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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.

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.

 

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.

Spine and Beyond: Moving Procedures to the ASC Setting

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

Speaker: Kara Newbury, Assistant Director, Health Policy, 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.

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

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.

Understanding Medicare’s Proposed Rates for 2016

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

Speaker: Kara Newbury, Assistant Director, Health Policy, 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.

FREE: CMS Quality Reporting for ASCs

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

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.

Medicare’s Final Rates for 2016

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

Speaker: Kara Newbury, Assistant Director, Health Policy, 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.

CPT Changes 2016: What's New, Revised and Deleted, and What That All Means to ASCs

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

When Disaster Strikes Your ASC: Preparedness, Response and Recovery - Coming Soon

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Beginners Guide to Electronic Health Record Technology
(Free of Charge for ASCA Members, $50 for Nonmembers)

Date/Time: Thursday, July 10, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Cindy Klein, PMP, CPHIMS, Vice President and Chief Medical Information Officer, United Surgical Partners International

Sponsored by:


Overview: This presentation is an introduction to Electronic Medical Records and Electronic Health Records addressing: Current regulatory and industry requirements; return on investment and return on information for an ASC with the implementation of electronic health technology; key terminology used in EMR and EHRs; what you should look for in and EHR and how you can start preparing your ASC; and what you should be discussing with your physicians about electronic records.

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.

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.

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.