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Important Dates in January
January 2, 2018
This month's important dates include ASCA's three Winter Seminars, the first webinar of 2018 and more.

Benchmarking Q4 Data Collection Now Open
January 3, 2018
The data collection period for the fourth quarter (Q4) of ASCA’s 2017 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey is now open and will close on Wednesday, January 31.

Winter Seminar Attendees: Request Your CE Credit
January 17, 2018
If you attended ASCA’s Winter Seminars, don’t forget to request continuing education (CE) credits. In order to obtain nursing contact hours, Administrator Education Units (AEUs) or a certificate of participation, you must complete a session evaluation.

New CDC Requirement for ASC-8 Reporting
January 22, 2018
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is introducing a new requirement for National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) users. NHSN users will need to accept an updated NHSN Agreement to Participate and Consent by April 14, 2018, even if they have submitted one previously.

Read the Latest Edition of ASC Focus Magazine
January 24, 2018
The February issue of ASC Focus is now available on the ASC Focus website.

Call for Topics and Speakers for ASCA’s 2019 Winter Seminars
January 30, 2018
If you have a suggestion for a topic or speaker you would like to see at ASCA's 2019 Winter Seminars, let us know. ASCA is accepting submissions through February 28.

BASC Launches New Credential for ASC Infection Preventionists
January 31, 2018
If you have a suggestion for a topic or speaker you would like to see at ASCA's 2019 Winter Seminars, let us know. ASCA is accepting submissions through February 28.

Important Dates in February
February 1, 2018
This month's important dates include the ASCA 2018 early registration deadline, two webinars, the deadline to renew your ASCA membership and more.

National Advocacy Day Registration Now Open
February 1, 2018
Register now for one of ASCA’s 2018 National Advocacy Days, June 5 and September 5.

Submit Your Application for the April 14 CASC Exam
February 6, 2018
Candidates who plan to take the pencil/paper Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC)™ exam on April 14 must submit an electronic application by February 28.

ASCA 2018 Early Bird Savings End This Month
February 7, 2018
The early bird registration deadline for ASCA 2018 is Friday, February 23. Act now to save $100 on your registration fee for ASCA's annual meeting, April 11-14 in Boston.

CMS to Grant Exceptions to ASCs Affected by the California Wildfires Since December 4, 2017
February 12, 2018
Due to the devastating impact of the California wildfires since December 4, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will grant exceptions for Medicare quality reporting requirements to ASCs located in affected areas.

CMS to Grant Exceptions to ASCs Affected by Hurricane Nate (Updated 2/12/18)
February 12, 2018
Due to the devastating impact of Hurricane Nate, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will grant exceptions for Medicare quality reporting requirements to ASCs located in areas affected by the storm.

CMS to Grant Exceptions to ASCs Affected by Natural Disasters (Updated 2/12/18)
February 12, 2018
Due to the devastating impacts of several recent natural disasters, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is granting exceptions for Medicare quality reporting requirements to ASCs located in affected areas.

Q4 2017 Benchmarking Reports Now Available
February 15, 2018
Subscribers to ASCA's 2017 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey can now access their fourth-quarter (Q4) reports.

Read the Latest Edition of ASC Physician Focus
February 21, 2018
ASCA has published the Winter 2018 edition of ASC Physician Focus, a free quarterly publication for physicians who own and perform procedures in ASCs. Sign up for a free subscription.

ASCA 2018 Early Bird Savings Extended Through March 2
February 23, 2018
The early registration deadline for ASCA 2018 has been extended through March 2. Sign up now to save $100 on your registration fee.

Read the Latest Edition of ASC Focus Magazine
February 28, 2018
The March issue of ASC Focus is now available on the ASC Focus website.

ASCA Faults News Services for Misrepresenting ASC Safety and Quality
March 2, 2018
ASCA strongly objected to a Kaiser Health News/Gannett report about patient safety in ASCs released March 2, 2018.

Important Dates in March
March 6, 2018
This month's important dates include one webinar, the deadline to report ASC-8 data and more.

ASC Focus Digital Debut: Oregon Passes HB 4020 on Extended Stay Centers
March 14, 2018
After five years of development and discussions, the Oregon Legislative Assembly passed House Bill 4020 unanimously.

ASCA 2018 Online Registration Closes Friday, March 30
March 26, 2018
ASCA 2018, April 11–14 in Boston, will offer ample opportunities to network, stay abreast of industry regulations and news, earn continuing education credits and more.

Important Dates in April
March 30, 2018
April's important dates include ASCA 2018, benchmarking data collection and more.

Read the Latest Edition of ASC Focus Magazine
March 30, 2018
The April issue of ASC Focus is now available on the ASC Focus website.

Benchmarking Q1 Data Collection Now Open
April 2, 2018
The data collection period for the first quarter (Q1) of ASCA’s 2018 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey is now open and will close on Monday, April 30.

Important Medicare Deadlines Quickly Approaching
April 2, 2018
By April 14, all eligible Medicare-certified ASCs that want to avoid future payment penalties must complete a new form electronically via the CDC's NHSN website to be able to report on ASC-8.

ASCA 2018 Attendees: Get the ASCA Meetings Mobile App
April 9, 2018
The ASCA Meetings app is here! Users can search ASCA Meetings in the App Store or Google Play to download the app.

ASCA Partners with MedTrainer for Compliance & Education
April 9, 2018
ASCA has formed an affinity partnership with MedTrainer to provide ASCs with education offerings and compliance and credentialing management.

ASCA Partners with One World Surgery
April 12, 2018
The ASCA Foundation is pleased to offer a scholarship program for nurses, surgical techs and scrub techs interested in medical mission opportunities through One World Surgery.

ASCA Announces New Board Members and Officers
April 16, 2018
ASCA members have elected one new member and re-elected four incumbent members to three-year terms on its Board of Directors. The Board also voted in new officers for all of the positions.

ASCA Presents Nap Gary Legacy Award to Joel Gordon and Milla Perry Jones
April 16, 2018
The annual award recognizes individuals who have made a positive difference in the ASC community during many years of dedicated service.

ASC Focus Digital Debut: Crossing the Atlantic to be at ASCA 2018
April 20, 2018
Read about how members of the US Department of Commerce’s Special American Business Internship Training (SABIT) Program toured a Boston ASC during ASCA’s annual meeting in Boston, April 11-14.

Benchmarking Q1 Data Collection Closing Soon
April 23, 2018
The data collection period for the first quarter (Q1) of ASCA’s 2018 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey will close on Monday, April 30.

Request Your ASCA 2018 CE Credits By June 30
April 23, 2018
If you attended ASCA 2018, you have until Saturday, June 30, to request continuing education (CE) credits, nursing contact hours, administrator education units (AEUs), continuing medical education (CME) or a certificate of participation.

Read the Latest Edition of ASC Focus Magazine
April 30, 2018
The May issue of ASC Focus is now available on the ASC Focus website.

Important Information: Getting the CAIP Credential
April 30, 2018
Make sure you know all of the necessary information regarding the new Certified Ambulatory Infection Preventionist (CAIP)™ examination.

May


Important Dates in May
May 1, 2018
May’s important dates include two webinars, the CASC exam application period, the registration deadline for ASCA's June National Advocacy Day and more.

Research Shows Fewer Post-Surgery Adverse Events in ASCs vs. HOPDs
May 03, 2018
According to an independent study published by the Journal of Health Economics, fewer adverse events occur post surgery in ASCs than in HOPDs.

Registration Now Open for ASCA’s Virtual Career Fair
May 07, 2018
Registration is now open for ASCA's Virtual Career Fair, which will take place on Thursday, June 14.

Q1 2018 Benchmarking Reports Now Available
May 15, 2018
Subscribers to ASCA's 2018 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey can now access their first-quarter (Q1) reports.

New Legislation Improves Veterans' Access to Care
May 24, 2018
Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) have served veterans for years and new legislation enables ASCs to continue to deliver efficient, high-quality care.

Prizes Awarded to Survey Participants
June 1, 2018
A few lucky participants of ASCA's recent surveys were randomly selected to receive a prize for their participation.

Read the Latest Edition of ASC Focus Magazine
June 1, 2018
The June issue of ASC Focus is now available on the ASC Focus website.

Important Dates in June
June 1, 2018
June’s important dates include the Virtual Career Fair, ASCA’s first Member Appreciation Week, National Advocacy Day and more.

ASC Focus Digital Debut: President Trump Signs VA Health Care Reform Bill
June 6, 2018
Today, President Donald Trump signed the VA MISSION Act of 2018 to reform the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system. The VA MISSION Act will directly benefit ASCs that offer care to veterans.

Read the Latest Edition of ASC Physician Focus
June 14, 2018
ASCA has published the Spring/Summer 2018 edition of ASC Physician Focus, a free quarterly publication for physicians who own and perform procedures in ASCs. Sign up for a free subscription.

Join Us in Celebrating Member Appreciation Week
June 18, 2018
June 18-22, we are celebrating ASCA’s inaugural Member Appreciation Week! This celebration is dedicated to all of our wonderful members who make our work possible. Head over to the Member Appreciation Week page.

ASCA Rate Documents Updated to Reflect CMS July 2018 Update
June 29, 2018
ASCA has updated its rate calculator and other members-only payment resources to reflect third-quarter changes, which are effective as of July 1.

Important Dates in July
June 29, 2018
July’s important dates include the scheduled release of the 2019 Medicare Proposed Rule, data collection for ASCA’s Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey and more.

Benchmarking Q2 Data Collection Now Open
July 02, 2018
The data collection period for the second quarter (Q2) of ASCA’s 2018 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey is now open and will close on Tuesday, July 31.

New ASCA Opioid Resource Center
July 05, 2018
Visit ASCA’s new Opioid Resource Center, which provides ASCs with an abundance of reputable resources to help in their training and understanding of the ongoing opioid crisis the country is facing.

Changes to ASCA’s Privacy Policy
July 11, 2018
ASCA has updated its Privacy Policy to comply with the new requirements put into place by the European Union data protection law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Major Policy Win for ASCs
July 24, 2018
Today, the US House of Representatives passed the Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment Transparency Act of 2018 (H.R. 6138)a major development for ASCA’s agenda.

2019 Proposed Medicare Payment Rule Released
July 25, 2018
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the 2019 Proposed Medicare Payment Rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs).

Read the Latest Edition of ASC Focus Magazine
July 27, 2018
The August issue of ASC Focus is now available on the ASC Focus website.

Important Dates in August
August 1, 2018
August’s important dates include National Advocacy Day, CAIP and CASC exam application periods, ASCA's "Key ASC Coding Challenges, Denials and the Fine Art of Overturning Them" webinar and more.

CAIP October Exam Application Now Open
August 1, 2018
The application period is now open for the first-ever Certified Ambulatory Infection Preventionist (CAIP)™ exam. Learn more.

CAIP October Exam Application Now Open
August 6, 2018
ASCA’s Medicare payment resources have been updated to reflect changes in the 2019 proposed payment rule. These resources are available only to ASCA members.

ASCA CEO Discusses Medicare’s Proposed 2019 ASC Payment Rule
August 6, 2018
Read this interview in which ASCA Chief Executive Officer Bill Prentice addresses the policy changes proposed in the 2019 rule and the implications of those changes for ASCs.

August is National ASC Month
August 7, 2018
Celebrate National ASC Month by hosting a facility tour. This is a great way to promote awareness to both your local policymakers and the public about the high-quality, cost-efficient surgical care that ASCs provide.

Q2 2018 Benchmarking Reports Now Available
August 15, 2018
Subscribers to ASCA's 2018 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey can now access their second-quarter (Q2) reports.

Important Dates in September
September 1, 2018
September's important dates include National Advocacy Day, ASCA webinars, many speaking engagements by ASCA staff, the deadline to submit comments on Medicare's 2019 ASC proposed payment rule and more.

Read the Latest Edition of ASC Focus Magazine
September 7, 2018
The September issue of ASC Focus is now available on the ASC Focus website.

SC Governor Issues Mandatory Medical Evacuation
September 10, 2018
SC Governor Henry McMaster declared a State of Emergency in the state and issued an executive order calling for the mandatory medical evacuation of health care facilities, including ASCs, effective as of 1:00 pm, Monday, September 10.

2019 Winter Seminar Registration Now Open
September 17, 2018
Register today for ASCA's 2019 Winter Seminar, January 17–19 in Austin, TX. This year’s Winter Seminar features three different tracks: Coding & Reimbursement, Infection Prevention and—new this year—ASC Management Essentials.

CMS Proposes Sweeping Changes Aimed at Reducing Regulatory Burdens
September 18, 2018
CMS estimates that these proposed changes would collectively save health care providers an estimated $1.12 billion annually.

Read the Latest Edition of ASC Physician Focus
September 24, 2018
ASCA has published the Summer/Fall 2018 edition of ASC Physician Focus, a free quarterly publication for physicians who own and perform procedures in ASCs. Sign up for a free subscription.

Important Dates in October
October 1, 2018
October’s important dates include the deadline for early bird registration discounts for ASCA’s 2019 Winter Seminar, the opening of the membership renewal cycle, the benchmarking data collection period and more.

Benchmarking Q3 Data Collection Now Open
October 2, 2018
The data collection period for the third quarter (Q3) of ASCA’s 2018 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey is now open and will close on Wednesday, October 31.

2019 ASCA Membership Renewal Now Open
October 2, 2018
ASCA’s membership renewal cycle for 2019 is now open. Renew your membership online using a credit card or check via the secure portal on ASCA’s website.

Read the Latest Edition of ASC Focus Magazine
October 5, 2018
The October issue of ASC Focus is now available on the ASC Focus website.

CMS to Grant Exceptions to ASCs Affected by Hurricane Florence
October 15, 2018
Due to the devastating impact of Hurricane Florence, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will grant exceptions for Medicare quality reporting requirements to ASCs located in areas affected by the storm.

OSHA Webinar Rescheduled for July; HIPAA Webinar Added February 21
January 31, 2017
ASCA’s February 21 webinar—Top OSHA Concerns and Violations in Health Care—has been rescheduled for July 11.

Call for Topics and Speakers for 2018 Coding Seminar
February 10, 2017
ASCA staff is beginning to develop the program for the 2018 Coding Update and Reimbursement Strategies Seminar—and we want your input.

Survey: What Procedures Should Be Added to the Medicare List for ASCs?
February 24, 2017
ASCA is conducting a brief survey to determine which procedures should be added to the list of ASC payable procedures for 2018.

Participate in ASCA’s Salary and Benefits Survey
March 1, 2017
Data collection is open for ASCA’s Salary and Benefits survey.

ASCA 2017 Early Registration Savings Extended Through March 24
March 17, 2017
The early registration deadline for ASCA 2017 has been extended until Friday, March 24. Sign up now for ASCA’s annual meeting—May 3–6 in Washington, DC—and save $100 on your registration fee.

Scheduled Maintenance to ASCA Web Sites
March 20, 2017
This evening, ASCA will perform routine maintenance on its web sites. The maintenance is scheduled to begin at 8:30 pm ET and is expected to take up to six hours.

2017 ASCA Board Ballot
March 21, 2017
Designated ASCA voting members are eligible to vote for the members of the ASCA Board of Directors. All ballots must be submitted by April 21.

Final Week to Participate in ASCA’s Free Salary Survey
March 27, 2017
ASCA’s Salary and Benefits Survey closes on Friday, March 31. The survey will not be conducted again until 2019, so make sure your ASC participates now.

Key ASC Legislation Introduced in US House of Representatives
March 30, 2017
The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) today announced support for the newly introduced Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality and Access Act of 2017.

Important Dates in April
March 31, 2017
Make sure to mark your calendar for the following dates in April.

Benchmarking Q1 Data Collection Now Open
April 3, 2017
The data collection period for the first quarter (Q1) of ASCA Benchmarking is now open and will close on April 30.

Registration Now Open for ASCA’s Virtual Career Fair
April 17, 2017
Registration is now open for ASCA's Virtual Career Fair, which will take place on Thursday, June 15.

ASCA Launches Physician-Focused Newsletter
April 25, 2017
This month, ASCA published the first edition of ASC Physician Focus, a free quarterly publication for physicians who own and perform procedures in ASCs.

May


ASCA Presents Nap Gary Legacy Award to Alsie Sydness-Fitzgerald
May 8, 2017
During the opening session of ASCA 2017, ASCA presented Alsie Sydness-Fitzgerald, RN, CASC, with the second annual Nap Gary Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement in the ASC Community.

Submit Your ASCA 2017 Continuing Education Hours Online
May 9, 2017
If you attended ASCA 2017, you have until June 30 to request your continuing education (CE) credits, nursing contact hours, administrator education units (AEUs), continuing medical education (CME) or a certificate of participation.

ASCA Announces New Board Members
May 11, 2017
ASCA members have elected two new members and re-elected four incumbent members to three-year terms on its Board of Directors.

Q1 ASCA Benchmarking Reports Now Available
May 15, 2017
ASCA Benchmarking subscribers can now access their clinical and operational benchmarking reports for the first quarter (Q1) of 2017.

ASCA Forms Partnership with SPH Analytics for OAS CAHPS Survey
May 16, 2017
After a comprehensive evaluation of survey providers for the new OAS CAHPS Survey, ASCA has formed an affinity partnership with SPH Analytics because of their extensive survey expertise and history of working with ASCA members to measure performance and drive process improvement.

2017 Salary Survey Results Now Available
May 22, 2017
ASCA has released the results of its 2017 Salary and Benefits Survey. The survey, which was open to all ASCs and was conducted between February 1 and March 31, collected national, regional and state data on 20 ASC positions.

Call for Topics and Speakers for ASCA 2018
May 24, 2017
If you have a suggestion for a topic or speaker you would like to see at ASCA's next annual meeting, let us know. ASCA is accepting submissions through July 31.

ASCA and Healthcare Asset Network Launch ASCA Asset Network
June 5, 2017
ASCA has partnered with Healthcare Asset Network to launch the ASCA Asset Network, a secure online portal where ASCs can buy and sell health care supplies and equipment.

ASCA's Virtual Career Fair to Be Held June 15
June 12, 2017
There's still time to register for ASCA's Virtual Career Fair, a one-of-a-kind event where interviews are conducted via instant message or Skype. The Virtual Career Fair is free for job-seekers.

July 11 OSHA Webinar Cancelled
June 14, 2017
The webinar scheduled for July 11—“Top OSHA Concerns and Violations in Health Care”—has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. ASCA’s next webinar, “CMS Surveys,” will take place on Tuesday, August 8, at 1:00 pm ET.

Request ASCA 2017 CE Credits By June 30
June 20, 2017
If you attended ASCA 2017, you have until Friday, June 30, to request continuing education (CE) credits, nursing contact hours, administrator education units (AEUs), continuing medical education (CME) or a certificate of participation.

Important Dates in July
June 30, 2017
Make sure to mark your calendar for the following dates in July.

Benchmarking Q2 Data Collection Now Open
July 3, 2017
The data collection period for the second quarter (Q2) of ASCA Benchmarking is now open and will close on July 31.

Prizes Awarded to Meeting Survey Participants
July 7, 2017
Three lucky participants in ASCA's meeting survey were randomly selected to receive a prize for their participation.

2018 Proposed Medicare Payment Rule Released
July 13, 2017
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the 2018 proposed payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs).

ASCA Partners with Akorbi to Provide Language Services
July 17, 2017
ASCA has formed an affinity partnership with Akorbi to provide our members with high-quality translation and interpretation services at special discounted rates.

Winter Seminars Registration Now Open
July 19, 2017
Register today for ASCA's 2018 Winter Seminars, January 11–13 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Choose from three different seminars: Coding & Reimbursement, Infection Prevention and Regulatory & Legal Risk.

Help With the New IP Certification Exam
July 24, 2017
The Board of Ambulatory Surgery Certification (BASC) seeks assistance with creating the exam for the new certification program for infection preventionists in the ASC industry.

Benchmarking Q2 Data Due July 31
July 26, 2017
The data collection period for the second quarter (Q2) of ASCA Benchmarking ends Monday, July 31. Make sure to submit your data before the deadline in order to get a complete picture of trends for the year.

2018 Proposed Payment Rule Documents Now Available
July 27, 2017
ASCA’s Medicare payment resources have been updated to reflect changes in the 2018 proposed payment rule. These resources are available only to ASCA members.

Scheduled Maintenance to ASCA Websites
July 28, 2017
The platform provider for ASCA’s websites will be performing an infrastructure upgrade this evening beginning at 11:00 pm ET. The maintenance window is scheduled for two hours.

Important Dates In August
July 31, 2017
Make sure to mark your calendar for the following dates this month.

Read the Latest Edition of ASC Physician Focus
July 31, 2017
ASCA has published the Summer 2017 edition of ASC Physician Focus, a free quarterly publication for physicians who own and perform procedures in ASCs.

Quality Reporting Data Due This Month
August 2, 2017
The deadline to submit 2016 data for the Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program is Tuesday, August 15, 2017. This applies to measures ASC-6, ASC-7, ASC-9 and ASC-10.

ASCA Adds Free Webinar on OAS CAHPS Survey
August 3, 2017
On August 15, ASCA CEO Bill Prentice will lead a new webinar designed to help ASCs determine how to proceed with the OAS CAHPS survey now that Medicare’s proposed 2018 ASC payment rule delays mandatory implementation.

ASCA Celebrates National ASC Week
August 7, 2017
ASCs around the country are participating in National ASC Week, August 7–11, by opening their doors to the public and hosting facility tours.

Submit Your Application for the October CASC Exam
August 10, 2017
Candidates who plan to take the Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC) exam in October must submit an application by August 31. No late applications will be accepted.

Announcement Regarding ASCA's Contact Lists
August 14, 2017
It has been brought to our attention that several individuals have been approached by third-party companies offering to sell ASCA’s contact lists. ASCA does not sell its contact lists through any third-party groups; any company that claims to have this information is misleading you.

Q2 Benchmarking Reports Now Available
August 15, 2017
ASCA Benchmarking subscribers can now access their clinical and operational benchmarking reports for the second quarter (Q2) of 2017.

Read the Latest Edition of ASC Focus Magazine
August 21, 2017
The September issue of ASC Focus is now available on the ASC Focus website.

Applications for October CASC Exam Due August 31
August 28, 2017
Candidates who plan to take the Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC) exam in October must submit an application by August 31. No late applications will be accepted.

Important Dates in September
August 31, 2017
Make sure to mark your calendar for the following dates this month.

CMS to Grant Exceptions to ASCs Affected by Harvey
September 1, 2017
Due to the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will grant exceptions for Medicare quality reporting requirements to ASCs located in areas affected by the storm.

CMS to Grant Exceptions to ASCs Affected by Harvey (Updated 9/7/17)
September 7, 2017
Due to the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will grant exceptions for Medicare quality reporting requirements to ASCs located in areas affected by the storm.

CMS to Grant Exceptions to ASCs Affected By Irma
September 14, 2017
Due to the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will grant exceptions for Medicare quality reporting requirements to ASCs located in areas affected by the storm.

ASCA’s Peer Review Webinar Rescheduled
September 19, 2017
ASCA's September 12 webinar, “Making Peer Review Meaningful,” has been rescheduled for October 3.

ASC Focus Introduces Member Focus
September 20, 2017
ASCA has launched a new online section to spotlight its members. Member Focus, published on the ASC Focus website, features short profiles of ASCA members discussing their views on key ASC issues.

Read the Latest Edition of ASC Focus Magazine
September 21, 2017
The October issue of ASC Focus is now available on the ASC Focus website.

CMS to Grant Exceptions to ASCs Affected by Irma (Updated 9/22/17)
September 22, 2017
Due to the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will grant exceptions for Medicare quality reporting requirements to ASCs located in areas affected by the storm.

CMS to Grant Exceptions to ASCs Affected by Maria
September 27, 2017
Due to the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will grant exceptions for Medicare quality reporting requirements to ASCs located in areas affected by the storm.

Important Dates in October
October 2, 2017
Make sure to mark your calendar for the following dates this month.

Benchmarking Q3 Data Collection Now Open
October 2, 2017
The data collection period for the third quarter (Q3) of ASCA Benchmarking is now open and will close on October 31.

2018 ASCA Membership Renewal Now Open
October 3, 2017
ASCA’s membership renewal cycle for 2018 is now open. Renew your membership online using a credit card or check via the secure portal on ASCA’s website.

New ASC Management Book Looks Behind the Scenes
October 11, 2017
The new edition of Developing & Managing Ambulatory Surgery Centers, released jointly by ASD Management and ASCA, is now available for purchase through ASCA’s Online Store.

CMS to Grant Exceptions to ASCs Affected by Harvey (Updated 10/12/17)
October 12, 2017
Due to the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will grant exceptions for Medicare quality reporting requirements to ASCs located in areas affected by the storm.

Join ASCA in Celebrating International Infection Prevention Week, October 15–21
October 16, 2017
International Infection Prevention Week (#IIPW), organized by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), celebrates the importance of infection prevention and patient safety.

Benchmarking Q3 Data Due October 31
October 23, 2017
The data collection period for the third quarter (Q3) of ASCA Benchmarking ends Tuesday, October 31. Make sure to submit your data before the deadline in order to get a complete picture of trends for the year.

ASC Focus Digital Debut: Battling the Hurricane-Driven Drug Shortages
October 24, 2017
Find out how ASCs can stay ahead of the curve and manage drug shortages effectively in this Digital Debut from ASC Focus.

Scheduled Maintenance to ASCA Websites
October 27, 2017
The platform provider for ASCA’s websites will be performing infrastructure maintenance on Saturday, October 28, beginning at 11:00 pm ET. We expect full functionality to be restored overnight and will notify you if any issues persist.

CMS to Grant Exceptions to ASCs Affected by the Northern California Wildfires
October 30, 2017
Due to the devastating impacts of the October 2017 Northern California wildfires, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will grant exceptions for Medicare quality reporting requirements to ASCs located in affected areas.

CMS to Grant Exceptions to ASCs Affected by Harvey (Updated 10/30/17)
October 30, 2017
Due to the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will grant exceptions for Medicare quality reporting requirements to ASCs located in areas affected by the storm.

CMS to Grant Exceptions to ASCs Affected by Irma (Updated 10/30/17)
October 30, 2017
Due to the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will grant exceptions for Medicare quality reporting requirements to ASCs located in areas affected by the storm.

ASCA 2018 Registration Now Open
October 30, 2017
Registration is now open for ASCA 2018, April 11–14 in Boston, Massachusetts.

ASC Focus Digital Debut: Lending a Healing Hand
October 31, 2017
The latest Digital Debut from ASC Focus features an interview with Claire Cunningham, executive director of One World Surgery.

Important Dates in November
November 1, 2017
Make sure to mark your calendar for the following dates this month.

2018 Final ASC Medicare Payment Rule Released
November 1, 2017
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the 2018 proposed payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs).

ASC Focus Digital Debut: Options for Post-Acute Services
November 7, 2017
The latest Digital Debut from ASC Focus examines convalescent centers, skilled nursing facilities and home care as options for post-acute recovery care.

Read the Latest Edition of ASC Focus Magazine
November 8, 2017
The November/December issue of ASC Focus is now available on the ASC Focus website.

ASCA's 2018 Webinar All-Access Pass Now On Sale
November 9, 2017
This popular pass provides access to all 17 webinars—both the live events and recordings—in ASCA’s 2018 series.

ASC Focus Digital Debut: AJRR Issues 2017 Annual Report
November 10, 2017
The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) has issued its 2017 Annual Report on hip and knee arthroplasty data. The report analyzes data on 860,080 hip and knee replacement procedures performed by 4,755 surgeons at 654 organizations.

ASC Focus Digital Debut: The Joint Commission Updates Emergency Management Requirements
November 10, 2017
In response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) emergency preparedness final rule, The Joint Commission is updating its emergency management requirements for ASCs and other types of accredited organizations.

Q3 Benchmarking Reports Now Available
November 15, 2017
ASCA Benchmarking subscribers can now access their clinical and operational benchmarking reports for the third quarter (Q3) of 2017.

Mark Your Calendar: 2018 CASC Exam Dates
November 16, 2017
If you are interested in taking the Certified Administrator Surgery Center™ (CASC™) examination in 2018, mark your calendar now for these important dates.

ASCA Gives Back!
November 22, 2017
In the spirit of the upcoming holidays, last week ASCA held its first annual ASCA Service Day dedicated to helping those in need.

Read the Latest Edition of ASC Physician Focus
November 29, 2017
ASCA has published the Fall 2017 edition of ASC Physician Focus, a free quarterly publication for physicians who own and perform procedures in ASCs. Sign up for a free subscription.

Important Dates in December
December 1, 2017
This month's important dates include the final two webinars in ASCA's 2017 series, the early registration deadline for ASCA's Winter Seminars and more.

Call for Nominations to ASCA Board of Directors
December 1, 2017
The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) is seeking candidates to serve on the ASCA Board of Directors.

Early Bird Discounts for ASCA’s Winter Seminars End December 15
December 4, 2017
Time is running out to save $100 on your registration for ASCA’s Winter Seminars, January 11–13 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Early registration discounts end Friday, December 15.

CMS to Grant Exceptions to ASCs Affected by Hurricane Nate
December 11, 2017
Due to the devastating impact of Hurricane Nate, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will grant exceptions for Medicare quality reporting requirements to ASCs located in areas affected by the storm.

CMS to Grant Exceptions to ASCs Affected by Irma (Updated 12/11/17)
December 11, 2017
Due to the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will grant exceptions for Medicare quality reporting requirements to ASCs located in areas affected by the storm.

CMS to Grant Exceptions to ASCs Affected by the Northern California Wildfires (Updated 12/11/17)
December 11, 2017
Due to the devastating impact of the October 2017 Northern California wildfires, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will grant exceptions for Medicare quality reporting requirements to ASCs located in affected areas.

CMS to Grant Exceptions to ASCs Affected by Natural Disasters (Updated 12/11/17)
December 11, 2017
Due to the devastating impacts of several recent natural disasters, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will grant exceptions for Medicare quality reporting requirements to ASCs located in affected areas.

ASCA’s New Members in 2017
December 15, 2017
ASCA is pleased to recognize the nearly 200 new facility members that joined the association this year.

ASCA Board of Directors Nominations Due Dec. 27
December 21, 2017
The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) is seeking candidates to serve on the ASCA Board of Directors.

CMS Releases Updated ASC Quality Reporting Program Data
December 21, 2017
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated its Hospital Compare website today with ASC Quality Reporting Program data for 2018 payment determinations.

Read the Latest Edition of ASC Focus Magazine
December 22, 2017
The January issue of ASC Focus is now available on the ASC Focus website.

Q4 Now Open for ASCA Benchmarking
January 5, 2016
The data collection period for the fourth quarter (Q4) of the 2015 ASCA Benchmarking Program is now open.

Government Accountability Office Recommends Site-Neutral Payments for Office Visits
January 7, 2016
The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommended that Congress provide the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) with authority to equalize payment rates between hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) and physician offices for evaluation & management (E/M) office visits and other services.

ASCA Offers Month-Long Discount on Training Series
January 12, 2016
Register using promo code "leap 16" before February 29 to receive 10 percent off ASCA's Regulatory Training Series.

April 2016 ASC Public Reporting Preview Reports Now Available
February 4, 2016
ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program Reporting Preview Reports are available through the QualityNet Secure Portal for participating facilities until February 14, 2016.

ASCA Payment Rate Documents Updated
February 9, 2016
ASCA has updated its Medicare Payment Resources page to reflect recent changes to the ASC January 2016 payment addenda.

New Cosponsors Added for Key ASC Legislation
February 11, 2016
This month, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD, and US Representative Ami Bera, MD, joined a growing list of supporters for the ASC Quality and Access Act of 2015.

Accreditation Agency Opens Advanced Certification Program
February 16, 2016
The Joint Commission launched its Total Hip and Knee Replacement Advanced Certification Program and began accepting applications from interested facilities in December.

ASCA Releases ‘What is an ASC?’ Video
February 16, 2016
ASCA has released a video that clearly and concisely explains what ASCs are.

What Procedures Should Be Added to the Medicare List for ASCs?
February 25, 2016
ASCA is conducting a survey to determine which procedures should be added to the list of ASC payable procedures for 2017.

Final Month to Save on ASCA 2016 Registration
March 1, 2016
Register for ASCA 2016, May 19–22, in Dallas by April 1 to take advantage of early registration rates.

ASC Focus Digital Debut: Manage Your Drug Supply
March 15, 2016
Learn effective ways to stay on top of drug shortages and costs in this Digital Debut from ASC Focus magazine.

CDC to Hold Q&A Sessions on ASC-8
March 15, 2016
The CDC will conduct two ASC-8 question-and-answer sessions for ASCs on Thursday, March 17, and Monday, March 21.

Data Collection for Q1 of ASCA Benchmarking Now Open
April 1, 2016
Subscribers to ASCA's benchmarking survey can now submit data for the first quarter of 2016. Subscriptions to this year's survey are still available.

Less than a Month to Submit ASC-8 Data
April 21, 2016
The reporting deadline for ASC-8: Influenza Vaccination Coverage among Healthcare Personnel is May 15.

May


CMS Approves New ASC Accrediting Agency
May 5, 2016
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved the Institute for Medical Quality (IMQ) of San Francisco, California, as a national accrediting organization for ASCs that participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs.

ASCA Recognizes Nap Gary with New Legacy Award
May 19, 2016
ASCA recognized former Board President Nap Gary with an outstanding service award named in his honor.

Data Collection Now Open for Q1 of ASCA Benchmarking
May 20, 2016
Benchmarking subscribers can now access their clinical and operational benchmarking reports for the first quarter (Q1) of 2016.

Online Purchasing Now Available for Regulatory Training Series
June 1, 2016
You can now purchase ASCA's Regulatory Training Series online and earn CE credits from your computer.

ASCs Reduce Outpatient Surgery Costs for Commercially Insured Patients by $38 Billion Annually
June 14, 2016
ASCA today sponsored a special Capitol Hill briefing to share results of a recent study that reveals that ASCs reduce private health insurance costs.

HHS Finalizes Rule to Improve Health Equity Under the Affordable Care Act
June 23, 2016
HHS last month issued a final rule that further protects from discrimination in health care.

2017 Proposed Medicare Payment Rates Released
July 6, 2016
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2017 proposed payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs).

ASCA's Regulatory Training Series Adds Three Courses
July 8, 2016
ASCA adds courses on hang hygiene, latex allergy and prevention of healthcare-associated influenza to its Regulatory Training Series.

Q2 of ASCA Benchmarking Ends July 31
July 21, 2016
Data collection for the second quarter of ASCA Benchmarking ends Sunday, July 31.

ASC is First of its Kind in Northwest
August 3, 2016
Regent Surgical Health Develops First Center Designed Primarily to Treat Outpatient Total Joint Replacement and Spine Disorders in Beaverton, Oregon.

HHS Advisory Panel Recommends Total Knees Be Removed from Inpatient-Only List
August 22, 2016
The Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment (HOP) unanimously recommended that CMS remove total knee arthroplasty from its inpatient-only list.

CMS Releases Final Rule on Emergency Preparedness
September 15, 2016
This final rule establishes national emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare and Medicaid participating providers and suppliers.

ICD-10 Grace Period Ends October 1, 2016
September 27, 2016
The grace period instituted by CMS to ease the transition to the new coding requirements adopted in 2015 expires October 1, 2016.

Deadline to Comply with Nondiscrimination Requirements Approaching
September 28, 2016
ASCs must comply with the Affordable Care Act's nondiscrimination requirements by October 19, 2016.

Ohio ASC Receives Advanced Certification for Total Hip, Total Knee
September 29, 2016
Ohio Specialty Surgical Suites has become the first ASC in the country to receive The Joint Commission's Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement.

Become a Coding and Billing Expert
October 13, 2016
Join ASCA in San Antonio, Texas, January 12–14, 2017, to learn how you can maximize reimbursements at ‎your ASC‎.

Medicare's 2017 Final Rule Released
November 1, 2016
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final 2017 ASC payment rule today.

ASCA 2017 Registration Now Open
November 7, 2016
Registration is now available for ASCA 2017, Wednesday to Saturday, May 3–6, in Washington, DC.

Call for Nominations to ASCA Board of Directors
December 1, 2016
The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) is seeking candidates to serve on the ASCA Board of Directors (members also serve on the ASCA Foundation Board).

US Senate Passes Health Care Legislation Impacting ASCs
December 7, 2016
Today, the US Senate passed the 21st Century Cures Act, a bipartisan bill that includes two key provisions that benefit Medicare patients and the physicians who care for them in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs).

Early Registration Discount Extended
December 12, 2016
Sign up now for ASCA’s Winter Seminars at early registration rates now available through December 19.

President Barack Obama Signs 21st Century Cures Act
December 13, 2016
President Barack Obama signs 21st Century Cures into law, providing meaningful use relief for physicians who practice in an ASC.

Food and Drug Administration Bans Powdered Gloves
December 20, 2016
FDA Final Rule bans the use of powdered gloves and absorbable powders used to lubricate surgeons’ gloves, effective January 18, 2017.
CMS Extends Claims-Based Quality Measure Deadline until September 30th
August 4, 2015
In response to concerns raised by ASCA, the ASC Quality Collaboration and other ASC stakeholders, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the deadline.

Feedback Needed to Guide ASCA Comments on Office-Based Cataract Surgery
August 13, 2015
CMS is soliciting comments from interested stakeholders regarding the advisability of paying for cataract surgery in the office setting as an alternative to the ASC and hospital outpatient department (HOPD).

Register for the ASCA Virtual Career Fair; Find Your Dream Job
August 18, 2015
The ASCA Virtual Career Fair, an excellent resource for ASC professionals, like yourself, helps you connect with the nation's top employers.

ASCA Partners with US Representative David Scott to Raise Awareness on Colorectal Cancer Screening
August 18, 2015
ASCA partnered with US Representative David Scott (D-GA) during his 11th Annual Health Fair in Jonesboro, Georgia, August 15, to increase awareness about the importance of undergoing regular colonoscopies.

Your Input Needed on CMS Reimbursement Proposal
August 20, 2015
Your input is needed in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed ASC reimbursement rates for 2016.
ASCA Seeks Member Input for Strategic Plan
September 9, 2015
ASCA is preparing a strategic plan to help guide its future activities. To ensure that this plan aligns with the needs of its members, ASCA is requesting feedback. Members, please review the draft and share any comments you have with Steve Miller at smiller@ascassociation.org by September 23.

Summer Sale: ASCA's Regulatory Training Series
September 14, 2015
Get a 10 percent discount when you sign up for ASCA’s Regulatory Training Series by September 30.

ASCA Supports Maryland Efforts to Reduce ASC License Fee
September 24, 2015
ASCA joined the Maryland Ambulatory Surgery Association (MASA) in supporting Maryland Governor Larry Hogan's proposed cut of the ASC new and three-year renewal license fee from $3,000 to $1,000 and called on its members to do the same.

ASC Legislation Introduced in US Senate
September 24, 2015
This week, US Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) introduced the Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality and Access Act of 2015, intended to preserve patient access to the high-quality, cost-effective healthcare services that ASCs provide.
Congress Meets with ASCs during ASCA Capitol Fly-In
October 01, 2015
Over the course of Tuesday and Wednesday, September 29-30, 75 representatives from the ASC community came together to support key legislation by directly lobbying their members of Congress.

Medicare Quality Reporting Program Shows Universal Safe Surgery Checklist Use
October 08, 2015
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) data shows that 99 percent of Medicare-certified ASCs report using Safe Surgery Checklists in their facilities.

ASCA Introduces Eurasian Health Professionals to ASCs
October 08, 2015
ASCA hosts 20 Eurasian healthcare professionals as part of a Department of Commerce healthcare management training program.

CMS Publishes Final Rule on Meaningful Use Stage 3
October 15, 2015
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) final rule on Meaningful Use Stage 3 aims to ease reporting burden on providers, support interoperability and improve patient outcomes.

Congress and Obama Administration Agree on Two-Year Budget Deal
October 29, 2015
Congress and Obama administration agree on legislation that funds the federal government for two years, raises the nation’s debt ceiling and staves off Medicare premium increases for beneficiaries.

Medicare's 2016 Final Rule Released; Seventeen New Procedures Added to ASC-Payable List
October 30, 2015
Final CMS payment rule includes 0.3 percent rate increase and seventeen new codes on the ASC-payable list.
OIG Releases 2016 Work Plan Announcing New Initiatives for ASCs
November 12, 2015
OIG's 2016 Work Plan summarizes new and ongoing OIG projects and provides advanced notice to the industry, policymakers and public.

ASCA 2016 Registration Now Open
November 17, 2015
Registration is now available for ASCA 2016, Thursday to Sunday, May 19—22, at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.

Clifton Lee of Frisco Ambulatory Surgery Center Wins Inaugural Member-Get-A-Member Campaign
November 18, 2015
ASCA congratulates Clifton Lee of Frisco Ambulatory Surgery Center in Frisco, Texas, winner of ASCA’s inaugural Member-Get-A-Member campaign.

Winter Coding Seminar Early Registration Deadline Extended
November 30, 2015
Members and non-members who sign up for ASCA's Winter Coding Seminar before Monday, December 7, will receive $100 off the cost of registration.
ASCA Q3 Benchmarking Report Now Available
December 1, 2015
ASCA Benchmarking subscribers can now access their clinical and operational benchmarking reports for the third quarter (Q3) of 2015 on the ASCA Benchmarking portal.

Call for Nominations to ASCA Board of Directors
December 2, 2015
ASCA is encouraging its members to nominate qualified candidates to serve on its Board of Directors.

ASCA Rate Documents Updated
December 11, 2015
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) revised the 2016 ASC payment addenda after the initial release on October 30, 2015.

ASCA's 2016 Webinar Schedule Now Available
December 15, 2015
Get the insider information and real-world solutions you need to navigate the challenges your ASC will face next year by signing up for ASCA’s 2016 Webinar Series.

More Than 95 Percent of Medicare-Certified ASCs Meet Quality Reporting Requirements
December 16, 2015
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that 95.9 percent of Medicare-certified ASCs met Medicare’s ASC Quality Reporting Program requirements.