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Important Dates in August
August 1, 2022: Celebrate National ASC Month, participate in Member Appreciation Week, follow ASCAPAC on Instagram and more.

Podcast Episode: “Medicare’s 2023 Proposed ASC Payment Rule”
July 22, 2022: ASCA invites members and affiliates to hear ASCA analysis of proposed changes.

CMS Releases 2023 Proposed Medicare Payment Rule
July 15, 2022: CMS has released the 2023 proposed payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPD).

Podcast Episode: “Revised CMS Interpretive Guidelines for ASCs”
July 14, 2022: ASCA’s Kara Newbury discusses changes to CMS’ Interpretive Guidelines released in June.

Podcast Episode: “Pediatric Specialty Care in ASCs Today”
July 5, 2022: Michael Powers, administrator of Children’s West Surgery Center, talks about caring for pediatric patients in an ASC.

Benchmarking Q2 Data Submission Now Open
July 1, 2022: Data submission for Q2 of ASCA’s 2022 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey is now open and will close on July 31.

Important Dates in July
July 1, 2022: Register for ASCA’s virtual IP course, submit Q2 benchmarking data, apply for the September CASC exam and more.

Podcast Episode: “Present and Future Trends in Total Joint Replacement (TJR) in ASCs”
June 9, 2022: Michael Patterson, FACHE, president and CEO of Mississippi Valley Health, discusses total joint replacements in ASCs today, projections for the future, robotics and more.

CMS Releases Updates to ASC Guidance for Surveyors
June 3, 2022: CMS released a surveyor memo that provides updates to the State Operations Manual (SOM) Appendix L - Guidance for Surveyors: Ambulatory Surgical Centers.

Important Dates in June
June 1, 2022: Save the date for ASCA’s 2022 Infection Prevention for ASCs virtual course, request ASCA 2022 CEs, webinars and more.

Podcast Episode: “Preparing Your ASC for Emergency Situations”
May 18, 2022: Amblitel Senior Consultant Mary Ryan, RN, discusses Medicare’s emergency preparedness requirements and compliance tips for meaningful improvements in your ASC.

Q1 2022 Benchmarking Reports Now Available
May 16, 2022: Subscribers to ASCA’s 2022 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey can now access their Q1 reports.

ASCA Announces New Board Members and Officers
May 2, 2022: ASCA is pleased to announce the results of its recent Board member and Board officer elections.

Important Dates in May
May 2, 2022: Submit ASCQR data, celebrate National Nurses Week, request ASCA 2022 CEs and more.

ASCA Presents Nap Gary Award at ASCA 2022
April 27, 2022: ASCA awarded this year’s Nap Gary Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement in the ASC Community to Peter Daly, MD, and Thomas M. Deas, Jr., MD.

Provider Relief Fund Request to Report Late Due to Extenuating Circumstances
April 7, 2022: Starting April 11, Provider Relief Fund recipients may request to submit their Period 1 report after the deadline if they experienced any allowable extenuating circumstances.

Read ASCA’s Spring 2022 ASC Physician Brief
April 1, 2022: This quarterly at-a-glance news source targets the special interests of ASC physicians.

Benchmarking Q1 Data Submission Now Open
April 1, 2022: Data submission for Q1 of ASCA’s 2022 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey is now open and will close on April 30.

Important Dates in April
April 1, 2022: Attend ASCA 2022, submit 2022 Q1 benchmarking data, cast your 2022 board ballot and more.

Podcast Episode: “A Conversation with Nader Samii”
March 21, 2022: NMBS CEO talks about emergency preparedness, price transparency and ASCA 2022.

Important Dates in March
March 1, 2022: Last chance to save on ASCA 2022, subscribe to the 2022 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey, apply for the May CASC exam and more.

Q4 2021 Benchmarking Reports Now Available
February 15, 2022: Subscribers to ASCA’s 2021 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey can now access their Q4 reports.

Podcast Episode: “COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements for Healthcare Workers”
February 14, 2022: Find out how to comply with CMS’ COVID-19 vaccination mandate and new vaccination quality reporting measure.

Important Dates in February
February 1, 2022: ASCA 2022 early bird registration deadline, implementation deadlines for the CMS healthcare worker COVID-19 vaccination mandate, Q4 benchmarking reports become available and more.

Podcast Episode: “The Outlook for Orthopedic Devices, Implants, Robotics and More”
January 26, 2022: DePuy Synthes’ Carol Stanfill assesses recent advances and marketplace trends in outpatient orthopedic surgery.

Podcast Episode: “Understanding the New Surprise Billing Regulations”
January 20, 2022: Learn how to comply with the new surprise billing rules that took effect January 1, 2022, under the No Surprises Act.

CMS Issues Vaccination Deadlines for 24 More States
January 19, 2022: Following last week’s US Supreme Court action, CMS released compliance deadlines for 24 additional states.

Supreme Court Allows CMS to Move Forward with Vaccination Mandate
January 14, 2022: In a 5-4 decision, the court allowed CMS to implement the mandate in 49 states, Washington, DC, and US territories.

Nominations to 2022 ASCA Board of Directors Due Friday
January 5, 2022: ASCA is seeking candidates to serve on the ASCA Board of Directors. Submissions are due Friday, January 7.

Benchmarking Q4 Data Submission Now Open
January 1, 2022: Data submission for Q4 of ASCA’s 2021 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey is now open and will close on January 31.

Important Dates in January
January 1, 2022: Apply for the ASC Administrator Development Program, attend the virtual coding seminar, register for ASCA 2022 and more.

CMS Allowed to Implement Vaccination Mandate in Half of States
December 22, 2021: The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued an order December 15 allowing CMS to restart implementation in half of the states.

Time is Running Out to Renew Your ASCA Membership!
December 6, 2021: Renew your ASCA membership for 2022 by December 31 to retain access to the variety of ASC-specific benefits ASCA offers.

Important Dates in December
December 1, 2021: Save $50 on the Webinar All-Access Pass, renew your ASCA membership, register for the virtual coding seminar, save your seat for ASCA 2022 and more.

Cyber Monday Special
November 29, 2021: This week only, save $50 on ASCA’s 2022 Webinar All-Access Pass! This pass provides access to all webinars in the 2022 series.

New Podcast Episode: “The Outpatient Surgery Quality and Access Act of 2021”
November 29, 2021: ASCA Government Affairs Committee Chair Annie Sariego and ASCA Regulatory Counsel Kara Newbury talk with ASCA CEO Bill Prentice about new legislation introduced in November.

New Podcast Episode: “Business Strategies for Navigating the Pandemic”
November 17, 2021: Jocelyn Gaddie and Hannah Hagan of in2itive discuss ways to maintain a healthy revenue cycle despite the challenges of COVID-19.

Q3 2021 Benchmarking Reports Now Available
November 15, 2021: Subscribers to ASCA’s 2021 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey can now access their Q3 reports.

ASCA’s New ASC Administrator Development Program
November 12, 2021: This mentoring program matches newer ASC administrators with their experienced peers to broaden their knowledge and professional network.

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandates for Medicare Providers
November 11, 2021: The Biden administration released regulations requiring COVID-19 vaccination of staff at Medicare-participating providers.

New Bill Promotes Medicare Patients’ Access to ASCs
November 3, 2021: ASCA backs new legislation, applauds House and Senate sponsors.

2022 Final ASC Payment Rule Released
November 2, 2021: CMS has released the 2022 final payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPD).

Important Dates in November
November 1, 2021: Renew your ASCA membership, save your seat for ASCA 2022, access Q3 benchmarking survey reports and more.

ASCA 2022 Registration Now Open
October 25, 2021: Register today for the ASCA 2022 Conference & Expo, April 27–30 in Dallas, TX—the first in-person conference in two years!

Register for the Virtual Coding & Reimbursement Seminar
October 12, 2021: Registration is now open for ASCA’s 2022 Virtual Coding & Reimbursement Seminar—sign up today!

Read the Latest Edition of ASC Focus Magazine
October 8, 2021: The October issue of ASC Focus is now available online.

New Podcast Episode: “Infection Prevention in ASCs”
October 6, 2021: Two ASC administrators talk about the many ways ASCs keep patients safe from infections.

Benchmarking Q3 Data Submission Now Open
October 1, 2021: Data submission for Q3 of ASCA’s 2021 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey is now open and will close on October 31.

Important Dates in October
October 1, 2021: Register for the virtual coding seminar, submit Q3 benchmarking data, watch an ASCA webinar and more.

ASCA Comments on CMS’ 2022 ASC Proposed Payment Rule
September 17, 2021: ASCA addresses proposed changes in eligible procedures and quality reporting for ASCs.

Biden Administration Releases COVID-19 Action Plan
September 10, 2021: Vaccination requirements to be enacted in ASCs and other Medicare-certified healthcare facilities.

New Podcast Episode: “A Closer Look at Hospitals Without Walls”
September 9, 2021: ASCA staff discuss the history and future of this Medicare program created to expand patient access to care during COVID-19.

Read the Latest Edition of ASC Focus Magazine
September 3, 2021: The September issue of ASC Focus is now available online.

ASCA’s 2022 Membership Renewal Cycle Now Open
September 1, 2021: Renew in September and lock in a discounted rate for 2022.

Important Dates in September
September 1, 2021: Renew your ASCA membership at a discount, comment on CMS’ 2022 proposed payment rule, budget resources and more.

ASCA Member Retirement Plan Program
August 26, 2021: This 401(k) retirement plan, available exclusively to ASCA members, helps ASCs reduce their administrative burden, streamline employee benefits and offload fiduciary liability.

Q2 2021 Benchmarking Reports Now Available
August 16, 2021: Subscribers to ASCA’s 2021 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey can now access their Q2 reports.

Elective Surgery Is Not Unnecessary Surgery
August 13, 2021: As the Delta variant continues to spread, read this ASCA/ASA statement about how ASCs can help patients in need.

Read the Latest Edition of ASC Focus Magazine
August 6, 2021: The August issue of ASC Focus is now available online.

ASCA Member Appreciation Month
August 3, 2021: Throughout August, ASCA members can enjoy special sales, contests, self-care tips, giveaways and more.

Join in National ASC Month
August 3, 2021: Participate by hosting a facility tour and promoting awareness of the high-quality, cost-effective care that ASCs provide.

Important Dates in August
August 2, 2021: Celebrate National ASC Month and Member Appreciation Month with ASCA, get your Q2 benchmarking report and more.

New Podcast Episode: “Medicare’s 2022 Proposed ASC Payment Rule”
July 28, 2021: Learn about the changes Medicare is proposing to ASC payment rates and regulatory requirements next year.

2022 Proposed ASC Payment Rule Released
July 20, 2021: CMS has released the 2022 proposed payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPD).

Benchmarking Q2 Data Submission Now Open
July 1, 2021: Data submission for Q2 of ASCA’s 2021 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey is now open and will close on July 31.

Important Dates in July
July 1, 2021: Submit data for the ASCQR Program and Q2 benchmarking, purchase ASCA 2021 On Demand, refer new members and more.

New Podcast Episode: “Understanding Outpatient Ear, Nose and Throat Procedures”
June 29, 2021: Jessica Lee, MD, discusses state-of-the-art practices in outpatient ENT surgery.

New Podcast Episode: “Checking In with the ASC QC”
June 17, 2021: ASC Quality Collaboration head Kathy Wilson talks about future goals and recent engagement with The Leapfrog Group.

Two Weeks Left for ASCA’s 2021 Salary & Benefits Survey
June 14, 2021: Participate in ASCA’s FREE 2021 Salary & Benefits Survey before it's too late! The deadline is June 30.

New Podcast Episode: “Outpatient Eye Surgeries: A Conversation with David George, MD”
June 2, 2021: Learn what to expect before, during and after common outpatient eye procedures.

Important Dates in June
June 1, 2021: Take ASCA’s Salary & Benefits Survey, request CEs for ASCA 2021, submit suggestions for ASCA’s 2022 programs and more.

New Podcast Episode: “The Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI) and ASCs”
May 24, 2021: ASCA and FGI Board Member David Shapiro, MD, discusses the development and use of FGI’s safety guidelines.

ASCA Names 2021 Nap Gary Legacy Award Winner
May 21, 2021: Ann Shimek, RN, CASC, received ASCA’s prestigious lifetime achievement award during ASCA 2021.

Q1 2021 Benchmarking Reports Now Available
May 17, 2021: Subscribers to ASCA's 2021 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey can now access their Q1 reports.

ASCA Announces New Board Members and Officers
May 14, 2021: ASCA is pleased to announce the results of its recent Board member and Board officer elections.

New Podcast Episode: “Looking Forward with One World Surgery”
May 5, 2021: One World Surgery CEO Claire Cunningham talks about providing outpatient surgery and other essential healthcare services in Honduras and the Dominican Republic and thanks ASCA for its support.

Important Dates in May
May 3, 2021: Register for ASCA 2021, submit data for the ASCQR Program, celebrate National Nurses Week and more.

ASCA Supports Legislation to Provide Tax Relief to ASCs
April 19, 2021: ASCA joined other healthcare associations in a letter of support for H.R. 2079, the Eliminating the Provider Relief Fund Tax Penalties Act.

URGENT: Register Now to Meet ASCQR May 17 Deadline
April 15, 2021: Registration can take weeks—sign up now so you can meet Medicare's quality reporting deadline and avoid payment cuts.

Read the Latest Edition of ASC Focus Magazine
April 9, 2021: The April issue of ASC Focus is now available online.

New Podcast Episode: “Learn about ASCA’s Members-Only 401(k) Plan”
April 8, 2021: ASCA CEO Bill Prentice talks about the value ASCA’s new retirement benefit program offers ASCA members.

SPRING SALE: Save $50 on ASCA 2021
April 6, 2021: Sign up for the ASCA 2021 Virtual Conference by this Friday, April 9, and save $50 on your registration!

Benchmarking Q1 Data Submission Now Open
April 6, 2021: Data submission for Q1 of ASCA’s 2021 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey is now open and will close on April 30.

Important Dates in April
April 1, 2021: Register for ASCA 2021 and participate in day 1 of this can't-miss virtual conference, subscribe to the 2021 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey and more.

New Podcast Episode: “Partnering with Hospitals Today”
March 26, 2021: Tom Blasco, MD, and Anne Cole, RN, CASC, of Surgical Directions discuss the benefits of hospital–ASC joint ventures and keys to success.

Congress on Track to Extend Sequestration Suspension; Medicare Claims Delays Possible
March 25, 2021: The US Senate passed H.R. 1868, which would extend the suspension of sequestration cuts through the end of the year.

New Podcast Episode: The Evolution of Outpatient Joint Surgery
March 18, 2021: ASCA CEO Bill Prentice and orthopedic surgeon Anthony Romeo, MD, explore the many benefits of joint surgery in ASCs.

St. Patrick's Day Sale: Save $50 on ASCA 2021!
March 15, 2021: Sign up for the ASCA 2021 Virtual Conference by Friday, March 19, and save $50 on your registration.

ASCA Launches Member Retirement Plan Program
March 8, 2021: ASCA is excited to announce a new 401(k) retirement plan benefit available exclusively to ASCA members.

Read the Latest Edition of ASC Focus Magazine
March 5, 2021: The March issue of ASC Focus is now available online.

New Podcast Episode: ASCA’s Culture of Safety Survey
March 4, 2021: ASCA CEO Bill Prentice and ASCA Board member David Shapiro, MD, discuss ASCA’s new Culture of Safety Survey.

Important Dates in March
March 1, 2021: Register for ASCA 2021, participate in the new Culture of Safety Survey, subscribe to the 2021 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey and more.

Flash Sale! Save $50 on the ASCA 2021 Virtual Conference
February 16, 2021: Sign up for the ASCA 2021 Virtual Conference by Friday, February 19, and save $50 on your registration.

Q4 2020 Benchmarking Reports Now Available
February 16, 2021: Subscribers to ASCA's 2020 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey can now access their Q4 reports.

Read the Latest Edition of ASC Focus Magazine
February 5, 2021: The February issue of ASC Focus is now available online.

New Podcast Episode: Understanding the Role of MedPAC
February 4, 2021: ASCA CEO Bill Prentice and ASCA Regulatory Counsel Kara Newbury discuss MedPAC’s role in advising Congress on Medicare payment policies.

Important Dates in February
February 1, 2021: Register for ASCA 2021, renew member benefits before they end, subscribe to the new Culture of Safety Survey and more.

ASC Quality Collaboration Names New Executive Director
January 19, 2021: Kathy Wilson, RN, MHA, selected to lead the ASC Quality Collaboration.

Read the Latest Edition of ASC Focus Magazine
January 8, 2021: The January issue of ASC Focus is now available on the ASC Focus website.

Benchmarking Q4 Data Submission Now Open
January 4, 2021: Data submission for the fourth quarter (Q4) of ASCA’s 2020 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey is now open and will close on January 31.

Important Dates in January
January 4, 2021: Submit Q4 benchmarking data, attend the 2021 Virtual Coding & Reimbursement Seminar, register for the ASCA 2021 Virtual Conference and more.

 

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