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Archive for July, 2013

ASCA’s Most Recent Formal Comments on Proposed Compounding Pharmacy Legislation

Added 07.18.13

ASCA's formal comments on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee’s proposed legislation clarifying the US Federal Drug Administration’s (FDA) oversight of compounding pharmacies. Read the ASCA's most recent comment to the Senate Committee at: more...

Workers’ Compensation Medical Fee Schedules Added to ASCA’s State Law Database

Added 07.18.13

ASCA’s State Law Database has been updated to include information on workers' compensation reimbursement for ASCs. The State Law Database includes information for current ASCs, such as penalties, certificate of need requirements and length of stay restrictions. It also has information for prospective ASCs, including licensure requirements, fees and each state's definition of an ambulatory surgery center. You can find all this information from the ASCA website at (Login is required): more...

Rick Perry Signs Abortion Bill Into Law

Added 07.18.13

Following weeks of heated protests at the state capitol, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) signed into law on Thursday a package of abortion restrictions that is expected to drastically reduce access to abortion across the state. House Bill 2 bans abortions 20 weeks after fertilization, four weeks earlier than the standard set by Roe v. Wade. It may also lead to the closure of all but five abortion clinics in the state, since it requires all clinics to become ambulatory surgical centers, even if they do not provide surgical abortions. The bill mandates that abortion providers have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the facility and requires them to administer the abortion-inducing medication RU-486 in person, rather than... more...

Phone Checkups Can Save Time and Travel After Surgery

Added 07.18.13

In a preliminary study of patients who had simple surgeries, most did well and seemed satisfied with post-operative checkups by telephone instead of seeing their surgeon in a clinic visit. The phone follow-up saved doctors and patients the time and effort involved in clinic visits without compromising patient care, according to the study of California patients. "These clinic visits are usually five minutes or less, very brief, the doctor asks ' how are you, do you feel well, are you going to the bathroom okay, that kind of thing," said senior author Dr. Sherry Wren of the Stanford University School of Medicine. Read the rest of this article from TwinCities.com at: more...

A Declaration of Surgical Independence

Added 07.16.13

The Unanimous Declaration of Classically Trained Surgeons of the United States of America When in the Course of surgical events it becomes necessary for one group of surgeons to dissolve the educational bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Principles of Surgery and of Common Sense entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all surgical educators have the obligation to instill in their students Knowledge, Mental and Physical Stamina and the pursuit of total patient care — That to secure these... more...

Here are Five Ways Health Insurance Exchanges Could Impact Physician Income

Added 07.16.13

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchanges will open on January 1, 2014. The exchanges will open online on October 1 of this year to allow uninsured people the ability to choose coverage for 2014. According to a report by Medscape News, primary care physicians and specialists could see the following impact to income: 1. Lower reimbursement rates from insurance companies participating in the exchange. 2. Less control over the number of patients from exchanges they see. 3. Problems collecting out-of-pocket from exchange patients. 4. Patients who aren't familiar with following treatment regimens. 5. Formation of narrow networks for insurers, which begin with hospitals and then decide how physicians are included with the potential for "cost... more...

Dr. Atul Gawande (Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School) Wants to Expand Surgical Safety Checklist Use in ASCs

Added 07.16.13

Even the most efficient ASCs routinely face daunting challenges. For instance, both physicians and their patients are gone from the site mere hours after complex surgeries. Specialists, blood banks and other emergency capabilities are often not immediately available. And following patient discharges, the quality of outcomes or the incidence of complications are not always known. Read more from Outpatient Surgery Magazine at: more...

New CPT Code Assigned to Minimally Invasive SI Joint Spine Surgery

Added 07.16.13

The American Medical Association implemented a new Category III CPT code to specifically describe sacroiliac joint arthrodesis performed with minimally invasive or percutaneous approaches, which went into effect July 1, according to a special report from the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery. Get more information on this from Becker's ASC Review at: more...

Will New Waivers for ASOs Affect Surgery Centers?

Added 07.16.13

To make Accountable Care Organizations (ASCs) more effective, federal enforcement agencies  have issued two waivers that exempt ACOs from prosecution under existing health care regulations. These official agency pronouncements, released in late 2011, will directly impact Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) - even if the surgery center does not join an ACO. The first waiver, involving antitrust laws, allows ACOs to bring together normally competing providers, potentially including ASCs, to coordinate care. The second waiver, involving health care fraud and abuse laws, provides incentives to physicians to use new approaches to patient care, which might possibly include referrals to ASCs. Read the rest of this article at: more...

South Carolina Suspends CON

Added 07.11.13

The state of South Carolina suspended their Certificate of Need (CON) program effective July 1, 2103. "Suspending the program has the practical effect of allowing new and expanding health care facilities to move forward without the Certificate of Need process." Read this letter from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) at: more...