opioids, however, is immediately following outpatient surgery.


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Finances

Take Your ASC Revenue Cycle to the Next Level

Your employees are the most important tool to success

We all know every penny counts, but the rapidly changing rules surrounding ASC reimbursement can make revenue cycle management difficult. We can be ready for whatever changes come our way if we have the right tools, anticipate and adapt. When we think “tools,” we generally think software, hardware and medical equipment, but the most important tool for an ASC’s success is something else that is sometimes forgotten. More on that later. Below are a few tips to manage your revenue cycle successfully.


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Regulatory Review

CMS Makes Changes to its Quality Reporting Program

What this means for your ASC

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made significant changes to Medicare’s ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program for 2019 and beyond, including the suspension of four outcomes measures that have been part of the ASCQR Program since its inception in 2012. Facilities that have been collecting and reporting data on Medicare claims forms are no longer required to do so for 2019.


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Advocacy Spotlight

Join Your Peers at ASCA’s State Leaders Conference

Hear from experts on developing association membership, governance and effective advocacy at the state level

Each year, ASCA’s State Affairs Committee hosts a State Leaders Conference. With growing participation, the conference has become the signature event for networking and learning about state ASC advocacy.


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ASCA News

Subscribe to ASCA’s 2019 Benchmarking Survey

Data collection for the first quarter (Q1) of ASCA’s 2019 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey is open from April 1–30.


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Web Crawl

Attend ASCA’s Online Career Fair for Nurses

All you need is an internet connection to participate in the Virtual Career Fair for nurses, hosted by ASCA’s Career Center, on Thursday, April 4, from 11:00 am–3:00 pm ET.


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