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OSHA Webinar Rescheduled for July; HIPAA Webinar Added February 21
January 31, 2017
ASCA’s February 21 webinar—Top OSHA Concerns and Violations in Health Care—has been rescheduled for July 11.

Call for Topics and Speakers for 2018 Coding Seminar
February 10, 2017
ASCA staff is beginning to develop the program for the 2018 Coding Update and Reimbursement Strategies Seminar—and we want your input.

Survey: What Procedures Should Be Added to the Medicare List for ASCs?
February 24, 2017
ASCA is conducting a brief survey to determine which procedures should be added to the list of ASC payable procedures for 2018.

Participate in ASCA’s Salary and Benefits Survey
March 1, 2017
Data collection is open for ASCA’s Salary and Benefits survey.

ASCA 2017 Early Registration Savings Extended Through March 24
March 17, 2017
The early registration deadline for ASCA 2017 has been extended until Friday, March 24. Sign up now for ASCA’s annual meeting—May 3–6 in Washington, DC—and save $100 on your registration fee.

Scheduled Maintenance to ASCA Web Sites
March 20, 2017
This evening, ASCA will perform routine maintenance on its web sites. The maintenance is scheduled to begin at 8:30 pm ET and is expected to take up to six hours.

2017 ASCA Board Ballot
March 21, 2017
Designated ASCA voting members are eligible to vote for the members of the ASCA Board of Directors. All ballots must be submitted by April 21.

Final Week to Participate in ASCA’s Free Salary Survey
March 27, 2017
ASCA’s Salary and Benefits Survey closes on Friday, March 31. The survey will not be conducted again until 2019, so make sure your ASC participates now.

Key ASC Legislation Introduced in US House of Representatives
March 30, 2017
The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) today announced support for the newly introduced Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality and Access Act of 2017.

Important Dates in April
March 31, 2017
Make sure to mark your calendar for the following dates in April.

Benchmarking Q1 Data Collection Now Open
April 3, 2017
The data collection period for the first quarter (Q1) of ASCA Benchmarking is now open and will close on April 30.

Registration Now Open for ASCA’s Virtual Career Fair
April 17, 2017
Registration is now open for ASCA's Virtual Career Fair, which will take place on Thursday, June 15.

ASCA Launches Physician-Focused Newsletter
April 25, 2017
This month, ASCA published the first edition of ASC Physician Focus, a free quarterly publication for physicians who own and perform procedures in ASCs.

May


ASCA Presents Nap Gary Legacy Award to Alsie Sydness-Fitzgerald
May 8, 2017
During the opening session of ASCA 2017, ASCA presented Alsie Sydness-Fitzgerald, RN, CASC, with the second annual Nap Gary Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement in the ASC Community.

Submit Your ASCA 2017 Continuing Education Hours Online
May 9, 2017
If you attended ASCA 2017, you have until June 30 to request your continuing education (CE) credits, nursing contact hours, administrator education units (AEUs), continuing medical education (CME) or a certificate of participation.

ASCA Announces New Board Members
May 11, 2017
ASCA members have elected two new members and re-elected four incumbent members to three-year terms on its Board of Directors.

Q1 ASCA Benchmarking Reports Now Available
May 15, 2017
ASCA Benchmarking subscribers can now access their clinical and operational benchmarking reports for the first quarter (Q1) of 2017.

ASCA Forms Partnership with SPH Analytics for OAS CAHPS Survey
May 16, 2017
After a comprehensive evaluation of survey providers for the new OAS CAHPS Survey, ASCA has formed an affinity partnership with SPH Analytics because of their extensive survey expertise and history of working with ASCA members to measure performance and drive process improvement.

2017 Salary Survey Results Now Available
May 22, 2017
ASCA has released the results of its 2017 Salary and Benefits Survey. The survey, which was open to all ASCs and was conducted between February 1 and March 31, collected national, regional and state data on 20 ASC positions.

Call for Topics and Speakers for ASCA 2018
May 24, 2017
If you have a suggestion for a topic or speaker you would like to see at ASCA's next annual meeting, let us know. ASCA is accepting submissions through July 31.

ASCA and Healthcare Asset Network Launch ASCA Asset Network
June 5, 2017
ASCA has partnered with Healthcare Asset Network to launch the ASCA Asset Network, a secure online portal where ASCs can buy and sell health care supplies and equipment.

ASCA's Virtual Career Fair to Be Held June 15
June 12, 2017
There's still time to register for ASCA's Virtual Career Fair, a one-of-a-kind event where interviews are conducted via instant message or Skype. The Virtual Career Fair is free for job-seekers.

July 11 OSHA Webinar Cancelled
June 14, 2017
The webinar scheduled for July 11—“Top OSHA Concerns and Violations in Health Care”—has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. ASCA’s next webinar, “CMS Surveys,” will take place on Tuesday, August 8, at 1:00 pm ET.

Request ASCA 2017 CE Credits By June 30
June 20, 2017
If you attended ASCA 2017, you have until Friday, June 30, to request continuing education (CE) credits, nursing contact hours, administrator education units (AEUs), continuing medical education (CME) or a certificate of participation.

Important Dates in July
June 30, 2017
Make sure to mark your calendar for the following dates in July.

Benchmarking Q2 Data Collection Now Open
July 3, 2017
The data collection period for the second quarter (Q2) of ASCA Benchmarking is now open and will close on July 31.

Prizes Awarded to Meeting Survey Participants
July 7, 2017
Three lucky participants in ASCA's meeting survey were randomly selected to receive a prize for their participation.

2018 Proposed Medicare Payment Rule Released
July 13, 2017
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the 2018 proposed payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs).

ASCA Partners with Akorbi to Provide Language Services
July 17, 2017
ASCA has formed an affinity partnership with Akorbi to provide our members with high-quality translation and interpretation services at special discounted rates.

Winter Seminars Registration Now Open
July 19, 2017
Register today for ASCA's 2018 Winter Seminars, January 11–13 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Choose from three different seminars: Coding & Reimbursement, Infection Prevention and Regulatory & Legal Risk.

Help With the New IP Certification Exam
July 24, 2017
The Board of Ambulatory Surgery Certification (BASC) seeks assistance with creating the exam for the new certification program for infection preventionists in the ASC industry.

Benchmarking Q2 Data Due July 31
July 26, 2017
The data collection period for the second quarter (Q2) of ASCA Benchmarking ends Monday, July 31. Make sure to submit your data before the deadline in order to get a complete picture of trends for the year.

2018 Proposed Payment Rule Documents Now Available
July 27, 2017
ASCA’s Medicare payment resources have been updated to reflect changes in the 2018 proposed payment rule. These resources are available only to ASCA members.

Scheduled Maintenance to ASCA Websites
July 28, 2017
The platform provider for ASCA’s websites will be performing an infrastructure upgrade this evening beginning at 11:00 pm ET. The maintenance window is scheduled for two hours.

Important Dates In August
July 31, 2017
Make sure to mark your calendar for the following dates this month.

Read the Latest Edition of ASC Physician Focus
July 31, 2017
ASCA has published the Summer 2017 edition of ASC Physician Focus, a free quarterly publication for physicians who own and perform procedures in ASCs.

Quality Reporting Data Due This Month
August 2, 2017
The deadline to submit 2016 data for the Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program is Tuesday, August 15, 2017. This applies to measures ASC-6, ASC-7, ASC-9 and ASC-10.

ASCA Adds Free Webinar on OAS CAHPS Survey
August 3, 2017
On August 15, ASCA CEO Bill Prentice will lead a new webinar designed to help ASCs determine how to proceed with the OAS CAHPS survey now that Medicare’s proposed 2018 ASC payment rule delays mandatory implementation.

ASCA Celebrates National ASC Week
August 7, 2017
ASCs around the country are participating in National ASC Week, August 7–11, by opening their doors to the public and hosting facility tours.

Submit Your Application for the October CASC Exam
August 10, 2017
Candidates who plan to take the Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC) exam in October must submit an application by August 31. No late applications will be accepted.

Announcement Regarding ASCA's Contact Lists
August 14, 2017
It has been brought to our attention that several individuals have been approached by third-party companies offering to sell ASCA’s contact lists. ASCA does not sell its contact lists through any third-party groups; any company that claims to have this information is misleading you.

Q2 Benchmarking Reports Now Available
August 15, 2017
ASCA Benchmarking subscribers can now access their clinical and operational benchmarking reports for the second quarter (Q2) of 2017.

Read the Latest Edition of ASC Focus Magazine
August 21, 2017
The September issue of ASC Focus is now available on the ASC Focus website.

Applications for October CASC Exam Due August 31
August 28, 2017
Candidates who plan to take the Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC) exam in October must submit an application by August 31. No late applications will be accepted.

Important Dates in September
August 31, 2017
Make sure to mark your calendar for the following dates this month.

CMS to Grant Exceptions to ASCs Affected by Harvey
September 1, 2017
Due to the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will grant exceptions for Medicare quality reporting requirements to ASCs located in areas affected by the storm.

CMS to Grant Exceptions to ASCs Affected by Harvey (Updated 9/7/17)
September 7, 2017
Due to the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will grant exceptions for Medicare quality reporting requirements to ASCs located in areas affected by the storm.

CMS to Grant Exceptions to ASCs Affected By Irma
September 14, 2017
Due to the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will grant exceptions for Medicare quality reporting requirements to ASCs located in areas affected by the storm.

ASCA’s Peer Review Webinar Rescheduled
September 19, 2017
ASCA's September 12 webinar, “Making Peer Review Meaningful,” has been rescheduled for October 3.

ASC Focus Introduces Member Focus
September 20, 2017
ASCA has launched a new online section to spotlight its members. Member Focus, published on the ASC Focus website, features short profiles of ASCA members discussing their views on key ASC issues.

Read the Latest Edition of ASC Focus Magazine
September 21, 2017
The October issue of ASC Focus is now available on the ASC Focus website.

CMS to Grant Exceptions to ASCs Affected by Irma (Updated 9/22/17)
September 22, 2017
Due to the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will grant exceptions for Medicare quality reporting requirements to ASCs located in areas affected by the storm.

CMS to Grant Exceptions to ASCs Affected by Maria
September 27, 2017
Due to the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will grant exceptions for Medicare quality reporting requirements to ASCs located in areas affected by the storm.

Important Dates in October
October 2, 2017
Make sure to mark your calendar for the following dates this month.

Benchmarking Q3 Data Collection Now Open
October 2, 2017
The data collection period for the third quarter (Q3) of ASCA Benchmarking is now open and will close on October 31.

2018 ASCA Membership Renewal Now Open
October 3, 2017
ASCA’s membership renewal cycle for 2018 is now open. Renew your membership online using a credit card or check via the secure portal on ASCA’s website.

New ASC Management Book Looks Behind the Scenes
October 11, 2017
The new edition of Developing & Managing Ambulatory Surgery Centers, released jointly by ASD Management and ASCA, is now available for purchase through ASCA’s Online Store.

CMS to Grant Exceptions to ASCs Affected by Harvey (Updated 10/12/17)
October 12, 2017
Due to the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will grant exceptions for Medicare quality reporting requirements to ASCs located in areas affected by the storm.

Join ASCA in Celebrating International Infection Prevention Week, October 15–21
October 16, 2017
International Infection Prevention Week (#IIPW), organized by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), celebrates the importance of infection prevention and patient safety.

Q4 Now Open for ASCA Benchmarking
January 5, 2016
The data collection period for the fourth quarter (Q4) of the 2015 ASCA Benchmarking Program is now open.

Government Accountability Office Recommends Site-Neutral Payments for Office Visits
January 7, 2016
The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommended that Congress provide the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) with authority to equalize payment rates between hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) and physician offices for evaluation & management (E/M) office visits and other services.

ASCA Offers Month-Long Discount on Training Series
January 12, 2016
Register using promo code "leap 16" before February 29 to receive 10 percent off ASCA's Regulatory Training Series.

April 2016 ASC Public Reporting Preview Reports Now Available
February 4, 2016
ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program Reporting Preview Reports are available through the QualityNet Secure Portal for participating facilities until February 14, 2016.

ASCA Payment Rate Documents Updated
February 9, 2016
ASCA has updated its Medicare Payment Resources page to reflect recent changes to the ASC January 2016 payment addenda.

New Cosponsors Added for Key ASC Legislation
February 11, 2016
This month, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD, and US Representative Ami Bera, MD, joined a growing list of supporters for the ASC Quality and Access Act of 2015.

Accreditation Agency Opens Advanced Certification Program
February 16, 2016
The Joint Commission launched its Total Hip and Knee Replacement Advanced Certification Program and began accepting applications from interested facilities in December.

ASCA Releases ‘What is an ASC?’ Video
February 16, 2016
ASCA has released a video that clearly and concisely explains what ASCs are.

What Procedures Should Be Added to the Medicare List for ASCs?
February 25, 2016
ASCA is conducting a survey to determine which procedures should be added to the list of ASC payable procedures for 2017.

Final Month to Save on ASCA 2016 Registration
March 1, 2016
Register for ASCA 2016, May 19–22, in Dallas by April 1 to take advantage of early registration rates.

ASC Focus Digital Debut: Manage Your Drug Supply
March 15, 2016
Learn effective ways to stay on top of drug shortages and costs in this Digital Debut from ASC Focus magazine.

CDC to Hold Q&A Sessions on ASC-8
March 15, 2016
The CDC will conduct two ASC-8 question-and-answer sessions for ASCs on Thursday, March 17, and Monday, March 21.

Data Collection for Q1 of ASCA Benchmarking Now Open
April 1, 2016
Subscribers to ASCA's benchmarking survey can now submit data for the first quarter of 2016. Subscriptions to this year's survey are still available.

Less than a Month to Submit ASC-8 Data
April 21, 2016
The reporting deadline for ASC-8: Influenza Vaccination Coverage among Healthcare Personnel is May 15.

May


CMS Approves New ASC Accrediting Agency
May 5, 2016
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved the Institute for Medical Quality (IMQ) of San Francisco, California, as a national accrediting organization for ASCs that participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs.

ASCA Recognizes Nap Gary with New Legacy Award
May 19, 2016
ASCA recognized former Board President Nap Gary with an outstanding service award named in his honor.

Data Collection Now Open for Q1 of ASCA Benchmarking
May 20, 2016
Benchmarking subscribers can now access their clinical and operational benchmarking reports for the first quarter (Q1) of 2016.

Online Purchasing Now Available for Regulatory Training Series
June 1, 2016
You can now purchase ASCA's Regulatory Training Series online and earn CE credits from your computer.

ASCs Reduce Outpatient Surgery Costs for Commercially Insured Patients by $38 Billion Annually
June 14, 2016
ASCA today sponsored a special Capitol Hill briefing to share results of a recent study that reveals that ASCs reduce private health insurance costs.

HHS Finalizes Rule to Improve Health Equity Under the Affordable Care Act
June 23, 2016
HHS last month issued a final rule that further protects from discrimination in health care.

2017 Proposed Medicare Payment Rates Released
July 6, 2016
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2017 proposed payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs).

ASCA's Regulatory Training Series Adds Three Courses
July 8, 2016
ASCA adds courses on hang hygiene, latex allergy and prevention of healthcare-associated influenza to its Regulatory Training Series.

Q2 of ASCA Benchmarking Ends July 31
July 21, 2016
Data collection for the second quarter of ASCA Benchmarking ends Sunday, July 31.

ASC is First of its Kind in Northwest
August 3, 2016
Regent Surgical Health Develops First Center Designed Primarily to Treat Outpatient Total Joint Replacement and Spine Disorders in Beaverton, Oregon.

HHS Advisory Panel Recommends Total Knees Be Removed from Inpatient-Only List
August 22, 2016
The Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment (HOP) unanimously recommended that CMS remove total knee arthroplasty from its inpatient-only list.

CMS Releases Final Rule on Emergency Preparedness
September 15, 2016
This final rule establishes national emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare and Medicaid participating providers and suppliers.

ICD-10 Grace Period Ends October 1, 2016
September 27, 2016
The grace period instituted by CMS to ease the transition to the new coding requirements adopted in 2015 expires October 1, 2016.

Deadline to Comply with Nondiscrimination Requirements Approaching
September 28, 2016
ASCs must comply with the Affordable Care Act's nondiscrimination requirements by October 19, 2016.

Ohio ASC Receives Advanced Certification for Total Hip, Total Knee
September 29, 2016
Ohio Specialty Surgical Suites has become the first ASC in the country to receive The Joint Commission's Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement.

Become a Coding and Billing Expert
October 13, 2016
Join ASCA in San Antonio, Texas, January 12–14, 2017, to learn how you can maximize reimbursements at ‎your ASC‎.

Medicare's 2017 Final Rule Released
November 1, 2016
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final 2017 ASC payment rule today.

ASCA 2017 Registration Now Open
November 7, 2016
Registration is now available for ASCA 2017, Wednesday to Saturday, May 3–6, in Washington, DC.

Call for Nominations to ASCA Board of Directors
December 1, 2016
The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) is seeking candidates to serve on the ASCA Board of Directors (members also serve on the ASCA Foundation Board).

US Senate Passes Health Care Legislation Impacting ASCs
December 7, 2016
Today, the US Senate passed the 21st Century Cures Act, a bipartisan bill that includes two key provisions that benefit Medicare patients and the physicians who care for them in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs).

Early Registration Discount Extended
December 12, 2016
Sign up now for ASCA’s Winter Seminars at early registration rates now available through December 19.

President Barack Obama Signs 21st Century Cures Act
December 13, 2016
President Barack Obama signs 21st Century Cures into law, providing meaningful use relief for physicians who practice in an ASC.

Food and Drug Administration Bans Powdered Gloves
December 20, 2016
FDA Final Rule bans the use of powdered gloves and absorbable powders used to lubricate surgeons’ gloves, effective January 18, 2017.
CMS Extends Claims-Based Quality Measure Deadline until September 30th
August 4, 2015
In response to concerns raised by ASCA, the ASC Quality Collaboration and other ASC stakeholders, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the deadline.

Feedback Needed to Guide ASCA Comments on Office-Based Cataract Surgery
August 13, 2015
CMS is soliciting comments from interested stakeholders regarding the advisability of paying for cataract surgery in the office setting as an alternative to the ASC and hospital outpatient department (HOPD).

Register for the ASCA Virtual Career Fair; Find Your Dream Job
August 18, 2015
The ASCA Virtual Career Fair, an excellent resource for ASC professionals, like yourself, helps you connect with the nation's top employers.

ASCA Partners with US Representative David Scott to Raise Awareness on Colorectal Cancer Screening
August 18, 2015
ASCA partnered with US Representative David Scott (D-GA) during his 11th Annual Health Fair in Jonesboro, Georgia, August 15, to increase awareness about the importance of undergoing regular colonoscopies.

Your Input Needed on CMS Reimbursement Proposal
August 20, 2015
Your input is needed in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed ASC reimbursement rates for 2016.
ASCA Seeks Member Input for Strategic Plan
September 9, 2015
ASCA is preparing a strategic plan to help guide its future activities. To ensure that this plan aligns with the needs of its members, ASCA is requesting feedback. Members, please review the draft and share any comments you have with Steve Miller at smiller@ascassociation.org by September 23.

Summer Sale: ASCA's Regulatory Training Series
September 14, 2015
Get a 10 percent discount when you sign up for ASCA’s Regulatory Training Series by September 30.

ASCA Supports Maryland Efforts to Reduce ASC License Fee
September 24, 2015
ASCA joined the Maryland Ambulatory Surgery Association (MASA) in supporting Maryland Governor Larry Hogan's proposed cut of the ASC new and three-year renewal license fee from $3,000 to $1,000 and called on its members to do the same.

ASC Legislation Introduced in US Senate
September 24, 2015
This week, US Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) introduced the Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality and Access Act of 2015, intended to preserve patient access to the high-quality, cost-effective healthcare services that ASCs provide.
Congress Meets with ASCs during ASCA Capitol Fly-In
October 01, 2015
Over the course of Tuesday and Wednesday, September 29-30, 75 representatives from the ASC community came together to support key legislation by directly lobbying their members of Congress.

Medicare Quality Reporting Program Shows Universal Safe Surgery Checklist Use
October 08, 2015
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) data shows that 99 percent of Medicare-certified ASCs report using Safe Surgery Checklists in their facilities.

ASCA Introduces Eurasian Health Professionals to ASCs
October 08, 2015
ASCA hosts 20 Eurasian healthcare professionals as part of a Department of Commerce healthcare management training program.

CMS Publishes Final Rule on Meaningful Use Stage 3
October 15, 2015
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) final rule on Meaningful Use Stage 3 aims to ease reporting burden on providers, support interoperability and improve patient outcomes.

Congress and Obama Administration Agree on Two-Year Budget Deal
October 29, 2015
Congress and Obama administration agree on legislation that funds the federal government for two years, raises the nation’s debt ceiling and staves off Medicare premium increases for beneficiaries.

Medicare's 2016 Final Rule Released; Seventeen New Procedures Added to ASC-Payable List
October 30, 2015
Final CMS payment rule includes 0.3 percent rate increase and seventeen new codes on the ASC-payable list.
OIG Releases 2016 Work Plan Announcing New Initiatives for ASCs
November 12, 2015
OIG's 2016 Work Plan summarizes new and ongoing OIG projects and provides advanced notice to the industry, policymakers and public.

ASCA 2016 Registration Now Open
November 17, 2015
Registration is now available for ASCA 2016, Thursday to Sunday, May 19—22, at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.

Clifton Lee of Frisco Ambulatory Surgery Center Wins Inaugural Member-Get-A-Member Campaign
November 18, 2015
ASCA congratulates Clifton Lee of Frisco Ambulatory Surgery Center in Frisco, Texas, winner of ASCA’s inaugural Member-Get-A-Member campaign.

Winter Coding Seminar Early Registration Deadline Extended
November 30, 2015
Members and non-members who sign up for ASCA's Winter Coding Seminar before Monday, December 7, will receive $100 off the cost of registration.
ASCA Q3 Benchmarking Report Now Available
December 1, 2015
ASCA Benchmarking subscribers can now access their clinical and operational benchmarking reports for the third quarter (Q3) of 2015 on the ASCA Benchmarking portal.

Call for Nominations to ASCA Board of Directors
December 2, 2015
ASCA is encouraging its members to nominate qualified candidates to serve on its Board of Directors.

ASCA Rate Documents Updated
December 11, 2015
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) revised the 2016 ASC payment addenda after the initial release on October 30, 2015.

ASCA's 2016 Webinar Schedule Now Available
December 15, 2015
Get the insider information and real-world solutions you need to navigate the challenges your ASC will face next year by signing up for ASCA’s 2016 Webinar Series.

More Than 95 Percent of Medicare-Certified ASCs Meet Quality Reporting Requirements
December 16, 2015
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that 95.9 percent of Medicare-certified ASCs met Medicare’s ASC Quality Reporting Program requirements.