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CMS Extends Claims-Based Quality Measure Deadline until September 30th
August 4, 2015
In response to concerns raised by ASCA, the ASC Quality Collaboration and other ASC stakeholders, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the deadline.

Feedback Needed to Guide ASCA Comments on Office-Based Cataract Surgery
August 13, 2015
CMS is soliciting comments from interested stakeholders regarding the advisability of paying for cataract surgery in the office setting as an alternative to the ASC and hospital outpatient department (HOPD).

Register for the ASCA Virtual Career Fair; Find Your Dream Job
August 18, 2015
The ASCA Virtual Career Fair, an excellent resource for ASC professionals, like yourself, helps you connect with the nation's top employers.

ASCA Partners with US Representative David Scott to Raise Awareness on Colorectal Cancer Screening
August 18, 2015
ASCA partnered with US Representative David Scott (D-GA) during his 11th Annual Health Fair in Jonesboro, Georgia, August 15, to increase awareness about the importance of undergoing regular colonoscopies.

Your Input Needed on CMS Reimbursement Proposal
August 20, 2015
Your input is needed in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed ASC reimbursement rates for 2016.

ASCA Seeks Member Input for Strategic Plan
September 9, 2015
ASCA is preparing a strategic plan to help guide its future activities. To ensure that this plan aligns with the needs of its members, ASCA is requesting feedback. Members, please review the draft and share any comments you have with Steve Miller at smiller@ascassociation.org by September 23.

Summer Sale: ASCA's Regulatory Training Series
September 14, 2015
Get a 10 percent discount when you sign up for ASCA’s Regulatory Training Series by September 30.

ASCA Supports Maryland Efforts to Reduce ASC License Fee
September 24, 2015
ASCA joined the Maryland Ambulatory Surgery Association (MASA) in supporting Maryland Governor Larry Hogan's proposed cut of the ASC new and three-year renewal license fee from $3,000 to $1,000 and called on its members to do the same.

ASC Legislation Introduced in US Senate
September 24, 2015
This week, US Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) introduced the Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality and Access Act of 2015, intended to preserve patient access to the high-quality, cost-effective healthcare services that ASCs provide.

Congress Meets with ASCs during ASCA Capitol Fly-In
October 01, 2015
Over the course of Tuesday and Wednesday, September 29-30, 75 representatives from the ASC community came together to support key legislation by directly lobbying their members of Congress.

Medicare Quality Reporting Program Shows Universal Safe Surgery Checklist Use
October 08, 2015
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) data shows that 99 percent of Medicare-certified ASCs report using Safe Surgery Checklists in their facilities.

ASCA Introduces Eurasian Health Professionals to ASCs
October 08, 2015
ASCA hosts 20 Eurasian healthcare professionals as part of a Department of Commerce healthcare management training program.

CMS Publishes Final Rule on Meaningful Use Stage 3
October 15, 2015
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) final rule on Meaningful Use Stage 3 aims to ease reporting burden on providers, support interoperability and improve patient outcomes.

Congress and Obama Administration Agree on Two-Year Budget Deal
October 29, 2015
Congress and Obama administration agree on legislation that funds the federal government for two years, raises the nation’s debt ceiling and staves off Medicare premium increases for beneficiaries.

Medicare's 2016 Final Rule Released; Seventeen New Procedures Added to ASC-Payable List
October 30, 2015
Final CMS payment rule includes 0.3 percent rate increase and seventeen new codes on the ASC-payable list.

OIG Releases 2016 Work Plan Announcing New Initiatives for ASCs
November 12, 2015
OIG's 2016 Work Plan summarizes new and ongoing OIG projects and provides advanced notice to the industry, policymakers and public.

ASCA 2016 Registration Now Open
November 17, 2015
Registration is now available for ASCA 2016, Thursday to Sunday, May 19—22, at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.

Clifton Lee of Frisco Ambulatory Surgery Center Wins Inaugural Member-Get-A-Member Campaign
November 18, 2015
ASCA congratulates Clifton Lee of Frisco Ambulatory Surgery Center in Frisco, Texas, winner of ASCA’s inaugural Member-Get-A-Member campaign.

Winter Coding Seminar Early Registration Deadline Extended
November 30, 2015
Members and non-members who sign up for ASCA's Winter Coding Seminar before Monday, December 7, will receive $100 off the cost of registration.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.