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2014 Webinar Series



ASCA's 2014 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.

Each webinar lasts one hour and, unless otherwise indicated, offers one continuing education credit for nurses (CEU) and administrators (AEU).

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.

 

Out-of-Network Billing: Is This Still a Viable Business Strategy for ASCs?

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 22, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Lisa Rock, President of National Medical Billing Services

Overview: In today’s health care environment, many ASC industry leaders question if accepting out-of-network cases is a good strategy for long-term financial success. With recent legislative changes and newly implemented payer responses to out-of-network billing, it’s important to understand the benefits and risks. During this webinar, attendees will learn about the impact that out-of-network billing can have on their revenue cycle as well as best practices for optimizing collection results. Attendees will also hear tips on how to manage resistance from payers, mitigate risks and payment delays and ensure that billing is consistent and compliant.

Working With Compounding Pharmacies: What You Need to Know

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

Speakers: Sarah Dodge, Vice President of Government Affairs, IACP; and David Miller, RPh, Chief Executive Officer, International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP)

Overview: Recent developments affecting compounding pharmacies are affecting the ways they can do business with your physicians and your ASC. Can your ASC work safely with a compounding pharmacy? Are there changes in the state and federal rules that apply? What do recent changes in the compounding pharmacy specialty mean to the patients that your ASC serves?

Compounding pharmacists work directly with prescribers, including physicians, nurse practitioners and veterinarians, to create customized medication solutions for patients and animals whose health care needs cannot be met by standardized medications manufactured by the pharmaceutical industry. Learn how to work effectively with these companies from representatives of IACP—a professional association representing more than 2,700 pharmacists, technicians, student pharmacists, academicians and others who have a particular interest in the specialty practice of pharmacy compounding.

External Coding Audits: Maximize Their Value for Your ASC

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 17, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Stephanie Ellis, RN, CPC, Ellis Medical Consulting, Inc.

Overview: Eliminate the drudgery often associated with conducting outside chart audits by learning how your ASC’s coding and billing staff can put your audit results to work to improve reimbursement and strengthen your ASC’s compliance plans. Find out how to make your ASC less vulnerable in the event of a Medicare recovery audit contractor (RAC) audit, increase your coders’ knowledge of ASC coding and billing rules, identify common causes of denials and coding/billing errors, reduce those denials and errors and help your ASC’s coders improve their weaknesses, build on their strengths and gain coding confidence that they can use going forward, all while delivering real returns to your ASC’s bottom line.

Informed Consent in the ASC: Legal Considerations and Implications

Date/Time: Tuesday, July 22, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Ellen Adams, MBA, COMT

Overview: Informed consent in the ASC setting has different implications than the surgeon/patient informed consent. Explore the boundaries and responsibilities of ASC staff. For example, your ASC is responsible for providing a safe environment, maintaining appropriate levels of cleanliness and sterilization and properly training staff. Your ASC also has some responsibility in the monitoring and credentialing of the surgeons who use your facility. ASC staff, however, should not interfere with your surgeons’ informed consent process.

Understanding Medicare’s Proposed Rates for 2015

Date/Time: Tuesday, August 5, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Kara Newbury, Assistant Director, Government Affairs, Ambulatory Surgery Center Association

Overview: Learn about proposed changes to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) ASC payment system for 2015. Find out if Medicare plans to add any new procedures to the ASC-eligible list and gain important insights into proposed changes to the Medicare quality reporting program. Topics will include any proposed changes to the penalties for centers that fail to report on the ASC quality measures successfully, how to preview the data that will be used to calculate a payment penalty and what recourse is available to ASCs working with CMS.

FREE: CMS Quality Reporting for ASCs: Requirements, FAQs and Program Update

Date/Time: Tuesday, August 19, 1:00 pm ET

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

Sponsored by:


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.

Physician Credentialing in Your ASC

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 9, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Cindy Young, BSN, RN, CASC

Overview: Examine the initial application process, approval process, peer review process and re-application process for physicians in your ASC. Learn how to meet Medicare and accreditation requirements in your credentialing program. On September 23, join Lynn Reede to learn more about the credentialing process for advanced practice nurses and allied health professionals.

Credentialing and Peer Review of Advanced Practice Nurses and Allied Health Professionals

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 23, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Lynn Reede, CRNA, DNP, MBA

Overview: No one practices in isolation, and members of your ASC’s professional team need to demonstrate their abilities and the contributions they can make to meeting patients’ needs and expectations. Privileging, credentialing and peer review offer metrics that identify core skills, special skills, new skills, team skills and ongoing professional performance. Learn more about establishing and managing a comprehensive credentialing and peer review program for advanced practice nurses and allied health professionals who work in your ASC.

Risk Management: Challenges, Best Practices and Implementing a Comprehensive Program

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

Speaker: Sandra Jones, Licensed Healthcare Risk Manager, CASC, CHCQM, FHFMA

Overview: Risk management can reduce exposure to litigation, regulatory deficiencies and negative publicity while increasing the focus on quality improvement activities that make a difference in patient care, efficient processes and staff involvement. Learn how frequently adverse events occur, ways to reduce them and how to meet the challenges involved in planning and implementing a comprehensive risk management program.

Objectives:

  • Understand adverse events and reporting initiatives.

  • Explore why tracking “near miss” events can lead to risk reduction and quality improvement.

  • Discover risk management challenges in an ASC and ways to manage those challenges.


 

Medicare’s Final Rates for 2015

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

Speaker: Kara Newbury, Assistant Director, Government Affairs, Ambulatory Surgery Center Association

Overview: Get the final word on the changes to Medicare’s ASC payment system that will take effect January 1, 2015. Find out if new procedures were added to the final list of those eligible to be performed on Medicare patients in the ASC setting and gain an understanding of how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will implement payment penalties for centers that fail to successfully report on the ASC quality measures. Learn about any new measures that CMS is planning to include in its quality reporting program in the future.

CPT Changes 2015: What's New, Revised and Deleted, and What That All Means to ASCs

Date/Time: Tuesday, December 2, 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 2015. Applications and scenarios for reporting the new codes, as well as reimbursement potentials, from a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services perspective, will be addressed.

When Disaster Strikes Your ASC: Preparedness, Response and Recovery

Date/Time: Tuesday, December 16, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Anne Haddix, RN, Disaster Preparedness Coordinator, Indiana Federation of Ambulatory Surgical Centers

Overview: When your ASC becomes a part of a disaster, what do you do? Will your ASC be prepared to handle a disaster or will you be overwhelmed? This presentation introduces the basics of disaster preparedness, encompassing the four phases of the emergency management principals of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. The presenter will share lessons learned by other ASCs and emphasize being disaster resistant through preparedness. Find out where to start with your disaster preparedness plan.

Recorded Webinars

Why Become Accredited and Tips for Success

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

Speakers: Ray Grundman, Senior Director, External Relations, Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care; and Michael Kulczycki, Executive Director, Ambulatory Care Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission

Overview: Have you ever wondered “Why should my center become accredited?” This webinar will focus on the reasons centers should consider accreditation. The panel discussion will feature representatives from The Joint Commission and the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care talking about the advantages of accreditation and the “Top 10 Deficiencies” noted by each organization during the survey process.

QAPI Study Guide: Identify the Right Topics and Produce Meaningful Results in Your ASC

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 25, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Nancy Jo Vinson, RN, BA, CASC

Sponsored by:


Overview: Learn how to conduct a Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (QAPI) project that will lead to meaningful and sustainable improvements in your ASC. Find out which areas of your ASC you should study, how to identify, report and measure the data you need and how to implement change that produces lasting benefits for your patients, physicians and staff.

Improving the Pre-Admission Process: One ASC’s Success Story
(Free of Charge for ASCA Members)

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 11, 1:00 pm ET

Speakers: Alix Hall, Administrator, Gulf Pointe Surgery Center; and Dan Short, Vice President, One Medical Passport

Overview: How a surgery center overcame challenges from physicians and staff to implement a pre-admission solution that has positively impacted its patients’ experience and staff processes and reduced associated costs.

Maximize Your Investment in Your Business Office Personnel

Date/Time: Tuesday, February 25, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Arthur E. Casey, CASC, Senior Vice President, Outpatient Healthcare Strategies

Overview: Stop throwing money into hiring and training business office personnel until you know exactly what kind of employee you need and are ready to fill your open position. The most expensive aspect of turnover in staff personnel is the cost of orientation and training. Not only do you have the cost of training the new employee, you also have the lost investment you made in the prior employee.

This webinar will provide key insights into successful interviewing and selecting and hiring new personnel and help you make certain that you get the right individual for the job. Discussion will also include the successful creation of meaningful competency review points and ongoing performance assessment.

HIPAA in Plain English: Compliance, Tips and Case Studies

Date/Time: Tuesday, February 11, 1:00 pm ET

Speakers: Angela T. Burnette, Esq., Alston & Bird LLP; and Julia Dempewolf, Associate, Alston & Bird LLP

Overview: The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act’s (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Regulations impact how health information is used and disclosed on a daily basis. Noncompliance with HIPAA can have significant consequences, including patient complaints, government audits, monetary sanctions and even attorney general actions. Learn the practical side of HIPAA, in plain English, including suggested tips and best practices. Burnette and Dempewolf will also review specific hypothetical situations, including minors, authorizations, court orders, search warrants, state-law privileged information, requests for information in lawsuits and social media.

Rules and Best Practices for Immediate-Use Steam Sterilization

Date/Time: Tuesday, January 28, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Ray Taurasi MBA, CRCST, CHL, FCA, ACE, Director of Clinical Sales and Services, Eastern Region, Healthmark Industries

Overview: Immediate-use steam sterilization (IUSS), often referred to as flash sterilization, has become a major issue of concern in ASCs. When necessary, IUSS can be an effective and safe way to sterilize critical medical devices. IUSS is a very complex process that requires precise adherence to each step in the sterilization process. Failure to follow proper techniques and protocols can place patients and staff at risk of injury and infections. This program will address professional recommendations and measures that your ASC can take to ensure the appropriate use and success of IUSS.