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Thursday, May 19 *Additional registration is required.
6:45am - 7:15am

7:15am - 4:40pm
CASC Review Course Registration and Breakfast

Pre-Meeting: CASC Review Course*

Faculty:
John Goehle, MBA, CPA, CASC
Consultant, Ambulatory Healthcare Strategies

Mary Ryan, BSN, MBA, CASC
Administrator, Tri-State Surgery Center

Debra Stinchcomb, RN, BSN, MBA, CASC
Consultant, Progressive Surgical Solutions

Location: Texas 3

Description: Interested in becoming CASC (Certified Administrator Surgery Center) certified? If you are planning to take the CASC exam (now administered online only) or want a review of the key areas of ASC administration that will help you keep your skills current, this course is for you. Designed for those with ASC experience and knowledge, this course will provide an in-depth review of the key topics in the five content areas of the CASC exam: regulatory and legal issues, finance, delivery of patient care, quality management and human resources. Each content area will be covered by expert faculty. Actual test questions will not be provided.

8:00am - 12:00pm

Faculty:
Ray Grundman, MSN, MPA, FNP-BC, CASC
Vice President & General Manager, AAAHC

Jo Vinson, RN, BA, CASC
AAAHC Training Faculty; Surveyor, Standards & Survey Procedures Committee Member

Location: Texas C

Description: Get the information you need to pass an initial accreditation or a re-accreditation survey conducted by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Join these accreditation experts to learn more about the accreditation survey process, the core standards that apply to all organizations, the adjunct standards that might apply to your ASC and the many benefits of accreditation. Identify the steps you need to take to prepare for and remain prepared for an accreditation or re-accreditation survey.


Faculty:
Susan Herrold, MN, RN, FNP-C
Ambulatory Surveyor, The Joint Commission

Location: Texas 1

Description: Discover or review the steps you need to take to prepare for a Joint Commission survey and maintain those standards all year through. Find out which standards challenge ASCs the most and ways to make sure your ASC remains compliant.


Faculty:
Marcus Crider, JD
Partner, Waller

Kelly David, BA, APR
Marketing and Public Relations Director, Spectrum Medical Group

Charlie Leonard, BA
Principal, Charlie Leonard Public Affairs and Public Relations

Location: Texas D

Description: An ability to use today’s social media tools is essential for all ASCs concerned about protecting and enhancing their reputation in their communities. Explore the do’s and don'ts of social media in the ASC setting, including how to get started, how to keep your outreach going and how to ensure that you are really listening to your audience.

Examine who is online, what they are looking for and what they are finding on topics that matter to you and your business. Look at the ever-increasing number of forums that allow patients and consumers to post both fair and unfounded comments and opinions about you, your business and the ASC industry. Find out how to use social media platforms effectively to promote your experience and capabilities—including the value, convenience and outcomes that patients are looking for today. This session will help you build your social media audience and ensure that you're taking in as much information from social media channels as you're putting out.

1:00pm - 4:30pm

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

Location: Texas D

Description: Recent changes adopted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the ASC accrediting bodies now require ASCs to integrate their infection prevention and control programs into their Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (QAPI) programs while maintaining a separate set of indicators.

Discuss the recent and emerging federal requirements and the role that infection prevention and control plays in QAPI. Get an in-depth review of this entire operational area, including risk assessment, quality indicators and measures, surgical site infection surveillance, data collection and processing, influenza vaccination, the emerging antimicrobial stewardship program and the CMS surveyor worksheet changes.


Faculty:
Bill Lindeman, AIA
President, WEL Designs PLC

Location: Texas C

Description: Minimum requirements for the physical environment that Medicare-certified ASCs must maintain are found in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) State Operations Manual Appendix L and CMS’ adopted edition of the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 101: Life Safety Code. This session will explore current CMS requirements and help attendees understand their responsibilities for achieving and maintaining compliance. Participants will review baseline compliance as well as the often misunderstood and/or overlooked aspects of operational compliance and documentation that frequently lead to Life Safety Code survey citations. Guidance will include ways to design and implement long-term, low-stress solutions that can help your ASC remain in continuous compliance with CMS’ physical environment mandates.

5:00pm - 6:30pm

Location: Texas A

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Location: Exhibit Hall

Description: Kick off the conference by attending this year’s Welcome Reception inside the ASC industry’s largest Exhibit Hall of the year. Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, reconnect with old friends and get to know other ASC professionals. Familiarize yourself with the Exhibit Hall and start your Exhibit Hall Passport to enter ASCA’s grand prize give-a-way. With food and drink that showcases the best of Dallas, this reception will start will help open ASCA 2016 with a kick. Be sure to attend!



Friday, May 20
6:30am - 7:30am

Location: Texas C

Description: New this year, ASCA adds to the promotion of fitness and wellness among conference attendees with Group Yoga! All skill levels—from beginner to expert—are invited to attend.

7:00am - 8:00am

Location: Exhibit Hall

Description: Start your day off in the exhibit hall with over 150 exhibiting companies with breakfast in the exhibit hall. Breakfast is scheduled to include a variety of juices, fruits, bagels, breakfast bakeries and coffee.

8:00am - 9:00am

Faculty:
Phillip Clendenin
President of Ambulatory Services, Amsurg

Mike Doyle
Chief Executive Officer, Surgery Partners

Andrew Hayek
President & Chief Executive Officer, Surgical Care Affiliates

William Wilcox
Chief Executive Officer, Board of Directors Member, USPI

Location: Texas A

9:00am - 10:00am

Faculty:
Dave Ridley
Senior Vice President of Marketing and Revenue Management, Southwest Airlines

Location: Texas A

Description: LUV Lessons: Service Excellence from the Inside Out

In any business, it’s easy to be inexpensive and bad or expensive and good. Since its inception in 1971, Southwest Airlines has been inexpensive and good—an incredible value proposition. The reason why is a recognition that Southwest is in the customer service business and just happens to fly airplanes. In a customer service business, it comes down to people—who you hire, who you fire and what type of leadership is provided. In a word, it’s all about culture.

10:00am - 11:00am

Location: Exhibit Hall

Description: Enjoy a coffee or tea as you visit with our vendors in the exhibit hall.

11:00am - 12:00pm

Faculty:
Sue Klacik, BS, CRCST, CIS, FCS
President of Klacik Consulting, LLC, Klacik Consulting & St. Elizabeth Health Center

Location: Dallas 7

Description: Sterilization and disinfection standards are under scrutiny. Each year, your ASC needs to adapt to changes in the existing standards and new regulatory policies that apply to your ASC. Find out what the latest updates in the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation standards means for your ASC, review the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention alerts on endoscope processing and more.


Faculty:
Ray Grundman, MSN, MPA, FNP-BC, CASC
Vice President & General Manager, AAAHC

Location: Texas D

Description: Properly managed, your ASC’s credentialing and privileging process is the first step in your ASC's risk management program and lays the groundwork for an emphasis on patient safety and quality of care. Discover essential techniques for making this process work and taking full advantage of all of the benefits it offers your ASC.


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

Location: Texas 4

Description: This session will provide an overview of the common challenges occurring with the ICD-10 implementation, including trends in physician documentation, claim submissions, reimbursements/ denials and productivity.


Faculty:
Arnaldo Valedon, MD
Anesthesiologist, Orthopaedic Associates of Central Maryland Ambulatory Surgical Center

Rebecca Twersky, MD, MPH
Josie Robertson Surgery Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Location: Texas 3

Description: Review anesthesia strategies that can improve recovery and allow patients to be better able to return to normal function. Topics covered will include airway management, analgesic strategies, anesthetic planning, fluid management and post-operative nausea and vomiting (PONV) prophylaxis.


Faculty:
Gina Throneberry, RN, MBA, CASC, CNOR
Director of Education and Clinical Affairs, Ambulatory Surgery Center Association

Donna Slosburg, BSN, LHRM, CASC
Executive Director, ASC Quality Collaboration

Location: Texas C

Description: Look carefully at Medicare’s current quality reporting requirements and make sure you know all that your ASC needs to do now to avoid payment reductions in future years. Get answers to the most frequently asked questions surrounding the program, an in-depth understanding of the terms and definitions that apply and a preview of what your ASC can expect in future years. An overview of recent events tied to the quality reporting program will be provided.

12:00pm - 2:00pm

Location: Exhibit Hall

Description: Meet with new and old friends in the exhibit hall for a buffet lunch. Don't forget to visit the sponsors located throughout the exhibit hall!

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Faculty:
Judy Harless, MBA, CASC
Administrator, SMI Surgery Center

Location: Texas 4

Description: Culture is the glue that binds an organization together and the hardest thing for competitors to copy. As a result, it can be a lasting source of competitive advantage. The most successful organizations typically display a set of performance attributes that align with the organization's strategy and reinforce the right employee behaviors. Improve performance at your ASC by applying the three defined steps for building a winning culture that this session will provide.


Faculty:
Marcus Crider, JD
Partner, Waller

Location: Texas C

Description: Discuss best practices in employment and human resource management in the ASC setting, including tips for avoiding discrimination and other employment claims through proper employee hiring, evaluations, discipline and discharge processes. Learn about recent developments and trends in employment law, including the latest Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Department of Labor (DOL) initiatives.


Faculty:
Jan Allison, RN, CHSP
Director of Quality and Accreditation, Surgical Care Affiliates

Location: Texas D

Description: Learn how to build a strong foundation for your Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (QAPI) plan, maintain the plan over time and consistently track quality indicators central to achieving the best possible outcomes tied to your plan. Experience fewer adverse events, improve your satisfaction rates and engage your staff more fully with a stabilized process that can lead to improved operational performance at your ASC. Then, gain an understanding of the regulatory and accreditation QAPI requirements that apply to your ASC, and how to comply, by reviewing all the essential elements of a QAPI program and how to properly implement a program in your ASC. Examine indicators that can help your ASC identify and conduct QAPI projects that have a lasting impact on patient safety, satisfaction, efficiency and cost.


Faculty:
Matt Pate
SVP, United Surgical Partners International

Colin Rorrie, PhD, FASAE
President, CCR & Associates

Location: Texas 3

Description: Move beyond Medicare's minimum Conditions for Coverage governance requirements and develop an effective governance model that engages your physicians and staff, measures results and gets things done. Take home templates that include model agendas and formats for developing recommendations and discussing issues.


Faculty:
Heather Fallen Ashby
Deputy Director of Advocacy, ASCA

Kara Marshall Newbury
Regulatory Counsel, ASCA

Location: Dallas 7

Description: Learn about the latest legislative and regulatory developments that impact your ASC’s operations and bottom line. Get an overview of ASCA's legislative and regulatory agenda for 2016 and beyond and discuss the ways that ASCA is working for you on Capitol Hill and inside the government agencies that have jurisdiction over your ASC. Look into opportunities for you to participate in ASC advocacy efforts in Washington, DC, your state and your hometown.

3:00pm - 3:15pm

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

3:15pm - 4:15pm

Faculty:
Lisa Rock
President, National Medical Billing Services

Location: Texas 3

Description: With the recent rise in high deductible health plans and an overall increase in patient financial responsibility, ASCs are increasingly dependent on collecting effectively from their patients. Discuss the strategies that are critical to optimizing your patient collections while simultaneously increasing patient satisfaction. Examine each step of the collections process, including how to develop an effective and compliant patient financial policy, the key elements that your policy should include, how to train your front desk to use your policy correctly, what technologies you can use to automate and enhance many of these functions, how to handle out-of-network patient collections and more.


Faculty:
Sandy Berreth, RN, MS, CASC
Surveyor, Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care

Location: Texas 4

Description: The culture of a center defines its foundation: its values, beliefs and standards. Whether you are leading a new, hand-picked staff or have inherited a dysfunctional environment, this session can help you identify key elements you can consider in evaluating and improving the culture of your ASC. Start by considering the importance of your ASC’s leadership--defining initial and ongoing responsibilities. Then examine what makes an effective culture, discussing core elements for success. Examples will be provided to illustrate how operations are impacted by the culture of your center and how changes to it can help or hinder your success. Tools to assist you in fostering and maintaining an effective and high-performing center will be provided.


Faculty:
Cynthia Spry, MA, MS, RN, CNOR(E), CSPDT
Consultant, Self-Employed

Location: Dallas 7

Description: In 2015, inadequate instrument processing was number 8 on the ECRI Institute’s list of top 10 technology hazards in health care, and accreditation surveyors are looking to see if processing practices are congruent with current evidence-based guidelines, position papers and instructions for use. Immediate use steam sterilization, terminal sterilization and short cycles have caused some confusion for personnel responsible for processing ophthalmic instruments. Explore these issues and examples of best practices. Review recommendations and guidelines from the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.


Faculty:
Bruce Ettinger, MD, MPH
Ettinger Health Services Compliance Consulting

Location: Texas C

Description: Medicare and/or deemed status accreditation agency surveys and survey deficient practice statements can be confusing and frustrating. Responding with a Plan of Correction (POC), then implementing this plan through directed tasks and policies, can be daunting, even for experienced ASC professionals. The letter accompanying the Statement of Deficiencies, which threatens to close your ASC if you do not submit an acceptable POC within 10 days, can add to the stress of this review. Bring your recent survey findings, concerns and toughest questions to this session where we will discuss how your ASC can respond effectively to specific survey situations and related Medicare communications in the future.


Faculty:
Beth Chrismer, MSN, RN
Director, Medical Care Review, Good Shepherd Ambulatory Surgical Center

Location: Texas D

Description: Is your ASC prepared for the unthinkable? Two days before Thanksgiving in 2013 the unthinkable happened at our ASC. As the health system risk manager, I was a first responder when the family member of a patient stabbed five people during a rampage through our center from the waiting room through the clinical areas. Friends, staff members, loved ones, visitors and patients were impacted and changed forever on that day. We grieved, mourned, got angry, cried, learned from the event and became stronger. Learn from our ASC’s experience how to prepare for a comparable event in your ASC.

4:30pm - 5:30pm

Faculty:
Linda McSmith, RN, LHRM, CPHRM
Assistant Vice President Risk Management, OneBeacon Healthcare Group

Location: Dallas 7

Description: The surgical setting requires a multifaceted approach to reducing clinical risk and boosting patient safety, and national guidelines and strategies can help clinicians reduce the occurrence of sentinel events, never events and more. Explore strategies you can use to further reduce incident rates in your ASC.


Faculty:
Jan Allison, RN, CHSP
Director of Quality and Accreditation, Surgical Care Affiliates

Location: Texas C

Description: Focus on the basic framework for developing a competency program and the importance of verifying and validating staff skills, knowledge and attitude to ensure they meet industry standards. Use what you learn to establish a thorough and effective competency assessment program that is essential to patient safety or to implement a corrective action plan in response to survey results or adverse patient events. Make certain your competency assessments are tied to actual practice rather than an assumption of competency based on years of experience.


Faculty:
Kimberly New, JD, BSN, RN
Consultant, Diversion Specialists

Location: Texas D

Description: Drug diversions occur in health care facilities across the US every day. Learn how opioid diversion could occur in your ASC and the steps you can take to protect your ASC’s staff and minimize the risk of patient harm from an impaired provider, including untreated pain, infection risks stemming from tampering with injectable drugs and more.


Faculty:
Jim Stobinski, PhD, RN, CNOR
Director of Credentialing and Education, The Competency and Credentialing Institute

Location: Texas 3

Description: In the US, there has long been a diversity of paths for entry into the registered nursing profession. Entry level degrees include diplomas, associate degrees and baccalaureate level education. The relative merits of each educational path have been discussed for decades with little consensus in the profession. Recent events, including release of the Institute of Medicine Report on the Future of Nursing, have rekindled the debate. Look into the latest literature on this subject within the context of changes in American health care, including reimbursement methods and changing attitudes regarding accountability. The theme of professionalism will serve as an anchor for this presentation.


Faculty:
Goran Dragolovic
Vice President, Surgical Care Affiliates

Location: Texas 4

Description: Changing the culture at your center is arguably the most vexing challenge you face as a leader. And yet, culture is the bloodline of all the activities in your center and sets the passion, energy and attitude of your entire team. Culture also is at the core of what makes your center more attractive and competitive and is the hardest thing for anyone to copy. Mastering cultural transformation can help your center not just survive, but thrive. Investigate some proven and effective ways to tackle culture transformation challenges.

5:30pm - 6:30pm

Location: Exhibit Hall

Description: Relax after a full day of educational sessions with a sampling of finger foods and light snacks. Visit with vendors and colleagues, explore the innovations on display and learn about products and services that can improve your ASC. Door prizes will be awarded during the evening!



Saturday, May 21
6:30am - 7:30am

Location: Convention Center Entrance

Description: ASCA's 5K is a race for all ages and fitness levels! Regular runners and first-timers alike are welcome to join us for the 5K Fun Run/Walk. Whether you’re trying to beat your personal best or walking with friends and co-workers, this is a great way burn some extra calories during the Annual Meeting.

Prizes: While everyone wins at ASCA’s 5K, prizes will be awarded to the three fastest women and men.

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7:00am - 8:00am

Location: Texas Foyer

Description: Start the day off with a breakfast filled with bagels, pastries, fruit and a variety of juices and, of course, a cup of coffee to get you going!

7:45am - 8:45am

Faculty:
Chris Johnson
Medical IT Consultant, Untangled Solutions, LLC

Location: Texas 3

Description: When the Heatlh Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) omnibus final rule went into effect in 2013, it marked the most sweeping changes to the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules since they were first implemented. The rule brought significant challenges for covered entities such as ASCs and substantially higher violation penalties. As cybercriminals increasingly target health care facilities because of the growing value of medical information, regulators too are paying closer attention to these facilities. The importance of IT security and HIPAA compliance in ASCs has never been greater. Learn about the most common compliance and security mistakes ASCs make, scenarios that require HIPAA compliance, practical guidance for maintaining proper IT security and HIPAA compliance, and simple security measures that every ASC should have in place.



Faculty:
Ann Geier, MS, RN, CNOR, CASC
Chief Nursing Officer, SourceMed

Location: Texas D

Description: When someone moves from one staff position to another, they need guidance and tools to help them succeed in their new roles. Focusing on ASC management, discuss the extensive knowledge required to be successful in a leadership role. Tools you can add to your library of "go to" resources will be provided.



Faculty:
Naya Kehayes, MPH
Principal, Eveia Health a Division of ECG Management Consultants

Location: Dallas 7

Description: Get an overview of changes to the ASC Medicare payment system that have implications for reimbursement and payment logic in your ASC. Identify opportunities the changes offer for adding value to your ASC and related risks that could impact the financial performance and business operations at your ASC. Examples of reimbursement changes and payment logic will be provided by specialty so that both single-specialty and multi-specialty ASCs can identify how to best prepare. End this session with a summary of how the Medicare changes might potentially impact or influence commercial payer reimbursement and contracting.



Faculty:
Joseph Coyne, RPh
President/CEO, Coyne Consulting

Location: Texas C

Description: Examine the elements of the current federal requirements and standards of practice associated with compounding and their applicability to ASCs and others. Review the key elements of the US Pharmacopeia Chapter on Pharmaceutical Compounding—Sterile Preparations and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention safe injection practices.



Faculty:
Sandra Jones, CASC, CPHRM, CHCQM, FHFMA
CEO, Ambulatory Strategies

Location: Texas 4

Description: Your ASC’s risk management and Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) programs aim to attain the same goals: protect your patients, staff and organization. Too often, though, they are handled as separate disciplines, disconnected instead of integrated. Discover how these two disciplines can be combined to focus efforts, save time and meet regulatory and accreditation standards.

9:00am - 10:00am

Faculty:
Ann Geier, MS, RN, CNOR, CASC
Chief Nursing Officer, SourceMed

Location: Texas D

Description: This presentation focuses on four areas that administrators said they would like to know more about. At the end of the presentation, attendees will have access to sources of best practices and web sites that will enhance their knowledge base. All attendees are welcome. Leadership 101 is not a prerequisite for this session.



Faculty: Heather Skelton, JD
Attorney at Law, Gardner Skelton PLLC

Location: Texas 3

Description: With a little dedication and effort, it is possible to improve your ASC's overall financial picture by regularly negotiating your commercial payer agreements. This quick study in implementing an ongoing payer management strategy will demystify the process and help motivate you to work on your payer agreements with more enthusiasm. Learn negotiating tactics that can improve your results, and discuss ways to plan for the future and retain a competitive advantage.



Faculty:
Cindy Armistead, AD, BS
Administrator, Campbell Clinic Surgery Centers, LLC

Location: Texas 4

Description: Review the process for developing a successful outpatient total joint arthroplasty program in the ASC setting. Review patient preparation techniques, the surgeon’s role and responsibilities, the roles of your ASC’s clinical and business office staff and physical facility requirements needed to accommodate these procedures and ensure top outcomes. Discussion will also include suggestions for successful negotiations with insurance providers for reimbursement of these procedures in the ASC setting.



Faculty:
William Miller, JD
Partner, Higgs, Fletcher & Mack LLP

Location: Texas C

Description: Address potential liability risks in your ASC tied to the use of medical products, including durable medical equipment dispensed at discharge. Past incidents and recommendations for proactive, protective measures that can minimize liability will also be discussed.



Faculty:
Heather Fallen Ashby
Deputy Director of Advocacy, ASCA

Alison Legros
Assistant Director of Government Affairs, ASCA

Location: Dallas 7

Description: State legislatures and regulators like to copy the hottest trends in health care policy from each other. For ASCs, recent trends include laws and regulations that increase taxes, reduce competition and restrict patient access. As states attempt to balance budgets, lawmakers are increasingly looking to reduce health care spending. Join this interactive session to hear from state policy experts and ASC advocates who are fighting these trends and find out what you can do to join them.

10:00am - 11:00am

Location: Exhibit Hall

Description: Don’t miss out on your last chance to visit the ASC industry’s largest exhibit hall with our morning coffee break.

11:00am - 12:00pm

Faculty:
Marian Lowe, MBA
Senior Vice President, Payer & Employer Strategy, United Surgical Partners International

Location: Dallas 7

Description: Get an introduction to emerging models of bundled payments and how ASCs and the physicians who work in ASCs can participate in these new value-based care programs.



Faculty:
William Miller, JD
Partner, Higgs, Fletcher & Mack LLP

Debra Stinchcomb, RN, BSN, MBA, CASC
Consultant, Progressive Surgical Solutions

Location: Texas D

Description: Engage in a dynamic and collaborative conversation about both the clinical and legal issues arising from cell phone usage by patients and patient representatives in your ASC. Review scenarios likely to give rise to clinical and legal problems, previous incidents involving cell phone usage and proactive measures you can take to minimize adverse clinical and legal outcomes.



Faculty:
Michelle George, RN, MSN, CASC
Vice President Clinical Services, Surgical Care Affiliates

Location: Texas C

Description: Learn about the benefits of clinical benchmarking and steps you can take to set up an effective benchmarking program in your ASC. Examine the types of benchmarking, metric selection, setting measurement criteria, specific ASC-appropriate benchmark sources and the best methods for reporting performance results and trends to your committees and Board members. All principles of clinical benchmarking will be highlighted in a case study review focused on clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction and survey performance.



Faculty:
Karen Reiter, RN, CNOR, CASC
Administrator, DISC Sports and Spine

Location: Texas 4

Description: Get an overview of spinal surgery in the ambulatory environment and answers to questions like “What is the appropriate patient selection for a spine case and who is the right surgeon for the setting?” Find out what defines the differences between a simple and complex spine case and what is needed to manage the full spectrum of these cases in an ASC. Come away with an understanding of how to integrate these complex cases into an ASC and how-to advice that can help you make that integration a reality safely and efficiently. Pitfalls and advantages of contracting and hot topics that surround this specialty will also be covered.



Faculty:
Ann Shimek, RN, CASC
Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations, USPI

Location: Texas 3

Description: Stop avoiding conflict and start managing it with this discussion of the most common types of conflict in the ASC setting and how to prepare for productive conflict resolution. Get real-world solutions you can take back to your center to manage conflict in a stressful environment and tips for avoiding potential pitfalls. Learn effective communication techniques that can help you manage workplace conflict.

12:10pm - 1:40pm

Location: Texas A

Description: Take a short break from the intensive educational program and enjoy a leisurely sit-down lunch with your colleagues while you help celebrate recent successes in the ASC industry. Along with the networking opportunities you will find at this event, be prepared to be entertained when our featured speaker takes the stage. Invite your friends, colleagues and family members to join in. This part of ASCA’s annual meeting offers something that everyone can enjoy.

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Faculty:
Lisa Austin, CASC
Vice President of Operations, Pinnacle III

Location: Dallas 7

Description: AS ASCs continue to bring more innovative and higher acuity cases into their facilities, new questions and considerations arise. Examine what is key to ensuring successful integration of these cases into your current case mix. Investing time and resources on the front end will support future success.



Faculty:
Greg Withers
Senior Vice President - Commercial Banking, First Citizens Bank

Location: Texas 3

Description: Get an overview of the current economic and regulatory environments affecting the banking industry, with a particular emphasis on how medical practices and ASCs should engage and interact with commercial banks. Discuss arranging borrowing facilities, depository accounts and other essential business services. Hear from a banking industry-insider how to establish and maintain a constructive and mutually beneficial relationship with a commercial bank.



Faculty:
John Goehle, MBA, CPA, CASC
Consultant, Ambulatory Healthcare Strategies

Location: Texas C

Description: Get insights and advice to help you benchmark your ASC against the industry. Learn how you can develop balance sheet and revenue and expense cycle benchmarks that you can use to compare your ASC's financial performance measures to benchmark data available publicly and through ASCA. Get a guideline that will help you make the most essential comparisons. Designed for individuals with limited exposure to the concepts and processes of basic financial benchmarking, this session is open to all ASC staff involved in the finances of their ASC.



Faculty:
Sharon Kimbrough, CPCS, CPMSM
Manager, Medical Staff Services, SCA

Location: Texas D

Description: Are you still trying to figure out Peer Review after all these years? Still looking for workable solutions, what data to track and meaningful information? Get the organizational tips and resources you need to get your Peer Review Program in shape and improve team and practitioner engagement.



Faculty:
Kim Bamburg, RN, MEd, CSPDT
Technical Consultant, 3M Infection Prevention Division

Location: Texas 4

Description: Discuss ways to reduce the bacterial load on skin and mucous membranes prior to high-risk procedures. Review the guidelines that support each indication for surgical site infection (SSI) reduction.

3:00pm - 3:15pm

Location: Texas Foyer

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

3:15pm - 4:15pm

Faculty:
Michael Patterson, FACHE
President & CEO, Mississippi Valley Health

Location: Texas C

Description: Explore the different ways that ASCs can provide overnight care to patients needing active monitoring for up to 23 hours. Discuss how the Mississippi Valley Surgery Center provides for overnight care to its total joint replacement and spine patients. Focus on key items such as staff training, safety/security, food, equipment, visitors, etc. Explore current trends in overnight care capabilities (recovery care centers, skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation facilities, in-house at an ASC, hotels, what falls short of best practices, etc.).



Faculty:
Richard Rosenfield, MD
Executive Medical Director, Pearl Surgicenter

Location: Dallas 7

Description: Listen as Dr. Rosenfield shares his experience launching a gynecologic surgery program at the Pearl Surgicenter in Portland Oregon. Then, ask your questions about how this surgeon with a decade of experience and more than 1,000 successful cases has pioneered a movement of higher acuity, minimally invasive pelvic surgical procedures from the hospital to the ASC. Dr. Rosenfield’s network of expert surgeons and success with direct contracting to large self-funded employers has led to successful programs working together across the US. Consider basic setup, surgeon selection, charges and reimbursements, how to be successful within this vertical and more.



Faculty:
Michelle George, RN, MSN, CASC
Vice President Clinical Services, Surgical Care Affiliates

Location: Texas 4

Description: Take everyday activities within your ASC to the next level with these tools and tips that can help you improve health care worker communications and drive a culture of patient safety. Focus on the relationship between patient harm events and communication as well as the various models for effective handoff communications. Explore the impact that strategies like health care team huddles and accountability can have on patient care.



Faculty:
Arik Worsfold, JD
Claims Attorney, Preferred Physicians Medical Risk Retention Group, Inc.

Location: Texas D

Description: Health care professionals often overestimate the legal protections afforded by their specific peer review processes and underestimate the number of safeguards required to adequately protect against legal discovery of reviewed cases. Focus on defining the process of peer review, recognizing potential procedural pitfalls and developing risk management strategies to help limit liability exposure and maximize state and federal protections in a continually evolving legal landscape. Master the art of using peer review as a powerful tool for ensuring patient safety and improving clinical outcomes in your ASC.



Faculty:
Marcy Sasso, CASC
Director of Compliance, Sasso Consulting, LLC

Location: Texas 3

Description: When is the last time you reviewed every entry in your Policies and 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.

4:30pm - 5:30pm

Faculty:
Andrew Lasser D.PH, FACHE
Executive Vice President, Avanza Healthcare Strategies

Location: Texas 3

Description: Discuss the issues that stand between a successful ASC/hospital joint venture and a failed partnership, including division of equity, ASC operations control, board structure, leveraging relationships and contracts, case types and developing a collaborative culture. Get tips and techniques for ensuring strong and sustainable partnerships.



Due to circumstances beyond our control, this session has been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience.



Faculty:
Daniel Buehler, AIA, Esq
Vice President, Facilities Management and Construction, AmSurg Corp

Location: Texas D

Description: Save money, time and aggravation by taking a close look now at the top 10 issues to consider when planning, designing, constructing, licensing and getting certification for an ASC. Consider budgeting, selecting your project team, geographic variances in codes and regulations, design elements and time horizons. Discuss the Facility Guidelines Institute guidelines that apply to ASCs. This session is recommended especially for owners and operators, clinical practitioners, architects, facility managers and others who are planning a new center or considering expanding an existing facility.



Faculty:
Victoria Edwards, BS, CSPDT
Technical Consultant, 3M

Location: Texas 4

Description: Transmission of multidrug-resistant super-bugs has been attributed to lapses in the reprocessing of flexible endoscopes. Review the known outbreaks, their proposed causes and how they were controlled. Discuss the latest recommendations for preventing future outbreaks, including communications from the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. All current recommendations include implementation of a comprehensive Quality Control (QC) program. Investigate several options for how to implement a QC program and suggestions for how to avoid common implementation challenges.



Faculty:
Jennifer Butterfield, RN, MBA, CNOR, CASC
Administrator/CEO, National Surgical Healthcare, Inc. - Lakes Surgery Center

Location: Texas C

Description: RNs trained and experienced in critical care, emergency and/or peri-anesthesia specialty areas may be given the responsibility to administer and maintain moderate or conscious sedation in the presence, and by the order, of a physician. Examine best practices related to patient safety, RN competency, RN training, facility policy and physician credentialing. Discuss ways to meet the guidelines set by The Joint Commission, the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, the American Society of Anethesiologists and other regulatory agencies.

6:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: Convention Center Entrance

Description: Join your colleagues for a night of dancing, eating and FUN at the Glass Cactus nightclub, right on the Gaylord property. Whether it is dancing on the 2,000 square foot dance floor or people watching from the balcony, the Glass Cactus is where it is at and if you want some fresh air, the 13,000 square foot deck overlooking Lake Grapevine will have you covered. And what Texas party would be complete without some barbeque and a mechanical bull! Saturday night is your night to unwind. And if that isn’t enough, there will even be line dancers to make sure you know how to kick your boots to the beat. And if you keep your eyes open you might even run into “Dolly Parton or John Wayne.” Shuttle busses will depart the hotel starting at 5:45pm and will start returning at 7:45pm with the last bus leaving at 9pm, or you can enjoy the 10 minute walk on your own. After the ASCA 9pm close, feel free to stay and enjoy the rest of the evening as the Glass Cactus opens to the public.



Sunday, May 22
6:45am - 7:45am

Location: Texas Foyer

Description: Start the day off with a breakfast filled with bagels, pastries, fruit and a variety of juices and, of course, a cup of coffee to get you going!

8:00am - 9:30am

Faculty:
Cindy Klein, MIS, PMP, CPHIMS
CMIO, USPI

Location: Dallas 7

Description: Begin by getting information and checklists that can help you open discussions with your physicians and staff to understand and prepare for the unique needs of electronic health record (EHR) technology in your ASC. Then, discover ways to use principles of change management to provide practical strategies for managing the move from paper to computers. Next, investigate the ways that implementing an EHR that can automate and streamline your ASCs’ workflow and increase the organization and accuracy of patient information. End with a look at other aspects of the new directions health information technology is taking and the regulatory and health care environment of change driving new expectations for patient populations.


Faculty:
John Goehle, MBA, CASC, CPA
Chief Operating Officer, Ambulatory Healthcare Strategies

Location: Texas 4

Description: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) surveys continue to get tougher. ASCs have to be properly prepared to avoid common survey issues and manage difficult outcomes from these surveys when they occur. Identify some of the most common and significant issues that surveyors cite and strategies and resources you can use to avoid them. Learn how to properly address challenging survey citations in a plan of correction.


Faculty:
Chris Dembny, RPh
President, Dembny Pharmacy Consultants LLC

Location: Texas 5

Description: Discuss medication management from a regulatory and accreditation compliance perspective. Discussion will include compliance topics pursuant to Joint Commission standards, Drug Enforcement Administration laws, the Drug Quality and Security Act, the Drug Supply Chain Security Act, pharmacy rules and standards of practice. Bring your questions on the pharmacy-related topics that concern you most.

9:30am - 9:40am

Location: Texas Foyer

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

9:40am - 11:10am

Faculty:
Kimberly Hiles, RN
Director of Patient-Centered Care, United Surgical Partners International

Location: Texas 5

Description: Get the keys to success for providing a robust staff training program that will ensure that your ASC delivers top quality, patient-centric care. Ensure that all of your team members are equipped and engaged in living your mission: to provide high-quality care in a safe environment and the kind of care you would insist on for your own family members. Focus on improving communication with evidence-based strategies designed to create a compassionate culture where patients, families and health care providers all feel cared for and know they are a top priority in your ASC. Get in-depth instruction and advice on how to focus patient experience training for your clinical operations team on quality, safety and service, the three components of assuring clarity and balance in your efforts to promote a comforting and comfortable experience for your patients.


Faculty:
Archie Jennings, BBA, MPH, CMCO
Owner, Total Healthcare Compliance & Consultation

Location: Texas 4

Description: Make sure you know for certain what the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires of your ASC and what you need to do to comply. Find out who is an “at risk” employee, whether all of your ASC’s employees need the Hepatitis B vaccine, what paperwork is required if there is an exposure incident and what time frame applies to testing patients and employees. Investigate the most common OSHA violations. Determine what your chances are of contracting Hepatitis-B, Hepatitis-C or HIV if you are exposed to blood or other other potentially infectious materials. Learn about the new Global Harmonization System (GHS) being used to identify chemicals in the work environment.


Faculty:
Stephanie Ellis, RN, CPC
President, Ellis Medical Consulting, Inc.

Location: Dallas 7

Description: Discuss proper coding techniques and billing strategies that will help you protect your bottom line and avoid the most common reimbursement errors in ASCs. Look at miscoded procedures that can cause unnecessary denials, using modifiers appropriately to capture the revenue you deserve, how to stay safe with unbundled codes when billing Medicare, some common ASC coding and billing processes that you can improve quickly and easily, proven strategies for avoiding common coding mistakes and improvements you can make to capture full payments for all of the services your ASC provides.

11:10am ASCA 2016 adjourns