Host Your Representatives on National ASC Day Spread the message and make a difference in Congress

and your state legislature BY JACK COLEMAN A

ugust 19 is National ASC Day. In recognition, ASCA will help sur-

gery centers across the country host their members of Congress and other policymakers in a tour of their facili- ties. Start planning now to make sure that your ASC is involved. “[It is an] easy and extraordinarily

rewarding experience,” says Nancy Henry of the Tallgrass Surgical Cen- ter in Topeka, Kansas. “ASCA pre- pared our center very well with mate- rials and a phone briefing prior to the tour. We would welcome and encour- age others to participate in these opportunities as well.” Tallgrass Surgical Center hosted US Representative Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) on September 16, 2013. They discussed the ASC Quality and Access Act of 2013, the value of physician ownership and the high quality care that ASCs provide. Representative Jenkins cosponsored the legislation the next day.

ASC professionals who have con- ducted tours in the past say that Hen- ry’s experience is typical. A tour of your facility

gives policymakers an

opportunity to see firsthand the high quality surgical care that ASCs pro- vide for their patients and learn about the many benefits that these small businesses offer their communities. It also gives ASC owners a unique and influential setting in which to advocate on behalf of the most important pub- lic policy issues that affect their center and the entire ASC community. While ASCA helps with facility

tours year-round, coordinating a mass effort amongst the ASC community on National ASC Day to set up numerous events is done mostly to raise aware- ness. “What ASCA sees on Capitol Hill is not opposition to the ASC mes-


Hosting a facility tour opens the legislators’ eyes to the great work that ASCs do.”

—Steve Miller, ASCA

sage but a lack of awareness,” says ASCA Chief Operating Officer Steve Miller. “Hosting a facility tour opens the legislators’ eyes to the great work that ASCs do. It is an easy event to organize, and it makes a direct and noticeable difference on Capitol Hill.” In the past two years, more than half of the members of Congress who have visited a center went on to cosponsor the ASC Quality and Access Act. That sup-

port is a clear indicator that when ASCs tell their story and explain the challenges the industry faces, legislators act.

To make your center a part of National ASC Day and effect change in health policy, please contact Jack Coleman, ASCA’s grassroots manager, at or 703.345.0260. ASCA is here to help you get your foot in the door with your elected officials and support you along the way.

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