texas county mapThe proposed emergency preparedness rule has a number of flaws, burdening ASCs with requirements that go beyond their scope of care. The proposed rule places the same requirements on all providers and overlooks their unique aspects. Many of the proposed requirements are not practical for the ASC setting given their smaller size and staff constraints.

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The Medicare ASC approved procedures list is a dynamic document that lists the procedures that Medicare has deemed appropriate to be performed in an ambulatory surgery center. The Texas ASC Society supports the addition of new approved procedures as surgical methods advance.
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A study by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) found that approximately 90 percent of all ASCs nationally are physician-owned. In Texas, that number is even higher. Surgeon investment leads to an efficient and high-quality operation for patients.
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While the new Medicare payment system recognizes a number of surgeries and procedures that can be performed in the ASC setting, the disparity between hospital outpatient (HOPD) and ASC rates is so wide that it forces a lot of surgeries out of the ASC setting.
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The Texas ASC Society works to ensure that surgery centers are able to work in conjunction with health care plans and that State insurance regulations reflect the interests of the surgery center industry.
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