Celebrate National ASC Month For more than a decade, ASCs have used National ASC Week as an oppor- tunity to promote awareness of ASCs by inviting elected officials, the media and members of their community to open houses and facility tours. Due to the increasing number of local and federal legislators visiting ASCs, ASCA has decided to expand National ASC Week into National ASC Month. This year, for the entire month of August, ASCs around the country will open their doors to their communities. Hosting policymakers in your facil- ity creates personal connections that can directly affect ASC-related legislation and regulations. These events raise the profile of ASCs, help educate the public about the high-quality care ASCs offer and can secure support for ASCs during key policy-making deliberations. Congress is in recess during the

month of August, so this is the per- fect time to host a facility tour for your representative(s). To get started, email Danielle Kaster at dkaster@ and she will assist you in coordinating a tour. For more information,

visit ASCA’s Facility

Tour page at nationalascmonth.

Make Plans Now to Attend ASCA’s 2019 Meetings In 2019, ASCA will host two meetings that will provide you with opportuni- ties to attend educational sessions, net- work with fellow ASC professionals from around the country and acquire state-of-the-art products and services for your ASC. Get the year off to a great start with

ASCA’s 2019 Winter Seminar, January 17–19 in Austin, Texas. The seminar will feature three specialized tracks: ■■

Registrants for ASCA’s annual con- ference can look forward to getting the latest clinical, regulatory, business and financial information from expert speakers. ASCA 2019 also will provide many networking opportunities and the chance to explore new technology and innovative products and services that can help cut costs, improve quality and boost your ASC’s bottom line. To learn more about these can’t-miss meetings, visit winterseminar and www.ascassociation. org/asca2019.


need to sustain a comprehensive infec- tion prevention program in your ASC. Coding

Update & Reimburse-

ment Strategies will ensure that you maximize reimbursements at your center by preparing your ASC for the upcoming coding and billing changes in 2019.

ASC Management Essentials (new in 2019) will examine the best ways for ASCs to remain compliant and in control of changes this new year. Join your fellow professionals, May 15–18, 2019, at the Gaylord Opry- land Resort in Nashville, Tennessee, for ASCA 2019 Conference & Expo.

■■ Names in the News

Do you have a new hire? Did your company win an award? Or did your management change? You can highlight all your company announcements in the Names in the News section of the ASC Focus web site. This resource is available for free to both ASCA members and nonmembers.

Infection Prevention Techniques for ASCs will examine best practices in sterilization, instrument reprocessing and the policies and procedures you

ASCA members will need to be logged in andnonmembers will need to create a “Nonmember Guest Account” to access this free resource.

Please send your announcement to


Apply for ASCA Foundation’s Medical Mission Scholarships Nurses, surgical techs and scrub techs interested in medical mission oppor- tunities with One World Surgery are invited to apply for the ASCA Founda- tion’s new scholarship program. During One World Surgery’s week- long medical missions, clinical and nonclinical participants come together to perform life-changing surgeries at the Holy Family Surgery Center in Honduras. This world-class surgery center, which One World Surgery funds and operates, is located on the 2,000- acre ranch of the children’s home Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH), approximately one hour northeast of Tegucigalpa. The ASCA Foundation is pleased to

provide medical mission scholarships for eligible ASCA members. Schol- arships will be awarded in amounts to cover the program fee—including food and lodging, ground transport in Honduras, and emergency medical and evacuation insurance—as well as one coach round-trip airfare. Read an interview with the executive director of the program in the June/July 2018 issue of ASC Focus, pages 10–11. Learn more about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and apply today at www.

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