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Left to right, Thomas Boyle, MD, general surgeon at Grass Valley Surgery Center, Mary Whitmore, administrator at Grass Valley Surgery Center, Leo Eickhoff, MD, gastroenterologist at Mercy Medical Center Redding, Representative John Garamendi (D-CA), Carrie Millsap, director of operations at Surgical Care Affiliates, Deborah Miller, regional vice president at Amsurg, and Beth LaBouyer, CASC, executive director of the California Ambulatory Surgery Center Association, at the June 2016 Capitol Fly-In in Washington, DC.


Join ASCA on Capitol Hill


Sign up for National Advocacy Day when you register for ASCA 2017 BY DANIELLE KASTER


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s rising costs, inadequate pay- ment updates and the steady


growth of hospital-employed phy- sicians continue to threaten ASCs, ASCA’s ongoing efforts to promote the interests of the ASC community before the legislative and regulatory bodies that set ASC policies grow increasingly important. The success of ASCA’s advocacy efforts, however, relies on the participation of everyone in the ASC community. As constituents, ASCA members are the most effective communicators when educating policymakers on how their decisions affect patients’ access to care and the future of the ASC model of care.


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To prepare individuals for their congressional meetings, ASCA staff will host National Advocacy Day briefings immediately preceding the Hill visits.


ASCA provides several different oppor- tunities to help its members build rela- tionships with their representatives. One of the best ways to initiate a relationship is through face-to-face communication. This year, in conjunction with ASCA’s 2017 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, May 3–6, ASCA will host National


Advocacy Day. As part of National Advocacy Day, ASC community mem- bers from across the country will come together to make their voice heard on Capitol Hill. ASCA staff will coordinate legislative meetings for all participants. During these meetings, participants will have the chance to speak personally with their members of Congress about the obstacles their staff and facility face. In 2016, individuals from 35 differ- ent states came to Washington, DC, to advocate for the future of their ASC, The ASC Quality and Access Act and the Removing Barriers to Colorec- tal Cancer Screening Act. Following those meetings, more than 40 legisla- tors signed on to ASC legislation. This year, ASCA 2017 attendees


have the opportunity to be an ASC advocate while simultaneously receiv-


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