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Apply Now to Take Your CAIP Exam

Electronic application is now open for the first exam period of the Certified Ambulatory Infection Preventionist (CAIP) credential scheduled for October 1–31, 2018. The CAIP credential is intended for licensed health care professionals interested in demonstrating their understanding of the skills and knowledge required to fill the role of an ASC infection preventionist. It is the first credential designed specifically for infection preventionists in the ASC industry.

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CMS Releases 2019 Proposed Medicare Payment Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2019 proposed payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) on July 25. Of note, CMS has addressed a number of long-requested ASCA priorities, including proposing to align update factors, moving ASCs to the hospital market basket that is used to update HOPD payments.

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House Passes ASC Payment Transparency Act

The US House of Representatives passed the Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment Transparency Act of 2018 (H.R. 6138) on July 24, 2018. This important legislation will improve access to high-quality outpatient health care.

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The Joint Commission Releases New Fluoroscopy Requirements

The Joint Commission will require ASCs to meet several new elements of performance (EP) primarily focused on fluoroscopy starting January 1, 2019. The new requirements will be applicable to accredited ASCs, office-based surgery (OBS) practices and hospital organizations that provide fluoroscopy services to their patients.

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Focus on Members

How do you handle postop instructions with your patients? Do you do it pre-operatively/with a family member/send home written discharge instructions?

Pat Clark

"During our on-site pre-operative patient visit, patients receive specific instructions regarding post-operative pain, post-operative nausea and..."

—Terri Cochran, RN, CASC, Orthopaedic Surgery Center

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Share Your ASC News

Do you have a new hire? Did your company win an award? Or did your management change? You can highlight all your company announcements in the Names in the News section. This resource is available for free to both ASCA members and nonmembers. Please send your announcement to editorial@ascassociation.org.