Departments

Departments

 

Message from the President

Maintaining Our Foothold on Excellence

Greetings. As you might already know, I was elected president of ASCA’s Board of Directors this past April. As president, I look forward to using this space to discuss some of the important issues confronting ASCs and helping to define our practices and policies and the care we deliver to our patients.


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Message from the CEO

Proposed Rule a Victory for the ASC Community

This year is shaping up to be a momentous one for the ASC community. One important reason for that is the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed 2019 ASC payment rule issued in July. That proposal suggests sweeping changes to Medicare’s ASC policies.


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As I See It

Give the Gift of Surgery

Use an ASCA scholarship to join One World Surgery in Honduras

In March 2018, ASCA invited me to join One World Surgery at its ASC in Honduras to help kick off ASCA’s new scholarship program. The scholarship program is designed to help people who want to go on a medical mission trip but cannot finance the trip on their own. ASCA uses revenue derived from its affinity partners program to fund this scholarship program.


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ASCA 2018

Applying Moneyball to Your ASC

Use meaningful KPIs to help drive your business forward

Going . . . going . . . gone! Everyone wants the homerun hitting hero on their team. And, for many years, professional baseball teams paid big money to sign up the likes of Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Alex Rodriguez and Sammy Sosa.


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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

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). For more information on the final rule, click here. Although ASCs are partially exempt from some of the requirements in that rule, they are subject to a requirement that prohibits employers from discouraging workers from reporting an injury or illness.


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Doing Business

Quote Costs Up Front to Boost Patient Satisfaction

Improve case volume and collections with an effective quoting process

Patients are increasingly shopping for the health care services they need and becoming more aware of the cost of that care, especially for their portion of the cost. As low-cost, high-quality providers, ASCs should encourage this trend.


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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

Improve Your Patients’ Experience

Introduce innovative technology

Is your ASC leveraging technology to improve its patient experience?

If not, it is time to start.


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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

CMMI: Pursuing Innovation in Medicare and Medicaid

A brief history

In March 2010, after more than a year of development, President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Of particular note was Part III, Sec. 3021, which created a new Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (referred to as CMI in the bill, now commonly known as CMMI) within the larger Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).


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Advocacy Spotlight

Government and Stakeholders Commit to Opioid Response Efforts

ASCA does its part to help

In 2016, opioids were involved in 42,249 deaths, five times higher than in 1999, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Today, through legislation and administrative policy, the federal government has committed significant resources into opioid crisis response. It took a few years, but the paradigm has shifted from concern to increased action as human loss continues to grow.


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ASCA News

Register by September 30, Save on ASCA’s Winter Seminar

Attend ASCA’s 2019 Winter Seminar, January 17–19, in Austin, Texas, and get the new year off to a great start. Register by September 30 to get the best rates.


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Web Crawl

Access High-Quality Language Services for ASCs

Through ASCA’s affinity partnership with Akorbi, ASCA members enjoy special discounted rates on Akorbi’s high-quality Medicare-compliant translation and interpretation services.


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