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Archive for April, 2013

8 Legislative & Regulatory Changes Impacting Ambulatory Surgery Centers

Added 04.29.13

Here are 8 legislative and regulatory changes that can impact ASC's: 1. OIG updated provider self-disclosure protocol. 2. House bill would exempt elderly physicians from EMR penalties. 3. CMS reduced minimum recovery audit records request. 4. Maryland legislation would increase plastic surgery center oversight. 5. Georgia Senates passes pain management regulation bill. 6. House Republicans propose Medicare fee-for-service plan. 7. Arizona Senate pushes for price transparency. 8. OIG issued fraud alert for physician-owned distributorships. Read more on each point from this article from Becker's ASC Review at: more...

House Plan Would Ease Medicare Into Pay-for-Performance

Added 04.09.13

Physician reimbursement in Medicare would gradually shift to a hybrid of fee-for-service (FFS) and pay-for-performance with an option for unspecified "alternative payment models" under a plan that leading House Republicans unveiled yesterday. The plan, not yet in the form of legislation, gives provider organizations such as medical societies the job of developing ways to measure physician performance. Expanding on an earlier version issued in February, the House GOP proposal also would repeal the notorious sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula that Medicare uses to set its rates. The SGR formula, which works hand in hand with FFS reimbursement, will trigger a 24.4% pay cut on January 1, 2014, unless Congress acts to avert it. Read the rest of this article from Medscape (free subscription... more...

5 Strategies to Enhance ASC Patient Volume

Added 04.09.13

Here are five strategies ambulatory surgery center experts recommend implementing to market an ASC and increase the number of cases brought to a center. 1. Build referral networks. 2. Add more types of procedures. 3. Generate positive exposure. 4. Grow local and regional presence. 5. Use several different marketing tactics. Read more on each of these tactics from the article in Becker's ASC Review: more...

4 Recent News Pieces for ASC Leaders

Added 04.09.13

1) ASC Medicare claims delayed two weeks. 2) CMS to raise Medicare Advantage rates. 3) Expansion of Medicaid funds announced. 4) U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports physicians hold 9 out of 10 highest paid... more...

5 Observations for ASCs in the Changing Healthcare Marketplace

Added 04.09.13

1. Fewer surgeons in the marketplace. 2. More opportunity for hospital partnerships. 3. ASC profitability is in limbo. 4. Accountable care organizations coming. 5. Attracting new physicians is now continuous. Read more of these 5 observations at Becker's ASC Review: more...

Effect of Preoperative Forced-Air Warming on Postoperative Temperature and Postanesthesia Care Unit Length of Stay

Added 04.09.13

Unintended hypothermia in the surgical patient has been linked to numerous postoperative complications, including increased risk for surgical site infection, increased oxygen demands, and altered medication metabolism. The lack of literature on the subject was part of the impetus for perioperative nurses in one hospital to conduct a quality improvement project to evaluate the effectiveness of preoperative warming on patients’ postoperative temperatures. Read this abstract and find a link to the full article from AORN at: more...

Pre-Op Warming – Effective or Ineffective? Study Says Ineffective

Added 04.09.13

Most every surgeon, anesthesia provider and surgical nurse has bought into the idea that normothermic patients do better. It's no longer a question of whether and why you should warm patients. The focus has shifted to: 1) Should you pre-warm patients? 2) What's the preferred way to warm patients? According to a survey from Outpatient Surgery Magazine, here's the preferred methods of warming: Cotton blanket pre-warmed with a blanket warmer - 87.5% Forced-air warming blanket - 77.8% Forced-air warming gown - 27.3% Underbody warming - 18.1% Conductive fabric electric heating - 3.7% Radiant warming device - 3.2% Heat-reflective blankets, gowns and caps - 1.4% Yet studies are stating that the use of pre-warming does not reduce the proportions of patients who subsequently experienced hypothermia. Read more and get links to more information... more...

MedPAC’s March 2013 Report to Congress

Added 04.01.13

MedPAC has released its annual report to Congress on Medicare Payment Policy, including payment update recommendations for all the major Medicare FFS payment systems and limited Medicare Advantage (MA) recommendations. How does this effect the ASC Industry? According to the MedPAC report, Congress should eliminate the ambulatory surgical center (ASC) payment update for 2014, require ASCs to submit cost data, and direct the Secretary to implement a value-based purchasing program for ASCs by 2016. Read more of this from Healthcare Finance News at: more...

NC Lawmakers Push Bill to Reveal ASC & Hospital Costs

Added 04.01.13

Two state lawmakers introduced legislation that's designed to help patients in North Carolina find the best prices on medical procedures. Sens. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg, and Harry Brown, R-Onslow, issued a statement saying the goal is to improve medical billing transparency, reduce health care costs and help consumers make better-informed decisions about their treatment. Read more here: more...

An Evolving Industry: 6 Trends in Ambulatory Surgery Centers

Added 04.01.13

Here are six trends ambulatory surgery centers should be aware of and adapt to in the coming months. 1. Consolidation and physician employment. 2. Providing service for self-fund employers. 3. Risk sharing. 4. Developing a more comprehensive coverage. 5. Creating enhanced patient flow. 6. Becoming Energy efficient. Read more of this article from Becker's ASC Review at: more...