Government Affairs Update





ASCA's Government Affairs Update is an electronic newsletter for ASCA members highlighting the latest government affairs news affecting the ASC industry. Read the latest issues below.

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Government Affairs Update (December 7, 2017)
  • MedPAC Signals It Will Recommend No Payment Update for ASCs in 2019
  • Clarification on CMS Transitional Pass-Through Policy
  • Senate Committee Approves Measure to Expedite Reimbursement for Veterans Care
  • CMS Provides MACRA Resources
  • Florida Moves One Step Closer to 23-Hour Stays for ASCs
  • Early Registration Discounts for Winter Seminars End Next Week
  • Call for Nominations to ASCA Board of Directors

Government Affairs Update (November 30, 2017)
  • Support Grows for the Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality and Access Act
  • Join the Nevada Surgery Center Association at ASCA’s Winter Seminars
  • Colorado ASC Leaders Support Representative Doug Lamborn
  • Arizona State Senator Tours ASC
  • Read the Latest Edition of ASC Physician Focus
  • Register for ASCA’s Webinar on Medicare’s 2018 Final Rule

Government Affairs Update (November 22, 2017)
  • ASCA Gives Back!

Government Affairs Update (November 16, 2017)
  • Important Medicare Payment Policy Changes to Know for 2018
  • President Trump Nominates Alex Azar for HHS Secretary
  • Register Now to Save on ASCA’s Winter Seminars

Government Affairs Update (November 9, 2017)
  • 2018 Final Rule Rate Documents Added to ASCA Resources
  • CMS Publishes CY 2018 Final Rules for QPP and MPFS
  • Emergency Preparedness Deadline Less Than One Week Away!
  • Join the Nevada Surgery Center Association at ASCA’s Winter Seminars
  • Protect Your ASC from Regulatory and Legal Risk in 2018

Government Affairs Update (November 2, 2017)
  • 2018 Final Payment Rule Released
  • Emergency Preparedness Deadline Less Than Two Weeks Away!
  • FDA Announces Sodium Chloride 0.9% Injection Bag Shortage
  • Senators Introduce Legislation on Single-Use Drug Waste
  • Illinois ASC Association Holds First Meeting
  • Texas State Representative Lance Gooden Tours ASC
  • CMS Granting Exceptions to ASCs Affected by Natural Disasters
  • ASCA 2018 Registration Now Open

Government Affairs Update (October 26, 2017)
  • Dueling Health Care Proposals
  • Join the Nevada Surgery Center Association at ASCA’s Winter Seminars
  • ASCA Advocacy: Get Involved
  • Use Benchmarking to Drive QAPI
  • Take Advantage of Member Savings for ASCA’s Winter Seminars

Government Affairs Update (October 19, 2017)
  • Emergency Preparedness Deadline Quickly Approaching
  • MIPS Virtual Group Election Period Opens
  • Join the Nevada Surgery Center Association at ASCA’s Winter Seminars
  • ASCA Advocacy: Get Involved
  • Lead Your ASC to Success in 2018 with ASCA’s Winter Seminars
  • Go Behind the Scenes of ASC Management with New Book

Government Affairs Update (October 12, 2017)
  • Hargan Named Acting HHS Secretary
  • Update on Medicare Payment Rules for 2018
  • Bipartisan Senate Health Care Efforts Resume
  • Join the Nevada Surgery Center Association at ASCA’s Winter Seminars
  • Make 2018 Your Best Year Yet with ASCA’s Winter Seminars

Government Affairs Update (October 5, 2017)
  • HHS Secretary Price Resigns; ASCA Regulatory Efforts Continue
  • New CDC Requirement for ASC-8 Reporting
  • ASCQR Program Preview Reports Available Through October 31
  • Medicare Red Tape Relief Project
  • Representative David Schweikert Meets with ASCA Members
  • Enjoy Member Savings for ASCA’s 2018 Winter Seminars
  • Renew Your ASCA Membership for 2018

Government Affairs Update (September 28, 2017)
  • ASCA Payment Resources Updated to Reflect Medicare’s Fourth Quarter Rate Update
  • MIPS Reminder: Begin Collecting Data by 10/2 for Full 90-Day Reporting
  • CMS Renews Approval of AOA/HFAP as National Accrediting Organization for ASCs
  • Graham-Cassidy Falls Short
  • ASCA Hosts Meeting on Future of Outpatient Care
  • Save the Dates: 2018 National Advocacy Day
  • Protect Your Patients and ASC with ASCA’s New Infection Prevention Seminar
  • CMS to Grant Exceptions to ASCs Affected by Maria

Government Affairs Update (September 21, 2017)
  • ASCA Convenes Monthly EHR Stakeholder Group
  • To Repeal or Not to Repeal
  • Register for CMS Webinar on Public Reporting of ASC Quality Reporting Data
  • New Louisiana Regulations Allow For 23-Hour Stay
  • ASCA Signs On to Letter Expressing Concerns with BCBS of Tennessee Pathology Policy
  • Congressional Members and Staff Visit ASCs
  • ASC Focus Launches Member Focus Section
  • CMS to Grant Exceptions to ASCs Affected by Irma
  • Volunteers Wanted

Government Affairs Update (September 14, 2017)
  • ASCA Submits Comments on Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Updates
  • Health Care Still a Priority in the Senate
  • Updated: CMS to Grant Exceptions to ASCs Affected by Harvey
  • ASCA Seeks Your Feedback on Burdens and Challenges
  • Reduce Your Regulatory and Legal Risk

Government Affairs Update (September 7, 2017)
  • ASCA Submits Comments on CMS Proposed Payment Rule
  • Congress Faces Looming Deadlines in September
  • HIPAA Biannual Update
  • CMS Requests Feedback on Quality Payment and Reporting Program User Experience
  • CDC to Host Q&A Session on Collecting Health Care Personnel Influenza Vaccination Data
  • ASCAPAC National State Campaign Co-Chairs
  • CMS to Grant Exceptions to ASCs Affected by Harvey
  • Meet New ASCA Lobbyist Jeff Evans
  • Volunteers Wanted
  • Maximize Your ASC's Reimbursements with ASCA's Winter Coding Seminar

Government Affairs Update (August 31, 2017)
  • OSHA Updates its Regulations
  • Your Input Needed on Medicare’s 2018 ASC Proposed Payment Rule
  • State and Federal Representatives Visit ASCs Across the Country
  • CDC to Host Q&A Session on Collecting Health Care Personnel Influenza Vaccination Data
  • Register for ASCA’s 2018 Winter Seminars

Government Affairs Update (August 24, 2017)
  • ASCA Submits Comments in Response to CY 2018 MACRA Program Updates
  • CMS Announces Launch of Quality and Certification Oversight Reports Website
  • Your Input Needed on Medicare’s 2018 ASC Proposed Payment Rule
  • Members of Congress Visit ASCs Across the Country
  • ASCAPAC
  • Applications for October CASC Exam Due August 31

Government Affairs Update (August 17, 2017)
  • Your Input Needed on Medicare’s 2018 ASC Proposed Payment Rule
  • CMS Proposes Cancelation of Certain Bundled Payment Models
  • Pennsylvania Officials Tour ASCs
  • Access High-Quality, Affordable Online Training

Government Affairs Update (August 10, 2017)
  • ASCA Representatives Meet with HHS
  • Quality Reporting Deadline for Web-Based Measures Less Than a Week Away!
  • Refresher on ASCA HIPAA Resources
  • Happy National ASC Week!
  • Request for Information on Tricare Billing Issues
  • Volunteers Wanted
  • Free OAS CAHPS Webinar Looks at What ASCs Should Do Now

Government Affairs Update (August 3, 2017)
  • IPPS Final Rule Released; Changes Made In Line with ASCA Comments
  • Quality Reporting Deadline for Web-Based Measures Less Than Two Weeks Away!
  • ASCA Announces Free Webinar on OAS CAHPS Survey
  • Read the New Edition of ASC Physician Focus

Government Affairs Update (July 27, 2017)
  • Analysis of 2018 Proposed ASC Payment Rule and Proposed Rule Rate Calculator Now Available
  • CMS Quality Reporting Program: 2017 Mid-Year Reports Available
  • Senate Debates Repeal and Replace Legislation
  • House Committee Announces Medicare Red Tape Relief Project
  • Congressman Bergman Tours Michigan ASC
  • Registration Now Open for ASCA’s 2018 Winter Seminars

Government Affairs Update (July 20, 2017)
  • ASCA Efforts on Joint Replacement Acknowledged in Proposed Payment Rule; Now We Need Your Help
  • CMS Releases Proposed Updates to 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
  • Quality Reporting Deadline for Web-Based Measures Less Than Four Weeks Away!
  • House Committee Requests Study on ASC Volume Migration
  • New Nevada Surgery Center Association Interim Board Moves Forward
  • Wisconsin Surgery Centers Applaud Senate Republicans for Action on ASC Assessment in Budget Proposal
  • Build a Relationship with Your Member of Congress
  • Akorbi Partnership Provides ASCA Members with Language Services at a Discount

Government Affairs Update (July 13, 2017)
  • Constituent Meetings Lead to New Cosponsors for Key ASC Legislation
  • QualityNet Deadline Quickly Approaching: Start the Reporting Process Now
  • Build a Relationship with Your Member of Congress
  • Colorectal Cancer Legislation Builds Momentum in Congress

Government Affairs Update (July 6, 2017)
  • Several State Legislatures Adjourn Without Budgets
  • Arizona Ambulatory Surgery Center Association Gives Back
  • ASCAPAC
  • ASCA Benchmarking Q2 Data Collection Now Open

Government Affairs Update (June 29, 2017)
  • ASCA Payment Resources Updated to Reflect Medicare’s Third Quarter Rate Update
  • Senate Introduces Health Reform Legislation
  • Constituent Meetings Lead to New Cosponsors for Key ASC Legislation
  • Emergency Preparedness Tools: Cyber Attack Response Checklist
  • Educate Your Lawmakers
  • Last Chance to Request ASCA 2017 CE Credits

Government Affairs Update (June 22, 2017)
  • CMS Releases QPP Proposed Rule
  • ASCA Participates in Roundtable Discussion with Secretary Price, Administrator Verma
  • Constituent Meetings Lead to New Cosponsors for Key ASC Legislation
  • ASCA Participates in FDA Listening Session on Compounding Pharmacies
  • Hospira Recalls Sodium Bicarbonate, Other Products Over Microbial Growth
  • Emergency Preparedness Tools: Cyber Attack Response Checklist

Government Affairs Update (June 15, 2017)
  • ASCA Submits Comments in Response to IPPS Payment Rule
  • ASCA Meets with CMS Survey & Certification and Clinical Standards Staff
  • Constituent Meetings Lead to New Cosponsors for Key ASC Legislation
  • American Medical Association Sets New Policy on Colorectal Cancer Screening
  • ASCA and Colorado ASC Association Comment on Proposed Regulatory Changes
  • Educate Your Lawmakers
  • Administrator Survey Winners
  • Save Time and Money with the ASCA Asset Network

Government Affairs Update (June 8, 2017)
  • Emergency Preparedness Interpretive Guidelines Released
  • Claims-Based Quality Reporting: Make Sure You Are on Track
  • Representative Doug Lamborn Tours Pinnacle Surgery Center
  • ASCA and Healthcare Asset Network Launch ASCA Asset Network

Government Affairs Update (June 1, 2017)
  • Reps. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and John Larson (D-CT) Send Letter to Secretary Price
  • New Cosponsors Added to Key ASC Legislation
  • ASCA Announces New Nevada Surgery Center Association
  • ASCAPAC
  • Register Today with the Total Joint Registry to Save Big!

Government Affairs Update (May 25, 2017)
  • Please Be Aware of these Quality Reporting Program Issues
  • President Releases Proposed Federal Budget
  • Congressional Budget Office Evaluates American Health Care Act
  • National ASC Week
  • Results Now Available from ASCA’s Salary Survey

Government Affairs Update (May 18, 2017)
  • National Advocacy Day Leads to New Cosponsors for Key ASC Legislation
  • DEA Warns of Fax-Based Phishing Scam
  • CMS Seeks Nominations for Quality Measurement Panel (Due: May 26)
  • North Carolina Legislature Debates Certificate of Need Reform
  • ASCA Forms Partnership with SPH Analytics for OAS CAHPS Survey
  • Tool: Check Whether You’re Included in MIPS
  • National ASC Week
  • ASCA 2017 Attendees: We Need Your Feedback!
  • ASC Administrator Survey
  • New Policy Analyst at ASCA

Government Affairs Update (May 11, 2017)
  • ASCA Representatives Meet with HHS
  • Less Than One Week Left to Report on ASC-8!
  • 2017 National Advocacy Day
  • ASCAPAC at ASCA 2017
  • ASCA 2017 Attendees: We Need Your Feedback!
  • Register Today with the Total Joint Registry to Save Big!

Government Affairs Update (April 27, 2017)
  • Issues Impacting ASCs in IPPS Rule
  • CMS Releases Emergency Preparedness Guidance
  • Less Than Three Weeks Left to Report on ASC-8!
  • Time is Running Out—Don’t Miss the 2017 State Leaders Conference!
  • ASCAPAC at ASCA 2017
  • On-Site Registration Still Available for ASCA 2017
  • Government Affairs Update to Return May 11

Government Affairs Update (April 20, 2017)
  • Colorectal Cancer Legislation Builds Momentum in Congress
  • Time is Running Out—Don’t Miss the 2017 State Leaders Conference!
  • ASCAPAC at ASCA 2017
  • Voting Closes Friday for ASCA’s Board of Directors

Government Affairs Update (April 13, 2017)
  • New Cosponsors Added to Key Legislation
  • Time to Start Reporting on Quality Reporting Program Measure ASC-8!
  • Time is Running Out—Don’t Miss the 2017 State Leaders Conference!
  • “If Not Now, When?”
  • Member Discounts Still Available for ASCA 2017
  • CMS Hosts Emergency Preparedness Requirements Final Rule Training Call

Government Affairs Update (April 6, 2017)
  • FDA Nominee Testifies Before HELP Committee
  • ASCA Rate Calculator Updated to Reflect CMS April 2017 Update
  • Connecticut Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers Hosts Legislative Day at the Capitol
  • State Leaders Conference Registration Open!
  • ASCAPAC VIP Dinner Cruise
  • “If Not Now, When?”

Government Affairs Update (March 30, 2017)
  • Key ASC Legislation Introduced in US House of Representatives
  • ASCA Payment Resources Revised to Reflect CMS April 2017 Update
  • Time to Start Reporting on Quality Reporting Program Measure ASC-8!
  • State Leaders Conference Registration Open!
  • ASCAPAC VIP Dinner Cruise
  • Last Chance to Participate in ASCA’s Free Salary Survey
  • Top-Notch Education Opportunities at ASCA 2017

Government Affairs Update (March 23, 2017)
  • ASCA Meets with CMS Innovation Center
  • If Not Now, When?
  • ASCA 2017 Early Registration Deadline Extended Through March 24
  • Don’t Miss Out on ASCA’s Free Salary Survey

Government Affairs Update (March 16, 2017)
  • ASCA Meets with CMS Regarding Payment Policy
  • Leadership at CMS and FDA Take Shape
  • CBO Releases Analysis of American Health Care Act
  • ASCA State Leaders Workshop Registration Open
  • ASCAPAC VIP Dinner Cruise
  • One Day Left to Save $100 on ASCA 2017
  • Participate in ASCA’s Free Salary Survey
  • ASC Quality Reporting Program Contractor Available to Help with Reporting

Government Affairs Update (March 9, 2017)
  • ASCA Nominates Marian Lowe to Serve on MedPAC
  • House Committees Release and Mark Up ACA Repeal and Replace Legislation
  • Location Change: New Illinois ASC Association Holds Membership Luncheon
  • Nevada ASCs Form New State Association
  • ASCA State Leaders Workshop Registration Open
  • Register for National Advocacy Day
  • One Week Left to Save on ASCA 2017 Registration

Government Affairs Update (March 2, 2017)
  • Senate Finance Committee Moves CMS Administrator’s Nomination Forward
  • What Procedures Should Be Added to the Medicare List for ASCs?
  • Register for National Advocacy Day
  • ASCA 2017 Early Registration Discount Ends March 17

Government Affairs Update (February 23, 2017)
  • What Procedures Should Be Added to the Medicare List for ASCs?
  • Colorectal Cancer Legislation Introduced in Congress
  • NHSN Account Activation Reminder
  • Call for Orthopedic Technical Panel Members
  • New Illinois Ambulatory Surgery Center Association Invites ASCs to a Membership Luncheon!
  • Nevada Surgery Center Association Invites ASCs to Learn About New Membership Opportunities!
  • Don’t Miss Out—Renew Your ASCA Membership by February 28!
  • Your Solutions Center is at ASCA 2017

Government Affairs Update (February 16, 2017)
  • Leadership at HHS Continues to Take Shape
  • Register for National Advocacy Day
  • ASCA Member Resource Reminder: Section 1557 Nondiscrimination Requirements
  • Maintain Access to All Your ASCA Benefits—Renew before February 28!
  • Network with Your Peers at ASCA 2017

Government Affairs Update (February 9, 2017)
  • ASCA Staff and Leadership Meet with MedPAC
  • ASCA’s MedPAC Nominee Conducts Meetings on Capitol Hill
  • Meaningful Use Attestation Deadline is March 13
  • Benefits End Soon—Renew Your ASCA Membership Today!
  • Get the Latest Regulatory News at ASCA 2017

Government Affairs Update (February 2, 2017)
  • Web-based Measure Submission to QualityNet Secure Portal Delayed for Payment Year 2018
  • Despite Protests, Dr. Price’s Nomination to HHS Advances
  • HIPAA Biannual Update
  • Register Today for ASCA 2017
  • Benefits End Soon—Renew Your ASCA Membership Today!
  • A Few Quick Questions on OAS CAHPS and Translation Providers

Government Affairs Update (January 26, 2017)
  • Make Sure to Use Current Medicare Rate Documents
  • FDA Releases Final Guidance on Compounding Pharmacies
  • Senate Finance Committee Holds HHS Confirmation Hearing
  • Get Involved to Make a Difference for Your ASC!
  • Register Today for a Free Webinar on Total Joint Registry Participation!
  • ASCA’s Salary and Benefits Survey Opens February 1

Government Affairs Update (January 19, 2017)
  • MedPAC Recommends Eliminating Update for ASCs in 2018
  • CMS Warns Against Cyber Attacks
  • Senate HELP Committee Holds HHS Confirmation Hearing
  • Don’t Forget to Register for National Advocacy Day!
  • Register Today for a Free Webinar on Total Joint Registry Participation!

Government Affairs Update (January 12, 2017)
  • Update on Safe Harbor for Free Patient Transportation and Gifts of Nominal Value
  • ASCA Quality Resources Updated
  • Register Today for a Free Webinar on Total Joint Registry Participation!
  • Senate Paves the Way for ACA Repeal and Replace Legislation
  • Massachusetts Department of Public Health Announces New ASC Regulations

Government Affairs Update (January 5, 2017)
  • Medicare Rate Calculator Updated to Reflect December 30 Correction Notice
  • Joint Commission & CMS Disallow Text Messaging to Transmit Patient Care Orders
  • Powdered Glove Ban Effective January 18, 2017
  • Congress Begins Work in the 115th Congress
  • State Legislatures Kick Off 2017 Session
  • Make Sure Congress Hears What You Have to Say
  • New Marketing Communications Manager at ASCA

Government Affairs Update (December 15, 2016)
  • President Barack Obama Signs 21st Century Cures Act into Law
  • New Cosponsors Added to Key Legislation
  • Your Opinion Is Important
  • Government Affairs Update to Return January 5

Government Affairs Update (December 8, 2016)
  • Congress Passes Health Care Legislation Impacting ASCs
  • Did You Know? ASCA Provides State-by-State Serious Reportable Event Database
  • Congressman Schweikert’s Staff Tour North Valley Surgery Center
  • Your Time to Save Is About to Run Out

Government Affairs Update (December 1, 2016)
  • House Passes Health Care Legislation Impacting ASCs
  • President-Elect Trump Nominates Physician as Head of HHS
  • VIP ASCAPAC Yacht Reception
  • Exclusive Political Insider Briefing
  • Facility Guidelines Document Open for Comment Until December 12

Government Affairs Update (November 17, 2016)
  • Reminder on Emergency Preparedness Final Rule
  • New Cosponsors Added to Key Legislation
  • Republicans and Democrats Look to 115th Congress Post-election
  • Renew Your 2017 Membership
  • Attend ASCA’s Next Webinars and Seminars
  • Government Affairs Update to Return December 1st

Government Affairs Update (November 10, 2016)
  • 2017 Final Rule Rate Document Added to ASCA Resources
  • Detailed Analysis of 2017 Final ASC Payment Rule
  • Detailed Analysis of 2017 Final Physician Payment Rule
  • OCR Releases Guidance on HIPAA and Cloud Computing
  • Congress Returns for Lame Duck Session
  • Congressman LaMalfa Tours Grass Valley Surgery Center
  • ASCAPAC Champions Remain in Congress
  • Attend ASCA’s Coding Seminar

Government Affairs Update (November 3, 2016)
  • 2017 Final Payment Rule Released
  • 2017 Physician Fee Schedule Finalized
  • December 2016 ASC Reporting Preview Reports Available Through Sunday
  • Is Your ASC Compliant with All the Regulatory Changes this Year?

Government Affairs Update (October 27, 2016)
  • ASCA Payment Resources Updated to Reflect Medicare’s Fourth Quarter Rate Update
  • MACRA Final Rule Analysis
  • ASCAPAC Gathers in Support of Rep. Patrick Murphy
  • Is Your ASC Compliant with All the Regulatory Changes this Year?

Government Affairs Update (October 20, 2016)
  • MACRA Final Rule Released
  • National Advocacy Day
  • ASCAPAC
  • Make Sure Your ASC Isn’t Leaving Money on the Table
  • Physician Credentialing: Your Guide to Success

Government Affairs Update (October 13, 2016)
  • Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting Preview Available
  • ASCA Calls for MedPAC Nominations
  • Reminder: ASCs Must Comply with Nondiscrimination Requirements by October 19
  • Massachusetts Determination of Need Comments Submitted
  • Liaison from the Office of US Senator Michael Bennet Attends Boulder Surgery Center Grand Reopening
  • Master Recent Updates and Become a Coding and Billing Expert
  • ASC Focus October Issue Open to Nonmembers

Government Affairs Update (October 6, 2016)
  • ASCs Have Until October 19 to Comply with Nondiscrimination Requirements
  • Listen as ASC Leaders Discuss Quality Reporting
  • Congress Adjourns Until After the Election
  • Massachusetts Determination of Need Comments Due Tomorrow
  • Receive Updates on ASCA 2017

Government Affairs Update (September 29, 2016)
  • ICD-10 Grace Period Ends October 1, 2016
  • ASCs Must Comply with Nondiscrimination Requirements by October 19, 2016
  • ASCA Works with Massachusetts Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers on Proposed Determination of Need Regulations
  • Have You Invested in the Future of Your ASC?
  • Volunteers Wanted to Serve on ASCA Committees

Government Affairs Update (September 22, 2016)
  • Clarification on Emergency Preparedness Testing Requirement for ASCs
  • ASCA Hosts Meeting on Future of Outpatient Care
  • The Association of Wisconsin Surgery Centers Recognize State Senator Terry Moulton
  • ASCA Introduces Eurasian Health Care Executives to ASCs
  • Mark Your Calendars for the 2017 ASCA Capitol Fly-In
  • Register for ASCA’s Finance and Accounting Seminar

Government Affairs Update (September 15, 2016)
  • Claims Detail Reports Provided for ASC-12
  • CMS Releases Final Rule on Emergency Preparedness
  • ASCA September Capitol Fly-In Garners Six New Sponsors of ASC Legislation
  • ASCAPAC Honors Two ASC Champions This Week
  • ASCA Offers Seminar to Help Minimize Your Regulatory and Legal Risks

Government Affairs Update (September 8, 2016)
  • ASCA Submits Comments on CMS's Proposed Payment Rule
  • New Cosponsors Added to Key Legislation
  • ASC Focus Digital Debut: Bundle Up
  • Register for ASCA’s Coding and Reimbursement Seminar

Government Affairs Update (September 1, 2016)
  • Congress Resumes Legislative Activity Next Week
  • Rep. Cardenas Visits 90210 Surgery Medical Center
  • ASCA Aids Massachusetts Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers in Regulatory Comments

Government Affairs Update (August 25, 2016)
  • HHS Advisory Panel Recommends Total Knees Be Removed from Inpatient-Only List
  • Members of Congress Visit ASCA Facilities
  • FDA Recommends Stop Using System 83 Plus Automated Endoscope Reprocessors by Custom Ultrasonics for Reprocessing Duodenoscopes
  • ASCA Introduces Three Winter Seminars to Help ASCs Address High-Priority Concerns

Government Affairs Update (August 18, 2016)
  • Your Input Needed on Medicare’s 2017 ASC Proposed Payment Rule
  • Q2 ASCA Benchmarking Reports Now Available
  • National ASC Week

Government Affairs Update (August 11, 2016)
  • ASCA Participates in Congressional Health Fair
  • Senator Mark Warner’s Regional Director Tours Virginia Eye Consultants
  • 24 Hours Left to Receive $50 Off Your Capitol Fly-In Hotel Stay
  • QualityNet Reporting Deadline is Monday!
  • REMINDER: Monday deadline for nominations for the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment

Government Affairs Update (August 4, 2016)
  • ASC Quality Reporting Program 2016 Mid-Year Reports Now Available
  • ASCA’s September Capitol Fly-In: Only Eight Days Left to Save $50!
  • You’ve Got Mail from ASCAPAC
  • National ASC Week is August 8-12
  • New ASCA Government Affairs Employee

Government Affairs Update (July 28, 2016)
  • 2017 Proposed Rule Rate Calculator—Correction Notice
  • QualityNet Deadline Less Than Three Weeks Away!
  • HHS OCR Offers New Materials for Covered Entities
  • Register for ASCA’s September Capitol Fly-In

Government Affairs Update (July 21, 2016)
  • Analysis of 2017 Proposed ASC and Physician Payments Rules
  • 2017 Proposed Rule Rate Documents Added to ASCA Resources
  • CMS to Host Webinar on Proposed Changes to the ASC Quality Reporting Program
  • Be A Part of National ASC Week and the ASCA Capitol Fly-In
  • Acknowledging New Members of ASCA’s Speakers Bureau

Government Affairs Update (July 14, 2016)
  • New Cosponsors Added to Key Legislation
  • ASCA Calls for Nominations to the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment
  • Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek Tours Alberty Surgery Center in Tigard
  • Help Build ASCA’s Speakers Bureau

Government Affairs Update (July 7, 2016)
  • 2017 ASC Payment Rule Released
  • Your Help Needed—Please Complete a Quick Survey on OAS CAHPS Participation!
  • ASCA Payment Resources Updated to Reflect Medicare’s Third Quarter Rate Update
  • The Power of Your Involvement
  • Get Involved!
  • Volunteers Wanted

Government Affairs Update (June 30, 2016)
  • ASCA Comments on Proposed MACRA Regulations
  • QualityNet Deadline Quickly Approaching: Start the Reporting Process Now
  • Your Help Needed—Please Complete a Quick Survey on OAS CAHPS Participation!
  • ASCA Payment Resources Updated to Reflect Medicare’s Third Quarter Rate Update
  • Performing Total Joints Already or Starting Soon? Learn about the Benefits of Participating in a Joint Replacement Registry
  • Texas Abortion Restriction Overturned
  • National ASC Week
  • ASCA Benchmarking Q1 Data Collection Period Now Open
  • ASCA Announces Death of Former Executive Director Robert Williams

Government Affairs Update (June 23, 2016)
  • HHS Finalizes Rule to Improve Health Equity Under the Affordable Care Act
  • CMS Announces Timeline for Implementing 2012 Life Safety Code
  • MedPAC Update
  • Become an ASC Advocate
  • ASCAPAC Hosts Dinner for Congressman Tony Cardenas (CA-29)
  • US Preventive Services Task Force Issues Final Recommendations for Colorectal Cancer Screening
  • Performing Total Joints Already or Starting Soon? Learn about the Benefits of Participating in a Joint Replacement Registry

Government Affairs Update (June 16, 2016)
  • ASCA Tells Congress that ASCs Reduce Commercial Insurance Spending by $38 Billion Each Year, Further Savings Available
  • ASC Advocates Come Together for June ASCA Capitol Fly-In
  • Volunteers Wanted

Government Affairs Update (June 9, 2016)
  • ASCA Participates in FDA Listening Session on Drug Compounding
  • New Cosponsors Added to Key Legislation
  • ASCs Included in Key Hospital Bill
  • State Affairs Update

Government Affairs Update (June 2, 2016)
  • Phase Two of HIPAA Audit Program Underway; Are you Ready?
  • ASCA to Host Congressional Briefing
  • State Affairs Update
  • ASCs Lose a Champion

Government Affairs Update (May 26, 2016)
  • QualityNet Deadline Approaching: Start the Reporting Process Now
  • New OAS CAHPS FAQs Available on ASCA Web Site
  • House Committee Approves Legislation with Key ASC EHR Provision
  • The New York Times Publishes ASCA’s Letter to the Editor ‘Joan Rivers and Outpatient Surgery’
  • Oregon & Michigan Win the ASCAPAC 2016 “Are You In?” Campaign

Government Affairs Update (May 12, 2016)
  • Final Reminder: ASC-8 Data Due May 15
  • Analysis Available for CMS’ Adoption of the 2012 Life Safety Code
  • ASCA Submits Comments in Response to Part B Drug Demonstration
  • New Cosponsor Added for Key ASC Legislation
  • ASCAPAC Hosts Event for Representative Jerry McNerney
  • Nine Days Left to Register for ASCA’s June Fly-In
  • ASCAPAC’s 2016 “Are You In?” State Competition
  • Last Call! Register NOW for the ASCA State Leaders Conference!
  • ASCA 2016 Session Highlight: ‘Update on Sterilization Standards’
  • Government Affairs Update to Return May 26

Government Affairs Update (May 5, 2016)
  • CMS Adopts 2012 Edition of the Life Safety Code
  • CMS Releases National ASC Quality Data
  • Only Two Weeks Left to Sign Up for the ASCA June Capitol Fly-In
  • ASCAPAC’s “Are You In?” State Competition
  • State Affairs Update
  • ASCA 2016 Session Highlight: ‘Steps for QAPI Success’

Government Affairs Update (April 28, 2016)
  • CMS Proposes MACRA Regulations
  • ASCAPAC’s “Are You In?” State Competition
  • Three Weeks Left to Register for the June Capitol Fly-In
  • State Affairs Update
  • Ballots for ASCA’s 2016 Board of Directors Due May 4
  • ASCA 2016 Session Highlight: ‘Trends in State Regulations on Ambulatory Surgery Centers’
  • From ASC Focus magazine: Setting the Rules

Government Affairs Update (April 21, 2016)
  • Less than a Month to Submit ASC-8 Data!
  • Register Now for Next Week’s CMS Quality Reporting Webinar on Quality Data Codes
  • Exclusive Benefits for ASCAPAC Members at ASCA 2016
  • ASCAPAC’s “Are You In?” State Competition
  • State Leaders Conference Registration Open!
  • ASCA 2016 Session Highlight: ‘Medicare ASC Payment Changes: Opportunities and Risks’
  • From ASC Focus magazine: Advocacy in Action

Government Affairs Update (April 14, 2016)
  • New Cosponsors Added for Key ASC Legislation
  • ASCAPAC & ASC Community Gather to Support Rep. Linda Sanchez
  • Have You Registered for the ASCA Capitol Fly-In Yet?
  • ASCAPAC’s “Are You In?” State Competition
  • State Affairs Update
  • ASCA 2016 Session Highlight: ‘CMS Quality Reporting for ASCs’
  • ASCA Launches New ASC Focus Web Site

Government Affairs Update (April 7, 2016)
  • OOSS, ASCA Meet with CMS Regarding Non-facility Payment for Cataract Surgery
  • Clarification on Rate Documents
  • ASCA Releases HIPAA Workbook for ASCs
  • ASCA’s Campaign to Prevent Colorectal Cancer Reaches Nearly 100,000 People
  • You’ve Got Mail from ASCAPAC
  • State Affairs Update
  • ASCA Benchmarking Q1 Data Collection Period Now Open
  • ASCA 2016 Pre-Meeting Session Offers Tools to Protect Online Reputations

Government Affairs Update (March 31, 2016)
  • ASCA Payment Resources Updated to Reflect Medicare’s Second Quarter Rate Update
  • ASC-8 May 15 Data Submission Deadline Quickly Approaching
  • ASCA’s MedPAC Nominee Advances to Next Round
  • Register for the 2016 ASCA Capitol Fly-In
  • ASCAPAC “Are You In?” State Competition
  • Congressman Charlie Dent Visits Hershey Outpatient Surgery Center
  • State Leaders Conference
  • Last Issue of the Government Affairs Update!
  • One Day Left to Save on ASCA 2016 Registration

Government Affairs Update (March 24, 2016)
  • ASCA Comments on Draft WCRI Reports
  • New Cosponsors Added for Key ASC Legislation
  • Rep. Lois Frankel’s Staff Tours Florida Facility
  • State Affairs Legislative Update
  • One More Week Before Member Benefits End!
  • One Week Left to Save on ASCA 2016 Registration

Government Affairs Update (March 17, 2016)
  • OAS CAHPS Frequently Asked Questions Available on ASCA Web Site
  • MedPAC Recommends 0% Update for ASCs in 2017
  • CMS to Hold ASC Quality Reporting Program Webinar
  • Congressman Lieu’s (CA-33) Staff Visit 90210 Surgery Medical Center
  • Legislative Snapshot: Florida HB 1175
  • State Affairs Update
  • Member Benefits Suspended on March 31st
  • Two Weeks Left to Save on ASCA 2016 Registration

Government Affairs Update (March 10, 2016)
  • CDC to Hold Q&A Sessions on ASC-8
  • ASCA Launches Social Media Campaign Encouraging Colorectal Cancer Screening
  • Public Reporting Preview Reports Available Until March 15
  • What Procedures Should Be Added to the Medicare List for ASCs?
  • Legislative Snapshot: Louisiana HB 517, HB 551
  • Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick Tours Endoscopy Center of Bucks County
  • ASCAPAC “Are You In?” State Competition Update
  • Only Three More Government Affairs Updates Before Suspension of Member Benefits
  • Deadline Approaching to Save on ASCA 2016 Registration

Government Affairs Update (March 3, 2016)
  • Key ASC Legislation Continues to Build Momentum
  • House Republicans Propose Budget
  • Legislative Snapshot: Connecticut HB 5493
  • Register for the 2016 ASCA Capitol Fly-Ins
  • Watch and Share ASCA's 'What Is an ASC?' Video
  • Keep Your ASCA Benefits—Renew Before March 31!
  • Final Month to Save on ASCA 2016 Registration

Government Affairs Update (February 25, 2016)
  • What Procedures Should Be Added to the Medicare List for ASCs?
  • ASCA’s MedPAC Nominee Meets with Key Committees, Senior Congressional Officials
  • ASCA Sends Letter to Energy and Commerce Committee on Site Neutral Payments
  • State Legislative Snapshot: New Jersey AB 3101
  • Are You In?
  • Rep. Scott Perry Tours Local ASC

Government Affairs Update (February 18, 2016)
  • ASCA Submits Comments to CMS on Health Information Technology
  • CMS Releases Final Rule on Return of Overpayments
  • Quality Measure Collaborative Recommends Quality Measures to be Used by All Payers
  • State Legislative Snapshot: Virginia
  • State Affairs Update
  • The 2016 ASCAPAC “Are You In?” State Competition Kicks Off This Week
  • Rep. Brad Ashford Visits Advanced Surgery Center

Government Affairs Update (February 11, 2016)
  • New Cosponsors Added for Key ASC Legislation
  • President Obama Sends Budget Proposal to Congress
  • ASCA Releases ‘What is an ASC?’ Video
  • State Affairs Update
  • Time Change for the Monthly ASCA State Issues Forum Conference Calls
  • Register for the 2016 ASCA Capitol Fly-In
  • ASCA 2016 Program Now Online

Government Affairs Update (February 4, 2016)
  • ASCA Staff Meets with CMS Survey & Certification and Clinical Standards Staff
  • ASCA Rate Documents Updated
  • ASCA Meets with the CDC
  • CMS Posts New Hardship Application
  • ASCAPAC & ASC Community Gather to Support Sen. Mike Crapo
  • Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers Visits Local ASC

Government Affairs Update (January 28, 2016)
  • The Government Affairs Update to Return February 4th

Government Affairs Update (January 21, 2016)
  • April 2016 ASC Public Reporting Preview Reports Now Available
  • ASCQR 2016 Specifications Manual Webinar
  • MedPAC Proposes Eliminating Update for ASCs in 2017
  • Rep. Gene Green Visits Doctors United Surgery Center
  • FDA Releases New Reprocessing Instructions for Olympus Duodenoscope

Government Affairs Update (January 14, 2016)
  • CMS Acting Administrator Announces Current Meaningful Use Program Will End This Year
  • ASC Quality Reporting Program ASC-11 Clarification
  • 2016 ASCA Capitol Fly-Ins Registration is Open
  • ASCA Initiates State Issues Forum Conference Calls in 2016
  • State Affairs Update

Government Affairs Update (January 7, 2016)
  • Government Accountability Office Recommends Site-Neutral Payments for Office Visits
  • Clarification on Volume Data (ASC-7) for ASC Quality Reporting Program
  • House, Senate Continue to Work on Electronic Health Records
  • 2016 ASCA Capitol June Fly-In Registration is Now Open
  • State Affairs Update




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