Skip to main content

Way Forward for Ambulatory Surgery Centers -Avontix


Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) have become a dynamic link in the healthcare industry. These centers provide outpatient services that are medical procedures or surgeries that do not need the patient to stay overnight in a hospital. These centers are a big hit with people because in these days of hustling activities we do not want to stay away from work for more time and like to return home as soon as possible. Like all other healthcare facilities, ASCs also need to maintain electronic health records for which they need EHR solutions. Let’s see here few reasons that have increased the popularity of ASCs.

  • Increased efficiency: Ambulatory surgery centers usually specialize in few procedures that help in increased skill base and expertise in the services offered. Also, surgeons have more control over their surgical environment in ASCs which also improves the efficiency of the services offered.
  • As hospitalization is not required infection rates get diminished.
  • The patient care provided at ASCs comes at much-reduced costs compared to big hospitals and other facilities. Hence, the patients’ satisfaction levels are high for ASCs.


It can be understood from the above that convenience of services, low costs and efficient services along with minimized infection rates are the reasons for choosing ASCs by consumers. As any kind of business or service grows, there would be subsequent changes in the various rules and regulations and standards to be followed. Here are few things that would impact the ambulatory surgery centers in the near future.

  • CMS Final Rule for ASCs: The changes provided in the final 2018 ASC rule given by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), majorly hint at reducing administrative costs and maintenance costs for the ASCs.
  • Removal from the inpatient list: For the CY 2018, a total six procedures are removed from the Medicare Inpatient-only (IPO) list that is provided in inpatient settings. In the 6 procedures removed from the list is total knee arthroplasty.
  • ASC Payment Policy update: The CPI-U for CY 2018 is 1.7% and the MFP adjustment is 0.5 %, thereby resulting in updated CPI-U factor of 1.2%. Taking into consideration all other changes, the total ASC payment are estimated to increase by 3 % approximately in 2018.
  • OQR measures removed: Six of the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting (OQR) Program quality measures have been removed.


With these and many more changes and updates coming periodically, it is important that the ASCs hire professional EHR solutions providers and RCM services providers to run their business smoothly and profitably. This is also needed to focus on providing quality care to patients without the headache of maintaining electronic health records and complying with different regulations related to medical billing and insurance claims. Avontix in Hyderabad is one of the best companies among the EHR solutions providers.

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

That’s Hilarious! Funny Must-Read Medical Transcription Errors!

Doctors every now and then come across some very critical bloopers from medical transcriptionists. Some of these can be downright funny! It’s common for transcription errors to creep in for various reasons like the dictation might not be clear, too many medical terms stuffed in, or misunderstanding at the transcriptionist’s end. Medical transcriptionists vary in experience and skill and may not be well versed with some medical terms. Here is a compilation of some very funny transcription mistakes you could note to avoid being on the receiving end of the laughter! 

   ·"Eyes and nose continue to be within normal limits" (I & O).    ·"History of sick as hell disease" (sickle cell)    ·"She was a bitch and grinned" (a bit chagrined).    ·"The last day the patient took their meds was for beaver."  (forever).    ·“49 year old occasional male”(Caucasian male).    ·“Borderline respectable pancreatic cancer”. (Resectable).    ·“Patient is alert and orien…

Working in the night shift? Here's how you can be double productive! -Avontix

Waking up and stretching at 4 PM. Having breakfast around 6 PM, rushing to office at 8 PM, when others are having a cozy dinner with family. Is this you?
Although there will be initial hiccups in adjusting to the night world, with time we understand that night shift work can be as smooth as day shift, provided we take care of few things.
Train your mind: The first and foremost feeling that we have to inculcate in us is that we are not doing anything different from routine. We ought to get used to and train our mind that night shift life is similar to that of the day shift life. With this. it gets much simpler for us to get accustomed to the new lifestyle. Winning our mind is winning half the battle.
Eat healthy: Work schedule affects our eating habits and vice versa. With sudden changes in work timings, our eating pattern gets disturbed and this results in health disorders which in turn reduce our productivity.
Pack home food:  Be a little stringent with yourselves and pack home cooked …

Location isn’t a Matter for Coding and RCM -Avontix

The technological developments in the healthcare management industry have facilitated and increased the outsourcing of medical coding and RCM among many healthcare facilities. The healthcare facilities need not bother about from where the support for their RCM and medical coding jobs is coming from. What they need to think about is only if these service providers have the latest technology, training and subject expertise. These days most of the outsourcing companies are well equipped with high-speed internet connectivity, coding and RCM software with security features that make the importance of the location of the service provider negligible.
The lower reimbursement rates and diminishing margins are forcing the different healthcare facilities to think for ways to reduce costs. One of the best ways for hospitals and other facilities to minimize costs is outsourcing their medical coding jobs along with their revenue cycle management. The significant task for a hospital is to identify …