Message from the President

Message from the President

Collect Data, Use it to Educate Policymakers

Data is changing the face of the world. To continuously improve, a business needs to collect data, analyze it and make changes based on that analysis. This process is critical for all businesses, but especially, the business of health care. Data collected over years helps a business influence its competitive advantage and sustainability.


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Maintaining Our Foothold on Excellence

Greetings. As you might already know, I was elected president of ASCA’s Board of Directors this past April. As president, I look forward to using this space to discuss some of the important issues confronting ASCs and helping to define our practices and policies and the care we deliver to our patients.


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Apply the Pareto Principle at Your ASC

Networking with participants at ASCA’s annual meetings each year always reminds me of the incredible people who work in this industry. Their passion and dedication for those we serve is inspiring. Once we “sharpen our saw” with this great educational opportunity each year, we return to our centers and look for areas of improvement. We need to continuously search for these opportunities in our quest to provide outstanding care and service to all our customers—our patients, physicians and team members—because this is what sets us apart.


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Emphasize the Importance of Early CRC Screening

In its latest recommendations in June 2017, the US Multi-Society Task Force (MSTF) on Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Screening confirmed that people at average risk should be screened beginning at age 50. The task force— made up of representatives from the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Gastroenterological Association, and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy—recommended colonoscopy and fecal immunochemical testing (FIT) as the “first tier” screening tests for this group.


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Staying on Our Toes

New Year’s greetings.

“The old order changeth, yielding place to new,” and along with the new, come changes. The ASC industry is known for its ability to be nimble and adapt quickly to the ever-changing health care landscape. This flexibility keeps us at the top of our game to ensure we continue to provide high-quality, cost-effective health care to our customers. We have no room in our industry for complacency or status quo. I encourage all of us to continuously be seeking improvements in our everyday activities and processes.


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Look to ASCA, Talk to ASCA to Get the Services You Need

ASCA rolled out a new program this year that gives the association’s facility members and ASCs across the country easy access to several important resources they can use to meet regulatory requirements, cut costs, educate staff and continue to deliver top-quality patient care.


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How MACRA, MIPS Affect Your Physician Services

In the last few months, some of you might have received a letter from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) talking about Medicare’s new Quality Payment Program. This program is part of a large-scale shift in the way Medicare pays physicians and other clinicians since Congress passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) in 2015.


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ASC Payment Reform Deserves Bipartisan Support

Late last year, Congress adopted two important measures that ASCA and ASCs had been supporting for some time (www.ascfocus.org/21st-century-cures). While we appreciate the congressional support that those provisions received, the work ASCs need to do on Capitol Hill is far from over.


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CRCS Saves Lives and You Can Help

The evidence is clear: effective colorectal cancer screening (CRCS) prevents colon cancer and lowers the risk of death due to CRC. For more on this topic, listen to Richard Wender, MD, at www.ascassociation.org/wender.


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ASCA’s Annual Meeting this Year? You Need to Be There

Have you made your travel arrangements? ASCA 2017 is May 3–6 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, just minutes from Washington, DC. With more than 60 educational sessions, an exhibit hall filled with state-of-the-art, time- and money-saving solutions for your ASC and a one-of-a-kind opportunity to join your colleagues in visiting Capitol Hill to advocate for policies that protect and support your ASC, this meeting is one you just can’t miss.


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Register Now for ASCA’s Three Winter Seminars

Start your New Year right by participating in one of three new seminars that ASCA is offering in San Antonio, Texas, this January. Developed to address critical operational areas in your facility that ASC managers and staff routinely tell us keep them up at night, these three programs will give you the essential information you need to make sure that your ASC is in compliance, on solid financial ground and on track for future success.


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