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Check out the various employment opportunities within field of ambulatory surgery care in Maryland.
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Keep up-to-date on regulations and best practices. Other helpful resources are compiled here for your convenience.
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Welcome

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.

Latest News & Info

11/17/2017

2018 OPPS/ASC Final Rule- Changes to the Quality Reporting Requirements

The Calendar Year (CY) 2018 OPPS/ASC Final Rule is now published, with several changes in the ASC Quality Reporting Program. Listed below are a few of the highlights.

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11/03/2017

CMS Releases Final Payment Rule for 2018

As reported yesterday by ASCA, CMS released its 2018 final payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs). Both ASCs and HOPDs will receive lower increases than were proposed in July. On average, ASC payment rates will increase by 1.2 percent in 2018. This increase is based on a projected rate of inflation of 1.7 percent minus a 0.5 percentage point productivity adjustment required by the Affordable Care Act. HOPDs will receive a 1.35 percent increase, based on a 2.7 percent market basket update minus a 0.6 percent adjustment for economy-wide productivity and a 0.75 percentage point adjustment required by statute. Rates for various specialties and individual codes can vary greatly.

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10/31/2017

Request for Formal Public Comment Period on Proposed State Health Plan Chapter for General Surgical Services

The Maryland Health Commission is now accepting comments on the proposed changes to the State Health Plan involving the CON process for Ambulatory Surgery Centers. Please submit comments on proposed COMAR 10.24.11, the State Health Plan for Facilities and Services: General Surgical Services, by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 28, 2017. Comments may be mailed to the attention of Eileen Fleck, Chief, Acute Care Policy and Planning, Maryland Health Care Commission, 4160 Patterson Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21215, emailed to Eileen.Fleck@maryland.gov, or faxed to Ms. Fleck at (410) 358-1311. Please click on the link below to access the proposed changes.

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10/24/2017

Maryland Health Care Commission Launches “Wear the Cost,” A First In The Nation Campaign to Increase Transparency and Consumer Engagement on Health Care Costs

The Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) today launched a groundbreaking initiative that will shed light on cost and quality differences among Maryland hospitals—information that, until now, has been largely unavailable, particularly in such a consumer friendly form. The initiative, “Wear the Cost,” aims to begin a statewide conversation about disparities in pricing and quality with the ultimate goal of improving health care affordability for Maryland residents. At the center of this initiative is “WearTheCost.org,” a platform for educating consumers about cost and quality disparities across Maryland, and ultimately enabling them to become more savvy shoppers of health care.

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January 11-13, 2018

ASCA's Infection Control and Prevention Techniques for ASCs

Las Vegas, NV

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2018
April 11-14, 2018

ASCA 2018

Boston, MA

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April 13, 2018

Annual Maryland Patient Safety Conference

Hilton, Downtown Baltimore

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