US Representatives Devin Nunes (R-CA) and John Larson (D-CT) introduced the Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality and Access Act of 2017, which is intended to preserve patient access to the high quality, cost-effective health care services that ASCs provide. The legislation has already experienced extensive support, including 27 original cosponsors.
The ASC Quality and Access Act of 2017 would:
- Fix a flaw in current law that allows the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to use different measures of inflation for ASCs and HOPDs when setting rates, unfairly penalizing the lower cost provider. This improvement would prevent the migration of the procedures ASCs perform to the more expensive HOPD setting and encourage additional cost savings to Medicare and its beneficiaries;
- Require transparency in quality reporting and require CMS to publish relevant quality data in a way that is accessible to patients;
- Direct CMS to add a representative of the ASC community to its Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment because decisions made by the panel affect both HOPD and ASC facility fees and eligible procedures; and
- Require CMS to disclose which of six criteria triggers the exclusion of a procedure from the ASC approved list.
In addition to the Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality and Access Act, ASCA works closely with Congress on a number of issues to protect and promote access to ASCs nationwide.
For more information on ASCA’s legislative priorities, visit here.