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February 2018
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National ASC Week is August 7-11

Editor's Note The 2017 National Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Week is August 7 to 11. ASCs across the country will host a variety of activities and events to celebrate, including educational seminars, tours of ASCs, health screenings, and social media outreach. The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association has a National ASC…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 2, 2017
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AAHC releases toolkit on endoscope reprocessing

Editor's Note The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care on July 25 released a new toolkit that focuses on flexible endoscope reprocessing failures. The toolkit is designed to help eliminate failures or lapses in reprocessing through detailed guidelines and checklists in order to mitigate the risk of patient infections. The…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 1, 2017
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CMS issues 2018 OPPS/ASC proposed payment rule

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on July 13 issued the CY 2018 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System proposed rule. CMS is proposing an update of 1.9% for ASCs, which is a combination of a 2.3% inflation update…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 18, 2017
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Do Medicare’s latest code changes help or hurt ASCs?

Medicare is increasing approval of higher-acuity procedures performed in the ambulatory surgery center (ASC) setting, creating meaningful opportunities for ASCs. At the same time, however, a number of outpatient procedure codes have been deleted, reduced, or are packaged and considered all-inclusive in a case, without additional payment. “Key changes occurred…

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By: Leslie A. Flowers
July 13, 2017
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Ambulatory services market to grow 5.8% by 2024

Editor's Note The global ambulatory services market was valued at $2.3 trillion in 2016 and is forecast to grow to $3.7 trillion by 2024, according to a new study by Ameri Research. In 2016, primary care offices accounted for the majority of market share at more than 48% because they…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 20, 2017
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2013 Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASC) eLearning Course

Ambulatory presents some specific challenges to the OR manager. This series of presentations provides insight into some specific ASC guidelines.This course was created from session recordings from the 2013 OR Manager Conference and is approved for 5 CEUs. Presentations include: When OSHA Comes Calling: Preparing for an Unannounced Visit - A speaker…

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Efforts to improve FCOTS may reduce overutilized OR time

Ccommon cost-saving strategies in the OR include increasing workflow efficiency, reducing turnover times, implementing standardized preoperative protocols, and improving surgical case scheduling and first case on-time starts (FCOTS). These interventions aim to decrease under- and overutilized time in the OR, but there is conflicting evidence about their economic value. Many…

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By: OR Manager
June 20, 2017
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The microhospital trend: ASC friend or foe?

Among the changes occurring in healthcare delivery is an emerging trend that suggests ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) may find themselves with a new type of business partner—or possible competition. That would be the microhospital, which occupies a fraction of the space of a standard inpatient hospital, with some, but not…

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By: Paula DeJohn
June 20, 2017
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US Representatives ask Secretary Price’s assistance with ASC inflationary update measure

Editor's Note A bipartisan group of 24 US Representatives sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, MD, on May 26 asking him to use his statutory authority to move ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) from the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) to…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 6, 2017
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AHRQ releases stats on outpatient, inpatient surgeries

Editor's Note According to statistics from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), in 2014, 17.2 million hospital visits (inpatient and outpatient) included surgical procedures. More than half (57.8%) occurred in a hospital-owned outpatient surgery setting, and the remaining (42.2%) were inpatient. Private insurance was the primary payer for…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 2, 2017
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National Advocacy Day leads to new cosponsors for ASC legislation

Editor's Note The Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality and Access Act of 2017 (HR 1838/S 1001) has added new cosponsors in the US House of Representatives and was introduced in the Senate, the May 23 Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) News Digest reports. Many of the cosponsors signed on as a…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 23, 2017
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Cost Reduction & Operational Efficiency in Orthopeadic Amubulatory Surgery

Hospital for Special Surgery is an acute care specialty facility with three consecutive Magnet designations that provides comprehensive care to patients with musculoskeletal disease in New York City. As part of an ongoing initiative to reduce costs associated with inefficiency, a multidisciplinary team approach was used to redesign instrument management…

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