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Message from the President

Collect Data, Use it to Educate Policymakers

Data is changing the face of the world. To continuously improve, a business needs to collect data, analyze it and make changes based on that analysis. This process is critical for all businesses, but especially, the business of health care. Data collected over years helps a business influence its competitive advantage and sustainability.


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Message from the CEO

ASC Advocates Talk to Congress about Quality and Price Transparency

Late in September, two Capitol Hill hearings provided opportunities for ASC supporters to talk with members of Congress about the value that ASCs provide to patients and the need for improved quality and price transparency in health care.


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As I See It

Relocating Our ASC

Achieving success in the face of tragedy

Relocating an ASC is not easy. I can say this quite confidently as my facility completed a relocation in 2017. It was a substantial amount of work—and this was on top of a tragedy that tested the resolve of our entire staff and demonstrated firsthand the importance of careful planning.


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Q & A

ASCA CEO Discusses Proposed 2019 ASC Payment Rule

A Q&A with Bill Prentice

On July 25, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2019 proposed payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPD). ASCA Chief Executive Officer Bill Prentice talks about the policy changes proposed and the implications of those changes for ASCs.


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ASCA 2018

Applying Moneyball to Your ASC

Use meaningful KPIs to help drive your business forward

Going . . . going . . . gone! Everyone wants the homerun hitting hero on their team. And, for many years, professional baseball teams paid big money to sign up the likes of Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Alex Rodriguez and Sammy Sosa.


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Coding

Applying NFPA 99 to Your ASC

The Health Care Facilities Code identifies provisions for maintaining building systems

Health care facilities, including ASCs, contain many building systems and equipment that are unique compared to other occupancies. Those systems play a vital role in providing care to patients and are a key component in patient outcomes. Even those systems that are not unique to health care can have more importance in facilities that are occupied by the sick, weak or otherwise compromised (i.e., individuals who are sedated or under anesthesia). The continual upkeep of these systems and equipment is essential to providing safe patient care.


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Compliance

OSHA Updates Its Regulations

Learn how to implement the revised reporting requirements

In 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a proposed rule to improve the tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses through the electronic collection of establishment-specific injury and illness data. After receiving comments on the proposal, OSHA issued the final rule that became effective January 1, 2017 (Occupational Safety and Health Administration 29 CFR Part 1904).


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Regulations

OSHA Updates Its Regulations

Learn how to implement the revised reporting requirements

In 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a proposed rule to improve the tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses through the electronic collection of establishment-specific injury and illness data. After receiving comments on the proposal, OSHA issued the final rule that became effective January 1, 2017 (Occupational Safety and Health Administration 29 CFR Part 1904). For more information on the final rule, click here. Although ASCs are partially exempt from some of the requirements in that rule, they are subject to a requirement that prohibits employers from discouraging workers from reporting an injury or illness.


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Doing Business

Quote Costs Up Front to Boost Patient Satisfaction

Improve case volume and collections with an effective quoting process

Patients are increasingly shopping for the health care services they need and becoming more aware of the cost of that care, especially for their portion of the cost. As low-cost, high-quality providers, ASCs should encourage this trend.


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Insurance

Trends in Medical Risk Transfer

Risks that are uninsurable or prohibitively expensive to insure might call for alternative risk transfer

In an ever-changing world, it is no secret that risks associated with ASCs also are evolving. Trends in medical risk transfer, however, are generally not related to ordinary risks but rather nontraditional—low frequency/high severity—risks. If these risks occur, they have the ability to bring a practice to a screeching halt. Examples of such risks include: loss or suspension of professional license, legislative and regulatory changes, cyber risk (breach of customer data and detrimental code) and related Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) violations.


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Legislature

ASCA Advocates for Fair Implementation of Section 603

Congress passes site-neutral payment legislation

On November 2, 2015, congressional leaders and the Obama administration announced a bipartisan budget agreement that would fund the federal government for two years, raise the nation’s debt ceiling and stave off Medicare premium increases for beneficiaries. The final legislation, called the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, responded to a number approaching fiscal deadlines and leadership changes in the House that could have impacted the ability to strike such a deal.


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Technology

Improve Your Patients’ Experience

Introduce innovative technology

Is your ASC leveraging technology to improve its patient experience?

If not, it is time to start.


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Finances

Take Your ASC Revenue Cycle to the Next Level

Your employees are the most important tool to success

We all know every penny counts, but the rapidly changing rules surrounding ASC reimbursement can make revenue cycle management difficult. We can be ready for whatever changes come our way if we have the right tools, anticipate and adapt. When we think “tools,” we generally think software, hardware and medical equipment, but the most important tool for an ASC’s success is something else that is sometimes forgotten. More on that later. Below are a few tips to manage your revenue cycle successfully.


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Regulatory Review

Keep Your Patient Data Secure

Review HIPAA and use HHS’ and OCR’s resources

The Information Age has revolutionized the health care industry, giving patients and providers greater, more specific access to personal health data. Care coordination operates with greater efficiency through the electronic transfer of personal health information (PHI), and providers and facilities can be reviewed on an expanded range of quality metrics.


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Advocacy Spotlight

Wrapping Up 2018

A look at ASCA’s work with the state associations this year

On behalf of ASCs across the country, and in collaboration with the state ASC associations, ASCA monitors policymaking in every state to ensure centers are not burdened with ill-conceived regulatory policies that could jeopardize the ASC model.


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ASCA News

Attend ASCA’s Final 2018 Webinars

The last four webinars in ASCA’s 2018 series will examine key performance indicators ASCs can use to monitor their financial health, new rules for Medicare’s ASC quality reporting program, the impact of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) final 2019 ASC payment rule and strategies for building and sustaining a high-performance revenue cycle in your ASC.


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Web Crawl

RENEW YOUR ASCA MEMBERSHIP TODAY

Being an ASCA member gives you and your staff access to vital educational resources, timely networking, essential news, information and tools that apply daily in your practice. Don’t delay.


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