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TASCS’s Capitol Day during the 87th Texas Legislative Session

Last week, the Texas Ambulatory Surgery Center Society (TASCS) held its bi-annual Capitol Day virtually. The event was a success that included meetings with a focus group of ambulatory surgery center (ASC) members and various legislative offices, including a welcome kick-off from Senator Dawn Buckingham, MD herself. 

Texas Senator Dawn Buckingham welcomes TASCS Capitol Day to discuss 87th Legislative Session initiatives concerning the healthcare industry.

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3 Ways Outsourcing the Sterile Processing Department Will Keep Your Total Joints Program Ahead of ASC Trends

3 Ways Outsourcing the Sterile Processing Department Will Keep Your Total Joints Program Ahead of ASC Trends

 

At one time it might have been surprising to find out that an Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) functioned without an in-house Sterile Processing Department (SPD). Today, it's common to see centers survive and even thrive without them.

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TASCS Testifies In Support Of SB 1763

TASCS testifies at the Capitol supporting SB 1763 by Sen. Drew Springer, adding an ASC Representative to the Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council (GETAC) 

On Tuesday, April 13, 2021, Krista DuRapau, Executive Director for Texas Ambulatory Surgery Center Society, and Steve Blom, Administrator Texas Orthopedics Surgery Center and past TASCS Board Member, testified to the Texas Senate in support of SB 1763 by Sen. Drew Springer which adds an ASC representative to the Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council (GETAC).   HB 3605 by Rep. John Turner is the House companion. 

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This World Health Day, What Are You Doing To Build A Fairer, Healthier World?

This World Health Day, What Are You Doing To Build A Fairer, Healthier World?
By TASCS Board Member James McClung, Chief Development Officer of Reliant Medical Services

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Membership Monday: Digestive Health Center of Allen

 

Membership Monday: Digestive Health Center of Allen

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Incident Reporting: Best Practices For ASCs

On March 4, Texas Ambulatory Surgery Center Society members attended a virtual town hall, in order to learn best practices on proper incident reporting to Texas Health and Human Services.  

Laura Schneider  RN, Sr. Director of Clinical Services for Amsurg, began by reviewing the requirements of ASC Incident Reporting:

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5 Tips For Patient Safety Awareness Week

5 Tips For Patient Safety Awareness Week 

Patient Safety Awareness Week encourages people to learn more about healthcare safety, and this year, it takes place March 14–20, 2021. This topic can include the reporting, prevention and reduction of issues that harm patients and others in medical settings.

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ASC Accreditation During The COVID-19 Pandemic

ASC Accreditation During The COVID-19 Pandemic

The Texas Ambulatory Surgery Center Society provides members with information and education through bi-weekly virtual town halls. On February 11, members learned what to expect in regards to surveys for accreditation programs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Legislative Recap WE 2/25/21

 

 

The chaos caused by Texas’ winter storm didn’t die down this week so much as it shifted its focus and expanded its reach. Legislative activity resumed and intensified in the midst of the ongoing fallout of Texas’ winter storm, and committees of both the House and Senate held marathon meetings to determine root causes and assign accountability for the crisis. Legislators pressed for answers regarding what went wrong and who was at fault, but largely confronted the reality of systemwide failures and more than enough blame to go around. Testimony was lengthy and exhaustive, but did reveal common themes for the failures from which the state is trying to recover:

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MUST READ information if your center experienced losses in the Winter Storm

If your center sustained damage, follow these guidelines from Texas Health and Human Services Commission:
Submit the temporary closure information on facility letterhead to [email protected] Please include the facility name, facility ASC license number and the closure details. Once the facility is operational, resubmit the same information.
New Federal Disaster Loan Available For Texas Businesses Via U.S. Small Business Administration: https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela/s/
Office of the Governor Greg Abbott Texas Division of Emergency Management
Launch Call Center To Assist With Texas Individual Assistance Reporting Tool: Link here

POSTPONED- Capitol Day

Capitol Day has been postponed to allow centers to recover from the impacts of the Winter Storm Uri. Because each center has been impacted in some way, we appreciate your input on when a new advocacy day would be convenient for your participation.

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TOWN HALL THIS THURSDAY! Suggestions to Completing the ASC Facility Incident Report

Join us this Thursday for our next topic in our Town Hall series
Suggestions to Completing the ASC Facility Incident Report 

Legislative Recap WE 2/20/21

Gavel to Gavel

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POSTPONED-Infection Control Week!

NEW DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!

 We apologize for any inconvenience but we are rescheduling next week's event due to the inclement weather and power shortages that our ASCs have experienced this week.

A future date is TBD and will be announced when available. 

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Legislative Recap WE 2/12/21

 

 

 

 

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Controlled Medication Logs in Ambulatory Surgery Centers

In order to provide members with information and education, even in the midst of a pandemic, the Texas Ambulatory Surgery Center Society (TASCS) has been holding virtual town halls. The latest one took place on Jan. 28 and was about controlled medication logs in ambulatory surgery centers.

It was a focused, brief, yet very informative symposium from two of Texas’ top experts on the topic, Diane Buffington of Surgical Care Affiliates and Chris Dembny of Dembny Pharmacy Consultants LLC.

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Legislative Recap WE 2/5/21

 

 

 
 

 

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Welcome Dr. Mehta to PSA ASC

Pain Specialists of America appoints chief medical officer

Austin, Texas-based Pain Specialists of America named Pankaj Mehta, MD, as its chief medical officer, according to a Feb. 2 news release.

Dr. Mehta is a board-certified anesthesiologist who gained national recognition for his contributions to interventional pain medicine, the release said. He is a leader in pain management with a focus on spine pain, headaches, spinal stenosis, abdominal and pelvic pain. He trained at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, both in Boston, before completing a fellowship at Cleveland Clinic.

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Laredo Digestive Health Center Receives APEX Quality Award

5 Physicians Endoscopy Partner Centers Receive APEX Quality Award

 

JAMISON, Pa.Feb. 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Five Physicians Endoscopy partner ambulatory surgery centers have received the 2020 National APEX Quality Award. The Endoscopy Center of Niagara, Laredo Digestive Health Center, Long Island Center for Digestive Health, PGC Center for Excellence, and South Broward Endoscopy Center were recognized as the highest performing healthcare facilities within their healthcare peer grouping. Awarded annually by SPH Analytics, recipients of the APEX Quality Award are determined solely by patient satisfaction measures. APEX, traditionally meaning highest point, is defined by SPH Analytics as "Attributes for Patient Excellence".

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Poll of the Week- Dispensing Machine

We have our poll of the week up to see how many centers are currently utilizing an automated dispensing machine. Please take a second to answer this one question anonymous poll:

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If you have any questions or want to share comments or experiences with the automated dispensing machines, please share here with the community.