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ASCA’s Free Infographic Helps You Market Your ASC, Talk with Policymakers

A new infographic, now available free from ASCA, can help you market your ASC and spread the word about the high-value care that ASCs provide. Add the flyer to your website or download and print copies that your ASC and its physicians can hand to patients and others to help them understand why ASCs are “the right choice for the right patients at the right price.”

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Cyber Attack at Maryland Surgery Center

Palisades Eye Surgery Center in Bethesda, Md., was hit by a data breach that affected 2,696 individuals. The incident potentially exposed the names, addresses, Social Security numbers and medical information of 10 patients or prospective patients. Palisades notified patients of the unauthorized access.

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CON Task Force Reforms

Senate Bill 940 (cross-filed as HB 931) enables all persons to establish up to a two operating room facility without a CON. It accomplished this change by defining an ambulatory surgery facility as a center, service, office, facility, or office of one or more health care practitioners or a group practice that has three or more operating rooms. Any person seeking to establish or expand a facility to three or more operating rooms must obtain a CON. The law also establishes a deeming process if the MHCC does not take action within 120 days of docketing a CON for applications that are not contested by interested parties, do not involve the establishment of a health care facility, the relocation of a health care facility, or the introduction of cardiac surgery or organ transplantation services. This law becomes effective on October 1, 2019. MHCC staff has informed the ambulatory surgery community that they will accept requests for determinations of non-coverage from CON for an ambulatory surgery center with no more than two operating rooms beginning on July 1, 2019 with an effective date for beginning operations on or after October 1, 2019.

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USP General Chapter <800> Hazardous Drug Revisions

USP General Chapter <800> provides standards for safe handling of hazardous drugs to minimize the risk of exposure to healthcare personnel, patients and the environment. USP published the official date of General Chapter <800> of December 1, 2019

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Government Affairs Update: ASCA Answers Questions about Medicare’s 2019 Quality Reporting Requirements

In response to questions ASCA has already received regarding compliance with Medicare’s 2019 ASC quality reporting program, ASCA has posted a new FAQ document on its website. This is just one of several free resources ASCA is making available to both member and nonmember ASCs on this topic.

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CMS posts payments for ASCs vs. HOPDs

Published by Becker's Hospital Review

CMS has paved the way for price transparency between ASCs and hospital outpatient departments with a new tool that reveals the average payments for select procedures in both settings.

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Free Infection Prevention and Control Resources From CDC and Joint Commission

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and The Joint Commission have released new infection control resources tailored specifically for podiatry, orthopedic and pain management settings, as well as a new electronic fillable checklist for other ambulatory care settings. The guides feature key recommendations such as infection prevention and control program and infrastructure information, education and training, safe injection practices, medical device reprocessing, environmental cleaning, as well as real-life scenarios and helpful checklists.

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