Schedule


 

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Wednesday,
April 11
*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

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Description: If you are planning to take the CASC (Certified Administrator Surgery Center) exam 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 with extensive experience in ASC management. Actual test questions will not be provided.

 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018:

9:00am–9:10am
Review AM Break

11:40pm–12:30pm
CASC Review Lunch

2:45pm–2:55pm
CASC Review PM Break

8:00am–12:00pm

 

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

Cheryl Pistone, RN, MA, MBA
AAAHC

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Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

Description: Consider the many benefits accreditation offers your ASC and get real-world advice on how to achieve and maintain it. Discuss essential components of accreditation, including continuous quality improvement, patient and employee safety, and infection prevention and control. Look closely at the steps your ASC needs to take to make sure it measures up, and learn how to avoid the top ten deficiencies found during recent accreditation surveys.

8:00am–12:00pm

 

Faculty:
Jay Afrow, DMD, MHA
The Joint Commission

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Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

Description: Review the process for successfully completing a Joint Commission accreditation survey, including preparing for the survey, participating in on-site survey activities and following up after the on-site survey visit. Examine the challenges that can occur and suggestions for helping the process proceed smoothly. A question and answer segment will focus on participants’ key concerns and questions that can arise during the Joint Commission accreditation process.

8:00am–12:00pm

 

Faculty:
William Lindeman, B Arch
WEL Designs PLC
William Phillips, BS, MS, PhD, CGC, CIAQP, CDT, FMA
RITEway Building Services

Location: Coming Soon

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Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

Description: Join two nationally recognized Life Safety Code experts for a comprehensive two-part program that will give you an in-depth understanding of the current Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service (CMS) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) regulations governing all ASC physical environments and the organization and processes needed to meet the operational requirements for risk assessments, inspection, testing and maintenance.

Part I, held Wednesday morning, focuses on key changes in the NFPA codes and sections, training and documentation requirements, and construction and operational considerations surrounding construction type, fire protection, vertical openings, egress, hazardous areas, risk assessments, medical gases and more.

Other aspects of the new requirements will be covered during Part II, the afternoon workshop.

Note: This is Part I of a two-part program. Separate registration is required for Part II.

1:00pm–5:00pm

 

Faculty:
William Lindeman, B Arch
WEL Designs PLC
William Phillips, BS, MS, PhD, CGC, CIAQP, CDT, FMA
RITEway Building Services

Location: Coming Soon

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Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

Description: Join two nationally recognized Life Safety Code experts for a comprehensive two-part program that will give you an in-depth understanding of the current Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service (CMS) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) regulations governing all ASC physical environments and the organization and processes needed to meet the operational requirements for risk assessments, inspection, testing and maintenance.

Part II, held Wednesday afternoon, focuses on design, construction and operational considerations surrounding electrical systems, interior finishes, fire alarms, fire separation, smoke compartments, portable fire extinguishers, emergency planning, building services, vertical conveyors, smoking policy, and finishes and decorations.

Other aspects of the new requirements will be covered during Part I, the morning workshop.

Note: This is Part II of a two-part program. Separate registration is required for Part I.

3:30pm–5:00pm

 

Faculty:
Cristina Bentin, CMA, CCS-P, COC, CPPM, AAPC Fellow
Coding Compliance Management

Larry Taylor, AT,C,
Practice Partners in Healthcare

Sandy Berreth, RN, BS, MS, CASC
Foothill Surgery Center at Sansum Clinic

Terry Bohlke, CASC
Community Health Systems

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Description: Attendance is limited to 36 people. A first-come, first-served policy will apply. Four ASC management experts will lead discussions in their areas of expertise at four tables that will each host groups of nine. Using a timed rotation system that mimics popular speed dating techniques, presenters will spend approximately 30 minutes at each table. When time is up, the presenters will move to the next table and begin new 30-minute conversations on their topic with the new group. The topics assigned to each of the four tables are case costing and physician management; dealing with difficult boards and running an effective board meeting; regulatory and clinical management challenges in ASCs; and business associate agreements and vendor responsibility for risk assessments. Get the answers you need to “the things that keep you up at night” in those key operational areas. Arrive early to make sure you get inside.

5:30pm–6:00pm

 

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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 Boston, this reception will be the start of ASCA 2018. Be sure to attend!

 

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Thursday, April 12
7:00am–9:00am

 

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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:
Donna Slosburg, RN, BSN, LHRM, CASC
ASC Quality Collaboration

Gina Throneberry, RN, MBA, CASC, CNOR
Ambulatory Surgery Center Association

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Description: ASCs that serve Medicare patients must comply with Medicare’s ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) requirements or face payment reductions in future years. Find out from these two quality reporting experts what data you need to collect in 2018, which quality measures you need to report this year and how to file the reports required. Get the definitions you need and answers to the most frequently asked questions. Preview the changes expected in 2019 and beyond.

8:00am–9:00am

 

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

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Description: CMS requires that ASCs have "a licensed health care professional qualified through training in infection control and designated to direct the ASC's infection control program." Focus on key components of an ASC infection prevention program that are the responsibility of the infection preventionist and get guidance on how to comply. Identify ways the role of infection preventionist integrates with a multi-disciplinary approach toward a comprehensive quality assurance and performance improvement program.

8:00am–9:00am

 

Faculty:
Lisa Rock
National Medical Billing Services

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Description: In today's highly competitive and ever-changing health care environment, the most successful surgery centers are using sophisticated analytics to track their performance and guide their future clinical and business decisions. Learn how to access this critical data, which key metrics you should be tracking and how you should be analyzing your data and applying what you learn.

8:00am–9:00am

 

Faculty:
Salvatore Puccio, Attorney
Garfunkel Wild

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Description: A review of federal lawsuit filings reveals that litigants filed a total of 8,954 wage and hour cases between January 1, 2015, and December 31, 2015. This is an increase of more than 30% since 2011 and does not include Department of Labor investigations or lawsuits filed against employers in the states. Keep your policies and practices up to date and your ASC out of court with this in-depth review of the general overtime provisions contained in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the relevant exceptions. Particular emphasis will be placed on ASC staffing considerations, why there is such an increase in litigation of these matters and how to identify potential overtime violations. Explore the issues from both the employer and employee’s eyeview.

8:00am–9:00am

 

Faculty:
Sandra Jones, MBA, CASC, LHRM, CPHRM, CPHQM, FHFMA
Ambulatory Strategies

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Description: The best risk management programs include assessing and targeting risk reduction and safety issues, not just looking back at adverse events. Learn how to use a risk assessment tool to establish priorities and integrate risk reduction with quality and compliance.

8:00am–9:00am

 

Faculty:
Michael Patterson, FACHE
Mississippi Valley Health

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Description: Complaints and concerns are a fact of life. How we respond to them determines how patients will perceive the care they are provided. Examine specific tools and tactics you can use to help de-escalate complaints and turn a potentially negative situation into a positive one.

9:10am–10:10am

 

Faculty:
Debra Stinchcomb, MBA, BSN, RN, CASC
Progressive Surgical Solutions

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Description: The benefits of clinical benchmarking go well beyond documenting daily activities in your facility. Performed properly, it improves patient safety and satisfaction, saves you time and money, and drives lasting improvement in every operational area in your ASC. Join this session to find out how to make clinical benchmarking work for your ASC and make sure that you are reaping all the benefits this time-tested tool provides.

9:10am–10:10am

 

Faculty:
Matthew Humbarger
Surgical Care Affiliates

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Description: With a focus on goal setting and understanding the value proposition of your facility and partnership, discuss ways that you can develop a thoughtful approach to negotiating managed care contracts that ensure the financial health of your ASC and its long-term success. Review the basic constructs of a negotiation, different data sources that can strengthen your position and ways to maximize leverage. Learn how to create a negotiation strategy and employ the tactics and techniques you need to increase the likelihood of successfully reaching your goals.

9:10am–10:10am

 

Faculty:
Riley Orr, MBA
United Surgical Partners International

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Description: Over the last 15 years, there has been substantial proliferation of robotic systems in the inpatient hospital space.  With this proliferation, comes the increased utilization and training of physicians on robotic consoles that has served to improve robotic technology and increase demand for system availability.  Historically, due to the high cost of robotic systems, outpatient facilities have been unable to implement robotics programs due to the financial burden associated with the start-up costs.  This is the story of our robotics program implementation and why we believe robotics has a place in the ASC.

9:10am–10:10am

 

Faculty:
Gerard Nussbaum, JD, CPA, CMA, RCDD
Zarach Associates

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Description: Cybercriminals are targeting health care providers in record numbers. When they succeed, the fines and consequences are daunting. Your ASC has never been at greater risk. Find out more about who might be targeting your ASC, how they gain access and ways you can keep them at bay.

9:10am–10:10am

 

Faculty:
Lee Anne Blackwell, RN BSN EMBA CNOR
Practice Partners in Healthcare

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Description: Get to know the updated Medicare ASC Infection Control Surveyor Worksheet like you have never known it before and how to put it to work inside your ASC to drive critical change and lasting improvement. Working with other ASC professionals, take a deep dive into the different sections of the worksheet. Identify and share challenges and successes related to compliance, explore the expectations of surveying authorities and find the ways your ASC can benefit.

9:10am–10:10am

 

Faculty:
Daren Smith, RN
Surgical Information Systems

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Description: For every patient scheduled for surgery, ASCs invest significant time and energy to ensure success, but when it comes to the planned or unplanned departure of a physician, the need to prepare is often overlooked. Learn how to put an effective, ongoing physician succession plan in place, including how to execute the plan successfully and avoid common pitfalls along the way. Suggestions for how to recruit non-owner physicians to fill OR block time will be provided.

10:10am–11:10pm

 

Location: Exhibit Hall

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

11:15am–12:15pm

 

Faculty:
Sheree Leppinen, RN, BSN, LHRM
Heart and Rhythm Institute of Trinity

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Description: Find out from this ASC administrator with firsthand experience which cardiac procedures are being performed successfully in the ASC setting, and walk through the pre-admission, pre-op, intra-op and discharge policies and procedures that lead to success. Examine the reimbursement challenges surrounding these procedures associated with both the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and managed care providers.

11:15am–12:15pm

 

Faculty:
Daniel Hauer, CASC
Valley Ambulatory Surgery Center

Sara Arones, RN BSN
Surgery Partners

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Description: What do you need to know and do to bring spine procedures into your ASC? Join this introduction to spine procedures in the ASC setting to make sure your patients are receiving top-quality care and your physicians are happy when you bring cases from this increasingly outpatient specialty into your facility. Discuss laminotomy, anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, total disc replacement, kyphoplasty, interspinous process decompression and more.

11:15am–12:15pm

 

Faculty:
Vivek Kumbhari, MD
Johns Hopkins Medical Institution

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Description: ASCs have been performing bariatric surgeries for many years, but do your ASC’s physicians, staff and managers understand the intricacies involved in endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty? Is it safe and feasible to bring patients who have decided to undergo this procedure into your ASC? Listen as this world-renowned gastroenterologist describes his experience with this procedure in the outpatient setting, then ask the questions you need answered before adding these patients to your case mix.

11:15am–12:15pm

 

Faculty:
Rebecca Taylor, RN, BSN
Olympia Orthopaedic Associates

Sylvia Johns, Bachelor in Healthcare Administration and Managment/Master in Healthcare Administration and Informatics
Olympia Orthopaedics Associates

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Description: Listen as two ASC leaders—one with a clinical background and one with a business degree—share their experiences and lessons learned in introducing a successful outpatient total joint program in their ASC. Bring your questions—basic and advanced.

11:15am–12:15pm

 

Faculty:
Ann Geier, MS, RN, CNOR, CASC
Surgical Information Systems

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Description: Regulatory agencies require all health care providers to receive training in infection control prior to treating patients in the ASC setting. That means all credentialed staff and providers, including physicians, dentists and allied health professionals (AHPs), should have training. Is your ASC compliant? What training do you provide? How often? This presentation will give you ideas for training all staff and physicians and tips for presenting information that everyone will read.

11:15am–12:15pm

 

Faculty:
Andre Witkin, MD
Tufts Medical Center

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Description: Can and should your ASC provide vitreoretinal surgery? Look carefully at the equipment and techniques involved and the risks and benefits for patients with this Boston-based vitreoretinal specialist.

12:20pm–2:20pm

 

Location: Exhibit Hall

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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!

2:20pm–3:50pm

 

Faculty:
Joan Dentler, MBA
Avanza Healthcare Strategies

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Description: Physicians and hospitals that find ways to collaborate rather than compete have a lot to gain. Learn why the current health care environment is prime for hospital–physician ASC joint ventures and leave with an understanding of the many issues that stand between a successful joint venture and a failed partnership. Discuss division of equity, control over ASC operations, board structure, leveraging the hospital's relationships and contracts, case types and developing a collaborative culture. Examine the results of a recent survey that asked hospital executives about ASC joint ventures.

2:20pm–3:50pm

 

Faculty:
Kara Newbury, JD
Ambulatory Surgery Center Association

Naya Kehayes, MPH
ECG Management Consultants

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Description: Federal regulatory policies that impact your Medicare payments and survey and certification requirements continue to evolve. Explore recent changes to payment policies that affect your bottom line and the codes that your ASC is allowed to perform. Get practical advice for how to comply with recent changes to the Conditions for Coverage and Interpretive Guidelines that redefine how your facility operates.

2:20pm–3:50pm

 

Faculty:
Tom Salamone
Long Lsialnd Healthcare Life Safety Association

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Description: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) now has authority to enforce both old and new requirements that affect your ASC. Focus on the most common citations the agency is delivering to health care providers today and ways you can avoid them in your facility.

2:20pm–3:50pm

 

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

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Description: Identify specific steps your ASC can follow to prepare for a survey and, if needed, respond to a statement of deficiencies with a plan of correction. Consider common citations and get suggestions for maintaining survey readiness and accessing the resources you need to successfully navigate each phase of the survey process.

2:20pm–3:50pm

 

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

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Description: The Infection Control Risk Assessment is required by accreditation organizations and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to help facilities develop a global view of the risks that patients and staff face in their specific setting. Explore best practices for developing and conducting a risk assessment and focus on helping personnel responsible for this task understand the key components and steps to take. Learn how to collect geographic, population and services information, how to identify and score the risks and ways to prioritize the risks you uncover in your ASC in the order of magnitude. Consider goals and objectives your ASC can adopt based on the risks you identify.

2:20pm–3:50pm

 

Faculty:
Ann Geier, MS, RN, CNOR, CASC
Surgical Information Systems

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Description: ASC managers who have been in leadership positions for many years might find themselves asking, "Is this all there is?" They might begin to dread going to work every day or find themselves sitting at a desk and daydreaming of something more. Investigate options for increasing satisfaction in an ASC leadership role and explore possibilities for more challenging, new positions.

3:50pm–4:00pm

 

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

4:15pm–5:30pm

 

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5:30pm–6:30pm

 

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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!

6:30pm–7:30pm

 

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Description: Come Celebrate Your Accomplishment!! The Board of Ambulatory Surgery Certification (BASC) would like to invite you to a cocktail reception on Thursday, April 12th from 6:30pm-7:30pm in the Foyer. You will be able to meet other individuals that have obtained the CASC credential as well as BASC Board members. Signage will be provided to guide you to the appropriate area.

 

 

 

 

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Friday, April 13
6:30am–7:30am

 

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Description: ASCA adds to the promotion of fitness and wellness with an amplifying morning bootcamp workout. ASCA's Bootcamp is for all ages and fitness levels! This 60 minute session will begin April, 13 at 6:30am.

7:00am–8:00am

 

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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–9:00am

 

Faculty:
Pat Ewald, RN
Dallas Surgical Partners

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Description: This event is a fun opportunity to get your body moving and energized for the rest of the day. Breakfast will be available before the Friday general session.

8:00am–9:00am

 

Faculty:
Darcy Thor, MBA, CMRP, CPC-A
Harmony Surgery Center

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Description: Learn how to calculate key performance indicators (KPIs) and how to apply this information to benchmark your facility within the industry and against itself for financial health and success. Identify trends and improvement opportunities to help you grow or refocus your business.

8:00am–9:00am

 

Faculty:
Laurie Heels, MSN, RN
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

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Description: Identify the types of unplanned events that can occur in an ASC setting and discuss what can be learned from early catches, near-misses and actual sentinel events. Gain an understanding of rule-, knowledge- and skill-based errors and how leadership can investigate errors and develop a plan for improvement. Leave knowing how to develop a culture of safety in your ASC that actively involves everyone in preventing errors.

8:00am–9:00am

 

Faculty:
Rena Courtay, RN BSN MBA CASC
Solutions for Outpatient Surgery

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Description: Find out how to define disruptive physician behavior, look at the scope of the problem and explore details about when and where this behavior occurs. Look into the consequences and risks for your ASC and your ASC’s physicians. Study actual scenarios and case studies that illustrate the problem and suggest potential solutions. Discuss steps for corrective feedback conversations with disruptive physicians. Consider and ask questions about actions for dealing with the problem if corrective feedback does not work.

8:00am–9:00am

 

Faculty:
Greg Hickman, MD
Andrews Institute ASC

Terri Gatton, RN, CNOR, CASC
Andrews Institute ASC

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Description: Both novice and experienced clinicians are invited to join this deep dive into the process of setting up, maintaining and growing a successful regional block program. Discuss staff selection, training, product and supply selection, cost and billing issues, outcomes, the role for quality improvement and studies, patient engagement and education. Examine the process from the perspectives of anesthesia providers, physicians and clinical and administrative staff.

8:00am–9:00am

 

Faculty:
Hassan Bilal, CRCST, CST
Medline Industries

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Description: Examine best practices and recommendations for operating a sterile processing environment based on Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) and Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) standards. Describe the effects of Toxic Anterior Segment Syndrome (TASS) and its relationship to decontamination, processing and sterilization of instrumentation. Focus on care, handling, cleaning and sterilization of surgical instrumentation according to manufacturer's instructions for use (IFU) and the proper way to perform Immediate Use and Steam Sterilization (IUSS), also known as “flashing.” Describe Hospital Associated Infections (HAI) and how they affect patients and staff in ASCs.

9:10am–10:10am

 

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10:10am–11:10am

 

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.

11:15am–12:15pm

 

Faculty:
Arnaldo Valedon, MD
First Colonies Anesthesia Associates

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Description: Reduce infections in your ASC with this overview of infections in outpatient surgery and the role of your anesthesia team in helping to prevent them. Examine predictors of infections, ways your anesthesia team can identify and eliminate them, techniques for eliminating undesirable anesthesia practices that can contribute to infections common in outpatient surgery, and actions you can expect your anesthesia team to take to prevent infections in your ASC.

11:15am–12:15pm

 

Faculty:
Martha Colen, RN BA BSN MBA CASC
Virginia Beach Ambulatory Surgery Center

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Description: Finding and retaining the next tier of qualified leaders is critical to an organization's success, but these efforts are futile if the development of these leaders is ignored and they are not prepared for their new roles. Neglecting the resolution of skill gaps can disrupt the leadership transition for even the most promising new managers. Discuss the importance of developing managerial talent from within by cultivating and retaining existing employees to ensure the availability and capability of the people who will lead your ASC in the future.

11:15am–12:15pm

 

Faculty:
Nick Fees
Surgical Care Affiliates

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Description: Improve your revenue cycle and your bottom line with tools and tips you need to improve your ASC’s financial operations. Focus on identifying the right reporting mechanisms to identify opportunities unique to your ASC and get practical examples of how to dedicate your time to generating tangible improvement.

11:15am–12:15pm

 

Faculty:
Scott Schoeffel
Nossaman

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Description: Collecting from a dissatisfied patient can be tricky business. Join this session to learn:

  • Best practices for avoiding legal and financial risk
  • How to recognize the warning signs of risk
  • How to determine when and if a patient balance should be written off
  • How not to admit fault, yet keep the patient happy, and
  • When to involve your ASC’s administrator, a risk manager or an attorney
11:15am–12:15pm

 

Faculty:
Colin Rorrie, PhD FASAE CAE
CCR & Associates

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Description: A well-constructed strategic plan can help your ASC prepare for the future, manage its priorities and achieve its goals. Learn key principles and components of an effective strategic plan. Then begin drafting a plan for your ASC, including a mission statement, values, goals, objectives and strategies that will lead your ASC to success. Leave the session with a solid start on a three-year plan custom-fitted to your ASC.

11:15am–12:15pm

 

Faculty:
Ann Shimek, RN, BSN, MSN, CASC
USPI

Kathy Wilson, RN, MHA
AMSURG

Michelle George, RN, MSN, CASC
Surgical Care Affiliates

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Description: Even with a delay on the horizon for the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgery Survey (OAS CAHPS) survey that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has introduced, many ASCs are starting now to find out what they need to know to successfully implement this new survey. Three experienced ASC management professionals who have voluntarily implemented the survey in multiple ASCs will talk about future plans for the survey and share their experiences with everything from choosing a CMS-approved survey vendor to orienting staff, navigating the challenges and managing your ASC’s role in the survey process.

12:20pm–1:50pm

 

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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–3:30pm

 

Faculty:
William Phillips

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2:00pm–3:30pm

 

Faculty:
Lauren Schneider, RN, CGRN, CASC, CFER
AMSURG

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Description: Endoscope reprocessing issues are in the spotlight, and surveyors are concentrating on how ASCs are educating and training their staff. Walk through simple steps to develop a customized orientation plan for new endoscope reprocessors and ongoing education and competencies in your facility as well as a plan for monthly monitoring of staff performance. Verify competencies annually on all steps of endoscope reprocessing with the comprehensive education and competency program you put in place.

2:00pm–3:30pm

 

Faculty:
Kathy Skibinski, MS, RPh
Waste Management Sustainability Services

Monica Livingston
WMSS PharmEcology Services

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Description: Examine current federal regulations governing the management of hazardous pharmaceutical waste, managing your facility according to the appropriate waste generation capacity and preventing diversion while managing controlled substance waste. Find out how the new Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule that went into effect May 30, 2017, impacts your facility and how your daily workflows will be affected in 2018 when the Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals—the largest change in hazardous waste management since Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations were finalized in 1980—are likely to take effect.

2:00pm–3:30pm

 

Faculty:
Alsie Fitzgerald, RN, CASC
AAAHC

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Description: Review the process for establishing a quality improvement program, with a focus on identifying and measuring key indicators and conducting meaningful and useful studies that identify and fix problems specific to your ASC. Participants in this roundtable discussion will write and review actual studies. This session is geared toward ASC staff who have no training in quality improvement and have other center responsibilities in addition to quality improvement.

2:00pm–3:30pm

 

Faculty:
Terry Bohlke, CASC
Community Health Systems

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Description: Participate in this hands-on introductory course to learn how to read the basic financial statements used in ASCs (Income Statement, Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Statement) and how to evaluate common ASC financial transactions. Review standard ASC financial metrics, how to calculate them and where to get meaningful benchmarks.

2:00pm–3:30pm

 

Faculty:
Nelson Gomes
Nelson Gomes, Priority One Group

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Description: Cybercriminals are targeting health care organizations of all sizes, including ASCs. Protenus, a patient privacy protection group, reports that in 2016 an average of at least one health data breach per day affected more than 27 million patient records. Failure to take cybercrime seriously could lead to significant legal and financial consequences. Learn about ASC data security requirements, common security vulnerabilities and steps you can take to better protect sensitive data.

3:30pm–3:45pm

 

Location: Foyer

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

3:45pm–5:15pm

 

Faculty:
Jan Allison, RN, CHSP
AMSURG

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Description: ASC surveyors evaluate whether your ASC’s policies support standards and Medicare requirements and reflect current best practices. They also assess staff compliance. This session will cover the list of policies accreditation and regulatory bodies require an ASC to have in place and challenges surveyors have uncovered with how policies are written, maintained and implemented. Learn steps your ASC can follow to facilitate staff adherence to the policies and procedures your ASC has in place.

3:45pm–5:15pm

 

Faculty:
Michele Mckinley, LVN, CRCST, CIS, CHL, AGTS, ASQ, CMQ/OE
STERIS Corporation

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Description: Make sure you understand all the guidelines for reprocessing medical devices that apply inside your ASC, their role in protecting patient safety and the practices your ASC can put in place to ensure compliance. Use the information from this session as a template of compliance you can carry back to your ASC. If you are planning on expanding your service line or made a change recently, you won’t want to miss this session.

3:45pm–5:15pm

 

Faculty:
Bill Berry, MD MPH MPA FACS
Ariadne Labs

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Description: Scientifically rooted in more than 20 years of research, TeamSTEPPS can lead to improvements in patient safety by improving teamwork and communication in and out of your ASC’s operating room or rooms. Learn more about this innovative program developed by the Department of Defense’s Patient Safety Program in cooperation with the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality and ASCA member ASCs, and find out how you can make TeamSTEPPS work in your ASC.

3:45pm–5:15pm

 

Faculty:
Becky Ziegler-Otis, RHIA, CPHQ, CHC, CASC
Ambulatory Surgical Center of Stevens Point

Tom Wilson
Global One Ventures

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Description: Is bundled pricing a fit for your ASC? Explore reasons why you may want to consider bundling as an option for your ASC. If you see a fit, consider the realities of how to proceed. Look carefully at the steps you need to take, and the time and effort you will need to invest, to create a successful program. Look closely at an in-depth case study of a bundled payment experience in one ASC and a comprehensive review of more than 5,000 bundled payment cases in 70 ASCs in California.

3:45pm–5:15pm

 

Faculty:
Cindy Young, BSN, RN, CASC
Surgery Center of Farmington

Lisa Austin, CASC
Pinnacle III

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Description: Join this multi-generational interactive session to experiment with new approaches to problem-solving, inter-generational communication and staff empowerment. Audience members will work together to address challenges commonly encountered in the ASC setting. Upon completion, they will share their results, with a focus on the varying approaches and skill sets each generation brings that can lead to success. Take home new insights and techniques you can use to successfully guide your multi-generational employees to work together as an effective team.

3:45pm–5:15pm

 

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

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Description: Focus on advanced topics in ASC finance, including budgeting systems, how to analyze financial statements to identify actions to improve profitability and making sound financial projections. Discuss ways to handle difficult financial situations.

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, April 14
7:00am–8:00am

 

Location: 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:
Robert Liles, JD, MBA, MS
Liles Parker, Attorneys & Counselors at Law

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Description: Justice uses against ASCs and other health care providers that participate in Medicare and other federal health benefits programs. The damages and penalties involved are so extreme that few providers ever choose to fight allegations and work toward settling the case with the government instead. Discuss the elements of the FCA and the penalties that can be assessed. Examine several recent cases and review the risk areas your ASC should avoid.

8:00am–9:30am

 

Faculty:
Kelly Ogle, BS, MS
DoctorsManagement

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Description: Keep your ASC’s employees safe with this in-depth review of everything you need to know about compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s requirements. Explore employee rights and responsibilities, hazardous chemicals, fire and electrical safety, MRIs and lasers, ergonomics and workplace violence. Find out how to document your site-specific information, discuss bloodborne pathogens and delve into hazard communication standards. Examine the new Safety Data Sheet format and new labeling requirements, highlighting the pictograms. Take home effective tips and techniques for conducting a walk-through audit of your facility.

8:00am–9:30am

 

Faculty:
Missy Soliz, RN
Mississippi Valley Health

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Description: Patient selection is a collaborative process that requires the surgeon and the anesthesia department to work together to ensure the patient is appropriate for the ASC setting. Preadmission screening and patient selection policies and procedures serve as a patient safety and risk management strategy. Discuss patient selection criteria, relevant sections of Medicare’s Conditions for Coverage and other related policies. 

9:40am–11:10am

 

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

9:40am–11:10am

 

Faculty:
Clinton Flume, MBA, CVA
VMG Health

Colin Park
VMG Health

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Description: Discuss the reasons and uses for a valuation of your ASC, ASC value drivers and best practices for making certain your ASC is at the top of its game when it comes to establishing and assessing its value in the marketplace.

9:40am–11:10am

 

Faculty:
Marcy Sasso, CASC
Sasso Consulting

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Description: Make sure your ASC is deficiency-free during your next survey by addressing common areas of noncompliance that continue to generate citations. Look at proof of Governing Body oversight, unlabeled syringes, improper documentation of infection prevention training, incomplete safety drills, documented generator tests, records of your post-operative phone calls, bylaws you need to know and proof that you have a comprehensive peer review program incorporated into your quality assurance program and re-appointments. Get the definitions you need, clear rules you can follow and tips for meeting and exceeding the requirements.

9:40am–11:10am

 

Faculty:
Jason Ross, JD
Higgs, Fletcher & Mack

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Description: Employee litigation is on the rise and growing rapidly. These lawsuits are disruptive, protracted and expensive. Avoid this kind of litigation in your ASC by exploring the laws and best practices for properly investigating and resolving workplace complaints. Knowing the anatomy of an employee lawsuit can provide invaluable guidance on how to minimize risk and preempt litigation before it begins. Investigate a survey of applicable laws, tips on effective human resource practices and lessons from real-life cases provided by an experienced California employment litigator. Some learn these lessons the hard way. Attend this session so you don't have to.

 

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