ASCs and Hospitals

ASCs and Hospitals

Of Ransomware, Hackers, FTC and HIPAA

You’ve seen it … you’ve heard it … you couldn’t miss it!

Health care facilities have been victimized by hackers who steal patient identities and increasingly disable access to key patient treatment and status records until ransom demands are met. Additionally, employees may suffer because of a workplace breach of their confidential information.

Traditional technology networks are generally vulnerable and lucrative to attack. ASCs as well as small to medium-size hospitals are marked as primary targets for breaches because their security infrastructure is often lacking. That underscores a July 2016 report that revealed that the healthcare industry is hit significantly harder by ransomware hackers than any other sector … to the tune of 88% of attacks targeted hospitals.

In this article, we’ll take a look at what are current threats as well as those to be anticipated based on advances in medical technology. Additionally, we’ll review technical safeguards under HIPAA regulations and employer responsibilities as viewed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

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Highlights of CMS’s 2018 ASC Payment Rule

JOINT EFFORT

JOINT EFFORT

From paying surgery centers for total joints to delaying mandatory participation with a patient satisfaction survey, there are several positive developments in the 2018 proposed payment rule for ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs), which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the last week.

Read the full article on Outpatient Surgery.

Merger and Acquisition

ASCs Merger and Acquisition

ASCs at Center of This Major Trend – 5 Major Drivers

ASCs merger and acquisition activity continues its decade long growth trend. Industry experts anticipate the outlook for 2017 and beyond will likely maintain or exceed that momentum.

There are 5 major drivers that fuel this buying spree to consolidate and deliver patient care in non-hospital settings.

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OSHA Audits And Your Asc: What to Expect, How to Prepare, Help From the Auditors

Osha AuditsIn last month’s issue of the The AuxoMedical Examiner we addressed Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) workplace safety rules and safety programs. In that article it was noted that: More workers are injured in the healthcare and social assistance industry sector than any other private industry sector.

That said, it follows that healthcare providers, including ASCs, are likely to be the object of scrutiny by OSHA. As an operating entity in a high risk industry sector, it is quite possible that your ASC will be scheduled for an OSHA inspection (audit) to assure compliance with OSHA requirements.

But put that in context. OSHAs objective is not to be punitive. Rather it seeks to help employers and workers reduce on-the-job hazards to prevent injuries, illnesses and deaths.

Let’s take a look at what you may expect when the OSHA compliance safety and health officer (CO) shows up on your doorstep, typically without advance notice. Following that, we’ll look at how you may best position your ASC to not be a target for an OSHA inspection and the payoffs for being proactive.

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Meet the interns

Meet The Interns – Summer 2017

Summer is an exciting time for us here at Auxo Medical because we get to welcome a new group of incredible people to the family. We’re so excited to introduce the newest members of the Auxo team, the Summer 2017 interns!

These three students are working hard and are determined to make this the best summer yet at Auxo Medical. We’ve asked the interns to answer a few questions in order to get to know them a little more. Without further ado, please welcome the Summer 2o17 Interns!

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ASC & OSHA: Workplace Safety, OSHA Rules and Safety Programs

More workers are injured in the healthcare and social assistance industry sector than any other private industry sector.

ASCSo says the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). One study put the incidence rate for work related nonfatal injuries and illnesses in health care and social assistance at nearly 40% higher than that experienced in all private industry.

Healthcare is the fastest-growing sector of the U.S. economy, employing over 18 million workers. Health care workers face a wide range of hazards on the job, including sharps injuries, harmful exposures to chemicals and hazardous drugs, back injuries, latex allergy, violence, and stress. Although it is possible to prevent or reduce healthcare worker exposure to these hazards, healthcare workers continue to experience injuries and illnesses in the workplace.

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7 Procedures Removed From IPO List – Total Knee Arthroplasty Only Receives “Honorable Mention”

 Annually, using established criteria, the CMS reviews the “inpatient only” (IPO) list to determine which, if any, procedures are to be removed. In a previous newsletter, we mentioned how Total Knee Arthroplasty may be removed from the Medicare Inpatient Only list. The winners for CY 2017 are five spine procedures along with two laryngoplasty procedures. Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) procedures did not make the final cut.

Total Knee Arthroplasty

Illustration of a Total Knee Arthroplasty procedure

The CY 2017 OPPS/ASC final rule discussed comments it received regarding the removal of (TKA) from the IPO list. Despite the overwhelming support for its removal, the CMS did not propose making an immediate change, but “will consider all of these comments in future policy making.”

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