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Three Heart Surgeons Discuss How to Beat Aortic Dissection’s Ticking Clock

Participating in this Q&A article are Bilal Shafi, MD, from Sutter Health in Santa Cruz, California; Wilson Szeto, MD, from Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Grayson H. Wheatley III, MD, Wheatley Surgical in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Joint Commission, Joint Commission Resources Launch Data Transparency Initiative

The Joint Commission and Joint Commission Resources (JCR) Inc. have announced a new data transparency initiative – Data Analytics for Safe Healthcare (DASH).

Aerobiotix Announces FDA 510(k) Clearance of Medical Ultraviolet Air Filtration System

Aerobiotix Inc., a manufacturer of air treatment devices for hospitals and health care, has announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance of the Aerocure-MD medical air purification system.

AAAHC Releases Updated Toolkit Outlining Ambulatory Procedure Considerations for Obese Patients

To help ASCs implement necessary precautions and prevent negative outcomes for obese patients, the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) has published a fully revised Ambulatory Procedure Considerations for Obese Patients Toolkit.

Ambulatory Surgery Center Association Applauds ASC Payment Transparency Act

The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment Transparency Act of 2018 (H.R. 6138). This important legislation will improve access to high-quality outpatient health care.

H.R. 6138 comprises the following critical provisions.

  1. Add an ASC Representative to the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment. This provision will add an ASC industry representative to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment (HOP) – a 15-member panel that helps determine payment policies for hospital outpatient departments and ASCs. Currently, statute requires all HOP members be employed by a hospital or health system.
  2. Disclose Criteria Used to Determine ASC Procedure List. CMS can exclude a procedure from the ASC procedure list because of a general concern for specific criteria (42 CFR 416.166). CMS, however, is not required to disclose which criteria it uses to exclude a given procedure. Adding procedures that can be performed safely in an ASC to this list saves Medicare and its beneficiaries money.

“Data show that ASCs deliver excellent patient outcomes at a lower cost than similar sites of service,” stated ASCA Chief Executive Officer William Prentice. “This legislation will assure better communication between ASCs and government agencies that regulate us, leading to better decisions that will benefit Medicare beneficiaries requiring outpatient surgery. We are grateful that these provisions have bipartisan support in the House and look forward to their consideration in the Senate soon.”

The ASC Payment Transparency Act of 2018 will help ASCs, specialty societies and other health care stakeholders engage CMS as it considers changes to the ASC Payment System. Further, H.R. 6138 will support Medicare beneficiaries as they seek the high-quality, efficient and cost-effective care ASCs deliver.

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