N ew Year’s greetings. “The old order changeth, yielding place to new,” and along with the new,

come changes. The ASC industry is known for its ability to be nimble and adapt quickly to the ever-changing health care landscape. This flexibility keeps us at the top of our game to ensure we continue to provide high-quality, cost-effective health care to our customers. We have no room in our industry for complacency or status quo. I encourage all of us to continuously be seeking improvements in our everyday activities and processes. While we may think we are the best of the best and the most efficient center or

organization, we must “stay fresh” and seek out and share our best practices with each other to ensure the ASC industry stays strong and shines. Years ago, we were hesitant to share our best practices and processes with colleagues, but now we net- work on ASCA Connect and at state and national meetings to help each other. By sharing our “gold nuggets” with our peers, we improve our patient care, customer satisfaction and operational efficiency. We all need to be active and involved with our state associations and ASCA to stay on top of our industry trends and best practices for clinical care. Please encourage the ASCs in your community to stay involved and network. I learn something new every time I speak with a peer, tour their ASC and have the oppor- tunity to hear about their challenges and successes. We have very talented and knowledgeable individuals in the ASC industry, and I am so proud to be associ- ated with such a high-achieving group. I know in 2018, we will continue to meet the challenges that face us by continuously seeking out ways to improve, staying involved and sharing best practices with each other. To that end, this issue of ASC Focus brings several articles that provide “news you can use.” Turn to page 10 to read the opinion of three experts regarding what this year will bring to the industry; on page 20, a physician discusses optimum operating room (OR) utilization; on page 22, ASCA’s regulatory counsel tells you what to do to meet the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) new emergency preparedness requirements; and on page 28, the article shares tips on how to reduce surgical fires. I hope you find the information shared in the articles in this issue and online at

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Good luck and Happy New Year.

Rebecca Craig, RN, CASC President of ASCA’s Board of Directors


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