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ASCA CEO Discusses Medicare’s Final 2019 ASC Payment Rule

On November 2, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final 2019 payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPD). ASCA Chief Executive Officer Bill Prentice talks about the policy changes the rule contains and the implications of those changes for ASCs.


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HHS Announces New Payment Model Proposal for Medicare Prescription Drugs

The US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) unveiled a new payment model proposal that would drastically change the way Medicare pays for Part B prescription drugs. President Trump announced the proposed change during a speech at HHS on October 25. The proposal, broadly named the International Pricing Index (IPI) model, contains several reforms designed to reduce the prices Americans pay for prescription drugs.


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Member Focus

Two for One From Member Focus

Member Focus has adopted a new more-for-less format that offers two questions for you to choose from and answer. Stick to the original plan and answer one question or, if you are full of ideas and raring to share, get two answers in with one click. Make sure your voice is heard in the ASC community and keep abreast with what your fellow ASC community members are saying. Visit the Member Focus page to keep up with the buzz.


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  • What method(s) does your ASC use to place orders for materials?
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Names in the News

AAAHC Releases Quality Roadmap 2018

A new report from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) of Skokie, Illinois, analyzes data from more than 900 accreditation surveys from 2017 to identify areas of high and low compliance, according to a November 13 press release.


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USPI Names New CEO

United Surgical Partners International (USPI) of Dallas, Texas, appointed Brett Brodnax, president and chief development officer, as chief executive officer (CEO), according to a November 6 press release.


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