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2015 Webinar Series

ASCA's 2015 Webinar Series will cover a variety of topics including quality management, delivery of patient care, beneficial business practices, regulatory and legal issues, human resources and more.

It is the policy of the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) to ensure that all individuals who have the ability to control or influence the content of an educational activity disclose all financial relationships with any entity whose products or services are pertinent to the content of the educational activity. The financial disclosure will include the name of the entity, and the nature of the relationship the individual has with the entity during the time the relationship is in effect and for 12 months afterward.

Requirements for successful completion of the educational activity

  • Attendee must be present for the duration of the educational program

  • Completed evaluation form

Expiration of enduring materials

  • Contact hours will be awarded until March 31, 2016 for the educational program

  • ASCA is an approved provider for nursing contact hours by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #6949

  • ASCA is an approved provider for Administrator Education Units (AEUs) by BASC Provider #3272

Full Price—$150 (Member Price—$100)
(Some webinars are free of charge.)

Special Discount for ASCA Members: Register for the entire series at once and save an additional 10% on the total price!

Cancellation Policy: Registration fees are non-refundable.

 

Completing the Financial Measures in the ASCA Benchmarking Survey (Jan. 13)

Spine and Beyond: Moving Procedures to the ASC Setting (Jan. 27)

The New DEA Disposal Regulations: What You Need to Know (Feb. 10)

Supplier Contracting Best Practices (Feb. 24)

CMS’ Interpretive Guidelines: How to Comply with Recent Changes (FREE for ASCA Members)
(March 3)

Zero-Stress CMS/Life Safety Code Surveys (March 10)

Your Policy and Procedure Manual, One Chapter at a Time (March 24)

Flexible Endoscope Reprocessing: Re-Thinking the Risk for Endoscopy-Associated Infections
(April 7)

ASC Survey Trends and How to Achieve Compliance (April 21)

Moderate Sedation in the GI Suite (June 2)

5 Tips for Handling Social Media in the Workplace (June 30)

ICD-10: Current Documentation Practices and Contingency Plans that Impede Progress (AAPC Credit Available) (July 9)

20 Things to Do Now to Ensure Safe Medication Management (July 14)

Compliance: From the QA Meeting to the Board Meeting (July 21)

Medicare’s Proposed Changes to ASC Payment Policy for 2016 (Aug. 4)

CMS Quality Reporting for ASCs (FREE) (Aug. 18)

Fundamentals of Steam Sterilization Process Monitoring (Sept. 1)

Staff Roles and Responsibilities in the ASC (Sept. 15)

Improving Quality Studies and QAPI in Your ASC (Sept. 29)

Guidance on Surgical Fire Prevention (Oct. 27)

The Devil is in the Details (Practical Tools for CLIA Compliance) ($50 for ASCA Members) (Nov. 3)

Understanding Medicare’s 2016 Final Payment Rule (Dec. 1)

CPT Changes 2016: What's New, Revised and Deleted, and What That All Means to ASCs (AAPC Credit Available) (Dec. 8)


Completing the Financial Measures in the ASCA Benchmarking Survey

Discount: This webinar is free of charge to ASCA Benchmarking subscribers. The member price is $100 and the nonmember price $150.

Date/Time: Tuesday, January 13, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: John J. Goehle, MBA, CASC, CPA, Chief Operating Officer, Ambulatory Healthcare Strategies, LLC

Overview: Learn how to compile the information you need to accurately complete the financial questions in ASCA’s Clinical and Operational Benchmarking Survey. Get tips for putting those numbers and the program’s quarterly reports to work in your ASC.

Objectives:

  • Review the new financial questions in the survey, and define precisely what each asks

  • Identify where ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) can obtain the information needed to accurately answer the questions

  • Discuss tips and guidance for putting the data and survey's reports to work in your ASC

  • Provide specific examples of ways the data can be used for process improvement

John J. Goehle, MBA, CASC, CPA - No conflict
Commercial Support: None
Sponsorship: None

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Spine and Beyond: Moving Procedures to the ASC Setting

Date/Time: Tuesday, January 27, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Kara Newbury, JD, Regulatory Counsel, Ambulatory Surgery Center Association; and Kenneth A. Pettine, MD

Overview: With a focus on spine procedures, learn how to serve patients of more procedures safely and efficiently in your ASC. Hear about how ASCA worked to add spine codes to the Medicare-ASC payable list, and which codes the association is advocating for this year and beyond.

Objectives:

  • Examine how to provide safe, efficient spine care to patients in the ASC setting

  • Review the process for adding spine codes to Medicare's ASC-payable list

  • Discuss the economics of Medicare spine cases in an ASC

  • Identify other spine codes to move to ASC-payable list, and explore what ASCs can do to help

Kara Newbury, JD - No conflict
Commercial Support: None
Sponsorship: None

Kenneth A. Pettine, MD - No conflict
Commercial Support: None
Sponsorship: None

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The New DEA Disposal Regulations: What You Need to Know

Date/Time: Tuesday, February 10, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Charlotte A. Smith, RPh, MS, Senior Regulatory Advisor, PharmEcology Services, WM Healthcare Solutions, Inc.

Overview: The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published its Final Rule for the Disposal of Controlled Substances on September 9, 2014. While the rule primarily targets consumer drug disposal issues, changes in disposal requirements for registrants will also impact ASCs. Find out how those changes, including the new definition of "non-retrievable,” might affect your practice and what you need to do in response.

Objectives:

  • Define terms in the DEA Drug Disposal Regulation that apply to controlled substances in the ASC

  • Differentiate between the requirements of the Drug Disposal Regulation for the disposal of unused drug inventory (e.g. expired medication) versus residual medication after administration (e.g. partial vial or IV)

  • Describe the three consumer take-back options now available for controlled substances

Charlotte A. Smith, RPh, MS - No conflict
Commercial Support: None
Sponsorship: None

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Supplier Contracting Best Practices

Date/Time: Tuesday, February 24, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Chris Klassen, BS Vice President s4 and Supply Chain, Surgical Care Affiliates

Overview: Master the art of supplier contracting with these basic tools:

  • Simplifying complex terms

  • Sourcing strategy

  • Negotiation strategy

  • Get answers to common questions surrounding this process, which is essential to the success of your ASC.

Objectives:
  • Discuss contracting basics

  • Identify common questions regarding contract terms and conditions

  • Define methods for identifying savings opportunities

  • Explain negotiation best practices and tools

Chris Klassen, BS - No conflict
Commercial Support: None
Sponsorship: None

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CMS’ Interpretive Guidelines: How to Comply with Recent Changes (FREE for ASCA Members, $50 for Nonmembers)

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 3, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Kara Newbury, JD, Regulatory Counsel, Ambulatory Surgery Center Association; Gina Throneberry, RN, MBA, CASC, CNOR, Director of Education and Clinical Affairs, Ambulatory Surgery Center Association

Overview: This webinar will outline recent changes to the CMS Interpretive Guidelines that will affect your ASC. Learn about the changes to the radiologist on staff guidelines that reflect the recent rule change. In addition, gain an understanding of other clarifications that were recently made on topics including: physician discharge, emergency transfers, transfer agreements, the definition of an operating room and informed consent. Information will also be given on the status of the CMS proposal to increase emergency preparedness requirements in ASCs.

Objectives:

  • Explain an ASCA-driven clarification to the physician discharge language

  • Interpret the changes to the radiologist on staff guidelines

  • Explain the new guidance on other topics in the recent update on the Interpretive Guidelines (emergency transfers, transfer agreements, informed consent, definition of an operating room)

  • Discuss the status of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposal to increase ASC emergency preparedness requirements

Kara Newbury, JD - No conflict
Commercial Support: None
Sponsorship: None

Gina Throneberry, RN, MBA, CASC, CNOR - No conflict
Commercial Support: None
Sponsorship: None

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Zero-Stress CMS/Life Safety Code Surveys

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 10, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: William E. Lindeman, AIA, President, WEL Designs PLC, facility-compliance consulting

Overview: Prepare for a stress-free physical environment Life Safety Code survey with this program that will identify and explore the physical environment compliance issues most likely to turn a survey-summation into a nightmare and set you on a path to avoid those issues in your facility. Understand the fundamentals of what is required, and how to effectively orchestrate ongoing compliance of electrical systems, piped medical gases, fire alarms and more.

Objectives:

  • Examine the key components of CMS physical environment requirements for ASCs.

  • Identify the fundamental categories/types of regulations affecting the design and use of ASCs.

  • Recognize the potential impact of trends in subsequent revisions to NFPA codes.

William E. Lindeman, AIA - No conflict
Commercial Support: None
Sponsorship: None

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Your Policy and Procedure Manual, One Chapter at a Time

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 24, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Marcy Sasso, CASC, Sasso Consulting, LLC

Overview: When is the last time you reviewed every entry in your Policies & Procedures (P&P) manual? Who conducted that review? Are you sure you are doing what your policy indicates or have your procedures changed over time? Have you compared the latest regulations to the chapters of the manual? Get specific guidelines and tips to help you ensure that your ASC’s P&P manual complies with the latest regulations and is reviewed and recorded properly in the minutes of your ASC’s governing body.

Objectives:

  • Assemble a policy and procedure manual

  • Implement /revise policies and procedures to reflect new requirements

  • Communicate changes and provide effective staff training for revising or adding policies

Marcy Sasso, CASC - No conflict
Commercial Support: None
Sponsorship: None

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Flexible Endoscope Reprocessing: Re-Thinking the Risk for Endoscopy-Associated Infections

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 7, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Grace Thornhill, PhD, Technical Service Specialist, 3M Infection Prevention

Overview: Recent clinical evidence sheds new light on current assumptions about patient safety and reprocessed endoscopes. Find out why some medical equipment experts are challenging the generally accepted idea that the risk for pathogen transmission is very rare as long as there are no lapses in adherence to current reprocessing protocols and examine the clinical evidence behind the new school of thought on this essential practice. Get practical suggestions for ways to implement quality improvement measures that help address the risk of acquiring an endoscopy-associated infection due to lapses in reprocessing.

Objectives:

  • Explain why current assumptions on the effectiveness of endoscopy reprocessing is currently being re-evaluated

  • Discuss new evidence related to the increased risk for endoscopy-associated infections

  • Identify some strategies for strengthening quality improvement programs

Grace Thornhill, PhD - No conflict
Commercial Support: None
Sponsorship: None

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ASC Survey Trends and How to Achieve Compliance

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 21, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Jan Allison, RN, CHSP, Director, Accreditation and Survey Readiness, Surgical Care Affiliates

Overview: As the regulatory and accreditation standards your ASC needs to meet continue to multiply and grow increasingly complex, achieving and maintaining compliance presents ever-expanding challenges. One way to reduce the risk of errors and attain survey success is to gain an understanding of the key patient safety standards that have caused concerns during surveys for others and how to avoid those concerns in your own ASC. Get strategies that can help your ASC achieve and sustain compliance and continuous improvement in the quality of the overall patient care your ASC provides.

Objectives:

  • Discuss noncompliant trends found during ASC regulatory and accreditation surveys.

  • Apply successful compliant strategies for successful survey.

Jan Allison, RN, CHSP - No conflict
Commercial Support: None
Sponsorship: None

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Moderate Sedation in the GI Suite

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 2, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Thomas Wherry, MD, Total Anesthesia Solutions, LLC

Overview: An exponential growth in the number of procedures that are being carried out in the endoscopy suite has created an increased demand for enhanced efficiencies that can be adopted without compromising the quality of patient care that ASCs provide. Many endoscopic procedures do not require a surgical plane of anesthesia and can be accomplished using light to moderate sedation. The current standard of care for conscious sedation includes the administration of a combination of anxiolytic drugs, such as midazolam or diazepam, and analgesic drugs, usually fentanyl or meperidine. Efficiency can be improved by using medications that allow for rapid recovery, and a better understanding of the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of the commonly used medications and newer medications can accomplish this. Examine what ASC owners, managers and anesthesiologists can do now to ensure that the ASC setting can continue to provide endoscopy procedures that are both safe and efficient for patients.

Objectives:

  • Review the history of the colonoscopy and sedation

  • Define the sedation continuum and interpret the current standards of practice

  • Explain current Moderate Sedation practice and how it applies to GI procedures

  • Contrast how the introduction of Propofol has changed sedation for GI procedures and analyze the controversy on who is qualified to safely deliver it

  • Inspect methodology for reducing sedation during Upper Endoscopy through topical anesthesia

Thomas Wherry, MD - No conflict
Commercial Support: None
Sponsorship: None

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5 Tips for Handling Social Media in the Workplace

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 30, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Ed Boniske, Higgs, Fletcher & Mack, LLP

Overview: Get an overview of legal issues surrounding the use of social media, (i.e., Facebook, Twitter and more) in the work place. Practical tips for regulating its use in the business environment will be provided.

Objectives:

  • Describe the state of the law as it pertains to social media in the workplace.

  • Evaluate lawfulness of employee social media activity under Federal labor laws.

  • Managing Social Media Use In the Workplace.

Ed Boniske - No conflict
Commercial Support: None
Sponsorship: None

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ICD-10: Current Documentation Practices and Contingency Plans that Impede Progress (AAPC Credit Available)

Date/Time: Thursday, July 9, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Cristina Bentin, CCS-P, CPC-H, CMA, President, Coding Compliance Management, LLC

Overview: Get an update on how the impending ICD-10 deadline will affect your ASC and review current documentation practices and contingency plans in force today that may need to be fine-tuned or overhauled for tomorrow. Also, take a hard look at the current forms/templates that you use, and how you use them, with an eye toward how they might slow or halt reimbursement in the future.

Cristina Bentin, CCS-P, CPC-H, CMA - No conflict
Commercial Support: None
Sponsorship: None

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20 Things to Do Now to Ensure Safe Medication Management

Date/Time: Tuesday, July 14, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Sheldon S. Sones, RPh, FASCP, Sheldon Sones & Associates

Overview: Explore a recommended pathway for optimizing the medication management process to ensure safe, secure and compliant care. Areas of anesthesia provider strategies, controlled drug management, documentation and recent "points of focus" by overseers will be discussed.

Sheldon S. Sones, RPh, FASCP - No conflict
Commercial Support: None
Sponsorship: None

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Compliance: From the QA Meeting to the Board Meeting

Date/Time: Tuesday, July 21, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: John Goehle, MBA, CPA, CASC, Ambulatory Healthcare Strategies, LLC

Overview: Learn how to create compliant, informational and easy-to-use agendas and minutes for your ASC’s Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) meetings. Get formatting tips and insights into how to use these documents to help the members of your Board of Directors fulfill all of their QAPI-related responsibilities at your ASC.

John Goehle, MBA, CPA, CASC - No conflict
Commercial Support: None
Sponsorship: None

The recording of this webinar will be available soon.

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Medicare’s Proposed Changes to ASC Payment Policy for 2016

Date/Time: Tuesday, August 4, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Kara Newbury, JD, Regulatory Counsel, Ambulatory Surgery Center Association

Overview: Learn about proposed changes to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ ASC payment system for 2016. Topics will include Medicare’s method for determining updates to ASC payments for the coming year, whether the agency plans to add any new procedures to the ASC-eligible list and any other policy changes that may impact ASC payments, including changes to the Medicare quality reporting program. Hear how your involvement can also help guide payment policy in 2016 and beyond. This webinar will not discuss proposed coding changes.

Kara Newbury, JD - No conflict
Commercial Support: None
Sponsorship: None

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CMS Quality Reporting for ASCs (FREE)

Nursing continuing education and AEU credit are not available

Date/Time: Tuesday, August 18, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Gina Throneberry, RN, MBA, CASC, CNOR, Director of Education and Clinical Affairs, Ambulatory Surgery Center Association; Donna Slosburg, RN, BSN, LHRM, CASC, Executive Director, ASC Quality Collaboration

Sponsored by:
Surgical Notes

Overview: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ recently instituted quality reporting program for ASCs poses new challenges for perioperative leaders in the ASC setting. Learn what quality reporting is required and get key definitions and answers to frequently asked questions about the measures your ASC needs to report. A quality reporting program update will be provided.

Objectives:

  • Identify quality reporting by CMS.

  • Explain the history of quality measure development.

  • Identify ways to collect and report the data for the required quality measures.

Gina Throneberry, RN, MBA, CASC, CNOR; Donna Slosburg, RN, BSN, LHRM, CASC - No conflict
Commercial Support: None
Sponsorship: None

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Fundamentals of Steam Sterilization Process Monitoring

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 1, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Dorothy M. Larson, CSDT, Technical Service Representative, 3M Infection Prevention

Overview: Review steam sterilization processes and cycle parameters, and the different types of sterilization monitoring devices and their recommended use. Discuss current recommended practices for routine load release of implants and non-implants, routine sterilizer efficacy testing and record keeping requirements as recommended by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI ST79) and Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN).

Objectives:

  • Review steam sterilization processes and cycle parameters, and different types of sterilization monitoring devices and their recommended use

  • Discuss current recommended practices for routine load release of implants and non-implants

  • Discuss the recommended practices for routine sterilizer efficacy testing

  • Discuss sterilization record keeping requirements as recommended by AAMI and AORN

Dorothy M. Larson, CSDT - No conflict
Commercial Support: None
Sponsorship: None

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Staff Roles and Responsibilities in the ASC

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 15, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Debra Stinchcomb, RN, BSN, CASC, Progressive Surgical Solutions, LLC; Amy Hader, JD, Director of Legal & Government Affairs, Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN)

Overview: Ensure that your staff are functioning within their roles and fulfilling all of their responsibilities at your ASC in accordance with a staffing plan that promotes the best in patient care. Find out what your nursing assistant can do in the preoperative or postoperative area, what other staff and physicians should expect from the circulating RN, whether you need to have an RN in every clinical area and more.

Debra Stinchcomb, RN, BSN, CASC; Amy Hader, JD - No conflict
Commercial Support: None
Sponsorship: None

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Improving Quality Studies and QAPI in Your ASC

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 29, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Nancy Jo Vinson, RN, BA, CASC, AAAHC

Overview: Quality studies are an integral component of every facility's Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) Program. Studies should be an asset to your facility's daily operations rather than tasks completed only to meet licensing or accreditation requirements. Learn how to identify quality studies specific to your facility and how to use them effectively to improve your operations.

Objectives:

  • Describe the progression of quality assurance/quality improvement (QA/QI) study reviews.

  • Recognize that Quality Assurance is an interdisciplinary approach for planning and assuring the quality of products and services.

  • Identifying meaningful, relevant studies that will benefit the ASC.

Nancy Jo Vinson, RN, BA, CASC - No conflict
Commercial Support: None
Sponsorship: None

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Guidance on Surgical Fire Prevention

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 27, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Mark E. Bruley, BS, CCE, Vice President, Accident and Forensic Investigation, ECRI Institute

Overview: Clinical recommendations for preventing and managing surgical fires have been refined over recent years by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), the ECRI Institute, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), and the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF), along with other stakeholders. Review current guidance on the prevention of surgical fires, including statistics on the incidence of these continuing adverse events. Learn how to successfully mount your best defense: surgical fire risk assessment and vigilance by the surgical team. Focus on

  • identifying surgical devices, materials and fluids that can burn and how they are ignited;
  • hazards of oxidizer-enriched atmospheres;
  • new clinical recommendations on how to minimize the chance of a surgical fire;
  • techniques used to extinguish a fire involving a patient; and
  • identifying the appropriate OR locations and types of fire extinguishers.

Objectives:

  • Describe the current clinical recommendations on how to minimize the chance of a surgical fire

  • Discuss which surgical materials and fluids burn and how they are ignited

  • Apply methods for getting clinicians’ “buy-in” to surgical fire prevention

  • List ways to minimize chances of a surgical fire

  • Detail surgical fire extinguishment procedures and tools.

Mark E. Bruley, BS, CCE - No conflict
Commercial Support: None
Sponsorship: None

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The Devil is in the Details (Practical Tools for CLIA Compliance) ($50 for ASCA Members, $100 for Nonmembers)

Date/Time: Tuesday, November 3, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Sherrie Graham, MHSA, MT(ASCP), Nueterra

Overview: Today's laboratory managers and directors must spend significant time and effort ensuring that their laboratory remains compliant with the regulatory requirements established in the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA). Listen to an overview of the latest updates in regulatory compliance for laboratory testing provided in the ASC setting and get tips and strategies for addressing each area.

Sherrie Graham, MHSA, MT(ASCP) - No conflict
Commercial Support: None
Sponsorship: None

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Understanding Medicare’s 2016 Final Payment Rule

Date/Time: Tuesday, December 1, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Kara Newbury, Regulatory Counsel, Ambulatory Surgery Center Association

Overview: Get the final word on the changes to Medicare’s ASC payment system that will take effect January 1, 2016. Find out how ASC payment rates will change in 2016, if new procedures were added to the final list of those eligible to be performed on Medicare patients in the ASC setting and how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ final rule’s other policy changes, including those made to the ASC quality reporting program, will impact ASC payments. This webinar will not discuss proposed coding changes.

Kara Newbury - No conflict
Commercial Support: None
Sponsorship: None

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CPT Changes 2016: What's New, Revised and Deleted, and What That All Means to ASCs (AAPC Credit Available)

Date/Time: Tuesday, December 8, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Cristina Bentin CCS-P, CPC-H, CMA, President, Coding Compliance Management, LLC

Overview: Get up to date on the new, revised and deleted CPT codes that will affect ASCs in 2016. Applications and scenarios for reporting the new codes, as well as reimbursement potentials, from a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ perspective, will be addressed.

Cristina Bentin CCS-P, CPC-H, CMA - No conflict
Commercial Support: None
Sponsorship: None

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