Collect Data, Use it to Educate Policymakers MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT


ata is changing the face of the world. To continuously improve, a business needs to collect data, analyze it and make changes based on that analysis. This process is critical for all businesses, but especially, the business of health care. Data collected over years helps a business influence its competitive advantage and sustainability. ASCs, most of all health care organizations, need to collect data

to prove their value to the government and their patients. Our mem- bership, in terms of the breadth and quality of available data we hold, has information that would change the landscape by demonstrating safety, capability, cost-effectiveness and magnitude. This data could dwarf any article or study written with an unfair bias against ASCs. Most major studies are based on 250 centers. The Centers for Medi- care & Medicaid Services (CMS) has only Medicare information, and state collection and its data sets vary. ASCs, alone, have the opportunity to mine data to benefit the future of the industry, elicit trends and respond to the needs of the ASC community. Responses from our membership to our past requests for informa-

tion, however, have been lackluster. If we could survey our member- ship regularly, requiring a small amount of effort from our members, we could collect powerful and meaningful data. We need your help. ASCA would then be able to determine ways to educate our

industry, assist in the strengths and weaknesses, and easily respond to those who do not fully understand the value of ASCs in the health care industry. We continually need data on safety, quality, surgical type, case management and more to build on annually to showcase the industry. ASCA needs its members to be responsive and assist us in

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ASC Focus is seeking the contribution of articles by guest authors. If you have the expertise and time to write for us, we’d be interested in hearing from you.

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this effort. Are you collecting data in your ASC? Find out how you can get more involved in a national effort to put that data to work for your ASC. Contact Steve Miller at smiller@ascassociation. org today. Let’s all work together to strengthen our industry.

Larry Taylor, CASC President of ASCA’s Board of Directors



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