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ASCA Gives Back!
November 22, 2017: In the spirit of the upcoming holidays, last week ASCA held its first annual ASCA Service Day dedicated to helping those in need.

Mark Your Calendar: 2018 CASC Exam Dates
November 16, 2017: If you are interested in taking the Certified Administrator Surgery Center™ (CASC™) examination in 2018, mark your calendar now for these important dates.

Q3 Benchmarking Reports Now Available
November 15, 2017: ASCA Benchmarking subscribers can now access their clinical and operational benchmarking reports for the third quarter (Q3) of 2017.

ASC Focus Digital Debut: The Joint Commission Updates Emergency Management Requirements
November 10, 2017: In response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) emergency preparedness final rule, The Joint Commission is updating its emergency management requirements for ASCs and other types of accredited organizations.

ASC Focus Digital Debut: AJRR Issues 2017 Annual Report
November 10, 2017: The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) has issued its 2017 Annual Report on hip and knee arthroplasty data. The report analyzes data on 860,080 hip and knee replacement procedures performed by 4,755 surgeons at 654 organizations.

ASCA's 2018 Webinar All-Access Pass Now On Sale
November 9, 2017: This popular pass provides access to all 17 webinars—both the live events and recordings—in ASCA’s 2018 series.

Read the Latest Edition of ASC Focus Magazine
November 8, 2017: The November/December issue of ASC Focus is now available on the ASC Focus website.

ASC Focus Digital Debut: Options for Post-Acute Services
November 7, 2017: The latest Digital Debut from ASC Focus examines convalescent centers, skilled nursing facilities and home care as options for post-acute recovery care.

2018 Final ASC Medicare Payment Rule Released
November 1, 2017: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the 2018 proposed payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs).

Important Dates in November
November 1, 2017: Make sure to mark your calendar for the following dates this month.

ASC Focus Digital Debut: Lending a Healing Hand
October 31, 2017: The latest Digital Debut from ASC Focus features an interview with Claire Cunningham, executive director of One World Surgery.

ASCA 2018 Registration Now Open
October 30, 2017: Registration is now open for ASCA 2018, April 11–14 in Boston, Massachusetts.

CMS to Grant Exceptions to ASCs Affected by Irma (Updated 10/30/17)
October 30, 2017: Due to the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will grant exceptions for Medicare quality reporting requirements to ASCs located in areas affected by the storm.

CMS to Grant Exceptions to ASCs Affected by Harvey (Updated 10/30/17)
October 30, 2017: Due to the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will grant exceptions for Medicare quality reporting requirements to ASCs located in areas affected by the storm.

CMS to Grant Exceptions to ASCs Affected by the Northern California Wildfires
October 30, 2017: Due to the devastating impacts of the October 2017 Northern California wildfires, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will grant exceptions for Medicare quality reporting requirements to ASCs located in affected areas.

Scheduled Maintenance to ASCA Websites
October 27, 2017: The platform provider for ASCA’s websites will be performing infrastructure maintenance on Saturday, October 28, beginning at 11:00 pm ET. We expect full functionality to be restored overnight and will notify you if any issues persist.

ASC Focus Digital Debut: Battling the Hurricane-Driven Drug Shortages
October 24, 2017: Find out how ASCs can stay ahead of the curve and manage drug shortages effectively in the Digital Debut from ASC Focus.

Benchmarking Q3 Data Due October 31
October 23, 2017: The data collection period for the third quarter (Q3) of ASCA Benchmarking ends Tuesday, October 31. Make sure to submit your data before the deadline in order to get a complete picture of trends for the year.

Join ASCA in Celebrating International Infection Prevention Week, October 15–21
October 16, 2017: International Infection Prevention Week (#IIPW), organized by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), celebrates the importance of infection prevention and patient safety.

CMS to Grant Exceptions to ASCs Affected by Harvey (Updated 10/12/17)
October 12, 2017: Due to the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will grant exceptions for Medicare quality reporting requirements to ASCs located in areas affected by the storm.

New ASC Management Book Looks Behind the Scenes
October 11, 2017: The new edition of Developing & Managing Ambulatory Surgery Centers, released jointly by ASD Management and ASCA, is now available for purchase through ASCA’s Online Store.

2018 ASCA Membership Renewal Now Open
October 3, 2017: ASCA’s membership renewal cycle for 2018 is now open. Renew your membership online using a credit card or check via the secure portal on ASCA’s website.

Benchmarking Q3 Data Collection Now Open
October 2, 2017: The data collection period for the third quarter (Q3) of ASCA Benchmarking is now open and will close on October 31.

Important Dates in October
October 2, 2017: Make sure to mark your calendar for the following dates this month.

CMS to Grant Exceptions to ASCs Affected by Maria
September 27, 2017: Due to the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will grant exceptions for Medicare quality reporting requirements to ASCs located in areas affected by the storm.

CMS to Grant Exceptions to ASCs Affected by Irma (Updated 9/22/17)
September 22, 2017: Due to the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will grant exceptions for Medicare quality reporting requirements to ASCs located in areas affected by the storm.

Read the Latest Edition of ASC Focus Magazine
September 21, 2017: The October issue of ASC Focus is now available on the ASC Focus website.

ASC Focus Introduces Member Focus
September 20, 2017: ASCA has launched a new online section to spotlight its members. Member Focus, published on the ASC Focus website, features short profiles of ASCA members discussing their views on key ASC issues.

ASCA’s Peer Review Webinar Rescheduled
September 19, 2017: ASCA's September 12 webinar, “Making Peer Review Meaningful,” has been rescheduled for October 3.

CMS to Grant Exceptions to ASCs Affected By Irma
September 14, 2017: Due to the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will grant exceptions for Medicare quality reporting requirements to ASCs located in areas affected by the storm.

CMS to Grant Exceptions to ASCs Affected by Harvey (Updated 9/7/17)
September 7, 2017: Due to the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will grant exceptions for Medicare quality reporting requirements to ASCs located in areas affected by the storm.

CMS to Grant Exceptions to ASCs Affected by Harvey
September 1, 2017: Due to the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will grant exceptions for Medicare quality reporting requirements to ASCs located in areas affected by the storm.

Important Dates in September
August 31, 2017: Make sure to mark your calendar for the following dates this month.

Applications for October CASC Exam Due August 31
August 28, 2017: Candidates who plan to take the Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC) exam in October must submit an application by August 31. No late applications will be accepted.

Read the Latest Edition of ASC Focus Magazine
August 21, 2017: The September issue of ASC Focus is now available on the ASC Focus website.

Q2 Benchmarking Reports Now Available
August 15, 2017: ASCA Benchmarking subscribers can now access their clinical and operational benchmarking reports for the second quarter (Q2) of 2017.

Announcement Regarding ASCA's Contact Lists
August 14, 2017: It has been brought to our attention that several individuals have been approached by third-party companies offering to sell ASCA’s contact lists. ASCA does not sell its contact lists through any third-party groups; any company that claims to have this information is misleading you.

Submit Your Application for the October CASC Exam
August 10, 2017: Candidates who plan to take the Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC) exam in October must submit an application by August 31. No late applications will be accepted.

ASCA Celebrates National ASC Week
August 7, 2017: ASCs around the country are participating in National ASC Week, August 7–11, by opening their doors to the public and hosting facility tours.

ASCA Adds Free Webinar on OAS CAHPS Survey
August 3, 2017: On August 15, ASCA CEO Bill Prentice will lead a new webinar designed to help ASCs determine how to proceed with the OAS CAHPS survey now that Medicare’s proposed 2018 ASC payment rule delays mandatory implementation.

Quality Reporting Data Due This Month
August 2, 2017: The deadline to submit 2016 data for the Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program is Tuesday, August 15, 2017. This applies to measures ASC-6, ASC-7, ASC-9 and ASC-10.

Read the Latest Edition of ASC Physician Focus
July 31, 2017: ASCA has published the Summer 2017 edition of ASC Physician Focus, a free quarterly publication for physicians who own and perform procedures in ASCs.

Important Dates In August
July 31, 2017: Make sure to mark your calendar for the following dates this month.

Scheduled Maintenance to ASCA Websites
July 28, 2017: The platform provider for ASCA’s websites will be performing an infrastructure upgrade this evening beginning at 11:00 pm ET. The maintenance window is scheduled for two hours.

2018 Proposed Payment Rule Documents Now Available
July 27, 2017: ASCA’s Medicare payment resources have been updated to reflect changes in the 2018 proposed payment rule. These resources are available only to ASCA members.

Benchmarking Q2 Data Due July 31
July 26, 2017: The data collection period for the second quarter (Q2) of ASCA Benchmarking ends Monday, July 31. Make sure to submit your data before the deadline in order to get a complete picture of trends for the year.

Help With the New IP Certification Exam
July 24, 2017: The Board of Ambulatory Surgery Certification (BASC) seeks assistance with creating the exam for the new certification program for infection preventionists in the ASC industry.

Winter Seminars Registration Now Open
July 19, 2017: Register today for ASCA's 2018 Winter Seminars, January 11–13 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Choose from three different seminars: Coding & Reimbursement, Infection Prevention and Regulatory & Legal Risk.

ASCA Partners with Akorbi to Provide Language Services
July 17, 2017: ASCA has formed an affinity partnership with Akorbi to provide our members with high-quality translation and interpretation services at special discounted rates.

2018 Proposed Medicare Payment Rule Released
July 13, 2017: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the 2018 proposed payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs).

Prizes Awarded to Meeting Survey Participants
July 7, 2017: Three lucky participants in ASCA's meeting survey were randomly selected to receive a prize for their participation.

Benchmarking Q2 Data Collection Now Open
July 3, 2017: The data collection period for the second quarter (Q2) of ASCA Benchmarking is now open and will close on July 31.

Important Dates in July
June 30, 2017: Make sure to mark your calendar for the following dates in July.

Request ASCA 2017 CE Credits By June 30
June 20, 2017: If you attended ASCA 2017, you have until Friday, June 30, to request continuing education (CE) credits, nursing contact hours, administrator education units (AEUs), continuing medical education (CME) or a certificate of participation.

July 11 OSHA Webinar Cancelled
June 14, 2017: The webinar scheduled for July 11—“Top OSHA Concerns and Violations in Health Care”—has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. ASCA’s next webinar, “CMS Surveys,” will take place on Tuesday, August 8, at 1:00 pm ET.

ASCA's Virtual Career Fair to Be Held June 15
June 12, 2017: There's still time to register for ASCA's Virtual Career Fair, a one-of-a-kind event where interviews are conducted via instant message or Skype. The Virtual Career Fair is free for job-seekers.

ASCA and Healthcare Asset Network Launch ASCA Asset Network
June 5, 2017: ASCA has partnered with Healthcare Asset Network to launch the ASCA Asset Network, a secure online portal where ASCs can buy and sell health care supplies and equipment.

Call for Topics and Speakers for ASCA 2018
May 24, 2017: If you have a suggestion for a topic or speaker you would like to see at ASCA's next annual meeting, let us know. ASCA is accepting submissions through July 31.

2017 Salary Survey Results Now Available
May 22, 2017: ASCA has released the results of its 2017 Salary and Benefits Survey. The survey, which was open to all ASCs and was conducted between February 1 and March 31, collected national, regional and state data on 20 ASC positions.

ASCA Forms Partnership with SPH Analytics for OAS CAHPS Survey
May 16, 2017: After a comprehensive evaluation of survey providers for the new OAS CAHPS Survey, ASCA has formed an affinity partnership with SPH Analytics because of their extensive survey expertise and history of working with ASCA members to measure performance and drive process improvement.

Q1 ASCA Benchmarking Reports Now Available
May 15, 2017: ASCA Benchmarking subscribers can now access their clinical and operational benchmarking reports for the first quarter (Q1) of 2017.

ASCA Announces New Board Members
May 11, 2017: ASCA members have elected two new members and re-elected four incumbent members to three-year terms on its Board of Directors.

Submit Your ASCA 2017 Continuing Education Hours Online
May 9, 2017: If you attended ASCA 2017, you have until June 30 to request your continuing education (CE) credits, nursing contact hours, administrator education units (AEUs), continuing medical education (CME) or a certificate of participation.

ASCA Presents Nap Gary Legacy Award to Alsie Sydness-Fitzgerald
May 8, 2017: During the opening session of ASCA 2017, ASCA presented Alsie Sydness-Fitzgerald, RN, CASC, with the second annual Nap Gary Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement in the ASC Community.

ASCA Launches Physician-Focused Newsletter
April 25, 2017: This month, ASCA published the first edition of ASC Physician Focus, a free quarterly publication for physicians who own and perform procedures in ASCs.

Registration Now Open for ASCA’s Virtual Career Fair
April 17, 2017: Registration is now open for ASCA's Virtual Career Fair, which will take place on Thursday, June 15.

Benchmarking Q1 Data Collection Now Open
April 3, 2017: The data collection period for the first quarter (Q1) of ASCA Benchmarking is now open and will close on April 30.

Important Dates in April
March 31, 2017: Make sure to mark your calendar for the following dates in April.

Key ASC Legislation Introduced in US House of Representatives
March 30, 2017: The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) today announced support for the newly introduced Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality and Access Act of 2017.

Final Week to Participate in ASCA’s Free Salary Survey
March 27, 2017: ASCA’s Salary and Benefits Survey closes on Friday, March 31. The survey will not be conducted again until 2019, so make sure your ASC participates now.

2017 ASCA Board Ballot
March 21, 2017: Designated ASCA voting members are eligible to vote for the members of the ASCA Board of Directors. All ballots must be submitted by April 21.

Scheduled Maintenance to ASCA Web Sites
March 20, 2017: This evening, ASCA will perform routine maintenance on its web sites. The maintenance is scheduled to begin at 8:30 pm ET and is expected to take up to six hours.

ASCA 2017 Early Registration Savings Extended Through March 24 
March 17, 2017: The early registration deadline for ASCA 2017 has been extended until Friday, March 24. Sign up now for ASCA’s annual meeting—May 3–6 in Washington, DC—and save $100 on your registration fee.

Participate in ASCA’s Salary and Benefits Survey
March 1, 2017: Data collection is open for ASCA’s Salary and Benefits survey.

Survey: What Procedures Should Be Added to the Medicare List for ASCs?
February 24, 2017: ASCA is conducting a brief survey to determine which procedures should be added to the list of ASC payable procedures for 2018.

Call for Topics and Speakers for 2018 Coding Seminar
February 10, 2017: ASCA staff is beginning to develop the program for the 2018 Coding Update and Reimbursement Strategies Seminar—and we want your input.

OSHA Webinar Rescheduled for July; HIPAA Webinar Added February 21
January 31, 2017: ASCA’s February 21 webinar—Top OSHA Concerns and Violations in Health Care—has been rescheduled for July 11.

 

 

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