Looking Ahead at 2019

Key trends, challenges and opportunities

Digital Debut

HIPAA Biannual Update

Since ASCA’s last update in July, health care organizations across the country posted 163 breaches of protected health information (PHI) affecting 500 or more individuals. For the first time in two years a single type of breach, hacking or information technology (IT) incident, accounted for a majority (53 percent) of all breaches reported by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR).

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Going it Alone

Why would an ASC opt to stay independent instead of partnering with another health care organization? A partner might provide capital for facility expansions and new equipment or resources to assist with physician recruitment and managed care contract negotiations. Yet not all ASCs jump to take advantage of such potential opportunities.

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Pick the Right EHR

Over the past 10 years, electronic health record (EHR) adoption across all hospitals has increased from less than 10 percent to 96 percent, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. From information about the ASC industry that I have seen, I estimate that adoption in ASCs, however, has been low: less than 10 percent.

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Names in the News

Florida Health Advisory Committee Includes Former ASCA Board President

David M. Shapiro, MD, CASC, former ASCA Board president and anesthesiologist at Red Hills Surgical Center in Tallahassee, Florida, has joined a 50-member Transition Advisory Committee on Health and Wellness in Tallahassee.

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