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Boston Calling

Expand your ASC network, knowledge and skills at ASCA 2018

Where can you find thousands of your peers, ASC industry leaders, cutting-edge technology, the Green Monster, chowder and duck tours all in one place? Boston, Massachusetts, of course, between April 11 and 14, when ASCA 2018 convenes at the Hynes Convention Center. Need some more reasons why you need to be at this meeting? Read on.


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New this Year

At the request of past meeting attendees, 17 sessions at this year's meeting will feature advanced content designed for ASC professionals who feel they already have the basics down and are looking to take their skills to the next level.

Co-presenters of one of these sessions, Colin Park and Clinton Flume, directors at valuation and transaction advisory firm VMG Health in Dallas, Texas, say the session will walk attendees through why an ASC may need a valuation, how to perform a high-quality valuation and how to assess and manage the primary drivers of value.

If you are looking to gain a better understanding of the False Claims Act (FCA), attend the advanced session on "ASC Risk Areas Under the False Claims Act" led by Ashley Morgan, associate attorney in the Washington, DC, office of Liles Parker. "FCA is one of the government's most powerful tools in recouping federal funds and combating fraud on the government," she says. "This presentation will review the scope of FCA, with a focus on its impacts on ASCs and how an ASC can identify its specific risk areas."

Other advanced content sessions will focus on benchmarking key performance indicators for financial success, learning from near-misses and mistakes, making joint ventures work and exploring new challenges in ASC leadership for ASC administrators who have years of experience in that role.

At this year’s meeting, you can also participate in several interactive sessions like "Crossing the Generational Divide." Attendees of this session will form multi-generational teams that will be asked to problem solve together and build on the strengths of all involved to generate top-tier results. Cindy Young, RN, CASC, administrative director for the Surgery Center of Farmington in Farmington, Missouri, and Lisa Austin, RN, CASC, vice president of facility development for ASC management and development company Pinnacle III, out of Lakewood, Colorado, will lead this discussion. The session, says Young, will give attendees techniques and ideas they can take back to their centers.

To make these interactive sessions as effective as possible, seating is limited, so you will need to arrive early to get inside.

ASC professionals planning to enhance their infection prevention program and those who want to test for the new Certified Ambulatory Infection Preventionist (CAIP) credential will find plenty of materials at this year's meeting. Attendees can earn up to 9.5 contact hours in infection prevention sessions, just half a credit shy of the total needed to sit for the first CAIP exam in October.

Arnaldo Valedon, MD, chief of the ASC division for First Colonies Anesthesia Associates in Frederick, Maryland, will present one of these sessions titled "Anesthesia's Role in Infection Control." “We will discuss techniques for eliminating undesirable anesthesia practices that contribute to common health care associated infections (HCAI) and actions your anesthesia team should take to help prevent HCAIs in your ASC," he says.

Also new on ASCA’s annual meeting program this year is a 60-minute morning boot camp workout. Stay in shape with this morning workout. Register now.

Session Choices Galore

With more than 60 sessions led by experts in ASC management, human resources, federal regulatory policy and clinical care, you will leave Boston with the information and tools you need to improve your personal performance and ensure your ASC’s short- and long-term success.

Getting ready for a Medicare or accreditation survey? Attend the session that Jan Allison, senior director regulatory, clinical services for Nashville-based ASC management company Amsurg, will lead.

"A large portion of regulatory deficiencies involve a lack of staff following the facility policies and procedures as they are written," Allison says. "You will learn about the policies accreditation and regulatory bodies commonly reference during surveys and the challenges found with how policies are upheld. You will also learn how to make education more meaningful to improve staff adherence to policies and procedures."

Other breakout session topics include cybersecurity, benchmarking, joint ventures, bundled payments, emergency preparedness, managed care contracting and what you need to know to bring new procedures, like cardiac procedures and total joints, into your ASC. You also will find sessions on how to survive the loss of a key physician, managing risk, writing a plan of correction, patient selection criteria and best practices in drug disposal, developing a regional block program and managing a disruptive physician.

At ASCA 2018's pre-meeting workshops, you can learn what your ASC needs to do now to comply with the new Life Safety Code requirements or take a look at the changes in accreditation requirements that were enacted most recently. You can also attend the Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC) review course. Learn more.


Even with so many educational session choices, attendees will still have ample opportunities to connect with their colleagues during the meals in the exhibit hall, evening receptions and regular breaks scattered throughout the schedule.

"Administrators and business office managers come from all over the United States and beyond to the ASCA meeting, bringing stories of their successes and the challenges they face," Young says. "By networking, you will often find ideas to help resolve the seemingly impossible situation you are facing. You will also find support and comfort in knowing you are not alone in the industry."

Solutions for Your ASC

You won’t want to miss the opportunity ASCA 2018 provides for you to visit the largest ASC-specific exhibit hall of the year. Watch product demonstrations, compare your options and speak one-on-one with suppliers who are eager to tell you about their newest offerings designed to help you take your ASC's performance to the next level.

"Meeting vendors that provide education on their latest and greatest products and services can spark ideas for creative solutions to problematic issues that can be implemented in the ASC following the completion of the conference," Allison says. See an interactive map of the exhibit hall and a list of exhibitors.

The Venue

Located in the heart of the Boston's historic Back Bay neighborhood, Hynes Convention Center and the meeting's host hotels are easily accessible from Logan Airport and many public transit routes.

If you come into Boston early or stay late, there is lots to do. Visit any number of Boston's renowned museums and the New England Aquarium. Get tickets for the Boston Red Sox playing at historic Fenway Park. Shop on Newbury Street. Don’t forget to explore the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail that connects 16 relics of the American Revolution, including Paul Revere’s house, the Old North Church and the USS Constitution.

The Bottom Line

"Sometimes our passion for what we do can fade amongst all the challenges, changes and stress of day-to-day responsibilities," Allison says. "Attending the conference can serve to reignite our passion as we make professional connections and collaborate on common issues."