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Archive for June, 2012

What Matters for ASCs in the Rest of 2012? 10 Dates to Know

Added 06.25.12

Surgery center leaders should mark their calendars with the following dates in the remainder of 2012, according to a release from the ASC Association. These events require action from individual surgery centers or could change the way ASCs conduct business and provide care. Read the rest of this article from Becker's ASC Review at: more...

Assessing ASCs – Quality Reporting

Added 06.25.12

In just a few months, a patient may walk into an ambulatory surgery center, pull up the organization's quality metrics on his or her smartphone, and walk right back out. That's because starting on October 1, 2012, a new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services rule created under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will require any Medicare-eligible ASC to submit reports on five quality measures or face a 2% payment reduction. CMS has said it will publish surgical center quality scores as reported and risk adjusted on a new website, in the vein of Hospital Compare. The initial five quality metrics are the number of 1) patient burns; 2) falls; 3) surgeries that are wrong site, wrong side, wrong patient,... more...

ASCA CEO William Prentice Shares 6 Key Legislative Priorities of the ASC Industry

Added 06.25.12

In a session titled "The Key Legislative Priorities of the ASC Industry" at the 10th Annual Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference in Chicago, William Prentice, JD, CEO of the ASC Association, discussed the progress of several healthcare policies that directly impact ambulatory surgery centers. 1. CMS continues to rely on the CPI-U. 2. Changes in regulation this year have focused on quality reporting. 3. CMS discussions have been fairly reasonable this year. 4. Medicare and Medicaid challenges still loom. 5. ASCs may exist within ACOs. 6. It is uncertain if joint ventures will be a beneficial option for ASCs. Read more detail on each priority from the Becker's ASC Review article found at: more...

California Court: Unsupervised Nurses Can Give Anesthetics

Added 06.25.12

The state Supreme Court has refused to bar specially trained nurses from giving anesthetics to hospital patients in California without a doctor's supervision. The court's order, issued last week, ends a legal battle between an alliance of nurses and hospitals, on one side, and California physicians, who were joined on the other side by the American Medical Association and doctors' organizations in other states. Read the rest of this article from the San Francisco Chronicle at: more...

Reworked New Jersey Bill Would Apply Same Standards to One-Room Surgeries and ASCs

Added 06.25.12

New Jersey Sen. Joseph Vitale (D-Middlesex) is reworking his bill to bring single-room surgeries in physician offices to the same standards as multi-room ASCs, according to an NJ Spotlight report. Reworked New Jersey Bill Would Apply Same Standards to One-Room Surgeries and ASCs. New Jersey Sen. Joseph Vitale (D-Middlesex) is reworking his bill to bring single-room surgeries in physician offices to the same standards as multi-room ASCs, according to an NJ Spotlight report. Read the rest of this article from Becker's ASC Review at: more...

10 Common Roadblocks to Achieving Surgery Center Accreditation

Added 06.25.12

Donna Tiberi, RN, a standards interpretation staff member with the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program, discusses 10 common roadblocks observed during the surveying process of achieving ambulatory surgery center accreditation. 1. Credentialing and privileging. 2. Primary source verification. 3. Obtain professional references. 4. Patient emergency situations preparation. 5. Hand hygiene guidelines. 6. ASC equipment sterilization and disinfecting. 7. Wrong site surgery. 8. Patient education process. 9. Medication log: all medications taken in and out of the facility. 10. Waived tests. Read more detail on each of these roadblocks in the article from Becker's ASC Reveiw at: more...

Arizona ASCA Meeting June 28-30, 2012

Added 06.25.12

Amblitel will be at the annual Arizona ASCA meeting this week, June 28th - 30th, 2012 to be held in Sedona, AZ at the Hilton Sedona Resort Spa. Paul Davis, President and CEO of Amblitel will be speaking on Friday, June... more...

AMA Adds New Wrinkle To ICD-10 Delay: ICD-11

Added 06.25.12

ICD-10 proponents are not going to like this one bit. Certainly not any more than they enjoyed my suggestion that the proposed ICD-10 deadline extension puts the U.S. healthcare industry into a strange time warp in which providers and payers will be finally implementing ICD-10 in the same one or two-year timeframe that ICD-11 is entering this world... more...

9 Current Employer Healthcare Spending Trends

Added 06.06.12

The National Business Group on Health and Towers Watson recently released their 17th annual survey (pdf) on employers and how they purchase value in healthcare, and this year's survey revealed several new and emerging trends. The report, which collected data from 512 employers, looked at how employers provide and manage health benefits for their workforce and what it means for the healthcare industry at large. 1. Employers are emphasizing employee accountability in healthcare costs. 2. Affordability issues are a growing challenge. 3. Employers that have maintained cost increases follow "HEALTH." 4. Healthcare benefits are here to stay now, but long-term confidence is waning sharply. 5. Health insurance exchanges could impact retiree medical plans. 6. Roughly 25 percent of employers plan to review healthcare benefits and total rewards. 7.... more...

Wrong-Site Surgeries in Pennsylvania Decrease Significantly Since Prevention Program Began in 2007

Added 06.06.12

HARRISBURG, Pa., PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- A Southeastern Regional Falls Reporting Initiative Shows Steady Decline in Harmful Falls during the Two-Year Program Wrong-site surgery and falls prevention programs within Pennsylvania healthcare facilities appear to be working, with significant declines in wrong-site surgeries and harmful falls, according to the June Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory released today. Read the rest of this article from The Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch at: more...