Member Focus

Member Focus

Member Focus

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.

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Complete a brief questionnaire and you could be selected for a future profile.

Questions? Please email Member Relations Manager LaToya Millet.

 


 

Dianne Appleby, RN

Dianne Appleby

Title: Executive Director
Name of ASC: Menomonee Falls Ambulatory Surgery Center
City: Menomonee Falls
State: WI
How long have your been an ASCA member? 5 or more years

 

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Share a best practice your ASC uses to ensure compliance with the changing regulatory guidelines.

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We rely heavily on the resources ASCA and our state association provide to keep us informed on changes in the regulatory guidelines. In the 23 years we have been open, we have always sent staff and managers to the ASCA conferences and, more recently, the ASCA webinars have proven invaluable in helping us keep on top of things. Our staff attend webinars, seminars and conferences focused on new/modified regulations and how to meet them. They participate in listservs at the national and state level to share information and learn how others implement and meet guidelines in their centers. They also review and provide input on new or revised policies and procedures directly related to what they do daily. I think our staff's active participation is key to compliance.

We also follow ASC-specific newsletters/publications put out by the accrediting bodies and other ASC-focused organizations. We belong to ASCA, Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (SGNA), Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and our state ASC association. We receive information from these organizations regularly on how to apply the regulations and the standards of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).