Schedule

After two long years, we’ll be back in person in April 2022.

Don't miss out on the quality education, essential connections and unforgettable fun you'll only find at ASCA 2022.

Online registration is now closed, but you can still register onsite.
Please complete the Onsite Registration form and bring it with you to Dallas.

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ASCA 2022 Conference & Expo Schedule

Please Note: All times are CT.

Wednesday, April 27

7:45 am–11:45 am

7:45 am–11:45 am

Strategies for a Successful Joint Commission Accreditation Survey and Orthopedic Certification Review



Hear first-hand about the key elements your ASC needs in place to successfully complete a Joint Commission accreditation survey. Topics include strategies for preparing for a survey, participating in on-site survey activities and following up after the on-site visit. Special focus will be placed on risk assessments as a foundational piece of the overall accreditation process, including the key tenets of how to conduct a risk assessment and the fundamental elements that lead to success.

Learn, too, about The Joint Commission’s orthopedic certification option for ASCs, including eligibility requirements, standards and the application process. The Joint Commission’s Advanced Total Hip and Total Knee Joint Replacement program was named as one of the certification programs that is a mandatory element for ASCs seeking to earn the status of a Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s Blue Distinction program center of excellence and Aetna’s Institute of Quality program.

An open Q&A session will conclude the session. Participants will leave with answers to their questions and a template risk assessment worksheet.

Please note: An additional registration fee is required for pre-conference workshops.

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

Faculty:

7:45 am–2:30 pm

7:45 am–2:30 pm

Finance & Accounting



Make certain that you are prepared to meet the challenges of running a successful ASC in this age of growing costs, declining reimbursements, and increased competition for market share with this series of finance and accounting sessions that targets the special needs of ASCs. This course is designed for ASC Administrators and other staff involved with ASC financials and includes:

  • Introduction to Finance & Accounting
  • Introduction to the Financial Statements
  • Revenue Cycle Oversight and Management
  • Purchasing Oversight and Management
  • Financial Benchmarking and Analysis
  • Financial Planning and Budgeting

Please note: An additional registration fee is required for pre-conference workshops.

AEU Content Area: Financial

Faculty:

12:45 pm–4:45 pm

12:45 pm–4:45 pm

Preparing for AAAHC Accreditation



Get to know the many benefits that Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) accreditation offers your ASC and get real-world advice on how to achieve and maintain that accreditation. Discuss essential components of AAAHC accreditation, including continuous quality improvement, patient and employee safety, and infection prevention and control. Then, look closely at the steps your ASC needs to take to make sure it measures up. Learn how to avoid the top deficiencies found during recent AAAHC accreditation surveys.

Please note: An additional registration fee is required for pre-conference workshops.

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

Faculty:

5:00 pm–6:00 pm

5:00 pm–6:00 pm

Opening Session featuring Keynote speaker Tammie Jo Shults



A former Southwest Airlines pilot, Tammie Jo Shults is one of the first women to go through A-7 weapons training and one of the first to fly the F/A-18 Hornet.

She was also the captain of the crippled Southwest 1380 flight which was forced to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia after an unexpected engine failure and rapid depressurization.

Attendees of the ASCA 2022 Conference & Expo will get to hear Captain Shults speak on how to transform adversity into strength, and strength into courage.

Faculty:

6:00 pm–7:30 pm

6:00 pm–7:30 pm

Exhibit Hall Welcome Reception



Sponsored by Surgical Notes. Explore the Exhibit Hall—today is your first chance to engage with event partners. Don't miss this unique partner opportunity to find the services and tools to help you succeed this year and beyond!


Thursday, April 28

7:00 am–8:00 am

7:00 am–8:00 am

Breakfast in Exhibit Hall



Enjoy breakfast with peers, get your steps to start the day and stop by the Exhibit Hall to discover innovative solutions.

8:00 am–9:00 am

8:00 am–9:00 am

Women Leaders - Transcending the Culture Norms in Healthcare



Join this all-female panel of ASC leaders as they discuss their own experiences and what they are witnessing as they watch other women transition into top leadership roles in the ASC community. You will hear firsthand accounts of the barriers and opportunities women face, learn about the ways mentorship programs can help women support women and find out how to move beyond some common misperceptions about recruiting and retaining female surgeons.

AEU Content Area: Quality Management

Faculty:

9:10 am–10:10 am

9:10 am–10:10 am

CMS Quality Reporting for ASCs



CMS quality reporting requirements change annually, and your ASC’s ability to adapt could determine whether Medicare reimburses your center fully or imposes payment penalties down the line. Learn which quality reporting measures ASCs need to report now and what steps you must take to meet the requirements. Get definitions, compliance tips and answers to frequently asked questions that will help your ASC report successfully.

AEU Content Area: Quality Management

Faculty:


Optimize Resource Use and Expense Control ADVANCED



This interactive session will discuss using the resources at your ASC wisely and implementing effective expense control measures, then leverage the experience of attendees in identifying both traditional and unique approaches to KPIs that drive best practices. We will examine unique cost management techniques for complex cases that enhance clinical and financial results and communications with physicians using cost data, resource utilization records and comparative data within your facility to produce results. Leave with a greater understanding of both the art and the science of managing resources, new information about how others in the industry approach change and some innovative ideas involving expense control and best practices.

AEU Content Area: Financial

Faculty:


Robotics in ASCs



Join this discussion about building a robotics program in your ASC and learn strategies to achieve immediate return on investment (ROI) and service line growth. Specific programmatic examples of purchase to first case in four business days and achieving a five-year ROI in one year will be discussed. We will formulate a surgical market analysis and employ strategic planning and decision making related to robotics systems. We will conduct a detailed evaluation of new robotics technology by service line and analyze the associated value the technology can provide. Strategies for leveraging hospital partner relationships to finance robotic technology will also be examined. Other topics will include how to prepare for robotic technology implementation and how to appraise service line growth.

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

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Collect What You're Owed: Strategies for Navigating Workers' Comp, Third-Party Liability and More ADVANCED



Most of us are too young to remember a time when patient accounting departments had more staff than work and our budgets allowed everyone to spend all the time they needed to resolve an account. Those days are long gone. Our staff need to work accounts accurately and quickly to get to the bottom line and bring in the money we have earned as quickly as possible, so that our facility can provide the quality of service our patients deserve. This session will address key issues on some of the more difficult accounts, third-party liability and workers’ compensation claims, and advice that can help you successfully navigate these challenging receivables.

AEU Content Area: Financial

Faculty:


What You Need to Know to Expand or Remodel Wisely ADVANCED



Adding caseload, a specialty or equipment/technology? This healthcare architect recommends, first, define your goal(s) and, second, determine where to make the necessary changes. Gain a deeper understanding of how to avoid the expansion and remodeling pitfalls that can cost you significant time and money and undermine your success. Advice for staying operational during construction and ways an expansion can trigger new regulatory requirements for your ASC will be discussed.

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

Faculty:

10:10 am–11:10 am

10:10 am–11:10 am

Exhibit Hall Morning Break



Take a break from the program and connect with your ASCA 2022 peers in the Exhibit Hall.

11:15 am–12:15 pm

11:15 am–12:15 pm

A Case Study in Culture Change



The culture of an organization can decide the success or failure of a business. Join this session to discuss several scenarios where the culture was negatively impacting an organization and how a culture shift occurred. Real-life situations will illustrate culture change and give participants tools to use in their own environment. Learn how to create the culture you desire in your own space.

AEU Content Area: Quality Management

Faculty:


Improve Your Case Costing, Improve Your ASC ADVANCED



Are your top procedures as profitable as you think? Should you buy that expensive piece of equipment? Take a close look at some common ASC procedures, including the cost of labor, basic supplies, implants and drugs involved, to uncover all the elements you need to consider to determine your overall case cost. Examples of revenue by payer will be used to show how your case margins can differ significantly between payers. Discussion will include ways to reduce case costs and how to message changes to physicians when needed. End the session with a look at a scenario that will help you determine whether investing in an expensive new service line makes sense based on the equipment costs and expected profit per case.

AEU Content Area: Financial

Faculty:


Deliver Personalized Patient Communication by Balancing In-Person and Electronic Interactions



As the world of healthcare shifts to meet patients’ growing expectations for digital communication, moments of human interaction remain essential. Get strategies for meeting patients’ individualized communication needs by exploring current trends in the use of communication technology and techniques that continue to recognize the value of in-person care.

AEU Content Area: Quality Management

Faculty:


Pediatrics in the ASC



Pediatric ASCs are different from other ASCs. Look at the unique approaches these centers take to preparing, admitting, caring for and discharging their young patients and discuss the common surgical specialties and procedures these ASCs perform. Key concerns that affect the success of pediatric outpatient surgery will be discussed.

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

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Collaboration Is Key: Divvy Up Responsibilities to Ensure Infection Prevention Success



Whether your ASC is able to designate a staff member to infection prevention (IP) full time or not, ensuring patient safety should be everyone’s job. Collaborating with your team can support your center’s IP program objectives. This session will help you determine which IP responsibilities to divide and how to use the resources and staff available to you to meet your IP goals. This session will also review CMS’ IP requirements and how to create a team that can best support your ASC’s IP goals, objectives, policies and procedures. Collaborative efforts, such as empowering staff, assigning specific duties and resources, and supporting communication will be addressed.

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

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

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12:15 pm–2:15 pm

12:15 pm–2:15 pm

Exhibit Hall Luncheon



Grab lunch with peers and explore the ASCA 2022 Expo Hall, where you'll find innovative solutions from our event partners.

12:20 pm–1:20 pm

12:20 pm–1:20 pm

ASCA 2022 Focus Group Luncheons



The ASCA 2022 Focus Group luncheons will take place in private breakout rooms during the Exhibit Hall Luncheon on Thursday. Food and beverage will be provided to all participants.

If either of the sessions below are of interest to you, please register using the designated link.

Please note that registration does not guarantee participation and those selected to participate will be notified.


Enter a New World of Postoperative Pain Management

Most local anesthetics inconsistently provide pain relief beyond 12 to 24 hours, but pain and inflammation remain high through 72 hours. A needle-free, extended-release local anesthetic that can manage postoperative pain for up to 72 hours and reduce or eliminate the need for opioids in many patients following surgery is now available.

Faculty:
Randy Robbins, MD, Managing Partner, Valiant Anesthesia Associates

How Do You Navigate Conflicting Priorities and Challenges in a Fast and Growing Industry?

ASCs are enduring challenges in the workplace from staffing shortages, supply disruption and more, reducing operational efficiencies. Ordering is taking longer, preparing for cases involves additional steps and staff members do not have enough time. What solutions are you looking for to optimize your supply chain and improve operational efficiencies? What could you do if your challenges were overcome?

Faculty:
Stephanie Pasko-Nelson, Director of Marketing, ASC Sales Medline Industries

2:20 pm–3:50 pm

2:20 pm–3:50 pm

Managing the Middle of Your Income Statement



Want to boost your ASC's bottom line? Try "managing the middle" of your income statement, where the expenses of your business reside. This session will offer real-life solutions to limiting and reducing costs. We will discuss controlling salaries and wages through an effective productivity monitoring system and how to gain savings on supplies, purchased services, professional fees, facility and operating lease costs, and other expenses that may be plaguing your ASC.

AEU Content Area: Financial

Faculty:


An Employer’s Guide to Today’s Hot-Button Human Resource Issues



Discuss the latest developments in the rapidly evolving and often controversial human resource issues employers face, including vaccination mandates and accommodations, adverse employment action, and cannabis laws and drug testing. Best practices for addressing anti-harassment and anti-discrimination in the workplace will be provided.

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

Faculty:


Managing Your Top Revenue Cycle Metrics ADVANCED



Learn how your ASC can use sophisticated analytics to track its performance and guide its future clinical and business decisions. Discuss how to access this critical data, which top revenue cycle metrics you should be tracking, and how to analyze your data and apply what you learn.

AEU Content Area: Financial

Faculty:


Total Joint Replacements (TJR) in the ASC



TJR in ASCs has become more commonplace in the last few years. Mississippi Valley Surgery Center in Davenport, Iowa, has been performing them for more than 15 years. Learn how the ASC entered into the next phase of this industry with the addition of the Mako robot, AAAHC advanced certification, and partnerships with payers. Review these new opportunities and how your ASC can capitalize on the growing trend of TJR in the ASC.

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

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ASC Joint Ventures: Achieving Success, Maintaining Independence ADVANCED



Many hospitals and physicians interested in partnering on ASC joint ventures do not know how to begin and proceed successfully. Examine recent trends in ASC joint ventures, dos and don’ts for both partners, and the results of a national hospital executive survey on ASC joint ventures, now in its fifth year. Learn what is required for creating a solid foundation for a successful ASC joint venture, including how to achieve the appropriate balance of hospital and physician involvement and oversight.

AEU Content Area: Financial

Faculty:



3:50 pm–4:15 pm

3:50 pm–4:15 pm

Exhibit Hall Afternoon Break



Reset. Refresh. Re-energize. Use this intermission in programming to network, meet with partners, and enjoy some down time before the next session.

4:15 pm–5:30 pm

4:15 pm–5:30 pm

Epidemiology and Disease Transmission in the ASC



An ASC’s Infection Preventionist investigates disease outbreaks and surgical site infections that occur shortly after a patient visits the facility. Review the basic epidemiology and microbiology needed to do a thorough investigation and consider common and uncommon pathogens found in the ASC. Discuss the disease transmission process, including a review of epidemiologic control and prevention measures beginning with the patient at home and extending throughout the surgical experience. This session is a must for Infection Preventionists who want to fully understand which pathogens require swift and thorough investigation.

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

IPCH Content Area: Infection Prevention Strategies

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Emergency Preparedness: What We've Learned from the Pandemic



From supply chain to staffing to patient care, the COVID-19 pandemic gave us many opportunities to test our systems. It also changed our perspective on how prepared we are for events like these and how we protect our team and our patients during a public health emergency. For many of us, this rapidly evolving crisis has been the greatest challenge of our careers. Join this session to look into the future and the ways we can apply what we learned during the pandemic about acquiring the supplies we need, continuing to care for patients and supporting our communities and local hospitals, even those filled to capacity and struggling to provide emergency and life-saving care to patients in need. We will also examine the role ASCs can play in continuing to provide safe, high-quality outpatient surgery during a public health emergency.

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

Faculty:


Rebuilding Your Team during a Pandemic



As COVID-19 continues to challenge families, overburden healthcare and compromise teams, a new employee-driven playbook that puts the mental well-being, psychological safety and emotional needs of our ASC teams first has emerged. Ways we supported individuals prior to the COVID-19 pandemic will not sustain teams in the future as we move from this crisis to the next. Rebuilding your ASC team to reflect the new reality is essential for patient care, staff retention and individual wellness. Join this session to look at the impact of the pressure performance curve, new realities for healthcare employers and what your leadership needs to do in response.

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

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2022: An ASC Spine Surgery Odyssey



Spine surgery in 2022 continues to be a growth opportunity for ASCs thanks to evolving surgical techniques, protocol-driven management and the growing acceptance among payers. Built specifically to provide spine surgery, DISC’s progressive facilities specialize in high-quality, cost-efficient care, and partner with patients and carriers to remain at the cutting edge of one of surgery’s hottest specialties. Whether you are in a one-OR ASC and "sometimes do spine," a large ASC that is already performing multiple spine procedures successfully or something in between, join this session to learn how these centers are leading the migration of high-acuity cases from hospitals to outpatient ORs. Knowledge about infrastructure, patient care protocols, staff and facility organization that can help you make the most of this growth opportunity in your own facility will be shared.

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

Faculty:


The Tech-Enabled ASC: How Innovation Can Keep ASCs Competitive and Viable



ASCs are facing unprecedented levels of competition for surgical cases, physicians, staff, payer contracts and more. While the ASC model is ripe for success in a healthcare environment increasingly focused on high quality and low costs, individual facility success will be largely dependent on a center's ability to become the provider of choice for its market. Innovative solutions are playing an increasingly important role in achieving this critical objective. This presentation will highlight the wide range of innovations currently available and making their way into the market to support all aspects of an ASC's operations, including patient/physician engagement tools, robotics, artificial intelligence, RFID, telemedicine, and all the other innovation buzzwords being thrown around today.

AEU Content Area: Financial

Faculty:

5:30 pm–6:30 pm

5:30 pm–6:30 pm

Exhibit Hall Happy Hour



Sponsored by Surgical Notes. Spend some time in the exhibit hall with your ASCA 2022 peers while finding the right vendors for you and your facility.


Friday, April 29

6:15 am–7:15 am

6:15 am–7:15 am

Wellness Morning: 5K Fun Run & 1K Walk

Sponsored by United Surgical Partners International



Get up and get moving! Regular runners and first-timers alike are welcome to join us for the ASCA 5K Fun Run/1K Walk around the outside of the hotel.

Fruit and breakfast bars will be provided at the 5K & 1K and Yoga

Register Now!

6:45 am–7:30 am

6:45 am–7:30 am

Wellness Morning Yoga

Sponsored by United Surgical Partners International



Start your morning with a solid stretch! This is a great way to start your Friday feeling limber before a full day of sessions. Fruit and breakfast bars will be provided.

Fruit and breakfast bars will be provided at the 5K & 1K and Yoga

Register Now!

7:30 am–8:30 am

7:30 am–8:30 am

Breakfast



Join your fellow attendees for a continental breakfast to start your day of education.

8:30 am–10:00 am

8:30 am–10:00 am

Informed Consent: Requirements, Risks and Practical Solutions



Join this dynamic presentation by seasoned ASC consultant Debra Stinchcomb and Attorney William Miller to look into the clinical and legal implications of Informed Consent, examine real-world scenarios of risk and find solutions for minimizing the risk that confronts you and your ASC.

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

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Use KPIs and Operating Statistics to Improve Your ASC’s Operating and Financial Performance ADVANCED



Ongoing monitoring of your ASC’s operating performance, through the measurement of key performance indicators (KPIs) and operating statistics, is fundamental to your facility’s ability to improve its overall operating and financial performance. Join this session to get an overview of KPIs and operating statistics that impact these areas. We will also examine statistics that define a well-operated center, offer insights to help you interpret the data you collect and suggest methods for identifying opportunities for improvement. Finally, this session will offer insights into specific actions your ASC can take to attain its performance goals.

AEU Content Area: Financial

Faculty:


Prevent Medical Necessity Denials and Common Bundling Issues from Disrupting Your Revenue Cycle ADVANCED



Optimize your ASC’s collections with these strategies for addressing two common billing concerns: medical necessity denials and bundling issues. Review best practices you can use in your ASC.

AEU Content Area: Financial

Faculty:


Use Technology to Improve the Patient Experience



Take a deep dive into the ways technology can improve your patient care in this session focused on how to increase your facility’s operational efficiencies and profitability while enhancing your patients’ end-to-end experiences. Highlights will include how to determine the right tools for your ASC, best strategies for evaluating your current ASC processes, how to successfully deploy new technology, addressing staff adoption concerns, ideas for measuring results and how to use your newfound data.

AEU Content Area: Quality Management

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Social Media/Telemedicine from a Human Resources (HR) Perspective



This interactive discussion will explore the evolution of workplace-related issues created or exacerbated by the use of social media, lessons learned over the years, and best practices and strategies for moving forward from an HR perspective. The growth of telemedicine and its potential for HR-related issues will also be explored.

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

Faculty:

10:00 am–11:00 am

10:00 am–11:00 am

Morning Break in Exhibit Hall



Explore the Exhibit Hall - today is your last chance to engage with event partners. Don't miss this unique partner opportunity to find the services and tools to help you succeed this year and beyond!

11:00 am–12:00 pm

11:00 am–12:00 pm

Streamline Your Patient Selection Process



Review current evidence-based guidelines that will help you determine which patients can safely undergo elective outpatient surgery in your ASC. The selection of patients previously diagnosed with COVID-19, and their long-term outcomes after elective surgery, will also be addressed. Discussion of actual cases provided by the audience will be strongly encouraged during the Q&A section.

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

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Crucial Conversations



Discuss the types of crucial conversations that occur in an ASC, methods for effective communication and keys to success. Recognizing that compliance is critical in an ASC, this session will outline compliance topics that warrant special communication and provide approaches that work.

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

Faculty:


Discover the Financial, Occupational and Environmental Benefits of Going Green



Take part in this 60-minute interactive session to get an overview of the operational impact on surgical services and the financial, social and environmental outcomes and opportunities of implementing environmental best practices in the OR. A prioritization exercise that aligns best environmental practices with organizational priorities, and tips for engaging key stakeholders and overcoming barriers, will be shared. Identify and evaluate at least one best practice you can implement at your ASC.

AEU Content Area: Financial

Faculty:


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion



Healthcare organizations have an increasing responsibility to improve diversity, equity and inclusion for their employees and providers, but more importantly, for their patients and families. This session will explore diversity, social and health equity, inclusion and cultural competence in the ambulatory setting.

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

Faculty:


Embrace Change: Add New Procedures and Technology ADVANCED



Medicare continues to migrate procedures from inpatient settings to ASCs, and continuing innovations in medical technology are making high-tech systems more affordable to centers. Combined, these trends mean that ASC leaders need to embrace change. Participate in this session to explore several recent and upcoming opportunities and learn how to sketch a blueprint for evaluating new procedures and technologies that will help you decide which are the right fit and when is the right time.

AEU Content Area: Financial

Faculty:

12:00 pm–1:20 pm

12:00 pm–1:20 pm

ASC Celebration Luncheon



Sponsored by SCA, this leisurely sit-down meal offers a change of pace after days of intensive educational sessions and the hubbub of the Exhibit Hall. During the Celebration Luncheon, you’ll join fellow ASC professionals from around the country for a relaxing meal with ample opportunities for networking.

1:25 pm–2:55 pm

1:25 pm–2:55 pm

Before, During and After Your CMS Survey



Even ASCs that elect to get deemed status through their accreditation process are not exempt from unannounced CMS surveys if they provide surgical services to Medicare and/or Medicaid beneficiaries since CMS validation surveys remain an option. Knowledge and understanding of CMS’ interpretative guidelines and an awareness of what to expect during and after the survey are critical to a successful outcome. During this session, attendees will be guided through

  • strategies that can be taken before a survey to foster a state of ongoing preparedness;
  • managing an unannounced CMS survey; and
  • what to expect once the survey is completed, including how to develop an acceptable plan of correction, if warranted.

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

Faculty:


Employee Accommodation, Discipline and Termination



Discuss the latest guidance and best practices related to employee accommodation issues, including discipline, termination and religious and medical exemptions from vaccine mandates.

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

Faculty:


Sentinel Events and How to Walk Through a Root Cause Analysis



In the fast-paced, complex ASC environment, unplanned events can occur when processes and systems are inconsistently applied. Find out which events in your ASC are sentinel events that require investigation; then, look at the process for identifying primary and contributing causes that lead to solutions that deliver lasting results. Learn how to stay focused on gaps in processes and systems instead of the individual involved in the incident. Best practices, proven techniques and methodologies for addressing a sentinel event, and ways to stay focused on remedying root causes instead of symptoms will be discussed.

AEU Content Area: Quality Management

Faculty:

2:55 pm–3:15 pm

2:55 pm–3:15 pm

Afternoon Break



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

3:15 pm–4:30 pm

3:15 pm–4:30 pm

Medication Diversion and Your ASC



Explore trends in diversion among healthcare professionals and the most diverted medications. Discuss current statistics on diversion and healthcare professionals, financial implications and recent settlements, and strategies for diversion prevention that can be applied to your center. Examine recent diversion cases in surgery centers to learn how to recognize and prevent an occurrence in your center.

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

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An Anesthesiologist's View on Recruitment/Retention, Skills Requirements and Contracting ADVANCED



Several environmental forces affect your ASC’s ability to have reliable, skilled and aligned anesthesiology clinicians in your ASC. Review, discuss and suggest solutions to

  • anesthesia labor market trends,
  • dependence of anesthesia clinicians on payer mix, procedure mix and facility efficiency,
  • national payer strategies for anesthesia,
  • migration of high-acuity cases from inpatient to outpatient
  • ensuring proper skills matched to your current and future patient procedures and acuity, and
  • creating alignment of clinical, fiscal, quality and safety goals through performance and incentive-based contracting.

AEU Content Area: Financial

Faculty:


Mitigating the Risk of Cross Contamination



Guidelines and protocols developed to reduce the risk of cross-contamination and the transmission of viruses and bacteria have evolved rapidly, and complexities in the provision of care can make compliance with these recommendations challenging. This session details current challenges in the ambulatory surgery setting that could increase the risk of cross contamination, guidelines and recommended best practices, and solutions to help mitigate the risks within the complex care environment.

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

IPCH Content Area: Infection Prevention Strategies

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The Well-Rounded ASC: Promoting Efficiency through Increased Clinical and Operational Teamwork



Explore the various opportunities to improve efficiencies within your ASC by encouraging teamwork between clinical and business staff. Understand the impact enhanced teamwork has on physician and employee satisfaction, revenue and quality of care. Identify strategies for providing business education to clinical team members and clinical education to business team members.

AEU Content Area: Quality Management

Faculty:


Managed Care Contracting Strategies that Produce Results ADVANCED



Learn techniques to successfully engage payers and achieve favorable results in your contract negotiations. Focus on the current contracting environment, how to assess existing managed care contracts, data and information needed to prepare for negotiations with payers, how to organize your business case and prepare effective proposals, and how to monitor payer compliance with contracted terms.

AEU Content Area: Financial

Faculty:

6:00 pm–9:00 pm

6:00 pm–9:00 pm

Social Event on property at the Glass Cactus



Join your colleagues for a night of dancing, eating and FUN at the Glass Cactus nightclub, right on the Gaylord property. Whether it is dancing on the 2,000 square-foot dance floor or people watching from the balcony, the Glass Cactus is where it is at and if you want some fresh air, the 13,000 square-foot deck overlooking Lake Grapevine will have you covered. Friday night is your night to unwind.


Saturday, April 30

7:00 am–8:00 am

7:00 am–8:00 am

Breakfast



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

8:00 am–9:30 am

8:00 am–9:30 am

Employees Complaints/Progressive Discipline



Join this seasoned employment attorney to get advice on the "dos and don'ts" involved in handling employee complaints and investigations and insights into navigating the core pitfalls of employment disputes. Real-world examples will be provided. Leave with an understanding of the basic concepts and issues in employment litigation and recommendations for triaging employment issues with those concepts in mind.

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

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Recruit, Retain and Engage Physicians in Your ASC ADVANCED



Discuss proven methods of recruiting, retaining and engaging physicians in your ASC. Topics will include the addition of new service lines; utilization of physician champions, vendors and current ASC staff; communication strategies that will allow you to discover what motivates a given physician; empowering and enabling physicians to be part of the decision-making process; differentiating yourself from your competitors; creating a positive culture and understanding the barriers that might exist for your center. The session will also look at partnership agreements and how they can help with physician recruitment and retention.

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

Faculty:

9:40 am–11:10 am

9:40 am–11:10 am

Fraud and Abuse Trends and Enforcement



Even throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare fraud and abuse enforcement has remained at an all-time high, with the federal government collecting billions of dollars per year from healthcare providers under the False Claims Act and other fraud and abuse statutes. ASCs are not immune. Discuss recent trends and priorities in healthcare fraud and abuse compliance and enforcement, including the major rules and regulations governing ASCs. Examples of enforcement actions affecting ASCs and guidance on how to build an effective compliance program that keeps your ASC off the government's radar will be provided.

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

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Pharmacy Compliance in the ASC



Delve into the complicated network of requirements that apply to pharmaceutical handling in the ASC, including US Department of Health & Human Services, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), state pharmacy board and accreditation agency mandates. Discuss multi-dose vials, destruction of meds, extended use drugs, drug shortages, drug diversion and DEA enforcement. This interactive forum will include plenty of opportunities for questions.

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

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AEU Content Areas

Please Note: All times are CT.

Thursday, April 28

Time Title AEU Content Area
8:00 am–9:00 am

8:00 am–9:00 am

Women Leaders - Transcending the Culture Norms in Healthcare

AEU Content Area: Quality Management

Quality Management
9:10 am–10:10 am

9:10 am–10:10 am

CMS Quality Reporting for ASCs

AEU Content Area: Quality Management

Quality Management
9:10 am–10:10 am

9:10 am–10:10 am

Optimize Resource Use and Expense Control

AEU Content Area: Financial

Financial
9:10 am–10:10 am

9:10 am–10:10 am

Robotics in ASCs

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

Delivery of Patient Care
9:10 am–10:10 am

9:10 am–10:10 am

Collect What You're Owed: Strategies for Navigating Workers' Comp, Third-Party Liability and More

AEU Content Area: Financial

Financial
9:10 am–10:10 am

9:10 am–10:10 am

What You Need to Know to Expand or Remodel Wisely

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

Regulatory and Legal Issues
11:15 am–12:15 pm

11:15 am–12:15 pm

A Case Study in Culture Change

AEU Content Area: Quality Management

Quality Management
11:15 am–12:15 pm

11:15 am–12:15 pm

Improve Your Case Costing, Improve Your ASC

AEU Content Area: Financial

Financial
11:15 am–12:15 pm

11:15 am–12:15 pm

Deliver Personalized Patient Communication by Balancing In-Person and Electronic Interactions

AEU Content Area: Quality Management

Quality Management
11:15 am–12:15 pm

11:15 am–12:15 pm

Pediatrics in the ASC

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

Delivery of Patient Care
11:15 am–12:15 pm

11:15 am–12:15 pm

Collaboration Is Key: Divvy Up Responsibilities to Ensure Infection Prevention Success

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

Delivery of Patient Care
2:20 pm–3:50 pm

2:20 pm–3:50 pm

Managing the Middle of Your Income Statement

AEU Content Area: Financial

Financial
2:20 pm–3:50 pm

2:20 pm–3:50 pm

An Employer’s Guide to Today’s Hot-Button Human Resource Issues

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

Regulatory and Legal Issues
2:20 pm–3:50 pm

2:20 pm–3:50 pm

Managing Your Top Revenue Cycle Metrics

AEU Content Area: Financial

Financial
2:20 pm–3:50 pm

2:20 pm–3:50 pm

Total Joint Replacements (TJR) in the ASC

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

Delivery of Patient Care
2:20 pm–3:50 pm

2:20 pm–3:50 pm

ASC Joint Ventures: Achieving Success, Maintaining Independence

AEU Content Area: Financial

Financial
4:15 pm–5:30 pm

4:15 pm–5:30 pm

Epidemiology and Disease Transmission in the ASC

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

Delivery of Patient Care
4:15 pm–5:30 pm

4:15 pm–5:30 pm

Emergency Preparedness: What We've Learned from the Pandemic

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

Regulatory and Legal Issues
4:15 pm–5:30 pm

4:15 pm–5:30 pm

Rebuilding Your Team during a Pandemic

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

Human Resources
4:15 pm–5:30 pm

4:15 pm–5:30 pm

2022: An ASC Spine Surgery Odyssey

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

Delivery of Patient Care
4:15 pm–5:30 pm

4:15 pm–5:30 pm

The Tech-Enabled ASC: How Innovation Can Keep ASCs Competitive and Viable

AEU Content Area: Financial

Financial



Friday, April 29

Time Title AEU Content Area
8:30 am–10:00 am

8:30 am–10:00 am

Informed Consent: Requirements, Risks and Practical Solutions

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

Regulatory and Legal Issues
8:30 am–10:00 am

8:30 am–10:00 am

Use KPIs and Operating Statistics to Improve Your ASC’s Operating and Financial Performance

AEU Content Area: Financial

Financial
8:30 am–10:00 am

8:30 am–10:00 am

Prevent Medical Necessity Denials and Common Bundling Issues from Disrupting Your Revenue Cycle

AEU Content Area: Financial

Financial
8:30 am–10:00 am

8:30 am–10:00 am

Use Technology to Improve the Patient Experience

AEU Content Area: Quality Management

Quality Management
8:30 am–10:00 am

8:30 am–10:00 am

Social Media/Telemedicine from a Human Resources (HR) Perspective

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

Human Resources
11:00 am–12:00 pm

11:00 am–12:00 pm

Streamline Your Patient Selection Process

AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care

Delivery of Patient Care
11:00 am–12:00 pm

11:00 am–12:00 pm

Crucial Conversations

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

Human Resources
11:00 am–12:00 pm

11:00 am–12:00 pm

Discover the Financial, Occupational and Environmental Benefits of Going Green

AEU Content Area: Financial

Financial
11:00 am–12:00 pm

11:00 am–12:00 pm

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

Human Resources
11:00 am–12:00 pm

11:00 am–12:00 pm

Embrace Change: Add New Procedures and Technology

AEU Content Area: Financial

Financial
1:25 pm–2:55 pm

1:25 pm–2:55 pm

Before, During and After Your CMS Survey

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

Regulatory and Legal Issues
1:25 pm–2:55 pm

1:25 pm–2:55 pm

Employee Accommodation, Discipline and Termination

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

Human Resources
1:25 pm–2:55 pm

1:25 pm–2:55 pm

Sentinel Events and How to Walk Through a Root Cause Analysis

AEU Content Area: Quality Management

Quality Management
3:15 pm–4:30 pm

3:15 pm–4:30 pm

Medication Diversion and Your ASC

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

Regulatory and Legal Issues
3:15 pm–4:30 pm

3:15 pm–4:30 pm

An Anesthesiologist's View on Recruitment/Retention, Skills Requirements and Contracting

AEU Content Area: Financial

Financial
3:15 pm–4:30 pm

3:15 pm–4:30 pm

Mitigating the Risk of Cross Contamination

vDelivery of Patient Care

Delivery of Patient Care
3:15 pm–4:30 pm

3:15 pm–4:30 pm

The Well-Rounded ASC: Promoting Efficiency through Increased Clinical and Operational Teamwork

AEU Content Area: Quality Management

Quality Management
3:15 pm–4:30 pm

3:15 pm–4:30 pm

Managed Care Contracting Strategies that Produce Results

AEU Content Area: Financial

Financial



Saturday, April 30

Time Title AEU Content Area
8:00 am–9:30 am

8:00 am–9:30 am

Employees Complaints/Progressive Discipline

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

Human Resources
8:00 am–9:30 am

8:00 am–9:30 am

Recruit, Retain and Engage Physicians in Your ASC

AEU Content Area: Human Resources

Human Resources
9:40 am–11:10 am

9:40 am–11:10 am

Fraud and Abuse Trends and Enforcement

AEU Content Area: Regulatory and Legal Issues

Regulatory and Legal Issues
9:40 am–11:10 am

9:40 am–11:10 am

Pharmacy Compliance in the ASC

Regulatory and Legal Issues

Regulatory and Legal Issues