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MESSAGE FROM THE CEO


Join ASCA’s 2015 Capitol Fly-In Program T


for ASCs: ■


his year, ASCA will host its Capitol Fly-Ins June 16–17 and September 29–30. Our fly-in program gives you the opportunity to meet with your mem-


bers of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill. ASCA members who participate will lobby for the ASC Quality and Access Act, a crucial piece of legislation for ASCs, and have the opportunity to talk with their representatives on Capitol Hill about other issues that affect their ASC. If adopted, the ASC Quality and Access Act will accomplish three major goals


move the ASC reimbursement update factor from the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) to the hospital market basket update, which bet- ter measures the cost of medical expenses;


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add an ASC voice to the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment that controls various aspects of physician payment rates; and


require the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to disclose which criteria it uses to determine which procedures may be performed in the ASC setting. Passing this legislation is an important step toward ensuring that ASCs remain


Download your free 2015 quality reporting tip sheet at www.ascassociation.org/ 2015QualityReportingRequirements.


Seeking Authors


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. Please see our editorial guidelines at www.ascassociation.org/Focus and submit your story proposal to smukerji@ascassociation.org.


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a viable option for patients across the country. ASCA’s fly-ins also give you an opportunity to build a professional rela- tionship with the members of Congress who represent you, your center and your patients. When you participate, you get to meet with your members of Congress and their staff face-to-face and educate them about the services, savings and quality care that ASCs provide. Through these Congressional vis- its, members of the ASC community provide a unified voice that can produce tangible results. As a case in point, since ASCA’s 2014 fly-ins, more than 100 members of Congress have cosponsored important ASC legislation. During this year’s fly-ins, you will learn about the issues affecting ASCs and the legislative process and spend the day on Capitol Hill meeting with your legislators and their staff. Before you arrive in Washington, DC, industry experts will prepare you for your visit through webinars and other resources that you will receive in advance. In DC, our staff will train you on how to lobby during an intensive two-hour session on the first day of the event. On the second day, you will visit with your members of Congress. The fly-ins will include dinner on the first day and lunch and breakfast on the second day. For more information, visit www.ascassociation.org/2015CapitolFlyIn or write to Jack Coleman at jcoleman@ascassociation.org. To register, visit www.ascassociation.org/2015flyinregistration. To address ASC issues effectively on Capitol Hill, we need as many ASC professionals as possible to be involved in our advocacy activities throughout the year. Whether you are attending for the first time or have years of experience behind you, I hope that you will be able to join ASCA in Washington, DC, this June or September.


Bill Prentice Chief Executive Officer


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