ASC Physician Brief

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ASCA’s quarterly “ASC Physician Brief” provides critical information about emerging trends, legislative and regulatory policymaking and changes in the healthcare marketplace. Our enduring commitment to ASC advocacy makes ASCA uniquely positioned to bring ASC physicians the news they need to stay informed and lead the facilities they own and operate in to continued success.


ASC Physician Brief - Spring 2024

Spring 2024

Surgery Center Advocates Converge on Capitol Hill – ASCA members meet with 161 congressional offices as part of National Advocacy Day

Medicare Physician Payment Policies in Flux – Prior authorization for Medicare cosmetic surgeries in 10 states expected later this year

Meet David Weinstein, MD – ASCA Board Member Dr. Weinstein instrumental in moving total shoulders to ASCs

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ASC Physician Brief - Winter 2023

Winter 2023

Medicare Approves Total Shoulder and Ankles in ASCs – CPT 23472 and 27702 will be reimbursed by Medicare starting January 1, 2024

ASCA 60-Second Survey: Anesthesia – 65% of respondents said their surgery center had adequate access to anesthesia providers in 2023

ASC Trends to Watch in 2024 – Get an exclusive preview of the January 2024 issue of ASC Focus Magazine

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ASC Physician Brief - Fall 2023

Fall 2023

Physicians Battling Proposed Medicare Cuts Again – Physicians facing a proposed 3.4% cut to the Medicare conversion factor in 2024

Medicare Still Prohibiting Total Shoulders in ASCs – No mention of adding total shoulder arthroplasty to the ASC Covered Procedures List in 2024

Studies Referenced:
PwC Health Research Institute medical cost trends, 2009–2024

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ASC Physician Brief - Summer 2023

Summer 2023

UHC Backtracks Prior Authorization Policy – ASCA advocacy helps halt insurer's planned GI policy

ASCA Backs Physician Pay Bill – Momentum growing for Medicare physician reimbursement reform

Studies Referenced:
MGMA DataDive Provider Compensation Report

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ASC Physician Brief - Spring 2023

Spring 2023

ASC Advocacy in Action – ASCA members take over 100 Congressional meetings to advocate for ASCs

Public Health Emergency to Expire May 11 – Some policies related to the COVID-19 pandemic will expire

Studies Referenced:
The Persistent Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Total Joint Arthroplasty

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ASC Physician Brief - Winter 2022

Winter 2022

Meet Tyler Marks, MD – ASCA’s Board Secretary on the biggest opportunities and challenges facing ASCs

Cyberattacks on the Rise – Three recommendations to protect your business and patient health information

Studies Referenced:
US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) data breaches

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