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Ambulatory Surgery Centers were developed over 30 years ago as innovative facilities where patients could have surgery performed in a safe and comfortable setting that does not require an overnight stay. The most common procedures, such as cataract removal, colonoscopy, and knee arthroscopy, are now performed in surgery centers.

Patients have embraced the high quality, safe, and efficient services provided in surgery centers. Over 1.4 million surgeries were performed in Texas ASCs in 2013. A study found that Texas ASCs had an estimated economic impact of $1.7 billion on the 2009 economy, employed over 7,300 Texans, and paid $424 million in 2009 taxes.

Founded in 2003, the Texas Ambulatory Surgery Center Society serves as the surgery center industry’s public policy advocate.

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The FDA has announced a shortage situation for intravenous (IV) solutions, particularly 0.9% sodium chloride injection (saline). The shortage has been triggered by a range of factors including a reported increased demand by hospitals, potentially related to the flu season. ASCs should monitor the FDA website and contact the manufacturers and GPO for up to date information.

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Key Dates

The Texas ASC Society 2014 State of the State Conference is scheduled for Monday, February 24 in Austin. This year's event includes sessions on Medicare's new quality measures, HAI/PAE reporting in Texas, network adequacy and electronic medical records. Visit the TASCS events page for this year's calendar.

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Learn more about ambulatory surgery centers and why they continue to grow after more than 30 years in operation. More and more health care services are being delivered in outpatient settings and surgery centers have led the way, demonstrating that high quality surgical care can be delivered in a cost effective facility that offers personalized service.

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