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The ASCA 2021 Virtual Conference is the can’t-miss event of the year for the ASC industry!

Can’t attend a session during its scheduled time? We’ve got you covered.
All sessions will be recorded and made available to attendees at the end of the conference.


ASCA 2021 Virtual Conference Schedule

Please Note: All times are ET.

Monday, April 26

11:00 am–12:00 pm

11:00 am–12:000 pm


The demand for software and technology-related solutions in the ASC setting continues to evolve as leaders look for new ways to support operational efficiency. This session will show you how to use a simple process to conduct your own software evaluation and ensure you select a solution that supports your ASC’s goals and objectives. You won’t need the support of an IT team. Learn from the challenges and successes one organization experienced seeking software solutions to manage a variety of programs, including variance reporting, policies and procedures, and survey activity.

AEU Content Area: AEU Content Area: Financial

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Learn about recent national trends and statistics as well as the general clinical, financial and operational aspects of instituting urologic service lines and options regarding capital equipment, devices and disposable supplies. Review in detail the various lines of service that treat both benign and malignant urologic diseases, including basic and advanced lower and upper tract endoscopy, prosthetics, laser for stones and soft tissue, minimally invasive benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) treatments (laser and plasma vaporization [TURP, HOLEP, UroLift, Rezum]), pediatrics, female pelvic health (botox, prolapse, pelvic sling, sacroneuromodulation), urinary tract stones (ESWL, endoscopy with laser lithotripsy, percutaneous stone extraction) and basic genital procedures (penile, scrotal, vaginal).

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

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Partnering your ASC with a hospital can be a symbiotic relationship that provides you with strong managed care leverage, purchasing power, support services and strategic insight into your hospital partner’s vision for the future. Like any relationship, however, a hospital partnership requires nurturing. During this interactive session, we will share experiences (both good and bad) with hospital-ASC partnerships and discuss win-win strategies that can help you get the most from your hospital partner.

AEU Content Area: Financial

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As the landscape of healthcare continues to evolve, there is an opportunity to focus on strategies for physician consolidation and collaboration in the GI market. The roadmap for the future points to creating a vertically integrated GI care delivery organization that brings physicians together in a coordinated and professionally managed framework. Examine the key elements of GI care delivery: professional (physicians), procedural (GI ASCs), pathology and anesthesia, in addition to other ancillary services (infusion, etc.). Discuss strategies that lay the pathway for recruitment, succession planning and retained independence as well as the improved positioning for shifts in reimbursement models.

AEU Content Area: Financial

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12:15 pm–1:15 pm

12:15 pm–1:15 pm


The long-term success of an ASC depends on strong leadership from its governing board. Having a wide range of viewpoints there brings a healthy perspective, but the diversity must be managed carefully to ensure action that supports the overall goals of the ASC. This interactive session will provide insight into the complexity of working with strong personalities and conflicting opinions and provide proven techniques for navigating the challenges successfully.

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

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1:15 pm–1:45 pm

1:15 pm–1:45 pm

Break/Lunch

Take a break and grab some food

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1:45 pm–3:00 pm

1:45 pm–3:00 pm


Learn how to spot suspicious behavior and the signs that drug products have been tampered with or diverted from this consulting pharmacist who has helped ASCs manage these situations for 25 years. His real-life stories of devious drug diversions and clever cover-ups will help you put preventive strategies in place, recognize early warning signs and act quickly if you find drugs are being diverted in your facility.

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

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This session will provide a comprehensive overview of the ophthalmic surgery landscape. New technology and pharmaceuticals recently arriving or available soon will be emphasized. Get insights into the clinical outcomes, as well as the economic impact of, these new devices and medications. Hear a discussion of the economics and practicalities of bringing these devices and pharmaceuticals to an ASC from a clinical perspective presented by a former president of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery who is also an ASCA member and CEO of one of the largest ophthalmic ASCs in the US.

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

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Learn how to introduce and manage a total joint program—from knees and elbows to shoulders, hips and ankles—in the ASC setting. Focus on each step in the process, from initial planning to running a functioning total joint program, and explore additional needs for staff training and equipment. Walk through every stage of care for the total joint patient, from initial scheduling of the procedure through their discharge from the facility. Discuss insurance and payment issues as well as bundled payments for total joint procedures.

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Today’s market has created an ideal opportunity for ASCs to serve the large employer market. Self-funded employers are looking for ways to improve quality outcomes and the member experience while also decreasing the significant cost associated with planned surgeries. Working with self-funded employers can help you increase your surgery volume from outside your local area and put more dollars in your pocket without the hassle of chasing reimbursements. Learn how to assemble bundled pricing and how to get paid for innovative services such as robotics. Discover what makes ASCs most attractive to large employers, discuss ways to make it easy for employers and their employees to work with your facility and learn how to leverage your facility’s strengths for success.

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3:15 pm–4:15 pm

3:15 pm–4:15 pm


HVAC and Infection Prevention in Your ASC ADVANCED INFECTION PREVENTION

In this overview of the HVAC system from an engineer’s perspective, you will get information on HVAC requirements in ASCs based on both state and federal guidelines. An infection preventionist will provide practical information for the facility related to the effects of an HVAC system on surgical site infections and how to monitor temperature, humidity and air pressure correctly. Information related to renovation and construction requirements and the importance of air pressure during a pandemic will also be provided.

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

IPCH Content Area: Surveillance, Data Collection and Analysis

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In today's highly competitive, value-based-driven healthcare environment, physician-hospital joint ventures have become a model that more hospitals and health systems are actively pursuing. Analyze the results from the second year of a national survey of hospital executives that focused exclusively on ASC joint ventures. Discuss preferred equity stake, rules concerning participation by employed physicians, management structure, reasons for hospital affiliation/ownership of ASCs, future joint-venture plans and other topics that were covered in the survey.

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

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Get an overview of vendor contracts, including the clauses to include and exclude before a contract is executed. Learn the ins and outs of credit applications when applying for a line of credit with prospective vendors or manufacturers. Identify which pieces of capital equipment require a preventative maintenance agreement versus time and materials billing for equipment repairs. Gain valuable tips on negotiating successfully with vendors and manufacturer sales representatives.

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ASCs are diligent about tracking post-surgery infections in patients and use a variety of tools and processes to try to understand how and why they occurred. When an infection is uncovered, what steps does the infection preventionist need to take to reduce the risk of it happening again? Get answers to all your questions about how to respond when a patient has an infection after surgery.

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

IPCH Content Area: Surveillance, Data Collection and Analysis

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Monday, May 3

11:00 am–12:00 pm

11:00 am–12:00 pm


Take a deep dive into the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) requirements that apply in your ASC, including registrations, common questions and a focus on managing controlled substances in light of the opioid epidemic. The session will include a discussion on propofol and its possibility of being scheduled, an overview of e-prescribing and other DEA-related updates.

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

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Construction Planning for Your ASC ADVANCED INFECTION PREVENTION

Whether you are building a new surgery center or expanding an existing one, it is important to build enough space and not to over-build. You also need to identify and address many regulatory, accreditation and life safety issues. Walk through the process of renovation and construction, beginning with the components needed to help develop a feasible pro forma. Get insights into securing an architect, selecting a construction firm, your CEO's role in construction, infection prevention measures you need to take and ways to maintain case volume during a renovation project.

AEU Content Area: Financial

IPCH Content Area: Infection Prevention Strategies

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Master the basics of finance in the ambulatory surgery setting during this introductory session. Discuss the fundamentals of accounting and finance, review income statements and balance sheets and learn how to navigate basic financial decision making.

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Whether your ASC is just beginning to introduce spine procedures or already has a high-performing spine program, this session is for you. Find out what an administrator with 14 years of experience running outpatient spine facilities wishes she had known from the beginning. Listen in as she describes the successes and pitfalls of running a spine facility, offers insights into the processes she’s found to be most and least helpful and examines the limitations and future potential of spine procedures in the outpatient setting.

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

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12:15 pm–1:15 pm

12:15 pm–1:15 pm


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Review the Medicare ASC reimbursement and payment logic and discuss the impact this has on commercial payer contract structure and negotiations. Explore the implications that these rules have on surgery migration trends and consider how this affects ways to approach commercial payers in ASC contracting.

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

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Explore advanced topics in ASC finance, including benchmarking, financial projections, break-even analysis and ratio analysis. Get answers to your more challenging financial questions and discuss ways to handle difficult financial situations.

AEU Content Area: Financial

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CMS requires that ASCs have “a licensed healthcare professional qualified through training in infection control and designated to direct the ASC’s infection control program.” Traditionally, the infection prevention designee fulfills more than one role in the facility and so often struggles to define their responsibilities when directed to manage the program. Identify the key components of an ASC infection prevention program that are the responsibility of the infection preventionist. Explore how the role of infection preventionist integrates with a multidisciplinary approach towards a QAPI program.

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

IPCH Content Area: Infection Prevention Program Development, Implementation & Maintenance

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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’s now. Learn how to investigate an event and formulate a root cause analysis; communicate with staff, physicians, your insurance carrier and the patient and their family; and prepare for investigations by state authorities and potential legal proceedings.

AEU Content Area: Quality Management

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1:15 pm–1:45 pm

1:15 pm–1:45 pm

Break/Lunch

Take a quick break to grab lunch returning before educational sessions.

1:45 pm–3:00 pm

1:45 pm–3:00 pm


To protect patients, physicians, nurses and other medical personnel, everyone involved with medical lasers needs to understand how to safely manage each type of device. Get to know what safety standards and policies you need to have in place to minimize the health hazards associated with the use of surgical laser systems in specific situations. Laser safety protocols from the ANSI 136.3 “Safe Use of Lasers in the Healthcare Facilities Standards” and the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses’ Recommended Practices 2020 will be addressed.

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The ASC industry continues to be at the forefront of healthcare transactions and investments. Review current transaction trends, focusing on for-profit, nonprofit, management company and private equity investment. Discuss the fundamentals of fair market value (FMV) and learn what FMV actually means, why it’s required in an ASC transaction and what the compliance benefits of an FMV appraisal entail. Examine the valuation techniques for an ASC and identify relative risks that drive value for all stakeholders. Consider market observations that are shaping the ASC transaction space and gain practical tips to maximize the value of your ASC.

AEU Content Area: Financial

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Every human being is unique. Finding the groove for a positive culture in a workplace full of individuals with distinct needs, dispositions and personalities is a challenge. However, it's not impossible. All it takes is intention, planning, communication, focus and, of course, some fun. Discover ways you can set expectations, gain respect, build trust and ultimately create a positive culture for your team.

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

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Go well beyond spreadsheets in this session, designed for ASC administrators, on operational finance. Take a deep dive into budget creation and management, financial projections, productivity improvement, supply spend analysis and balance sheet reviews. Gain valuable tools and insights you can use to improve your ASC’s financial performance.

AEU Content Area: Financial

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3:15 pm–4:15 pm

3:15 pm–4:15 pm


Join this discussion of current updates and best practices in sterile processing to focus on decontamination, the various methods of sterilization, the advantages and disadvantages of each, safe storage and return to the sterile field. Make sure your ASC has the quality control measures it needs in place to ensure all your instruments are being processed safely and effectively.

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

IPCH Content Area: Instrument/Equipment Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilization

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Opening an ASC to better serve the needs of your surgeons and patients can be an extremely rewarding experience, but designing the facility and becoming fully operational can be challenging and full of unforeseen, and sometimes costly, concerns. From choosing the right architect and engineer to navigating complex regulatory requirements and timelines, find out how to clear some of the most common hurdles and benefit from the lessons learned by others who have successfully completed the process.

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

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Explore what is holding up your ASC claim payments in 2021 and approaches you can take to ensure you are paid correctly, every time. Look at best practices for A/R workflow and denial management and discuss strategic ways to hold the payer accountable to its obligations. Ways to empower your team to achieve best results, whether your ASC is in in-network or out, will be discussed.

AEU Content Area: Financial

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The ASC has historically been an attractive work environment for physicians, nurses and other members of the healthcare team searching for that perfect place to serve patients while also enjoying a healthy work-life balance. However, an evolving set of regulations, paperwork and work pace has threatened that equilibrium, creating a challenge for ASC leaders. Research says that the higher the professional satisfaction, the better the quality of patient care provided. Employer-employee relationships, engagement and autonomy are linked to professional satisfaction. Explore strategies that ASC leaders can use to increase engagement and satisfaction of employees and physicians, and ultimately improve the overall patient experience as well as the quality of care delivered at their center.

AEU Content Area: Quality Management

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Monday, May 10

11:00 am–12:00 pm

11:00 am–12:00 pm


If something happened to you tomorrow, would someone be able to step in and immediately take over, creating a seamless transition? If you're planning to retire soon, are you ready to hire, promote or train someone who can take over your position without missing a beat? You hold critical knowledge about the culture of your workplace, but it will be lost if you don’t pass it on to someone else first. This session will examine several scenarios to help the transition, whether the departure is planned or unexpected.

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

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Whether you’re looking to add a new specialty, replace a retiring physician or simply maximize your ASC’s operations, recruiting new, non-investor physicians can be a challenge. This session will offer suggestions, strategies, and tips to help you successfully fill unused block time in your facility and recruit new physicians for current and future success.

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Basic overhead costs for services such as telecom, waste removal, utilities, bank fees and maintenance services are unavoidable, but money can quickly slip through the cracks without careful attention to these areas. Learn how to find and eliminate costly overcharges, above-market rates, redundant services and price increases concealed in your service agreements and invoices.

AEU Content Area: Financial

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Whether your ASC is just beginning to introduce spine procedures or already has a high-performing spine program, this session is for you. Find out what an administrator with 14 years of experience running outpatient spine facilities wishes she had known from the beginning. Listen in as she describes the successes and pitfalls of running a spine facility, offers insights into the processes she’s found to be most and least helpful and examines the limitations and future potential of spine procedures in the outpatient setting.

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

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12:15 pm–1:15 pm

12:15 pm–1:15 pm


Discuss real-life examples of success in the ASC that will help drive your team’s efficiency, your surgeons’ productivity and your ASC’s profitability—all while maintaining a positive culture and happily engaged staff. Examine what makes an ASC a great place to work and identify methods that will maximize your team’s efficiency without compromising patient care. Explore how to enhance your facility’s operations, better organize materials and improve overall ASC profitability while continuing to provide high-quality care.

AEU Content Area: Financial

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Learn how to create an effective and comprehensive peer review program and how to implement a peer review process that will meet all the goals of this important part of your center's quality assurance and performance improvement program. Gain an understanding of the many legal implications involved in the peer review process and review best practices involving your ASC’s governing body and certification/accreditation requirements. Leave with tips and tools for dealing with deficiencies and implementing corrective actions that will enhance the patient experience at your center.

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It is no secret that the success of an ASC depends on the skill set of the team that works there. The administrator, nurses, surgical techs, material's coordinator and others all need to be knowledgeable and working in sync for the ASC to succeed. I will share my tips, interview questions and interview techniques that have made a world of difference in selecting ideal candidates and helping me build my best team. I will also detail how to inspire and motivate everyone on your ASC’s team to deliver efficient, safe, high-quality healthcare to your patients.

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

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Coming Soon

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’s now. Learn how to investigate an event and formulate a root cause analysis; communicate with staff, physicians, your insurance carrier and the patient and their family; and prepare for investigations by state authorities and potential legal proceedings.

AEU Content Area: Quality Management

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1:15 pm–1:45 pm

1:15 pm–1:45 pm

Break/Lunch

Take a quick break to grab lunch returning before educational sessions.

1:45 pm–2:45 pm

1:45 pm–2:45 pm


Join seasoned ASC attorney William Miller, Esq., to discuss the clinical and legal implications of negligent credentialing, scenarios of risk, examples of credentialing issues that led to litigation and real-world solutions to minimizing the risk confronting you and your ASC.

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

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Ensure you are developing your staff for long-term employment, beginning with the hiring process and continuing through competency evaluations and each annual review. Motivating and coaching your team are a large part of developing your staff. Attend this workshop to ensure you are using your tools appropriately, giving meaningful reviews and encouraging goal management for all staff in your ASC.

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

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Coming Soon

Every human being is unique. Finding the groove for a positive culture in a workplace full of individuals with distinct needs, dispositions and personalities is a challenge. However, it's not impossible. All it takes is intention, planning, communication, focus and, of course, some fun. Discover ways you can set expectations, gain respect, build trust and ultimately create a positive culture for your team.

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

Faculty:

3:15 pm–4:15 pm

3:15 pm–4:15 pm


Coming Soon

Join this discussion of current updates and best practices in sterile processing to focus on decontamination, the various methods of sterilization, the advantages and disadvantages of each, safe storage and return to the sterile field. Make sure your ASC has the quality control measures it needs in place to ensure all your instruments are being processed safely and effectively.

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

IPCH Content Area: Instrument/Equipment Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilization

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Environmental hygiene is a vital part of an infection prevention program. When construction concerns are added to this mix, diligence becomes crucial. Explore best practices for developing a comprehensive environmental hygiene program, including construction guidelines, and focus on ways to help personnel responsible for this task understand the key components and actions to take. Review cleaning frequencies and the chemicals, tools and equipment used for cleaning in the perioperative areas.

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

IPCH Content Area: Infection Prevention Strategies

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Bring your most pressing financial issues and concerns to this session and discuss real-life ASC financial issues, exchange ideas and suggestions and share solutions that have worked and pitfalls to avoid. The session will be moderated by a seasoned national ASC operator with a financial and operational background.

AEU Content Area: Financial

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Coming Soon

The ASC has historically been an attractive work environment for physicians, nurses and other members of the healthcare team searching for that perfect place to serve patients while also enjoying a healthy work-life balance. However, an evolving set of regulations, paperwork and work pace has threatened that equilibrium, creating a challenge for ASC leaders. Research says that the higher the professional satisfaction, the better the quality of patient care provided. Employer-employee relationships, engagement and autonomy are linked to professional satisfaction. Explore strategies that ASC leaders can use to increase engagement and satisfaction of employees and physicians, and ultimately improve the overall patient experience as well as the quality of care delivered at their center.

AEU Content Area: Quality Management

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