FSASC Legislative Update 3-09-2018

March 9, 2018 –The 2018 Legislative Session started out like any other with an emphasis on the policy priorities of Governor Scott, House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Senate President Joe Negron.  Largely, those priorities focused on education, the environment, health care, taxes and the state budget. 

The Session began with scandal and ended with heartbreak. The early part of the session was defined by sexual harassment charges that caused a key member of the Senate to resign.  At almost the exact mid-point of the 60 day session 17 children and adults were killed and another 17 injured by a shooter at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The Legislature understandably spent much of the last couple of weeks developing and debating a bill on school safety in an attempt to respond.


USA Today and KHN Story

Surgery Centers across the country were shocked on Friday, March 2, and over the weekend as USA Today and Kaiser Health News released an unbalanced and critical investigative report on ambulatory surgery centers. The investigative report, which eschews facts and telling both sides of the story in favor of an overwhelming emotional appeal of sympathy for patients who have died following treatment in an ambulatory surgery center. The sub-theme follows; that those patients would somehow have been better off having their care in hospitals.

FSASC is working with the national association to make sure that our members have access to a reasoned response to the article’s findings that will help your staff educate concerned patients or members of the media. The attached talking points were developed by ASCA specifically in response to the investigative report. Click here to view the original article.

Click here to view the list of talking points.

FSASC is here to assist members in dealing with any concerns that arise in this context. Please call us at 850.222.3000.


Deadlines from Quality Reporting Center

Quality Reporting Center has a couple of dates you should put on your calendar.

  • May 15 – The tool on QualityNet used for entering data for ASC-9 and ASC-10 opened on January 2, 2018. You can now enter your facility’s endoscopy measure data for 2017 encounters to fulfill ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program requirements. The updated ASCQR Reference Checklist summarizes these requirements for you. The tool closes on the May 15 deadline.

    *May 15 is a deadline for other data reporting programs, too, so get your data in early to avoid any potential technical difficulties.
  • April 14 –All currently enrolled NHSN Facility Administrators and Primary contacts received an email on January 30, 2018, from NHSN informing them that the Consent is available for their review and acceptance. The updated Consent form must be signed by your ASC’s Primary Contact or Facility Administrator by April 14 to ensure continued access to the NHSN and to the data entry tool for the influenza vaccination measure (ASC-8). Here are some FAQs about the form, and you can email the NHSN at [email protected] with the subject line “NHSN Reconsent” for more information.

  •  April 1 – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin mailing beneficiaries new Medicare cards with new Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBIs). The new MBIs will be used for billing, eligibility status, and claim status after a transition period. Your facility will need to be ready to accept MBIs on April 1. CMS has a webpage,  https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/New-Medicare-Card/index.html and an ombudsman at [email protected] to assist providers with the transition.

FSASC Legislative Update 02.16.2018

FSASC Legislative Update and FSASC Video for Week Six of Session

February 16, 2018 – This week FSASC was able to discuss with SB 162 with its sponsor, Senator Stuebe. SB162 and its companion bill, HB 217 by Rep. Hagar, prohibit insurance companies from retroactively denying a claim under certain circumstances. Although the HB did not move this week, the Senate moved their version to third reading meaning that it is ready to pass next week. This will send it to the House for final action. The HB has only one committee left before moving to the House floor.


FSASC Legislative Update 02.14.2018

February 14, 2018 – The Legislature has been busy as usual focusing much of the discussion on the state budget. This week, in addition to an update on issues moving, FSASC has been heavily focused on a bill that affects just about all Florida ASCs, HB 7009, rewriting Workers’ Compensation law.

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