Legislative Priorities

ASCA works with the United States Congress to ensure sound public policy is implemented concerning ASCs and their Medicare patients. Because ASCs provide superior quality and timely patient care, it is imperative that the ASC industry work with Congress to ensure Medicare patients continue to have access to ASCs.

2017-2018 Legislative Priorities

In January 2017, the 115th Congress was sworn in. ASCA will be working closely with ASC supporters and Congressional leadership to promote the following ASC legislative priorities:

In 2017 and 2018, ASCA will be working with Congress on the following issues:

  • adjust the Medicare inflationary update factor from the Consumer Price Index for All Consumers (CPI-U) to the hospital market basket, which better accounts for the practice of medicine.Currently, ASCs and Hospital Outpatient Departments (HOPDs) are on different inflationary update factors for their reimbursements, which has led to a widening disparity in Medicare payments;
  • require CMS to post similar quality metrics of ASCs and HOPDs online in a “side-by-side comparison.” The publicly available data would include quality measures for both sites of service in the same geographic area;
  • add an ASC voice to the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment (HOP).This panel, which seats up to 15 people, advises the Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Administrator of CMS concerning the clinical integrity of the Ambulatory Payment Classification groups and their relative payment weights;
  • require that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) disclose which criteria it uses to determine which procedures may be performed in the ASC setting; and
  • prevent barriers to colorectal cancer screening for Medicare patients.

For more information on ASCA’s legislative priorities, contact Kristin Murphy at kmurphy@ascassociation.org.