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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.


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.

Supplier Contracting Best Practices

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

Speaker: Chris Klassen, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Moderate Sedation in the GI Suite

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

Speaker: Sekar S Bhavani MD, MS FRCS(I), Staff Anesthesiologist, Associate Program Director, Cleveland Clinic

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.

20 Things to Do Now to Ensure Safe Medication Management

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 16, 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.

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.

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.

Compliance: From the QA Meeting to the Board Meeting

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

Speaker: Angie Blankinship, RN, BSN, CASC, Administrator/Chief Nursing Officer, Northstar-Healthcare Surgery Center of Dallas

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.

Medicare’s Proposed Changes to ASC Payment Policy for 2016

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

Speaker: Kara Newbury, 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.

FREE: CMS Quality Reporting for ASCs

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

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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.

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).

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.

Improving Quality Studies and QAPI in Your ASC

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

Speaker: 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.

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.

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.

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.

Recorded Webinars

Spine and Beyond: Moving Procedures to the ASC Setting - Coming Soon

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

Speaker: Kara Newbury, 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.

Completing the Financial Measures in the ASCA Benchmarking Survey

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.

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