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MESSAGE FROM THE CEO


Are you Ready for ASCA 2018? A


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s all of us here at ASCA are gearing up for ASCA 2018, April 11–14, in Bos- ton, I want to encourage anyone who hasn’t already registered for this meet-


ing to sign up now. This year’s meeting will feature more than 70 educational sessions and oppor- tunities to earn continuing education (CE) credits, including Administrator Educa- tion Units (AEU) in every content area required to maintain Certified Administra- tor Surgery Center (CASC) certification. Sessions will include:


four interactive roundtable discussions to help you learn from near-misses and mistakes, complete a strategic plan for your center, write your next Quality Assurance (QA) and Performance Improvement (QAPI) study and manage the challenges that can arise within an intergenerational team; ■■ 17 advanced sessions; ■■


two days of infection prevention education: If you are interested in taking the new Certified Ambulatory Infection Preventionist (CAIP) exam in October 2018, these sessions will provide contact hours in infection prevention that can be counted toward the exam’s eligibility requirements. For more about the new CAIP credential, go to www.aboutcaip.org;


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panel discussions on hot-button issues like regional block program development from A to Z and what you need to know about the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgery Survey (OAS CAHPS) today; and


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24 in-depth, 90-minute sessions on selected topics. For the full schedule, visit www.ascassociation.org/asca2018/schedule. This year’s meeting will also feature an exhibit hall with 200+ ASC product


Seeking Authors


ASC Focus is seeking the contribution of articles by guest authors. If you have the expertise and time to write for us, we’d be interested in hearing from you.


Please see our editorial guidelines at www.ascassociation.org/Focus and submit your story proposal to smukerji@ascassociation.org.


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and service providers there to answer your questions, help you take your ASC to a higher level and save you time and money along the way. Our wellness events this year will include a boot camp, a pedometer challenge and a free massage station staffed by professional massage therapists inside the exhibit hall. For more information, go to www.ascassociation.org/asca2018/well- ness. Also this year, the meeting will feature our first-ever ASCA carnival. ASCA 2018 will take place at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Conven- tion Center. We have lined up several “host hotels” for you to choose from; go to www.ascassociation.org/asca2018/hoteltravel/bookonline. These hotels will offer special rates for the duration of the meeting. Located in the heart of Boston’s picturesque and historic Back Bay neighbor- hood, the hotels and convention center are a quick four-mile trip from Logan Inter- national Airport. They also are close to trendy Newbury Street and Copley Square where you can find exciting shopping, dining and entertainment. During down- time, visit the nearby historic Fenway Park, the Public Gardens, Boston Com- mons, the Museum of Fine Arts and Symphony Hall. For more information and to register. Go to www.ascassociation.org/ asca2018/home.


See you at ASCA 2018.


Bill Prentice Chief Executive Officer


ASC FOCUS FEBRUARY 2018 |www.ascfocus.org


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