GA Update Archive


Government Affairs Update (January 8, 2015)

  • Medical Device Reporting Regulation Changes
  • Medicare Payment Resources Updated to Reflect Recent Changes
  • Enroll with NHSN Now to Avoid Potential Penalties
  • 114th Congress Convenes
  • CMS Memorandum Regarding Blood Glucose Monitoring Systems
  • ASC Workers Compensation Payment Study Released
  • Get an Insider’s Briefing on ASC Policy in 80 Degree Weather
  • New Premier Meeting for Medical Directors and Physician Leaders
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (January 15, 2015)
  • MedPAC Proposes 0% ASC Payment Increase in 2016
  • Washington State Attorney General Tours Surgery Center
  • ASCA Participates in Joint Statement Regarding Relative Humidity Levels in the OR
  • The Importance of Joining Your State Association: Texas Avoids Burdensome Training Requirement
  • January Discounts Available for ASCA’s New Regulatory Training Series
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (January 22, 2015)
  • Delay in Reporting for Quality Measures ASC-9 and ASC-10
  • 2015 Capitol Fly-Ins Registration Open
  • House Energy and Commerce Committee Resumes Work on Permanent SGR Repeal
  • CMS Administrator Stepping Down
  • ASCAPAC is Suiting Up for 2015
  • Enroll Now with NHSN to Avoid Potential Penalties
  • FDA Warning of IV Solutions from Wallcur
  • Spine and Beyond: Moving Procedures to the ASC Setting
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (January 29, 2015)
  • The Importance of Attending a Fly-In
  • State Legislative Sessions Begin with a Flurry of ASC-Related Legislation
  • Tired of Winter Weather? Warm Up with ASCAPAC in South Beach
  • Download the ASCA 2015 Program
  • In the Media



Government Affairs Update (February 5, 2015)
  • President Obama Sends Budget Proposal to Congress
  • Clarification on Short Cycle Steam Sterilization Use in Ophthalmic ASCs
  • CMS Revises Interpretive Guidelines; Win for ASCs Regarding Physician Discharge
  • ASC Quality Reporting Program Low-Volume Exemption Reminder
  • ASCA Announces Political Insider Service for Top-Level ASC Advocates
  • ASCA Capitol Fly-In: Learn to be a Top-Level Advocate
  • The Results Are In— Another Record-Breaking Year for ASCAPAC
  • Data Collection for Q4 of ASCA Benchmarking Closes Tomorrow
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (February 12, 2015)
  • ASC Payment List Discussed with CMS; Your Input Needed
  • EHR Legislation Introduced in the House
  • ASCA Meets with AHRQ about ASC Culture of Safety Project
  • Rep. David Scott Addresses ASCA Government Affairs Committee
  • The Importance of Attending a Fly-In
  • Proposed Florida Workers Compensation Manual
  • First ASC Celebrates 45th Anniversary
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (February 19, 2015)
  • Additional ICD-10 Delays Discouraged in Congressional Hearing
  • FDA Releases Guidance on Compounding Pharmacies
  • Medicare Rate Calculator Updated to Remove Inadvertent Inclusion of Certain Codes
  • The Dangers of Not Attending a Fly-In
  • Free Webinar on CMS's Updated Interpretive Guidelines
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (February 26, 2015)
  • House Committee Acts to Clear Way for EHR Use in ASCs
  • ASCA’s MedPAC Nominee Meets with Key Committees, Senior Congressional Officials
  • Your Help Needed! Complete a Quick Three Question Survey on NHSN Registration
  • Data Submission Open for Web-Based Quality Measures
  • New Quality Measures Likely…Collect Data Now
  • The Value of Attending a Fly-In
  • Free Webinar on CMS' Latest Interpretive Guidelines Updates
  • Last Chance to Save on ASCA's Regulatory Training Series
  • In the Media



Government Affairs Update (March 5, 2015)
  • Colorectal Cancer Legislation Introduced in Congress
  • URGENT: More Than 50% of ASCs Still Need to Enroll in NHSN
  • FDA Releases Drug Shortage Application
  • Updated Medicare Payment Resources
  • Are You In for 2015?
  • State Legislative and Regulatory Round Up
  • Renew Your ASCA Membership to Continue Receiving the Government Affairs Update
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (March 12, 2015)
  • URGENT: Enroll in NHSN Today
  • ASCA Participates in Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
  • Familiarize Yourself with Eligible Professional Quality Reporting Requirements and Potential Relief
  • Rep. Nunes’ Staff Tour California ASC
  • ASCAPAC Releases 2014 Annual Report
  • Speak Directly to Your Elected Officials at the 2015 Fly-Ins
  • Hospira Recalls Lactated Ringer's Irrigation, 3000mL for Mold Contamination
  • Renew Your ASCA Membership to Continue Receiving the Government Affairs Update
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (March 19, 2015)
  • Key ASC Legislation Introduced in US House of Representatives
  • Take Action to Level the Outpatient Playing Field
  • MedPAC Recommends 0% Update for ASCs and Most Other Providers in 2016; Hospitals the Exception
  • OIG Reiterates Call for Site Neutral Payments
  • Rep. Randy Hultgren Address Illinois ASC Meeting
  • Renew Your ASCA Membership to Continue Receiving the Government Affairs Update
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (March 26, 2015)
  • U.S. House Passes Historic Legislation to Reform Medicare Physician Payment System
  • ASCA Raises Concerns with ASC-8; CMS Announces Reporting Extension
  • Having Trouble Getting a Hospital Transfer Agreement? Your Feedback Needed
  • CMS Releases Billing Guidance for Corneal Allograft Tissue
  • ASCA Members Respond to Call-to-Action
  • State Legislative Round-Up
  • ASCA Offers Tools for You to Champion Your ASC with Policy-Makers
  • Volunteers Wanted for ICD-10 End-to-End Testing
  • Last Chance to Renew Your ASCA Membership



Government Affairs Update (April 2, 2015)
  • Rep. Jolly Tours Florida ASC
  • Having Trouble Getting a Hospital Transfer Agreement? Your Feedback Needed
  • Be the Voice that Tells the ASC Story to Congress
  • Early Registration Ends Tomorrow for ASCA 2015
  • Skip the Lines for Registration at ASCA 2015
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (April 9, 2015)
  • ASCA Staff Meets with CMS Survey & Certification and Clinical Standards Staff
  • QualityNet Portal Application Now Available for ASC-9 and ASC-10
  • New Quality Specifications Manual Released
  • CMS Updates Interpretive Guidelines
  • Know a Physician Penalized for Not Meeting Meaningful Use?
  • New ASCAPAC Member is “All In”
  • State Legislative Round-Up
  • Hotel Rooms Filling Fast for ASCA 2015 in Orlando
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (April 16, 2015)
  • SGR Repeal Passes Congress, Now Goes to President to Become Law
  • Key ASC Legislation Builds Momentum in US House of Representatives
  • CMS Releases Surveyor Memo on Duodenoscope Reprocessing
  • Even with Extension, ASC-8 Reporting Deadline Still Looms
  • Joint Commission Proposes Requirements for Total Joint Certification Program
  • CAMPAIGN UPDATE – Are You In for 2015?
  • ASCAPAC Board Announces 2015 Member Celebration Event
  • Sign Up for the ASCA 2015 5k in Orlando
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (April 23, 2015)
  • ASC Community Hosts US House Majority Leader
  • ASCA Payment Resources Updated to Reflect Medicare’s Second Quarter Rate Update
  • ASCA Meets with CDC Staff to discuss ASC-8; Many Facilities Still Need to Enroll
  • Champion Your ASC with Policymakers
  • Free Coffee: Learn about Advocacy at ASCA 2015
  • Win Prizes at the ASCA Lounge in the Exhibit Hall
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (April 30, 2015)
  • ASCA’s MedPAC Nominee Advances to Next Round
  • ASCA Opposes Extension of Medicare Sequestration in Congress
  • ASCA Members Blow Past Fundraising Goal for “Are You In?” Campaign
  • It’s Time for You to Come to DC
  • ASCA 2015 to Convene in Two Weeks
  • Attend CMS’ Free Quality Reporting Webinar
  • Celebrating Nurses during National Nurses Week
  • In the Media


May


Government Affairs Update (May 7, 2015)
  • ASCA Staff Meets with Facility Guidelines Institute Representatives
  • Reps. Beyer and Thompson Tour Surgery Centers
  • ASCA Member Meets with Congressmen
  • Materials Available from NHSN Quality Reporting Webinar
  • Where Does Your State Rank in the “Are You In?” Campaign’s Final Week?
  • ASCA 2015 Kicks Off in One Week
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (May 21, 2015)
  • ACA Guidance Addresses Cost Sharing for Anesthesia Services during Colonoscopies
  • ASCA Capitol Fly-In Registration Extended
  • Maryland Passes Bill to Extend ASC Length-of-Stay
  • Washington Association Defends Ability to Increase Operating Rooms
  • Record-Breaking Results of ASCAPAC’s “Are You In” Campaign
  • Attend CMS’ Free Quality Reporting Webinar
  • Help Us Plan Next Year’s Meeting
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (May 28, 2015)
  • ASC EHR Legislation Introduced in US Senate
  • HHS Report Finds Overpayments Due to Incorrect Site-of-Service Billing
  • New and Salary and Benefits Survey Opens Monday
  • In the Media



Government Affairs Update (June 4, 2015)
  • ASCA Submits Responses to Electronic Health Records Proposed Rules
  • ASCA Representatives to Serve on Health Guidelines Revision Committee
  • ASCA Raises Concerns with ASC-8 in Comment Letters to CMS and CDC
  • ASCA Members Talk with Speaker of the House and Congressional Leaders
  • Help ASCA Celebrate National ASC Day this August
  • Salary and Benefits Survey Now Open
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (June 11, 2015)
  • US Senate to Consider Electronic Health Fairness Act
  • Time Running Out to Enroll in NHSN for ASC-8
  • Georgia Congressman Tours ASC
  • Connecticut ASCs Advocating Against Gross Receipts Tax
  • Participation Soaring for Salary and Benefits Survey
  • State Policy Round-Up
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (June 18, 2015)
  • US House Passes Electronic Health Fairness Act
  • ASCA Members Spend Day Lobbying on Capitol Hill
  • ASCA State Leaders Conference
  • CMS Updates Quality Reporting Specifications Manual
  • Physicians Must Apply for EHR Hardship Exception by Wednesday, July 1
  • MedPAC Releases June Report
  • Users Raving About Free Salary Survey

Government Affairs Update (June 25, 2015)
  • Supreme Court Announces Long-Awaited Decision on ACA Subsidies
  • Senate Committee Approves EHR Legislation for ASCs
  • ASCAPAC at Work
  • Continue the Momentum on National ASC Day
  • Time Running Out to Enter Data for Free Salary Survey
  • MedPAC Releases June Report
  • ICD-10 Webinar in Two Weeks; AAPC Credit Available



Government Affairs Update (July 2, 2015)
  • June 2015 Recap Video

Government Affairs Update (July 9, 2015)
  • 2016 Physician Payment Rule Released
  • Revised Infection Control Worksheet Released
  • July 2015 Dry Run on Quality Measure ASC-12
  • ASCA Payment Resources Updated to Reflect Medicare’s Third Quarter Rate Update
  • ASCA Wants You
  • Hawaii ASCs Convene to Launch State Association
  • Reminder: Submit Data for ASCA Benchmarking and Salary and Benefit Survey
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (July 16, 2015)
  • Detailed Analysis of 2016 Proposed ASC and Physician Payments Rules
  • 2016 Proposed Rule Rate Documents Added to ASCA Resources
  • Medicare Proposes New Payment Model for Inpatient Total Knee and Hip Surgery
  • CMS Warns of Potential HIPAA Violations When Reviewing ASC-12 Data
  • 2018 FGI Guidelines Proposal Period Now Open
  • Sen. Perdue Policy Director Tours Georgia ASC
  • Quality Reporting Reports Now Available in QualityNet
  • Attend CMS’ Free Quality Reporting Webinar
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (July 23, 2015)
  • What Procedures Should Be Added to the Medicare List for ASCs?
  • Less than a Month to Enroll and Submit Data on ASC-8
  • This September Help Pass Meaningful EHR Reform
  • Time Running Out to Submit Data for ASCA Benchmarking and Salary and Benefits Survey
  • Suggest a Topic or Speaker for ASCA 2016
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (July 30, 2015)
  • New Tool Helps ASCs Determine Quality Reporting Program Status
  • Quality Reporting Preview Reports Available
  • Reminder: July 2015 Dry Run on Quality Measure ASC-12
  • What Procedures Should Be Added to the Medicare List for ASCs?



Government Affairs Update (August 6, 2015)
  • US Senate Passes Electronic Health Fairness Act
  • ASCA Again Raises Concerns with ASC-8 in Comment Letters to CMS and CDC
  • FDA Releases Supplemental Safety Communication on Duodenoscope Reprocessing
  • Your Center is the Best Place to Talk to Your Elected Officials
  • What Procedures Should Be Added to the Medicare List for ASCs?

Government Affairs Update (August 13, 2015)
  • Feedback Needed to Guide ASCA Comments on Office-Based Cataract Surgery
  • ASCA Capitol Fly-In—Unique and Effective Meetings with Congress
  • Last Chance to be a Part of National ASC Day
  • FREE Quality Reporting Webinar

Government Affairs Update (August 20, 2015)
  • ASCA Participates in Congressional Health Fair
  • America Celebrates National ASC Day
  • Your Input Needed on CMS Reimbursement Proposal for 2016; Proposed Addition of Codes to ASC-Payable List
  • ASCA Calls on GI Physicians to Join ASGE in Opposition to Cuts
  • Feedback Requested on Quality Data to be Made Public in October
  • Feedback Needed to Guide ASCA Comments on Office-Based Cataract Surgery

Government Affairs Update (August 27, 2015)
  • Last Chance to Provide Input on 2016 Proposed ASC Payment Rule
  • CMS Seeks Feedback on Nonfacility Cataract Surgery
  • Web-Based Quality Reporting: September 30 Deadline Quickly Approaching
  • One Week Left to Register for 2015 ASCA Capitol Fly-In
  • ASCA Members Celebrate National ASC Day
  • ASCAPAC Is Gearing Up for Fall


Government Affairs Update (September 3, 2015)
  • ASCA Submits Comments on CMS Proposed Payment Rule
  • ASCA Calls for Nominations to the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment
  • CMS Seeks Feedback on Nonfacility Cataract and Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
  • 24 Hours Left to Register for the Capitol Fly-In
  • Congress Returns to Washington Next Week
  • Rep. Bruce Westerman Visits Springhill Surgery Center
  • ASCA Staff Changes
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (September 10, 2015)
  • ASCs Can Choose to Suppress Certain Quality Data Measures from Public Release
  • ASCA Submits Comments in Response to 2016 Proposed CMS Physician Fee Schedule
  • ASCA Submits Comments on Inpatient Total Joint Bundle Proposal
  • Congressman Scott Peters Tours ASC

Government Affairs Update (September 17, 2015)
  • Last Call for Nominations to the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment
  • Web-Based Quality Reporting: Deadline Less Than Two Weeks Away
  • Your Input Requested Regarding State Agency Surveyors
  • Fall Brings Major Deadlines for Congress on Government Funding, Debt Ceiling
  • Start of Fall Kicks Off a New Political Season

Government Affairs Update (September 24, 2015)
  • ASC Legislation Introduced in US Senate
  • ASCA Supports Maryland Efforts to Reduce ASC License Fee
  • Registration Open for Next Week’s ASC Quality Reporting Program Webinar
  • CDC and FDA Ask Facilities to Review Procedures Involving Reusable Medical Devices
  • Congress Raises Concerns on Joint Replacement Model


Government Affairs Update (October 1, 2015)
  • Congress Meets with ASCs during ASCA Capitol Fly-In
  • ASCA Hosts Congressional Briefing on Innovation
  • ASCAPAC Holds Events in Conjunction with the Capitol Fly-In
  • Add Your Voice to the Congressional Message

Government Affairs Update (October 8, 2015)
  • Medicare Quality Reporting Program Shows Universal Safe Surgery Checklist Use
  • CMS Seeks Public Comment on Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening Recommendations Reaffirmed
  • ASCA Introduces Eurasian Health Professionals to ASCs
  • Congressional Support Grows for ASCA Priority Legislation

Government Affairs Update (October 15, 2015)
  • CMS Publishes Final Rule on Meaningful Use Stage 3
  • ASCA Staff Provide Federal Update at State Meetings
  • House Leadership Race Leaves 114th Congress Agenda in Jeopardy
  • You’ve Got Mail from ASCAPAC

Government Affairs Update (October 22, 2015)
  • New Cosponsors Added for Key ASC Legislation
  • ASCA Members Have Lunch with Rep. Karen Bass
  • Maryland Officially Proposes Reduction of ASC Licensing Fees
  • Renew Your ASCA Membership Today!

Government Affairs Update (October 29, 2015)
  • Congress and Obama Administration Agree on Two-Year Budget Deal
  • ASCA Calls for MedPAC Nominations
  • UnitedHealthCare Group Rescinds Prior Authorization in Iowa and New Jersey
  • ASCA Launches Social Media Campaign on Affordable Health Care for Seniors
  • ASCAPAC is Breaking Records
  • Q3 of ASCA Benchmarking Ends This Week


Government Affairs Update (November 5, 2015)
  • Detailed Analysis of 2016 Final ASC Payment Rule
  • Detailed Analysis of 2016 Final Physician Payment Rule
  • ASCAPAC Membership Campaign is Going Strong
  • SAVE THE DATE – 2016 ASCA Capitol Fly-In

Government Affairs Update (November 12, 2015)
  • OIG Releases 2016 Work Plan Announcing New Initiatives for ASCs
  • 2016 Final Rule Rate Document Added to ASCA Resources
  • 2016 ASCA Capitol Fly-In Dates
  • ASC Community Hosts National Committee Chairman in New Mexico
  • Sen. Toomey’s District Director Tours Newly Opened ASC
  • House and Senate Release 2016 Congressional Calendars
  • Register Now for ASCA 2016

Government Affairs Update (November 19, 2015)
  • Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) Model Finalized
  • ASCA Submits Comments to CMS’ Request for Information Regarding MACRA
  • ASCAPAC & ASC Community Gather to Support Sen. Ron Wyden
  • New Cosponsors Added for Key ASC Legislation
  • ASCA’s Member-Get-A-Member Campaign

Government Affairs Update (November 25, 2015)
  • The Government Affairs Update to Return December 3rd


Government Affairs Update (December 3, 2015)
  • Specifications Manual Updated to Reflect Changes to 2015 Data Collection for ASC-7
  • CMS to Host ASCQR Program Webinar on December 9
  • FDA Recommends Health Care Facilities Transition from Endoscope Washer/Disinfectors by Custom Ultrasonics to Alternate Reprocessing Methods
  • Rep. Ryan Costello and Rep. Derek Kilmer Visit Local ASCs
  • ASCA Q3 Benchmarking Report Now Available
  • ASCA Launches Social Media Campaign Highlighting the ASC Value Proposition
  • Winter Coding Seminar Early Registration Deadline Extended

Government Affairs Update (December 10, 2015)
  • House, Senate Stall on Funding Package to Keep Government Open
  • ASCA Rate Documents Updated
  • ASCAPAC is Just 12% Away From its Goal
  • ASCA Launches Social Media Campaign Highlighting the ASC Value Proposition
  • Texas ASC Association Seeks Executive Director

Government Affairs Update (December 17, 2015)
  • More Than 95 Percent of Medicare-Certified ASCs Meet Quality Reporting Requirements
  • House, Senate Work to Keep Federal Government Open
  • MedPAC Signals It Will Recommend Eliminating Update for ASCs in 2017
  • ASCA Submits Comments to EPA in Response to Proposed Rule
  • ASCA Sends Letter to CDC; Requests Meeting
  • Congressman Christ Stewart Visits Cedar Orthopaedic Surgery Center
  • ASCA Capitol Fly-In Registration Opens in January
  • Government Affairs Update to Return January 7


Government Affairs Update (January 9, 2014)
  • Clarification on Current Quality Reporting Requirements
  • CMS Proposes Expanded Emergency Preparedness Requirements for All Providers
  • ASCA 2014 Payment Resources Updated to Reflect Recent Changes
  • SGR Patch Extended, Congress Resumes Work on SGR
  • California Changes Adverse Event Reporting Requirements
  • Last Chance to Submit Nominations for ASCA Board of Directors
  • Revamped ASCA Homepage Highlights Advancing Surgical Care Site
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (January 16, 2014)
  • CDC Guidance Coming for ASC-8 Quality Measure
  • CMS Greatly Expanded Packaged Codes in 2014
  • Advocate in Support of Colorectal Cancer Prevention
  • ASCAPAC 2013 Participation: The Results Are In…
  • New Cosponsors Added to ASC Legislation
  • CMS Ramps up ICD-10 Education Efforts
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (January 23, 2014)
  • ASCA Raises Awareness in Congress on Problematic Quality Reporting Measures
  • Fight for ASCs on Capitol Hill
  • CMS Revises 1500 Claim Form
  • MedPAC Proposes 0% ASC Payment Increase in 2015
  • Register Now for the CMS Webinar on New Quality Reporting Measures
  • Improve Your ASC with ASCA’s Upcoming Events
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (January 30, 2014)

  • Register for the 2014 Fly-In and Save $50 on Your Hotel Room
  • FDA Drug Shortages Site Notes IV Fluid Shortage
  • Rep. Sanchez Visits California ASC
  • ASCA Grassroots Campaign Yields Support for Colorectal Cancer Prevention
  • CMS Memorandum Regarding Blood Glucose Monitoring Systems
  • CMS to Host ICD-10 Summit
  • Last Chance to Submit Q4 Data for ASCA Benchmarking
  • In the Media



Government Affairs Update (February 6, 2014)
  • ASCA, GI Societies Meet with CMS to Discuss Problematic Quality Reporting Measures
  • ASCA Representatives Meet with the Government Accountability Office
  • CMS Releases Revised List of Procedures Subject to Device Adjustment Policy
  • CMS Seeks Input on ACOs
  • FDA Works With Manufacturers to Address IV Saline Shortage
  • Assemblyman Greenwald Tours New Jersey ASC
  • New Year, New Challenges – Are You In?
  • ASCA Webinar: HIPAA in Plain English
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (February 13, 2014)
  • ASCA, Ophthalmic Societies Urge CMS to Remove Quality Measure ASC-11
  • ASCA Endorses ASGE Safety Guidelines for Endoscopy Units
  • Look Up ASC Regulations for Your State
  • ASC Trends Report Webpage Added to Advancing Surgical Care Site
  • ASCA 2014 Highlight: Medicare Quality Reporting Update
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (February 20, 2014)
  • QualityNet Resources Released to Assist with New Quality Measures
  • Senator Ron Wyden Becomes Senate Finance Chair
  • Learn How to Optimize ICD-10 at ASCA 2014
  • ASCA Supports Illinois Regulatory Transparency
  • Sign Up for the 2014 ASCA Benchmarking Survey
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (February 27, 2014)
  • CMS Administrator Steadfast on October 1 ICD-10 Deadline
  • Congressional Heath Care Leadership to be Reshaped in 2014
  • New Jersey State Legislators Mark National Colon Cancer Awareness Day
  • Miami Events Bolster ASC Advocacy Efforts
  • ASCA 2014 Highlight: Working Safely with a Compounding Pharmacy
  • In the Media



Government Affairs Update (March 6, 2014)
  • Senators Express Concern to CMS about New Quality Reporting Measure
  • Six New Cosponsors Sign On to ASC Legislation
  • ASCA Supports Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
  • President Obama Releases Budget, Chained CPI-U Removed
  • Promote the Benefits of ASCs with a Newsfeed for Your Web Site
  • Renew Your ASCA Membership to Continue Receiving the Government Affairs Update
  • Sign Up for Medicare’s Free Quality Reporting Newsletter
  • How to Influence Health Care Policy in Washington, DC
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (March 13, 2014)
  • CMS Revises Quality Reporting Specifications Manual Again
  • Tell Congress to Demand Medicare Transparency
  • ASCA Nominates Richard Edelson, MD, to Serve on MedPAC
  • Rooms Going Fast for Capitol Fly-Ins
  • Participate in National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
  • Time Running Out to Subscribe to 2014 ASCA Benchmarking Survey
  • ASCA Webinar: QAPI Study Guide
  • Learn About Medicare’s New Patient Experience of Care Surveys
  • Don’t Lose Your ASCA Member Benefits
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (March 20, 2014)
  • ASC Input Needed on Proposed Emergency Preparedness Requirements
  • ASCA Works with Rep. Dent to Promote Colorectal Cancer Screening
  • MedPAC Recommends 0% Update for ASCs and Most Other Providers in 2015; Hospitals the Exception
  • Start Planning for National ASC Day
  • Less Than Two Weeks to Subscribe to the 2014 ASCA Benchmarking Survey
  • Put the 'Q' in QAPI with ASCA's How-To Guid
  • Renew Your ASCA Membership Before It’s Too Late
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (March 27, 2014)
  • ASCA Meets with CMS Payment Policy Staff—Your Input Needed Quickly
  • House Passes One-Year SGR Patch; Senate Working on Full Repeal
  • Rep. Smith Visits Washington ASC
  • Medicare to Only Accept Revised Claim Form Beginning April 1
  • 2013 Memberships to Expire on Monday
  • Last Chance to Subscribe Before ASCA Benchmarking Opens on April 1
  • Learn How to Implement HIPAA and HITECH at ASCA 2014
  • Attend CMS’ Webinar on ICD-10
  • In the Media



Government Affairs Update (April 3, 2014)
  • President Signs One-Year Patch for SGR and One-Year Delay of ICD-10
  • CMS Listens to ASCA/Ophthalmic Community, Delays Implementation of ASC-11
  • Advocacy Boot Camp Added to June Fly-In Agenda
  • ASCA Meets with AARP
  • ASCA Members Are In for ASCAPAC, “Are You In?”
  • Registration Discounts for ASCA 2014 End Tomorrow
  • Q1 Now Open for ASCA Benchmarking
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (April 10, 2014)
  • NHSN Registration Now Available for ASCs
  • Rep. Diane Black to Address ASCA 2014 in Nashville
  • Promote the Benefits of ASCs with a Newsfeed for Your Web Site
  • Sign Up for ASCA Benchmarking Before Q1 Closes on April 30
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (April 17, 2014)
  • HHS Confirms Billions of Dollars of Medicare Cost Savings Tied to ASCs
  • ASCA Members Meet with CMS; Advocate Procedures be Added to ASC-Approved List
  • CMS Proposes to Adopt Updated Life Safety Code
  • ASCA Payment Resources Updated to Reflect Medicare’s Second Quarter Rate Update
  • Quality Reporting Manual Revised; Webinar Next Week to Discuss 2013 Data
  • ASCA Opposes California Physician Self-Referral Legislation
  • Illinois ASCs Oppose Newly Approved Changes to CON Rule
  • Connecticut Association Needs Input to Fight against Workers’ Compensation Fee Schedules
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (April 24, 2014)
  • Advocacy Matters; Find Out More at ASCA 2014
  • CMS Now Accepting EHR Hardship Exception Applications for Eligible Professionals
  • Updated Medicare Rate Calculator Posted
  • Maine ASCs Looking at State’s Licensing and Certification
  • Last Chance to Take Advantage of Full ASCA Benchmarking Program
  • Stay Up to Date on the Latest ASC-Relevant Recalls
  • In the Media


May


Government Affairs Update (May 1, 2014)
  • ASCA Staff Meets with CMS Survey & Certification and Clinical Standards Staff
  • ASCA Submits Response to Electronic Health Records Proposed Rule
  • Register for ASCA’s June Fly-In
  • ASCA Conference to Strengthen Your State’s Leadership
  • Modern Healthcare Reports on Study of Hospital Visits Following Outpatient Surgery
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (May 8, 2014)
  • New Study Finds that ASCs Save Money, Increase Efficiency While Maintaining Quality
  • Victory for ASCs: CMS Removes Burdensome Radiologist Requirement
  • Senate Holds Confirmation Hearing on HHS Secretary Designee
  • Are You In? Make Sure You Are on the List for Exclusive Rewards in Nashville
  • ASCA to Offer Free Advocacy Training Webinars
  • Online Registration Closed for ASCA 2014; Register On-Site
  • No Government Affairs Update Next Week
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (May 22, 2014)
  • House Subcommittee Conducts Hearing on Medicare Site of Service Payment Disparities
  • Deadline Approaching for June Fly-In Registration
  • Getting Involved in Advocacy Webinar
  • ASCAPAC “Are You In?” Campaign Ends with a Bang in Nashville
  • US Representative Black Impresses at ASCA 2014
  • Colorectal Cancer Legislation Introduced in the Senate
  • Five New Cosponsors Sign On to ASC Legislation
  • Free APIC/CDC Webinar on Infection Control for MERS-CoV
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (May 29, 2014)
  • Five New Cosponsors Sign On to ASC Legislation
  • June Capitol Fly-In Registration Closing
  • New Facility Tour Toolkit Available
  • Oregon ASC Launches Initiative to Help Local Veterans
  • VASA Issues Call for Officer Nominations
  • FDA Provides Information to Help Facilities Cope with Sterrad Cyclesure 24 Biological Indicators Shortage



Government Affairs Update (June 5, 2014)
  • CMS Releases Memo on Infection Control Breach Referral to Public Health Organizations
  • Reminder: CMS EHR Hardship Exception Applications Due July 1
  • Members of Congress Tour Surgery Centers
  • Another Cosponsor for ASC Quality and Access Act
  • New “What the Experts Are Saying” Webpage
  • Senate Confirms Burwell as HHS Secretary
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (June 12, 2014)
  • Your Input Needed as CMS Considers Changes to Fire Prevention Requirements
  • ASCA Members to Storm Capitol Hill Next Week
  • AMA Endorses Use of Hospital Market Basket to Update ASC Payments
  • Florida Representative Tours ASC
  • Upcoming Webinar on External Coding Audits and Medicare’ Proposed Rates for 2015
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (June 20, 2014)
  • ASC Advocates Storm Capitol Hill
  • ASCA Responds to CMS’ Proposed Changes to Fire Prevention Requirements
  • Reminder: Physicians Must Apply for CMS EHR Hardship Exception by July 1
  • Hospira Announces Voluntary Recall of Marcaine
  • Location Announced for ASCA’s 2014 Fall Seminar

Government Affairs Update (June 26, 2014)
  • ASCA’s Fly-In Success: Nine Cosponsors Added
  • ASCA State Leaders Conference
  • MedPAC Releases June Report
  • CMS Webinar on Proposed ASC Quality Reporting Requirements
  • Last Chance: Physicians Must Apply for CMS EHR Hardship Exception by Tuesday, July 1
  • Are You Giving Back to Your Community?
  • In the Media



Government Affairs Update (July 3, 2014)
  • 2015 Proposed Medicare Payment Rates Released
  • ASCA Payment Resources Updated to Reflect Medicare’s Third Quarter Rate Update
  • Celebrate National ASC Day on August 13
  • Two New Cosponsors Sign On to ASC Legislation
  • ASCA Announcements
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (July 10, 2014)
  • ASCA Submits Response to Proposed Novitas MAC Policy
  • ASCA’s Efforts Produce Gains for ASCs in Medicare’s 2015 Proposed Payment Rule
  • ASCA Participates in “Listening Session” with FDA Regarding Compounding Pharmacies
  • State Affairs Round-Up
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (July 17, 2014)
  • What Procedures Should Be Added to the Medicare List for ASCs?
  • Change to Radiologist on Staff Requirement Now Effective
  • ASCA Lobbies for Colorectal Cancer Prevention Legislation
  • Help the Future of ASCs by Hosting Your Members of Congress
  • ASCA Member Meets with New Jersey Delegation
  • State Affairs Round-Up
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (July 24, 2014)
  • Huge Grassroots Success: 500 Letters Sent Supporting Colorectal Cancer Advocates
  • ASCA Advocacy Results in New Cosponsors for Key Legislation
  • What Procedures Should Be Added to the Medicare List for ASCs?
  • CMS Announces Tool to Locate Your Facility’s CCN Online
  • State Affairs Round-Up
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (July 31, 2014)
  • Complete ASCA's Brief Drug Shortage Survey
  • Help the Future of ASCs by Hosting Your Members of Congress
  • ASCAPAC: Helping Congress Help Us
  • State Affairs Round-Up
  • Find Out How Medicare's Proposed ASC Payment Rule Could Affect Your ASC in 2015

Government Affairs Update (August 7, 2014)
  • Help Add Codes to Medicare’s ASC-Payable List
  • Updated Medicare Payment Resources Available for ASCA Members
  • Clarification Regarding Participation with Quality Improvement Organizations
  • ASC Community Hosts Congressional Leader
  • National ASC Day is Next Week
  • Fly-In Deadline Quickly Approaching
  • Free ASCA and CDC Quality Reporting Webinars
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (August 14, 2014)
  • ASCA Meets with HHS to Discuss Electronic Health Records
  • September Fly-In Quickly Approaching
  • Help Add Codes to Medicare’s ASC-Payable List
  • Rep. Joe Heck Joins Nevada ASCs at their Strategic Meeting
  • ASCAPAC at Work: Supporting Rep. Joe Heck
  • Free Medicare Quality Reporting Webinar to Examine Current and Proposed Requirements
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (August 21, 2014)
  • Your Input Needed on CMS Reimbursement Proposal for 2015; Proposed Change to Ophthalmic Quality Measure Reporting
  • National ASC Day a Huge Success
  • ASCA Staff and Leadership Meet with MedPAC, Congressional Offices
  • ASCAPAC at Work – Hosting Health Chairman Rep. Joe Pitts
  • Letter to the Editor Published in Kaiser Health News
  • Free NSHN Training Webinar for Reporting Influenza Vaccination Data Now Available
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (August 28, 2014)
  • Last Chance to Submit Comments on the CMS Proposed Payment Rule for 2015
  • ASCA Representatives Meet with CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenners
  • New Hotel Rooms Available for the September Fly-In
  • Advocacy in Baton Rouge with Rep. Bill Cassidy, MD
  • Three Days Left to Get Discounted Rates for ASCA’s Fall Seminar
  • In the Media



Government Affairs Update (September 4, 2014)
  • ASCA Submits Comments on CMS Proposed Payment Rule
  • CMS Releases Surveyor Memo Regarding Immediate Use Steam Sterilization
  • Wisconsin Center Hosts ASC Educational Event
  • Early Registration Deadline Extended for ASCA’s Fall Seminar
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (September 11, 2014)
  • ASC Advocates Storm Capitol Hill
  • Save the Date for ASCA’s 2015 Capitol Fly-Ins
  • DEA Releases Rule on Disposal of Controlled Substances
  • ASCAPAC at Work and Play during Capitol Fly-In
  • New Resource: Quality and Safety in the ASC Setting
  • Last Chance to Save Extra on ASCA’s 2014 Fall Seminar
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (September 18, 2014)
  • ASCA Requests CMS Review Pass-Through Application Process
  • ASCA Pain Management Video Highlights Value of ASCs
  • Add YOUR Voice to Maximize the Capitol Fly-In Results
  • Make Sure to Register with NHSN for 2015 Quality Reporting
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (September 25, 2014)
  • New EHR Legislation Introduced to Address Meaningful Use in ASCs
  • ASC Quality and Access Act Breaks Cosponsor Records
  • All Business Associate Agreements Must Now be Compliant with Recent HIPAA Changes
  • ASCA Payment Resources Updated to Reflect Medicare’s Fourth Quarter Rate Update
  • Registration Now Open for ASCA’s 2015 Winter Coding Seminar
  • In the Media



Government Affairs Update (October 2, 2014)
  • CMS Announces Categorical Waiver for Power Strips Use in Patient Care Areas
  • Flu Season Is Here; Register with NHSN Now
  • Date Change for 2015 Capitol Fly-Ins
  • Please Help ASCA Respond to the Media
  • CMS to Host National ICD-10 Provider Call
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (October 9, 2014)
  • New Deadline for EHR Hardship Exception Applications
  • Ask Congress to Support the Electronic Health Fairness Act
  • Washington Legislators Tour Colorado ASCs to Learn More About State Policies
  • Senate Chairwoman Patty Murray Visits ASC Leaders
  • Rep. Hultgren Tours Tri-Cities Surgery Center
  • Help ASCA Promote the Free and Reduced-Priced Care You Provide
  • Are You Prepared for the 2015 ASC Quality Reporting Requirements?
  • Talking about Quality and Safety in Your ASC
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (October 16, 2014)
  • New Ebola Information Center for ASCs
  • New Jersey Hosts Senator Cory Booker
  • Senator Ron Johnson Tours Wisconsin ASC
  • WASCA Successful in Striking Down New CON Rule
  • CDC Provides NHSN Enrollment Resources
  • Help ASCA Promote the Free and Reduced-Priced Care You Provide
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (October 23, 2014)
  • DEA Clarifies Disposal of Controlled Substances Rule
  • ASC-8 Quality Reporting FAQ
  • ASC Leaders in California Commit to ASCAPAC
  • Medicare’s 2015 Final Rule Coming Soon
  • New Resources Added to ASCA’s Ebola Information Center
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (October 30, 2014)
  • ASC-8 FAQs Now Available on ASCA’s Web Site
  • EHR Stakeholder Group Meets in Chicago
  • ASCA Participates in Compounding Pharmacy Stakeholder Group
  • ASCA Encourages You to Vote on Tuesday
  • Final Chance to Submit Q3 Benchmarking Data
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (November 7, 2014)
  • CMS Finalizes Hospital Outpatient and ASC Policy and Payment Changes for 2015
  • 2015 Physician Payment Rule Released
  • 2014 Midterm Elections Recap
  • ASCA Promotes Candidates for Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment
  • Senator Deb Fischer Tours Advanced Surgery Center
  • Upcoming Webinar: CPT Changes for 2015
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (November 13, 2014)
  • Quality Reporting Changes in 2015 ASC Payment Rule
  • ASC-8 Reporting Clarification
  • Thank You for Supporting ASCA’s Regulatory Efforts!
  • ASCA 2015 Registration Now Available
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (November 20, 2014)
  • ASCA Payment Resources Updated with 2015 Final Rates
  • ASCA Targets Newly Elected Members of Congress for Facility Tours
  • Record Number of Cosponsors Continues to Increase for ASC Quality and Access Act
  • IV Shortages Persist; Please Contact ASCA with Your Stories
  • ASCAPAC Board of Directors Meets in Washington
  • Attend CMS’ Free Quality Reporting Webinar
  • ASCA Regulatory Training Series Now Available
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (December 4, 2014)
  • New and Updated Medicare Payment Resources Now Available
  • Congressional Staffer Tours Michigan Surgery Center
  • ASCA Response to PHC4 Report Emphasizes True Value of ASCs
  • Year in Review: 2014 Accomplishments
  • Veteran Gives Thanks for Oregon ASC
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (December 11, 2014)
  • ASCA Signs Coalition Letter Addressing Compounding Pharmacies
  • Year in Review: 2014 Accomplishments
  • Time Running Out to Register Early for ASCA’s 2015 Coding Seminar
  • Save 10% off the 2015 ASCA Benchmarking Survey
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (December 18, 2014)
  • 113th Congress Comes to a Close
  • Exclusive Breakfast at the McDermott, Will & Emery ASC Symposium
  • Year in Review: 2014 Accomplishments
  • Registration Open for ASCA’s Medical Director Leadership Seminar
  • Earn CE Credit with ASCA's New Regulatory Training Series
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (December 30, 2014)
  • Year in Review: 2014 Accomplishments

Government Affairs Update (January 3, 2013)

  • ASC Medicare Cuts Averted…For Now
  • New Quality Reporting Requirement Now in Effect
  • Noridian Reverses Policy Denying Payment for Anesthesia Services during Cataract Surgery
  • CMS Delays Enforcement of Eligibility and Claim Status Rules
  • Save the Date for ASCA’s 2013 Capitol Fly-In Program!
  • Help Us Combat Burdensome Facility Guidelines
  • Last Chance to Lock in 2012 Rates for ASCA 2013
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (January 10, 2013)
  • MedPAC Proposes 0% ASC Payment Increase in 2014
  • Medicare Rates Updated to Reflect Physician Payment Fix
  • DEA Proposes New Standards for Drug Disposal
  • Act Now to Prevent Potential Sequestration Cuts
  • Invite New Legislators to Tour Your ASC
  • FGI Responds to ASCA Letter; Your Input Still Needed!
  • Growth in the Number of ASCs Offers Cost Savings and Improved Access
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (January 17, 2013)
  • Rules Clarifying Some Provisions of the Affordable Care Act Released
  • Rep. Richard Neal to Address ASCA 2013 in Boston
  • ASCAPAC: Did You Know?
  • Add Capacity to Your ASC Without Bricks and Mortar
  • Last Chance to Complete FGI Survey
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (January 24, 2013)
  • Sequestration Cuts Imminent as Debt Ceiling is Suspended
  • Legislation Reintroduced to Repeal IPAB
  • Significant Modifications to HIPAA Loom – Prepare at ASCA 2013
  • Raising Awareness of Colorectal Cancer on Capitol Hill
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (January 31, 2013)
  • CMS Revises Quality Reporting Manual
  • CMS Considers Measuring Patient Satisfaction with ASCs
  • Iowa ASC Licensing Legislation Introduced
  • Learn How to Advocate for ASCs at ASCA 2013
  • Call for Charitable Care Participants
  • In the Media


Government Affairs Update (February 7, 2013)
  • Permanent SGR Repeal Gains Force in Congress
  • ASC Quality Collaboration Comments on Proposed Outcome Measures
  • CMS Proposal Accepts ASCA Position on Removal of Burdensome Radiologist Requirement
  • Tavenner Tapped by Obama to Continue as CMS Leader
  • Take Advantage of Presidents’ Day Recess
  • Give a Little, Get a Lot with ASCAPAC
  • Charity Care Requirements Added to ASCA State Law Database
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (February 14, 2013)
  • Reminder: Sequestration Cuts to Take Effect in Two Weeks
  • An 'Official' Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
  • Free Webinar on New ASC Quality Reporting Requirements
  • HHS Ramps Up Anti-Fraud and Abuse Efforts—Attend ASCA 2013 to Learn How to Reduce Your Compliance Risk
  • Medicaid Expansion States Outnumber Opt-Out States
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (February 21, 2013)
  • UPDATE: Medicare Sequestration Cuts to Take Effect April 1
  • Essential Health Benefits Final Rules Released; Insurance Companies to Pay for All Screening Colonoscopies
  • ASCA Responds to DEA’s Proposed Drug Disposal Restrictions
  • ASCs Nationwide Raising Awareness for Colorectal Cancer
  • Attend ASCA 2013 to Learn More on Combating Drug Shortages
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (February 28, 2013)
  • Sequestration Cuts to be Triggered Tomorrow—ASC Medicare Payments to be Cut 2% April 1
  • Reminder: ASCs Should Register for QualityNet Site; Last Chance to Receive Discount for ASCA 2013/li>
  • ASCA Submits Survey Data to FGI Chairman
  • ASCAPAC Announces Joint ASC Event
  • Take the ASC Focus Readership Survey
  • In the Media



Government Affairs Update (March 7, 2013)
  • Sequestration Cuts Triggered—Now What?
  • Chained CPI Would Have Disproportionate Impact on ASCs
  • Report Recommends Elimination of Reimbursement Disparity and Promotion of Physician Payment Transparency
  • Spring into Action this Easter Recess
  • ASCA Launches New Advancing Surgical Care Web Portal
  • Sign Up for ASCA’s 2013 Capitol Fly-In Program
  • Report: Patient Safety Practices that Make Health Care Safer
  • Renew Your ASCA Membership to Continue Receiving the Government Affairs Update
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (March 14, 2013)
  • Congressional Advisory Group Contemplates Site–Neutral Medicare Payments
  • CMS Clarifies Implementation of 2% Payment Cut
  • ASCA Hosting Legislative Briefing on Colorectal Cancer Next Week
  • CMS and AAAHC Advise Surveyors to Help Providers Address Risks Involving Luer Misconnections
  • Georgia ASC Association and Department of Community Health Reach ASC Survey Compromise
  • Register Today for ASCA 2013
  • Renew Your ASCA Membership to Continue Receiving the Government Affairs Update
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (March 21, 2013)
  • ASCA Meets with CMS Regarding Payment Policy
  • Colorectal Cancer Prevention Experts Speak on Capitol Hill
  • Time Running Out to Renew Your ASCA Membership
  • Electronic Health Records Improvement Act Introduced
  • Congress Avoids Government Shutdown, 2% Medicare Cuts to Remain
  • MedPAC Recommends No Payment Increase, Cost Reporting for ASCs in 2014
  • New ICD-10 Deadline Confirmed
  • “World’s Happiest Philosopher” to be Keynote Speaker at ASCA 2013
  • ASCA Welcomes New Government Affairs Staff
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (March 28, 2013)
  • Last Chance to Renew Your ASCA Membership
  • ASC Input Needed as CMS Considers More Reasonable Radiology Supervision Rules
  • Reduced ASC Rates Go into Effect Monday
  • ASCA Comments on a Potential CMS ASC Patient Experiences Survey
  • OIG Reiterates Suspicion Provides Additional Guidance for Physician-Owned Device Companies
  • ASC Administrator, Business Leaders Meet with Rep. Andrews
  • New HIPAA Rules Now In Effect; Learn More at ASCA 2013
  • In the Media



Government Affairs Update (April 4, 2013)
  • Reminder: 2% Medicare Cuts Effective This Week
  • Medicare’s Second Quarter Rate Update; ASC Claims Temporarily Held, Processing to Resume April 15
  • ASCA Board Approves Policy Statements on Transparency and Out-of-Network
  • ASCAPAC Hosts Rep. Brady at Texas ASC
  • Quality Reporting G-Codes Clarification
  • Last Chance to Pre-Register for ASCA 2013
  • CMS to Increase Medicare Advantage Payments in 2014
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (April 11, 2013)
  • President’s 2014 Budget Plan Would Increase ASC and HOPD Payment Disparity
  • Important Information for ASCA 2013
  • Do You Give a Latte?
  • CMS Acting Administrator Receives Bipartisan Support at Confirmation Hearing
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (April 25, 2013)
  • CMS Revises Advance Directive Notification Guidance; Interpretive Guidelines Updated
  • ASCA Urges Federal Government to Consider ASCs in Future Health IT Plans
  • CMS Relaxes Humidity Requirements for Anesthetizing Locations
  • ASCA Supports Illinois Association in Opposition to Overreaching CON Regulation
  • Arkansas Enacts Medicaid Access to Care Act
  • CMS Administrator Nomination Faces Challenges
  • ASCA 2013 a Success in Boston
  • New ASCA Webinars to Provide Critical Updates on Medicare Regulatory Policy and Compounding Pharmacies
  • In the Media


May


Government Affairs Update (May 2, 2013)
  • Webinar to Address Medicare Regulatory Changes—Free to ASCA Members
  • ASCA Members Preparing for 2013 Capitol Fly-Ins
  • Senate HELP Committee Proposes Legislation on Compounding Pharmacies
  • ASCA 2013 Attendees “Give a Latte”; Session Recordings Available Soon
  • Reminder: ASCs Must Register for QualityNet Site
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (May 9, 2013)
  • ASC Legislation Expected to Be Introduced in Both Houses of Congress Shortly
  • House Ways and Means Committee Holds Hearing on Medicare Physician Payment Reform
  • CMS Interpretive Guidelines Webinar Now Available
  • Save the Date: National ASC Day 2013
  • Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Draft Compounding Pharmacy Legislation
  • ICD-10 Implementation Resources Available
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (May 16, 2013)
  • Ask Your Member of Congress to Cosponsor New ASC Legislation
  • Senate Finance Committee Holds Hearing on Physician Payment Reform—Site-Neutral Payments Discussed
  • Senate Confirms Marilyn Tavenner as Director of CMS
  • Nationwide Facility Tours Spreading the Word about ASCs
  • Capitol Fly-In Program Kicks Off Next Week
  • Record Number of ASCA Members ‘Give a Latte’
  • ASCA 2013 Session Recordings Now Available; Submit Ideas for ASCA 2014
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (May 23, 2013)
  • Capitol Fly-In Event a Huge Success
  • ASCA Meets with HHS to Discuss Electronic Health Records
  • House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Medicare Reform
  • Senate HELP Compounding Pharmacy Legislation Moves Forward
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (May 30, 2013)
  • New ASC Legislation to be Introduced Next Week
  • House Releases Proposed Legislation on Physician Payment
  • State-Specific Advance Directive Resource Now Available
  • Register for QualityNet Now or Risk Medicare Payment Reductions
  • Registration Open for ASCA's 2013 Fall Seminars
  • In the Media



Government Affairs Update (June 6, 2013)
  • New Requirements for QualityNet Registration
  • ASCA, Industry Leaders Respond to New York Times Article
  • Energy and Commerce Committee Holds Hearing on Physician Payment
  • CMS Touts Transparency; Releases Hospital Outpatient Data
  • ASCA Board Member to Serve on Oregon Patient Safety Commission Board
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (June 13, 2013)
  • ASCA Launches New Interactive Map of ASCs
  • New Senate Bill to Promote Cost Savings, Patient Access to Outpatient Surgical Care
  • Initial ASC Quality Data Released
  • Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) Tours ASC
  • Propofol Shortage Resolved, According to FDA
  • Register Now for ASCA’s 2013 Fall Seminars
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (June 20, 2013)
  • ASCA Members Advocate for New ASC Legislation on Capitol Hill
  • MedPAC June Report Calls for Site Neutral Payments, Pain Procedures Identified for Potential Reductions
  • Proposed Legislation Released to Regulate Compounding Pharmacies
  • ASCA Letter to CMS Addresses Concerns with Revised Interpretive Guidelines
  • Clarification of QualityNet Data Submission
  • Senate Finance Committee Holds Hearing on Health Care Cost Transparency
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (June 27, 2013)
  • ASC Legislation Introduced in the US House
  • Fourth of July Holiday a Great Opportunity for Facility Tours
  • ASCA Letter to HHS Expresses Need for Certified EHR in the ASC Setting
  • QualityNet Adds FAQs Regarding Personal Information Reporting Requirements
  • ASCA Submits Comments on Proposed Compounding Pharmacy Legislation
  • What Procedures Should be Added to the Medicare List for ASCs?
  • Confusion Regarding Solicitation Being Sent to ASCs
  • House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Medicare Benefit Design
  • Andrea Hyatt Named to Maryland Patient Safety Center Board
  • No Government Affairs Update Next Week
  • In the Media



Government Affairs Update (July 11, 2013)
  • CMS Releases 2014 Proposed Payment Rule for ASCs
  • What Procedures Should Be Added to the Medicare List for ASCs?
  • QualityNet Reporting Delays
  • Countdown to Compliance with the HIPAA Omnibus Rule
  • Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of National ASC Day on August 15
  • South Carolina Suspends CON Program for One Year
  • Who’s Got YOUR Back?
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (July 18, 2013)
  • CMS Extends QualityNet Reporting Deadline Following Meeting with ASCA
  • Senate Committee Reviews Health Information Technology Policy
  • House and Senate Continue to Discuss Compounding Pharmacies
  • Iowa Representative Tours First ASC
  • Workers' Compensation Medical Fee Schedules Added to State Law Database
  • South Carolina CON Update
  • Comparing Performance and Focusing QAPI
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (July 25, 2013)
  • ASC and HOPD Rate Comparison Now Available
  • Understanding Medicare’s Proposed Rates for 2014
  • What Procedures Should Be Added to the Medicare List for ASCs?
  • ASCAPAC Mid-Year Review
  • Proposal to Repeal Sustainable Growth Rate
  • Surgical Technologist Legislation Sent to Governor’s Desk in New York
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (August 1, 2013)
  • ASCA Meets with Government Agencies
  • Final Updates to ICD-9 Codes Now Available
  • Growing Support for ASC Legislation
  • Tell Us How Your ASC is Celebrating National ASC Day
  • House Committee Addresses Physician Payment
  • Come to Las Vegas for ASCA’s 2013 Fall Seminars
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (August 8, 2013)
  • Preparing for National ASC Day
  • Understanding Medicare's Proposed Rates for 2014
  • ASCAPAC Hosting ASC Community Events during August Recess
  • GAO Calls for Congress to Clarify FDA Authority to Regulate Drug Compounders
  • ASCA Benchmarking: Subscribe Today for Full 2013 Results
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (August 15, 2013)
  • ASCA Applies for CMMI Grant
  • New HIPAA Resource: Guide to Updating your Business Associate Agreements
  • Submit Quality Data before August 23 to Avoid Medicare Payment Reductions
  • Subscribe to ASCA Benchmarking; Support ASC Advocacy
  • Happy National ASC Day!
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (August 22, 2013)
  • Map of ASC Locations Updated with New CMS List
  • National ASC Day a Huge Success
  • Deadline Approaching for Required OSHA Training
  • GAO Asked to Study Hospital Consolidation
  • Free Quality Reporting Webinar, Last Chance to Save on Fall Seminars
  • North Carolina Legislation Requires ASCs to Submit Price Data
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (August 29, 2013)
  • ASC Input Needed on the CMS Proposed Reimbursements for 2014; Proposed Quality Measures
  • ASCA Follows Up with MedPAC
  • ASCA Supports Compounding Pharmacy Legislation
  • ASCAPAC Hosts ASC Community Events
  • Rep. Pitts Visits PA ASC
  • In the Media



Government Affairs Update (September 5, 2013)
  • Last Chance to Submit Comments on the CMS Proposed Payment Rule for 2014
  • Fall Brings Challenges, Opportunities for Congress
  • Groundbreaking Study to Be Released Next Week
  • ASCA Benchmarking Survey Now Open; Support ASC Advocacy
  • Early Registration Deadline Extended for ASCA’s 2013 Fall Seminars
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (September 12, 2013)
  • New Study Finds Billions in Savings Tied to ASCs
  • ASCA Submits Comments on CMS Proposed Payment Rule
  • Weekend Retreat on the Future of Pain Management in the ASC
  • Final Chance to Save $100 on ASCA's 2013 Fall Seminars
  • ASCA Not Affiliated with ASC Exchange
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (September 19, 2013)
  • 2013 Capitol Fly-In Program Ends on a High Note
  • ASCA Holds Congressional Briefing on Groundbreaking ASC Study
  • ASCA Participates in Multi-Organizational Meeting on Colorectal Cancer Care
  • ASCA Advocacy in Action
  • ASCA Benchmarking Reminder: Submit Q1 and Q2 Data by September 30
  • Register Now for ASCA’s Winter Coding Seminar
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (September 26, 2013)
  • ASCA Representatives Meet with Aetna
  • HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule Compliance Grace Period Ends
  • Concerns Cited Over Upcoming Health Information Technology Deadline
  • Health Insurance Marketplaces Open Enrollment Begins Next Week; Employers Must Provide Notice to Employees
  • Sign Up Today for ASCA Benchmarking; Time Running Out to Submit Q1 and Q2 Data
  • Still Time to Register for ASCA’s 2013 Fall Seminars
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (October 3, 2013)
  • Ambulatory Surgical Centers Surveyor Guidance Updated
  • Senators Send Letter to OMB on ASC Payment Update
  • ASCA Participates in Road Map to Eliminate HAI: 2013 Action Plan Conference
  • Government Shutdown Impact on Medicare Program
  • Comment Period for AAAHC Standards Closes October 8
  • House, Senate Reach Agreement on Compounding Pharmacies
  • Complimentary Webinar on OSHA’s Revised Hazard Communication Standard
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (October 10, 2013)
  • Extended Shutdown May Delay ASC Payment Rule
  • ASCA Letter Raises Concerns with Use of Propofol in Lethal Injection Cases
  • ASCA Members Needed for HIT Use Survey
  • States Releasing ACA Enrollment Numbers; National Figures Unknown
  • Register for ASCA’s Winter Coding Seminar
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (October 17, 2013)
  • Congress Temporarily Ends Government Shutdown, ASC Payment Rule Delayed
  • Missouri Governor Calls for State to Avoid Use of Propofol in Lethal Injection Cases
  • Clarification on Sequestration’s Impact on Medicare Advantage
  • FDA Offers Free Recall and Safety Alerts
  • Strategic Planning of the Future of Pain Management in ASCs
  • ASCA Members Needed for HIT Use Survey
  • Complimentary Webinar on OSHA’s Revised Hazard Communication Standard
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (October 24, 2013)
  • CMS Announces Revised Payment Rule Release Date
  • Government Resumes Operations, Ongoing Negotiations Could Affect ASCs
  • ASCA EHR Stakeholder Group Meets in Chicago
  • Senator Lamar Alexander Meets with ASC Leaders in Tennessee
  • Illinois Legislative Committee Delays Industry-Opposed CON Regulation
  • Learn the 2014 Coding Essentials at ASCA’s Coding Seminar
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (October 31, 2013)
  • ASCA Sends Letter to House Budget Committee on Payment Update Factors
  • ASCA Responds to Testimony from a CDC Director about HAIs
  • Study Examining Outpatient Surgery Providers Finds Better Outcomes in ASCs
  • ASC Leaders from Georgia meet with Congressional Leaders
  • House, Senate Reach Compromise on SGR Repeal
  • Louisiana Department Holds Public Hearing on Proposed ASC Data Reporting Program
  • Q3 ASCA Benchmarking Survey Opens Tomorrow
  • Free Recording of OSHA's Revised Hazard Communication Standard Webinar
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (November 7, 2013)
  • 2014 Capitol Fly-In Dates Finalized
  • Electronic Health Records Improvement Act Gains Bipartisan Support
  • CEOs Advocate on Capitol Hill for ASCs
  • New Date for Medicare's Final Rates for 2014 Webinar
  • Q3 ASCA Benchmarking Now Open
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (November 14, 2013)
  • CMS Announces 98% of ASCs Met Quality Reporting Requirements; Will Receive Full 2014 Payment Update
  • ASCA Gains New Cosponsor for Key ASC Legislation
  • Nevada Hospital Association Asks Regulator to Limit Procedures Performed in ASCs
  • ASCAPAC Leaders Host Congressional Champions
  • CMS Webinar on ICD-10 Preparation
  • Prepare for Next Year’s Challenges with ASCA’s 2014 Webinar Series
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (November 21, 2013)
  • ASCA Releases Statement Praising High Participation in Quality Reporting Program
  • ASCA Responds to Nevada Hospital Association Petition to Limit Patient Access to Care
  • Senate Passes Compounding Pharmacy Legislation, Will Likely Become Law
  • US Representative Seeks to Raise Awareness on Colorectal Cancer
  • Washington ASC Hosts Successful Facility Tour
  • Illinois Legislative Joint Commission Blocks Proposed CON Rules
  • Registration Now Open for ASCA 2014
  • No Government Affairs Update Next Week, Medicare’s Final 2014 ASC Payment Rule Expected Soon
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (December 5, 2013)
  • ASCA Provides Further Analysis on Medicare’s 2014 Payment Rule
  • Prepare Now for Medicare Rates in 2014—Register for Our December 12 Webinar
  • National ASC Day Announced: August 13, 2014
  • Still Holiday Shopping? Give Yourself the Gift of a Better Future!
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (December 12, 2013)
  • SGR Markup Leads to ASCA Legislative Win on CMS Procedure Transparency
  • Rep. Black Raises ASC EHR Concern During Committee Hearing
  • In Victory for ASCs, Nevada Department Denies Overreaching Hospital Association Petition to Limit ASC Procedures
  • Sen. Booker Meets with ASCA Board Member
  • ASCA Welcomes New Government Affairs Staff
  • ASCA Mourns Passing of Former Staff Member Jonathan Beal
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (December 19, 2013)
  • Medicare Sequestration Cuts Extended in Budget Agreement
  • New ASCA Resource to Help Clarify Physician Meaningful Use Requirements
  • CMS Webinar Reviews Updates to the Quality Reporting Program
  • MedPAC Proposes No Increase for ASC Payments in 2015
  • Happy Holidays to ASCAPAC Members
  • Price Transparency in Virginia
  • Illinois Legislative Commission Continues to Block New CON Rules
  • Government Affairs Update to Return January 9
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (January 5, 2012)

  • Congress Delays SGR Cuts
  • Medicare's 2012 Rates Corrected
  • ASCA Comments on Medicare's Proposed Changes to the ASC Emergency Equipment List
  • CMS Delays Enforcement of Eligibility and Claim Status Rules
  • Stats in the States
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (January 12, 2012)
  • CMS Advises ASCs to Resubmit Recently Paid Medicare Claims if Incorrect
  • Medicare's 2012 Rates Corrected
  • New Medicare Remittance Process Established
  • Major Victories for ASCs in New Jersey
  • Third Quarter 2011 Quality Data Now Available from the ASC Quality Collaboration
  • MedPAC Finalizes ASC Recommendations
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (January 19, 2012)
  • ASCA Takes Steps to Clarify Conditions for Coverage Misunderstanding
  • 2012 National Capitol Fly-In Dates Announced
  • Two New Committees Formed at ASCA
  • New Jersey Governor Vetoes One-Room Surgical Practices Licensure Legislation
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (January 26, 2012)
  • Electronic Code of Federal Regulations Updated to Reflect New CMS Policy Regarding Same-Day Surgery
  • Representative John Barrow Visits Savannah ASC
  • Wisconsin Legislation to Eliminate Assessment on ASCs Passes Key Committee
  • In the Media



Government Affairs Update (February 2, 2012)
  • Contact Your Member of Congress to Help With Drug Shortage Issues
  • CDC Releases Toolkit to Help State Policy Makers Combat Health Care Acquired Infections
  • Iowa Study Bill Contemplates ASC Licensure
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (February 9, 2012)
  • Rep. Matheson Co-Sponsors ASC Legislation
  • 2011 ASCAPAC Annual Report
  • IRS Proposes Regulations Implementing Tax on Medical Devices
  • New ASCA Web Site and Services
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (February 16, 2012)
  • US Department of Health & Human Services to Delay ICD-10 Implementation
  • Take Action on Drug Shortages
  • Deal Reached to Prevent Physician Payment Cuts
  • ASCA Extends Support to Iowa Association in Opposition to Overreaching Legislation
  • Your Chance to Get Involved in Advocacy
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (February 23, 2012)
  • Drug Shortage Resources
  • ASCA Lauds Study Proving Colonoscopies Save Lives
  • CMS Responds to Congressional Inquiry on ASC Update Factor
  • ASCA Welcomes Three New Staff Members in 2012
  • In the Media



Government Affairs Update (March 1, 2012)
  • ASCA Board of Directors Approves 2012 Legislative and Regulatory Agenda
  • ASCs Across the Country Report Payment Errors
  • New Jersey Proposes Changes to Personal Injury Protection Regulations
  • Host your Legislator
  • Weekly News Digest Delivers ASCA News and Media Updates to ASCA Members
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (March 8, 2012)
  • ASCA and Specialty Societies Meet with CMS Regarding Payment Policies
  • Government Affairs Sessions Prominent in ASCA 2012 Program
  • ASC Quality and Access Act Gains Two New Cosponsors
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (March 15, 2012)
  • Quality Reporting Expert to Speak at ASCA 2012
  • ASCA Announces Endorsement of Colorectal Cancer Screening Legislation
  • Enhanced Scrutiny of Medicare Overpayments Proposed
  • ASCA Issue Briefs Updated, Reflect ASC 2012 Rates
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (March 22, 2012)
  • MedPAC Calls for Meager ASC Payment Increase in 2013 and Repeal of the SGR
  • House Passes Legislation to Repeal Payment Board and Promote Medical Liability Reform
  • ASC Action Needed: Complete ASCA’s HIT Survey
  • Write to Your Legislators at ASCA 2012
  • ASC-Relevant State Legislation Enacted
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (March 29, 2012)
  • Medicare Releases Quality Reporting Codes
  • Medicare Payment Update
  • Need Information on Drug Shortages?
  • ASCs Host Congressional Tours
  • ASCA Announcements
  • In the Media



Government Affairs Update (April 5, 2012)
  • Senate Letter to CMS Requests Data on ASC Conversions
  • House Letter Seeks Change in Single Use Vial Policy
  • Same Day Surgery Clarification
  • Wisconsin Governor Signs ASC Legislation
  • ASCA Urges ASC Participation in CDC’s Annual ASC Survey
  • ASCA Announcements
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (April 12, 2012)
  • New Cosponsor for ASC Quality and Access Act
  • Complete ASCA’s Drug Shortages Survey
  • Massachusetts Public Health Council Approves Emergency Regulations
  • ICD-10 Compliance Deadline Delayed
  • ACO Participants Announced
  • In the Media

Government Affairs Update (April 19, 2012)
  • Capitol Hill Takes On Drug Shortages
  • ASCs Storm Capitol Hill
  • ASCA to CMS: Proposed Overpayment Identification Rule Overly Burdensome
  • A Doctor in the House at ASCA 2012
  • ASCA Announcements

Government Affairs Update (April 26, 2012)
  • CMS Releases Proposed Quality Reporting Requirements
  • ASC Medicare Rates Corrected—Again
  • New Cosponsors for ASC Quality and Access Act of 2011
  • Advocacy in Action
  • Senator Ron Wyden to Be Honored by Oregon State Society
  • ASCA Announcements
  • In the Media