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Ohio ASC Receives Advanced Certification for Total Hip, Total Knee
September 29, 2016
Ohio Specialty Surgical Suites has become the first ASC in the country to receive The Joint Commission's Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement.

Deadline to Comply with Nondiscrimination Requirements Approaching
September 28, 2016
ASCs must comply with the Affordable Care Act's nondiscrimination requirements by October 19, 2016.

ICD-10 Grace Period Ends October 1, 2016
September 27, 2016
The grace period instituted by CMS to ease the transition to the new coding requirements adopted in 2015 expires October 1, 2016.

CMS Releases Final Rule on Emergency Preparedness
September 15, 2016
This final rule establishes national emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare and Medicaid participating providers and suppliers.

HHS Advisory Panel Recommends Total Knees Be Removed from Inpatient-Only List
August 22, 2016
The Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment (HOP) unanimously recommended that CMS remove total knee arthroplasty from its inpatient-only list.

ASC is First of its Kind in Northwest
August 3, 2016
Regent Surgical Health Develops First Center Designed Primarily to Treat Outpatient Total Joint Replacement and Spine Disorders in Beaverton, Oregon.

ASC is First of its Kind in Northwest
August 3, 2016
Regent Surgical Health Develops First Center Designed Primarily to Treat Outpatient Total Joint Replacement and Spine Disorders in Beaverton, Oregon.

Q2 of ASCA Benchmarking Ends July 31
July 21, 2016
Data collection for the second quarter of ASCA Benchmarking ends Sunday, July 31.

ASCA's Regulatory Training Series Adds Three Courses
July 8, 2016
ASCA adds courses on hang hygiene, latex allergy and prevention of healthcare-associated influenza to its Regulatory Training Series.

2017 Proposed Medicare Payment Rates Released
July 6, 2016
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2017 proposed payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs).

HHS Finalizes Rule to Improve Health Equity Under the Affordable Care Act
June 23, 2016
HHS last month issued a final rule that further protects from discrimination in health care.

ASCs Reduce Outpatient Surgery Costs for Commercially Insured Patients by $38 Billion Annually
June 14, 2016
ASCA today sponsored a special Capitol Hill briefing to share results of a recent study that reveals that ASCs reduce private health insurance costs.

Online Purchasing Now Available for Regulatory Training Series
June 1, 2016
You can now purchase ASCA's Regulatory Training Series online and earn CE credits from your computer.

Data Collection Now Open for Q1 of ASCA Benchmarking
May 20, 2016
Benchmarking subscribers can now access their clinical and operational benchmarking reports for the first quarter (Q1) of 2016.

ASCA Recognizes Nap Gary with New Legacy Award
May 19, 2016
ASCA recognized former Board President Nap Gary with an outstanding service award named in his honor.

CMS Approves New ASC Accrediting Agency
May 5, 2016
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved the Institute for Medical Quality (IMQ) of San Francisco, California, as a national accrediting organization for ASCs that participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs.

Less than a Month to Submit ASC-8 Data
April 21, 2016
The reporting deadline for ASC-8: Influenza Vaccination Coverage among Healthcare Personnel is May 15.

Data Collection for Q1 of ASCA Benchmarking Now Open
April 1, 2016
Subscribers to ASCA's benchmarking survey can now submit data for the first quarter of 2016. Subscriptions to this year's survey are still available.

CDC to Hold Q&A Sessions on ASC-8
March 15, 2016
The CDC will conduct two ASC-8 question-and-answer sessions for ASCs on Thursday, March 17, and Monday, March 21.

ASC Focus Digital Debut: Manage Your Drug Supply
March 15, 2016
Learn effective ways to stay on top of drug shortages and costs in this Digital Debut from ASC Focus magazine.

Final Month to Save on ASCA 2016 Registration
March 1, 2016
Register for ASCA 2016, May 19–22, in Dallas by April 1 to take advantage of early registration rates.

What Procedures Should Be Added to the Medicare List for ASCs?
February 25, 2016
ASCA is conducting a survey to determine which procedures should be added to the list of ASC payable procedures for 2017.

ASCA Releases ‘What is an ASC?’ Video
February 16, 2016
ASCA has released a video that clearly and concisely explains what ASCs are.

Accreditation Agency Opens Advanced Certification Program
February 16, 2016
The Joint Commission launched its Total Hip and Knee Replacement Advanced Certification Program and began accepting applications from interested facilities in December.

New Cosponsors Added for Key ASC Legislation
February 11, 2016
This month, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD, and US Representative Ami Bera, MD, joined a growing list of supporters for the ASC Quality and Access Act of 2015.

ASCA Payment Rate Documents Updated
February 9, 2016
ASCA has updated its Medicare Payment Resources page to reflect recent changes to the ASC January 2016 payment addenda.

April 2016 ASC Public Reporting Preview Reports Now Available
February 4, 2016
ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program Reporting Preview Reports are available through the QualityNet Secure Portal for participating facilities until February 14, 2016.

ASCA Offers Month-Long Discount on Training Series
January 12, 2016
Register using promo code "leap 16" before February 29 to receive 10 percent off ASCA's Regulatory Training Series.

Q4 Now Open for ASCA Benchmarking
January 5, 2016
The data collection period for the fourth quarter (Q4) of the 2015 ASCA Benchmarking Program is now open.

Government Accountability Office Recommends Site-Neutral Payments for Office Visits
January 7, 2016
The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommended that Congress provide the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) with authority to equalize payment rates between hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) and physician offices for evaluation & management (E/M) office visits and other services.

More Than 95 Percent of Medicare-Certified ASCs Meet Quality Reporting Requirements
December 16, 2015
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that 95.9 percent of Medicare-certified ASCs met Medicare’s ASC Quality Reporting Program requirements.

ASCA's 2016 Webinar Schedule Now Available
December 15, 2015
Get the insider information and real-world solutions you need to navigate the challenges your ASC will face next year by signing up for ASCA’s 2016 Webinar Series.

ASCA Rate Documents Updated
December 11, 2015
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) revised the 2016 ASC payment addenda after the initial release on October 30, 2015.

Call for Nominations to ASCA Board of Directors
December 2, 2015
ASCA is encouraging its members to nominate qualified candidates to serve on its Board of Directors.

ASCA Q3 Benchmarking Report Now Available
December 1, 2015
ASCA Benchmarking subscribers can now access their clinical and operational benchmarking reports for the third quarter (Q3) of 2015 on the ASCA Benchmarking portal.


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