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Northeast ASC Conference 2014

When

Friday September 12, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT
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Where

Waltham Woods Conference Center 
860 Winter Street
Waltham, MA 02451
 

 
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Contact

Greg DeConciliis
gregd@bostonoutpatient.com 
 

Northeast ASC Conference 2014 

The Massachussetts Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers (MAASC) invites you to attend the second annual Northeast ASC Conference.  The agenda covers all of the hot clinical and business topics affecting ASCs and medical facilities today.

The conference program is designed for physicians, clinical and allied staff, managers, administrators and business office professionals.  To download or print the agenda, please click here.  Click here to view the flyer.

Conference Information

  • Watham Woods Conference Center, 860 Winter Street, Waltham MA 02451
  • Friday, September 12, 2014: 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Reception: 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Course Tuition

The regular registration fee is $300, but MAASC members are eligible for a discount of $50.  An Early Bird discount rate of $250 is available to non-members until August 1st . 

Hotel Arrangements

A block of hotel rooms is reserved at the Westin in Waltham, located at 70 Third Avenue, approximately 1 mile from the conference site.  Telephone 1 (800) 937-8461 to make reservations and reference the "Northeast ASC Conference." 

Registration Information

Online registration is available and payment can be made via Paypal, credit card, debit card or by check.  To send payment by mail, please print out the registration form and mail to: Greg DeConciliis, c/o Boston Outpatient Suites, 840 Winter Street, Waltham 02451.  Please make check payable to MAASC.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations up to 10 days are allowed with full registration fee refund. There are no refunds for cancellations less than 10 days prior to the conference; however, a substitute may attend instead.  MAASC reserves the right to substitute faculty or cancel the conference. If the conference is cancelled, liability is limited to refund of the registration fee.

 

As published in the Laconia Daily Sun- Congressman Told Ambulatory Care Facilities Need Higher Reimbursement Rates!

GILFORD — Congressman Frank Guinta heard about problems faced by ambulatory care facilities during a visit to the Hillside Medical Center Wednesday afternoon.
Joyce Meisel, administrator of Hillside Surgery Center, and president of the board of the New Hampshire Ambulatory Surgery Association, led the Congressman on the tour of the facilities at the center, which provides complex ambulatory services in a cost-effective, patient-friendly environment.
She said that a routine hip replacement surgery for a Medicaid patient saw the center provide $4,000 in services while receiving only an $800 reimbursement.
Dr. John Grobman of Orthopedic Professional Association said that ambulatory surgery centers can do procedures at a much lower cost than those performed in hospitals due to lower overheads. Without adequate reimbursements, however, those facilities won’t be able to function well enough economically to remain viable, which will in turn drive medical costs up.
”It is important for us to recover costs,” said Grobman, who was told by Guinta that he agreed that reasonable reimbursements were needed and that one of the drivers of increased medical costs is because people don’t know what the cost of their care is.
”There’s plenty of money to go around in the health care system if it’s allocated properly,” said Guinta, who said that one of the problems is that ”people don’t realize they’re paying for other people’s care” through higher health insurance premiums and urged more individual responsibility on health care issues.
Grobman said that one of the big problems, other than low Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements, is that for-profit insurance companies, while making record profits, continue to sharply increase rates.
”Hospitals and providers are easy to squeeze. But there’s a limit to that,” said Grobman, who noted that he is receiving less for many surgeries than he was 20 years ago.
Guinta said that his wife, who is a hospital employee, received a bill for $4,500 from the hospital emergency room where she works after making a visit there when she didn’t have her insurance card with her.
He said that was an example of defensive medicine gone awry and said that tort reform would help doctors make more cost-efficient decisions without the fear of facing a lawsuit. He also said many hospitals in the state are providing up to $1 million a month in uncompensated care.
The Congressman, who has voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, said that the outcome of this fall’s presidential election will determine the future course of health care and that he favors the Republican Party’s proposals, one small step at a time, saying that the Obama plan is too much all at once.
Another concern brought to Guinta’s attention was the the shortage of prescription drugs, which surgery center employees told him would see drug manufacturers sending letters to the center saying that certain drugs were no longer available. Employees said these would invariably be followed by e-mails, the same day, from different providers, offering the drugs for prices 10 to 100 times higher than had previously been paid.
Last fall the Food and Drug Administration said that the number of reported prescription drug shortages in the United States nearly tripled between 2005 and 2010.
An investigation into so-called gray markets by a Congressional Committee last fall was started after reports that that a leukemia drug whose typical contract price is about $12 per vial was being sold at $990 per vial – 80 times higher. A Premier healthcare alliance report released last August estimated that the typical gray market vendor marks up prices by an average 650 percent. At the extreme, a drug used to treat high blood pressure that was normally priced at $25.90 was being sold at $1,200 due to a drug shortage.
Guinta said he would look into the issue.
 
Published in the Laconia Daily Sun