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of people who have managed ASCs for a long time but seem to be reluctant to take the exam. However, a recent trend shows that more and more management companies are requiring that their ad- ministrators have CASC certification, if not prior to hire, at least within the first year of employment. This trend further strengthens the support for the certification and, ultimately, the under- standing that every ASC administrator should have or be working towards ob- taining the credential. Over the last 10 years, we have seen considerable prog- ress toward acceptance and recognition of certification.” United Surgical Partners (USPI) is in step with this trend. “USPI knows how valuable a quali- fied administrator is to the viability and success of an ASC,” says Kristin Blewett, senior vice president of com-

A CASC credential indicates that a person understands the unique aspects of a surgery center.”

—Arthur E. Casey, CASC, Outpatient Healthcare Strategies

munications at the company. The CASC credential, she adds, recognizes a high level of achievement and expertise. To make CASC certification more

popular, BASC is stepping up its mar- keting efforts. “We are doing a grass- roots outreach effort through the state ASC organizations, using the ASCA web site to spread the word and exhib- iting at a variety of ASC meetings,” Weiss says. “We’ve been increasing our numbers every year, but we don’t have a defining goal. We just want to maintain the momentum.”

Weiss, himself, took the test back in 2005, after being an administrator for four years. “I wanted to do it as a personal achievement,” he says. “It validates that I meet the benchmark for the position.” Every ASC administrator should

take the exam, McLane says. “It demonstrates a level of competence. We credential our organizations to show that we care enough to provide the best care possible. The CASC credential does the same for admin- istrators: makes them the best they can be.”


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