Advanced Sessions


Don’t Miss the New Advanced Sessions at ASCA 2018

Get even more valuable ASC education at ASCA 2018. This year, ASCA’s annual meeting will offer 17 new advanced sessions on topics such as strategic planning, cyber security, complying with the latest federal regulations, crossing the generational divide, financial benchmarking and more. The advanced sessions—which are denoted in the schedule by a red “A”—are designed for ASC employees who feel they have the basics in their respective fields covered and are looking to improve their skills. Check out the full schedule, then register for ASCA 2018 today to take advantage of early bird savings.

 

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Thursday, April 12
8:00am–9:00am

 

Faculty:
Nader Samii
National Medical Billing Services

Content Area: Financial

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.

9:10am–10:10am

 

Faculty:
Gerard Nussbaum, JD CPA CMA RCDD
Zarach Associates

Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

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.

2:20pm–3:50pm

Faculty:
Kara Newbury, JD
Ambulatory Surgery Center Association

Naya Kehayes, MPH
ECG Management Consultants

Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

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:
Joan Dentler, MBA
Avanza Healthcare Strategies

Content Area: Financial

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:
Ann Geier, MS RN CNOR CASC
Surgical Information Systems

Content Area: Human Resources

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.

 

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Friday, April 13
8:00am–9:00am

 

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

Content Area: Financial

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

Content Area: Quality Management

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:
Greg Hickman, MD
Andrews Institute ASC

Terri Gatton, RN CNOR CASC
Andrews Institute ASC

Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

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.

11:15am–12:15pm

 

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

Content Area: Human Resources

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:
Colin Rorrie, PhD FASAE CAE
CCR & Associates

Content Area: Financial

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.

2:00pm–3:30pm

Faculty:
Nelson Gomes
Nelson Gomes, Priority One Group

Timothy Russell
Federal Bureau of Investigation

Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

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.

3:45pm–5:15pm

 

Faculty:
Bill Berry, MD MPH MPA FACS
Ariadne Labs

Content Area: Quality Management

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

Content Area: Financial

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

Content Area: Human Resources

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

Content Area: Financial

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
8:00am–9:30am

 

Faculty:
Ashley Morgan, JD CMCO CMRS
Liles Parker

Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

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.

9:40am–11:10am

 

Faculty:
Clinton Flume, MBA CVA
VMG Health

Colin Park
VMG Health

Content Area: Financial

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.

 

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Schedule Key

Advanced Session. ASC employees who feel they have the basics in their respective fields covered and are looking to improve their skills will find these sessions helpful.

Limited Seating. These sessions have limited seating. Please arrive early to ensure admittance. Attendees over the maximum number listed in the session description will be turned away.