2014 Fall Seminar Detailed Schedule

Thursday, October 9

CASC Review Course (8:00am–5:00pm)

Interested in becoming CASC (Certified Administrator Surgery Center) certified? If you are planning to take the CASC exam, or just want a review of the key areas of ASC administration, 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.

Quality Measure Reporting Update (1:00pm–2:00pm)

Although the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing to make reporting of ASC-11 optional, ASCs that elect to begin collecting data for this measure must begin January 1, 2015. ASCs must currently collect data and file, or prepare to file, reports on 10 other measures to avoid future Medicare payment reductions. Some of these reports are filed on the CMS-1500 claim form, some via CMS’ QualityNet web site and one through the National Healthcare Safety Network managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In some cases, complicated registration processes are involved before these reports can be submitted. Get definitions and answers to frequently asked questions about the indicators. Find out what your ASC needs to know now to comply and what additional guidance is due for release in the coming year.

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

New Procedures for Your ASC

New technology, techniques, pain control options and more mean that ASCs today can perform many more procedures with outstanding patient outcomes than ever, but before you add these cases to your mix, talk with someone who has successfully performed them in another ASC. Find out what you need to consider and who needs to be involved before you decide whether to offer these procedures for the first time at your ASC.

Vertical Integration—Moving Inpatient Total Joint Procedures into the ASC Setting (2:00pm–2:45pm)

Focus on the critical steps you need to take to develop a successful outpatient total joint program in your ASC. Identify best practices for preparing your patients, your ASC’s clinical and business staff, surgeons, your facility and more for these procedures. Also discuss suggestions for successfully negotiating ASC payment rates with insurance providers for these procedures.

Cindy Armistead
Campbell Clinic Surgery Center, LLC

Incorporating Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery into the ASC Setting (2:45pm–3:30pm)

Cindy Young, BSN, RN, CASC
Surgery Center of Farmington, LLC

Spine (3:45pm–4:30pm)

Get real-world solutions to identifying the right physicians, patients and policies that you need to have involved to offer these procedures safely and efficiently in your ASC and ensure top quality outcomes for your patients.

Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (4:30pm–5:15pm)

Bariatric surgery is not entirely new to ASCs, but lessons learned during the years that ASCs have been performing these procedures can tell you a lot about what you need to consider and plan for before you add these procedures to your case mix for the first time.

Terry Hawes, RN, BA
Wilshire Surgery Center, LLC

Friday, October 10

(You can change rooms throughout the day.)

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Expanding Real-Life Knowledge of Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Disorders and Best Practices for Prevention

Get a framework for VTE prevention and examine risk factors, identification techniques and treatment plans that support a safe environment of care for patients in the ASC setting.

Anita Lambert-Gale, RN, BSN, MES
United Surgical Partners International


Taking the Preference Out of Physician Preference (8:00am–9:00am)

Explore ways to effectively use data to understand your supply utilization and identify opportunities to reduce expenses across your top cases. Discover how to structure a conversation around physician preferences that will increase your surgeon engagement, minimize costs and boost profitability.

Amanda Frith
Surgical Care Affiliates

Informed Consent and Other Patient Rights (9:00am–10:00am)

Brush up on your knowledge of patient rights and ensure your ASC is compliant in this area. This session will include information on informed consent, privacy, advance directives, grievances and other CMS requirements.

Debra Stinchcomb, RN, BSC, CASC
Progressive Surgical Solutions


Affordable Care Act and Collections—A Balancing Act (9:00am–10:00am)

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is now the law of the land, and under it, you must balance education, patient care and making sure that your ASC is reimbursed appropriately. This interactive session will review what should be tracked, how to communicate to patients and tools that can assist with the added complexities brought on by the ACA.

Alina Logan, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I, EFPM

Key Points to Know for an Effective QAPI Program and Peer Review

Expand your understanding of the basic elements of a Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) program based on CMS’ requirements. Learn how to look beyond traditional data for QAPI projects and identify issues specific to your ASC that have significant impact on the clinical quality and patient safety you deliver. Examine ways to incorporate QAPI into daily thinking and engage all staff, ensuring a team approach to QAPI. Also, review the requirements for a peer review program and recommend indicators to monitor in the collection of performance data that is relevant to how the provider delivers care. Find out how to provide meaningful performance feedback that helps providers improve performance.

Jan Allison, RN, CHSP
Director of Accreditation and Survey Readiness


Finance and Accounting

Designed for ASC professionals who are unfamiliar with finance and accounting but want to learn how to read their ASC’s financial reports and understand the accounting terminology involved, this session provides an overview of the most essential financial management topics affecting ASCs. Review an ASC income statement and balance sheet and discuss how to use the information you find in your financial reports to improve your operations.

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

Prepping/Dry Time (1:00m–2:00pm)

Kimberly P. Bamburg, RN, Med, CSPDT
3M Infection Prevention Division


Next Generation Reprocessing

Find out how to fully integrate a reprocessing program into your surgery center. Discuss challenges in the reprocessing industry including radio frequency identification (RFID) "device kill chip" technology, which is robbing savings and adding to land fill waste throughout the country. Also look at device categories where reprocessing is possible for the first time and best practices for bringing your surgeons on board.

Tim Merchant
Medline ReNewal

The Power of Decision: Electrosurgery Competencies (2:00pm–3:00pm)

Advancements in technology continue to launch new types of electrosurgery and methods of delivering electrosurgery into the surgical environment. Accidents can occur when the perioperative professional doesn’t fully understand the use and safety parameters associated with a specific energy source. This session will discuss electrosurgery and the potential hazards and safety considerations involved. Energy source accidents, whether they occur during open or endoscopic procedures, are preventable with appropriate knowledge, skills and proficiency that promote a safe environment for patients.

Vangie Dennis, RN, BSN, CNOR, CMLSO
Spivey Station Surgery Center


Basic Principles of Materials Management (2:00pm–3:00pm)

Your ASC’s materials management department is essential to getting the right quality and quantity of supplies at the right time, having good inventory control and adopting sound methods of procurement. High quality, efficient management of this area of your ASC’s operations will improve efficiency throughout your ASC and make your work atmosphere healthy for everyone affected, including your patients, physicians and staff.

Stormi Little
United Surgical Partners International

Extreme Obesity and OSA: Drawing the Line in the ASC (3:15pm–4:15pm)

Ambulatory-based clinicians struggle daily with patients suffering from extreme obesity and/or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), conditions that often occur concurrently. Opinions vary widely on the suitability of these patients for surgery in an ambulatory setting. Dr. Wherry will examine the current literature, common practices and practical implications. The information presented will enable audience members to develop an integrated care strategy tailored to their facility.

Tom Wherry, MD
Physician Leadership Board, Surgical Care Affiliates, Inc.


Considerations for Incorporating New Procedures in Your ASC (3:15pm–4:15pm)

A lack of communication between departments can hinder your ASC’s ability to successfully introduce new specialty procedures and treatments. Focus on evaluating new procedures/products, specialty selection, payer contracting, procedure costs/profitability and the importance of education and training for both clinical and business staff before you introduce new procedures in your ASC.

Cristina Bentin, CPC-H, CCS-P, CMA
Coding Compliance Management, LLC

To Stay or Not To Stay (4:15pm–5:15pm)

Nobody likes to stay in the hospital; everybody loves to stay for 23 hours at an ASC. This interactive networking session will deal with physical layout (and what to do with the space when you do not have any 23-hour stays); appropriate and potential procedures; scheduling; reimbursement; staffing; dietary concerns; urgent and emergent situations; interaction with surgeons, anesthesiologists and family members; process improvement and regulatory issues. Sample medical record documentation will also be reviewed.

Barbara Draves, CASC
The Surgery Center


Endoscope Reprocessing—Are Your Scopes Safe for Patient Care?

The reprocessing of flexible endoscopes and associated medical devices has become a very complex and challenging responsibility. Countless media headlines tell the tale of adverse patient care outcomes associated with breaches in reprocessing protocols and techniques. Focus on Quality Assurance and guidelines and tools that can help you ensure that the endoscopes that you are reprocessing are clean, safe and ready for patient care. Review current recommendations related to endoscope reprocessing from professional entities such as the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, the Association for periOperative Registered Nurses and the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates. Get the criteria and resources you need to develop and implement a Quality Assurance program for the reprocessing of endoscopes and accessory medical devices. An effective Quality Assurance program is not only essential to patient safety, it will also keep your ASC out of the headlines and your department in a ready state to satisfy the keen eyes of unexpected visitors from your accrediting bodies and CMS.

Ray Taurasi, MBA, CRCST, CHL, FCS, ACE
Healthmark Industries

Saturday, October 11

ICD-10 for Administrators (8:00am–9:00am)

The latest ICD-10 delay to 2015 has created a “Boy Who Cried Wolf” mentality. ICD-10 implementation involves changes and considerations in the areas of education, budgets and the contingency planning needed to ensure the success of your ASC. If your ASC struggles in any one of these areas now, the road will only get bumpier. This presentation will discuss key areas that many ASCs have not considered and take a look at productivity and accuracy rate expectations to help you and your ASC take a proactive approach now rather than a reactive approach that will entail substantially more work later.

Cristina Bentin, CPC-H, CCS-P, CMA
Coding Compliance Management, LLC

Emergency Preparedness (9:00am–10:00am)

What kinds of emergencies and disasters does your ASC need to prepare for? If you need to respond, what sort of action plan should you have in place and who else in your community should be involved? Is your ASC performing all of the drills required? Will your program meet your surveyors’ requirements? Join this audience participation session to get answers to all of those questions and more as we run through different disaster scenarios that could affect your ASC and discuss the many ways that your ASC can respond.

Laurie Roderiques, RN, CASC, LNC
Northeast Surgery Center

Case Costing (10:15am–12:00pm)

Learn how to prepare essential case costing reports, design and implement improvement plans based on those reports and present case costing data to key stakeholders in your organization. Regardless of what stage your ASC is at in working with case costing models, you will gain valuable insights into how to include your clinicians, administrative staff, business office staff, administrators and board members in case costing in your facility.

Amy Gagliardi
Regent Surgical Health

CASC Exam (8:30am–12:30pm)

Preregistration required

Join the elite group of ASC professionals who have demonstrated their mastery of the unique skill set and knowledge needed to serve as an administrator of an ASC by earning the Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC) credential. For information and registration materials, go to www.aboutcasc.org.