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ASCA NEWS


Register Now for ASCA 2016 ASCA 2016—ASCA’s annual meeting this year—will take place Thursday to Sunday, May 19–22, at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. Visit www.ascassociation. org/ASCA2016 to register and find out more about the event. Access a complete schedule, including session topics and speakers, along with hotel and travel information at that site. Details on ASCA 2016’s improved wellness program are available there as well. Please note that this year’s meeting


opens on Thursday and closes Sunday. This schedule is different from the one ASCA meetings have followed in the past. ASCA’s annual meeting will offer more than 60 educational sessions to help you strategically position your ASC for success, protect your ASC from liability and improve your clini- cal efficiency. Join your peers for an opportunity to improve your skills, exchange best practices and discuss marketplace trends that could have immediate and long-term implications for your ASC. Registration discounts are avail-


able through April 1. ASCA facil- ity members who send more than one employee can enjoy additional savings. Book your hotel reservation online by clicking on the Hotel & Travel page of the ASCA 2016 web site.


Attend this Month’s Webinars ASCA will offer two webinars this month: “In Print, On Air and Online: The Challenges and Opportunities of Media Relations” on February 9, and “The Updated Infection Control Sur- veyor Worksheet for ASCs—What You Need to Know” on February 23. Both will take place at 1:00 pm ET. Charlie Leonard, ASCA’s public


affairs and public relations consultant, and Kay Tucker, director of communi- cations at ASCA, will present the first webinar. They will discuss practical


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tips for reaching out and responding to local media, whether it is to share good news or confront adverse cir- cumstances, and will explain the most effective ways to work with reporters and how to discuss headline news with patients.


Phenelle Segal, RN, president of Infection Control Consulting Services in Delray Beach, Florida, will present the second webinar. She will address the significant changes to the infection control surveyor worksheet that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released in June last year. She will analyze the ways that the changes might affect your ASC and provide the latest information on key areas that surveyors are citing most frequently. She also will identify ways to implement an effective and compliant infection prevention plan in your ASC. Register online at www.ascassociation.


org/Webinars. All webinars will be recorded and available for purchase on ASCA’s Learning Center, asca.sclive learningcenter.com. Nursing contact hours and administration education units (AEU) credits will be available, and multiple members of your staff can


participate using the same online con- nection. Participate in the live broad- cast to ask your questions real-time during the presentation.


Earn CE Credit with ASCA’s Regulatory Training Series Earn continuing education (CE) credit with ASCA’s Regulatory Train- ing Series. ASCA has partnered with HealthStream to offer a collection of 21 courses that apply specifically to ASCs and are designed to train ASC staff on the most current regulations and standards of care. Sixteen of the interactive courses provide CE credit. The Regulatory Training Series will help orient new staff, assist in meeting regulatory and accreditation standards, assess competency, engage all team members in improving an ASC’s qual- ity of care and achieve top outcomes in clinical and business operations. Visit www.ascaassociation.org/Training


Series or call 800.933.9293 to pur- chase the ASCA Regulatory Training Series or schedule a demonstration. The


courses accommodate


learning styles and feature easy navi- gation between and within modules.


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