Growth of ASC's Could Save Taxpayers Hundreds of Millions in Medicare Dollars by 2017

As the number of surgery centers increases across the country, patients, payors and federal agenices may save significant dollars on healthcare, while still experiencing and promoting high-quality medical care, according to an ASCA report on…

Lessons Learned From A Surprise Medicare Survey

The surveyors came unannounced but not unprepared. The following was found during a 2 day combined Medicare/Medicaid inspection. Patient gown rolls with slippers, OR hats and belongings bags stocked on open shelves in pre-op. Surveyors suggested…

The Many Faces of Wrong-Site Surgery Prevention

This is a sampling of ways your colleagues ensure they operate on the correct site: Cover the non-operative site. For a lower extremity surgery, pre-op nurses place TED hose on non-operative legs. To be sure they don’t block or dilate the…

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FDA Approves First Seasonal Flu Vaccine Manufactured Using Cell Culture Technology

The FDA has announced approval of Flucelvax, the first seasonal flu vaccine licensed in the U.S. produced using cultured animal cells, instead of fertilized chicken eggs. Flucelvax is approved to prevent seasonal flu in people ages 18 years…

AdvaMed Report: Medical Device Excise Tax Would Add $2.5B in Taxes

A new report released by the president and CEO of the Advanced Medical Technology Association says the medical device excise tax scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2013, would add another 29% per year in taxes to the amount the medical device…

2012 ASC Salary & Benefits Survey Report Available

Results from ASCA’s 2012 ASC Employee Salary & Benefits Survey are now available. The 1,122 ASC’s that participated in the survey provided salary and benefits for 19 positions. Nationally, most salaries rose in 2012: Administrator…

5 Challenges for Coding & Billing Compliance

Healthcare reform and technological advances are adding new tasks for ASC billers and coders and make compliance a challenge. The following are the top 5 challenges according to George Kaplinski, vice president of operations for ASC billing…

8 Mistakes for ACS's to Avoid During EMR Implementation

Lack of a strategic plan. Most organizations have a business plan, workflow plan and information technology plan, but they overlook the EMR strategic plan. While the information captured on paper is the same as what you want to capture in…

5 Critical Benchmarking Steps for Surgery Centers

“Benchmarking is not a novel idea,” said Ms. Lesley Raskin at the 19th Annual ASC Conference in Chicago. “Benchmarking is more important than ever before.” These are the critical benchmarking steps for ASC’s: Determine what to benchmark. The…