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THE ASCA JOURNAL OCTOBER 2018


16 STAYING ON TOP OF LIFE SAFETY CODE COMPLIANCE


Make it a continuous quality improvement process


DEPARTMENTS


6 MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT 8 Q&A


ASCA CEO discusses proposed 2019 ASC Payment Rule


10 AS I SEE IT Beware the changing reimbursement landscape


28 REGULATORY REVIEW ASCs gain significant ground under proposed rule


32 ADVOCACY SPOTLIGHT Arizona ASC Association makes care packages for children in foster care


36 ASCA NEWS Reserve your spot at ASCA’s winter seminar


40 WEB CRAWL Q3 ASCA Benchmarking data collection opens October 1


ASC Focus is published by the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association, 1012 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, phone: 703.836.8808, fax: 703.549.0976, ascassociation.org. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission from ASCA is prohibited.


Chief Executive Officer: Bill Prentice; Director of Communications: Kay Tucker; Editor: Sahely Mukerji; Staff Writers: Kara Newbury, Sharita Williams and Rob Kurtz.


Advertising inquiries should be addressed to Chris Schriever at 202.337.1897. Vol. 11, No. 9 | ISSN 1944-7280


FEATURES


20 PLAYING BY THE RULES One-on-one with an ASC director


24 PREPARE FOR IT FAILURE Back up your data and develop a business continuity plan


42 PARTNERING WITH A MANAGED SERVICES PROVIDER Find one fitted to your ASC’s culture


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