7 Things for ASC Leaders to Know for Monday

Here are seven news updates for ambulatory surgery center leaders to know for Jan. 6, 2014.

CMS delays ASC data collection.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has delayed data collection for three new quality measures until April 1. The measures, finalized in the Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting Program, include:

•    Endoscopy/Poly Surveillance: Appropriate follow-up interval for normal colonoscopy in average risk patients
•     Endoscopy/Poly surveillance: Colonoscopy interval for patients with a history of adenomatous polyps — avoidance of inappropriate use
•     Cataracts: Improvement in patient's visual function within 90 days following cataract surgery

11 attorneys general question legality of PPACA policy change.
A letter authored by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and co-signed by attorneys general of 10 other states questions the legality of the President Barak Obama's decision to allow insurers to continue offering plans in 2014 that aren't compliant with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Read the full report on Becker's Hospital Review.

Federal officials say some people will have problems with PPACA plans.
Obama administration officials announced that some people enrolled in health plans through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will experience problems with their coverage. The Obama administration has issued a toll-free number, 1-800-318-2596, for those that experience issues.

Joint Commission releases 2014 survey guide.
The Joint Commission released the 2014 Survey Activity Guide for ambulatory healthcare organizations. The guide is designed to help organizations prepare for their survey.

ASGE announces 2014 training courses.
The American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy announced three new 2014 courses. The topics include managing cancer risk in chronic digestive conditions, GI bleeding and EMR.

AmSurg Q3 EPS up 10%.
AmSurg's third quarter earnings per share of $.053 increased 10 percent of the same period last year, according to a Zacks Equity Research Report.

Refurbished medical device market to reach $8B by 2017.
The global refurbished medical device market is expected to reach $8.45 billion by 2017, according to a Markets and Markets report. The market is increasing in value due to lower costs and increased access to replacement parts and repair technology.

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