Speaker List

Speakers

The ASCA 2024 Conference & Expo offers a robust schedule packed with educational sessions designed specifically for ASC professionals like you. You can also take advantage of a variety of networking opportunities where you can get to know your peers and share experiences.

 


ASCA 2024 Conference & Expo Schedule

Please Note: All times are ET.

Wednesday, April 17

6:00 pm–8:00 pm

6:00 pm–8:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Welcome Reception sponsored by Surgical Notes

Description

This keynote presentation is sponsored by Surgical Notes.


Thursday, April 18

7:00 am–8:00 am

7:00 am–8:00 am

Attendee Breakfast

Join us in the exhibit hall for a breakfast including juices and coffee along with hot items like eggs and oatmeal to fill you up for the busy day of ASCA 2024.

8:00 am–9:00 am

8:00 am–9:00 am

CMS Quality Reporting for ASCs

Faculty:

Gina Throneberry, MBA, RN, CNOR, CASC

AEU Content Area:

Quality Management

Updates in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) quality reporting program for ASCs pose new challenges for perioperative leaders in the ASC setting. Learn what quality reporting measures your ASC is required to report now and get key definitions and answers to frequently asked questions about those measures to help your ASC comply and avoid future cuts in your Medicare reimbursement rates.

8:00 am–9:00 am

8:00 am–9:00 am

Attacking Your Aging: Strategy for Drilling Down into Your Aging Accounts While Leveraging Technology

Faculty:

Jocelyn C. Gaddie

AEU Content Area:

Financial

Aged accounts receivable is one of the primary KPIs reviewed when determining the financial health of your ASC. Join us as we drill down into an aging account. We will provide you with tools to create your strategic plan to improve your aging buckets while reviewing what technology options are available to assist you in meeting your goals.

8:00 am–9:00 am

8:00 am–9:00 am

Managing Your ASC's Managed Care Contracting

Faculty:

Clint Hailey, JD

AEU Content Area:

Financial

Learn how to successfully engage payers in effective managed care contracting. This session's content and format are designed to help ASCs and management companies operating multiple ASCs build a business case and deliver proposals to health insurers that have an enhanced chance of success. Concepts like aligning the insurer's methodology and the ASC’s case mix will be discussed. Leave with tips on how to better negotiate and handle managed care contracting with the health insurer community regardless of the number of ASCs you're handling.

8:00 am–9:00 am

8:00 am–9:00 am

Cardiovascular Surgery in ASCs

Faculty:

Kristen Richards, MBA

AEU Content Area:

Delivery of Patient Care

Learn about the cardiovascular (CV) surgical care ASCs across the US are providing, including why these procedures have moved into ASCs and what to consider when developing your own ambulatory CV strategy. Get advice on physician alignment and recommendations on what to measure to manage performance.

8:00 am–9:00 am

8:00 am–9:00 am

Recruitment and Staff Productivity Amidst Post-COVID Labor Shortage

Faculty:

Alfonso del Granado, MBA, FACHE, CASC

John Elffers

Robin Glawson, SHRM-CP

AEU Content Area:

Human Resources

How do you recruit, engage and retain top talent without breaking the bank? The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the onset of the labor crisis that had already been looming over healthcare for years. ASCs, which have always been at a financial disadvantage compared to larger health organizations, are now more challenged than ever to compete for top talent. This panel discussion will focus on strategies for finding, attracting and selecting “right-fit” candidates, as well as ways to keep employees engaged, happy and productive. Competitive wages, creative total rewards packages and an attractive work-life balance may bring them through the door; however, a strong culture of servant leadership coupled with growth and empowerment opportunities may be the keys to drive employee engagement and retention.

9:10 am–10:10 am

9:10 am–10:10 am

ASC Syndication

Faculty:

Danielle Elizabeth Golino, JD

AEU Content Area:

Regulatory and Legal Issues

Discuss syndicating a de novo ASC in compliance with the federal anti-kickback statute, securities laws and other applicable laws. Examine factors such as:

  • Selecting the investor group, allocating equity interests among investors and determining purchase price
  • Key structural issues, including direct investment, holding company investors and co-investing with group practices and PPMs
  • Creating and maintaining a healthy ASC with appropriate governing documents, including 1/3 test compliance and noncompete covenants
  • Obtaining regulatory approvals, payor contracting and certificate of needs, and incorporating appropriate unwind provisions
  • Different ASC ownership structures utilized by PPMs and ASC management companies

9:10 am–10:10 am

9:10 am–10:10 am

The Accelerating Migration of Spine Procedures to ASCs

Faculty:

Janet Carlson, MSN, BSN, RN, NE-BC, FACHE

AEU Content Area:

Delivery of Patient Care

With CMS removing six spine procedures from its inpatient only list in 2020, the stage has been set to begin to migrate higher acuity spinal surgeries to the safer, more cost-effective and operationally lean ASC setting. This session will discuss the patient and surgeon experience of spine surgery in the ASC setting and the medical device advancements that help make them possible.

9:10 am–10:10 am

9:10 am–10:10 am

Building a Culture of Excellence in Your ASC

Faculty:

Todd Currier, CPA, CASC

AEU Content Area:

Quality Management

Get proven strategies and practical advice on creating a culture of excellence in your ASC that permeates every area of your operations. Find out how to ensure clinical quality by working with your team to define quality and develop competencies. In your business office, find out why reviewing successful strategies and empowering staff to seek out cost-saving strategies is essential. Learn how to promote a culture of safety in every part of your facility with protocols that everyone follows and how to inspire excellence in your workforce by defining work/life balances, planning for education and in-service, and fostering a greater sense of belonging for every member of your team.

9:10 am–10:10 am

9:10 am–10:10 am

Protect, Prevent, Prevail: A Proactive Approach to Cybersecurity in ASCs

Faculty:

Paul Alcock, DIT, CISSP, CCSP, CCISO, CISM, GCIH

AEU Content Area:

Regulatory and Legal Issues

Individual ASCs must recognize not only the vital role they play in maintaining industry-wide resilience, but also their need to use robust tools and tactics to better safeguard sensitive data, protect patient privacy and maintain uninterrupted operations. Through interactive discussions, practical insights and the sharing of real-world examples, this presentation will explore the importance of taking a proactive approach to cybersecurity and empowering ASCs to prevent potential breaches and, ultimately, prevail against cyber threats. Among the topics that will be covered: understanding the evolving cybersecurity landscape; identifying vulnerabilities and assessing risk factors; proactive measures for securing ASC networks, data and connected devices; best practices for training staff and fostering a culture of cybersecurity; and incident response and recovery strategies in the event of a cyberattack.

9:10 am–10:10 am

9:10 am–10:10 am

Transitioning from Clinical/Business Leader to Administrator

Faculty:

LaTasha Cherry, MSN, RN

Jennifer Hodge

Garret Hilgendorf, MBA

AEU Content Area:

Human Resources

Join this panel of ASC leaders for a discussion of how to build on your experience managing either clinical care or business operations in your surgery center and acquire the additional skill set you need to move into an ASC administrator role where you will manage both areas. Find out how to identify what you need to know, where to get the education you need, when to rely on others and what tools and resources are available to help both at first and down the line.

11:00 am–12:30 pm

11:00 am–12:30 pm

General Session

General Session Description

12:30 pm–1:30 pm

12:30 pm–1:30 pm

Lunch and Learns


Lunch and Learns: Various Topics

Faculty:

TBA

Focus groups do not provide continuing education credits.

12:30 pm–2:30 pm

12:30 pm–2:30 pm

Exhibit Hall Luncheon

Join your fellow attendees in the exhibit hall for inspired lunch.

2:20 pm–3:35 pm

2:20 pm–3:35 pm

HR Highlights for The Healthcare Provider

Faculty:

Salvatore Puccio, JD

AEU Content Area:

Human Resources

From hiring to firing a staff member, and all the issues in between, being diligent in your attention to best human resources management can be an asset to your facility. Join us for an interactive discussion on hot HR topics facing your ASC and learn some best practices along the way.

2:20 pm–3:35 pm

2:20 pm–3:35 pm

Common Life Safety Code & Physical Environment Deficiencies in ASCs

Faculty:

Ruben Garcia, CHFM, CHC, CFPS, CFI-I, FDAI, CLSS-HC, NICET

AEU Content Area:

Regulatory and Legal Issues

This healthcare facility manager and Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care surveyor will shine a light on common Life Safety Code and physical environment deficiencies so your ASC can avoid these 'low hanging fruit' survey findings. Discuss the importance of and rationale behind these requirements and how to prevent deficiencies before they happen or correct them if they do.

2:20 pm–3:35 pm

2:20 pm–3:35 pm

KPIs: Managing Your Top Revenue Cycle Metric

Faculty:

Jessica Thurston

Bill Slife

AEU Content Area:

Financial

Unlock the potential of your ASC by mastering key performance indicators (KPIs) that drive operational efficiency and financial success. This session explores the transformative power of strategic KPIs in the ASC setting to demonstrate how to leverage innovative industry trends to achieve outstanding results.

Discover invaluable insights and actionable strategies, including:

  • identifying growth opportunities within the ASC setting
  • harnessing ASC-specific KPIs for enhanced outcomes, expansion and profitability
  • discussing real-world case studies showcasing a successful ASC's financial journey with tailored KPIs

Don't miss this opportunity to gain essential insights, actionable strategies and real-world examples that will empower you to elevate your ASC to new heights.

2:20 pm–3:35 pm

2:20 pm–3:35 pm

Developing a Robust QAPI Program

Faculty:

Tina J. DiMarino, DNP, RN, CNOR, CASC

AEU Content Area:

Quality Management

Discuss the CMS requirements for a Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) program and the components necessary to ensure compliance with the Conditions for Coverage and Accreditation. The session will describe strategies for data collection, benchmarking and making the QAPI program robust, as well as discuss ideas for and the steps necessary to perform a focus study.

2:20 pm–3:35 pm

2:20 pm–3:35 pm

Effective Advocacy: Getting Involved to Make a Difference for the Surgery Center Community

Faculty:

Maia Kunkel

Stephen Abresch

Kara Newbury, JD

AEU Content Area:

Regulatory and Legal Issues

Hear from the ASCA Government Affairs team on strategies for leveraging your expertise to push forward ASC advocacy. From hosting a facility tour to visiting a member of Congress in Washington, DC, you and your staff can make a difference on issues that matter to ASCs everywhere. Join this interactive panel discussion to hear the latest on significant state and national policy issues, learn how to connect with your local and state surgery center networks and find out what resources ASCA can provide to help you be an effective ASC advocate.

3:35 pm–3:45 pm

3:35 pm–3:45 pm

Afternoon Break

General Session Description

3:45 pm–5:00 pm

3:45 pm–5:00 pm

Unleash the Power of Data to Transform Your ASC

Faculty:

Will Evans, MA

AEU Content Area:

Financial

This session will focus on best practices for implementing a data-driven decision-making process. Learn how to uncover insights from an ASC's data, consider ways to use benchmarking and discuss high-leverage KPIs for an ASC.

3:45 pm–5:00 pm

3:45 pm–5:00 pm

Maximize Profitability by Enhancing Cash Flow and Your Revenue Stream

Faculty:

Rebecca Geise

AEU Content Area:

Financial

Review business office best practices, from front end, scheduling and registration to back end, collections and bad debt management, that can help improve your cash flow. Then, discuss best practices for your most valuable resource, the people who work in your ASC, and learn how culture can determine your success.

3:45 pm–5:00 pm

3:45 pm–5:00 pm

Finance Basics for Clinicians

Faculty:

Rena M. Courtay, MBA, BSN, RN, CNOR, CASC, CPPM

AEU Content Area:

Financial

In this session, we will review how to interpret your income statement, determine the effect of labor cost on center profitability, provide an understanding supply spend, examine how to analyze this bucket and discuss ways to improve your operating margin. We will go over what makes up other operating expenses and share tips on how to improve some of these line items. We will review the general ledger and how to use this as a tool for your financial analysis. Balance sheets and cash flow statements will be covered as well as how to differentiate taxable income and distributions. Finally, we will discuss how to evaluate a capital purchase and determine a return on investment.

3:45 pm–5:00 pm

3:45 pm–5:00 pm

Credentialing: Who, What, Why and When?

Faculty:

Nyleen Flores, CPMSM, CPCS

AEU Content Area:

Human Resources

Credentialing is the foundation and beginning of patient care and is an integral part of your quality program. Take a deep dive into who gets credentialed, why credentialing is important and what this means for the quality program in your ASC.

3:45 pm–5:00 pm

3:45 pm–5:00 pm

A Q&A Forum for ASC Leaders

Faculty:

Arnaldo Valedon, MD, MBA, FASA, SAMBA-F

Raghu Reddy, MBA, BS, CMR

Ruben Garcia, CHFM, CHC, CFPS, CFI-I, FDAI, CLSS-HC, NICET

AEU Content Area:

Regulatory and Legal Issues

ASC leaders are encouraged to attend this live panel discussion where the panelists will answer ASC-related questions from the audience. This session is a great opportunity to draw on the panelists’ expertise and get practical answers to your questions and solutions to the challenges faced by your ASC. This session aims to be discussion-driven and also allows the audience to share best practices in person with their peers. After the live session, the panelists will also be available to answer in-depth questions.

5:00 pm–7:00 pm

5:00 pm–7:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Happy Hour
Sponsored by Surgical Notes

Join us in the expo hall for light libations and hors d'oeuvres.


Friday, April 19

6:15 am–7:30 am

6:15 am–7:30 am

Wellness Morning


Get up and get moving! Regular athletes and first-timers alike are welcome to join us for the ASCA HIIT training workout or a yoga program. Either way, this is a great way to start your Friday feeling limber.

This event is sponsored by United Surgical Partners

Location: Upper Concourse

6:15 am–6:30 am – Registration/Check In
6:30 am–7:15 am – HIIT Training Workout/Yoga
7:15 am–7:30 am – Wellness Breakfast Bites

7:45 am–8:45 am

7:45 am–8:45 am

Attendee Breakfast

Join your fellow attendees for a hearty breakfast including pastries, coffee, juices and eggs.

8:45 am–10:15 am

8:45 am–10:15 am

Federal Regulatory and Legislative Update

Faculty:

Kara Newbury, JD

AEU Content Area:

Regulatory and Legal Issues

Get the latest information regarding federal regulatory and legislative activity that could have an impact on your ASC and its operations. Focus will be on Medicare payment policy, quality reporting requirements, surveys and certification developments. The presentation will also include information on discussions taking place on Capitol Hill regarding price transparency, site neutral payments and cost reporting.

8:45 am–10:15 am

8:45 am–10:15 am

Use Financial Projections and Rolling Budgets to Educate Your Stakeholders

Faculty:

John J. Goehle, MBA, CPA, CASC

AEU Content Area:

Financial

Overcome the constraints imposed by a standard financial budget and help your ASC’s various stakeholders understand the current financial state of your ASC by developing rolling budgets and financial projections that capture the dynamic nature of your business. Participants will discuss how to create financial projections and rolling budgets and review methods for presenting that information to stakeholders.

8:45 am–10:15 am

8:45 am–10:15 am

Anatomy of a Deposition

Faculty:

William Miller, ESQ

Debra L. Stinchcomb, MBA, BSN, RN, CASC

AEU Content Area:

Regulatory and Legal Issues

Imagine you have been asked to give a deposition about a situation that occurred at your ASC. How prepared are you? What is the opposing attorney allowed to ask you? What information should you give? Are you able to voice opinions? What if a medical record does not have appropriate documentation? What do you say when the standard of care has not been met? Learn the ins and outs of giving testimony under oath during this important phase of any lawsuit. Review real-world situations and observe a mock deposition demonstration. Walk away with solutions to prepare you for a successful deposition experience.

8:45 am–10:15 am

8:45 am–10:15 am

Manage Human Resources Like a Pro

Faculty:

Casey Duhart, JD

AEU Content Area:

Human Resources

Get the foundation for to apply current employment law principles properly in your facility, then learn how to spot common pitfalls and master the skills and techniques you need to avoid them or respond effectively when they happen. Participants will walk through Title VII, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), retaliation, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), investigations and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

8:45 am–10:15 am

8:45 am–10:15 am

Roundtable Discussion: Focus Studies

Faculty:

Ashley Archer, RN, BSN, CNOR

Paige Proffitt, RN, BSN, CASC

AEU Content Area:

Quality Management

This interactive course will concentrate on developing and implementing a quality-driven focus study. We plan to cover different accrediting bodies' requirements, providing samples and workstations tailored to various centers’ needs. Measurable process improvement will be a top focus as well as utilizing open dialogue and in-depth Q & A. To assist with this training, we will be reviewing the AAAHC 2021-22 Bernard A. Kershner Surgical/Procedural Care Winner's study by The Knoxville Ophthalmology ASC, LLC titled “Prevention of Endophthalmitis.” Participants will walk away with a better understanding of how to work through each step of a focus study within their surgery center.

Please Note: Seating is limited to the first 100 attendees.

10:15 am–11:40 am

10:15 am–11:40 am

Exhibit Hall Morning Break

Join us in the exhibit hall for your last chance to visit with the exhibitors. Morning break will include coffee, teas and sodas.

11:40 am–12:40 pm

11:40 am–12:40 pm

Employ Best Practices and Avoid Common Pitfalls in ASC Security

Faculty:

Lawrence Tan, ESQ, NRP, CHEP, BCMP

AEU Content Area:

Regulatory and Legal Issues

A security vulnerability assessment that looks at security issues involving regulatory, legal and safety concerns can help identify potential gaps that can be easily resolved. Inappropriate solutions, however, could create unintended issues and raise additional questions and even legal jeopardy. Examine some common ASC security practices and discuss potential issues from a practical and legal perspective. Case studies that highlight a variety of situations ASC managers could face will be considered.

11:40 am–12:40 pm

11:40 am–12:40 pm

Total Joint Replacements in the ASC

Faculty:

Max Adcock, MBA MSN

AEU Content Area:

Delivery of Patient Care

Learn how to build a successful total joint arthroplasty program at your surgery center. Discuss the overall landscape of total joint arthroplasties in ASCs and review the keys to building a successful program that includes total knees, total hips and the introduction of a robot. Discover strategies for the management of capital purchases, staff education, sterile processing and payer reimbursements. Gain knowledge on how to develop a confident, cohesive perioperative team. Finally, identify innovative, postop pain management strategies that help ensure successful patient outcomes.

11:40 am–12:40 pm

11:40 am–12:40 pm

Promoting Mental Health and Wellness for Staff in Your ASC

Faculty:

Joy Himmel, Psy.D, LPC, NCC, RN

AEU Content Area:

Human Resources

This dynamic, interactive session will address the unique mental health challenges healthcare professionals face and empower participants with a deeper understanding of mental health issues related to the workplace. Learn ways to equip staff with practical strategies for self-care and stress management and how to foster a supportive work environment that encourages open communication.

11:40 am–12:40 pm

11:40 am–12:40 pm

Getting Buy-In to Your ASC’s Strategic Plan

Faculty:

Debbie Gentry, RN

AEU Content Area:

Regulatory and Legal Issues

Create a meaningful, realistic and aspirational strategic plan that your governing board and other ASC leaders will support by building on the insights and experience this veteran ASC administrator will provide. Consider what should go into the plan, how to set realistic expectations and how to collect and incorporate the insights of all who will be affected and involved in attaining the goals and objectives the plan contains.

11:40 am–12:40 pm

11:40 am–12:40 pm

Roundtable Discussion: Root Cause Analysis

Faculty:

Sandra J. Jones, MBA, MSM, CPHRM, CHCQM, FHFMA, CASC

AEU Content Area:

Quality Management

If an adverse event occurred today, would you know how to properly conduct an investigation, facilitate open communications, and develop an action plan? The time to make sure you're prepared to respond to an adverse event isn't after it's already occurred – it is now. During this interactive roundtable session you will review case studies to investigate an event, communicate with staff, physicians, your insurance carrier and develop an action plan to prevent recurrence and improve patient safety.

Please Note: Seating is limited to the first 100 attendees.

12:40 pm–2:00 pm

12:40 pm–2:00 pm

ASC Celebration Luncheon

Join us in the exhibit hall for your last chance to visit with the exhibitors. Morning break will include coffee, teas and sodas.

2:10 pm–3:25 pm

2:10 pm–3:25 pm

Best Practices for Achieving Safe, High-Quality Care

Faculty:

Becky Ziegler-Otis, MHA, RHIA, CPHQ, CHC, CASC

Andy Poole, FACHE, MSHA, MSPT

AEU Content Area:

Quality Management

As leaders of our organizations, we are responsible for fostering a safe environment for our patients and healthcare team. The ASC community is experiencing a rise in case volume and migration of increasingly complex surgeries, all while facing the growing challenges of supply and staffing shortages, training new staff and providers, integrating emerging technologies and ever-increasing costs impacting financial viability. While navigating these and other challenges, ASCs must remain committed to developing, maintaining and improving their culture of safety and the practices and policies supporting these efforts. This session will focus on a variety of best-practice strategies and evidence-based approaches that can be implemented to support the provision of safe, high-quality care.

2:10 pm–3:25 pm

2:10 pm–3:25 pm

The Importance of Understanding the CMS Reimbursement System for ASCs

Faculty:

Cristina Bentin, CMA, CPPM, CCS-P, COC

AEU Content Area:

Financial

When it comes to ensuring the financial health of your ASC, it is important to first understand the CMS ASC reimbursement methodology. Whether new to the ASC industry or seeking clarification of your understanding of the ASC payment methodology, this fast-paced presentation reviews the CMS ASC payment system beginning with a comparison of the ASC payment rates with the HOPD payment system, the need for transparency amongst all healthcare systems, and the advocacy for the migration of cases from the HOPD to the ASC. Discussions will also include a review of the CMS ASC Covered Procedures List (ASC-CPL) and resources, payment rates, pertinent addendums and claims processing directives.

2:10 pm–3:25 pm

2:10 pm–3:25 pm

Improving Your Bottom Line? Anesthesia Models Are the Answer

Faculty:

Gregory Collins, DNP, CRNA

AEU Content Area:

Regulatory and Legal Issues

This session is designed to help stakeholders understand which anesthesia staffing models are the most efficient by examining and identifying opportunities to implement Efficiency-driven Anesthesia Modeling (EDAM) using data supported by a healthcare policy analysis framework. Explore suggested changes in anesthesia staffing models that limit service duplication, increase care access and reduce costs. Review evidence demonstrating the cost-effectiveness and safety of CRNA anesthesia-driven anesthesia care models. Finally, discuss strategies to assist centers in navigating federal and state regulatory requirements, bylaws and policies, and the business case for implementing the EDAM.

2:10 pm–3:25 pm

2:10 pm–3:25 pm

Managing the Business of an ASC: How to Grow EBITDA and Increase Profitability

Faculty:

Terry A. Bohlke, MSHA, CPA, CMA, CASC

AEU Content Area:

Financial

We will explore advanced methods to supercharge your operations and boost earnings without compromising quality and patient safety. Discuss how to get more cash from your revenue cycle and gain fresh ideas for recruiting new physicians and additional cases from existing physicians. Learn about a new way to monitor productivity that will change the way you think about staffing, hiring and leadership. Examine the key components of your income statement and how to improve them. This session will be presented in a participative format to ensure your individual questions are answered and ideas shared.

2:10 pm–3:25 pm

2:10 pm–3:25 pm

Roundtable Discussion: Understanding How Your ICRA Affects Your Infection Control Plan

Faculty:

Laurie T. Roderiques, BSN, RN, CNOR, LNC, CAIP, CASC

AEU Content Area:

Regulatory and Legal Issues

IPCH Content Area:

Surveillance, Data Collection and Analysis

Because ASCs conduct an Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) by identifying and reviewing potential risk factors related to the care, treatment and services they provide and to the environment of care in their own facility, these risks vary significantly depending on the ASC. Participate in this interactive roundtable session to learn how to design an effective ICRA for your own facility and determine how to use the results to decide where to focus your infection surveillance, prevention and control efforts. You will also begin to identify and prioritize the risks of greatest importance in your facility and establish goals for reducing the risk of infection associated with each. Risk factors, potential impacts and the probability of an occurrence will be explored.

Please Note: Seating is limited to the first 100 attendees.

3:25 pm–3:45 pm

3:25 pm–3:45 pm

Afternoon Break

Faculty:

Gina Throneberry, MBA, RN, CNOR, CASC

AEU Content Area:

Quality Management

During this break, enjoy some light snacks and drinks to keep you going for the rest of the afternoon.

3:45 pm–5:00 pm

3:45 pm–5:00 pm

Staying Relevant, Preparing for the Future after 10 Years in Business

Faculty:

Michael Patterson, MSN, RN, FACHE

AEU Content Area:

Financial

Explore ways your ASC can continue to innovate, grow and sustain a culture of success after a decade of operation. Consider how to stay relevant during difficult times and how your facility can continue to grow after its original owners/developers have retired or shifted their presence. Take a close look at strategies you can consider as you develop long-term deliverables. The ability to create value and market presence over the long term will be explored.

3:45 pm–5:00 pm

3:45 pm–5:00 pm

Recruitment, Retention and Contracting Strategies for Getting Anesthesia Services in Your ASC

Faculty:

Katherine Grichnik, MD, MS, FASE

Lindsay Lowder

AEU Content Area:

Delivery of Patient Care

Anesthesia providers have become a scarce and, sometimes, limiting resource for surgical care in the US. The current landscape for bringing anesthesia providers into clinical care can result in sudden case cancellations, challenges in scheduling and disruptions in the ability to provide the perioperative care desired. Learn how this situation developed and why it continues. Then, discuss proactive risk assessment practices related to inadequate anesthesia services and an array of solutions, including recruitment, retention and contracting tactics your ASC can deploy.

3:45 pm–5:00 pm

3:45 pm–5:00 pm

Are You Ready for Your Next Survey?

Faculty:

Mary K. Ryan, MBA, BSN, RN, CAIP, CASC

AEU Content Area:

Regulatory and Legal Issues

Some insight, proper preparation and survey prep tips can help you approach your next survey with confidence, knowing that your center is in compliance and you are prepared for whatever questions your surveyor might ask. This session will look at how state, Medicare and accreditation surveys vary and what you can expect during each. Then, you will get some helpful hints on how to achieve and maintain survey readiness every day. Last, the session will focus on recent survey citations and how you can prevent them from happening to you and your ASC.

3:45 pm–5:00 pm

3:45 pm–5:00 pm

The Dynamics of a Medical Director and ASC Leadership

Faculty:

David M. Shapiro, MD, CHC, CHCQM, CHPRM, LHRM

Dan Stannard, BSN, RN, CASC

AEU Content Area:

Human Resources

A medical director can impact a facility in a variety of ways. In many cases, they serve as an important asset but, in the worst instances, can impose a significant liability to the facility. This session will examine the role of the medical director in an ASC, focusing on issues such as setting expectations and establishing lines of authority to optimize the effectiveness of the individual serving in that capacity. The in-depth discussion will cover all aspects of the role the medical director plays in an ASC, focusing on the relationships between the other members of the staff and management team, and especially with the facility administrator.

3:45 pm–5:00 pm

3:45 pm–5:00 pm

Roundtable Discussion: Specialty Networking

Faculty:

N/A

AEU Content Area:

Delivery of Patient Care

Join this roundtable discussion to meet other ASC managers and staff who provide care in the same specialty areas as your ASC. Discuss the common challenges you face and share ideas and strategies for overcoming these hurdles to your success. This special working/networking session was developed in response to suggestions from past meeting attendees and offers a chance to build long-term relationships that can help you immediately and in the future. Your ASC might be unique, but as part of the ASC community, you are not alone.

Please Note: Seating is limited to the first 100 attendees.

6:00 pm–9:00 pm

6:00 pm–9:00 pm

Social Event

Network with industry leaders while having some FUN in the SUN! Enjoy Live Music, tasty treats, and frozen beverages!


Saturday, April 20

7:30 am–8:30 am

7:30 am–8:30 am

Attendee Breakfast

Start the last day of the conference off with a hot breakfast and cup of joe!

8:30 am–9:45 am

8:30 am–9:45 am

Build a Wholistic Infection Prevention Program

Faculty:

Deborah L. Mack, BSN, RN, CAIP

AEU Content Area:

Delivery of Patient Care

IPCH Content Area:

Infection Prevention Program Development, Implementation and Maintenance

CMS requires ASCs to have "a licensed health care professional qualified through training in infection control and designated to direct the ASC's infection control program." What CMS doesn’t tell you is how to pick the right person for the job and define their responsibilities. This session will highlight key components of an ASC infection prevention (IP) program that are the responsibility of the infection preventionist. It will review the basics of an Infection Control Risk Assessment and how to incorporate the survey findings into your ASC’s IP plan. Participants will learn how to fully integrate infection control data into a multi-disciplinary approach to an effective Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement program.

8:30 am–9:45 am

8:30 am–9:45 am

DEA Compliance & Opioid Management in Your ASC

Faculty:

Dennis Wichern, MBA

AEU Content Area:

Regulatory and Legal Issues

Protect your ASC from negative government interactions and possible fines with this review of current Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) licensing and registration requirements and best practices for opioid management inside your facility. Learn about the DEA’s current areas of focus, where to find ASC/provider resources, recordkeeping and security requirements and commonly abused drugs, including heroin and fentanyl. Get updates on the Medication Assisted Treatment Act, learn to identify common red flags and discuss case studies and safeguards you can put in place in your ASC. Participate in the Q & A portion of the program to raise your ASC’s specific concerns.

8:30 am–9:45 am

8:30 am–9:45 am

Adult Outpatient Anesthesia: Recent Guidelines and Possible Impacts on Patient Care

Faculty:

Girish P. Joshi, MBBS, MD, FFARCSI

AEU Content Area:

Delivery of Patient Care

Join this session to gain insight into the management of clinical dilemmas. We will critically review recently published guidelines that might impact clinical practice. Participants will leave ready to incorporate the latest information from evidence-based guidelines into their practices so that they can improve the quality and safety of their perioperative care.

9:45 am–10:00 am

9:45 am–10:00 am

Morning Break

Start the last day of the conference off with a hot breakfast and cup of joe!

10:00 am–11:00 am

10:00 am–11:00 am

Managing Hazardous Pharmaceuticals Inside Your Surgery Center

Faculty:

Monica Livingston

AEU Content Area:

Regulatory and Legal Issues

Review the differences between hazardous drugs, as defined by the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH), and hazardous pharmaceutical waste, based on US Environmental Protection Agency regulations. Then, looking at handling and disposal, walk through the major components of conducting a NIOSH Assessment of Risk for the most common hazardous drugs used in surgery centers and explore ways to save money by limiting the amount of hazardous pharmaceutical waste your ASC generates.

10:00 am–11:00 am

10:00 am–11:00 am

Tips and Tricks to Supply Chain Management

Faculty:

Robert Mayhew, MBA, CMRP

AEU Content Area:

Financial

Join this session for a deep dive into supply chain management as it relates to the ASC setting. The session will discuss best practices and strategies for several areas of the supply chain—such as contracting, purchasing and data management—and provide practical tips on how to implement these best practices and strategies to save money, improve workflow and, ultimately, support patient care.

10:00 am–11:00 am

10:00 am–11:00 am

Managing Diverse Personalities and Difficult Agendas with Your ASC’s Governing Board

Faculty:

John J. Goehle, MBA, CPA, CASC

Raghu Reddy, MBA, BS, CMR

AEU Content Area:

Regulatory and Legal Issues

A governing board that includes strong personalities with differing opinions and conflicting agendas for your facility can hamstring your ASC’s ability to succeed. Take a deep dive into proven strategies for analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of the individual members of your board and using that knowledge to avoid predictable pitfalls and conflicts. Tools for improving your working relationships with your board members and enhancing your ability to take your center down the path you envision for it will also be provided.

11:00 am–11:59 am

11:00 am–11:59 am

ASCA 2024 Meeting Adjorns

Start the last day of the conference off with a hot breakfast and cup of joe!

 


AEU Content Areas

Please Note: All times are ET.

Thursday, April 18

Time Title AEU Content Area
8:00 am–9:00 am
CMS Quality Reporting for ASCs
Quality Management

8:00 am–9:00 am

CMS Quality Reporting for ASCs

AEU Content Area: Quality Management

8:00 am–9:00 am
Attacking Your Aging: Strategy for Drilling Down into Your Aging Accounts While Leveraging Technology
Financial

8:00 am–9:00 am

Attacking Your Aging: Strategy for Drilling Down into Your Aging Accounts While Leveraging Technology

AEU Content Area: Financial

8:00 am–9:00 am
Managing Your ASC's Managed Care Contracting
Financial

8:00 am–9:00 am

Managing Your ASC's Managed Care Contracting

AEU Content Area: Financial

8:00 am–9:00 am
Cardiovascular Surgery in ASCs
Delivery of Patient Care

8:00 am–9:00 am

Cardiovascular Surgery in ASCs

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

8:00 am–9:00 am
Recruitment and Staff Productivity Amidst Post-COVID Labor Shortage
Human Resources

8:00 am–9:00 am

Recruitment and Staff Productivity Amidst Post-COVID Labor Shortage

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

9:10 am–10:10 am
ASC Syndication
Regulatory and Legal Issues

9:10 am–10:10 am

ASC Syndication

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

9:10 am–10:10 am
The Accelerating Migration of Spine Procedures to ASCs
Delivery of Patient Care

9:10 am–10:10 am

The Accelerating Migration of Spine Procedures to ASCs

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

9:10 am–10:10 am
Building a Culture of Excellence in Your ASC
Quality Management

9:10 am–10:10 am

Building a Culture of Excellence in Your ASC

AEU Content Area: Quality Management

9:10 am–10:10 am
Protect, Prevent, Prevail: A Proactive Approach to Cybersecurity in ASCs
Regulatory and Legal Issues

9:10 am–10:10 am

Protect, Prevent, Prevail: A Proactive Approach to Cybersecurity in ASCs

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

9:10 am–10:10 am
Transitioning from Clinical/Business Leader to Administrator
Human Resources

9:10 am–10:10 am

Transitioning from Clinical/Business Leader to Administrator

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

2:20 pm–3:35 pm
HR Highlights for The Healthcare Provider
Human Resources

2:20 pm–3:35 pm

HR Highlights for The Healthcare Provider

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

2:20 pm–3:35 pm
Common Life Safety Code & Physical Environment Deficiencies in ASCs
Regulatory and Legal Issues

2:20 pm–3:35 pm

Common Life Safety Code & Physical Environment Deficiencies in ASCs

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

2:20 pm–3:35 pm
KPIs: Managing Your Top Revenue Cycle Metrics
Financial

2:20 pm–3:35 pm

KPIs: Managing Your Top Revenue Cycle Metrics

AEU Content Area: Financial

2:20 pm–3:35 pm
Developing a Robust QAPI Program
Quality Management

2:20 pm–3:35 pm

Developing a Robust QAPI Program

AEU Content Area: Quality Management

2:20 pm–3:35 pm
Effective Advocacy: Getting Involved to Make a Difference for the Surgery Center Community
Regulatory and Legal Issues

2:20 pm–3:35 pm

Effective Advocacy: Getting Involved to Make a Difference for the Surgery Center Community

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

3:45 pm–5:00 pm
Unleash the Power of Data to Transform Your ASC
Financial

3:45 pm–5:00 pm

Unleash the Power of Data to Transform Your ASC

AEU Content Area: Financial

3:45 pm–5:00 pm
Maximize Profitability by Enhancing Cash Flow and Your Revenue Stream
Financial

3:45 pm–5:00 pm

Maximize Profitability by Enhancing Cash Flow and Your Revenue Stream

AEU Content Area: Financial

3:45 pm–5:00 pm
Finance Basics for Clinicians
Financial

3:45 pm–5:00 pm

Finance Basics for Clinicians

AEU Content Area: Financial

3:45 pm–5:00 pm
Credentialing: Who, What, Why and When?
Human Resources

3:45 pm–5:00 pm

Credentialing: Who, What, Why and When?

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

3:45 pm–5:00 pm
A Q&A Forum for ASC Leaders
Regulatory and Legal Issues

3:45 pm–5:00 pm

A Q&A Forum for ASC Leaders

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues



Friday, April 19

Time Title AEU Content Area
8:45 am–10:15 am
Federal Regulatory and Legislative Update
Regulatory and Legal Issues

8:45 am–10:15 am

Federal Regulatory and Legislative Update

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

8:45 am–10:15 am
Use Financial Projections and Rolling Budgets to Educate Your Stakeholders
Financial

8:45 am–10:15 am

Use Financial Projections and Rolling Budgets to Educate Your Stakeholders

AEU Content Area: Financial

8:45 am–10:15 am
Anatomy of a Deposition
Regulatory and Legal Issues

8:45 am–10:15 am

Anatomy of a Deposition

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

8:45 am–10:15 am
Manage Human Resources Like a Pro
Human Resources

8:45 am–10:15 am

Manage Human Resources Like a Pro

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

8:45 am–10:15 am
Roundtable Discussion: Focus Studies
Quality Management

8:45 am–10:15 am

Roundtable Discussion: Focus Studies

AEU Content Area: Quality Management

11:40 am–12:40 pm
Employ Best Practices and Avoid Common Pitfalls in ASC Security
Regulatory and Legal Issues

11:40 am–12:40 pm

Employ Best Practices and Avoid Common Pitfalls in ASC Security

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

11:40 am–12:40 pm
Total Joint Replacements in the ASC
Delivery of Patient Care

11:40 am–12:40 pm

Total Joint Replacements in the ASC

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

11:40 am–12:40 pm
Promoting Mental Health and Wellness for Staff in Your ASC
Human Resources

11:40 am–12:40 pm

Promoting Mental Health and Wellness for Staff in Your ASC

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

11:40 am–12:40 pm
Getting Buy-In to Your ASC’s Strategic Plan
Regulatory and Legal Issues

11:40 am–12:40 pm

Getting Buy-In to Your ASC’s Strategic Plan

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

11:40 am–12:40 pm
Roundtable Discussion: Root Cause Analysis
Quality Management

11:40 am–12:40 pm

Roundtable Discussion: Root Cause Analysis

AEU Content Area: Quality Management

2:10 pm–3:25 pm
Best Practices for Achieving Safe, High-Quality Care
Quality Management

2:10 pm–3:25 pm

Best Practices for Achieving Safe, High-Quality Care

AEU Content Area: Quality Management

2:10 pm–3:25 pm
The Importance of Understanding the CMS Reimbursement System for ASCs
Financial

2:10 pm–3:25 pm

The Importance of Understanding the CMS Reimbursement System for ASCs

AEU Content Area: Financial

2:10 pm–3:25 pm
Improving Your Bottom Line? Anesthesia Models Are the Answer
Regulatory and Legal Issues

2:10 pm–3:25 pm

Improving Your Bottom Line? Anesthesia Models Are the Answer

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

2:10 pm–3:25 pm
Managing the Business of an ASC: How to Grow EBITDA and Increase Profitability
Financial

2:10 pm–3:25 pm

Managing the Business of an ASC: How to Grow EBITDA and Increase Profitability

AEU Content Area: Financial

2:10 pm–3:25 pm
Roundtable Discussion: Understanding How Your ICRA Affects Your Infection Control Plan
Regulatory and Legal Issues

2:10 pm–3:25 pm

Roundtable Discussion: Understanding How Your ICRA Affects Your Infection Control Plan

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

3:45 pm–5:00 pm
Staying Relevant, Preparing for the Future after 10 Years in Business
Financial

3:45 pm–5:00 pm

Staying Relevant, Preparing for the Future after 10 Years in Business

AEU Content Area: Financial

3:45 pm–5:00 pm
Recruitment, Retention and Contracting Strategies for Getting Anesthesia Services in Your ASC
Delivery of Patient Care

3:45 pm–5:00 pm

Recruitment, Retention and Contracting Strategies for Getting Anesthesia Services in Your ASC

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

3:45 pm–5:00 pm
Are You Ready for Your Next Survey?
Regulatory and Legal Issues

3:45 pm–5:00 pm

Are You Ready for Your Next Survey?

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

3:45 pm–5:00 pm
The Dynamics of a Medical Director and ASC Leadership
Human Resources

3:45 pm–5:00 pm

The Dynamics of a Medical Director and ASC Leadership

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

3:45 pm–5:00 pm
Roundtable Discussion: Specialty Networking
Delivery of Patient Care

3:45 pm–5:00 pm

Roundtable Discussion: Specialty Networking

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care



Saturday, April 20

Time Title AEU Content Area
8:30 am–9:45 am
Build a Wholistic Infection Prevention Program
Delivery of Patient Care

8:30 am–9:45 am

Build a Wholistic Infection Prevention Program

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

8:30 am–9:45 am
DEA Compliance & Opioid Management in Your ASC
Regulatory and Legal Issues

8:30 am–9:45 am

DEA Compliance & Opioid Management in Your ASC

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

8:30 am–9:45 am
Adult Outpatient Anesthesia: Recent Guidelines and Possible Impacts on Patient Care
Delivery of Patient Care

8:30 am–9:45 am

Adult Outpatient Anesthesia: Recent Guidelines and Possible Impacts on Patient Care

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

10:00 am–11:00 am
Managing Hazardous Pharmaceuticals Inside Your Surgery Center
Regulatory and Legal Issues

10:00 am–11:00 am

Managing Hazardous Pharmaceuticals Inside Your Surgery Center

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

10:00 am–11:00 am
Tips and Tricks to Supply Chain Management
Financial

10:00 am–11:00 am

Tips and Tricks to Supply Chain Management

AEU Content Area: Financial

10:00 am–11:00 am
Managing Diverse Personalities and Difficult Agendas with Your ASC’s Governing Board
Regulatory and Legal Issues

10:00 am–11:00 am

Managing Diverse Personalities and Difficult Agendas with Your ASC’s Governing Board

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues


Speaker List

Please Note: Faculty subject to change without notice

ASCA 2024 Speakers

Stephen Abresch

Max Adcock, MBA MSN

Todd Albertz, CASC

Paul Alcock, DIT, CISSP, CCSP, CCISO, CISM, GCIH

Rob Andrews

Ashley Archer, RN, BSN, CNOR

Erik Bendiks, MD

Cristina Bentin, CMA, CPPM, CCS-P, COC

Terry Bohlke, MSHA, CPA, CMA, CASC

Janet Carlson, MSN, BSN, RN, NE-BC, FACHE

Charles Cha, MD

LaTasha Cherry, MSN, RN

Gregory Collins, DNP, CRNA

Rena Courtay, MBA, BSN, RN, CNOR, CASC, CPPM

Kristina Cruz, CPC, CPRC

Todd Currier, CPA, CASC

Alfonso del Granado, MBA, FACHE, CASC

Joan G. Dentler, MBA

Tina DiMarino, DNP, RN, CNOR, CASC

Casey Duhart, JD

Marie Edler

John Elffers

Eric Evans

Will Evans, MA

Nyleen Flores, BA, CPMSM, CPCS, CPCO

Jocelyn Gaddie

Ruben Garcia, CHFM, CHC, CFPS, CFI-I, FDAI, CLSS-HC, NICET

Rebecca Geise

Debbie Gentry, RN

Robin Glawson, SHRM-CP

John Goehle, MBA, CPA, CASC

Danielle Golino, JD

Katherine Grichnik, MD, MS, FASE

Clint Hailey, JD

Garret Hilgendorf, MBA

Joy Himmel, Psy.D, LPC, NCC, RN

Jennifer Hodge

Sandra Jones, MBA, MSM, CPHRM, CHCQM, FHFMA, CASC

Lorraine Jordan, PhD, CRNA, CAE, FAAN

Girish Joshi, MBBS, MD, FFARCSI

I. Naya Kehayes, MPH

Matt Kilton, MBA, MHA

Maia Kunkel

Nick Latz

Monica Livingston

Lindsay Lowder

Deborah Mack, BSN, RN, CAIP

Robert Mayhew, MBA, CMRP

William Miller, ESQ

Jessica Nelson

Kara Newbury, JD

Michael Patterson, MSN, RN, FACHE

Curtis Penny

Tyler Picciano

Andy Poole, FACHE, MSHA, MSPT

Paige Proffitt, RN, BSN, CASC

Salvatore Puccio, JD

Raghu Reddy, MBA, BS, CMR

Kristen Richards, MBA

Laurie Roderiques, BSN, RN, CNOR, LNC, CAIP, CASC

Mary Ryan, MBA, BSN, RN, CAIP, CASC

David Shapiro, MD, CHC, CHCQM, CHPRM, LHRM

Bill Slife

Jeff Snodgrass

Dan Stannard, BSN, RN, CASC

Debra Stinchcomb, MBA, BSN, RN, CASC

Lawrence Tan, ESQ, NRP, CHEP, BCMP

Gina Throneberry, MBA, RN, CNOR, CASC

Jessica Thurston

Arnaldo Valedon, MD, MBA, FASA, SAMBA-F

Dennis Wichern, MBA

Reid Zeising

Becky Ziegler-Otis, MHA, RHIA, CPHQ, CHC, CASC