Annual Meeting

ASCA 2018

Applying Moneyball to Your ASC

Going . . . going . . . gone! Everyone wants the homerun hitting hero on their team. And, for many years, professional baseball teams paid big money to sign up the likes of Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Alex Rodriguez and Sammy Sosa.


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Improve Your Managed Care Contracts

Managed care contracts determine how and if you get paid and have a direct impact on the financial viability of your ASC. In my presentation, “Negotiate Better Managed Care Contracts,” at ASCA 2018, April 11–14, in Boston, Massachusetts, I will describe the basic constructs of a managed care contract, how to formulate a contracting strategy and how to execute that strategy successfully.


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Avoid Endoscope-Related Infections

The ECRI Institute has listed endoscope reprocessing on its “Top 10 Health Technology Hazards” list for the last eight years, and endoscope-related infections have been in the news frequently during this time. According to William Rutala, director of the Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, “There are more outbreaks from the use of endoscopes than any other medical device due to the complexity of the instrument and microbial contamination.”


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Use TeamSTEPPS to Communicate Effectively

Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (Team- STEPPS) is an evidence-based set of teamwork tools aimed at optimizing patient outcomes by improving communication and teamwork skills among health care professionals.


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Bringing Cardiac Cases into ASCs

Interest in performing cardiac procedures in the outpatient setting is growing, and the Heart and Rhythm Institute of Trinity is at the forefront of the movement. Although the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) does not yet reimburse ASCs for these procedures, many managed care companies do. With an increasing number of outpatient centers providing cardiac procedures, growing awareness of the cost savings and the positive experiences that patients report, the chances of cardiac procedures being performed in ASCs is rising.


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ASCA 2017

Considering a Social Media Policy?

Does your ASC have a social media policy? Or does your center want a social media policy but not know where to begin? If you answered “yes” to either of those questions, you need to attend my presentation, “Social Media Issues from an HR Perspective,” at ASCA 2017, May 3–6, in Washington, DC.


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Normothermia Data Collection Begins in 2018

ASCs will need to start collecting data to report the ASC-13: Normothermia Outcome measure as part of their quality measure reporting in 2018. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) adopted the measure as a part of its final 2017 ASC Payment Rule released in November 2016.


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Reduce Supply Costs in Your Independent ASC

In many independent and small ASCs, in an effort to keep staffing costs low, members of the ASC team with clinical backgrounds are tasked with managing supply orders and inventory. An experienced, dedicated materials manager is never hired. With a lack of materials management experience, however, clinical staff members put in charge of materials can be challenged with developing and using effective purchasing processes. The result can easily be wasted money and time.


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Essentials of a Successful Clinical Benchmarking Program

Clinical benchmarking can seem daunting at first glance, and yet, it can serve as a very effective tool in driving clinical excellence in health care organizations. I will discuss how to design and implement a successful clinical benchmarking program in the ASC setting at ASCA 2017, May 3–5, in Washington, DC.


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Generation Gap

As our work force becomes increasingly diverse, it is important to keep in mind that most of us tend to treat others in the way we like to be treated—essentially applying The Golden Rule. This approach, however, might be outdated and not the most productive way to conduct business in a multi-generational work environment. In my presentation “Communicating in a Multi-Generational Workforce,” at ASCA 2017, May 3–6, in Washington, DC, I will discuss a total of four generations— the Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, Generation X and Millennials— and answer the question, “What makes each of us tick?”


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ASCA 2016

Nurses Providing Sedation in the ASC

RNs in the ASC setting are being asked to provide moderate or “conscious” sedation when anesthesia practitioners, such as anesthesiologists (MDA), certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA) or anesthesiologist assistants (AA), are not available. Lack of availability might be due to a regional shortage, a patient request to avoid the expense, the refusal of an insurance provider to cover anesthesia services or other reasons specific to an ASC’s practices.


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Violence in the ASC Setting

Hospital emergency rooms deal with potentially violent,aggressive patients and family members almost daily. In the ASC setting, we are not well-prepared to handle this type of an event. Our ASC experienced a random act of violence, and I will discuss workplace violence in the ASC setting at ASCA 2016, May 19–22, in Dallas, Texas.


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Creating a High-Performance Workplace

Recent Deloitte research shows that culture, engagement and employee retention are now the top talent challenges facing business leaders. Why has “culture” become the mantra for business leaders? Unemployment rates are at an all-time low, leading prospective talent to be selective when considering employment opportunities.


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Protect Your Data

Cyber breaches and hacks happen to even the most secured sites. Last summer, a security breach at the Office of Personnel Management affected the personal data of an estimated 18 million federal employees. Are you doing everything that you could to keep your ASC’s data secured?


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Protect Your ASC from DME Law Suits

Dispensing durable medical equipment (DME) and devices post-operatively has placed ASCs in the crosshairs of legal claims. During my session “Legal Liability and Protective Measures Regarding Product Defects/Failures” at ASCA 2016 in Dallas, Texas, May 19–22, I will identify scenarios frequently giving rise to potential liability and explore realworld solutions to minimize your liability. I also will provide tools, techniques and strategies to reduce risk.


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