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Archive for June, 2013

A Bill to Amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to Modernize Payments for ASCs under the Medicare Program

Added 06.13.13

A summary of this bill is: Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality and Access Act of 2013 - Amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to require alignment of updates for ambulatory surgical center (ASC) services under a revised prospective payment system (PPS) with updates for hospital outpatient department (OPD) services. For more information go to this link from Congress.gov: more...

Surgery Centers vs. HOPDs: New Legislation Seeks to Narrow the Gap

Added 06.13.13

The Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality and Access Act of 2013 was introduced in the US Senate by Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and is expected to be introduced into the House of Representatives in the near future as well. The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association supports the Act, which is intended to preserve patient access to care provided in ASCs. The bill would fix a flaw in current laws allowing Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to use different measures of inflation for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments when setting rates, according to an ASCA news release. Read more from this Becker's ASC Review article at: more...

FDA Reports the Propofol Shortage is Resolved

Added 06.13.13

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has officially moved propofol injections from the list of drugs currently in shortage to the list of resolved drug shortages. While the FDA has indicated that propofol is currently available, it may take time for facilities to secure product as it moves through the supply chain. Read more at: more...

Human DNA Can’t Be Patented, Supreme Court Rules

Added 06.13.13

In a decision that lays ground rules for the oncoming wave of personalized medicine, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that companies cannot patent naturally occurring segments of human DNA, the building blocks of life. Read more of this article from Modern Healthcare at: more...

Groundbreaking Legislation Prevents Liability Suits Based on ACA Breaches

Added 06.10.13

A Georgia bill signed into law Monday has become the first piece of legislation to ensure physicians can exercise their clinical judgment without running afoul of medical liability claims based on new federal regulatory guidelines, including those in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Read more of this article from AMAWIRE at: more...

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Updates Emergency Equipment Requirement for Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs)

Added 06.10.13

As part of the recently released Medicare Regulatory Reform Rule, effective July 16, ASCs will no longer be required to stock a CMS-mandated list of emergency equipment, but will be free to assemble the tools most necessary for their own specific patient population and procedures. Read more from ASCRS at: more...

Alabama Governor Signs CON Law Amendments that Eases Change of Ownership Transactions

Added 06.04.13

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed into law key revisions to the state’s Certificate of Need (CON) Laws that clarify and, we believe, will facilitate change of control transactions among health care providers. In a nutshell, the amendments clarify that transactions involving the sale, lease, or change of ownership of CON-owning entities are not subject to CON review. The amendments erase any lingering questions about the remaining applicability of the withdrawn and vacated opinion in Florence Surgery Center, L.P., d/b/a Shoals Outpatient Surgery, and SCA-Florence, LLC v. Eye Surgery Center of Florence, LLC; Valley Surgery Center, L.L.C.; and Alabama State Health Planning and Development Agency, No.2110812, 2013 Ala. Civ. App. LEXIS 38 (Ala. Civ. App., Feb. 8, 2013), which found that the... more...

South Carolina Workers Compensation Fee Schedule Now Covers Implants for ASCs

Added 06.04.13

The Workers' Compensation Commission approved amending the fee schedule for ambulatory surgery centers to support a cost for certain surgically implanted devices. The maximum allowable payment for procedures performed in an ambulatory surgery center will be calculated at 140 percent of the Medicare payment for procedures plus the total cost of all surgical implants per case with certain revenue codes minus a $500 implant cost reduction per case. Read the rest of this from Risk and Insurance at: more...

Surgical Care Affiliates Announces Acquisition of Health Inventures

Added 06.04.13

SCA and Health Inventures to Combine Surgical Services Operations Surgical Care Affiliates (SCA), a leading surgical solutions provider for physicians, health systems and payers, has acquired Health Inventures, a national surgical and physician services company operating more than 20 ASCs in partnership with 10 health system partners nationwide. This combination with Health Inventures positions SCA as the leading provider of surgical solutions to over 40 health system partners. Read the rest of this press release from MarketWatch at: more...

Medicare Trust Fund’s Solvency Extended by Two Years to 2026

Added 06.03.13

Slower than expected Medicare spending growth in 2012 has pushed back the projected insolvency of its primary trust fund by two years. The annual report of the Social Security and Medicare trustees (PDF) concluded that the Hospital Insurance Trust Fund, which pays Medicare's hospital costs, will become insolvent in 2026, instead of the 2024 insolvency projected last year. The change was credited to lower-than-expected growth in Medicare expenses, including an expectation of less costly Medicare Advantage insurer bids and a reduced use of skilled-nursing facilities last year. The greater expected Medicare Advantage savings stemmed from provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. “This confirms that the Affordable Care Act continues to strengthen Medicare,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said at a Friday... more...