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Trenton, NJ (May 22, 2017) –The New Jersey Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers (NJAASC) sent a delegation to Washington D.C. May 3-4, 2017, to meet with the legislative staff of members of New Jersey’s U.S. congressional delegation and U.S. senators to advocate for two bills: The Ambulatory Surgery Center Quality and Access Act of 2017 and the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act of 2017 (H.R. 1017).

The NJAASC delegation included:

  • Edmund Abramovitz;
  • Samantha Chmiel-Towle, Nursing Director at Hunterdon Center for Surgery;
  • Evelyn Figueroa, Office Manager at Teaneck Surgical Center;
  • Caroline Hauser CASC, Administrator at Bergen-Passaic Cataract Surgery Center;
  • Joyce Kozacik RN CASC, Administrator at Essex Specialized Surgical Institute:
  • Bonnie Lavoie, ASD Management; Gail Law, Director of Quality and Standards at Essex Specialized Surgical Institute;
  • Sarah Malaniak CASC, Administrator at Ambulatory Surgery Center for Endoscopy;
  • Michael Richardson, Senior Director of National Accounts at Pacira Pharmaceuticals;
  • Howard Resnick CPA, Director at Hunterdon Center for Surgery;
  • Lisa Rivera, Business Manager at Northern NJ Center for Advanced Endoscopy;
  • Stanley Sheft MD FACS, Medical Director at Hunterdon Center for Surgery;
  • Patrick Stewart, executive Director, New Jersey Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers;
  • Joe Terry, Pacira Pharmaceuticals:
  • Edward Wang MD, Anesthesia Director at Hunterdon Center for Surgery;
  • Andrew Weiss CASC, Administrator at The Endo Center at Voorhees and NJAASC President,and
  • Lisa York RN BSM MSN CASC, Administrator at The Endo Center at Voorhees

The delegation met with the staffs of following congressmen and senators over the two-day period:

  • Senator Cory Booker
  • Representative Josh Gottheimer  (NJ-05)
  • Representative Leonard J. Lance  (NJ-07)
  • Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11)
  • Senator Rob Menendez
  • Representative Donald W. Norcross )NJ-01)
  • Representative Albio B. Sires (NJ-8)

After a thorough issues briefing by Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) Washington staff on May xx, 2017), the NJAASC delegation went to Capitol Hill to advocate for The Ambulatory Surgery Center Quality and Access Act of 2017 which would move the ASC reimbursement update from the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) to the hospital market basket update, which better measures the cost of practicing medicine. The bill would also add transparency to the health care industry by requiring the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to disclose which criteria they use to deny certain procedures from being performed in an ASC and by requiring them to make publicly available the results of quality reporting measures that apply to both ASCs and HOPDs. The Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act of 2017 (H.R. 1017) would correct an oversight in current law that requires Medicare beneficiaries to cover the cost of their copayment for a “free” screening colonoscopy if a polyp is discovered and removed during the procedure.

In summarizing the NJAASC delegation’s key points, Weiss noted, “We wholly support the Ambulatory Surgery Center Quality and Access Act of 2017 because it would narrowthe gap between reimbursement at ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs).  Barring this, the disparity between ASC and HOPD payments will widen even further and may ultimately limit access to ASCs

“Further, the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act of 2017 is most importantly, about providing high-quality, cost-efficient healthcare to patients, a core value to NJAASC’s membership,” explained Weiss. “Our meetings in Washington to explain our position from an ASC’s perspective and weigh in on important pieces of legislation is an important part of our key mission each year, and this year’s meetings were very encouraging indeed.”

About NJAASC

The New Jersey Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers (NJAASC) is an incorporated, non-profit organization which was founded in 1992 by owners of ambulatory surgery centers. Its mission is to promote and advance the efforts of New Jersey’s ambulatory surgery centers in the delivery of optimum patient care in a cost effective manner. It offers information, educational and networking opportunities for everyone associated with the ASC industry; provides advocacy on issues affecting its members; monitors state and federal legislation, and interacts with the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) on state and federal issues. For more information, visit www.njaasc.org.

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