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October 2017 ASC Focus MagazineOctober 2017

Features of the October issue include:

Battling the Opioid Crisis – Responsibilities of ASCs

Develop a Win–Win Cash-Pay Program – Know your procedure costs, set fees that ensure a reasonable margin and keep your costs low

Ins and Outs of H&P – Make sure you know the how, what and when behind these critical assessments

Use Benchmarking to Drive QAPI – ASCs nationwide are using ASCA Benchmarking to improve their performance


 

September 2017 ASC Focus MagazineSeptember 2017

Features of the September issue include:

Changes in Accreditation – Three accrediting agencies explain upcoming modifications in their standards

Modifying to Achieve Interoperability – In the absence of CEHRT, ASCs adapt to reach clinical integration

Invest in IT to Support Your ASC’s Growth – Look beyond the price tag, choose carefully

Implement an Effective Peer Review Program – Stay on track with an ongoing, active process


 

 

August 2017 ASC Focus MagazineAugust 2017

Features of the August issue include:

Know Your State’s Nursing Scope of Practice Definitions – Educate yourself to avoid adverse outcomes and litigation

Creative Staffing Strategies for Highest Efficiency – Adaptability and flexibility play key roles

Recruiting and Retaining Physicians – Develop a long-term plan, be responsive to your doctors’ needs and make sure staff is happy

Cost Savings in Human Resources – Hire smart, cross-train and keep staff morale high


 

 

June-July 2017 ASC Focus MagazineJune-July 2017

Features of the June-July issue include:

Medication Management Hot Spots – Accreditation standards that can challenge ASCs

Working with Compounding Pharmacies – Check accreditation, state registration and licensure, and FDA track record

Winning Over Patients through Engagement – Participation leads to better outcomes

Make HIPAA Compliance a Top Priority – Avoid these missteps in your ASC


 

 

may 2017 focus magazineMay 2017

 

Features of the May issue include:

Virtual Marketing – How to create and maintain a social media site

ASCA 2017 Convenes in Washington, DC, This Month – Take advantage of more than 60 educational sessions and advocate for your ASC

Protecting Patient Information – Train staff to maintain data security and privacy

Cyber Insurance and Your ASC – Reduce your risk and the cost of protection


 

 

april 2017 focus magazineApril 2017

 

Features of the April issue include:

Navigating Coding Modifiers – What ASCs need to be on the lookout for

Using Lean Six Sigma – Streamline production, eliminate waste and increase efficiency

Value-Based Care in Today's ASC Market – Surgery Centers should seize the opportunity

ASCs and Poct-Acute Services – Skilled nursing facilities would work with surgery centers


 

 

march 2017 focus magazineMarch 2017

 

Features of the March issue include:

Stay on Top of Water Quality – Avoid contaminants with careful testing and vigilance

Tips on Implant and Supply Management – Reduce costs, increase value, maintain choice

Lessons Learned Operating ASCs in Low-Income Areas – Be cognizant of financial obstacles and cultural differences

Continuity of Operations Planning in ASCs – Effective communication, drills and working with your local organizations are key


 

 

february 2017 focus magazineFebruary 2017

 

Features of the February issue include:

Join ASCA on Capitol Hill – Sign up for National Advocacy Day when you register for ASCA 2017

Benchmark Your Revenue Cycle – Gauge the health of your ASC’s collections, billing processes and contracts

In the Pipeline – ASCA’s 2017 advocacy agenda

Achieving and Sustaining a Culture of Patient-Centric Care – Government support continues to grow


 

 

january 2017 focus magazineJanuary 2017

 

Features of the January issue include:

Managing Drug Shortages – ASC management must have a pro-active strategy

Changing Hospital Model and Its Impact on ASCs – Surgery centers look to be positioned for success

Reversing the National Trend of Opioid-Related Overdoses – What ASCs can do

As I See It – The value proposition for ASCs


 

 

 

november-december 2016 focus magazineNovember-December 2016

 

Features of the November-December issue include:

Outcomes of Spine Surgery in an ASC – Patient selection and tracking metrics under bundled care.

Bundle Up – Will the bundled payment model work for ASCs?

Protect Your ASC From Ransomware Attacks – Prevention and backups are the best defense.

MACRA is Just Around the Corner – New Medicare physician payment system begins January 1, 2017.


 

 

 

October 2016

 

Features of the October issue include:

Power in Numbers – Work with local authorities to create your emergency preparedness plan.

Is Your ASC Equipped to Respond to Disasters? – Make emergency preparedness a top priority in your surgery center.

Benchmark to Provide Quality Care – ASCA’s second generation clinical and operational program offers apples-to-apples comparison.

Users Praise ASCA’s Online Training Series – Three new courses to be added in fall.


 

 

 

September 2016

 

Features of the September issue include:

Ask an RN – The value of nursing input into ASC building design.

Splash, Soap, Rinse, Dry – How to assess hand hygiene and stay compliant.

ASCs Training Perioperative RNs – Dearth of trained nurses inspires center-specific programs.

Fire Safety Compliance – Expected changes after the implementation of 2012 Life Safety Code.


 

 

 

August 2016

 

Features of the August issue include:

Going Out of Network – Benefits and drawbacks.

Use Your Anesthesiologists Outside of the OR – Anesthesia can help ASCs overcome common accreditation pitfalls.

Best Practices to Secure Patient Payment – Make your collections efforts successful.

HIPAA Audits Enter Phase 2 – Why that matters.


 

 

 

June-July 2016

 

Features of the June-July issue include:

Give the Gift of Health – Join PIH and ASCA to provide surgical services to those in need.

The Joint Commission Opens Advanced Certification Program – The first of its kind for ASCs.

Leveraging State Association Participation – Use your membership to your benefit.

ASCA Introduces Lifetime Achievement Award – First recipient to be recognized at ASCA 2016.


 

 

 

May 2016

 

Features of the May issue include:

ASCA 2016 Convenes in Dallas – Plan now to make the most of the meeting.

Breast Cancer Surgery in ASCs – Arkansas surgery center helps pioneer innovative technique.

Manage Your Drug Supply – Effective ways to keep on top of shortages, costs.

Drug Diversion – Detection and prevention advice.


 

 

April 2016

 

Features of the April issue include:

Set Up Your Coder for Success – Find and retain the right match for your ASC.

Capital Purchases – Research, analyze and compare before you buy.

Changing Equipment – How and when to make the switch.

Improving the Patient Experience – Follow these ‘Five Habits’.


 

 

March 2016 Focus Magazine March 2016

 

Features of the March issue include:

Lowering the Cost of Health Care – New payment models promote cost-effective sites of service.

Letting Go – Sound strategies for employee termination.

Maximize the Benefits of Quality Improvement Studies – Follow these six easy steps.

Leadership Development in the ASC – How to train your employees to become managers.


 

 

February 2016 Focus Magazine February 2016

 

Features of the February issue include:

Advocacy in Action – Follow an ASC bill on its way to becoming a law.

Setting the Rules – How regulatory requirements are created.

Purchasing an EMR – Research before buying.

Self-Championing Your ASC – Stand up for your center.


 

 

January 2016 Focus Magazine January 2016

 

Features of the January issue include:

When a Vendor Files for Bankruptcy – How to handle business with the company going under.

Consolidation in the ASC Market – To be successful, be proactive in pursuing alignment strategies.

The Joint Commission to Launch ASC Program – The agency will roll out its first advanced certification program for surgery centers this year.

ASCs Invest More in Benefits, Less in Individual Bonus Pay – ASCAs surveys also reveal small salary increases since 2012.


 

 

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