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CMS Releases 2022 Proposed Medicare Payment Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2022 proposed payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments on July 19, 2021. Of note, CMS proposed to reverse policy changes from the previous administration that added a significant number of codes to the ASC Covered Procedures List and began the process of removing the inpatient-only list.

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HIPAA Biannual Update

Since ASCA’s last update in January, healthcare organizations across the country posted 344 breaches of protected health information (PHI) affecting 500 or more individuals. This is the highest number of breaches reported in a six-month span in the past three years.

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Joint Commission Revises Sentinel Event Definition, Policy

The Joint Commission’s Office of Quality and Patient Safety (OQPS) revised its definition of a sentinel event and clarified some of the event-specific examples in the Sentinel Event Policy, according to a July 21 release.

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Business News

Provation Acquires iProcedures LLC

Provation of Minneapolis, Minnesota, acquired iProcedures LLC, of Tampa, Florida, according to a May 4 release. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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