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10-Step Process for a Successful ASC QAPI Program

While the various ASC accreditation organizations (e.g., AAAHC, The Joint Commission) have different standards they expect accredited surgery centers to meet, one area these organizations agree upon is how ASCs should approach quality assurance...

Using Lean Six Sigma to Improve Efficiency at Your ASC

Lean Six Sigma combines the concept of lean production, a waste-elimination method often associated with the Toyota Production System, and Six Sigma, a set of process improvement techniques and tools developed by an engineer for Motorola.

Amkai Releases Latest Version of ASC Practice Management Solution

AmkaiOffice Version 3.19 delivers enhanced claims management functionality to help ASCs more effectively manage high volumes and optimize productivity

Enhancements to the AmkaiOffice Electronic Remittance Posting (ERP) module enables ASCs to...

SIS and AmkaiSolutions Recognize Client Accomplishments

SIS & Amkai recognize client accomplishments at GO!2017 in Atlanta.

ATLANTA – March 22, 2017 – Surgical Information Systems (“SIS”), a leader in perioperative information systems announced the winners of the 2017 Perioperative Leadership Awards...

ASC Challenges & Opportunities: Q&A with ASCA Experts

Q&A with Kara Newbury and Heather Ashby of the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA)

Looking Ahead: Ambulatory Surgery Centers in 2017

We previously discussed the year that was for ambulatory surgery centers in our column "ASCs in 2016: A Year in Review." With 2017 upon us, it's an appropriate time to look ahead to the year that will be.There are many areas of focus for ASCs in...

Amkai is Authorized Vendor with American Joint Replacement Registry

New product functionality streamlines registry participation

November 28, 2016 – AmkaiSolutions, a trusted industry leader in delivering comprehensive solutions to ambulatory surgery centers, today announced that AmkaiSolutions now facilitates...

Developing An IT Disaster Response Plan at Your ASC

Last month is the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, which formed on October 22, 2012. We're also only a few weeks removed from destruction brought by Hurricane Matthew from the Caribbean to the U.S.The reality is that disaster can strike an...

How to Use Analytics to Accelerate Your ASC's Performance

Amit Jiwani is director of analytics for AmkaiSolutions and Surgical Information Systems. He presented on "Using Analytics for Insights to Accelerate Your ASC's Performance" at the Becker's ASC 23rd Annual Meeting: The Business and Operations of...

IT Ideas and Solutions for ASCs

Daren Smith, RN, BSN, is a clinical solution specialist for AmkaiSolutions and Surgical Information Systems. He will be serving on a panel discussing "Healthcare IT: Ideas and Solutions for ASCs" at the Becker's ASC 23rd Annual Meeting: The...

Improving Your ASCs IT Experience: 5 Steps to Take

By Jessica Rutters, Administrator, Kingsport Day Surgery

Kingsport Day Surgery (KDS) is Medicare-approved, Joint Commission-accredited ASC has more than 50 credentialed multi-specialty providers in Tennessee. They offer services in specialties...

Where to Focus Your Compliance Efforts: Part Four

By Anne Dean of The ADA Group

Anne Dean, RN, BSN, is founder of The ADA Group, a consulting firm based in DeLand, Fla., specializing in ambulatory surgical development and regulatory compliance for ASC state licensure, Medicare certification and...

Where to Focus Your Compliance Efforts: Parts Two and Three

By Anne Dean of The ADA Group

Anne Dean, RN, BSN, is founder of The ADA Group, a consulting firm based in DeLand, Fla., specializing in ambulatory surgical development and regulatory compliance for ASC state licensure, Medicare certification and...

Where to Focus Your Compliance Efforts: Part One

By Anne Dean of The ADA Group

Anne Dean, RN, BSN, is founder of The ADA Group, a consulting firm based in DeLand, Fla., specializing in ambulatory surgical development and regulatory compliance for ASC state licensure, Medicare certification and...

Trends in ASC Technology

Thomas Pinelli is director of product management for AmkaiCharts. He will be serving as a panelist for a session on " Trends in ASC Technology" at the 3rd Annual New York Metro ASC Symposium, scheduled for September 14.

Amkai Ranks 1st for Ambulatory EHR in 2016 Black Book Report

In a survey of over 8,000 physicians and clinical users of EHR systems, AmkaiSolutions ranked first among Ambulatory EHR vendors for customer satisfaction and loyalty.

The Growing Importance of Data in ASCs

Q&A with Charlie Immordino of Ambulatory Surgery Center Consultants

Charlie Immordino, RN, CASC, is principal and president/CEO of Ambulatory Surgery Center Consultants, LLC, and an Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care surveyor.

How to Achieve ASC Joint Venture Success

Q&A With Joan Dentler of Avanza Healthcare Strategies

Joan Dentler is president and CEO of Avanza Healthcare Strategies, which provides healthcare organizations with strategic guidance, with a focus on outpatient services and population health...

Improving ASC Inventory Management - 3 Initial Steps

Three Initial Steps

by Rhonda Hixson, Principle Solution Architect, AmkaiSolutions

ASC Focus Purchasing an EMR

Do your research before you buy 

By: Robert Kurtz

Although the Meaningful Use Program does not directly affect ASCs, the indirect effects are compelling ASCs to have a better understanding of EMRs, interoperability and the role of ASCs in the...

ICD-10 Update: How are ASCs doing?

Jessica Edmiston, BS, CPC, CASCC, is the senior vice president of performance review and an AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM trainer with National Medical Billing Services (NMBS). NMBS provides billing and coding solutions for ambulatory surgery centers...

CMS Revises ASC Infection Control Surveyor Worksheet

Phenelle Segal, RN, is founder and president of Infection Control Consulting Services, a provider of infection prevention services to a variety of healthcare facilities and organizations, including ASCs.

What to Know About the 2016 ASC Proposed Payment Rule

Kara Newbury is on the ASC Association's (ASCA) regulatory counsel. In this position, she spearheads ASCA’s federal regulatory efforts, primarily working with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The Biggest Challenges in Our ASCs: Q&A With Todd Logan of AmkaiSolutions

Todd Logan, MBA, CASC, national vice president of sales for AmkaiSolutions, will serve on a panel at the upcoming Becker's ASC Review's 13th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference + The Future of Spine in Chicago that...

Understanding the Electronic Health Fairness Act of 2015

Heather Ashby is the ASC Association's (ASCA) deputy director of advocacy. In this position, she manages the legislative, political and outreach activities of ASCA and serves as a liaison for the ASC industry to the U.S. Congress.

The Next Five Years: Trends and Strategies for ASCs

By Robert Zasa, Managing and Founding Partner, ASD Management

Robert Zasa, Managing and Founding Partner at ASD Management, has established himself as a premier thought leader in the ASC industry as his career growth has paralleled that of the...

Benchmarking to Focus ASC Performance Improvement 

By Sandra Jones, Executive Vice President and COO of ASD Management

Benchmarking is a key tool for leading ASCs. Through benchmarking, your organization can focus on specific areas for improvement, and demonstrate your success.

Growth of 23-Hour Stay Programs for Ambulatory Surgery Centers 

By Reed Martin, Chief Operating Officer, Surgical Management Professionals

Over the past decade, the goals of better quality and lower cost have caused an expansion in the number and type of surgical cases performed in ambulatory surgery centers,...

'How Knowledgeable ASCs are Affecting the EMR Market' in Becker's

Craig Veach, senior vice president of corporate relations of AmkaiSolutions, is featured in a new column in Becker's ASC Review.

EMR Benefits of an EMR for Surgery Center Physicians

Joan Mckibben is administrator and director of nursing for Ambulatory Surgery Center of Somerset in Bridgewater, N.J.

Minnesota EMR Mandate: What It Means to the Other 49 States?

Spotlight on Minnesota's 2015 Interoperable Electronic Health Record Mandate

By Craig Veach, Sales Executive, AmkaiSolutions

Prepare for the Future: EMR in ASCs

In a report published by Becker's ASC Review titled "4 Things Great ASC Administrators Do to Prepare for the Future," Michelle Dickison, regional vice president, operations, for ASC management and development company Meridian Surgical Partners,...

Q&A with Steve Henry of Surgery Center at Liberty Hospital

Steve Henry is administrator at Surgery Center at Liberty Hospital in Liberty, Mo.

5 Common ASC Coding and Billing Errors

By Rhonda Hixson, Director, Product Management, AmkaiOffice, AmkaiSolutions

An article recently appeared in Becker's ASC Review describing five frequent coding and billing errors that all ASCs should avoid.

AmkaiCharts Ensures ASCs Complete the Universal Protocol

By Thomas Pinelli Jr., SVP Product Management AmkaiCharts, AmkaiSolutions

AmkaiSolutions is a firm believer in safe practices and the importance of the surgical time out, which is why we developed our AmkaiCharts electronic medical record system...

Why They Switched to AmkaiSolutions: Q&A with Concord ASC

Beverly Primeau, RN, MBA, is administrator for Concord Ambulatory Surgery Center in Concord, N.H. Concord Ambulatory Surgery Center is a multi-specialty ASC providing procedures in ENT; orthopedics; plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgeries;...

Making the Switch to EMR: Q&A with Anne Dean of The ADA Group

Anne Dean, RN, BSN, is founder of The ADA Group, a consulting firm based in DeLand, Fla., specializing in ambulatory surgical development and regulatory compliance for ASC state licensure, Medicare certification and ASC accreditation. 

Q&A with Steve Bowman of Mercy Outpatient Surgery Center

Steve Bowman, MHA, MBA, is administrator for Mercy Outpatient Surgery Center in Fort Smith, Ark. Mercy Outpatient Surgery Center is a multi-specialty ASC providing procedures in orthopedics, general surgery, otolaryngology (ENT), plastics,...

10-Step Process for a Successful ASC QAPI Program

While the various ASC accreditation organizations (e.g., AAAHC, The Joint Commission) have different standards they expect accredited surgery centers to meet, one area these organizations agree upon is how ASCs should approach quality assurance...

Using Lean Six Sigma to Improve Efficiency at Your ASC

Lean Six Sigma combines the concept of lean production, a waste-elimination method often associated with the Toyota Production System, and Six Sigma, a set of process improvement techniques and tools developed by an engineer for Motorola.

Amkai Releases Latest Version of ASC Practice Management Solution

AmkaiOffice Version 3.19 delivers enhanced claims management functionality to help ASCs more effectively manage high volumes and optimize productivity

Enhancements to the AmkaiOffice Electronic Remittance Posting (ERP) module enables ASCs to...

SIS and AmkaiSolutions Recognize Client Accomplishments

SIS & Amkai recognize client accomplishments at GO!2017 in Atlanta.

ATLANTA – March 22, 2017 – Surgical Information Systems (“SIS”), a leader in perioperative information systems announced the winners of the 2017 Perioperative Leadership Awards...

ASC Challenges & Opportunities: Q&A with ASCA Experts

Q&A with Kara Newbury and Heather Ashby of the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA)

Looking Ahead: Ambulatory Surgery Centers in 2017

We previously discussed the year that was for ambulatory surgery centers in our column "ASCs in 2016: A Year in Review." With 2017 upon us, it's an appropriate time to look ahead to the year that will be.There are many areas of focus for ASCs in...

Amkai is Authorized Vendor with American Joint Replacement Registry

New product functionality streamlines registry participation

November 28, 2016 – AmkaiSolutions, a trusted industry leader in delivering comprehensive solutions to ambulatory surgery centers, today announced that AmkaiSolutions now facilitates...

Developing An IT Disaster Response Plan at Your ASC

Last month is the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, which formed on October 22, 2012. We're also only a few weeks removed from destruction brought by Hurricane Matthew from the Caribbean to the U.S.The reality is that disaster can strike an...

How to Use Analytics to Accelerate Your ASC's Performance

Amit Jiwani is director of analytics for AmkaiSolutions and Surgical Information Systems. He presented on "Using Analytics for Insights to Accelerate Your ASC's Performance" at the Becker's ASC 23rd Annual Meeting: The Business and Operations of...

IT Ideas and Solutions for ASCs

Daren Smith, RN, BSN, is a clinical solution specialist for AmkaiSolutions and Surgical Information Systems. He will be serving on a panel discussing "Healthcare IT: Ideas and Solutions for ASCs" at the Becker's ASC 23rd Annual Meeting: The...

Improving Your ASCs IT Experience: 5 Steps to Take

By Jessica Rutters, Administrator, Kingsport Day Surgery

Kingsport Day Surgery (KDS) is Medicare-approved, Joint Commission-accredited ASC has more than 50 credentialed multi-specialty providers in Tennessee. They offer services in specialties...

Where to Focus Your Compliance Efforts: Part Four

By Anne Dean of The ADA Group

Anne Dean, RN, BSN, is founder of The ADA Group, a consulting firm based in DeLand, Fla., specializing in ambulatory surgical development and regulatory compliance for ASC state licensure, Medicare certification and...

Where to Focus Your Compliance Efforts: Parts Two and Three

By Anne Dean of The ADA Group

Anne Dean, RN, BSN, is founder of The ADA Group, a consulting firm based in DeLand, Fla., specializing in ambulatory surgical development and regulatory compliance for ASC state licensure, Medicare certification and...

Where to Focus Your Compliance Efforts: Part One

By Anne Dean of The ADA Group

Anne Dean, RN, BSN, is founder of The ADA Group, a consulting firm based in DeLand, Fla., specializing in ambulatory surgical development and regulatory compliance for ASC state licensure, Medicare certification and...

Trends in ASC Technology

Thomas Pinelli is director of product management for AmkaiCharts. He will be serving as a panelist for a session on " Trends in ASC Technology" at the 3rd Annual New York Metro ASC Symposium, scheduled for September 14.

Amkai Ranks 1st for Ambulatory EHR in 2016 Black Book Report

In a survey of over 8,000 physicians and clinical users of EHR systems, AmkaiSolutions ranked first among Ambulatory EHR vendors for customer satisfaction and loyalty.

The Growing Importance of Data in ASCs

Q&A with Charlie Immordino of Ambulatory Surgery Center Consultants

Charlie Immordino, RN, CASC, is principal and president/CEO of Ambulatory Surgery Center Consultants, LLC, and an Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care surveyor.

How to Achieve ASC Joint Venture Success

Q&A With Joan Dentler of Avanza Healthcare Strategies

Joan Dentler is president and CEO of Avanza Healthcare Strategies, which provides healthcare organizations with strategic guidance, with a focus on outpatient services and population health...

Improving ASC Inventory Management - 3 Initial Steps

Three Initial Steps

by Rhonda Hixson, Principle Solution Architect, AmkaiSolutions

ASC Focus Purchasing an EMR

Do your research before you buy 

By: Robert Kurtz

Although the Meaningful Use Program does not directly affect ASCs, the indirect effects are compelling ASCs to have a better understanding of EMRs, interoperability and the role of ASCs in the...

ICD-10 Update: How are ASCs doing?

Jessica Edmiston, BS, CPC, CASCC, is the senior vice president of performance review and an AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM trainer with National Medical Billing Services (NMBS). NMBS provides billing and coding solutions for ambulatory surgery centers...

CMS Revises ASC Infection Control Surveyor Worksheet

Phenelle Segal, RN, is founder and president of Infection Control Consulting Services, a provider of infection prevention services to a variety of healthcare facilities and organizations, including ASCs.

What to Know About the 2016 ASC Proposed Payment Rule

Kara Newbury is on the ASC Association's (ASCA) regulatory counsel. In this position, she spearheads ASCA’s federal regulatory efforts, primarily working with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The Biggest Challenges in Our ASCs: Q&A With Todd Logan of AmkaiSolutions

Todd Logan, MBA, CASC, national vice president of sales for AmkaiSolutions, will serve on a panel at the upcoming Becker's ASC Review's 13th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference + The Future of Spine in Chicago that...

Understanding the Electronic Health Fairness Act of 2015

Heather Ashby is the ASC Association's (ASCA) deputy director of advocacy. In this position, she manages the legislative, political and outreach activities of ASCA and serves as a liaison for the ASC industry to the U.S. Congress.

The Next Five Years: Trends and Strategies for ASCs

By Robert Zasa, Managing and Founding Partner, ASD Management

Robert Zasa, Managing and Founding Partner at ASD Management, has established himself as a premier thought leader in the ASC industry as his career growth has paralleled that of the...

Benchmarking to Focus ASC Performance Improvement 

By Sandra Jones, Executive Vice President and COO of ASD Management

Benchmarking is a key tool for leading ASCs. Through benchmarking, your organization can focus on specific areas for improvement, and demonstrate your success.

Growth of 23-Hour Stay Programs for Ambulatory Surgery Centers 

By Reed Martin, Chief Operating Officer, Surgical Management Professionals

Over the past decade, the goals of better quality and lower cost have caused an expansion in the number and type of surgical cases performed in ambulatory surgery centers,...

'How Knowledgeable ASCs are Affecting the EMR Market' in Becker's

Craig Veach, senior vice president of corporate relations of AmkaiSolutions, is featured in a new column in Becker's ASC Review.

EMR Benefits of an EMR for Surgery Center Physicians

Joan Mckibben is administrator and director of nursing for Ambulatory Surgery Center of Somerset in Bridgewater, N.J.

Minnesota EMR Mandate: What It Means to the Other 49 States?

Spotlight on Minnesota's 2015 Interoperable Electronic Health Record Mandate

By Craig Veach, Sales Executive, AmkaiSolutions

Prepare for the Future: EMR in ASCs

In a report published by Becker's ASC Review titled "4 Things Great ASC Administrators Do to Prepare for the Future," Michelle Dickison, regional vice president, operations, for ASC management and development company Meridian Surgical Partners,...

Q&A with Steve Henry of Surgery Center at Liberty Hospital

Steve Henry is administrator at Surgery Center at Liberty Hospital in Liberty, Mo.

5 Common ASC Coding and Billing Errors

By Rhonda Hixson, Director, Product Management, AmkaiOffice, AmkaiSolutions

An article recently appeared in Becker's ASC Review describing five frequent coding and billing errors that all ASCs should avoid.

AmkaiCharts Ensures ASCs Complete the Universal Protocol

By Thomas Pinelli Jr., SVP Product Management AmkaiCharts, AmkaiSolutions

AmkaiSolutions is a firm believer in safe practices and the importance of the surgical time out, which is why we developed our AmkaiCharts electronic medical record system...

Why They Switched to AmkaiSolutions: Q&A with Concord ASC

Beverly Primeau, RN, MBA, is administrator for Concord Ambulatory Surgery Center in Concord, N.H. Concord Ambulatory Surgery Center is a multi-specialty ASC providing procedures in ENT; orthopedics; plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgeries;...

Making the Switch to EMR: Q&A with Anne Dean of The ADA Group

Anne Dean, RN, BSN, is founder of The ADA Group, a consulting firm based in DeLand, Fla., specializing in ambulatory surgical development and regulatory compliance for ASC state licensure, Medicare certification and ASC accreditation. 

Q&A with Steve Bowman of Mercy Outpatient Surgery Center

Steve Bowman, MHA, MBA, is administrator for Mercy Outpatient Surgery Center in Fort Smith, Ark. Mercy Outpatient Surgery Center is a multi-specialty ASC providing procedures in orthopedics, general surgery, otolaryngology (ENT), plastics,...

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