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



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.  

You can be very proud of your participation in TASCS and the services it provides Ambulatory Surgery Centers in Texas.  TASCS is the public policy voice of Texas ASCs at the state capitol, but to be strong and effective in today's political climate, we also have to be politically active.  That's why we hope you will take an opportunity to become more politically involved by contributing to the TASCS PAC, the political action committee of TASCS.  

ASCs face a lot of challenges at the Legislature. In 2019, TASCS tracked more than 250 bills that affected the ASC industry, including legislation dealing with balance billing, workplace safety, health plan networks, opioid prescribing, managed care, surgical assistants, dual licensure of ASCs, and much more.  We expect another tough session in 2021, where each of these key issues – and more – are likely to be back under consideration by the Legislature. 

Asking yourself “Why Donate?” and “Who can give?” “How does TASCS’ goal compare to other organizations?" Find out these answers and more by clicking on the FAQ Link above.

To help meet the challenge, TASCS PAC contributes on a non-partisan basis to Texas officeholders and candidates for state office.  Political campaigns have become very expensive and if TASCS is to have a seat at the negotiating table, it's important that we all get involved.

We are setting an aggressive fundraising goal of $50,000 in PAC funds for the Texas ASC industry.  To achieve this, we are asking each facility to raise $500 in 2020.  It doesn’t have to do be done in one contribution – these contributions can be collected periodically via a credit card, from facilities or a variety of ASC employees. Each employee doesn't have to give a lot - EVERY dollar helps! 

Individual contributions need to be PERSONAL funds, and facility donations MAY NOT BE corporate dollars (but donations from Professional Associations (PA), Professional Corporations (PC), Limited Liability Companies (LLC), Professional Limited Liability Companies (PLLC) and individuals are allowed).  Contributions can be automatically deducted monthly through your credit card or bank account. 

Participating in TASCS PAC not only benefits your work environment – donors also receive special invitations to visit with lawmakers and candidates, as well as political updates and election analysis.