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Archive for March, 2011

Rhode Island Governor Wants to Eliminate State’s Certificate of Need Process

Added 03.31.11

Governor Chafee wants to disband a panel that for four decades has reviewed major proposals to establish, expand or shut down medical facilities and programs. His administration questions the value of the Health Services Council... more...

Weight-Loss Surgery May Cut Migraine Pain in Obese Patients

Added 03.31.11

Frequency of disabling headaches was reduced for more than half, small study finds. Severely obese men and women who have bariatric surgery may shed more than just excess pounds: They may also reduce much of their pre-surgery risk for experiencing disabling migraines, researchers say. Read this article from Bloombery at: more...

7 Statistics on Surgery Center Outcomes From the ASC Association

Added 03.30.11

The ASC Association publishes quarterly outcomes for statistics on ambulatory surgery centers. They just recently released the Outcomes Monitoring Project 4th Quarter 2010 Report, which saw ASCs in 46 states participating in the survey. You can see seven of these statistics by going to Becker's ASC Review at: more...

The U.S. Justice Department Widening Blue Cross Blue Shield Probe

Added 03.29.11

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Here Are 4 Predictions From Various News Reports On The Switch To ICD-10.

Added 03.29.11

On Oct. 1, 2013, ICD-10-CM (clinical modification) and ICD-10-PCS (procedural coding system) will be implemented into the HIPAA mandated code, increasing the number of codes from around 13,600 under ICD-9 to around 69,000 under ICD-10. Here are four predictions from various news reports, studies and editorials on the massive coding overhaul. 1. Coders may never regain ICD-9 levels of productivity. 2. Medical coder demand will increase significantly. 3. The move to ICD-10 is expected to cost $1.64B. 4. Facilities and practices are stalling on necessary upgrades. To read more detail on each prediction, go to Becker's ASC Review: more...

Aetna Sues Doctors Over “Out-of-Network” Claims It Calls ‘Excessive’

Added 03.28.11

One of the nation's largest insurers has sued six North Jersey physicians over bills it considers "unlawful and excessive," including $56,980 for a 25-minute bedside consultation. In one case, Aetna Inc. claims it paid... more...

ASCA Endorses Legislation Empowering FDA to Help Prevent Drug Shortages

Added 03.24.11

Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) and other health care providers face ongoing shortages of critical sedative and anesthetic drugs which are vital to the time sensitive ASC surgical procedures. In some cases, procedures are postponed or canceled because of a lack of access to these drugs which often have no alternative. This legislation will provide the FDA with tools to better manage and hopefully prevent shortages of critical medications. Learn more about the ASCA's support of this bill at: more...

Proposed Rules Issued Requiring All New Jersey Physician Surgical Practices to Be Inspected and Registered

Added 03.24.11

In an effort to raise the bar on patient safety, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) today proposed rules that would require all surgical facilities in the state to be registered and... more...

CMS Adjustment of Surgery Center Payment for Geographic Differences in Wages Based on Location

Added 03.24.11

Q: Does CMS adjust Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) payment under the revised ASC payment system for geographic differences in wages based on where the ASC is located? CMS: Starting in 2008, CMS adjusts for geographic differences in wages using the Core Based Statistical Area (CBSA) geographic locality definitions established in 2003 by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). These geographic locality definitions replace the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) definitions that were used as the basis for ASC wage adjustments prior to January 1, 2008. Adopting the CBSA geographic definitions is consistent with wage index policy under other CMS payment systems. Read this article from Becker's ASC Review and find a link to the final rules at the CMS website: more...

AORN Unveils New Sharps Safety Tool Kit at Annual Congress

Added 03.24.11

AORN Unveils New Sharps Safety Tool Kit at Annual Congress Members can download free educational tools and sample sharps safety policies. In an effort to both "talk the talk" and "walk the walk" when it comes to preventing sharps injuries in the OR, the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses has unveiled a new Sharps Safety Tool Kit available free to members. The tool kit, which you can download from the AORN website, contains PowerPoint presentations tailored to both OR staff and surgeons, posters, sample sharps safety and hands-free policies, sample product evaluation tools and other resources to help you implement policies and procedures that promote sharps safety in the OR. Read the rest of this article at Outpatient Suregry Magazine: more...