The Tennessee state Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Association and Ambulatory Surgery Center Advocacy Committee (ASCAC) teamed up for a lobby day – visiting Tennessee members of Congress, including both senators.
Ten ASC leaders from Tennessee and three AmSurg leaders pressed each member of Congress to directly contact Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s (CMS) Administrator, Donald Berwick, in regards to Medicare ASC payments.
The AmSurg leaders include:
- Mark Wainner
- AmSurg’s vice president of Financial Operations and Revenue Management and past president of the Tennessee ASC Association
- Chris Kelly
- AmSurg’s vice president of Legal
- Craig Jeffries
- AmSurg’s public policy consultant
This face to face effort in Washington D.C. congressional offices reinforced and escalated AmSurg’s efforts to find an alternative to the Consumer Price Index inflation update method.
The lobby day ended with a reception for Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). Kelly introduced Blackburn to the Tennessee ASC leaders in attendance, thanked her for her support and invited her thoughts on the likely change in leadership in the House of Representatives after the election.