News and Opportunities
90210 Surgery Medical Center Wins ASC of the Year
On Thursday, September 14, 2023, CASA revealed the recipients for the 2023 CASA Award for ASC Excellence and the CASA ASC of the Year. The awards were established to acknowledge that California ASCs are drivers of excellent healthcare, providing opportunities and solutions for healthcare reform. In 2016, the CASA Board established the CASA Award for ASC Excellence as a mechanism to honor ASCs who strive to “rise to the top.” The program is built around 5 pillar categories acknowledging a CASA member facility who exemplifies best practices in the surgery center industry, plus actively promotes and advocates for ASC excellence and inclusion in the healthcare delivery system.
CASA members have been busy this summer advocating for ASCs by opening up their facilities for legislative tours. Healthcare continues to be a priority in the California Legislature. These tours are opportunities to show first-hand how California ASCs provide significant cost savings, innovation, and quality outcomes in our communities.
DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Hospital Outpatient Departments/Ambulatory Surgical Centers)
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2024 proposed payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPD) on Thursday, July 14, 2023.
Is your facility taking advantage of CASA’s free benchmarking? Comparing your ASC outcomes to other like ASCs is important and looked at by accreditation bodies. Benchmarking is also a critical opportunity to utilize quality and performance metrics to improve your clinical outcomes as well as operational efficiencies.
By CASA Lobbyist Bryce Docherty
On Friday, June 30th Assembly Member Robert Rivas (D-Salinas) became the 67th Speaker of the California State Assembly. Speaker Rivas, the grandson of farmworkers who marched with Cesar Chavez for farmworker rights, also becomes the first Assembly Speaker in modern history to represent a non-urban area of California.
Veteran Spotlight - Chuck Meisel
The 4th of July holds significance beyond just being a day for barbeques and fireworks. It serves as a moment to acknowledge those who have fought for our country and our independence – we can listen to their stories, appreciate their sacrifices, and gain a deeper understanding of their journeys. CASA also wants to recognize the community organizations that are doing important work helping veterans transition successfully from military life back to civilian life, and working through the many hardships that come with that.
Submit your Interest by August 18, 2023
CASA Annual Board elections will be held this September at the CASA Annual Conference. There are 3 Board seats open. Two of the seats are for a full, 4-year term, the remaining seat is for a 2-year term.
The CASA 2023 Salary Survey report is finalized and available. CASA members who participated in the survey have received an email with access to the report.
Did you miss the ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program data deadline of May 15, 2023? If your ASC was unable to submit any required information due to an extraordinary circumstance, your ASC may request an exception.
Join us Tuesday, June 27th, at 2 PM, as CASA hosts an informative webinar with Jeremy Ralston, Life Safety Manager - Clinical Quality Enterprise; SCA Health, as he delves into the critical topic of survey deficiencies for Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and Life Safety, exploring proactive measures to prevent them before undergoing survey assessments.
Register and make your hotel reservation soon.
September and the CASA Annual Conference will be here before you know it. Make sure you have the dates marked on your calendar and register soon to receive additional discounts. We also encourage you to make your hotel reservation as soon as possible as Monterey is a tourist destination and space fills up quickly.
On May 31, 2023, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule that withdraws the regulations that had mandated COVID-19 vaccination for healthcare personnel. It is important to note that the CMS 2023 ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program Requirements continue to be in place including ASC-20.
ASCs Should Comply with County Recommendations
On May 31, 2023, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule that withdraws the regulations that had mandated COVID-19 vaccination for healthcare personnel.
Application Deadline is June 30, 2023
The deadline is quickly approaching and CASA is encouraging all of our members to consider applying for the CASA Award for ASC Excellence. This is a great opportunity to have your ASC acknowledged by your peers and further let the public know the service you provide.
DWC Posts Additional Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Hospital Outpatient Departments/Ambulatory Surgical Centers)
CASA Annual Conference September 13-15, 2023, in Monterey CA
DWC has posted an order adjusting the Hospital Outpatient Departments and Ambulatory Surgical Centers fee schedule to adopt the following Medicare updates made May 10, 2023.
Hear how Andrea Gallardo used it for her center’s success.
In the CASA member survey, one of the greatest areas of concern for ASCs was access to trained perioperative nurses and the overall staffing shortage. The CASA Board implemented a special committee to research opportunities to assist our members with meeting these demands.
Veteran Spotlight - Dr. Robert S. Bray Jr., MD
On May 9, 2023, CASA Executive Director Beth LaBouyer and CASA Veterans Committee member Chad Smith, Administrator, Sutter Alhambra Surgery Center represented the ASC industry at the Hiring Our Heroes Career Fair in San Francisco. Check out our Veteran Spotlight-Dr. Robert S. Bray Jr.
May 15, 2023, is the deadline for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Reporting in order for facilities to avoid a reduction to the following year’s Medicare reimbursement. May 15, 2023, is also the deadline for CASA Benchmarking
The system is open for data entry for the 1st quarter of 2023, and closes May 15, 2023. May 15, 2023, is also the deadline for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Reporting in order for facilities to avoid a reduction to the following year’s Medicare reimbursement.
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is a time to recognize and honor the rich history, diverse cultures, and significant contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) to the United States. This month-long celebration provides an opportunity to highlight the achievements, struggles, and contributions of AAPI communities, while also promoting awareness and understanding of their heritage and experiences.
On April 5, 2023, Assemblymember Juan Alanis (R-Modesto) toured the Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, Briggsmore Surgery Center and on April 20, 2023, Assemblymember Stephanie Nguyen (D-Elk Grove) and her assistant Giezi Bermudez toured Endoscopy Center of South Sacramento.
California Ambulatory Surgery Association Meeting with California Office of Health Care Affordability Highlights Potential Value of ASCs and Opportunities for System Savings
The California Ambulatory Surgery Association (CASA) recently met with key representatives of California’s new Office of Health Care Affordability (OHCA). Vishaal Pegany, Deputy Director, and Margareta Brandt, Assistant Deputy Director of Health System Performance for OHCA, shared information about the goals of the California Office of Health Care Affordability, upcoming milestones, and how OHCA plans to measure and report on total health care expenditures.
Members Must Participate to Receive the Results at No Charge - Deadline to Enter Data Aproaching
It is that time of year to submit your information for the CASA Salary Survey. Each year, the survey becomes more successful with increased participation and expanded results. We’ve updated the 2023 survey to gather some additional information to help you as centers navigate through the current staffing crisis.
CASA Asking Members to Write their Member of Congress
On Tuesday, April 4, 2023, 90210 Surgery Medical Center toured Congressman Ted Lieu’s Deputy District Director, Janet Turner. It was a great opportunity to show first-hand how ASCs are integral in meeting the needs of the community, including expanding access to healthcare and providing savings to Medicare as well as the Medicare beneficiary. During the visit they were able to discuss the importance of the Outpatient Surgery Quality and Access Act of 2023.
Join us for this CASA Webinar – April 27, 2023
This webinar is free to CASA members and will bring together a panel of industry experts to provide their perspectives and concepts for success..
ASCs Should Comply with County Recommendations
As of April 3, 2023, masks are no longer required in indoor high-risk and health care settings by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). It is important for ASCs to follow the guidance of their county health departments and update their policies accordingly. On March 30, 2023, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) issued the following health order.
Take Advantage of the Perioperative 101 Training Discount - Expires 8.31.23
Now is a perfect opportunity to assure your center is participating in the CASA Benchmarking program. The system is open for data entry for the 1st quarter of 2023.
Member Spotlight - Robin Menefee
CASA celebrates diversity in healthcare which includes promoting gender equity. This Women’s History Month, we are highlighting current female leaders in healthcare and the importance of bringing more women into leadership roles.
Member Spotlight - Kara Hoffman
Women’s History Month is an opportunity to celebrate women’s contributions to society. In healthcare, women make up the majority of workers, and the number is steadily increasing. But there is still a significant gap to reach gender equality amongst the leadership ranks. This month, CASA is recognizing women in healthcare leadership positions and encouraging ASCs to nurture future female leaders.