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experiences,” Zoch says. “The value of networking at ASCA is immeasurable.” The meals in the exhibit hall, recep- tions on the evenings of Wednesday, May 13, and Thursday, May 14, and breaks scattered throughout the sched- ule will offer attendees plenty of time to talk with their colleagues. On Friday, May 15, ASCA will host an evening social event with food and entertain- ment at Mango’s Tropical Café.


Gain a better understanding of the


False Claims Act (FCA), the anti-kick- back statute and how to avoid federal scrutiny during “Government Enforce- ment Trends and Priorities Affecting ASCs,” presented by Scott Grubman, partner at Chilivis, Cochran, Larkins & Bever in Atlanta, Georgia, on Friday, May 15, from 3:45–5:15 pm. “In 2018 alone, the US Department of Justice collected more than $2.5 bil- lion in recoveries from healthcare pro- viders in connection with FCA inves- tigations,” he says. “That number is predicted to go up in 2019, making the discussion during my session timely and relevant. This is a must-attend ses- sion for anyone leading an ASC.” Get caught up with the latest updates


and changes to pharmacy rules when Michael O’Neal, pharmacist consul- tant based out of Nashville, Tennes- see, presents “Medication Management Updates: General Practice and USP 797 & 800” on Saturday, May 16, from 8:00–9:30 am. “There are several revi- sions to regulatory rules ASCs must be aware of to ensure they can create a safe and compliant atmosphere concerning medication management,” he says.


But Wait, There Is More . . . The ASCA 2020 educational sched- ule, adds O’Neal, is a treasure trove of timely information for ASC profession- als. Other highlights include one and a half days of infection prevention educa- tion (look for the aqua “infection pre- vention session” label on the online


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schedule); new sessions on ASC inno- vation (look for the purple “innova- tion” label on the online schedule), and a full day of finance and accounting sessions on Friday, May 15 (look for the red “finance” label on the online schedule) —all


delivered by experi-


enced ASC management professionals. Several hot-topic, interactive round- table discussions also are on the pro- gram (look for the orange “limited seat- ing” label on the online schedule). To help make these sessions as effective as possible, seating is limited, so arrive early to secure your spot. ASCA’s main program offers attendees the opportunity to earn up to 17.50 Administrator Education Units (AEU) for the Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC) credential, up to 9.00 Infection Prevention Contact Hours (IPCHs) for the Certified Ambu- latory Infection Preventionist (CAIP) credential and up to 17.50 nursing con- tact hours. Additional AEUs and con- tact hours are available during the pre- conference workshops.


Networking Options Aplenty Along with the packed educational schedule, ASCA 2020 provides numer- ous networking opportunities. “Not only does ASCA allow you to sample a broad array of educational topics that will help make you better at your job and enjoy it more, but this is the place to meet with peers across the nation and compare notes on best prac- tices and share common interests and


Other Highlights Visit what will be one of the largest ASC-specific exhibit halls of the year with an expected 200 companies exhib- iting their products. Meet with vendors and learn about products and services that can help improve your ASC’s per- formance and make 2020 your best year yet. Take advantage of the demonstra- tions there, the opportunity to see new resources firsthand and the chance to get answers directly from those who know the most about the products and services on display.


The celebration luncheon on Fri-


day, May 15, will give attendees an opportunity to learn about and reflect on the many accomplishments of the ASC industry this year and throughout its 50-year history.


The Venue The Orlando World Center Marriott makes it difficult to choose what you are going to do during downtime. Play the challenging golf course, take a dip in one of the outdoor pools, relax in a cabana or ride the two 200-foot water- slides. There is a full-service spa, mod- ern gym and many good restaurants. If you want to venture out to one of the Disney theme parks—Hollywood Stu- dios (featuring the “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” experience), Magic Kingdom, Epcot or Animal Kingdom—jump on the convenient shuttle.


There are plenty of other reasons to come early to Orlando or extend your stay. Register now for the ASCA 2020 Conference & Expo.


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