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Colorado Now Requires Hospitals and ASCs to Adopt, Implement Policies to Prevent Exposure to Surgical Smoke

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has signed into law new legislation that will require licensed hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers to adopt and implement policies to prevent human exposure to surgical smoke. Surgical smoke results from thermal destruction of human tissue by heat producing devices such as lasers and electrocautery knives commonly used during surgery.

Source: Infection Control Today


The New Rules of Ambulatory Surgery Center Competition

While the outmigration of care from inpatient settings to the outpatient arena is not new to hospitals and health systems, the forces driving today’s outpatient shift are fundamentally different than in the past. Technology is no longer the principal factor dictating the site of service delivery. Instead, key stakeholders—especially payers and physicians—are driving patients to receive care in low-cost settings.

Source: ASCA/Advisory Board


4 Top Reasons ASC Claims Are Denied + the Code That Makes Up 7% of Denials

When evaluating claim denials, ASCs should focus on payers and their individually negotiated contracts, according to Will Israel, vice president of enterprise analytics solutions for The SSI Group, a revenue cycle management service provider.

Source: Becker’s ASC Review


Telehealth Growth Surpasses 6% ASC Utilization Increase by a Long Shot

Nationwide utilization of ASCs increased 6 percent from 2016 to 2017, paling in comparison to the 53 percent jump in telehealth utilization, according to a 2019 FAIR Health report on healthcare trends and pricing. In contrast to ASC usage, utilization rose 14 percent for urgent care centers and 7 percent for retail clinics in the time frame analyzed. Utilization of ERs — a more traditional care setting — dipped 2 percent.

Source: Becker’s ASC Review


Amazon’s Alexa Can Now Handle Protected Health Info

Amazon’s Alexa voice-activated virtual assistant technology is now HIPAA-eligible, enabling healthcare organizations to build applications with the technology. Amazon announced that the Alexa Skills Kit can be used by some covered entities and their business associates, subject to provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 to build Alexa “skills” that transmit and receive protected health information.

Source: ASCA/Health Data Management

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