Departments

Departments

 

Message from the President

Health Care Consumerism: Are You Ready?

Whether you are working with a single independent consumer or a representative from a workplace sponsored plan, today’s consumers are seeking decreased cost, increased quality and an improved experience in their health care encounters. How well are you prepared to meet their demands?


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Message from the CEO

ASC Advocates Talk to Congress about Quality and Price Transparency

Late in September, two Capitol Hill hearings provided opportunities for ASC supporters to talk with members of Congress about the value that ASCs provide to patients and the need for improved quality and price transparency in health care.


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As I See It

Paving the Way for Bundled Payments

Overcoming barriers from concept to execution

While movement toward shared savings, shared risk and shared responsibility is paving the way for bundled payments, early adopters in the practice and ASC market have found that moving from concept to execution is extremely complicated.


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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

Coaching for Performance

Come to ASCA 2019 and learn new ways to help employees succeed

Setting expectations is the foundation for effective employee performance and a basic responsibility of every leader in our industry. After almost eight years of teaching clinical leaders the techniques of coaching, I am amazed to find that less than 10 percent of people in each class raise their hand when asked the question “Has your supervisor reviewed their expectations with you since you started in this role?”


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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

Childhood Dental Disease Affects Millions

One ASC fights back

Dental disease, our nation’s number 1 preventable childhood disease, endangers the overall health of millions. It is a silent epidemic that disproportionately affects poor children leading to a lifetime of health problems.


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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

CMS Proposes Changes to Conditions for Coverage

ASCs need to watch three proposals

In September 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced “Regulatory Provisions to Promote Program Efficiency, Transparency, and Burden Reduction” as part of a proposed rule that would revise the applicable Conditions of Participation (CoPs) that apply to providers and Conditions for Coverage (CfCs) that apply to ASCs.


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Advocacy Spotlight

ASCA’s Advocacy Successes and Initiatives

Looking back at 2018 and forward to this year

Stakeholders across the country helped make 2018 a productive year for ASC advocacy. In 2019, ASC supporters will have many more opportunities to help protect and promote patient access to the efficient, high-quality and cost-effective care ASCs provide.


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ASCA News

Last Chance to Register for ASCA’s Winter Seminar

ASCA’s 2019 Winter Seminar, January 17–19 in Austin, Texas, will offer three days of world-class education designed specifically for ASC professionals.


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Web Crawl

Plan Now to Get Involved in Grassroots Advocacy in 2019

ASCA’s regulatory and legislative successes are dependent on the advocacy efforts of ASCA members. Every day, policymakers make decisions on issues that directly impact ASCs, their staff and their patients.


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