Growing Pains

Clinical innovations and business trends in ASC pain management

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CMS Makes Changes to ASCQR Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made significant changes to the ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program for 2019 and beyond, including the suspension of four outcomes measures that have been part of the ASCQR Program since its inception in 2012.

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HIPAA Biannual Update

Since ASCA’s last update in July, health care organizations across the country posted 163 breaches of protected health information (PHI) affecting 500 or more individuals. For the first time in two years a single type of breach, hacking or information technology (IT) incident, accounted for a majority (53 percent) of all breaches reported by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR).

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Going it Alone

Why would an ASC opt to stay independent instead of partnering with another health care organization? A partner might provide capital for facility expansions and new equipment or resources to assist with physician recruitment and managed care contract negotiations. Yet not all ASCs jump to take advantage of such potential opportunities.

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Names in the News

Florida Health Advisory Committee Includes Former ASCA Board President

David M. Shapiro, MD, CASC, former ASCA Board president and anesthesiologist at Red Hills Surgical Center in Tallahassee, Florida, has joined a 50-member Transition Advisory Committee on Health and Wellness in Tallahassee.

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