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MESSAGE FROM THE CEO Add Quality


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ne of the themes of this issue of ASC Focus is “quality improvement” and I’d like you to take a minute and reflect on what you are doing to keep your ASC


staff abreast of current regulatory and operational requirements. Keeping current on these requirements can improve your ASC’s patient outcomes. One way of doing so would be to invest in professional development of your


ASC’s staff and yourself. When employees feel appreciated, they give back and, in the process, improve their center’s performance. For starters, consider the Certified Ambulatory Infection Preventionist (CAIP) and


Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC) credentials. The Board of Ambulatory Surgery Certification (BASC) administers both credentials and both specifically meet the needs of ASC staff. Having staff with these credentials is one way ASCs can stay on top of important operational requirements that can assure high-quality, patient-safe care. The CAIP credential is primarily intended for licensed healthcare professionals inter- ested in demonstrating their understanding of the skills and knowledge required to fill the role of an ASC infection preventionist. It is the first credential designed specifically for infection preventionists in the ASC industry. BASC introduced CAIP last year. Register now to take the next CAIP exam in October. The CAIP website, aboutcaip.org, includes a handbook and a list of resources that can be used to prepare for the exam. The site also offers sample test questions and information on how to earn and maintain the credential. Sign up to receive a free CAIP newsletter on the site. BASC introduced the CASC credential in 2002. It is a distinction earned by those


who have a comprehensive understanding of the knowledge and skills that an ASC administrator requires. Those individuals who have earned their CASC credential include ASC professionals in a wide variety of roles, including administrators, medi- cal directors, directors of nursing and clinical staff. The next CASC exam will be administered in September. Like the CAIP website, the CASC website, aboutcasc.org, has everything you need to know to qualify for and main- tain the CASC credential, including a list of study materials you could review this summer. Beyond the credentials, ASCA also offers plenty of resources that can help with quality improvement. The Online Training Series, provided by HealthStream and now available in a


mobile version, offers a collection of 24 courses designed specifically to train ASC staff on the most current regulations and standards of care. Eighteen of the interactive courses provide continuing education credits. The Finance & Accounting for ASCs guide covers basic accounting principles, financial statements and analysis, benchmarking, strategic planning and budgeting, and reimbursement using real-world ASC examples. The 4th edition, published this year, sells at a new, lower price. ASCA members get an additional discount. The HIPAA Workbook for ASCs helps surgery centers meet the requirements of


the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and reduce their HIPAA-associated risks. ASCA members can download their copies free. The webinar series covers a variety of topics, including quality management,


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 ascfocus.org/about and submit your story proposal to smukerji@ascassociation.org.


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delivery of patient care, beneficial business practices, regulatory and legal issues, and human resources. A few of the live programs are available for free; subscribe to access the entire series and listen to it at your leisure. Lastly, ASCA’s 2019 Clinical & Operational Benchmarking Survey provides valu- able quality and performance data about your ASC that is comparable to other participat- ing ASCs’ data. Go to ascassociation.org/ascabenchmarking to find out more. Patient safety and patient satisfaction are keys to the mission of ASCs. Quality


improvement through ASCA’s various tools will help fulfill your center’s mission. Bill Prentice, Chief Executive Officer


ASC FOCUS JUNE/JULY 2019 | ascfocus.org


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