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January 12–14, 2023 | Caesars Palace Las Vegas

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Coding = Session from the Coding & Reimbursement track

Management = Session from the Management Essentials for Administrators track

Please Note: All times are PST.

Thursday, January 12

12:00 pm–1:30 pm

12:00 pm–1:30 pm

Hot Topics in Human Resources

Find out how to head off personnel problems before they start and prevent costly, time-consuming lawsuits. Attend this session to discuss critical employment issues, such as conducting effective workplace investigations; managing the problem employee; getting buy-in from your supervisors and untangling the Americans with Disabilities Act/Family and Medical Leave Act/Workers’ Compensation. Bring your most pressing HR concerns, and leave with sound, real-world solutions you can apply in your ASC.

AEU Content Area:

Human Resources

Faculty:

1:30 pm–2:30 pm

1:30 pm–2:30 pm

Drivers of Patient, Physician and Staff Satisfaction

Satisfied patients, physicians and healthcare workers are critical to every ASC’s success, but do you know how to find out what the healthcare workers and physicians in your center value most and how to address their needs? Do you know how to identify gaps between what your ASC’s leaders believe patients want and what your patients actually expect? Get strategies to close those gaps, address unique situations and expectations in your ASC, and drive patient, physician and staff satisfaction to a higher level.

AEU Content Area:

Regulatory and Legal Issues

Faculty:

2:45 pm–4:00 pm

2:45 pm–4:00 pm

Federal Regulatory and Legal Review

Get a high-level overview of the federal regulatory and legal issues that impact ASCs and the various government agencies that set and enforce standards for ASCs. Topics will include where to get the information you need to meet Medicare’s survey and certification requirements, how to avoid anti-kickback and physician self-referral penalties, and how to comply with the recently enacted surprise medical billing restrictions.

AEU Content Area:

Regulatory and Legal Issues

Faculty:

4:00 pm–5:00 pm

4:00 pm–5:00 pm

Can't We All Just Get Along?

We've all seen our fair share of dysfunctional teams and negative behavior. Poor teamwork can take many forms, from verbal outbursts and outright threats to passive-aggressive comments and refusal to perform tasks. It can harm morale, delivery of care and patient satisfaction. This session will focus on concrete steps you can take to build harmonious, productive teams that deliver high-quality healthcare. Come learn, laugh, and see yourself and your fellow team members in this session.

AEU Content Area:

Human Resources

Faculty:


Friday, January 13

8:00 am–9:15 am

8:00 am–9:15 am

2023 Updates to Medicare’s ASC Payment System and CPT Changes Coding

Get an update on the 2023 reimbursement changes to Medicare’s ASC payment system, including procedures added or removed from the final list of those eligible to be performed in an ASC setting. Discuss the American Medical Association’s CPT changes per specialty of new, revised and deleted procedures applicable to ASC facilities that will take effect January 1, 2023 and examine reimbursement potentials and comparisons from the past year.

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Positioning Your ASC for Regulatory Success Management

Take a close look at your governing body’s role in the development and monitoring of operational areas that include credentialing, infection prevention and control, and quality improvement. Get a head start toward understanding the key administrative and clinical drivers integral to positioning your ASC for regulatory success.

AEU Content Area:

Regulatory and Legal Issues

Faculty:

9:15 am–10:15 am

9:15 am–10:15 am

Navigating Pain Management Procedural Coding Coding

Are denials for pain management procedures getting on your last nerve? Are injection edits a pain in your sacrum? Join this session as we stimulate your neural networks and navigate pain management procedural coding. We will ablate confusion surrounding anatomy distinctions, separately reportable imaging assistance, injections, nerve destruction and neurostimulators. We will also alleviate the anguish of applying modifiers and satisfying LCDs. After this session, compliant coding will be all gain and no pain!

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Understanding and Mitigating Risk in Today's ASC Management

Although ASCs were once considered a low-risk setting, times have changed. As increasingly complex procedures migrate into ASCs, talent acquisition challenges drive an increased use of contract or less experienced workers, anesthesia provider shortages continue and the expectations of patients, physicians and staff continue to grow, the risks ASCs face continue to escalate. Explore the ways an ASC administrator can assess and mitigate these risks.

AEU Content Area:

Quality Management

Faculty:

10:30 am–11:30 am

10:30 am–11:30 am

Gastroenterology: From EGDs to Colonoscopies Coding

New and emerging technologies in the field of medicine require coding professionals to be sharp and abreast of constant progress and changes. Gastroenterology is no exception to the rule. Explore and dissect the unique challenges the field of gastroenterology presents to coders. During this session, we will navigate the coding anatomy of the digestive system as it relates to these procedures, the latest federal guidance regarding screenings and the policies of Medicare and commercial payers. Attendees can expect to leave this session with a clear understanding of the official ICD-10-CM and CPT coding guidelines that are applicable to EGDs and colonoscopies.

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Maximizing the Safety and Efficiency of Perioperative Analgesia for Ambulatory Surgery Management

Properly managed analgesia can be key to creating a positive experience for patients in your ASC. Discuss the implications of ineffective analgesia in an ambulatory surgery setting, review the potential advantages associated with multimodal analgesia and regional anesthesia, and learn about some analgesic pathways that have been successfully established.

AEU Content Area:

Delivery of Patient Care

Faculty:

12:30 pm–1:30 pm

12:30 pm–1:30 pm

Urology Coding Hot Spots Coding

Come to this session with your urology coding questions and leave with the confidence and information you need to submit the coding your billing office needs to produce clean claims to the insurance carriers. Topics will include the anatomy knowledge you need, recent CPT changes, common procedures in an ASC, common bundling issues causing denials, differences in American Medical Association (AMA) and Correct Coding Initiative (CCI) edits on certain procedures, confusion regarding unilateral and bilateral procedures, and descriptions of the various prostate (BPH) procedures.

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Ins and Outs of QAPI Management

Your QAPI program shouldn’t just be an exercise in documentation—you should use it to improve patient outcomes and identify other opportunities for improvement. This session will review the requirements of an effective, comprehensive and robust QAPI program. Learn about program specifics, ongoing monitoring, measured indicators, benchmarking and QI studies. Discuss the role of the HVA, risk assessments and how they are part of QAPI, and the annual review of your QAPI program. Consider quality activities you should be reviewing and reporting on at your individual ASC. Leave with tips and tools for implementing, documenting and reporting your facility’s QAPI activities.

AEU Content Area:

Quality Management

Faculty:

1:30 pm–2:30 pm

1:30 pm–2:30 pm

ENT Coding Tips and Traps Coding

Join this insightful discussion of guidelines and policies for ENT coding, including issues from an auditing perspective. Hear tips and tricks to improve reimbursement and documentation of commonly performed ENT surgeries. Take a focused look at functional endoscopic sinus surgery combination codes when multiple procedures are performed, different devices used and HCPCS assignments.

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The Essentials of Credentialing Management

It all begins and ends with credentialing. Join this session to walk through the credentialing process from beginning to end and gain guidance on best practices along the way. You will leave with the knowledge you need to ensure your ASC is meeting all necessary requirements.

AEU Content Area:

Human Resources

Faculty:

2:45 pm–3:45 pm

2:45 pm–3:45 pm

Ophthalmology and Oculoplastic Surgery Coding

Review the fundamentals of coding ophthalmology and oculoplastic surgery; then, learn how to code accurately for new technology and procedures currently considered experimental or investigational. The newest information on these topics released by the American Medical Association will be discussed.

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Staffing Challenges in ASCs Management

Meeting staffing requirements in an ASC is now more of a challenge than ever. How do you find administrators and clinical directors? How do you train a new clinical director who has never worked in an ASC? How do you find nurses? Who will assist nurses in their patient care duties? What defines safe staffing? Join this session to get answers to all these questions and more. In addition to recruitment and scope of practice, this session will also cover competencies and appraisals, which are important compliance and retention tools for ASC managers. Review appropriate competencies for your team and discuss meaningful ways appraisals should be used in your facilities.

AEU Content Area:

Human Resources

Faculty:

3:45 pm–4:45 pm

3:45 pm–4:45 pm

Advanced Orthopedics: Upper and Lower Extremities Coding

Gain a better understanding of the orthopedic CPT code set; learn how to determine ICD-10 diagnosis coding for acute and chronic conditions; and review the carrier payment policies that help define best practices for billing orthopedic procedures in this session designed to help you tackle even the most daunting orthopedic coding challenges. Maximize your orthopedic coding efficiency, and never feel intimidated again when you have to code something like an arthroscopic superior capsular reconstruction (ASCR) of the shoulder or a posterolateral corner repair of the knee.

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Emergency Preparedness Requirements Management

Though CMS’s requirements for emergency preparedness can seem overwhelming, there are a variety of tools and strategies you can use to ensure your facility is compliant. Join this session to learn about the most recent guidance for Clinical Standards and Quality and for Quality, Safety & Oversight, so you and your team can successfully maneuver and meet all emergency preparedness requirements.

AEU Content Area:

Regulatory and Legal Issues

Faculty:


Saturday, January 14

8:00 am–9:15 am

8:00 am–9:15 am

Impact of Coding and Billing Errors on Reimbursement Coding

Understanding payer contracts and guidelines is essential for combatting errors and maximizing revenue. Without an understanding of payer guidelines, denials due to incorrect CPTs can occur, and revenue can be missed when supplies, implants or drugs are not billed correctly. Additionally, coding and billing errors can cause AR to appear inflated. Join this session to explore the impact of coding and billing errors on reimbursement and leave with the tools necessary to prevent future errors from occurring.

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Introduction to Accounting and Finance in the ASC Setting Management

Get an overview of the most important accounting and finance principles and operating policies employed in the ASC setting, including the basic accounting equation, the legal business forms you need, how to structure your business operations, generally accepted accounting principles, and applying and managing internal controls.

AEU Content Area:

Financial

Faculty:

9:15 am–10:30 am

9:15 am–10:30 am

Coding for Spinal Fusions and Decompressions in an ASC Coding

Discuss coding, guidelines and policies for cervical and lumbar spinal fusions and decompressions performed in an ASC. This will include anatomy of the spinal column and vertebral segments, the descriptions of various patient positioning and different approaches that can be taken. Review Medicare reimbursements of CPT codes. Take a detailed look into the CPT codes used for cervical and lumbar spinal fusions and decompressions as seen performed in ASCs.

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The Income Statement and the Balance Sheet Management

Review two of the most important financial statements in an ASC: the income statement and the balance sheet. Discuss their purpose, how to read and understand them, and how to use them to determine the financial well-being of your ASC.

AEU Content Area:

Financial

Faculty:

10:45 am–12:00 pm

10:45 am–12:00 pm

Cardiovascular Coding: An Overview of Common Vascular Procedures Coding

Learn more about the cardiovascular procedures ASCs are performing today, with an emphasis on cardiac catheterization, fistula creation and dialysis access intervention. The impact of major 2023 CPT updates in these areas will be discussed.

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Financial Management and Oversight in Your ASC Management

Find out how to review financial data in your ASC’s financial statements and how to use that data to identify opportunities for improving your business operations. Based on decades of hands-on experience, the presenter’s practical solutions and professional insights will help you take your facility to the next level.

AEU Content Area:

Financial

Faculty:


AEU Content Areas

Please Note: All times are ET.

Saturday, April 29

Time Title AEU Content Area
12:00 pm–1:30 pm

12:00 pm–1:30 pm

Program Development, Infection Prevention Risk Assessment, Implementation & Maintenance

AEU Content Area: Quality Management

Quality Management
1:45 pm–3:15 pm

1:45 pm–3:15 pm

Instrument/Equipment Cleaning, Disinfection & Sterilization

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

Delivery of Patient Care
3:30 pm–4:45 pm

3:30 pm–4:45 pm

Infection Prevention Surveillance, Monitoring, Data Collection & Analysis

AEU Content Area: Quality Management

Quality Management



Tuesday, August 30

Time Title AEU Content Area
12:00 pm–1:00 pm

12:00 pm–1:00 pm

Infection Prevention Strategies and Clinical Rounding

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

Delivery of Patient Care
1:15 pm–2:15 pm

1:15 pm–2:15 pm

Environment of Care/Environmental Cleaning/Point of Care Devices

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

Delivery of Patient Care
2:30 pm–3:45 pm

2:30 pm–3:45 pm

Regulatory Requirements/Employee Health

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

Regulatory and Legal Issues
4:00 pm–5:00 pm

4:00 pm–5:00 pm

Infection Prevention Education & Training

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

Human Resources