Schedule

The ASCA 2019 Conference & Expo is the can’t-miss event of the year for the ASC industry! This year’s conference will provide ASC professionals with the knowledge and resources needed to succeed and thrive in this challenging marketplace. From top-quality educational sessions to product demos from hundreds of vendors in the largest ASC-specific exhibit hall, ASCA 2019 is not to be missed.

ASCA 2019 Schedule

Wednesday, May 15

7:15 am–4:40 pm

7:15 am–4:40 pm

Pre-conference workshop (additional fee required)

If you are planning to take the Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC™) 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.

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8:00 am–12:00 pm

8:00 am–12:00 pm

Pre-conference workshops (additional fee required)

Find out how your ASC can use coaching to improve individual performance, build stronger teams and achieve your facility’s goals. This interactive session will guide you through the steps your ASC’s leaders need to take to use coaching to help staff perform at their best. Explore techniques for setting expectations, navigating difficult conversations and providing motivational and developmental feedback. Work in teams to practice these techniques and share actual ASC performance challenges that threaten teamwork, accountability, clinical quality and service excellence in your facility.

AEU Content Area: Quality Management

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HFAP was founded as a health care accreditation organization in 1945 and has maintained a loyal group of organizations (from clinical laboratories to ASCs to inpatient facilities) that value its practical, personalized and collaborative approach. HFAP supports its organizations, even as it evaluates standards compliance for accreditation with or without a deemed status recommendation to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Join this interactive session to see co-presenters Alise Howlett, HFAP’s standards adviser for Life Safety, Physical Environment and Emergency Management, and Elaine Kroll, RN, MBA, administrator of a multi-specialty ASC and an endoscopy center (both HFAP-accredited) bring the HFAP approach to life. Get tools and talk through strategies developed to help your ASC meet standards and maintain compliance—even when technical requirements outside the expertise of ASC leadership are involved.

Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

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Understand the many benefits that Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) accreditation offers your ASC and get real-world advice on how to achieve and maintain accreditation. Discuss essential components of AAAHC 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 deficiencies found during recent AAAHC accreditation surveys.

Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

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1:00 pm–5:00 pm

1:00 pm–5:00 pm

Pre-conference workshops (additional fee required)

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.

Learn more about The Joint Commission’s orthopedic certification option for ASCs, including eligibility requirements, standards and the application process. The Joint Commission’s Advanced Total Hip and Total Knee Joint Replacement program was named as one of the certification programs that is a mandatory element for ASCs seeking to earn the status of a Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s Blue Distinction program center of excellence.

Participate in a question-and-answer segment focusing on your key concerns and questions that can arise during the Joint Commission accreditation and certification process.

Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

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Peer review. CMS and the accreditation organizations require it, and misconceptions about the process abound. Learn how to perform peer review correctly and get answers to common questions from two Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care surveyors and an attorney who specializes in credentialing and peer review. Case studies will be discussed.

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

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3:30 pm–5:00 pm

3:30 pm–5:00 pm


Attendance is limited to 36 people. A first-come, first-served policy will apply. Get insights from four experts about operational issues for ASCs that perform total joint replacement surgery. This interactive session features four tables, each with nine attendees and one expert. Using a timed rotation system that mimics popular speed dating techniques, the experts will spend 20 minutes at each table. When time is up, they will move to the next table and begin another 20-minute conversation on their topic with the new group. Get the answers you need to the things that keep you up at night about total joint replacement surgery. Arrive early to make sure you get a seat.

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

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Attendance is limited to 36 people. A first-come, first-served policy will apply. Get an overview of the clinical and business issues from four experts in spine surgery in the ambulatory surgery environment. This interactive session features four tables, each with nine attendees and one expert. Using a timed rotation system that mimics popular speed dating techniques, the experts will spend 20 minutes at each table. When time is up, they will move to the next table and begin another 20-minute conversation on their topic with the new group. Discuss key concerns surrounding these procedures with your colleagues to ensure you are providing the safest care possible for these patients. Arrive early to make sure you get a seat.

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

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5:15 pm–6:30 pm

5:15 pm–6:30 pm

Join nonprofit leader Alex Sheen as he officially kicks off ASCA 2019 with an inspiring Opening Session presentation on the importance of a promise.

During this thought-provoking session, you’ll explore the importance of a promise and learn how you can become better at keeping the promises you make to family, friends, patients, colleagues and even yourself. Alex’s message will inspire an increase in goal attainment rates, encourage volunteerism and foster a culture of accountability.

After his presentation, make sure to visit Alex in the Exhibit Hall, where he will be available to take photos, sign copies of his new book (scheduled for release in early 2019) and talk about ways you can get involved.

AEU Content Area: Quality Management

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6:30 pm–8:00 pm

6:30 pm–8:00 pm

Kick off ASCA 2019 by attending the 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 giveaway. With food and drink that showcase the best of Nashville, this reception will be the start of ASCA 2019. Be sure to attend!


Thursday, May 16

7:00 am–8:00 am

7:00 am–8:00 am

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


8:00 am–9:00 am

8:00 am–9:00 am

Whether he’s earning an Olympic gold medal for figure skating, fighting his fourth cancer diagnosis or starting a nonprofit, Scott Hamilton is committed to pursuing excellence and living life to the fullest.

Scott has been successful in many areas of life, but he didn’t get there by settling for mediocrity. Somehow, many of us have fallen into the belief that competition is bad—that finishing first robs someone else of their chance to shine. What it actually means is we have committed to pursuing excellence.

During this captivating keynote presentation, Scott will inspire you to reject average and go for the win in every part of your life—not for yourself, but to bring the greatest possible good to the world around us.

Content Area: Quality Management

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9:10 am–10:10 am

9:10 am–10:10 am

Breakout sessions (six options, running concurrently)

The increasing popularity of high-deductible health plans is rapidly changing the dynamic between patient, provider and payer. With 68% of patients indicating that they are unable to pay their full financial responsibility after care is provided, we are seeing a growing focus on time-of-service collections. Join this session to explore new ways to leverage technology and put your governance policies to work to implement a collections process that supports a positive revenue stream in your ASC.

Content Area: Financial

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Finance 101 Roundtable LIMITED SEATING

Master the basics of ASC accounting during this interactive session. Participate in small-group discussions with your colleagues and examine key financial topics such as how to interpret ASC financial statements, what financial metrics and benchmarks your ASC should be monitoring, how to evaluate common financial opportunities and more. Come prepared to discuss the financial issues and opportunities that keep you awake at night and leave with practical strategies and solutions to your most pressing financial concerns.

AEU Content Area: Financial

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CMS requires ASCs to have "a licensed health care professional qualified through training in infection control and designated to direct the ASC's infection control program." What CMS doesn’t tell you is how to pick the right person for the job and define their responsibilities. This session will highlight key components of an ASC infection prevention program that are the responsibility of the infection preventionist (IP). Participants will also learn how the role of the IP integrates into a multi-disciplinary approach to an effective Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement program.

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

IPCH Content Area: Infection Prevention Program Development, Implementation & Maintenance

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Beginning with appropriate patient selection criteria, ASCs that want to provide safe care to obese patients and patients with obstructive sleep apnea need to address the special needs of these patients carefully. Participants in this session will learn to:

  • evaluate and prepare morbidly obese and sleep apnea patients preoperatively
  • identify the perioperative challenges in these patients
  • justify appropriate selection of these patients for ambulatory surgical procedures, including bariatric surgery
  • recognize anesthetic considerations that minimize perioperative risks in these patients
  • identify criteria for discharge home

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As Americans struggle to comprehend and deal with the challenges of managing perioperative and postoperative pain, health care professionals are actively investigating various complementary treatment plans and modalities that can prevent reliance on opioid analgesics and their related side effects. Anesthesiologists are spearheading various algorithmic approaches to managing both opioid-tolerant and opioid-naive patients. The complexities involved demand a holistic approach, which we will discuss during this session.

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

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Review critical operational areas you must address to perform vascular procedures successfully in your ASC. Consider physical space requirements; policies and procedures; Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement and infection prevention requirements; staffing; patient selection; scheduling; laboratory requirements; and single-specialty designation for vascular procedures.

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

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10:10 am–11:10 am

10:10 am–11:10 am

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


11:15 am–12:15 pm

11:15 am–12:15 pm

Breakout sessions (six options, running concurrently)

Anesthesia's Role in Infection Control INFECTION PREVENTION SESSION

Examine the predictors of health care-associated infections (HCAIs) and ways your anesthesia team can use them to decrease the risk of HCAIs. Discuss techniques for eliminating undesirable anesthesia practices that contribute to common HCAIs in outpatient surgery and review actions your anesthesia team can take to prevent HCAIs in your ASC.

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

IPCH Content Area: Infection Prevention Education and Training

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Get the information and practical advice you need to develop a successful cardiovascular and endovascular program. Find out how to grow your ASC’s business by adding cardiovascular and endovascular procedures, then discuss the types of these procedures other ASCs are already performing, the safety and efficacy of performing these procedures in your ASC and the keys to success.

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

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Get the metrics and step-by-step instruction you need to case cost effectively. Learn how to use the information you uncover to work with your ASC’s physicians to drive clinical and administrative improvement in your ASC. Join this interactive session to discuss methods of case costing, examples of successful programs, key data ¬¬points to consider, integrating your ASC’s profit and loss statement into the process and different classifications of cases that affect cost. Gain a deeper understanding of the dynamic variables that lead to case costing success and discover techniques and new ideas you can use to make the process a wise investment in your ASC.

AEU Content Area: Financial

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CMS quality reporting requirements change annually, and your ASC’s ability to adapt could determine whether Medicare reimburses your center fully or imposes payment penalties down the line. Learn which quality reporting measures ASCs need to report now and what steps you must take to meet the requirements. Get definitions, compliance tips and answers to frequently asked questions that will help your ASC report successfully. Future expectations for the program will be discussed.

AEU Content Area: Quality Management

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Prepare to tackle the challenges inherent in a multi-generational workforce with this discussion of the four main generations in the workforce today. Compare and contrast the experiences, events and world perceptions of each generation; discuss the most effective employee retention approaches for each group; and gain a better understanding of why the members of each generation behave the way they do. It's through the understanding of ourselves that we are able to understand others.

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

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Examine variances in thermoregulation—including hypothermia, normothermia and hyperthermia—with an emphasis on unique considerations involving the ambulatory surgery patient. Review general thermoregulatory principles and physiology along with case studies that demonstrate best practices in the assessment, differential diagnosis and treatment of hypo- and hyperthermic patients. Malignant hyperthermia awareness and preparedness in the ambulatory setting will be discussed.

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

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12:15 pm–2:15 pm

12:15 pm–2:15 pm

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!


2:20 pm–3:50 pm

2:20 pm–3:50 pm

Breakout sessions (six options, running concurrently)

To comply with CMS’ emergency preparedness regulations, ASCs must address four areas:

  • an all-hazards vulnerability assessment
  • staff training on the policies and procedures based on that assessment
  • engagement with their local community of health care providers and office of emergency services
  • drills to test their ASC’s policies and procedures and staff’s knowledge of them

Join this session to gain a better understanding of the background for each regulation and practical compliance advice. Learn how equipping all members of your team makes you better prepared to handle any potential scenario that could interrupt operations.

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

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Get the information and tools you need to develop a robust Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (QAPI) program that fosters and encourages participation from your ASC’s entire team. Review requirements and key terminology as both Medicare and the accrediting organizations define them; explore implementation challenges for both large and small facilities; and examine the focus and goals of a successful program. You will also learn how to implement a notification report tool that you can use to capture data while fostering full participation in the program.

AEU Content Area: Quality Management

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Finance 201 ADVANCED SESSION

Explore advanced topics in ASC finance, including projecting and budgeting financial results and how to analyze financial statements to identify actions to improve profitability. Get answers to your more challenging financial questions and discuss ways to handle difficult financial situations.

AEU Content Area: Financial

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In the demanding, fast-paced environment of an ASC, how can you make certain that you are delivering the highest level of customer service possible? How can you ensure that you’re consistently meeting and exceeding your patients’ expectations?

To find out, take a look through the eyes of your patients at every aspect of the care your ASC provides, beginning with staff and every other point of contact your patients encounter. Join this open discussion with your colleagues to identify and analyze best practices that you can implement in your own ASC.

AEU Content Area: Quality Management

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Strategic Planning for Future Success Roundtable ADVANCED SESSION LIMITED SEATING

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.

AEU Content Area: Financial

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Explore real-world strategies for using the Medicare Exhibit 351 Infection Control Surveyor Worksheet to improve patient care. Discover techniques that can enhance your facility's compliance with CMS’ infection prevention requirements while also driving lasting improvement.

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

IPCH Content Area: Surveillance, Data Collection & Analysis

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3:50 pm–4:15 pm

3:50 pm–4:15 pm

Take a quick break to enjoy a snack or a drink before heading back to the educational sessions.


4:15 pm–5:30 pm

4:15 pm–5:30 pm

Breakout sessions (six options, running concurrently)

Physicians, historically, are highly competitive, self-confident leaders who place a high value on autonomy, but generational differences emerging in the physician community today are generating concern inside some ASCs. Strong physician leadership has long been associated with both business and clinical success, and effective physician leadership is a critical success factor in today’s challenging health care environment. Find meaningful ways to actively engage the physicians in your ASC in supporting new physician recruitment initiatives that help build depth in your ASC’s operational and clinical leadership talent.

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

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Use a simple, 10-step method to choose and develop a meaningful Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (QAPI) study. During this interactive roundtable session, attendees will be asked to break into groups and develop a mock QAPI study.

AEU Content Area: Quality Management

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Delve into all the factors that need to be considered when a facility is deciding if it should take on a new service line and whether to lease or buy any new equipment. Explore financial, compliance and intangible considerations, and get tools you can use to assist in decision making.

AEU Content Area: Financial

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Find out where the fight against opioid addiction stands in the US court system during this investigation into litigation pending in the federal district court for the Northern District of Ohio in Cleveland—where some 1,000 cases brought by plaintiffs across the country against the manufacturers, distributors and retailers of prescription opiate drugs have been centralized for pre-trial and discovery purposes. Look at those who have filed suit, what claims they have brought, the timeline of the litigation, and rulings by the court to date as you get a glimpse at how the court is managing this large multi-district litigation.

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

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Make sure your ASC is following current guidelines for decontaminating and sterilizing its ophthalmic surgical instruments. Join this session to review industry standards and outline the critical steps you need to take in sterile processing, cleaning and decontamination. Examine best practices, the various methods of sterilization, the latest manufacturers’ advice and what you need to know about storage and return to the sterile field. Briefly discuss the history of sterilization and how it works, and finish with a conversation about quality control and what your ASC can do to ensure every load is processed safely and effectively.

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

IPCH Content Area: Instrument/Equipment Cleaning, Disinfection & Sterilization

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Each insurance policy/coverage involves an opportunity to protect your facility’s assets. Are the policies your ASC has in place providing the protection you need without adding unnecessary coverage and fees? Identify key strategies and objectives that ASC owners and leaders can use to evaluate current insurance coverages as you enter your next insurance renewal season. This presentation will demonstrate strategies ASC leaders can use to manage risk while keeping the cost of coverage under control.

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

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5:30 pm–6:30 pm

5:30 pm–6:30 pm

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!


Friday, May 17

6:30 am–7:30 am

6:30 am–7:30 am

Join ASCA in promoting the importance of fitness and wellness during an amplifying morning bootcamp workout led by a professional trainer! ASCA Bootcamp is designed for all ages and fitness levels. This 45-minute session is a fun opportunity to get your body moving and energized for the rest of the day.

Water will be provided, so don’t forget to bring the reusable water bottle included in your ASCA 2019 conference bag. Bootcamp participants will also receive a free wellness T-shirt!


7:00 am–8:00 am

7:00 am–8:00 am

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


8:00 am–9:30 am

8:00 am–9:30 am

Breakout sessions (six options, running concurrently)

Walk through the process one Minnesota ASC used to conduct a multi-dimensional study of the cause and effects of the opioid epidemic in its community. Then, look at how it collaborated with physicians, patients and other health care providers to launch a community-wide response. Learn firsthand how the ASC engaged physicians, other providers and patients in the conversation and developed the materials needed to support the effort.

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

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The Infection Control Risk Assessment is required by accreditation organizations and CMS 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.

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

IPCH Content Area: Infection Prevention Program Development, Implementation & Maintenance

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Buyers, sellers and anyone interested in the long-term value of their ASC, this session is for you. Learn about current economic trends affecting today’s ASC deals and gain an understanding of the pros and cons of today’s ASC buyers, including private equity backed physician practice management (PPMs) and traditional ASC management companies. Participants will also explore the ways the proliferation of physician practice acquisitions, many of which are financed by private equity, are impacting the ASC industry.

AEU Content Area: Financial

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Is your ASC financially healthy? From “Accounts Receivable” to “Zero Balance,” this session will provide you with vital information and expert tips on how to improve operations that involve your revenue cycle. Calling on more than 25 years of experience in the ASC community, the presenter will provide valuable insight into each step in the revenue cycle, from “scheduling” to “account paid in full.” Focus on the most efficient and timely techniques for managing the many processes involved and get tools for monitoring success. Your ASC will thank you for attending this presentation.

AEU Content Area: Financial

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Some have worked toward a leadership position their entire career while others are selected without any prior preparation. Either way, your ASC needs to train new leaders and make certain they are well-informed and prepared to meet all applicable federal regulatory requirements as well as the standards from the accrediting organizations. Where do you start? This presentation will discuss what new ASC leaders need to know about compliance and where they can go to find the information they need.

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

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Review real-world scenarios of risk and get the solutions you need to minimize any risk confronting you and your ASC in this dynamic session on the clinical and legal implications of informed consent. Bring your most important questions and concerns; seasoned ASC consultant Debra Stinchcomb and attorney William Miller, a specialist in business litigation and professional liability, will help you find the answers you need.

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

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9:30 am–10:30 am

9:30 am–10:30 am

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


10:30 am–12:00 pm

10:30 am–12:00 pm

Breakout sessions (six options, running concurrently)

Using the ANSI/AAMI ST79:2017 "Comprehensive guide to steam sterilization and sterility assurance in health care facilities" standard as a guide, this presentation will walk through best practices for the various elements of instrument reprocessing, including

  • environmental considerations
  • safety
  • personal protective equipment
  • manufacturers’ instructions for use (IFU) for cleaning
  • disinfection
  • an overview of manual and mechanical cleaning
  • ergonomic considerations
  • cleaning chemistries

Point-of-use preparation, instrument transportation and receiving and returning loaned instrumentation will be covered. The program will conclude with advice on selecting the best process for sterilization if more than one modality is included in the IFU.

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

IPCH Content Area: Instrument/Equipment Cleaning, Disinfection & Sterilization

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Incivility in the workplace is at epic proportions. Shockingly, it is even more pervasive in health care settings. In the OR, bullying is a very real phenomenon that gets brushed aside behind the red line with excuses like "That’s just the OR." The time to expose and eliminate this silent virus has come. Bullying has many consequences for health care workers, patient outcomes and organizational success. Research has shown that, with education, bullying behaviors can be lessened, nurses can be empowered to speak up and the overall work environment can be improved. Understanding who bullies are and what behaviors they exhibit is a key component to dealing with incivility. Interventional tools and educational techniques will be shared.

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

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Coding and revenue cycle assessments, whether performed as part of a compliance program or prior to an acquisition, can reveal the financial health and viability of a facility. Discuss the importance of establishing and implementing internal and external assessment processes for all areas of your facility's revenue cycle. Explore ways to use your findings, how to identify weak links and learn techniques for resolving problems and what you need to know to continue monitoring changes of any kind. Follow-up assessments reveal recurring concerns ranging from simple, rudimentary mistakes to more egregious infractions that could result in a serious misrepresentation or inflation of revenue. Examine common areas of the revenue cycle, including performance objectives, monitoring frequency and accuracy goals. Extra focus will be placed on the importance of due diligence coding audits.

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

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Whether you are managing a mature ASC that is already functioning at a high level or looking for new ways to rejuvenate a previously successful facility that is struggling to adapt to a change in leadership or its local marketplace, you can find the keys to improving your center’s performance in the “Four Rs”—recruitment, re-syndication, replacement and remodeling. With an ever-growing number of more complex surgical procedures shifting into ASCs, even the most experienced ASC leaders encounter challenges recruiting the right talent, bringing new physicians into their centers, re-syndicating and deciding whether to renovate or relocate. Get practical strategies for recruiting frontline talent and consider the pros and cons of everything from facility upgrades—such as adding operating rooms or overnight stay capacity—to de novo projects that can replace an aging, undersized center.

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

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Identify the best opportunities to grow your ASC and avoid newly created pitfalls during this in-depth review of the policies and reimbursement rates that Medicare finalized in its 2019 ASC payment rule. Look ahead to what could be coming your way in the 2020 payment rule. Study the impact of these changes on various specialties to assess the opportunities and risks that could transpire with your commercial payers as well.

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

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Discuss the many tools and techniques your ASC can use to proactively prevent pharmacy issues. Learn best practices from a consulting pharmacist with years of ASC experience, and get:

  • solutions to managing medication shortages
  • prescribing practices that close the loopholes and prevent the diversions helping to fuel the opioid crisis
  • tools you can use to properly dispose of medication waste
  • suggestions for ways your ASC can participate in antibiotic stewardship

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

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12:10 pm–1:50 pm

12:10 pm–1:50 pm

Join your colleagues in celebrating the recent successes and accomplishments of the ASC industry during the Celebration Luncheon. This leisurely sit-down meal offers a change of pace after days of intensive educational sessions and the hubbub of the Exhibit Hall. During the Celebration Luncheon, you’ll join fellow ASC professionals from around the country for a relaxing meal with ample opportunities for networking. Prepare to be entertained when the featured speaker takes the stage. Invite your friends, colleagues and family members (guests require a separate registration fee) to join in. This part of ASCA’s annual conference offers something that everyone can enjoy.


2:00 pm–3:30 pm

2:00 pm–3:30 pm

Breakout sessions (six options, running concurrently)

The Anti-Kickback statute, the Stark law and the False Claims Act are essential in defining the foundation for fair business practices in the ASC setting. Misinterpreting their core concepts could cost your ASC time, money and its good reputation. Keep your facility safe and compliant with this review of the basics and the ways these statutes have been applied in the past.

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

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Tap into the expertise of this team of ASC leaders that spearheaded the design, development and execution of an ASC renovation and expansion. Hear firsthand about their experiences managing this project—which included a 16,000 square foot addition and a 13,000 square foot renovation—all while treating more than 5,000 patients annually. Their discussion will examine:

  • emerging trends in facility design
  • real-world advice on how to function during a major renovation
  • the fundamental shift of patient care from inpatient to outpatient
  • how facility design impacts an ASC's ability to care for patients now and in the future
  • facility planning as a part of your larger strategic plan goals
  • a general overview of global design and development trends

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

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Learn how to identify and address conflict before it causes serious damage to your ASC. Join Heather Lambert, manager of training and development for AMSURG, as she:

  • defines conflict and explains its different types
  • discusses how to manage conflict proactively
  • describes essential conflict-related policies and procedures for ASCs
  • offers recommendations for dealing with emotion-driven conflict
  • delivers advice on how to implement the conflict resolution process

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

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Does your ASC know what to do if the media calls in response to a patient complaint? Do you know how to work with the media to market your ASC, or how to use social media and online review sites to respond to posts and help people find you? Are you aware of the services and resources ASCA provides to help you in these areas?

Find out what you can do to work with reporters, respond to potentially negative news and use traditional and social media to your ASC’s advantage. Join two public affairs and public relations consultants as they discuss:

  • practical tips for responding to local media, whether you are sharing good news about your ASC or confronting adverse circumstances tied to your facility or another
  • effective ways to work with reporters
  • how to discuss headline news with your patients
  • case studies that provide guidance for improving media coverage in challenging situations
  • how to navigate digital media—from online review sites to social media—and connect with your patients
  • how to use media outlets to promote your brand and professional services
  • media-related services and resources that ASCA makes available to its members

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

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OSHA Safety and Infection Control for ASCs INFECTION PREVENTION SESSION

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 and key steps in infection control. Find out how sharps are properly maintained and delve into infection control, including hand hygiene. Be sure that you are following procedures and policies that protect both your ASC’s staff and your patients.

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

IPCH Content Area: Infection Prevention Strategies

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Have you trained your successor? If something happened to you tomorrow, could someone step in and immediately take over in a seamless transition? Or, are you ready to retire but have no idea how to hire, promote or train someone who can take over your position without skipping a beat? You hold critical knowledge about your ASC’s culture and history, and someone else needs to know this information. Look carefully at practical ways to prepare for your departure, whether its timing is planned or not.

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

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3:30 pm–3:45 pm

3:30 pm–3:45 pm

Take a quick break to enjoy a snack or a drink before heading back to the educational sessions.


3:45 pm–5:15 pm

3:45 pm–5:15 pm

Breakout sessions (six options, running concurrently)

Join cybersecurity experts as they take you on the journey of a cyberattack through an interactive, informative video. Witness the far-reaching destruction a successful attack can cause and learn what to do—and not do—to keep your ASC from becoming a victim. ASCs are in the crosshairs of cybercriminals who view small businesses as attractive, lucrative targets due to their low-level security measures. Verizon reports that 58% of malware attack victims are categorized as small businesses, while the Ponemon Institute reported that in 2017, cyberattacks cost small and medium-sized businesses an average of more than $2.2 million. For ASCs that fail to take cybercrime seriously, the financial and legal consequences could be devastating.

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

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The key to a successful endoscope reprocessing program is developing and implementing a comprehensive orientation and training program for your ASC’s reprocessors. The program must review the risks associated with endoscope reprocessing and reprocessing failures and include regular and consistent audits of your reprocessors’ performance. Inspectors are now spending more time in the scope room to ensure you are providing safe care to your patients, so developing and maintaining a robust program is essential to sustain compliance and demonstrate that your center is meeting all required standards.

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

IPCH Content Area: Instrument/Equipment Cleaning, Disinfection & Sterilization

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Join a law firm partner for this candid discussion of best practices for hiring and firing employees, the recent increase in sexual harassment claims that has accompanied the advent of the #MeToo movement and legal requirements ASCs need to meet to protect their employees and their center.

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

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It’s hard to assess the financial health of your ASC if you don't understand your numbers. Identify and get definitions for 10 Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) you can use immediately in your own ASC to compare your facility’s performance with industry standards and forecast areas for improvement. Explore metrics such as Aged AR Over 120 Days, Net Collection Percentage, Bad Debt as a Percentage of Net Revenue and Percent of Denied Claims. Discuss the importance of goal setting and benchmarking. This presentation is for anyone who wants to improve the financial health of their business office.

AEU Content Area: Financial

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Review the state of the opioid epidemic in the US, focusing on current trends in the types of controlled substances being diverted and the methods being used to divert them. Get an update on new state regulations surrounding the prescribing of controlled substances and how these new laws affect ASCs. Examine methods to safeguard patients and staff and discuss case studies and their long-term implications for those affected.

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

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Review the advantages, disadvantages and requirements of various organizational structures. Discuss what administrators need to know about what their governing bodies are required to do to ensure a well-functioning and compliant governing board.

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

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Evening social event

Evening social event

Enjoy a night of fun, Nashville-style!

Join your colleagues on Honky Tonk Highway for the ASCA 2019 social event. This exclusive private party at a honky tonk in the heart of downtown Nashville is for ASCA 2019 Conference & Expo attendees only. Enjoy a night of dancing, live music, authentic southern cuisine, line dancing and more.

Transportation will be provided to and from the Gaylord Opryland.


Saturday, May 18

7:00 am–8:00 am

7:00 am–8:00 am

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


8:00 am–9:30 am

8:00 am–9:30 am

Breakout sessions (three options, running concurrently)

Minimize your liability risk by mastering the fundamentals of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and the ways the two work together. Learn the basic definitions under each law, the steps employers should take to manage a leave request, ways to combat potential abuse by employees, strategies for engaging effectively in the interactive process and best practices for assessing and responding to a request for special accommodation.

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

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While it’s easy to dismiss the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as just another bothersome government agency, the truth is, we all need it. Every health care provider involved with OSHA benefits from its services and from the many ways its standards and enforcement activities promote a safe environment that protects both managers and staff. OSHA is not just another government agency that sticks its nose into our business. It’s a professional organization committed to helping your facility provide healthy working conditions for some of the most important people in your ASC—your physicians and employees.

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

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The 2012 edition of NFPA 99 describes a variety of risk assessments that are (1) fundamental to validating the compliance of built systems in an ASC and (2) the responsibility of each ASC to perform. Explore the limited guidance provided by the National Fire Protection Association and CMS concerning the process, what content is needed to arrive at a "qualified" risk assessment and how you can employ that assessment to develop a logical and understandable process that addresses each required system. Differences between the risk assessment requirements for new and existing ASCs will be scrutinized, including applicable code and CMS references that support exceptions for existing and/or new ASCs.

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

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9:30 am–9:40 am

9:30 am–9:40 am

Grab a quick cup of coffee or tea between the morning sessions.


9:40 am–11:10 am

9:40 am–11:10 am

Breakout sessions (three options, running concurrently)

Keeping negativity at bay or transforming a negatively charged culture in an ASC starts with its leaders. Come to this session prepared to discuss what causes a less than desirable work climate and ways you can work with others in your ASC to generate an environment that fosters and supports an energetic high-performing team. Investigate ways to build trust, gain respect from your teammates and set expectations for appropriate behavior all at the same time.

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

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In today's competitive business environment, we all have too much to do and too little time to do it. As a leader, you may have already learned how to plan, prioritize and streamline your work. Now, how can you help your team members do the same? Should you dictate the processes and tools they use? How do you keep people from taking on too much and then burning out or continuously spinning their wheels? How do you manage the slackers and the Negative Nellies who bring down the morale and the productivity of the entire team? Get proven strategies for dealing with these very pertinent issues and building a more productive and collaborative team.

AEU Content Area: Financial

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AEU Content Area: Financial

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Walk through a typical day in the life of a Medicare survey, studying deficiency trends and key compliance strategies that will help you make survey readiness a way of life in your ASC. Gain the knowledge and understanding of regulatory standards that you need to reduce your risk of errors, keep our health care system healthy and achieve survey success.

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

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All I can say is, "Wow! It was amazing." I gained so much insight and learned so many valuable things that pertain to my everyday functions as a surgical center administrator

-Darcie