Government Affairs Update


October 27, 2016     Volume VI, Issue 41

 

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?


ASCA Payment Resources Updated to Reflect Medicare’s Fourth Quarter Rate Update

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its October addenda which provides fourth quarter updates to the ASC payment system. ASCA has updated its payment resources to reflect these changes. Quarterly changes are primarily made to reimbursement rates for many of the ancillary codes and are reflected in the revised rate calculator.


Please pay close attention to the different versions of the rate documents, particularly if you are looking at ancillary codes, and use the fourth quarter resources for any claims on or after October 1, 2016.


For more information, contact Kara Newbury at knewbury@ascassociation.org.


MACRA Final Rule Analysis

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the highly anticipated Final Rule. As required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), the rule establishes the new Medicare payment methodology for physician services furnished under Medicare Part B, known as the Quality Payment Program (QPP).


Please visit our MACRA Final Rule Resources page for detailed information and analysis.


ASCAPAC Gathers in Support of Rep. Patrick Murphy

ASCAPAC and ASC community members gathered in support of Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-FL) last week. Rep. Murphy toured the Boca Raton Outpatient Surgery and Laser Center and then had lunch with staff and other ASC industry representatives. Congressman Murphy is a strong champion for ASCs and is currently running for one of Florida’s Senate seats.


Rep. Patrick Murphy visits the Boca Raton Outpatient Surgery and Laser Center.


Is Your ASC Compliant with All the Regulatory Changes this Year?

Join ASCA in San Antonio, TX, January 12–14, 2017, to learn how to navigate the complex legal and regulatory hurdles that your ASC will face in the coming year so that you can focus on delivering the best patient care.


The experts at ASCA’s Minimizing Your Regulatory and Legal Risk Seminar will walk you through recent important changes in the regulatory and legal space, preparing for surveys, making an effective strategic plan and more.


This seminar will focus on:


  • current HIPAA requirements, explained in plain English;

  • common human resources issues in the ASC setting;

  • how to respond to common surveyor questions;

  • safe and compliant medication management strategies;

  • best practices for meeting the new standards for Life Safety Surveys; and

  • more that will help you protect your ASC’s reputation and bottom line.


Learn more and register at the Minimizing Your Regulatory and Legal Risk Seminar web site. ASCA members can save $200 by registering before December 13.