ASCA Member Appreciation Week

Save the Date06/17/2019 06/21/2019 America/New York ASCA Member Appreciation Week Please visit the ASCA website for a chance to win daily giveaways, participate in polls, be featured in our daily member spotlight, and much more.

This week is all about you, our members. We’re thankful for your membership. You deserve a round of applause. This week we're celebrating you!

This week is all about you, our members. We’re thankful for your membership. You deserve a round of applause. This week we're celebrating you!

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Welcome to ASCA's second annual Member Appreciation Week, Monday, June 17–Friday, June 21, 2019. This week is all about celebrating you, our members! During this week, members will be able to enjoy special sales, member profiles, giveaways and more.

Play the ASCA Spin to Win Prize Wheel daily for your chance to win!


Grand Prizes include:

  • A complimentary 2020 ASCA facility membership renewal
  • A complimentary registration to the ASCA 2020 Conference & Expo, May 13-16 in Orlando, Florida
  • A complimentary registration to the ASCA 2020 Winter Seminar, January 16-18 in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • A complimentary subscription to the ASCA 2020 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey

Daily prizes include:

  • $25 Amazon Gift Card
  • $25 off your 2020 facility membership renewal
  • A discounted ASCA Career Center posting
  • A complimentary copy of Finance & Accounting for ASCs, 4th Edition

Grand Prize winners will be announced on Wednesday, June 26. Check back here daily throughout the week for the latest updates and chances to win.

 

Thank you for connecting with us!

Staying up to date with ASCA is a vital part of your ASCA membership. We constantly and consistently update you, our members, with important information on the ASCA website and through email.

Did you know ASCA has a social media presence? Follow ASCA on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to stay up to date on happenings in the ASC industry and the events of Member Appreciation Week—including special sales and discounts offered only through social media!

And don’t forget about ASCA Connect. Contribute to the conversation on ASCA Connect.

 

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Thank you for serving!

ASCA would like to thank all of our members who have volunteered their time and expertise serving on committees and task forces. Through their efforts, ASCA is stronger and better able to serve the many needs of our members. Volunteers play a tremendous role across all ASCA programs and services. We are always in need of new energy and talent to help. If you are interested in giving back to the ASC community, please complete ASCA’s Volunteer Interest Form.

If you have any questions, please contact Steve Miller at smiller@ascassociation.org.

 

Thank you for supporting the ASC community!

Thanks to our ASC community advocates, our industry has gained recognition from both local and federal lawmakers. In the past three years, more than 400 ASCA members have participated in National Advocacy Day in Washington, DC, and more than 150 have hosted facility tours for key policymakers. Because of the efforts and commitment from community advocates, the ASC industry has continued to provide cost-efficient, high-quality healthcare to millions of America’s patients.

 

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Thank you for giving back to the world!

The ASCA Foundation has partnered with One World Surgery, a U.S.-based nonprofit, to support its mission of providing access to high-quality surgical care globally. Through this partnership, the ASCA Foundation launched a Medical Mission Scholarship Program for nurses, surgical techs and scrub techs interested in One World Surgery’s week-long medical missions at the Holy Family Surgery Center in Honduras. Each scholarship covers the program fees associated with participating in the medical mission, as well as roundtrip coach airfare for the participant. Learn more and apply.

 

Thank you!

Simply put, we thank you for your commitment to the industry and to ASCA!

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Congratulations to Last Year's Winners!

 

 

Thank you!

Thank you for your membership and for making the 2019 Membership Appreciation Week a success!

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Congratulations to This Year's Winners!

 

A Message from ASCA's CEO & Membership Chair

 

 

Daily Poll

Member Focus

Member Focus invites ASCA members to express their views on key ASC issues. Share your perspective with your colleagues and get to know your peers in the ASC community.

Arnaldo Valedon, MD

Arnaldo Valedon

Title: Medical Director
Name of ASC: First Colonies Anesthesia Associates
City: Reisterstown
State: Maryland
How long has your facility been an ASCA member? Five or more years

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What do you deem to be the most valuable part of ASCA annual conferences?

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I consider the ASCA meeting to be the premier conference to attend in the outpatient care industry. The number of opportunities to engage with other members in the community is quite extensive and the depth of learning provided is outstanding. In addition, the camaraderie and relationship building available is unsurpassed. The most valuable part as a physician attending the conference is keeping a finger on the pulse of regulations and salient administrative issues in the industry.

 

Want to be the next featured member?

Answer one or both of the next questions:
What QAPI studies have you done at your center and have they improved your ASC’s quality outcomes?

How do you deal with a patient who checks in unaccompanied?

 

Member Focus

Member Focus invites ASCA members to express their views on key ASC issues. Share your perspective with your colleagues and get to know your peers in the ASC community.

Cindy Young, RN, CASC

Cindy Young

Title: Administrative Director
Name of ASC: Surgery Center of Farmington
City: Farmington
State: Missouri
How long has your facility been an ASCA member? Five or more years

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How do you train your coders and keep up with the evolving codes?

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We send our business office manager and coder to the ASCA Winter Seminar each year, as well as have them attend ASCA webinars on coding during the year. We purchase new CPT/HPCS and ICD-10 coding books for our biller/coder, which has all the updates and changes each year. Once every year, we have a professional coding audit performed on random charts. When the results of the audit come back, our management meets with the biller/coder to review and learn from the results.

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Does your ASC have a policy on pre-employment drug testing?

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Yes, every candidate must pass a pre-employment drug screening prior to being considered for employment.

 

Want to be the next featured member?

Answer one or both of the next questions:
What QAPI studies have you done at your center and have they improved your ASC’s quality outcomes?
How do you deal with a patient who checks in unaccompanied?

 

Member Focus

Member Focus invites ASCA members to express their views on key ASC issues. Share your perspective with your colleagues and get to know your peers in the ASC community.

Maura Dent Cash, RN, CASC

Maura Dent Cash

Title: Director of Clinical Applications
Name of Organization: HSTpathways
City: Lafayette
State: California
How long has your facility been an ASCA member? Five or more years

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What is your ASC doing to counter the national opioid crisis?

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To facilitate a patient’s transition from the postop area to home without delay, ASCs often use less long-acting anesthesia and fewer opioids during surgery and the immediate postoperative period than hospitals. Toward this end, I am seeing more and more ASCs using adjunct pain relief methods as a matter of routine. Instead of waiting for pain to start in the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU), anesthesia providers often give doses of acetaminophen IV and other non-opioid medications to certain surgery patients at the end of the procedure in the operating room. Having been at the forefront for finding alternatives, ASCs have used creative ideas to combat pain because of the necessity for short stays and concerns for the safety of patients (i.e., not just loading them up with opioids and sending them out the door).

ASCs also achieve effective analgesia using regional anesthesia techniques in conjunction with non-opioid therapies. These postoperative pain blocks give patients immediate pain relief that will wear off gradually over several hours, decreasing the need for opioids in the immediate postoperative period. Hospitals are less focused on these alternatives since patients will not be discharged home immediately postop. Non-medication remedies cannot be overlooked. Ice packs, positioning and positioning aids, breathing and meditation techniques and distraction should also be included in post-operative care and discharge instructions.

 

Want to be the next featured member?

Answer one or both of the next questions:
What QAPI studies have you done at your center and have they improved your ASC’s quality outcomes?

How do you deal with a patient who checks in unaccompanied?

 

Member Focus

Member Focus invites ASCA members to express their views on key ASC issues. Share your perspective with your colleagues and get to know your peers in the ASC community.

Brenda Page, RN, MBA

Brenda Page

Title: Director
Name of ASC: Carolina Center for Specialty Surgery
City: Charlotte
State: North Carolina
How long has your facility been an ASCA member? Five or more years

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What method(s) does your ASC use to place orders for materials?

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Our part-time X-ray tech does most of the ordering. She walks around the center and checks volumes as we don't have tons of storage. Staff also emails her if they realize we need a special order or are short of an item. She orders primarily from Medline or the hospital distribution center.

The consulting pharmacist orders all drugs. Front desk staff orders office supplies, such as coffee, paper plates, notebooks, etc. Two OR nurses are responsible for any podiatry or ortho implants. The director requests invoices and replace for all the neurosurgery implants as most are consigned.

The system is somewhat fragmented but it works. We rarely run out of materials and so far have been able to get by without a materials manager.

 

Want to be the next featured member?

Answer one or both of the next questions:
What are your top three tips for timely patient collections?

Do you routinely perform EKGs on select patients in your facility prior to their procedure?

 

Member Focus

Member Focus invites ASCA members to express their views on key ASC issues. Share your perspective with your colleagues and get to know your peers in the ASC community.

Kris Sabo

Kris Sabo

Title: Executive Director/Administrator
Name of ASC: Pend Oreille Surgery Center
City: Ponderay
State: Idaho
How long has your facility been an ASCA member? Five or more years

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What technological advancement has made the biggest difference during your career?

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Love it or hate it, an integrated practice management (PM)/electronic medical records (EMR) system is by far the greatest technological advancement in my career.

I remember the days of pulling charts, piling them up and pushing them on a cart to the conference room for physician peer review. Same process for chart audits where I would have stacks of charts around my desk as I prepared reports on anything from pathology and surveillance reporting to implant tracking. Storing paper charts also was a headache. All that wasted real estate that could have been used for office space. Business office and medical records staff are now able to work on patient records, which are all at their fingertips.

Yes, electronic PM and EMR software has definitely made the biggest difference in my opinion.

 

Want to be the next featured member?

Answer one or both of the next questions:
What are your top three tips for timely patient collections?

Do you routinely perform EKGs on select patients in your facility prior to their procedure?

 

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