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Government Affairs Update: ASCA Answers Questions about Medicare’s 2019 Quality Reporting Requirements

In response to questions ASCA has already received regarding compliance with Medicare’s 2019 ASC quality reporting program, ASCA has posted a new FAQ document on its website. This is just one of several free resources ASCA is making available to both member and nonmember ASCs on this topic.

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CMS posts payments for ASCs vs. HOPDs

Published by Becker's Hospital Review

CMS has paved the way for price transparency between ASCs and hospital outpatient departments with a new tool that reveals the average payments for select procedures in both settings.

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Free Infection Prevention and Control Resources From CDC and Joint Commission

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and The Joint Commission have released new infection control resources tailored specifically for podiatry, orthopedic and pain management settings, as well as a new electronic fillable checklist for other ambulatory care settings. The guides feature key recommendations such as infection prevention and control program and infrastructure information, education and training, safe injection practices, medical device reprocessing, environmental cleaning, as well as real-life scenarios and helpful checklists.

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ASCA Reports CMS considers reducing 'burdensome' ASC, HOPD requirements

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a proposed rule to relieve burden on health care providers by “removing unnecessary, obsolete or excessively burdensome Medicare compliance requirements for healthcare facilities.” CMS estimates that these proposed changes would collectively save health care providers an estimated $1.12 billion annually.

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Pulling the Thread-The Tip of the Iceberg

A Credentialing Nightmare

The attached article written by Jack Collins of the Montgomery Surgery Center, depicts what can be uncovered during the credentialing process and how important the process is.

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ASC Quality Compare Site Available

The Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program recently announced a new webpage, ASC Facility Compare Tool, designed to enhance the display of measure data from Hospital Compare. The ASC Facility Compare Tool allows the public to compare ASCQR Program quality measure information for the past payment year. Searches are available by city and state or ZIP code. Additionally, comparisons of up to three individually selected facilities, regardless of city, state or ZIP code, can be made by entering a facility’s National Provider Identifier (NPI).

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2019 Proposed Medicare Payment Rule Released

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2019 proposed payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs).

In addition, CMS has addressed a number of long-requested ASCA priorities, including proposing to align update factors, moving ASCs to the hospital market basket that is used to update HOPD payments. Under the proposal, CMS would use the hospital market basket to update ASC payments for the five-year period of calendar year (CY) 2019 through CY 2023.

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ASCQR Program Announces Orthopedic and Urology ASC Measures Dry Run

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced earlier this week that facilities will be granted early access to their data for two measures in the ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program

The “dry run” for ASC-17: Hospital Visits after Orthopedic ASC Procedures and ASC-18: Hospital Visits after Urology ASC Procedures will occur from August 1–30, 2018. During this window, facilities will be able to review the data used to calculate their results, learn how to interpret their measure results and ask questions about the measures. Please note that the measure results provided during the dry run will not be used for public reporting or payment determination.

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Celebrate National ASC Month this August

For more than forty years, ASCs have provided high-quality, cost-efficient surgical care for millions of Americans. In that time, ASCs have transformed the outpatient experience by offering a convenient and personalized alternative to the hospital outpatient surgical setting. For the last decade, ASCs have promoted awareness of these contributions by opening their doors to their communities and hosting National ASC Month events. By hosting an event in your community, you can educate key policy and decision makers about the benefits of ASCs and encourage public awareness of your ASC. Effective events include inviting your elected officials to tour your surgery center and hosting an open house to provide more information to patients. Learn how to become a part of raising the profile of ASCs, how to build a personal relationship with your elected officials and ultimately effect change in legislation and regulations by emailing Danielle Kaster at

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VA MISSION Act Supports ASCs as They Deliver Care to Veterans

The $55 billion VA MISSION Act requires all non-Veterans Affairs (VA) provider claims be reimbursed in 30-45 calendar days. This provision supports ASCs and enables veterans to more easily than ever gain access to the high-quality community care. In addition to the new claims reimbursement process, the VA MISSION Act authorizes local provider agreements with the VA that, according to a U.S. Senate bill summary, will “remove bureaucratic red tape and meet veterans’ need for care in the community.”

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NHSN Reconsent Deadline Extension

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a deadline extension for completing the online National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Agreement to Participate and Consent form, referred to as the Consent in this announcement. The new deadline for completing the Consent, July 9, 2018, applies to ALL facilities currently enrolled in NHSN regardless of their CMS participation. The reconsent is accessible to only the NHSN Facility Administrator or Primary Contact user. The new deadline provides additional time for each facility’s NHSN Facility Administrator or Primary Contact to complete the online Consent and avoid any interruptions in access to the NHSN application, including access for purposes of submitting data to meet local, state, or federal reporting requirements. Please be informed that if the Consent is not completed by the new deadline, access to NHSN will be temporarily suspended. Additionally, users will receive an error message when they attempt to log into NHSN redirecting them to the Facility Administrator or Primary Contact. NHSN is pleased to assist with any questions or concerns you may have regarding the Consent process. For more information on how to complete the NHSN Agreement to Participate and Consent process, please visit, You may also direct questions to

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Hagerstown surgery center completes first total knee replacement without narcotics

Hagerstown Herald-Mail (MD) (05/07/18) Bonk, Valerie

MASA Member, Cumberland Surgery Center, performed the first total joint replacement surgery for the center in which doctors and anesthesiologists would not use narcotics.

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MEMA Leds Virtual "Atlantic Fury " Exercise

Twenty-five ASCs across Maryland participated in today's "Atlantic Fury" Virtual Emergency Preparedness Private Sector Exercise. This exercise represents MEMA's dedication to engaging with the private sector as we all prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergency events. As in a real disaster, MEMA disseminated notifications, situation updates, and other relevant information from their Business Operations Center. MEMA followed the exercise with a hotwash (immediate "after-action" discussion and evaluation) allowing the ASC representatives to provide feedback.

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