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East Side Endoscopy and Pain Management Center Welcomes Assemblymember Harvey Epstein

NEW YORK, Sept. 19, 2018 – East Side Endoscopy and Pain Management Center (ESNY) helped promote awareness of the safe, affordable, exceptional care that ASCs provide by hosting State Assemblymember Harvey Epstein, from New York’s 74th district, on Monday, September 17, 2018. The visit allowed the center to educate key policy and decision makers about the benefits of ASCs and was an extension of celebrating National ASC Month held in August.

(L-R: Courtney Trebing, ESNY Director of Nursing; Teresa Chaisson, PE Director of Clinical Support, Physicians Endoscopy; Assemblymember Harvey Epstein (NY-74); Helen Lowenwirth, ESNY Administrator)

Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) recognize the high-quality care they provide to surgical patients across the country—giving community members and public officials an inside look at the patient-centered services ASCs offer and insight as to why more patients and doctors are choosing these medical facilities for their health care needs. For many patients, ASCs offer a better way to have outpatient surgery. These physician-driven facilities put the patient—not the institution—at the center of the care.

“We are honored that Assemblymember Harvey Epstein has taken an interest in the center, and we enjoyed showing him around, as well as meeting our staff and providers. We all work very hard to provide the highest quality care to our community of patients and appreciate the opportunity to discuss the value East Side Endoscopy and Pain Management Center brings to the area with this distinguished public official,” said Teresa Chaisson, Director of Clinical Support, Physicians Endoscopy.

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The center, which began operations in 2010, has serviced over 10,000 New York patients in 2017 alone. East Side Endoscopy and Pain Management Center is a New York State certified ambulatory surgical center accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care specializing in providing the highest quality gastrointestinal endoscopy and pain management services to our patients and surrounding community. The atmosphere at ESNY is welcoming, more comfortable and efficient than the traditional settings found in hospital and office environments. The center provides personalized attention from a caring and highly skilled staff of physicians, nurses and specially trained technicians who strive to meet and maintain the highest standards of safety and infection control. Affiliated with Mount Sinai Beth Israel, ESNY is on the forefront of clinical integration initiatives with ongoing and active programs designed to promote quality, cost containment and community outreach.

For more information, visit www.esecgi.com or contact (212) 375-1065.

Assembly Member Victor M. Pichardo Marks National ASC Month at Mid-Bronx Endoscopy Center

Bronx, NY –Today, Assembly member Victor M. Pichardo toured the Mid-Bronx Endoscopy Center (MBEC) to mark National Ambulatory Surgery Center Month. During National ASC Month, ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) celebrate the high-quality care they provide to surgical patients across the country.

(L-R): Ann Sariego, Assemblyman Victor Pichardo, Colleen Costello, Dr. Makker, Angelo Wong


MBEC is a licensed, Article-28 facility which is subject to the same Department of Health (DOH) regulations as hospitals. MBEC has performed more than 2,900 procedures since opening their doors in August 2017. The center has transformed and personalized the procedure experience, which could typically be impersonal and stressful in a hospital outpatient setting.

MBEC provides crucial healthcare services to underserved and uninsured patients. MBEC partners with Bronx-Lebanon Hospital and Morris Heights Health Center, and participates in the NYCDOH Community Outreach Program, to meet and exceed charity-care requirements set forth by state regulation. Sixty-six percent of MBEC’s clients receive Medicare and Medicaid and the Center. The center employs nearly 20 staff in administrative and clinical roles from the community.

“We are honored that Assembly member Victor M. Pichardo has taken an interest in our center and look forward to providing him a tour as well as meeting our staff and providers. We all work very hard to provide the highest quality care to our community of patients and appreciate the opportunity to discuss the value MBEC brings to the area with this distinguished public official,” said Ann Sariego SVP Operations at Physicians Endoscopy.

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National ASC Month is made possible by Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA), the national membership association that represents ASCs and provides advocacy and resources to assist centers. At ASCA, they develop and maintain working relationships with legislative and regulatory bodies in order to facilitate visits such as the one from the Representative.

MBEC is one of two Physicians Endoscopy (PE) partnered centers in the Bronx. PE has 21 licensed GI ambulatory surgery centers in New York that collectively project to perform over 192,000 GI procedures annually.

Advanced Surgery Center of Long Island Celebrates National ASC Month

PORT JEFFERSON STATION, N.Y., Aug. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Taking place in August, National ASC Month serves to promote awareness of the safe, affordable, exceptional care that ASCs provide. During National ASC Month, ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) celebrate the high-quality care they provide to surgical patients across the country. Advanced Surgery Center of Long Island (ASLI) is taking advantage of the opportunity to promote awareness and educate key policy and decision makers about the benefits of ASCs with a visit from Congressman Lee Zeldin, who represents New York’s First Congressional District in the House of Representatives.

(L-R): Rep. Lee Zeldin, Eugene Coman, MD (ASLI Medical Director) and William Cohn, MD.

Since Advanced Surgery Center of Long Island (ASLI) opened over five years ago in June 2014, the center has transformed and personalized the procedure experience, which could typically be impersonal and stressful in a hospital outpatient setting. By hosting events, ASCs give community members and public officials an inside look at the services that they offer, and insight as to why more patients and doctors are choosing these medical facilities for their health care needs.

National ASC Month is made possible by Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA), the national membership association that represents ASCs and provides advocacy and resources to assist centers. At ASCA, they develop and maintain working relationships with legislative and regulatory bodies in order to facilitate visits such as the one from the Representative.

We are honored that Rep. Lee Zeldin has taken an interest in our center and look forward to showing him around, as well as meeting our staff and providers. We all work very hard to provide the highest quality care to our community of patients and appreciate the opportunity to discuss the value ASLI brings to the area with this distinguished public official.

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Advanced Surgery Center of Long Island (ASLI) is a state-of-the art ambulatory surgery center dedicated to performing high-quality and cost-effective outpatient endoscopic and interventional pain management procedures. The center is accredited by the AAAHC and is a member of ASGE and ASCA, as well as being recognized by the ASGE as a Center of Excellence. ASLI consists of eight physicians (each board-certified in gastroenterology), colorectal surgeons and interventional pain managements physiatrists. The core physician members are currently partners of Long Island Digestive Disease Consultants, an established GI practice, located in Setauket, our remaining physician staff are linked with University of Stony Brook and North Well Heath.

Advanced Surgery Center of Long Island was established to own and operate an Article 28 freestanding ambulatory surgery center performing endoscopy and pain management procedures. The center received NYSDOH in November 2012 and is located at Washington Professional Park in Port Jefferson, NY. The center includes four procedure rooms, a pre-op area and a recovery area, and will be able to accommodate the current and future needs of the local community. Over 100 procedures, have been performed this year, as charity care. For more information, visit www.advancedasc.com or contact (631) 828-3400.

SENATE PROPOSES LARGEST EVER STATE COMMITMENT TO PREVENT HEROIN AND OPIOID ABUSE

Senate Budget Proposal Includes $265 Million for Drug Prevention and Treatment, Addresses Fentanyl and Other Deadly Synthetics, Protects Children and Adults from Opioid Exposure, Strengthens Enforcement

The New York State Senate Majority today unveiled details of their extensive response to the challenges facing communities in the fight against opioids and heroin. As part of the Senate’s 2018-19 Budget proposal to be taken up tomorrow, the conference commits to providing a record level of state funding to combat opioid abuse and will propose far-reaching health and safety initiatives to reduce the harmful effects of drug abuse on everyone from infants to adults.

Senator Kemp Hannon said, “The opioid epidemic continues to have a devastating effect for all communities in New York, which is why we have been working for several years to reform prescribing practices, educate prescribers, and ensure people have access to treatment.  The Senate’s opioid package invests more money, continues to build on our accomplishments and makes additional investments in prevention, treatment and recovery.  I commend my Senate colleagues who lead the Task Force and their continued efforts to combat this crisis.”

Senator Chris Jacobs said, “This record $265 million in funding reinforces the Senate Majority’s commitment to eradicating the heroin and opioid abuse epidemic in New York State. Based on what we learned in hearings all across the state, these resources are very strategically targeted where they will have the greatest impact in this fight – prevention, treatment and recovery, and giving law enforcement the necessary tools to stem the flow of illegal substances.”

Senator George Amedore said, “With a record level of funding and measures to increase prevention and improve access to treatment and recovery services, the Senate continues to lead the way in addressing the addiction issues that plague every community throughout the state. The Task Force held a series of productive meetings throughout the state that helped us to identify where gaps remain in the system and what steps we should be taking next. This package builds on the investment and policies that have been enacted in order to continue to help and support those who are struggling with addiction.”

Senator Fred Akshar said, “From my 15 years in law enforcement and traveling the state with my fellow Heroin and Opioid Addiction Task Force Co-chairs, it’s clear that the only way we can be successful in this fight against addiction is by taking a multi-faceted approach that incorporates prevention, education, treatment, recovery and enforcement. The measures included in the Senate’s budget proposal reflect our bottom-up approach, where we met with stakeholders at the ground level to identify needs and produce tangible results. I urge our colleagues in the Assembly and the Executive Branch to join us in these measures, because the heroin and opioid addiction scourge is bigger than any partisan or political differences. It takes all of us working together to provide relief and hope for families struggling with addiction in communities across our great state.”

The Senate’s Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, led by Co-chairs Jacobs, Amedore, and Akshar, has been holding forums throughout the state, most recently in Binghamton, Pleasantville, and Hudson. These events, legislative budget hearings, and ongoing outreach by Senator Hannon as Health Committee Chair have provided the opportunity to solicit input from stakeholders involved in the ongoing epidemic. Health care providers, law enforcement, educators, and family members helped the Senate formulate additional steps that need to be taken.

The Senate proposal increases the state’s support for opioid use disorder-related services to a new record of $265 million – going beyond the 2018-19 Executive Budget proposal of $228 million.

In addition, the Senate will propose measures to reduce exposure to opioids for children and adults; limit and provide alternatives to opioid use; better define controlled substances to include deadly drugs like fentanyl; screen expectant mothers to prevent and treat addiction in infants; encourage the successful recovery for those struggling with addiction; and provide law enforcement with new tools to help get drugs and dealers off the streets. They include:

Supporting Prevention

  • Enact the Drug Take Back Act to get unused and unneeded medications out of medicine cabinets.
  • Ensure labels on opioid prescriptions warn of the highly addictive potential of controlled substance medications.
  • Reform prescribing practices to:

o Limit initial prescriptions from a seven-day to a three-day supply;

o Require patients prescribed opioids for thirty-days or longer to have a pain management plan with their prescriber;

o Require written consent from parents or guardians for the prescription of opioids to minors;

o Require the Department of Health to develop guidance on the administration of opioid antagonists; and

o Establish a demonstration program to reduce opioid prescribing by utilizing emergency department physician collaboration to control pain through alternative means, including nonopioid medications.

Expanding Treatment

  • Authorize the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (OASAS) to provide funding to substance use disorder programs operated by for-profit agencies.
  • Establish a jail-based substance use disorder treatment program.
  • Require testing of newborns for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.
  • Establish a program on screening expectant mothers for opioid addiction and linking them with care.
  • Establish a workgroup and provide education for healthcare providers on screening and caring for mothers with an opioid addiction.
  • Prohibit prior authorization for outpatient substance abuse treatment.
  • Establish an OASAS ombudsman to assist consumers and providers with insurance issues, including network adequacy.
  • Require hospitals and Emergency Room physicians to notify a patient’s prescriber that the patient has been treated for a controlled substance overdose.

Encouraging Recovery

  • Establish a voluntary certification process for sober homes.
  • Codify the Peer Engagement Program, connecting individuals with substance use disorders to treatment and recovery services.
  • Establish an infant recovery pilot program with at least four infant recovery centers in areas of need for infants suffering from drug withdrawal resulting from in utero exposure.
  • Establish the Family Support and Recovery Services Program to provide recovery services and support to individuals exiting treatment and their families for up to 12 months after leaving a treatment program.

Enhancing Enforcement

  • Criminalize the sale of a controlled substance on the grounds of a drug or alcohol treatment center, or within 1,000 feet of such facilities.
  • Make it a crime to offer or accept any kickback from an individual or entity that provides substance abuse services in exchange for patient referral and admission.
  • Establishes appropriate level penalties as it relates to heroin sales.
  • Makes the sale of 2 milligrams or more of Carfentanil a Class A-II felony and the sale of 10 milligrams or more of Carfentanil a Class A-I felony.
  • Update controlled substances penalties to reflect emerging issues.

Addressing Fentanyl and other Synthetic Drugs

  • Update the controlled substances schedule to promote consistency with the federal controlled substances schedules.
  • Add new derivatives of fentanyl to the controlled substances schedule.
  • Increase the criminal penalties for the sale of an opiate containing a fentanyl derivative.

The Senate will take action on these measures on Wednesday, March 14, and continue to make addressing heroin and opioid abuse a priority during ongoing budget negotiations.

The Long Island Center for Digestive Health, a PE partnered ASC located in Garden City, held a successful event promoting Colon Cancer Awareness Month!

Over 100 people attended and patients provided heartfelt testimonies of their personal and family experiences with colon cancer. Notable attendees included: Congresswoman Kathleen Rice; Rosemarie Walker, a local elected official; and a representative from Governor Cuomo’s office.

Senator Gustavo Rivera and Assemblymember Jeff Dinowitz Tour Advanced Endoscopy Center in the Bronx to Mark National ASC Week. 8/10/17

NEW YORKAug. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — On the morning of August 10, 2017, starting at 9:00 AM, the Advanced Endoscopy Center (AEC) with host Senator Gustavo Rivera and Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz in conjunction with National ASC Week.

 Taking place from August 7-11thNational ASC Week serves to promote awareness of the safe, affordable, exceptional care that ASCs provide. During National ASC week, ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) can celebrate the high-quality care they provide to surgical patients across the country. This event is made possible by Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA), the national membership association that represents ASCs and provides advocacy and resources to assist centers. At ASCA, they develop and maintain working relationships with legislative and regulatory bodies in order to facilitate visits such as the one from the Senator and Assemblyman.

Since the first ASC opened over 40 years ago, they have transformed and personalized the procedure experience, which could typically be impersonal and stressful in a hospital outpatient setting. By hosting events, ASCs can give community members and public officials an inside look at the services that they offer, and insight as to why more patients and doctors are choosing these medical facilities for their health care needs. By having Senator Rivera and Assemblyman Dinowitz visit, Advanced Endoscopy Center is taking advantage of this great opportunity to promote awareness and educate key policy and decision makers about the benefits of ASCs.

Advanced Endoscopy Center is a four-room surgery center that opened in May 2007. Outside of National ASC Week, Advanced Endoscopy Center has been consistently involved in community outreach. They promote colon cancer screening by supporting and working with the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation (CCCF) from 2014 to present. They are also active with the annual CCCF Awareness Walks in Central Park and Citi Field. AEC also sponsors and participates in Colon Cancer Alliance since 2016, as well as being recognized two years in a row by the New York City Community Cares Project that seeks to provide care to underserved patient populations via Family Qualified Healthcare Clinics, (FQHC.)  In addition, they are an Article 28 licensed ASC serving the Bronx community, are accredited by AAAHC and are a member of ASGE and ASCA, as well as being recognized by the ASGE as a Center of Excellence.

For many patients, ASCs like Advanced Endoscopy Center offers a better way to have outpatient surgery. These physician-driven facilities put the patient-not the institution-at the center of the care. While we celebrate National ASC Week August 7-11th, 2017, Congress has a district work period for the entire month of August. It is a perfect time to build a relationship with representatives like Assemblyman Dinowitz and Senator Rivera.

“We are honored that Assemblyman Dinowitz and Senator Rivera have taken an interest in our center and look forward to showing them around, as well as meeting our staff and providers. We all work very hard to provide the best in quality care to our neighborhood of patients and appreciate the opportunity to discuss the value AEC brings to the area with these distinguished public officials.” Said Steven Housberg, MHA, CASC, Center Administrator.

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Advanced Endoscopy Center (AEC) implements a high-quality system of Endoscopic services that are consistent with proper business planning. AEC’s mission as a center is to serve all persons in need of endoscopic procedures, regardless of age, color, race, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or payer source. To accomplish their mission of service, AEC concentrates on serving residents of the Bronx, NY community. For more information, visit http://www.aec-gi.com/

The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) is the national membership association that represents ASCs and provides advocacy and resources to assist ASCs in delivering high-quality, cost-effective ambulatory surgery to all the patients they serve. They work in coalition with other organizations concerned with improving access to high-quality care reducing costs of health care. They also encourage private insurers and government programs to provide insurance coverage and adequate reimbursement for procedures performed in ASCs. If you would like to participate in National ASC Week, visit http://www.ascassociation.org/home