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Infection Control Surveyor Worksheet

CMS, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have developed a comprehensive infection control worksheet to evaluate compliance with infection control requirements. This worksheet serves as a guide for ASCs wishing to fine-tune their infection control practices. ...

Infection Control Surveyor Worksheet June 2015.pdf

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Additional Quality Reporting Requirements

2013 IPPS Final Rule: Medicare Program; Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Fiscal Year 2013 Rates; Hospitals’ Resident Caps for Graduate Medical Education Payment Purposes; Quality Reporting...


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2013 Medicare Payment Proposal

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2013 proposed payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs). You can download the entire rule, or two specific sections that pertain to ASCs: section XIV. Proposed Updates to the Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC)...

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Supreme Court Ruling on Affordable Care Act

The United States Supreme Court today upheld the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) requirement that individuals be required to have health insurance or face financial penalties while striking down the law’s requirement that states must expand their Medicaid programs or face federal funding...


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US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Prescription Drug User Fee Reauthorization Act

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee led by Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Ranking Member Mike Enzi (R-WY) introduced the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Prescription Drug User Fee Reauthorization Act, which includes a section on preventing and mitigating...


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Patient Access to Drugs in Shortage Act

Drafted legislation by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the Ranking Member on the Senate Finance Committee, on mitigating drug shortages by increasing Medicare reimbursement and providing manufacturers with additional years of exclusivity for drugs manufactured in combination with a shortage drug. ...

Patient Access to Drugs in Shortage Bill.pdf

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ASCA Comment Letter on CMS's Overpayment Proposal

ASCA's Comment Letter of CMS's proposed regulations on health care providers identifying and returning over payments submitted 4-15-2012. #LegislationorRegulation #Medicare #Legal


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Infection Prevention Checklist for Outpatient Settings: Minimum Expectations for Safe Care

checklist for use in ensuring that the facility has appropriate infection prevention policies and procedures in place and supplies to allow healthcare personnel to provide safe care. Also used to systematically assess personnel adherence to correct infection prevention practices. (Assessment of...


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CMS's Flash Sterilization Memorandum

Flash sterilizaton clarification; clarifies what the meaning of the term, and how to distinguish appropriate from inappropriate use of flash sterilization. #LegislationorRegulation #ConditionsforCoverage #InfectionPrevention

CMS Flash Sterilization Memorandum.pdf