Contact Your U.S. Representatives | Ask Them to Support 3 Crucial Bills
Three bills (H.R. 2500, H.R. 1331, H.R. 1070) have been filed in Washington, addressing current reimbursement shortcomings, ASC inclusion in electronic medical records legislation and patient access to colorectal cancer screening. As is the case with all legislation, the ASC industry needs to contact their representatives in Congress and ask them to get behind these important bills.
Contact your representative by submitting your comments directly on their website.
If you have questions, please contact Tony German at the Texas ASC Society or visit the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association's grassroots advocacy website.
Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act
The Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act, H.R. 1070, sponsored by U.S. Representative Charles Dent of Pennsylvania, would waive a Medicare recipient's co-payment when a screening colonoscopy results in the subsequent removal of a polyp.
The Electronic Health Records Improvement Act of 2013, H.R. 1331, sponsored by U.S. Representative Diane Black of Tennessee, changes the HITECH Act of 2009 through short term exemptions to the physician encounters requirements related to meaningful use electronic health records.
Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality & Access Act of 2013
The ASC Quality & Access Act of 2013, H.R. 2500 (S. 1137), proposes a number of changes to the Social Security Act (Medicare) relating to surgery center reimbursement, approved procedures and provider representation.
CMS proposes to increase ASC payments by 1.2%, based on the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) update while hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) would receive an icrease of 2.1%, based on the hospital market basket index. The Texas ASC Society and the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) have encouraged CMS to align the two update factors.