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ADVOCACY SPOTLIGHT


Host a Facility Tour Help your member of Congress understand your ASC’s contributions to your community BY MEAGH GRAHAM


ASCs provide high-qual- ity, economically priced care, yet many policy- makers don’t know about the countless benefits that


ASCs provide to their patients and the community. Hosting a tour of your center for a policymaker gives you the unique opportunity to show them first- hand the benefits your ASC provides. It is an impactful way to make a differ- ence and start a dialogue between you and your local and national represen- tatives about ASCs and the healthcare industry. In addition, a tour creates a personal connection between you and your elected officials that might directly affect ASC-related legislation and regulation. Facility tours raise the profile of ASCs in the healthcare marketplace


and ensure support during key policy- making processes. More than half of the federal officials who toured ASCs went on to support ASC legislation, such as the Ambulatory Surgical Cen- ter Quality and Access Act of 2017 and the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act of 2019. The first step is to send an email


invitation to the scheduler or district director. Visit ASCA’s Host a Facil- ity Tour page, ascassociation.org/ hostafacilitytour, for an email template. Once a date and time has been con- firmed, discuss the plan internally with your facility staff. Some facilities ask if the legislator would like to observe a case, while others provide a simple walk-through of the patient experience and end with a roundtable discussion.


(Right) former US Representative David Alan Trott (R-MI 11th District) with Andrew Gwinnell, CASC, executive director of Truvista Surgery Center in Troy, Michigan, during an August 2017 facility tour.


(Fourth from left) US Representative Robert Cortez Scott (D-VA 3rd District) with staff from the Virginia Surgery Center in Norfolk, Virginia, during an August 2017 facility tour.


38 ASC FOCUS JUNE/JULY 2019 | ascfocus.org


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