Proliance CEO meets with US Department of Health & Human Services
Last week, Dave Fitzgerald, Proliance Surgeons CEO and Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) Government Affairs Committee Chairman, joined other select ASCA representatives to speak with John Brooks, the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Counselor for Health Policy. Brooks reports directly to HHS Secretary Tom Price.
During the meeting, they discussed how Medicare payment policies are impacting ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), including how the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) can "leverage the high-quality and cost-effective care that ASCs provide" by allowing ASCs to be reimbursed for the same procedures for which hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) are reimbursed through Medicare. ASCA representatives requested that reimbursement rates for ASCs be updated annually according to the same healthcare market basket that adjusts HOPD payments.
The meeting was very positive, and Mr. Brooks was receptive to our concerns. ASCA will continue to advocate for Medicare payment policies that will encourage the movement of services to ASCs and provide patients with access to our high-quality, lower-cost setting.