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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

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.

MORE INFORMATION

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

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Save the Date: Fall 2017 Conference & Vendor Fair, September 14-15, 2017

The Otesaga Resort Hotel
60 Lake Street, Cooperstown, New York 13326
Reservations: (800) 348-6222    Tel: (607) 547-9931

More details to come!

What to Look for in an OAS CAHPS® Vendor

CMS Requirements – Be sure to choose a vendor that meets all of the CMS requirements and follows the data submission protocols.

Broad-based Experience – While understanding OAS CAHPS is important, being well-rounded in managing a variety of CAHPS survey lines is even better. A vendor who is familiar with various CAHPS surveys brings unique patient experience measurement knowledge into play. This experience ensures that rigorous and effective processes are in place as well as abiding to CMS standards and requirements.

Simplification – Look for a vendor that can simplify this process for the ASC staff. This includes assistance with authorizing a vendor, data transfer, and automated interfacing.

Pricing – While pricing is a huge factor in selecting a vendor, be sure to compare beyond the initial dollar amount. A low price isn’t necessarily good just like a high price isn’t necessarily bad – take the time to look into what is included in that price, such as, set-up costs, languages provided, total number of survey completes, online portal access, reporting and any additional costs. Be sure to compare like services. A flat rate price, that can be billed monthly will make budgeting could make budgeting easier for the ASC.

Knowledge is Power – While these surveys are fairly new for vendors as well, the vendor should have some extent of knowledge around the survey. Key details may include the target number of completes, sampling rates, response rates, timelines, submitting patient files to the vendor and the survey process overall.

High Response Rates – Proven high response rates are what vendors, as well as organizations, strive for. This also means fewer intrusions on the patients. Be sure the prospective vendor can provide statistically sound response rates for each modality.

On-site Offerings – There’s a comfort in knowing that a vendor you’re partnering with has quality control over the surveying process. Look for a vendor with internal controls, such as on-site capabilities and an experienced, professional staff. Also, live-dialing can help increase telephone-mode responses.

Transparency – It’s important that a vendor is very clear and honest about their capabilities since your scores will be publicly reported. Providing references for a prospective client is a good show of their reputation amongst current clients. Vendors willing to provide this information really do want you to call and hear actual testimonies from satisfied CAHPS clients.

Portal Access – Seek out a vendor who can offer you real-time, interactive access to your data at any time. This will allow your organization to track your patient’s responses question-by-question. Online portals should also allow you to compare and benchmark your organization to the nationwide CAHPS data.

Understand the Modes – Options put you in control. Mail, telephone and mixed mode are all approved modalities for the OAS CAHPS survey. Understand the benefits of these and how the survey administration differs from each mode.

Dedicated CAHPS Team – Chances are the initial person you speak with won’t be the one handling your surveying. Be sure the prospective vendor has a team solely dedicated to your CAHPS surveying in order to be as responsive as possible. Items for consulting may include walking you through the set-up process, training in regard to sending the data file, PR material for survey awareness within the facility and overall consulting on the progress.

Minimizes ASC Resources – The OAS CAHPS survey is a big undertaking for ASC’s alike. Seek a survey vendor that relieves the responsibility and pressure off of the ASC staff.

Beyond the Requirements – If you’re looking to implement change and improve patient experience based on the survey results, pursue a vendor who can provide you feedback beyond the data. Look for items that may include reporting on your survey results, an online portal to access your data and comments made by respondents.