Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Update of the Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

ASC Payment System Update Effective January 1, 2021

On December 27, 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act modified the Calendar Year (CY) 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS), providing a 3.75 percent increase in MPFS payments. CMS recalculated Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) rates for office-based covered surgical procedures and certain covered ancillary radiology services and diagnostic tests, as well as the budget neutrality adjustment applied to all ASC procedure payment rates.

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2021 Membership Renewals & Sponsorship

Your membership is a partnership with TASCS and your fellow members. You make a difference in the lives of many families in your community. TASCS membership allows you to share your news and challenges with industry experts. Help us identify key issues for you and your business. Let us help you grow and promote your company/association. TASCS needs your support to help achieve our mutual goals.

2021 looks to be another challenging year for the ASC Industry. Membership in TASCS is the key to staying informed regarding ASC Legislative issues in Texas. We have a considerable amount of work to do during the 87th Legislative Session. No other association can provide the resources and educational opportunities from a LOCAL perspective. TASCS is working diligently for YOU and your local programs at the Texas Capitol.

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Get Involved!

Make change happen! Getting involved with membership organizations, such as TASCS, is essential in the success of your professional development, creating valuable partnerships and is truly the best way for progression in the ASC Industry.

 Have you ever pondered…? “Why did they select that topic for education?” or “Why are we focused on this Legislative topic?.” Perhaps you have even thought, “What am I getting out of my membership?” Your ideas are relevant, and your engagement is key to our success.

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TASCS Membership Directory

It’s a great time of year update your information. Stand out by adding your logo. Ensure you’re searchable to not only the ASC audience but to the public as well.  

COVID19 Vaccine TownHall January 14th

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Save the Date- Infection Control Week!

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Membership Monday


Jeff Blankinship grew up in Plano, Texas, and graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1986. He started in healthcare in 1989, in Los Angeles, California, as he was a part of the group that started Pain Relief Network, a regional pain management facility covering Southern California and Arizona. In 1994, when moving back to Texas, he ran several home health companies before entering back into the ASC space. In 1996, he was hired by Amedisys, out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to run and develop an ambulatory surgery center in Houston. In 1999, he met his wife, who was a transcriptionist in Dallas; at that time, they created Surgical Notes, an integrated internet medical records service and software company, which grew organically and developed many useful applications such as ScanChart, SnCoder and SNChart. 

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Introducing the TASCS Blog

We are excited to introduce the TASCS Blog beginning in 2021! 
This is yet another way that your association is providing you relevant, up-to-date information that is critical to our ASC industry. 
Check back regularly for more! You never know what you'll find. 
And be sure to follow us on social media for live updates.   

TASCS President Dr. Kim Persley gets Vaccine

TASCS President Dr. Kim Persley gets VaccineTASCS President Dr. Kim Persley was part of the first phase of healthcare workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in late December. "As a physician working directly with patients, I felt it was important to vaccinate myself to help keep the virus from spreading and to help create a safe environment for my patients."

ASC workers across the state are getting their vaccinations to help maintain a safe place for patients to get their needed procedures.

Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021

In case you missed it! Read this important article about the signing of H.R. 133, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 and what it means for you.