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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

Proposed Rule a Victory for the ASC Community

This year is shaping up to be a momentous one for the ASC community. One important reason for that is the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed 2019 ASC payment rule issued in July. That proposal suggests sweeping changes to Medicare’s ASC policies.


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As I See It

Beware the Changing Reimbursement Landscape

What ASCs need to know

While guidance for licensure proceedings, facility accreditation and Medicare certification is readily available to new ASCs, what ASCs new and old often overlook are the current and pending state regulations and constant shifts in the healthcare marketplace.


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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

ASCs Gain Significant Ground under Proposed Rule

Medicare’s 2019 ASC payment proposal incorporates several ASCA requests

The 2019 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System Payment Rule that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released at the end of July is the most positive for ASCs since 2009, when the ASC payment system was aligned with the hospital outpatient department (HOPD) payment system. It also accommodates some important requests ASCA has made since that time.


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Advocacy Spotlight

Arizona ASC Association Helps Children in Foster Care

Members assemble care packages

At the Arizona Ambulatory Surgery Center Association’s (AASCA) annual meeting this year, members from around the state came together to learn, network and give back.


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ASCA News

Register by October 15, Save on ASCA’s Winter Seminar

ASCA’s 2019 Winter Seminar, January 17–19 in Austin, Texas, will offer three days of ASC-specific education. This hands-on learning experience, coupled with abundant networking opportunities with your fellow ASC professionals, makes this a can’t-miss event.


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Web Crawl

Keep Your ASC HIPAA Compliant With ASCA’s HIPAA Workbook

Through ASCA’s affinity partnership with Akorbi, ASCA members enjoy special discounted rates on Akorbi’s high-quality Medicare-compliant translation and interpretation services.


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