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Share questions and answers on issues impacting the ASC community in Maryland. (Members Only)
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Career Center
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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Vendors
Visit our online Vendor Directory and support fellow MASA member businesses that serve our ambulatory surgery centers.
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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

07/13/2018

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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07/02/2018

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 dkaster@ascassociation.org.

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06/06/2018

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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06/06/2018

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, https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/about-nhsn/faq-agreement-to-participate.html. You may also direct questions to NHSN@cdc.gov.

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Thu
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October 18, 2018
10:18AM

Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill

Your ASC

Wed
7
2018
November 7, 2018
7:30AM-4:00PM

MASA's Annual Fall Conference

Sheraton Towne Center, Columbia, MD

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