The health care industry is constantly evolving and many forces are competing to guide and shape this process. Working together to create opportunities helps all of us achieve our goals.
The mission of the Maryland Ambulatory Surgery Association is to ensure the choice of quality health care at cost effective rates.
There is strength in numbers and power in unity. Competing interests in the health care industry are threatened by ambulatory surgery centers and the choice they provide to health care consumers. This powerful opposition is well-equipped and continues to initiate policy adverse to freestanding surgery centers. MASA can help you fight back.
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April 28, 2018
On Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 15th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Last fall Americans turned in 456 tons (912,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,300 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 14 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 9 million pounds—more than 4,500 tons—of pills. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.Details >
Last Friday, the FDA released a new draft guidance regarding bulk drug substances that outsourcing facilities can use for compounding. This is part of the FDA’s larger 2018 Compounding Policy Priorities Plan that was covered back in February. This guidance in particular covers what the FDA considers when determining whether a bulk substance will be safe to compound, and how they will keep track of those substances that have been approved or not. A new “503B Bulks List” managed by the FDA will delineate those substances deemed safe to compound. Nominations to the list will be made on a rolling basis, and the FDA will determine whether there is a “clinical need” for the substance to be compounded based on a multi-step process.Details >
As a reminder, the submission deadline for all ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program web-based measures is May 15, 2018. ASC-8: Influenza Vaccination Coverage among Healthcare Personnel is reported through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). ASC-9: Endoscopy/Polyp Surveillance: Appropriate Follow-Up Interval for Normal Colonoscopy in Average Risk Patients and ASC-10: Endoscopy/Polyp Surveillance: Colonoscopy Interval for Patients with a History of Adenomatous Polyps – Avoidance of Inappropriate Use are reported via QualityNet. This is the first year that the web-based measure reporting dates are aligned. Please contact ASCQR Program support through the Outpatient and ASC Questions and Answers tool at https://cms-ocsq.custhelp.com, or by calling, toll-free, 866.800.8756.Details >
Ambulatory Surgery Center Association Faults Kaiser Health News and USA Today for Sensationalism and Misrepresentation of Safety and Quality in Ambulatory Surgery Centers
ALEXANDRIA, VA, MARCH 2, 2018—The leadership of the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA), the country’s leading representative and advocate of ambulatory surgery centers, today sharply rebuked both Kaiser Health News (KHN) and USA Today for their March 2, 2018, report about outpatient surgery, “As Surgery Centers Boom, Patients Are Paying With Their Lives,” by Christina Jewett and Mark Alesia.Details >