ASCs provide high quality care at a low cost. Yet many policymakers are unaware of the countless benefits that ASCs provide to our patients and the community. Hosting a tour of your center for a policymaker gives you the unique opportunity show them firsthand the benefits that your ASC provides.
Furthermore, hosting a facility tour creates a personal connection between you and your elected officials that may directly affect ASC-related legislation and regulation. Events like these raise the profile of ASCs in the health care marketplace and ensure support during key policy-making processes.
Administrators, nurses, doctors, and policymakers gain valuable experience learning about one another. Here is what some are saying (more below):
- After the touring Raleigh Endoscopy Center in Cary, NC, US Representative Renee Ellmers (R-NC-2), a registered nurse, noted, “From my experience, ambulatory surgery centers are much more efficient than hospitals.”
- After US Representative Adam Smith (D-WA-9) saw the Proliance Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine facility in Bellevue, Washington, Frank Gilbert, clinical administrator of the center, said that hosting policymakers gives them a different view of ASCs, especially when it becomes an experience. He noted, “When we host a facility tour, we have a captive audience and always try and get them into scrubs.” Proliance CEO Dave Fitzgerald, added, “I am proud that our physicians understand that engaging with their elected officials is critically important.”
Learn how to become a part of raising the profile of ASCs, build a personal relationship with your elected officials and ultimately affect change in legislation and regulations by emailing Danielle Kaster at firstname.lastname@example.org
, downloading the ASCA Facility Tour Toolkit, or navigating through the tabs below.