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COVID-19 Resource Center
Updated: November 23, 2020

Information from ASCA

ASCA and CMS Discuss Ways to Help ASCs Assist in COVID-19 Surge Response

Published: November 23, 2020

In conversation with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma and other senior officials, ASCA Board members suggested ways the agency can allow ASCs to take on cases being postponed in hospitals due to COVID-19 surges.

ASCA Joins Large Coalition Urging Delayed Reinstatement of Medicare’s Sequestration Cuts

Published: November 12, 2020

ASCA and 26 other healthcare organizations requested that Congress extend the moratorium on Medicare reimbursement cuts for as long as the COVID-19 public health emergency continues.

ASCA and Others Ask Congress to Set ASC Copay Cap

Published: November 12, 2020

ASCA, the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) and the Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA) are urging Congress to eliminate the copay penalty that Medicare beneficiaries face when they receive certain high-cost procedures in ASCs instead of hospital outpatient departments.

New Podcast Episode: "Monitoring Patient Safety during the Pandemic"

Published: October 5, 2020

Stuart Simon, MD, medical director of United Surgical Partners International (USPI), discusses the findings of a survey of more than 700 ambulatory surgery centers conducted this past spring that found essential surgical procedures conducted during the pandemic were performed safely, with virtually no heightened risk of patients contracting the virus either during or following their outpatient surgery.

ASCA Supports Legislation to Eliminate Tax Concerns Tied to Federal Funds

Published: August 25, 2020

ASCA and other healthcare organizations sent a letter to congressional leaders supporting the Eliminating the Provider Relief Fund Tax Penalties Act (H.R. 7819 and S. 4525). If enacted, this legislation would ensure that Provider Relief Fund distributions provided in response to COVID-19 are not taxable.

Read the complete letter supporting H.R. 7819/S. 4525 and see the other organizations requesting this action.

New Podcast Episode: "The Risk of Delaying Certain Elective Surgeries"

Published: July 15, 2020

Tom Deas, MD, a leading gastroenterologist who is board certified in both internal medicine and gastroenterology, discusses some of the risks associated with delaying even common outpatient surgery procedures such as colonoscopies.

New Podcast Episode: "A Progress Report on Resuming Elective Surgery"

Available to ASCA members only
Published: June 18, 2020

Bill Prentice, ASCA chief executive officer, and Michael Patterson, president and chief executive officer of Mississippi Valley Health in Davenport, Iowa, provide an update on the resumption of elective surgeries in ASCs, as well as the continuing challenges occurring in outpatient surgery.

ASCA Supports Re-Entry Guidance for Medical Device Representatives

Published: June 11, 2020

ASCA has signed on to guidance developed to help healthcare providers adopt policies that will allow medical device representatives to re-enter their facilities safely.

New Podcast Episode: “Resuming Elective Surgery Part II: Volume, Pricing and the Private Insurance Market”

Available to ASCA members only
Published: June 3, 2020

In this episode of the Advancing Surgical Care Podcast, ASCA CEO Bill Prentice and Healthcare Bluebook Co-Founder and Senior Vice President Bill Kampine discuss the outlook for resuming elective surgeries and what to expect immediately and in the future regarding case volumes, pricing and commercial insurance coverage.

Medicare Suppliers May Temporarily Enroll as Labs to Help Address COVID-19 Testing

Published: May 13, 2020

ASCs currently enrolled in Medicare may also enroll temporarily as independent clinical diagnostic laboratories during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Free Toolkit Helps ASCs Reassure Patients as Elective Surgeries Resume

Available to ASCA members only
Published: May 7, 2020

ASCA members can download a free toolkit they can use to address patient concerns about infection prevention and safety in response to COVID-19.

Listen to ASCA’s Podcast Episode: "Staying Compliant with the Paycheck Protection Program"

Available to ASCA members only
Published: May 6, 2020

In this episode of the Advancing Surgical Care Podcast, ASCA Chief Executive Officer Bill Prentice is joined by John Goehle of Ambulatory Healthcare Strategies for a discussion about the responsibilities of ASCs enrolled in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

ASCA’s Federal Outreach Efforts

Updated: April 28, 2020

Listen to ASCA’s Podcast Episode: "Resuming Elective Surgery"

Available to ASCA members only
Published: April 23, 2020

In this 14-minute podcast, Bill Prentice, ASCA chief executive officer, and Michael Patterson, president and chief executive officer of Mississippi Valley Health and ASCA board member, provide insightful commentary on the latest guidance available to ASCs considering resuming elective surgeries and procedures. Federal and state guidelines, recommendations from professional societies and the checklist ASCA prepared to help its members reopen their facilities are discussed.

Use ASCA’s Checklist to Help Reopen Your ASC

Available to ASCA members only
Published: April 21, 2020

This checklist, developed by ASCA, is designed to help ASCs identify the key elements they need to consider as they prepare to resume in-person care of non-COVID-19 patients in regions with a low incidence of COVID-19 disease.

CMS Releases Recommendations for Reopening Healthcare Facilities

Updated: April 20, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance yesterday on restarting non-emergent non-COVID-19 healthcare.

Listen to ASCA’s Podcast Episode: "ASCs as Hospitals Without Walls"

Available to ASCA members only
Published: April 20, 2020

Join Bill Prentice, ASCA chief executive officer, and Mandy Hawkins, director of the Surgery Center of Charleston and ASCA board member, as they discuss the Hospitals Without Walls program.

ASCA Statement on Resuming Elective Surgery as the COVID-19 Pandemic Recedes

Updated: April 17, 2020

ASCs should resume elective surgeries if two conditions are guaranteed.

ASCA and Others Release Statements on Resuming Elective Surgery

Updated: April 17, 2020

This guidance outlines important considerations that ASCs must evaluate before proceeding with postponed cases to ensure the safety of patients, their families and surgery center staff.

Listen to ASCA’s Podcast Episode: "Federal Financial Relief"

Available to ASCA members only
Published: April 16, 2020

Join ASCA Chief Executive Officer Bill Prentice and ASCA Director of Government Affairs & Regulatory Counsel Kara Newbury to hear the latest updates on the new federal financial assistance available to ASCs.

COVID-19 Emergency Response Service Expansion Checklist

Available to ASCA members only
Published: April 6, 2020

This checklist, developed by ASCA, is designed to help ASCs identify the basic elements they need to consider before providing expanded services under the temporary rules and waivers the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced during the national emergency declared in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Expanding COVID-19 Response under Federal Emergency Rules: A Q&A from ASCA

Published: April 3, 2020

ASCA discusses the federal government announcement about the new emergency rules, some of the expanded ways ASCs can support the COVID-19 response and ways ASCs can access the federal assistance they need to continue to provide safe, high-quality care to patients during and after this crisis.

Webinar Recording: COVID-19 Update

Published: April 1, 2020

Listen to this webinar to learn more about how ASCs can participate in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' "Hospitals Without Walls" program announced March 30.

ASCA 2020 Postponed Due to COVID-19

Updated: April 1, 2020

CMS Expands ASCs’ Ability to Assist with COVID-19 Response

Updated: March 30, 2020

COVID-19: American Academy of Ophthalmology List of Urgent/Emergent Ophthalmology Procedures

Updated: March 30, 2020

Surge Capacity

Updated: March 25, 2020

Developed by ASCA to share with federal leaders, this document outlines scenarios in which ASCs could be activated to help handle surgical overflow from hospitals that are at treatment capacity due to COVID-19.

ASCA Tool Helps ASCs Support Community-Wide COVID-19 Response

Updated: March 23, 2020

COVID-19: American Society of Anesthesiologists Recommendations for Anesthesia Management

Updated: March 23, 2020

COVID-19: A Message to ASCs

Updated: March 20, 2020

ASC Focus Digital Debut: ASCs Implement COVID-19 Safety Measures

Published: March 19, 2020

Webinar Recording: COVID-19 Updates for ASCs

Updated: March 19, 2020

This webinar outlines the latest updates on the federal regulatory and clinical concerns ASCs are facing.

COVID-19: Guidance for ASCs on Necessary Surgeries

Updated: March 19, 2020

COVID-19: An Interview with ASCA CEO Bill Prentice

Updated: March 19, 2020

ASC Locations, Specialties and Available ORs

Updated: March 19, 2020

Learn more about the ASCs throughout the country, the specialties they serve and the number of ORs they maintain. Need more information? Contact Kara Newbury at knewbury@ascassociation.org.

Statement from the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association Regarding Elective Surgery and COVID-19

Updated: March 16, 2020