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Archive for December, 2011

HIPAA 5010: Are You Ready for the New Transaction Standard?

Added 12.19.11

Can you hear that clock ticking down to Jan. 1, 2012? If you are among the few in healthcare who are really on the ball, becoming compliant with new ASC-X12 5010 transaction standards ahead of the deadline, then congratulations! A big weight is off your shoulders. But for the majority of the industry, this is your wake-up... more...

HHS names Pioneer ACOs

Added 12.19.11

HHS on Monday announced the 32 organizations the agency selected from among 80 applicants to participate in the Pioneer accountable care organization model. Overseen by the CMS Innovation Center, the Pioneer ACO model will test the effects of several payment arrangements to support these groups in providing better care and outcomes at a lower cost, according to HHS, which estimated the project could save up to $1.1 billion over 5 years. You can find a link to see a list of the 32 organizations chosen by the HHS and read the rest of this article from ModernHealthcare.com at: more...

How ASCs Have Changed in the Last Year: 10 Business Findings From VMG Health’s 2011 Intellimarker

Added 12.19.11

Despite a maturation over the last 10 years, the surgery center industry continues to change in interesting ways from year to year. Here are 10 findings from VMG Health's Multi-Specialty ASC Intellimarker 2011, when compared with similar data from 2010. 1. Percentage of GI/endoscopy grew in 2011, while most other specialties remained stagnant. 2. Average case volume increased last year. 3. Net revenue per case increased for every specialty. 4. Salaries increased... more...

4 Regulatory Accomplishments for Surgery Centers in 2011

Added 12.16.11

Despite continued challenges to the surgery center industry in the form of decreased reimbursement and increased regulatory burden, 2011 was not without its share of successes. Here are four regulatory accomplishments for the ASC industry in 2011. 1. CMS repealed same-day surgery provision. 2. ASCs received higher-than-expected reimbursement update. 3. CMS postponed the quality reporting program start date. 4. Small business paperwork elimination act passed. Read more detail on each accomplishment and the rest of this article from Becker's ASC Review at: more...

ASA Urges CMS Revise Proposed Rule Changes on Conditions of Participation and More

Added 12.16.11

On December 12, 2012, ASA formally addressed the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid... more...

HHS Announces HIPAA Audits

Added 12.15.11

Are you HIPAA-compliant? Now's a good time to check, because the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights has begun auditing facilities to assess their compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Facilities selected for on-site audits will be notified in writing 30 to 90 days before government auditors arrive, according to the OCR. Read more at: more...

Surgery Wait Times in Canada Growing Longer

Added 12.15.11

The grass is always greener on the other side they... more...

CMS Enacting Prepayment Review for Procedures, Equipment

Added 12.15.11

Demonstration program to begin Jan. 1 in selected states. In an effort to reduce insurance fraud, waste and abuse, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will require pre-payment reviews for specified surgeries and pre-reimbursement authorizations for medical equipment in 11 states starting on Jan. 1, 2012. Read more on this from Outpatient Surgery Magazine at: more...

Send Every Patient Home With a Robot

Added 12.15.11

Researchers are using robotic and video technology to assess patients at home. Videoconferencing robots sent home with patients following surgery improve clinical efficiencies and reduce healthcare costs, say researchers at Children's Hospital Boston. Pediatric patients who undergo surgery at the hospital leave with a 4-foot, lightweight robot. Physicians can access multiple robots from computers in their offices and call patients through the devices at pre-determined times. The physician's face appears on a small screen seen by patients and their families; a camera and microphone attached above the screen let the physician see what the robot "sees" and speak with the family. Read more about this in an article from Outpatient Surgery Magazine at: more...

Health Care Worker Fatigue and Patient Safety

Added 12.15.11

The link between health care worker fatigue and adverse events is well documented, with a substantial number of studies indicating that the practice of extended work hours contributes to high levels of worker fatigue and reduced productivity. These studies and others show that fatigue increases the risk of adverse events, compromises patient safety, and increases risk to personal safety and... more...