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Spotlight on Congressman John Larson

For 20 years, Congressman John Larson has represented Connecticut’s First District in the US House of Representatives. He is one of the strongest champions of the ASC community and has led ASC initiatives since 2011, including supporting the Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality and Access Act.

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Curbing the Opioid Epidemic

Emergency rooms (ER)—where a 2016 New York Times report says up to 75 percent of visits are for pain—can be a starting point for addiction. Many patients’ initial exposure to opioids, however, is immediately following outpatient surgery.

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ASCA CEO Discusses Proposed 2019 ASC Payment Rule

On July 25, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2019 proposed payment rule for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments (HOPD). ASCA Chief Executive Officer Bill Prentice talks about the policy changes proposed and the implications of those changes for ASCs.

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Focus on Members

How do you handle postop instructions and staffing in your ASC?

Sue Valind

"We do postop instructions in the preop area with both patient and driver. We inform them that..."

—Sue Valind, Menomonee Falls Ambulatory Surgery Center

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Names in the News

Letter From Michael Kulczycki

To my dear colleagues:


That is a very difficult concept to put into a single word. After 44+ years of a professional-working life in health care, and after nearly 17 years of leading the Ambulatory Care accreditation program here at The Joint Commission, farewell means many things. Starting with my full retirement next month!

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Share Your ASC News

Do you have a new hire? Did your company win an award? Or did your management change? You can highlight all your company announcements in the Names in the News section. This resource is available for free to both ASCA members and nonmembers. Please send your announcement to editorial@ascassociation.org.