A group that represents ambulatory surgery centers says it will make a "major investment" in a lobbying campaign in an effort to defeat state initiatives aimed at limiting or curtailing such facilities. Craig Jeffries, executive director of the American Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers, said the organization will help underwrite advocacy programs for the 30 or so state associations that it represents. He said a new, full-time employee has been hired to oversee an advocacy program designed to address issues such as restrictions of physician ownership, provider taxes and certificate-of-need laws. Jeffries declined to disclose how much the association would spend, saying only that "it's a big investment." He said the association will move from "defense to offense," establishing a more proactive position on state issues while working in collaboration with several physician groups, including the American Medical Association. -- by Michael Romano
ASC association to launch lobbying, advocacy efforts
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