MASKS IN TEXAS AMBULATORY SURGERY CENTERS

The ASC community is committed to the safety of our patients and our staff. We believe masks are an important tool to slow the transmission of COVID-19. Therefore, we will continue to encourage the use of masks and social distancing of patients and staff.

Our recommendation is based off the following resources:

The Centers for Disease Control
Texas Department of State Health Services
Texas Medical Board


 

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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. In 2015, Texas ASCs saved Medicare $65.7 million on cataract procedures, $12.6 million on upper GI procedures, and $294,644 on cystoscopy procedures. 

According to a recent UC-Berkeley study, ASCs save Medicare $2.3 billion each year on just the 120 most common procedures that they perform on Medicare beneficiaries. According to the same study, if the ASC share within the Medicare system increased by only 3%, the savings could exceed $57.6 billion over 10 years.

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


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FYI

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will be accepting data submissions June 1–21, for the Surveys on Patient Safety CultureTM (SOPS®) Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Database  
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Data Manager and Data Certifier Login Deactivation
 
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Final
Recommendation on Screening for Colorectal Cancer

 ASC Quality Reporting Deadline Extended Through July 19