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It’s time to look ahead to the data that will be reported for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) ASCQR Program in 2019 for 2020 payment determinations.  ASC-8: Influenza Vaccination Coverage among Healthcare Personnel data collection will take place for the influenza season between October 1, 2018, and March 31, 2019, with a reporting deadline of May 15, 2019. … Read more

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has described an opioid epidemic in the United States. Overdoses involving heroin, fentanyl and prescription opioids killed more than 33,000 people in the United States in 2015. Nearly half of those deaths were from prescription opioids. az-opioid-prescribing-guidelines

Accreditation Compliance Made Smarter w/App

ACCREDITATION COMPLIANCE MADE SMARTER A San Diego based company, has announced the release of a new version of their mobile app designed to make accreditation compliance simple and efficient. They have transformed the outdated pen and paper practice of maintaining ambulatory surgery center logs – such as crash cart inventory, instrument sterilization runs, spore testing … Read more

CMS proposes to reduce regulatory burdens

CMS proposes to reduce regulatory burdens. In mid-September 2018, CMS proposed a rule that it would said would “… reform Medicare regulations that are identified as unnecessary, obsolete or excessively burdensome on healthcare providers and suppliers.” Key takeaways for ASCs include the following: CMS is proposing to remove provisions requiring centers to establish a written … Read more