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COVER STORY


Austin Bound


Join ASCA in January for the 2019 Winter Seminar BY SAHELY MUKERJI


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SCA’s 2019 Winter Seminar will take place January 17–19


in Austin, Texas. This is a smaller, more focused and intimate seminar than ASCA’s annual conference and offers Administrator Education Units (AEU), Certified Ambulatory Infec- tion Preventionist (CAIP) and Cer- tified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC) credits. The seminar will offer three days of ASC-specific education in three spe- cialized tracks: ■■


Infection Prevention Techniques for ASCs will examine best prac- tices in sterilization, instrument reprocessing and the policies and


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procedures you need to sustain a comprehensive infection prevention program in your ASC.


Coding Update & Reimbursement Strategies will ensure that you max- imize reimbursements at your cen- ter by preparing your ASC for the coding and billing changes coming in 2019.


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ASC Management Essentials (new in 2019) will focus on best practices and practical, effective ways for your ASC to remain compliant and pros- per in the face of the rapid changes defining the health care marketplace this year.


An Attendee’s Perspective “Attending the annual winter sem- inars is a must for our center,” says Theresia Russell, CASC, business office manager at Pacific Rim Out- patient Surgery Center in Belling- ham, Washington. “Attending the coding track provides us with all the updates for added codes, discontinued codes and new rules for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The specialty break-out ses- sions are always a great way to keep up in this area.”


Russell has been attending the winter seminar for the last 10-plus years, she says. “In the beginning, it used to be the coding seminar but now the winter seminar is providing addi- tional education for infection preven- tion and ASC management, which is


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