Schedule

Events Event Tag*
Coding Update & Reimbursement Strategies
#Coding

Infection Control & Prevention Techniques for ASCs
#IC

Minimizing Your Regulatory & Legal Risk
#Regulatory


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Thursday, January 11
12:00pm–2:00pm

 

Faculty:
Ed Boniske, JD
Higgs, Fletcher & Mack

Location: Coming Soon

Content Area: Human Resources

Description: Get up to speed on current employment laws and best practices for navigating the "minefield" new and existing laws represent. Review common employment practices that create unnecessary risk for employers, discuss ways to avoid lawsuits at your ASC and investigate hot-topic trends in employment litigation.

Tag(s): #Coding, #Regulatory, #IC

2:00pm–3:00pm

 

Faculty:
Leana McGuire, BS, RN
USPI

Location: Coming Soon

Content Area: Human Resources

Description: Prepare to tackle the challenges inherent in a multi-generational workforce by joining this discussion of the four main generations in the workforce today. Compare and contrast the experiences, events and world perceptions of each generation, discuss the most effective employee retention approaches for each group and gain a better understanding of why the members of each generation behave the way they do. It's through the understanding of ourselves that we are able to understand others.

Tag(s): #Coding, #Regulatory, #IC

3:00pm–3:15pm

 

Location: Foyer

Description: Enjoy a coffee or tea as you visit vendor exhibits.

Tag(s): #Coding, #Regulatory, #IC

3:15pm–4:15pm

 

Faculty:
Gerard Nussbaum, BS MS JD
Zarach Associates

Location: Coming Soon

Content Area: Regulatory/Legal

Description: Ransomware, loss of patient data, potential threats to patient safety, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) breaches and business interruption are just some of the cybersecurity risks that ASCs and their patients and business associates face every day. These risks arrive not only through computer systems, but also via biomedical equipment. Gain an understanding of the major cybersecurity threats confronting your ASC and the special vulnerabilities and risks inherent in your operations. Then, learn how to perform a high-level assessment of your organization, identify steps you can take to reduce your cybersecurity risk and develop a plan for responding to a cybersecurity incident when one inevitably occurs.

Tag(s): #Coding, #Regulatory, #IC

4:15pm–5:30pm

 

Faculty:
Kelly David, BA APR
Spectrum Healthcare Partners

Location: Coming Soon

Content Area: Human Resources

Description: Discover how you can develop a social media strategy that builds your own personal and business brand to improve awareness and recognition of your ASC in your community. Get tools and techniques you can use to put social media to work to help you develop a personal identity, establish a reputation and stand out in your market.

Tag(s): #Coding, #Regulatory, #IC

5:30pm–7:30pm

 

Location: Foyer

Description: Kick off the Winter Seminars by attending the Welcome Reception. Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, get to know other ASC professionals, and Winter Seminar Exhibitors. Be sure to attend!

 

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Friday, January 12
6:45am–7:25am

 

Location: Foyer

7:25am–8:40am

 

Faculty:
Cristina Bentin, CPPM COC CCS-P CMA
Coding Compliance Management

Location: Coming Soon

Content Area: Financial

Description: Get an update on new, revised and deleted CPT codes in 2018 as they pertain to those indicated on Medicare’s List of ASC Covered Surgical Procedures. American Medical Association applications and scenarios for reporting the new CPT codes, as well as reimbursement changes from a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services perspective for established codes, will be discussed.

Tag(s): #Coding

7:25am–8:40am

 

Faculty:
Phenelle Segal, RN CIC FAPIC
Infection Control Consulting Services

Location: Coming Soon

Content Area: Patient Care

Description: To be Medicare-certified, ASCs must assign licensed clinical staff with expertise related to infection prevention (IP) in the ambulatory surgery setting to oversee their IP efforts. In ASCs, where the designated Infection Preventionist often performs additional duties, the role can become blurred. Get clarity on the role of Infection Preventionists in ASCs and the specific tasks and responsibilities that they are expected to introduce and manage. Group participation will be encouraged.

Tag(s): #IC

7:25am–8:40am

 

Faculty:
Gina Throneberry, RN MBA CNOR CASC
ASCA

Location: Coming Soon

Content Area: Quality

Description: Get the information and how-to advice you need to comply with the regulatory requirements that apply to your ASC. Find out how to avoid future reductions in your Medicare reimbursements by learning about the latest updates to Medicare’s quality reporting program. Discuss the ways all the requirements affect your ASC and the definitions and responses to frequently asked questions that you need to know to successfully comply. Projections for future changes will be discussed.

Tag(s): #Regulatory

8:45am–10:00am

 

Faculty:
John Goehle, MBA CPA CASC
Ambulatory Healthcare Strategies

Location: Coming Soon

Content Area: Regulatory/Legal

Description: Improve the productivity of your Governing Board by introducing a new, efficient meeting agenda that leaves more time for critical issue discussions and devotes less time to the review of informational reports. Review the requirements for Governing Body agendas, discuss how to prepare for meetings and consider the use of a consent agenda to enhance the value of your meetings and the effectiveness of your Board.

Tag(s): #Regulatory

8:45am–10:00am

 

Faculty:
Juanita Mendoza, CPC
Sovereign Healthcare

Location: Coming Soon

Content Area: Financial

Description: Implant product classification is determined by a product’s primary mechanism of action, but many new products do not fit into existing categories. Others combine two or more regulated elements (i.e., a drug, device or biological product). To add to the confusion, no unified controls for combination products exist at this time. Learn how to make sense of all these variables so you can correctly report HCPCS codes. The importance of payer coverage guidelines and how these affect your ASC’s bottom line will also be covered.

Tag(s): #Coding

8:45am–10:00am

 

Faculty:
Tammy Tyler, RN CIC
Southeastern Spine Institutue Ambulatory Surgery Center

Location: Coming Soon

Content Area: Regulatory/Legal

Description: Learn how to use the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Ambulatory Surgical Center Infection Control Surveyor Worksheet to your advantage by looking at your facility through the eyes of a surveyor. Use this tool to improve your infection prevention and control program, beef up your infection control plan and better prepare for your next survey.

Tag(s): #IC

10:00am–10:15am

 

Location: Foyer

Description: Take a quick break between sessions to enjoy a little snack or a drink before heading back to the education sessions.

Tag(s): #Coding, #Regulatory, #IC

10:15am–12:00pm

 

Faculty:
William Miller, Esq
Higgs, Fletcher & Mack

Location: Coming Soon

Content Area: Regulatory/Legal

Description: Review developing hot topics that show where potential legal risk lurks for your ASC. Discuss scenarios that can easily give rise to clinical and legal problems, real-world examples of legal exposure and practical solutions that can help you minimize the risk of clinical and legal adverse outcomes in your ASC.

Tag(s): #Regulatory

10:15am–12:00pm

 

Faculty:
Kylie Kaczor MSN-RN CMPE CPHRM ACHE CASC
National Medical Billing Services

Sue Storr
National Medical Billing Services

Location: Coming Soon

Content Area: Financial

Description: Examine the 2017 spine coding changes that may be affecting your bottom line or causing denials, and discuss tips for success and ways to maximize reimbursement compliantly. Learn what is on the horizon for 2018.

Tag(s): #Coding

10:15am–12:00pm

 

Faculty:
Craig Wallace
3M

Location: Coming Soon

Content Area: Patient Care

Description: Keep your patients safe and make sure you are delivering top-quality care with this review of the key elements of quality monitoring of the different types of sterilization processes commonly used in surgery centers. Study state-of-the-art solutions based on the most up-to-date standards and recommended practices.

Tag(s): #IC

12:00pm–12:45pm

 

Location: Foyer

Description: Network with friends and exhibitors while enjoying a delicious buffet style meal!

Tag(s): #Coding, #Regulatory, #IC

12:45pm–1:45pm

 

Faculty:
Cristina Bentin, CPPM COC CCS-P CMA
Coding Compliance Management

Location: Coming Soon

Content Area: Regulatory/Legal

Description: Despite extensive media coverage regarding the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights’ Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance audits and penalties, education for health care professionals about protecting patients’ privacy still comes up short. On-site reviews reveal recurring concerns ranging from rudimentary toegregious violations. Common misconceptions regarding patient rights, provider/facility disclosures and restrictions will be discussed, including your ASC’s responsibility as a covered entity for implementing a HIPAA compliance program and managing your business associate relationships.

Tag(s): #Coding

12:45pm–1:45pm

 

Faculty:
Phenelle Segal, RN CIC FAPIC
Infection Control Consulting Services

Location: Coming Soon

Content Area: Regulatory/Legal

Description: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requires every Medicare-certified ASC to develop and use an infection control risk assessment to identify and prioritize risks for patients and staff members. That risk assessment is required annually and more often if circumstances, services or procedures change. Because various formats can be used to conduct a risk assessment, developing and selecting a final process can be challenging. This session will lead participants through a risk assessment that is uncomplicated, covers requirements and provides meaningful results. Attendees will work together to complete a risk assessment.

Tag(s): #IC

12:45pm–1:45pm

 

Faculty:
Jan Allison, RN CHSP
AMSURG

Location: Coming Soon

Content Area: Regulatory/Legal

Description: ASCs found out of compliance with one or more regulations during a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) survey must submit a written response known as a Plan of Correction (POC). The plan must describe how the ASC will correct any deficient practices and how it will sustain those corrections. Learn how to prepare an acceptable POC that will meet CMS requirements and sustain long-term improvements in your ASC.

Tag(s): #Regulatory

1:50pm–2:50pm

 

Faculty:
Susan Garrison, CHCA CHCAS CHC CCS-P CPC COC CPAR
Med Law Advisors

Location: Coming Soon

Content Area: Financial

Description: Sharpen your ENT coding skills in 2018 with this session that will highlight the most common procedures performed in ASCs, such as FESS surgeries, tympanostomies, tonsillectomies, adenoidectomies and more. If your ASC is performing ENT procedures, this session is a must to ensure accurate reporting and reimbursement. Common case studies will be included for practical application.

Tag(s): #Coding

1:50pm–2:50pm

 

Faculty:
Kevin Adely, RN CBSPD
SourceMed is now part of Surgical Information Systems (SIS)

Location: Coming Soon

Content Area: Patient Care

Description: Increases in surgical volumes and decreases in surgical case times can stress a sterile processing system. To remain empowered, engaged and attentive to the needs of their center, instrument processing staff need specific training on all of the processes carried out in their areas. Join this session to discuss real-world solutions involving the handling of delicate instrumentation, procedures for cleaning cannulated items, proper use of cleaning agents, Toxic Anterior Segment Syndrome (T.A.S.S.), ultrasonic cleaners, rinse water quality and more.

Tag(s): #IC

1:50pm–2:50pm

 

Faculty:
Ann Geier, MS RN CNOR CASC
SourceMed is now part of Surgical Information Systems (SIS)

Location: Coming Soon

Content Area: Human Resources

Description: Avoid problems that can arise when new staff are onboarded too quickly, “old hands” at your ASC become complacent or staff are not fully informed about new techniques. Find effective ways to evaluate and provide training to all of your ASC’s employees at least annually. Get reliable tools you can use to help your ASC’s managers evaluate and train employees and ensure that all staff are providing quality care.

Tag(s): #Regulatory

2:50pm–3:05pm

 

Location: Foyer

Description: Take a quick break between sessions to enjoy a little snack or a drink before heading back to the education sessions.

Tag(s): #Coding, #Regulatory, #IC

3:05pm–4:05pm

 

Faculty:
Arnaldo Valedon, MD
Surgery Center of Farmington

Location: Coming Soon

Content Area: Patient Care

Description: Reduce infections in your ASC with this overview of infections in outpatient surgery and the role of your anesthesia team in helping to prevent them. Examine predictors of infections, ways your anesthesia team can identify and eliminate them, techniques for eliminating undesirable anesthesia practices that can contribute to infections common in outpatient surgery, and actions you can expect your anethesia team to take to prevent infections in your ASC.

Tag(s): #IC

3:05pm–4:05pm

 

Faculty:
Susan Garrison, CHCA CHCAS CHC CCS-P CPC COC CPAR
Med Law Advisors

Location: Coming Soon

Content Area: Financial

Description: Make sure your ASC is maximizing reimbursement by appropriately reporting the most common gastroenterology procedures. This session will discuss various upper and lower GI techniques and the appropriate reporting of the associated procedures. Discussions will include an overview of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Local Coverage Determinations that, when followed, can reduce or eliminate denials. Common case scenarios will be included for practical application.

Tag(s): #Coding

3:05pm–4:05pm

 

Faculty:
Cindy Young, BSN RN CASC
Surgery Center of Farmington

Location: Coming Soon

Content Area: Human Resources

Description: Walk through the credentialing process, from the initial application process through peer review and re-credentialing, with an ASC administrator with 15 years of experience in making the process work. Explore the dos and don’ts that can lead to success and techniques for avoiding common pitfalls along the way.

Tag(s): #Regulatory

4:10pm–5:10pm

 

Faculty:
Laura Schneider, RN CGRN CEFR CASC
AMSURG

Location: Coming Soon

Content Area: Patient Care

Description: After recurring publicity regarding endoscope reprocessing breaches over the last eight years and a multisociety guideline that conflicts with manufacturers’ instructions, you need to be concerned about endoscope reprocessing compliance at your facility. Review all the steps of reprocessing and get a checklist to assist you in identifying any deficiencies or lapses in your ASC that could result in patient harm. Examine the most common errors in scope reprocessing and ways to avoid and correct them.

Tag(s): #IC

4:10pm–5:10pm

 

Faculty:
Jan Allison, RN CHSP
AMSURG

Location: Coming Soon

Content Area: Quality

Description: Master the essentials of a meaningful and compliant Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) project with this review of the basic elements of a QAPI program and real-world advice for achieving success. Find out how to identify meaningful performance indicators that improve patient outcomes, drive clinical quality and reduce the risk of errors. Learn how to analyze the data you collect and select projects that drive lasting improvement. Walk through, from start to finish, one or more QAPI focus studies that have an impact on patient safety, discussing the steps that need to be taken, the rationale behind them and the documentation required for a compliant PI project report. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and accreditation requirements will be addressed.

Tag(s): #Regulatory

4:10pm–5:10pm

 

Faculty:
Paul Cadorette, CPC COC CPC-P CASCC COSC
mdStrategies

Location: Coming Soon

Content Area: Financial

Description: Understanding the differences between the many new devices and techniques that ASCs use now to treat glaucoma, as well as how they function, is key to reporting the correct CPT or Category III codes. For example, five different aqueous drainage devices without extraocular reservoir codes all reduce intraocular pressure, but each has its own code. Also, surgical instruments have been developed for trabeculotomy, trabeculectomy and dilation of the aqueous outflow canal. Find out how to define and compare these devices and techniques to ensure proper coding, and explore the other payment factors that have to be taken into consideration to ensure your ASC receives the reimbursement it has earned.

Tag(s): #Coding

 

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Saturday, January 13
7:30am–9:00am

 

Faculty:
Bill Lindeman
WEL Designs

Location: Coming Soon

Content Area: Regulatory/Legal

Description: The 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code adopted for ASCs in 2016 is a game changer and introduces new requirements that Life Safety surveyors will be expecting ASCs to address for the first time. Join this session to find out what is different about the 2012 National Fire Protection Association codes in both new and existing ASCs and to find ways to proactively identify and address any potential shortcomings in your ASC before your next survey. Discuss new requirements applicable to all existing ASCs and significantly expanded requirements for both new facilities and renovations and additions to existing structures.

Tag(s): #Regulatory, #IC

7:30am–9:00am

 

Faculty:
Jennifer Bitterman, COC
Surgical Notes

Location: Coming Soon

Content Area: Financial

Description: Take a deep dive into the hot-topic codes for shoulders, knees and toes; briefly review the new 2017 bunionectomy CPTs.

Tag(s): #Coding

9:05am–10:20am

 

Faculty:
Jaime Wicklund, CPC
Surgical Notes

Location: Coming Soon

Content Area: Financial

Description: Examine lesion coding, flap reconstruction fundamentals and skin grafts, and take a closer look at biologic products and associated HCPCS codes. Next, review breast reconstructions, including an overview of the different stages of reconstruction and a breakdown of the CPT guidelines. Continue on with a look at plastic surgery, including coding for liposuction, facelifts and all other lifts and tucks. Each segment of this session will incorporate reviews of the ICD-10 guidelines for each of these specialties and practice cases where you can apply knowledge.

Tag(s): #Coding

9:05am–10:20am

 

Faculty:
John Goehle, MBA CPA CASC
Ambulatory Healthcare Strategies

Location: Coming Soon

Content Area: Financial

Description: Review the revenue cycle of an ASC with an emphasis on how surgery centers are reimbursed, including an introduction to the Medicare Fee Schedule. The session is designed particularly for ASC professionals who might not be familiar with finance but wish to understand more about how the revenue cycle functions in an ASC.

Tag(s): #Regulatory, #IC

10:20am–10:30am

 

Location: Foyer

Description: Grab a quick cup of coffee or tea after the morning sessions.

Tag(s): #Coding, #Regulatory, #IC

10:30am–12:00pm

 

Faculty:
Ann Geier, MS RN CNOR CASC
SourceMed is now part of Surgical Information Systems (SIS)

Location: Coming Soon

Content Area: Human Resources

Description: Not every ASC leader receives the kind of orientation and mentoring that helps guarantee success. This session will provide tools that help new and aspiring managers become leaders and gives more experienced leaders an opportunity to hone the skills they need to help others succeed. It’s what every workplace needs.

Tag(s): #Regulatory, #IC

10:30am–12:00pm

 

Faculty:
Paul Cadorette, CPC COC CPC-P CASCC COSC
mdStrategies

Location: Coming Soon

Content Area: Financial

Description: As the list of Common Pain Management Procedures continues to grow, ASC coders and billers need to remain current with the ever-changing guidelines that accompany them. Discuss epidural, transforaminal, facet and medial branch blocks; then delve into the different guidelines that can affect carrier reimbursement. For peripheral nerve blocks, some injection procedures will have specific CPT codes, so this session will identify those types of injections as well as those services that fall into the 64450 other peripheral nerve block code. This session will also offer a review of nerve destruction procedures and the insertion of neurostimulators and billing for the leads and generators.

Tag(s): #Coding

 

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