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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The January 23rd release of the NHSN 8.8.1 application will introduce an updated NHSN Agreement to Participate and Consent for current NHSN facility users who enrolled in NHSN prior to December 2, 201
Facilities that enrolled in NHSN on or after December 2, 2017, have already accessed this new Consent and will not need to accept it again if they have already done so. Primary Contacts or Facility Administrators should agree to this updated Consent form for each component by April 14th, 2018, or risk losing access to NHSN. Once the Consent form is available on January 23rd, an alert will appear on all NHSN component home pages, and primary contacts and facility administrators will receive an email notification. Additional information, including Frequently Asked Questions and the updated NHSN purposes, are available on CDC's NHSN website: https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/about-nhsn/index.html. If you have any questions, please send an email to NHSN@cdc.gov with the subject line “NHSN Reconsent.”Details >
Last year the Maryland Patient Safety Center launched Phase I of a collaborative called the Clean Collaborative, the explored best practices in surface decontamination. Several Maryland ASCs participated in this collaborative. MPSC had much success in Phase I and as a result have added a second phase for improving surface contamination and the spread of infection in healthcare settings.Details >
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.Details >
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.Details >