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ASCA's webinars cover a variety of topics, including quality management, delivery of patient care, beneficial business practices, regulatory and legal issues, human resources and more.

ASCA Webinar Series:

2020 Live Webinar Series

2019 Webinar Series Recordings

 

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ASCA Members Special Discounted Pricing
2020 Webinar All-Access Pass: $395
2019 Webinar All-Access Pass: $395
2018 Webinar All-Access Pass: $395
Individual Webinar: $100


ASCA Nonmember Pricing
2020 Webinar All-Access Pass: $495
2019 Webinar All-Access Pass: $495
2018 Webinar All-Access Pass: $595
Individual Webinar: $150


If you registered for an All-Access Pass, you will receive an email from us prior to each webinar in the series providing instructions and the link for accessing that program. You will also receive the speaker's handouts and directions for accessing your continuing education certificate(s). For recorded webinars, you will receive an email with directions for accessing the content once the recording becomes available.




For questions or assistance with registering for a webinar, please contact Anthony Mace at amace@ascassociation.org or 703.665.4145.

Media inquiries should be directed to Kay Tucker.

It is the policy of the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) to ensure that all individuals who have the ability to control or influence the content of an educational activity disclose all financial relationships with any entity whose products or services are pertinent to the content of the educational activity. The financial disclosure will include the name of the entity and the nature of the relationship the individual has with the entity during the time the relationship is in effect and for 12 months afterward.

  • Attendee must be present for the duration of the webinar.

  • Attendee must complete the evaluation form.


How to Receive Continuing Education Credit for ASCA Webinars:

  • Go to the continuing education portal.

  • Enter the webinar year and your email address to continue.

  • Enter your ASCA ID to log in.

  • Enter the five-digit code given at end of the webinar.

  • Complete the evaluation of the webinar.

  • Print the continuing education certificate.

Contact hours will be awarded until March 31, 2020, for the 2019 educational program and March 31, 2021, for the 2020 educational program.

  • Contact hours will be awarded until March 31, 2020, for the 2019 educational program and March 31, 2021, for the 2020 educational program.

  • ASCA is an approved provider for nursing contact hours by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #6949.

  • ASCA is an approved provider for Administrator Education Units (AEUs) by BASC Provider #3272.

  • ASCA is an approved provider for Infection Prevention Contact Hours (IPCHs) by CAIP.

Registration fees are non-refundable.

 

 

2020 Webinar Series
January 14

Date/Time:
Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker(s):
Melissa Bailey, RN, MA, Technical Service Specialist, 3M

Continuing Education:
1 hour of AEU/CE/IPCH

AEU Content Area:
Delivery of Patient Care

CAIP™ Content Area:
Infection Prevention Strategies

Overview:
Many ASCs don’t have defined temperature management protocols for their perioperative patients and may not be able to recognize that their patients could be cold. Explore the important role that maintaining normothermia plays in helping to improve patient outcomes, including reducing SSI rates and decreasing intraoperative bleeding. Discuss crucial elements that should be included in a perioperative temperature management protocol and find out how these elements can be applied in the ASC setting.

January 28

Date/Time:
Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker(s):
Rachel Uzlik, CPHQ, Vice President of Clinic Services & Quality, Twin Cities Orthopedics & Revo Health

Continuing Education:
1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area:
Delivery of Patient Care

CAIP™ Content Area:
N/A

Overview:
This webinar walks through the process several Minnesota ASCs used to conduct a multi-dimensional study (including more than 10,000 patients) of the causes and effects of the opioid epidemic in their community. The discussion reviews how these ASCs collaborated with physicians, patients and other healthcare providers in order to develop materials needed to launch a community-wide response to the opioid crisis.

February 11

Date/Time:
Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker(s):
Scott Schoeffel, JD, Senior Attorney, Theodora Oringher PC

Continuing Education:
1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area:
Regulatory and Legal Issues

CAIP™ Content Area:
N/A

Overview:
Collecting from a dissatisfied patient can be tricky business. Join this webinar to delve into best practices for avoiding legal and financial risk. Discuss the warning signs of risk, how to determine when and if a patient balance should be written off and how you can avoid admitting fault while also keeping the patient happy. Learn how to identify when it’s time to involve your ASC’s administrator, a risk manager or an attorney.

February 25

Date/Time:
Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker(s):
Jho Outlaw, Senior Vice President of Revenue Cycle Services, Surgical Information Systems

Continuing Education:
1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area:
Human Resources

CAIP™ Content Area:
N/A

Overview:
Allowing ASC business office staff to work remotely can provide significant benefits to both employers and employees. Staff satisfaction and retention are likely to increase, and virtual staff are often more productive than onsite employees. Furthermore, employing remote workers allows a surgery center to tap into a larger pool of job candidates, save money on renting office space or even turn existing business office space into additional patient care areas. But while adopting a telework policy comes with benefits, there are hurdles to overcome. Learn how to effectively transition a business office team to remote work, establish staff performance expectations, maintain accountability by leveraging metrics and drive engagement and productivity.

March 10

Date/Time:
Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker(s):
Lisa Sinsel, MSN, RN, Senior Director, Clinical Services, Surgical Care Affiliates

Continuing Education:
1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area:
Quality Management

CAIP™ Content Area:
N/A

Overview:
Find out how to use a nationally recognized patient safety culture survey to promote patient safety and enhance your patients’ experiences. Join this webinar to learn about one organization’s journey as they developed a robust patient safety culture program. Listen in as they recount the various steps involved, from survey deployment through action planning. The successes, challenges and lessons they learned over the course of a two-year period will also be shared.

March 24

Date/Time:
Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker(s):
Caryl Anne Serbin, RN, BSN, LHRM, President, Serbin Medical Billing

Continuing Education:
1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area:
Financial

CAIP™ Content Area:
N/A

Overview:
Revenue cycle management can make or break your ASC. Your center’s financial success is directly linked to the efficiency, accuracy and timeliness of all business office functions that impact your revenue cycle. Some of these functions, including coding, billing and collections, have clear connections to your ASC’s finances. However, a variety of other, less obvious areas—such as staffing, fee schedule maintenance, managed care negotiations, scheduling, insurance verification, financial counseling, registration and auditing—can also impact the revenue cycle. Learn how to identify warning signs of practices that may negatively affect your ASC’s revenue stream and discuss guidelines for how to correct—or better yet, how to avoid—these cash-flow pitfalls.

April 7

Date/Time:
Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker(s):
Lisa Berus, RN, MSN, MEd, CASSPT, CAIP, Director, Integration Management, Surgical Care Affiliates

Continuing Education:
1 hour of AEU/CE/IPCH

AEU Content Area:
Delivery of Patient Care

CAIP™ Content Area:
Infection Prevention Program Development, Implementation and Maintenance

Overview:
In the ASC, there is often overlap between the areas overseen by the infection preventionist and those assessed by the safety officer. One aspect that crosses both safety and infection prevention lanes is OSHA requirements. Learn how to foster collaboration between the infection preventionist and safety officer in order to produce strong safety, infection and quality programs in the ASC.

June 2

Date/Time:
Tuesday, June 2, 2020, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker(s):
Jennifer Morris, BS, Administrator, Surgicare of Wichita

Continuing Education:
1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area:
Human Resources

CAIP™ Content Area:
N/A

Overview:
Is your center considering adding physicians or new specialties? Are you prepared if a physician—particularly a high-volume provider—moves, retires or leaves unexpectedly? Discuss how recruiting and retaining physicians is vital to sustaining an ASC. Explore strategies for attracting and retaining physicians that you can incorporate into your daily and weekly routines.

July 7

Date/Time:
Tuesday, July 7, 2020, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker(s):
John Goehle, MBA, CPA, CASC, Chief Operating Officer, Ambulatory Healthcare Strategies

Continuing Education:
1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area:
Regulatory and Legal Issues

CAIP™ Content Area:
N/A

Overview:
Join this webinar to explore the various types of organizational structures common in ASCs. Discuss the responsibilities of governing body members under the Medicare Conditions for Coverage and review the attributes of a high-functioning and compliant governing board.

August 4

Date/Time:
Tuesday, August 4, 2020, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker(s):
Sandra Jones, MBA, MSM, CPHRM, CHCQM, FHFMA, CASC, President/CEO, Ambulatory Strategies

Continuing Education:
1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area:
Quality Management

CAIP™ Content Area:
N/A

Overview:
When is a patient injury considered an adverse, a sentinel or a never event? What tools are available to help you document the investigation and analyze all the variables that may have contributed to the incident? What duty do you have to disclose information to the patient and to the state licensing authority? Join this webinar to learn how to define adverse events and explore the tools you can use to respond to an incident. Find out how to develop an action plan and assess its effectiveness in decreasing the likelihood that a patient injury will reoccur.

August 18

Date/Time:
Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker(s):
Michele McKinley, LVN, CRCST, CIS, CHL, AGTS, ASQ, CMQ/OE, Senior Clinical Education Specialist, Steris Corporation

Continuing Education:
1 hour of AEU/CE/IPCH

AEU Content Area:
Delivery of Patient Care

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

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

September 8

Date/Time:
Tuesday, September 8, 2020, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker(s):
Jan Allison, RN, CHSP, Senior Director of Regulatory, AmSurg

Continuing Education:
1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area:
Regulatory and Legal Issues

CAIP™ Content Area:
N/A

Overview:
Examine the evolving climate of Medicare surveys and gain a clear understanding of the regulatory requirements. Walk through a typical day in the life of a Medicare survey, discuss current survey deficiency trends and identify important compliance strategies that will assist you in maintaining a continued state of survey readiness.

September 22

Date/Time:
Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker(s):
Tami Robinson, MSN, RN, Administrator/Director of Nursing, Unity Surgical Center

Continuing Education:
1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area:
Human Resources

CAIP™ Content Area:
N/A

Overview:
Are you getting the best results from your staff? Are you putting forth your best effort? Join this exciting discussion to gain ideas and tips for enhancing staff morale that will have your employees talking for days. Dissect strategies that help boost employee engagement and encourage staff to go beyond their comfort zone. Learn how to create a culture where accountability, encouragement, teamwork and motivation are principles that are palpable throughout your organization.

October 6

Date/Time:
Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 1:00 pm ET

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

Continuing Education:
1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area:
Regulatory and Legal Issues

CAIP™ Content Area:
N/A

Overview:
ASC administrators have a lot to do, every single day. Between regulatory reports, state reports, preventive maintenance on equipment, contract renewals, performance evaluations, recredentialing of healthcare personnel and so much more, it’s easy to lose track of what—and when—things are due. Join this webinar to get checklists of the things you need to remember and gain practical tips and strategies designed to help busy administrators like you stay on track.

October 20

Date/Time:
Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 1:00 pm ET

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

Continuing Education:
1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area:
Financial

CAIP™ Content Area:
N/A

Overview:
Explore creative ways of improving your team’s knowledge, accountability and overall engagement in order to improve revenue cycle outcomes and increase the profitability of your center. Discuss strategies on how to bridge the gap between your clinical and materials management teams and the revenue cycle management team in order to help unite your center and lead your center to better results.

November 17

Date/Time:
Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 1:00 pm ET

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.

December 1

Date/Time:
Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 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, 2021. Find out how ASC payment rates will change in 2021 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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2019 Webinar Recordings

Date/Time: Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Susan Flynn, Technical Service Specialist, 3M Medical Solutions Division

Continuing Education: 1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

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

Overview: Keep your patients safe with state-of-the-art sterilization techniques recommended by experts and proven in tests conducted in laboratories and health care facilities across the country. Review sterilization modalities typically used in the ASC setting, discuss available sterilization monitoring tools and summarize current guidelines and recommended practices for quality control monitoring of steam and vaporized hydrogen peroxide sterilization processes.


Date/Time: Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Michael Patterson, FACHE, President & CEO, Mississippi Valley Health

Continuing Education: 1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area: Quality Management

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


Date/Time: Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Todd Eich, CMRP, CST, Director of Training & Implementation, United Surgical Partners International

Continuing Education: 1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area: Financial

Overview: Examine the supply chain function in your ASC from an administrator’s point of view. Learn how to identify the professional materials manager, understand procurement transactions and conduct meaningful data analytics in your center. Get tools to help you manage cost and drive efficiencies. Both new and experienced ASC administrators will gain valuable insights on how to engage with their materials manager in order to better implement an efficient, cost-effective supply chain for their organization.


Date/Time: Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 1:00 pm ET

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

Continuing Education: 1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area: Quality Management

Overview: Are you getting the most out of your facility’s benchmarking results? Do you struggle thinking of Quality Improvement (QI) studies to conduct?

Learn how to seek out opportunities for improving quality and patient care—and how to harness your findings by turning them into a Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) study.

Benchmarking is required by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the accrediting organizations, and it should be an integral part of your QAPI program. Join this webinar to review the benchmarking process and find ways to use the results from your next survey to your advantage.


Date/Time: Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Erin Imhoff, MS, RN, ONC, ASC Program Lead & Hospital Analyst—Division of Acute Care Services, Survey & Certification Group, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Continuing Education: 1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

Overview: Hear firsthand from this Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) official about CMS’ ASC survey process, including the role of state agencies and the accreditation organizations. Discuss the current infection control worksheet and the most common deficiency citations. Find out how to be prepared for a survey even when you are not expecting a surveyor in your facility that day.


Date/Time: Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Marion Sylvia, BBA, RN, CNOR, Infection Control Preventionist, Bluffton Okatie Surgery Center

Continuing Education: 1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

CAIP™ Content Area: Program Development, Implementation & Maintenance

Overview: Learn how to create a proactive infection prevention (IP) plan based on a comprehensive infection control (IC) risk assessment—a perpetual document that serves as the foundation of your program. Look at techniques for evaluating the actual risk factors for your population, the services you provide and geographic and community-based trends in your region. Return home with the know-how you need to conduct an IC risk analysis that can help you improve the effectiveness of your IP plan by better prioritizing your prevention strategies.


Date/Time: Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 1:00 pm ET

Speakers:
Jeff Hignite, Senior Manager, ECG Management Consultants

Matt Kilton, Associate Principal, ECG Management Consultants

Continuing Education: 1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area: Financial

Overview: Learn how to negotiate commercial insurance carrier contracts that pay you fairly for the care you provide. Join these experienced negotiators as they offer practical advice on assessing existing managed care agreements, determining how and when to engage payers and preparing and submitting effective proposals. Review the steps for gathering and organizing data, typical timeframes and how to avoid common mistakes and pitfalls. Look at current payer trends and changes your ASC should anticipate going forward.


Date/Time: Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Ann Geier, MS, RN, CNOR, CASC, Chief Nursing Officer, Surgical Information Systems

Continuing Education: 1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

CAIP™ Content Area: Education & Training

Overview: When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) mandated that ASCs designate an infection preventionist (IP) in every facility, no one envisioned the time that would be required to address all the responsibilities that person would manage. Although ASCs are usually small facilities that rely on a combination of full-time and part-time nurses assigned to multiple roles, the IP position should not be managed as an afterthought. Depending on the size of the center and the complexity and volume of cases, the IP might spend many hours a week completing the work required. Administration should make this a priority position and allow the time and resources necessary to perform the role as CMS designed it. Learn how to achieve that goal without neglecting staffing priorities in other areas.


Date/Time: Tuesday, August 20, 2019, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Kylie Kaczor, MSN-RN, CMPE, CPHRM, ACHE, CPCO, CLSSBB, CASC, Vice President, Clinical and Regulatory Affairs, National Medical Billing Services

Continuing Education: 1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area: Financial

Overview: The increasing prevalence of high-deductible health plans over the last decade means that patients—who can be harder to collect from than payers—now owe a larger percentage of the bill. Join this webinar to explore the processes, technologies and best practices facilities across the country employ to help reduce the overall cost of collecting from patients. Take away principles you can apply at your own ASC to help improve patient collections without sacrificing satisfaction in the new, complex world of patient consumerism.


Date/Time: Tuesday, August 27, 2019, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Jason C. Ross, JD, Partner, Higgs Fletcher & Mack

Continuing Education: 1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

Overview: The legalization of marijuana is on the rise. The #MeToo movement has spurred new legislation, and given rise to more harassment issues and claims. Join an experienced employment litigator to discuss how these new and developing issues affect the workplace, and how to navigate them.


Date/Time: Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Roy Breitenbach, Partner, Garfunkel Wild, PC

Continuing Education: 1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

Overview: One of the most complicated employment issues that ASCs deal with is how to navigate the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) when an employee requests leave. Incorrectly handling these complex issues can subject your ASC to significant liability. Join this webinar for a step-by-step guide on how to comply with both ADA and FMLA requirements when handling employee leave requests, including the unique steps required when leave requests involve military leave or pregnancy and birth-related issues.


Date/Time: Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Terry Bohlke, CPA, CASC, Vice President, Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Community Health Systems

Continuing Education: 1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

Overview: “Salaries, Wages & Benefits” comprise one of the largest expense items on the ASC Profit & Loss statement. While this line item might, in theory, be the most controllable expense, in practice many ASCs find their payroll is out of control. Learn the secrets to controlling your productivity and improving your bottom line through proven techniques that go far beyond old-school standards and benchmarking.


Date/Time: Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Marta Shultz, BS, MT, (ASCP), Product Manager, SimplifyASC

Continuing Education: 1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

Overview: Learn the pros and cons of adopting a new—or maximizing the use of an existing—electronic health record (EHR) in your facility. Find out what future EHR requirements could be coming for ASCs, then learn how to ensure your documentation keeps you survey ready during the transfer from paper to electronic documentation as well as when new requirements hit. Examine the similarities and differences between the EHR requirements for ASCs versus prior requirements for other health care organizations’ health records and discuss the requirements for EHR interoperability with other internal and external systems.


Date/Time: Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Terri-Marie Mahoney, BN, CNOR, CASC, Administrator, Bluffton Okatie Surgery Center

Continuing Education: 1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

CAIP™ Content Area: Surveillance, Data Collection & Analysis

Overview: Discuss the different types of surgical site infections, which patients you must follow for post-surgical infections and effective techniques for accomplishing your goals. Review the timeframes you need to meet, the length of time your patients need to be tracked and the special considerations that apply to patients that receive surgical implants. Get answers to all of your questions about how to respond when a patient has a surgical site infection, including: What data do you need to collect? What documents do you need to review during your investigation? What resources do you need to consult when you are collecting data? What actions do you need to take? And last but not least, who do you need to report this information to?


Date/Time: Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Michael O'Neal, DPh, MBA, Pharmacist Consultant

Continuing Education: 1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

Overview: Keep your patients and staff safe with an effective medication management program that meets regulatory requirements and incorporates best practices in this critical operational area of your ASC. This webinar will discuss general medication management, review updates to USP 797, USP 800 the Drug Supply Chain Security Act and offer guidance on how to structure policies and programs that lead to survey success.


Date/Time: Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Kara Newbury, Director of Government Affairs and Regulatory Counsel, Ambulatory Surgery Center Association

Continuing Education: N/A

AEU Content Area: N/A

Overview:

This webinar will not offer continuing education
On September 25, CMS released the final rule for Regulatory Provisions to Promote Program Efficiency, Transparency, and Burden Reduction. This webinar will discuss this rule and how these changes—which will be effective November 29, 2019—impact the Medicare Conditions for Coverage.


Date/Time: Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 1:00 pm ET

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

Gina Throneberry, RN, MBA, CNOR, CASC, Director of Education and Clinical Affairs, Ambulatory Surgery Center Association

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 is required now and get key definitions and answers to frequently asked questions about the measures your ASC needs to report. Get ready for the next wave of quality reporting as the presenters pull out their crystal balls and project the future based on conversations ASCA and others have had with CMS in recent years.


Date/Time: Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Kara Newbury, Regulatory Counsel & Director, Government & Public Affairs, Ambulatory Surgery Center Association

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, 2020. Find out how ASC payment rates will change in 2020 and examine the new procedures that 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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2018 Webinar Recordings

Date/Time: Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Michael Patterson, FACHE, President & CEO, Mississippi Valley Health

Continuing Education: 1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

Overview: Examine the ways that ASCs can provide overnight care to patients who need active monitoring for up to 23 hours and 59 minutes. Get a close-up view of how the Mississippi Valley Surgery Center provides overnight care to its total joint replacement and spine patients, with a focus on key operational concerns such as staff training, safety/security, food, equipment, visitors and more. Consider best practices and current trends in overnight care, including recovery care centers, skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation facilities, in-house at an ASC and hotels. For ASCs interested in offering recovery care for the first time or evaluating programs they already have in place, this is a can’t-miss webinar.


Date/Time: Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 1:00 pm ET

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

Continuing Education: 1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

Overview: Drug diversion can involve or affect anyone who enters your ASC, including patients, staff, children, friends, family and peers in your community. Explore 10 proven strategies you can use to identify and prevent diversion in your ASC and your ASC’s responsibilities in reporting drug diversion. Review important facts about the US opioid epidemic and, with an eye on ways your ASC can contribute, what national regulators and states are doing to reduce drug diversion and the over-prescribing of narcotics.


Date/Time: Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 1:00 pm ET

Speakers:
Rita Hernandez Figi, MedHQ
Tom Jacobs, BS, MBA, CEO, MedHQ

Continuing Education: 1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

Overview: Handled improperly, adverse events in human resources can significantly derail your workforce productivity, cost tens of thousands of dollars and cause upward pressure on your insurance rates. Learn strategies for mitigating risk and handling the top five most difficult human resources risk events, including the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) interactions, hostile work environments, discrimination claims, involuntary terminations and claims of sexual harassment. Get practical, proven strategies you can put to work in your center today.


Date/Time: Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Michelle George, RN, MSN, CASC, Vice President Clinical Services,
Surgical Care Affiliates

Continuing Education: 1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area: Quality Management

Overview: Although rare in ASCs, an adverse event can impact your patients’ and physicians’ perceptions of the care your ASC provides, negatively affect your center’s quality measure performance and drive up the cost of care for your patients. Find out how to conduct a root cause analysis that looks at why an adverse event happened and how to develop a performance plan of action that targets that root cause and prevents a comparable event in the future. Take away key strategies for improving patient safety and overall quality of care and performance in your ASC.


Date/Time: Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Tim Oliver, Regional Director, Materials Management,
United Surgical Partners International

Continuing Education: 1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area: Financial

Overview: Cutting costs in an ASC requires communication and partnerships between materials management personnel, physicians and clinical staff. Find effective ways to counter physician-influencing vendor sales representatives with your own data. Look at ways to cut costs using group purchasing organizations, product standardization, reprocessing, third-party resellers, medical/surgical and pharmacy distributions and more. Consider ways a materials management consultant can be a valuable resource at your center, well beyond just ordering, receiving and stocking supplies.


Date/Time: Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 1:00 pm ET

Speakers:
Kay Tucker, Director of Communications,
Ambulatory Surgery Center Association

Charlie Leonard, Public Relations and Public Affairs Consultant,
OCNC Group

Overview: This webinar will provide a topical discussion of the challenges and opportunities ASCs face when interacting with the media. It will include practical tips for both initiating and responding to media coverage and an overview of resources available from ASCA to its members confronting adverse circumstances.

Several case studies that will provide tactical guidance for improving media coverage in challenging circumstances, as well as ways to use both traditional and social media to promote your brand and professional services, will be presented.

Time will be made available for a live question and answer period.


Date/Time: Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Ann Geier, MS, RN, CNOR, CASC, Chief Nursing Officer,
SourceMedical

Continuing Education: 1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

Overview: Regulatory agencies require all health care providers to receive training in infection control prior to treating patients in ASCs. The intention is that all ASC staff and all credentialed staff, including physicians, dentists and allied health professionals (AHPs), receive training. How does your ASC interpret this requirement? Is your ASC compliant? What training do you provide and how often? This presentation will deliver ideas for training all ASC staff, including credentialed staff. Get practical solutions for presenting information that all health care providers will be encouraged to read.


Date/Time: Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Heather Lambert, Manager, Training and Development, AMSURG

Continuing Education: 1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

Overview: Review the definition of conflict and some startling facts about conflict in the ASC setting. Discuss different views on levels and causes of conflict and different styles of conflict management. Explore typical responses to conflict and real-world advice on ways to apply the conflict resolution process in your ASC.


Date/Time: Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker:
Jessica Edmiston, BS, CPC, CASCC, AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM Trainer, SVP, Coding
National Medical Billing Services

Alison Kuley, CPC, Senior Spine Coder
National Medical Billing Services

Cody Wheeler, Bachelor of Arts in Business Management, Senior Manager, Accounts Receivable
National Medical Billing Services

Continuing Education: 1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area: Financial

Overview: The revenue cycle is becoming increasingly complex due to ever changing payor guidelines, documentation challenges and vendor pressures with respect to new technology. Explore ways to track changes in LCDs and payor policies to keep coders and providers educated to avoid, track and overturn denials. Stay on top of the multiple edit systems being employed by payors. We will further discuss the increase in contract specific guidelines with regards to implant billing requirements. Finally, we will walk through some increasingly common procedures that result in the unfavorable unlisted codes such as subchondroplasty and spirox latera nasal implant procedures.


Date/Time: Tuesday, August 21, 2018, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Tina DiMarino, MSN, RN, CNOR, CASC, Administrator,
Mid-Atlantic Surgery Pavilion

Continuing Education: 1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area: Quality Management

Overview: Accreditation and Medicare standards are the same across the board for both the largest and smallest ASCs. Developing a meaningful quality improvement program can be challenging, especially in smaller centers with fewer employees. This presentation will review a back-to-basics approach and system for collecting the data needed to drive the program. This system ensures a robust program, no matter the size of the ASC. Using this approach fosters "buy-in" from staff and motivates their participation.


Date/Time: Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Daren Smith, BSN, Senior Clinical Solutions Specialist,
Surgical Information Systems

Continuing Education: 1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

Overview: For every patient scheduled for surgery, ASCs invest significant time and energy to ensure success. However, when it comes to the planned or unplanned departure of a physician, the need to prepare is often overlooked. Focus on the components of an effective, ongoing physician succession plan, including what is needed to execute the plan successfully and how to avoid common pitfalls along the way.


Date/Time: Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 1:00 pm ET

Speakers:
Debra Stinchcomb, RN, BSN, MBA, CASC, Consultant
Progressive Surgical Solutions

John Karwoski, RPh MBA, President and Founder
JDJ Consulting

Continuing Education: 1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

Overview: Does your ASC take steps to ensure the appropriate antimicrobials, including antibiotics, are used in your ASC? The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 20 to 50 percent of all antibiotics prescribed in US acute care hospitals are either unnecessary or inappropriate. Learn what this means to your ASC from a consulting pharmacist and an ASC professional.


Date/Time: Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Rebecca Overton-Geise, CPC, President, NSN Revenue Resources

Continuing Education: 1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area: Financial

Overview: This webinar will look at how the culture and morale of your team can impact how well you optimize collections. From team building and communication to defining expectations and celebrating success, review ways that leaders can impact the level of success achieved by their revenue cycle team.


Date/Time: Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Michele McKinley, LVN, CRCST, CIS, CHL, AGTS, ASQ CMQ/OE,
Senior Clinical Education Specialist, Steris

Continuing Education: 1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

Overview: With the ever-expanding list of procedures being provided in the outpatient setting, it is critical for all ASCs and small health care facilities, including physicians' offices and clinics, to understand the guidelines for reprocessing medical devices and the importance of those guidelines in keeping your patients safe. Regulatory inspectors hold all facilities to the same standards, regardless of their size. Join this program to get a template for compliance that you can rely on inside your ASC.


Date/Time: Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Amy Rey, Executive Vice President, Zeldis Research Associates

Continuing Education: 1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

Overview: Focus continues to shift to the millennial consumer, but what about the other side of the coin? What does the working world look like from a millennial point of view? Zeldis Research conducted an in-depth exploration of millennial professionals to understand their unique perspectives, needs and priorities. How are they different from or similar to their older counterparts? Hear directly, in their own words, from this important segment that will drive the future of the workplace.


Date/Time: Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Darcy Thor, MBA, CMRP, CPC-A, Chief Financial Officer,
Harmony Surgery Center

Continuing Education: 1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area: Financial

Overview: Learn how to calculate key performance indicators and use this information to benchmark your facility within the industry and against itself for financial health and success. Find out how to identify trends and improvement opportunities to help you grow or refocus your business.


Date/Time: Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 1:00 pm ET

Speakers:
Gina Throneberry, RN, MBA, CASC, CNOR,
Director of Education and Clinical Affairs, Ambulatory Surgery Center Association

Donna Slosburg, RN, BSN, LHRM, CASC,
Executive Director, ASC Quality Collaboration

Continuing Education: 1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area: Quality Management

Overview: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ quality reporting program for ASCs continues to pose new challenges for perioperative leaders in the ASC setting. Learn what quality measures your ASC must report in 2019 and how to view your reports successfully. Get key definitions and answers to frequently asked questions about the current measures, then look ahead at new quality reporting measures and changes being considered for the future.


Date/Time: Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 1:00 pm ET

Speaker: Kara Newbury, Regulatory Counsel, Ambulatory Surgery Center Association

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, 2019. Find out how ASC payment rates will change in 2019 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.


Date/Time: Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 1:00 pm ET

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

Continuing Education: 1 hour of AEU/CE

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

Overview: ASC business office assessments range from simple, rudimentary mistakes to more egregious infractions like willful fraudulent billing or noncompliance with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) interpretive guidelines. Examine business office assessment findings and the tools and monitoring strategies you need to have in place to ensure efficient workflow while maximizing reimbursement for all of the services your facility provides.

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