Fusion Robotics Receives 510(k) Clearance for Spinal Navigation and Robotics System

Fusion Robotics LLC, a spinal robotics and navigation company has received 510(k) clearance to market its 3D imaging compatible navigation and robotic targeting system for spine surgery in the U.S. market.

ECRI and oneSOURCE Plan Alerts Management Collaboration

ECRI and oneSOURCE Document Management Services have announced a joint collaboration focused on improving medical device safety and responsiveness of health care facilities.

TransEnterix Announces Name Change, Introduces a New Category of Surgery

The name change reflects the company’s broader vision of shaping the future of surgery by integrating computer vision and machine learning with surgical robotics.

Fujifilm Systems Integration Leads AIA-Accredited Course

During this one hour course, participants will learn about the importance of continuing to digitize systems and processes in the OR, the role digitization plays in ensuring that various technologies used during procedures are connected and accessible, and why it’s important to understand this evolution as architects and equipment planners.

Proposed Legislation Promotes Medicare Patients’ Access to ASCs

The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) announced its support for new legislation titled “The ASC Quality and Access Act of 2019” (H.R. 4350). U.S. Representatives Devin Nunes (R-CA) and John Larson (D-CT) introduced the legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.

ASCs are health care facilities focused on providing same-day surgical care, including diagnostic and preventive health care procedures such as colonoscopies. Last year, more than 5,700 ASCs provided 10 million outpatient surgeries to Medicare beneficiaries. Currently, on average, ASCs are reimbursed by Medicare at 50 percent of the amount paid to HOPDs for identical services. This disparity continues to grow from year to year. As recently as 2003, Medicare paid ASCs 86 percent of the amount it paid HOPDs.

Provisions in the legislation would

  • require use of the same inflation update for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPD);
  • require the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to publish relevant quality data in a way that allows patients to compare quality across sites of service;
  • statutorily require CMS to add an ASC representative to its Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment, which makes decisions that affect both HOPD and ASC facility fees and eligible procedures; and
  • require CMS to disclose which criteria trigger the exclusion of a procedure from the ASC approved list.

“The sponsors of the ASC Quality and Access Act recognize the importance of decreasing Medicare beneficiaries’ out-of-pocket costs and putting the program on more stable footing,” said Ambulatory Surgery Center Association Chief Executive Officer William Prentice. “This bill addresses those priorities by making a permanent fix to Medicare’s reimbursement structure that will increase our seniors’ access to the high-value care provided in ASCs, while also increasing transparency so they and their families have the information they need to be informed decision makers.”



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