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Archive for December, 2012

5 Big Challenges ASCs Can Solve With Healthcare Information Technology

Added 12.20.12

Here are five major challenges ambulatory surgery centers face and how health information technology platforms can provide an efficient and cost effective solution. 1. Difficulty collecting necessary pre-surgical information. 2. Unclean/Messy patient information. 3. Unprofitable redundancies. 4. Traditional pen and paper is costly and looks unprofessional. 5. Overlooking high-risk patients. Read more detail on each of these points from the Becker's ASC Review article at: more...

Cash and Carry: Is this OKC Surgery Center the Future of Health Care?

Added 12.20.12

OKLAHOMA CITY – Taking a “cash only” free market approach, the Surgery Center of Oklahoma City is causing a stir locally, and attracting nationwide attention. What the company calls “price transparency” with guaranteed rates for procedures is even triggering a home-grown version of medical tourism. Read the rest of this article from Oklahoma at: more...

6 Steps for ASCs to Participate in New Payment Models

Added 12.10.12

Here are six steps for surgery centers to participate in new payment models. 1. Figure out how to participate in ACOs productively. 2. Partner with hospitals and other providers. 3. Expand your relationship with physician groups. 4. Innovate in ambulatory bundled payments. 5. Initiate quality reporting. 6. Develop a tighter cost structure. Read more detail on each step from the article at Becker's ASC Review: more...

8 Points of Survival for Surgery Centers After ACOs

Added 12.10.12

Hospitals and physician-groups in several markets are exploring accountable care organizations, and many are choosing to participate. As a result, surgery centers are assessing whether they should join or if it would make more sense to go in a different direction. Here, industry experts discuss eight points of survival for surgery centers in a post-ACO market, whether they decide to participate or not. 1. Show your ASC can meet ACO goals. 2. Implement data-tracking systems. 3. Examine your geography before proceeding with ACOs. 4. Develop relationships with payors and providers. 5. Become part of the continuum of care. 6. Move more procedures into the surgery center. 7. Protect yourself from taking on too much risk. 8. Avoid red flags that would have a negative impact on ASCs. Read more detail... more...

MedPAC Proposes 0.5% ASC Payment Increase in 2014

Added 12.06.12

Following is information from the ASCA's Government Affairs update on their website. In a meeting today, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) proposed a recommendation that ASCs receive a 0.5% increase in payment rates for 2014. During the commission’s discussions, four commissioners proposed a zero update for ASCs. The commission also recommended that ASCs be directed to report cost data. MedPAC will vote on these recommendations in January. In addition to the 0.5% increase in ASC payments, the commission recommended a 1.0% increase in payment rates for hospitals in 2014. “We are disappointed by MedPAC’s recommendations,” said ASCA Chief Executive Officer Bill Prentice, “but we are encouraged that the MedPAC staff appears to be beginning to recognize the implications of the large disparity in... more...

Is Upper Endoscopy Overused for GERD?

Added 12.06.12

American College of Physicians recommends limiting the procedure. Upper GI endoscopy is often used in the screening of patients who suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), but recently issued recommendations from the American College of Physicians suggest that the procedure may be overused. Read the rest of this article from Outpatient Surgery Magazine at: more...

New Federal Agency to Examine Collections Process

Added 12.06.12

On January 2, 2013 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will begin its oversight of debt collection in the United States. In connection with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, under the Larger Market Participant (LMP) rule released by the CFPB on October 23, 2012, the final rule defines "consumer debt collection" markets and exclusions, explains how to determine if you are an LMP and offers an examination manual. Read this article from MNET at: more...

EHR Legislation Introduced to Support ASC Physicians

Added 12.06.12

US Representative Diane Black (R-TN) introduced the Electronic Health Records Improvement Act this past week, which provides a temporary solution to ASC physicians who would normally be penalized under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) electronic health record (EHR) incentive program. More on this from ASCA Government Affairs Update at: more...

New Strains of Bacteria, Fungus Found in NECC Drugs

Added 12.06.12

CDC also warns of uptick in spinal abscess, osteomyelitis reports. The CDC and FDA continue to test drugs from New England Compounding Center in the wake of the drug contamination and related outbreak that has now killed 36 and sickened 541. The federal agencies have identified additional microbial contamination in unopened vials of betamethasone, cardioplegia and triamcinolone solutions distributed and recalled from NECC. The CDC reports in a health alert that the new microbes include bacteria known as Bacillus, and fungal species including Aspergillus tubingensis, Aspergillus fumigatus, Cladosporium species and Penicillium species. Read the rest of this article from Outpatient Surgery Magazine at: more...