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 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).Details >
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.Details >
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.Details >
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 email@example.com.Details >