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ASCA NEWS


Register Now for ASCA’s 2015 Fall Seminar ASCA’s 2015 Fall Seminar, October 8–10, in Louisville, Kentucky, will offer educational sessions on key top- ics that drive development and daily operations at your ASC, lively net- working opportunities and continu- ing education credit. Register today. ASCA members get exclusive regis- tration discounts. The seminar will take place at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. The hotel is near Fourth Street Live, Louisville’s premier dining, entertainment and retail destination; Churchill


Downs; the Louisville


Slugger Museum and Factory; and the Maker’s Mark Distillery Tour. ASCA’s Fall Seminar is for ASC professionals seeking advanced con- tent on ways to streamline their clinical and business operations, enhance their ASC’s bottom line and make the most of new and emerging techniques and technology, while remaining compli- ant with the ever-evolving regulatory criteria that apply. Learn more and register online at www.ascassociation.org/2015FallSeminar.


Participate in National ASC Day ASCs across the country will host National ASC Day on Wednesday, August 19. Recognized every year since 2003, National ASC Day gives ASCs an opportunity to invite policy makers, the media and the people who live and work in their communities into their facilities and educate them about the outstanding care and services that ASCs provide.


In the past, in recognition of


National ASC Day, ASCs have con- ducted a broad range of activities, including health fairs, facility tours and media briefings. Over time, these events have educated thousands of people about the high quality, cost- effective care patients receive in ASCs.


24 ASC FOCUS AUGUST 2015


BY JOE HORNIG


ber’s local district office to set up a tour. This minimal investment of your time can help secure the future of your ASC and your patients’ right to choose where they receive their surgical care. ASCs seeking help in hosting


a facility tour on National ASC Day should contact Jack Coleman at jcoleman@ascassociation.org and visit www.ascassociation.org/FacilityTour.


Louisville, Kentucky, location of ASCA’s 2015 Fall Seminar.


August is the perfect time of year to


host a facility tour for your members of Congress since they are typically back in their districts visiting constituents. It is easy to get the process started; just email or call your Congressional mem-


Names in the News


Do you have a new hire? Did your ASC win an award? Or did your management change? You can highlight all of your ASC’s announcements in the Names in the News section of ASCA’s 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 editorial@ascassociation.org.


Attend ASCA’s Webinars on Medicare Payments and Quality Reporting ASCA will offer two webinars this month: “Medicare’s Proposed Changes to ASC Payment Policy for 2016” on Tuesday, August 4, and “CMS Quality Reporting for ASCs” on Tuesday, August 18. The second webinar is free for all participants. Both webinars begin at 1:00 p.m. ET. In the first webinar, Kara New-


bury, regulatory counsel at ASCA, will explain how Medicare is proposing to change its ASC payment rates in 2015, what new services ASCs might be able to provide to Medicare beneficiaries and other policy changes that might impact ASC payments. Gina


Throneberry, RN, CASC, director of education and clinical affairs at ASCA, and Donna Slosburg, RN, CASC, executive director of the ASC Quality Collaboration, will present the second webinar. They will discuss the new challenges that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) quality reporting program poses for perioperative leaders in the ASC setting and the quality reporting requirements that are already in place. Participants will get answers to frequently asked questions about both the new and old requirements. Register


for the webinars online


at www.ascassociation.org/webinars. Each webinar is recorded and may be purchased convenience.


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