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September 2021 ASC Focus MagazineSeptember 2021

Features of the September issue include:

Build a Better Website – Hire experts and involve staff

Taking the Lead – Conversations with two achievers in the ASC community

Tools for Training Administrators – Use these ideas and high-quality resources to educate prospective leaders


August 2021 ASC Focus MagazineAugust 2021

Features of the August issue include:

Advocacy Works – Over years, ASCA and its members have reduced burdens on ASCs

Transaction Trends in the ASC Market – ‘The next 10 years might be the best 10 years to own a surgery center’

How Much Is Your ASC Worth? – Learning your surgery center’s value can help with short- and long-term planning

Ohio ASC Hosts Virtual Facility Tour – Q&A with Suzi Walton of Ohio Surgery Center


June-July 2021 ASC Focus MagazineJune-July 2021

Features of the June-July issue include:

Components of a Successful QAPI Agenda – Consider safety, accountability and performance improvement

How to Make Physician-Hospital ASC Joint Ventures Work – Give equal importance to both short- and long-term goals

Pre-Construction Considerations for New ASCs – While location is critical, so are access, visibility and zoning


May 2021 ASC Focus MagazineMay 2021

Features of the May issue include:

Which Patients Can Undergo Your Higher Acuity Procedures? – Develop protocols to guide decisions

Track KPIs to Manage Revenue Cycle Success – Analyze trends over time, make adjustments

Mandating COVID-19 Vaccination – Implications to consider before making the decision


April 2021 ASC Focus MagazineApril 2021

Features of the April issue include:

Surprise Medical Billing Update – What ASCs need to know to help patients avoid unexpected costs

Avoid Credentialing, Privileging and Peer Review Deficiencies – Understand the requirements, keep current and use software to simplify processes

Optimize Staffing Costs – Lessen volume unpredictability, cross-train and drive decisions with data


March 2021 ASC Focus MagazineMarch 2021

Features of the March issue include:

Expect Continued Supply Chain Disruption – Educate yourself, keep your ear to the ground and stay prepared for change

Dos and Don’ts of Cardiology in the ASC Setting – Know the rules and keep an eye on staffing and payers

Technologies ASCs Need to Add Cardiology – Administrators weigh in


February 2021 ASC Focus MagazineFebruary 2021

Features of the February issue include:

Benchmark to Meet Accreditation Requirements, Improve Operations – Review Medicare’s interpretive guidelines, state licensure rules and your accreditation organization's standards

ASCA 2021 to Deliver Enhanced Virtual Experience – Add this must-not-miss spring event to your calendar

One World Surgery Needs Volunteer Consults – Physicians in the US who sign up would work with local physicians in Honduras and the Dominican Republic

Benchmarking Pro Tips – Focus on key metrics, take action based on your results


January 2021 ASC Focus MagazineJanuary 2021

Features of the January issue include:

2021 In Light of the Pandemic – Industry experts share tips and strategies to make the best of what we have

Rethink Your Approach to Culture of Safety – Crises like the COVID-19 pandemic test an organization’s habits and help reshape and improve it

Keeping Staff Safe, Motivated and Rewarded in the New Normal – Show appreciation, support work-life balance and work as a team

How to Prepare for 2021 – Q&A with ASCA Board member Stuart Simon, MD


November-December 2020 ASC Focus MagazineNovember-December 2020

Features of the November-December issue include:

Marketing Your ASC in the COVID-19 Era – Play up your strengths, share your new safety precautions with patients

Collaboration Key to Infection Prevention – Responsibilities can be divvied up among team members

Improve ASC Outcomes Through Environmental Hygiene – Assemble a multidisciplinary team, follow evidence-based guidelines and use the right tools


October 2020 ASC Focus MagazineOctober 2020

Features of the October issue include:

Building an Ophthalmic ASC – Hire an experienced consulting firm, develop a pro forma and be creative in your design decisions

Bridge Patient and Staff Social Distancing Gaps – Use the right technology, correctly

Calming Patients’ Nerves During a Pandemic – Ophthalmic ASCs go above and beyond their clinical duties to alleviate anxiety


September 2020 ASC Focus MagazineSeptember 2020

Features of the September issue include:

Collaborating as Partners during a Pandemic – Communication, clinical alignment and resource allocation

Disinfecting, Handling and Storing Endoscopes in the Time of Coronavirus – Follow CDC practices and recommendations from gastroenterology societies

Managing Drug Supplies Effectively amidst COVID-19 – Communicate, be aware of EUAs and create a policy

GI Revenue Cycle Metrics: Acting on Your Data – Q&A with Nader Samii


August 2020 ASC Focus MagazineAugust 2020

Features of the August issue include:

Protect Operational Efficiency in the New Normal – COVID-19 protocols could affect patient flow, timing

ASCs Adjust to Pandemic Protocols – Updated guidelines involve more focus on infection control

Help Patients Better Understand Their Expenses – Educate up-front and be transparent about the bills they will receive

Delivering Personalized Patient Communication – Create a balance between in-person and electronic interactions


June-July 2020 ASC Focus MagazineJune-July 2020

Features of the June-July issue include:

Staying Current with ANSI/AAMI ST79 – What ASCs need to know

FDA Updates Extended Use Drugs List to Meet COVID-19 Demands – Protocols ASCs need to put in place to use these medications safely and avoid citations

Joining Forces Against COVID-19 Pandemic – ASCs nationwide come together to help their communities

Green Your OR – Recycle, use eco-friendly products and identify a sustainability champion in your center

Embrace Change – Add new procedures, technology to your ASC


May 2020 ASC Focus MagazineMay 2020

Features of the May issue include:

Wish I Knew – Factors to consider before opening an ASC

Build a Successful Spine Surgery Team – Rely on strong surgeon leaders and carefully trained staff

Get Paid on Time, Every Time – Ways to hold payers accountable


April 2020 ASC Focus MagazineApril 2020

Features of the April issue include:

After Your Physician Leaves – Do you have a strong infrastructure and potential leads in the bag to eat the loss?

Recruit and Retain Top Staff – Hire candidates who fit, offer fair compensation and professional development opportunities

Improving Productivity in ASCs – Employee satisfaction is key


March 2020 ASC Focus MagazineMarch 2020

Features of the March issue include:

Discover the Magic of ASCA 2020 – Come to Orlando this May for the ASC event of the year

Bring Non-Investor Physicians into Your ASC – Help surgeons understand why your ASC is a great choice

Managing Staff Following an Adverse Event – Eliminate blame; provide support


February 2020 ASC Focus MagazineFebruary 2020

Features of the February issue include:

Choose Meaningful QAPI Topics – Leverage your findings and re-evaluate

Overcome the Top Coding Challenges – Educate, perform audits and ask questions

Use Quality Metrics to Negotiate Contracts – Share patient satisfaction ratings, hospital transfer data and other quantifiable measures


January 2020 ASC Focus MagazineJanuary 2020

Features of the January issue include:

What's in Store this Year? – Opportunities and challenges facing the ASC industry

Cardiology Moves into the ASC Setting – The time is ripe for surgery centers to do more heart procedures

Malignant Hyperthermia Preparation for ASCs – Help is available on the MHAUS website

Managing the Patient Experience – Plan for all facets of the encounter, including family members’ experiences


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