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If you registered for an All-Access Pass, you will have access to all live webinars in the webinar series and their recordings. Prior to each webinar, you will receive an email with instructions for accessing the webinar, downloading handouts and obtaining your continuing education certificate(s). Recordings will be available shortly after the live event.


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Contact hours will be awarded until March 31, 2023, for the 2022 educational program and March 31, 2022, for the 2021 educational program.

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2021 Webinar Series

New in 2021: Specialized Tracks

All four tracks are included in the Webinar All-Access Pass!

ASCA’s 2021 webinar series features four tracks: Materials Manager, Clinical Director, Infection Preventionist and Administrator.

Up next are the Administrator webinars:

Gina Throneberry

CMS Quality Reporting for ASCs (free for ASCA members)

Gina Throneberry
ASCA

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Kara Newbury

Understanding Medicare’s 2022 Final Payment Rule

Kara Newbury
ASCA

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2021 Live Webinar Series

Administrator Track
Coming soon

Date/Time:
Coming soon

Speaker(s):
Gina Throneberry, RN, MBA, CASC, CNOR, Director of Education and Clinical Affairs, Ambulatory Surgery Center Association

Continuing Education:
1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area:
Quality Management

CAIP™ Content Area:
N/A

Overview:
Recent changes in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) quality reporting program for ASCs pose new challenges for perioperative leaders in the ASC setting. Learn what quality reporting measures are required now and get key definitions and answers to frequently asked questions about the measures your ASC needs to report.

Dec. 7

Date/Time:
Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker(s):
Kara Newbury, JD, Director of Government Affairs & Regulatory Counsel, Ambulatory Surgery Center Association

Continuing Education:
1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area:
Regulatory and Legal Issues

CAIP™ Content Area:
N/A

Overview:
Get the final word on the changes to Medicare’s ASC payment system that will take effect January 1, 2022. Find out about changes to ASC payment rates in 2022, updates to the ASC Covered Procedures List and new measures added to the ASC Quality Reporting Program. This session will not discuss coding changes.

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2021 Webinar Series On-Demand

Materials Manager Track

Date/Time:
Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker(s):
Todd Eich, CST, CMRP, Supply Chain Professional in the Healthcare Industry

Continuing Education:
1 hour of AEU/CE/IPCH

AEU Content Area:
Financial

CAIP™ Content Area:
N/A

Overview:
Materials management affects your ASC’s financial well-being daily. Learn the importance of using preference cards to determine your ASC’s cost per case and how to compare cost per case across physicians to identify opportunities for reducing your ASC’s expenses. Find out how to effectively manage freight and shipping charges, what amount of supplies you should keep on hand and which implants and devices you should have on consignment. Techniques for negotiating successfully with your vendors and manufacturer sales representatives will also be discussed.


Date/Time:
Tuesday, January 26, 2021, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker(s):
Stephanie Martin, MHA, CASC, Vice President of Operations, Regent Surgical Health

Continuing Education:
1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area:
Financial

CAIP™ Content Area:
N/A

Overview:
The person designated as the materials manager in your facility plays a vital role in the daily operations of your ASC. Learn how to improve your ASC’s bottom line while ensuring your physicians have the materials they need to perform at their best and provide the highest standard of care. This webinar will provide information on setting par levels, managing vendor relations and streamlining the inventory process. Tips designed to make your life easier will be offered to help you manage these issues and other materials management processes.


Date/Time:
Tuesday, February 9, 2021, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker(s):
Lisa Rock, President, National Medical Billing Services

Speaker(s):
Karen Barrow, Associate Director, BRG

Continuing Education:
1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area:
Financial

CAIP™ Content Area:
N/A

Overview:
LThe recent influx of surgical implants moving to ASCs brings both advantages and challenges. Examine current trends in the ASC industry, discuss the pros and cons of purchasing surgical implants and consignment agreements, and share market strategies your ASC can employ to thrive in today’s environment.


Date/Time:
Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker(s):
Ann Geier, MS, RN, CNOR(E), CASC®, Chief Nursing Officer, Surgical Information Systems (SIS)

Continuing Education:
1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area:
Financial

CAIP™ Content Area:
N/A

Overview:
Lean staffing and time limitations inherent in the ASC setting can make medication management a challenge. An RN should oversee the program with the assistance and guidance of a consultant pharmacist, but as medications are constantly changing, generics are used more often and drugs with similar names increase the chance of error, the challenges increase. Following this webinar, attendees will have an understanding of the complexity of medication management and some real-world advice to help streamline the processes.

Clinical Director Track

Date/Time:
Thursday, February 18, 2021, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker(s):
Lauren Levine, JD, Partner, Garfunkel Wild
Marianne Monroy, Esq., Partner-Director, Garfunkel Wild
Salvatore Puccio, JD, Partner, Garfunkel Wild

Continuing Education:
1.25 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area:
Human Resources

CAIP™ Content Area:
N/A

Overview:
As the COVID-19 vaccination rollout continues, there are many common questions facing employers. This webinar will address how best to respond to both legal and pragmatic concerns for issues such as:

  • Can we mandate vaccination of our employees?
  • What are the recent changes to applicable COVID-19 leave laws?
  • How can we address violations of an employer’s COVID-related workplace policies?

Date/Time:
Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker(s):
John Karwoski, RPh, MBA, President and Founder, JDJ Consulting

Continuing Education:
1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area:
Regulatory and Legal Issues

CAIP™ Content Area:
N/A

Overview:
Define drug diversion, know the steps your ASC needs to take when it is suspected in your facility and learn strategies for preventing and identifying this potentially life-threatening situation. Drug diversion is not a problem until it is a problem, and those with access to drugs are more likely to divert. This presentation shines light on the possible infection risk put on patients and the ethical duty clinical staff have to report suspicious behavior and events.


Date/Time:
Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker(s):
Stanford Plavin, MD, President, Ambulatory Anesthesia Partners

Continuing Education:
1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area:
Delivery of Patient Care

CAIP™ Content Area:
N/A

Overview:
Discuss what the role of the anesthesia provider could—and possibly should—look like in your ASC. Examine a number of topics that lend themselves to some of the better practices and collaborations that typically occur with the anesthesia team and consider various case scenarios and vignettes for addressing poor behaviors as well as acknowledging positive ones.


Date/Time:
Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker(s):
Mary Ryan, RN, BSN, MBA, CAIP, CASC, Consultant, Amblitel

Continuing Education:
1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area:
Quality Management

CAIP™ Content Area:
N/A

Overview:
With so many changes happening in today’s world—and specifically in the workplace—it’s inevitable that our culture is also being modified. Some of these changes are positive, but other times, we struggle to adapt and may need help to hit the reset button. Join this session to review various cultures and talk about ways to bring positivity, energy and motivation back to your team.


Date/Time:
Tuesday, April 6, 2021, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker(s):
Debra Stinchcomb, MBA, BSN, RN, CASC, Senior Consultant, Progressive Surgical Solutions

Continuing Education:
1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area:
Regulatory and Legal Issues

CAIP™ Content Area:
N/A

Overview:
Do you know the scope of practice of your employees, and whether they’re working within the parameters outlined by your state? Are licensed practical nurses/licensed vocational nurses able to provide discharge teaching? Are medical assistants able to administer medication in an ASC? While each state may differ slightly on scopes of practice, you need to be aware of any restrictions of scope so you can protect your ASC from a risk management standpoint. Plan to attend this session to learn the scope of practice for several types of employees and the resources to use to explore those scopes for your ASC.

Infection Preventionist Track

Date/Time:
Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker(s):
Tammeria Tyler, RN, CIC, CAIP, Infection Preventionist, Southeastern Spine Institute Surgery Center

Continuing Education:
1 hour of AEU/CE/IPCH

AEU Content Area:
Delivery of Patient Care

CAIP™ Content Area:
Infection Prevention Strategies

Overview:
Gain practical, real-life tips and advice on how to mitigate the risk of communicable disease exposure for your patients, visitors, staff and physicians. This guidance is based on current recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and other agencies in the infection prevention world.


Date/Time:
Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker(s):
David Shapiro, MD, Red Hills Surgery Center

Continuing Education:
1 hour of AEU/CE/IPCH

AEU Content Area:
Delivery of Patient Care

CAIP™ Content Area:
Infection Prevention Education & Training

Overview:
Never in recent times have the issues surrounding transmission of infectious materials gained such prominence in healthcare and the public awareness. The webinar will address current considerations regarding safe administration of anesthesia in your ASC with a focus on infection prevention and case management in the COVID-19 era. Techniques geared not only towards protecting patients, but anesthesia providers as well as other healthcare practitioners will be discussed.


Date/Time:
Tuesday, July 20, 2021, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker(s):
Michele McKinley, LVN, CRCST, CIS, CHL, AGTS, ASQ CQM/OE, ASQ CQA, ASQ CSSYB, Senior Clinical Education Specialist Western Zone, STERIS Corporation

Continuing Education:
1 hour of AEU/CE/IPCH

AEU Content Area:
Delivery of Patient Care

CAIP™ Content Area:
Instrument/Equipment Cleaning, Disinfection & Sterilization

Overview:
Join this webinar to review two recent “hot-button” issues for surveyors: (1) following manufacturer instructions for use and (2) appropriate point of use treatment of soiled medical devices. Learn how to obtain and implement instructions, especially those with vague or ambiguous processing steps. Develop a plan to reconcile conflicting instructions for use so that your ASC is ready for its next survey.

Point of use treatment is often overlooked or downplayed, but it is the critical first step in reprocessing. Surveyors know this too. Discover the expectations, required compliance to recommended practices and standards, and potential outcomes when point of use treatment is not performed properly.


Date/Time:
Tuesday, August 17, 2021, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker(s):
Laurie Roderiques, RN, BSN, CNOR, CAIP, CASC, LNC, Director Clinical Services, Ambulatory Healthcare Strategies

Continuing Education:
1 hour of AEU/CE/IPCH

AEU Content Area:
Delivery of Patient Care

CAIP™ Content Area:
Surveillance, Data Collection & Analysis

Overview:
Universal hand hygiene precautions have been drilled into all of us since day one, but are we still listening? We all know that hand washing/hand hygiene is the #1 defense against the spread of germs and infections, and that has taken on new meaning in the face of COVID-19, so why do we still have trouble with it? This webinar will revisit the basics and discuss the why's, the how's and the "really?"

Administrator Track

Date/Time:
Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker(s):
Marianne Monroy, Esq., Partner-Director, Garfunkel Wild

Continuing Education:
1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area:
Human Resources

CAIP™ Content Area:
N/A

Overview:
An employee handbook can be a valuable communication resource for both the employer and the employee. It can also be a means of protecting the employer against discrimination or unfair treatment claims. This webinar will provide information on how to review and revise your ASC’s employee handbook to communicate your facility’s policies, procedures and benefits and the expectations of its management effectively.


Date/Time:
Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker(s):
Kecia Norling, RN, MBA, CNOR, CASC, Consultant

Continuing Education:
1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area:
Financial

CAIP™ Content Area:
N/A

Overview:
Have you ever wondered why a month that felt successful ended up looking bad on your income statement? Explore the income statement and best practices for investigating the financial numbers behind each category. Learn how to analyze your income statement and utilize other monthly financial documents to understand the story behind the numbers. Consider the influence of specialty and payer mix and examine the general differences in cash and accrual accounting. Discuss how to effectively present your center’s financials to the Board of Directors.

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The schedule below is tentative and subject to change.

Please Note: All times are ET.

2022 Live Webinar Series

Clinical Manager Track

Jan. 11

Jan. 11

Recruitment and Retention: Are You All In?


Date/Time:
Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker(s):
Casey Duhart, Chief Labor & Employment Counsel, Acadia Healthcare

Continuing Education:
1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area:
Human Resources

Overview:
With or without a pandemic, hiring and retaining the right employees is a challenge for just about every employer. Trying to attract topnotch staff today can be especially costly since more candidates than ever are requesting sign-on bonuses, expanded benefits and competitive pay. On the flip side, employee turnover is costly. Knowing how to recruit and retain top talent is essential. This webinar will focus on how employee recruitment and retention can benefit your business, recruitment and retention challenges and key components for creating an effective recruitment and retention strategy.

Feb. 15

Feb. 15

Identifying Cost Savings While Maintaining Excellence in Care


Date/Time:
Tuesday, February 15, 2022, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker(s):
Ashley Lewis, BSN, RN, CASC, Director of ASC Operations, Community Health Systems

Continuing Education:
1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area:
Financial

Overview:
Have you ever found a $20 bill in your pocket? Your ASC may have several! Dig into them by learning the most impactful ways to manage expenses while identifying cost savings opportunities. From service contracts to supplies and labor, this webinar will offer practical tips for administrators, materials managers and clinicians alike.

Mar. 15

Mar. 15

Using Evidence-Based Tools to Cultivate Teamwork, Communication and Patient Safety within the ASC


Date/Time:
Tuesday, March 15, 2022, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker(s):
Tina DiMarino, DNP, RN, CASC, CNOR, Administrator, Mid-Atlantic Surgery Pavilion

Continuing Education:
1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area:
Quality Management

Overview:
Developing teamwork and communication skills within your ASC will help promote a culture of patient safety. This webinar will highlight the steps necessary to assess your team's current skills and areas for improvement. Based on that assessment, the pertinent evidence-based tools best suited for improving your team's skills can be adopted. This webinar will summarize the use of Kotter's eight-step plan for implementing and sustaining change and ways to evaluate its effectiveness. Innovative ways to garner full participation from everyone working in your ASC, including physicians, will be discussed.

May 17

May 17

ASC Safety and Quality: Reassuring Patients and Policymakers in a Time of Pandemic


Date/Time:
Tuesday, May 17, 2022, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker(s):
Kay Tucker, Director of Communications, ASCA
Charlie Leonard, Public Relations/Public Affairs Consultant, ASCA

Continuing Education:
1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area:
Quality Management

Overview:
The COVID-19 pandemic presented ASCs with some unprecedented challenges, including widespread calls for the suspension of all elective surgeries. However well-intended, the suspension of even some elective surgeries put thousands of patients at risk, inflicted undue economic harm on ASCs and their staffs and fostered a lack of understanding and appreciation for the safety and quality of care ASCs provide. In this webinar, the presenters will share the messages and communications tools and tactics available to ASCs to use in reassuring their patients, regulators and the media of the verifiable safety of their operations and the importance of continuing to perform outpatient surgeries and procedures even in the midst of a pandemic.

Business Office Personnel Track

Jun. 21

Jun. 21

How to Create and Reevaluate Your Charge Master to Ensure You Are Remaining Competitive



Date/Time:
Tuesday, June 21, 2022, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker(s):
Kylie Kaczor, RN, CASC, Senior Vice President Clinical and Regulatory Affairs, National Medical Billing Services

Scott Allen, Vice President, Managed Care Contracting, National Medical Billing Services

Continuing Education:
1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area:
Financial

Overview:
ASCs that want to remain competitive in today’s healthcare environment must evaluate their front-office operations. A detailed review of your ASC’s managed care contracts and a charge master analysis are key to ensuring the long-term success of your facility. Improving efficiencies in key areas of front-office operations, such as demographic capture and patient eligibility and financial responsibility quoting, coupled with a complete managed care contract review, will ensure that your facility is capturing and maximizing revenue not only from patients, but from your payers as well. Regulatory landscape updates that impact your ASC’s ability to compete will also be explored.

Jul. 19

Jul. 19

Evaluating and Improving Business Office Productivity through Leadership and Oversight



Date/Time:
Tuesday, July 19, 2022, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker(s):
Cristina Bentin, CMA, CCS-P, COC, CPPM, President, Coding Compliance Management

Continuing Education:
1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area:
Financial

Overview:
ASC business office performance evaluations are a way to assess your facility’s current financial health and identify what you need to do to ensure you get from where you are now to the goals you have set in place. Facilities should not only establish and implement internal and external auditing processes for all areas of the revenue cycle, but also analyze the findings, identify weak links, develop problem resolutions and monitor any changes to determine progress. During this webinar we will discuss the importance of cultivating a business acumen in all employees and examine the common areas of the revenue cycle that your facility should be monitoring. We will also discuss performance objectives, monitoring frequency and accuracy goals and review the internal controls for various departments of the ASC business office.

Aug. 16

Aug. 16

Cash Goal Success: Plan, Prioritize, Inspire, Perform . . . Repeat



Date/Time:
Tuesday, August 16, 2022, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker(s):
Rebecca Geise, President, NSN Revenue Resources

Continuing Education:
1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area:
Financial

Overview:
In this webinar, we will look at ways that best practices plus passionate leadership help us reach and continually attain collections success in the ASC. From front office to bad debt, we will look at what really goes into leading your team to maximum success and continuing to replicate those results.

Administrator Track

Sept. 20

Sept. 20

How to Educate Your Board to Meet CMS and Accreditation Requirements



Date/Time:
Tuesday, September 20, 2022, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker(s):
David Shapiro, MD, Red Hills Surgery Center

Continuing Education:
1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area:
Regulatory and Legal Issues

Overview:
In just about any organization, but especially in ASCs, the governing board is an important component of both the structure and function of the entity. The operational characteristics of this governance unit are particularly significant for ASCs that are Medicare-certified, accredited or both. This presentation will cover both regulatory requirements and practical suggestions for assisting facility leaders in creating and maintaining a compliant and high-functioning board positioned to guide your ASC into the future.

Oct. 18

Oct. 18

Implement a Meaningful, Effective and Compliant Peer Review Process



Date/Time:
Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker(s):
Rena Courtay, MBA, BSN, RN, CASC, AVP Perioperative Ambulatory Surgery, Duke University Health System

Continuing Education:
1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area:
Quality Management

Overview:
Learn how to create an effective and comprehensive peer review program and how to implement a peer review process that will meet all the goals of this important part of your center's quality assurance and performance improvement program. Gain an understanding of the many legal implications involved in the peer review process and review best practices involving your ASC’s governing body and certification/accreditation requirements. Leave with tips and tools for dealing with deficiencies and implementing corrective actions that will enhance the patient experience at your center.

Nov. 29

Nov. 29

CMS Quality Reporting for ASCs (free for ASCA members)



Date/Time:
Tuesday, November 29, 2022, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker(s):
Gina Throneberry, RN, CASC, Director of Education and Clinical Affairs, ASCA

Continuing Education:
1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area:
Quality Management

Overview:
Recent changes in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) quality reporting program for ASCs pose new challenges for perioperative leaders in the ASC setting. Learn what quality reporting measures are required now and get key definitions and answers to frequently asked questions about the measures your ASC needs to report now to avoid future cuts in your Medicare reimbursement rates.

Dec. 6

Dec. 6

Understanding Medicare’s 2023 Final Payment Rule



Date/Time:
Tuesday, December 6, 2022, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker(s):
Kara Newbury, JD, Director of Government Affairs & Regulatory Counsel, ASCA

Continuing Education:
1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area:
Regulatory and Legal Issues

Overview:
Get the final word on the changes to Medicare’s ASC payment system that will take effect January 1, 2023. Find out how ASC payment rates will change in 2023 and if new procedures were added to the final list of those eligible to be performed on Medicare patients in the ASC setting. This webinar will not discuss coding changes. Join the live program to ask questions specific to your ASC.

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