Register Now to Save on ASCA’s Winter Seminars Get the new year off to a great start by attending one of ASCA’s 2018 Winter Seminars, January 11–13, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Make plans now to attend one of three specialized programs: ■■

Coding Update & Reimbursement Strategies: Make sure your ASC is prepared for the coding and billing changes to come in 2018, review the changes that have taken place this year and learn how to maximize reimbursements at your facility.


Infection Control & Preven- tion Techniques for ASCs (new in 2018): Protect your patients and your ASC with this state-of-the- art investigation into best practices in sterilization, instrument repro- cessing and the policies and proce- dures you need to prevent infections in your ASC. Get practical how-to advice for sustaining a comprehen- sive infection prevention program into the future.


Minimizing Your Regulatory & Legal Risk: Learn how to navi- gate the complex legal and regula- tory hurdles your ASC may face in the coming year, so you can focus on delivering the best possible patient care.

All three seminars will run concur- rently in the same location. As a bonus, when you register for one, you can attend sessions from the other two at no additional cost. Register for the Winter Seminars by December 15 to take advantage of the early bird discount. Learn more or sign up at 2018winterseminars.

Attend ASCA’s Final 2017 Webinars The last four webinars in ASCA’s 2017 series will ex amine Qua lity Assess ment/Performance Im prove ment (QAPI) pro jects, the Centers for Medi- care & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) quality reporting program for ASCs,

ASCA’s 2018 Winter Seminars will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Medicare’s 2018 final payment rule and Cur rent Procedural Terminology (CPT) changes for 2018. On Tuesday, November 7, AmSurg Senior Director of Regulatory Jan Allison, RN, will present “Steps for Completing a QAPI Project.” She will examine the process for carrying out a successful and meaningful QAPI proj- ect, focusing on the steps you need to take and how to create lasting improve- ment in your ASC.

ASCA Director of Education and Clinical Affairs Gina Throneberry, RN, CASC, and ASC Quality Collabo- ration Executive Director Donna Slos- burg, RN, CASC, will present “CMS Quality Reporting for ASCs” on Tues- day, November 14. They will discuss

Sign Up for ASCA’s 2018 Webinar Series

Make sure that your ASC operates at its peak next year. Sign up now for an all-access pass to ASCA’s 2018 webinar series. Explore best practices in 17 operational areas, including preventing narcotics diversion, managing an adverse event, new techniques for improving collections and controlling costs, physician succession planning and mitigating the risk of employee lawsuits. Continuing education (CE) and Administrator Education Unit (AEU) credit is available. Learn more and register today at


the quality reporting required to pro- tect your ASC from future reductions in your Medicare reimbursement and answer frequently asked questions to help you submit the correct informa- tion in the right way for all of the mea- sures your ASC needs to report. ASCA Regulatory Counsel Kara

Newbury will discuss “Understand- ing Medicare’s 2018 Final Payment Rule” on December 5. She will explain how ASC payment rates will change in 2018 and whether new procedures were added to the final list of those eligible to be performed on Medicare patients in the ASC setting.

The 2017 webinar series will con-

clude on Tuesday, December 19, with “CPT Changes 2018: What’s New, Revised and Deleted.” Coding Compli- ance Management President Cristina Bentin will review any new procedures that make the CMS list of approved surgical procedures in an ASC as well as the reimbursement potential of any new or revised CPT codes. To register or learn more, visit The price per webinar is $100 for ASCA members; you can participate in the live broadcast to ask your ques- tions in real time or view the record- ing at your convenience. All four webinars are included in ASCA’s 2017 Webinar All-Access Pass, which includes the live events and record- ings for all 17 webinars.

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