Message from the President

ASCA 2020: Take a Deep Breath and Jump In

ASCA 2020 is right around the corner, and I hope you are making plans to attend one of the finest ASC educational and networking events of the year.

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Message from the CEO

Invest Your Time and Money Wisely, Join ASCA in Orlando this Spring

If you haven’t already registered for the ASCA 2020 Conference & Expo, May 13–16, in Orlando, Florida, I encourage you to sign up today. If you register before March 13, you will still qualify for early registration rates.

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ASCA 2020

Navigate Today’s Changing Employment Landscape Successfully

Come to ASCA 2020 to learn how not to get sued by disgruntled employees

Say five years ago, your ASC went online or consulted with a human resources company or even hired an attorney and created an employee manual for your staff. That manual has provisions for drug testing, anti-harassment policies, arbitration provisions and benefits. Your ASC is feeling pretty safe.

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As I See It

Improve the Patient Experience

Use technology, reimbursement and marketing strategies

Telehealth, wearable health tracking devices, cloud-based services and a seemingly unending list of technological innovations dominate today’s headlines, and all areas of healthcare incorporate technology. Your ASC’s revenue cycle is no exception.

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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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Coding Guidance for Common ASC Specialties

Understand the rules behind the codes

Successful coding requires ASC coders to understand the rules concerning their ASCs’ specialties and the procedures within those specialties.

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Managing Medical Equipment

Follow accrediting bodies’ requirements

When a medical device arrives at an ASC it becomes subject to management under at least 14 different Elements of Performance (EP) within The Joint Commission (TJC) Environment of Care (EC) Standards, 2019 Environment of Care, Essentials for Health Care. However, it is important to understand that the requirements for all accrediting bodies stem from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) guidelines and are essentially the same from a medical equipment management perspective.

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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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Legal Matters

Informed Consent Process in Ambulatory Surgery

Review state laws and AHRQ materials before creating your policy

In rare situations, the duration of the informed consent could present an issue. Some state laws presume that a written authorization signed by the patient is valid. Some states might specify the time frame in which consent remains valid; others require that consent be obtained no more than 30 days from the procedure. Therefore, checking state regulations is essential.

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Doing Business

The National Practitioner Data Bank and Your ASC

The federally run program prevents practitioners from moving without disclosing previous damaging performance

The National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) is a federally run program managed by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

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Build a Data-Driven Marketing Program

Foster relationships by eliminating the guesswork

Relying on word-of-mouth to cultivate awareness is not enough to establish and build reputation among potential patients in today’s competitive healthcare marketplace. Patients are using various means to shop for and select their care providers, and it is helpful to have a marketing program that connects with people as they consider options.

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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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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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Quality Improvement

Implement a QMS for Device Processing

New systems benefit patients and staff

Joseph Juran, a leading expert in the quality industry and author of Juran’s Quality Handbook—The Complete Guide to Performance Excellence, defines “quality management” as all activities of the overall management function that determine the quality policy, objectives and responsibilities and implement them by such means as quality planning, quality control and quality improvement within the quality system.

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Avoid Negligent Credentialing

Consider an automated management system

Credentialing in ASCs must be done in accordance with best practices and the standards set by the accreditation organizations.

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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.

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Regulatory Review

Attend ASCA 2020 Regulatory Sessions

Get up-to-the-minute compliance advice from experts

Year-to-year changes in Medicare policy, accreditation and quality reporting can be difficult to keep up with, but failure to stay on top of these updates can mean painful financial penalties.

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Advocacy Spotlight

Combatting the Opioid Epidemic

ASCA joins Voices coalition in support of the NOPAIN Act

Opioids, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are the main driver of drug overdose deaths and accounted for 47,600 deaths in 2017 alone.

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Register for ASCA’s March Webinars

In March, ASCA will offer two webinars: “Developing a Culture of Patient Safety” and “How to Give Your ASC the Best Financial Advantage.”

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Web Crawl

ASCA Adds New Course to its Online Training Series

A new course, “Malignant Hyperthermia,” is now available in the ASCA Online Training Series.

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