Earn CE Credits Right from Your Computer Subscribe to ASCA’s online Regula- tory Training Series and you can earn continuing education (CE) credits year round without having to travel and for less than $3 per credit. Through its partnership with HealthStream, ASCA offers a collection of 24 courses that apply specifically to ASCs and can be used to train ASC staff on the most cur- rent regulations and standards of care. There are three new courses this year: “The Importance of Hand Hygiene Compliance,” “Latex Allergy” and “Prevention of Healthcare-Associated Influenza in Ambulatory Care.” The series can help your ASC ori-

ent new staff, meet regulatory and accreditation standards, assess compe- tency, engage all of its team members in improving your ASC’s quality of care and achieve top outcomes in clini- cal and business operations. New this year, you can now pur- chase the RegulatoryTraining Series entirely online by visiting www.asc These courses accommodate various learn- ing styles and feature easy naviga- tion between and within modules. Nurses licensed in Florida, Georgia or Washington, DC, will have their course completions and CE credits earned reported to CE Broker.

Upcoming Webinars to Discuss Social Media, Violence in the ASC Setting ASCA will offer two webinars this month:

“The Do’s and Don’ts of

Social Media in an ASC Setting” on September 13 and “Violence in the ASC Setting: A Case Study Based on Experience” on September 27. Both webinars begin at 1:00 pm ET. In the first webinar, Marcus M.

Crider, partner at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, will discuss best employment and human resources practices for an ASC, including tips for avoiding discrimination and other


employment claims through proper employee hiring, evaluations, disci- pline and discharge processes. Two weeks later, Beth Chrismer,

RN, director of medical care review at Good Shepard Ambulatory Surgical Center will recount a harrowing event that took place at her ASC involving a patient’s family member who stabbed five people in the center. Chrismer, a first responder to the incident, will share her experience and lessons

Names in the News

Do you have a new hire? Did your company win an award? Or did your management change? You can highlight all your company announcements in the Names in the News section of ASC Focus’ web site. This resource is available for free to both ASCA members and nonmembers.

ASCA members will need to be logged in and nonmembers will need to create a “Nonmember Guest Account” to access this free resource.

Please send your announcement to

learned to help you prepare for and, hopefully, avoid an incident of this kind in your ASC. Register online at www.ascassoc Each webinar is recorded and may be purchased for viewing at your convenience.

Fight for ASCs on Capitol Hill Attend ASCA’s 2016 Capitol Fly-In Program and tell your ASC’s


directly to members of Congress, Sep- tember 12–13. ASC advocates from across the country will visit Capitol Hill this month to champion the ASC message of high quality and cost-effi- cient care. You can be a part of these critically important visits. Over two days, you will learn about the issues affecting ASCs and the leg- islative process and spend a day on Capitol Hill meeting with your legisla- tors and their staff. The Fly-Ins bring the ASC community together to pres- ent a unified voice to Capitol Hill, which produces tangible results. More than 100 members of Congress have cosponsored important ASC legisla- tion since the 2014 Fly-Ins. Visit the 2016 Capitol Fly-In

web page at 2016CapitolFlyIn for more information.

Give the Gift of Improved Access to Health Care The ASCA Foundation has partnered with Partners In Health (PIH) of Bos- ton, Massachusetts, a global health non- profit, to bring surgical care to those who need it most. Through this partnership, the Foundation and individual ASCA members have an opportunity to help support the delivery of health care ser- vices to many thousands of people who otherwise would not be able to obtain the care they need. Make a donation today at www.ascassociation/

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