Government Affairs Update


October 6, 2016     Volume VI, Issue 38

 

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

ASCs Have Until October 19 to Comply with Nondiscrimination Requirements

For recommendations on how to comply with the regulations, how to train staff and frequently asked questions on the Affordable Care Act Section 1557, please visit our resource page here.


Please write to Nawa Arsala at narsala@ascassociation.org if you have any questions.


Listen as ASC Leaders Discuss Quality Reporting

Although the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) ASC quality reporting program, adopted at the urging of ASCA and the ASC community, is an imperfect system, it is essential that we support this initiative while continuing to refine the reporting instruments and procedures.


We have attached a short video that features several ASC industry leaders talking about quality reporting. We encourage you to watch this brief message and share it with your entire ASC team.


Congress Adjourns Until After the Election

Last week, Congress averted a government shutdown by passing a short-term spending bill and adjourned for recess until after the election. The stopgap bill will fund the government through December 9, meaning that Congress will need to return to Washington after the election to extend funding beyond that date.


Since most members of Congress are currently in their home districts, now is the perfect time to raise awareness on the high-quality, cost-efficient care ASCs provide. Getting involved is easy—please take a moment to write your members of Congress and ask them to support the Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality and Access Act of 2015. ASCA can also help you invite and set up a tour of your center for your representative or senators.


For more information or assistance connecting with your legislators, contact Danielle Kaster at dkaster@ascassociation.org.


Massachusetts Determination of Need Comments Due Tomorrow

Comments on the Massachusetts Determination of Need (DoN) proposed regulations are due tomorrow, October 7, at 5:00pm. The state of Massachusetts is looking to amend their Determination of Need requirements for ASCs. In particular, they are proposing that an ASC facility must be partnered with a local community hospital in order to receive their DoN. The proposed regulations would prohibit freestanding ASCs from applying for a DoN for any proposed project unless affiliated with an acute care hospital. A proposed project is defined as “any Capital Expenditure, Substantial Change in Service, Original License, transfer of ownership, DoN-Required Service, DoN-Required Equipment, or any combination therein.” ASCA has been working with the Massachusetts Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers (MAASC) on controversial DoN regulations. ASCA is preparing a formal comment letter on proposed regulations on Determination of Need in Massachusetts.


If you are interested in submitting a letter to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, please contact Ali Legros at alegros@ascassociation.org or Nawa Arsala at narsala@ascassociation.org.


Receive Updates on ASCA 2017

ASCA’s next annual meeting will take place May 3–6, 2017, in Washington, DC. As with past annual meetings, ASCA 2017 will offer essential educational sessions on the most talked about topics in ASC practice and management and the chance to network with thousands of your peers from across the country. Unique to next year’s meeting, however, is the opportunity to explore the nation’s capital and even meet with members of Congress and their staff to advocate on behalf of the ASC community during a special advocacy day!


Registration for ASCA 2017 will not open until next month. In the meantime, you can sign up to receive special updates about the annual meeting, including information about the program, tips on what to do in Washington, DC, and more. Visit the ASCA 2017 web site for more information and to start receiving updates.