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Ambulatory Surgery Centers

6 Reasons ASC QAPI Studies Go Awry

With ASCs typically only performing a few quality assurance and performance improvement (QAPI) studies each year, all must be worthwhile and deliver valuable insights into an ASC's operations. But achieving these objectives is easier said than...

Improving ASC Coding Accuracy and Performance

Improving ASC Collections with ASC Technology

Q&A with Jho Outlaw and Jessica Nelson

Following a recent webinar presentation on "Leveraging Technology to Enhance ASC Collections," Jho Outlaw, senior vice president of Revenue Cycle Services for SIS, and Jessica Nelson, director of Revenue...

10 Tips for ASC QAPI Success

While the purposes of quality assurance and performance improvement (QAPI) for ASCs are clear, achieving QAPI objectives can prove challenging. Failure to properly conduct QAPI studies can put an ASC into regulatory hot water with the Centers for...

Livonia Outpatient Surgery Center's COO on Adding New Technology

Jennifer Bednarchik is the chief operations officer for Livonia Outpatient Surgery Center in Livonia, Michigan, where she has worked since 2011. Livonia recently implemented SIS Complete™, the cloud-based ASC management and clinical documentation...

10 Tips to Leverage ASC Technology & Improve Your Revenue Cycle

Technology can greatly enhance an ASC's billing and collections efforts. Technology can improve claims completion and submission speed, boost staff productivity, decrease payment time, and reduce expenses, to name just a few ways the right...

ASCA Representatives Share Perspectives on Latest ASC Developments

The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) is the national voice for ASCs. Its staff works to ensure the interests of surgery centers are represented on the federal level and develops a wide range of resources to help ASCs deliver excellent...

Enhancing ASC QAPI Performance: Q&A with Daren Smith

Following a recent webinar presentation on "Stop Guessing, Start Measuring: Choosing Data-Based QAPI Study Topics," Daren Smith, director of ASC Solutions for Surgical Information Systems who previously worked as the director of clinical services...

Celebrating ASC Month: Surgery Centers Nationwide Raise Awareness

 

The conclusion of August brings with it the end of National ASC Month — a time designated by the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) to celebrate ASCs and the surgery center industry while raising awareness of the benefits ASCs provide...

10 Tips for Effective Billing By New ASCs

Opening a new surgery center requires a significant financial outlay for investors. There are those costs associated with developing the physical plant, purchasing equipment and supplies, and hiring and training staff. Once an ASC opens,...

Ann Geier on ASC Infection Prevention

Ann Geier, MS, RN, CNOR(E), CASC, is the chief nursing officer for Surgical Information Systems. She has worked in the ASC industry for more than 30 years and has been responsible for every aspect of ASC financial and clinical operations.

In...

Billing Preparation for New ASCs

Q&A with Jho Outlaw and Jessica Nelson

Following a recent webinar presentation on "Billing on Day 1" Jho Outlaw, senior vice president of Revenue Cycle Services for SIS, and Jessica Nelson, director of Revenue Cycle Services for SIS, fielded...

Why ASCs Should Select Ambulatory Software

When researching electronic health record (EHR) systems, ASCs will find that they seem to have a lot of options. On the surface, this would appear to be advantageous. After all, more choices should mean more opportunities to identify the...

Daren Smith Writes About QAPI Studies for ASC Focus

Daren Smith, director of ASC solutions for Surgical Information Systems, shares insight to help ASCs select the most appropriate quality assurance and performance improvement (QAPI) study topics in the June/July 2019 issue of ASC Focus.

Keeping Your ASC's Claims Clean

Q&A with Jho Outlaw and Jessica Nelson

Following a recent webinar presentation on "Cleaning Up Your Claims: Techniques, Tips, and Tools," Jho Outlaw, senior vice president of Revenue Cycle Services for SIS, and Jessica Nelson, director of...

8 Benefits of Modern Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Software

Over the past several years, the ASC industry has experienced significant changes. Patient responsibility is on the rise as high-deductible health plans continue to gain traction in the insurance market, and payers and employers shift more of the...

SIS Launches SIS Complete™ Cloud-Based Software for ASCs

 

The combination of ASC management, clinical documentation, patient engagement, and physician mobile capabilities on a single database cloud platform redefines expectations for ASC software

10 Tips for ASCs to Improve the Patient Collections Process

Patient financial responsibility after insurance is growing at a rapid rate and showing no signs of slowing down. With patients increasingly responsible for a greater portion of their healthcare costs, ASCs must effectively collect these higher...

Improving ASC Patient Collections and Satisfaction (Part 2)

Q&A with Jho Outlaw and Jessica Nelson

Following a recent webinar presentation on "Patient Collections: How to Improve Success Without Hurting Satisfaction," Jho Outlaw, senior vice president of Revenue Cycle Services for SIS, and Jessica...

Improving ASC Patient Collections and Satisfaction (Part 1)

Q&A with Jho Outlaw and Jessica Nelson

Following a recent webinar presentation on "Patient Collections: How to Improve Success Without Hurting Satisfaction," Jho Outlaw, senior vice president of Revenue Cycle Services for SIS, and Jessica...

SIS Experts Discuss Importance of Electronic Documentation in ASCs

 

SIS’ Ann Geier, MS, RN, CNOR, CASC, chief nursing officer and Daren Smith, BSN, RN, director of ASC solutions discuss the role electronic documentation plays in ambulatory surgery centers and take a look at the changing trends in a new article*...

SIS Ranks as #1 ASC EHR Vendor by Black Book for 4th Year

SIS solutions take top spot in 14 of the survey's 18 performance areas of operational excellence, leading to #1 ASC EHR vendor ranking for fourth consecutive year.

ATLANTA – March 26, 2019 – Surgical Information Systems (SIS), an industry leader...

Role of the Governing Board in ASC Infection Control & Prevention

An ASC's governing board plays a pivotal role in supporting a center's efforts to keep patients and staff safe from infections and maintain compliance with rules and regulations (e.g., Medicare, accreditation). Here are 10 of a governing body's...

8 ASC Management Tips That Deliver Results

ASC management is no easy task. Besides overseeing the operations of a facility expected to provide exceptional surgical care that delivers optimal outcomes, management must work to meet the needs of its physicians while also overseeing a diverse...

10 Tips for ASCs to Better Leverage KPIs and Benchmarking

How do you know if your ASC's business is doing well? Not just think you know, but how do you really know? That's where data comes in. Only by collecting appropriate data on key performance indicators (KPI) and then measuring your performance can...

Ann Geier Discusses ASC Management, Succession Planning for AORN

Ann Geier, MS, RN, CNOR, CASC, chief nursing officer for Surgical Information Systems, provides tips on ASC management and succession planning in two articles recently published by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN).

10 Tips for ASCs to Reduce Denials and Improve Appeals

Denied claims are an unfortunate but accepted fact of life for any ASC. If you submit claims to payers, you will receive denials. Some are likely to be justified; others not. But what does not — and should not — be accepted is receiving no...

Tips to Help Secure Management Support for CASC

Ann Geier, MS, RN, CNOR, CASC, chief nursing officer for Surgical Information Systems, provides guidance to help ASC professionals interested in and planning to pursue the Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC) credential secure support...

10 Benefits of a Robust ASC Patient Survey Program

While ASCs have long asked patients to complete surveys following procedures, administrators and staff often paid insufficient attention to the results. 

Choosing the Right Ambulatory Surgery Center Software

Investing in ambulatory surgery center software can provide numerous benefits to an ASC. It can deliver deep insight into a surgery center's financial, clinical, and/or operational performance. It can automate previously manual processes. It can...

Daren Smith to Present ASCA Webinar on ASC Physician Succession

Daren Smith, RN, director of ASC solutions for Surgical Information Systems, will present the webinar "When a Physician Leaves: Strategies for Surviving and Thriving" as part of the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) 2018 webinar series.

4 Advantages of Performing Case Costing in ASCs

Case costing is a critical process for ensuring an ASC remains financially viable and successful. While it can be a lengthy process, there are numerous reasons why any time spent on case costing should be considered time well spent.

In Celebration of National ASC Month: Raising Awareness of Surgery Centers

August is National ASC Month. Designated by the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA), National ASC Month is intended to celebrate ASCs and the ASC industry and help raise awareness of the multitude of benefits surgery centers deliver to...

3 Steps to Maintaining Your ASC Accreditation

Earning ASC accreditation can serve multiple purposes. By working to meet accreditation standards, ASCs are more likely to keep patients and staff safe. Accreditation is a way of demonstrating that an ASC is committed to delivering high-quality...

Boosting Staff Productivity Across the Generations: Q&A with Ann Geier

Following my recent presentation during a webinar hosted by SIS on "Boosting Staff Productivity: Getting the Most Out of Each Generation," I was asked three terrific questions. Here they are, along with my responses, summarized for readability.

6 Tips for Improving ASC Relationships with Payors

Developing a strong relationship with your ASC's payors can yield significant benefits. It may help you secure better contracts and reimbursement rates. You may find it easier to address problems associated with denials and other billing...

5 Challenges to Providing Effective Infection Control Training

As part of their efforts to ensure safety and maintain compliance with regulations from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), ASCs are expected to provide infection prevention and control training for their staff. Staff members who...

5 Barriers to Replacing a Volume Leader in an ASC

There are two scenarios in which ASC leadership will typically find itself under pressure to replace a surgeon who contributes significant case volume. The first — and preferable — scenario is a scheduled exiting from the ASC, such as one tied to...

ASC Administrator Burnout: 3 Warning Signs

You've been working as the administrator of an ASC for several years, and you're good at it. Your ASC performs well. Physicians and staff are happy. Outcomes are excellent. Distributions are consistent. But for some reason, it's becoming more...

6 Do's and Don'ts of an Effective ASC Orientation Process

Staff orientation in an ASC is more than just a requirement of state and accreditation surveyors. It is vital to delivering quality care, promoting safe practices, encouraging teamwork and securing buy-in of an ASC's mission and culture. Missteps...

Ask an ASC Professional: Looking Back on 2017, Forward into 2018

An interview with six ASC professionals

2018 Challenges for ASCs: Interview with ASCA Experts

Kara Newbury is the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association’s (ASCA) regulatory counsel. In this position, she spearheads ASCA’s federal regulatory efforts, primarily working with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Heather Ashby is...

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...

5 Reasons ASC QAPI Projects Fail and Tips to Avoid Them

There are several reasons for ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) to invest the time and resources in developing a robust quality assurance performance improvement (QAPI) program. The development, implementation and maintenance of an ongoing,...

SIS Thought Leaders to Present at Ohio Association of ASC Conference

SIS joins ASC industry professionals from throughout Ohio for this three-day event in Columbus.

How to Develop an IT Disaster Response Plan at your ASC: 8 Steps to Take

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma expected to hit the Florida coast this weekend, we thought it would be a good idea to reissue this post from last year.

Managing your ASC’s QI Program

Quality Improvement studies can be an effective way to improve the clinical, administrative, and financial operations of your ambulatory surgery center. But when it comes to implementing an effective quality improvement program, many ASCs don’t...

The Importance of National ASC Week: Q&A with Danielle Kaster of ASCA

Q: What is National ASC Week?

Danielle Kaster: Each year, members of Congress typically spend the entire month of August in their home states, taking advantage of opportunities to meet with their constituents and gain a better understanding of...

CDC Updates Surgical Site Infection Guideline: 4 Key Takeaways for ASCs

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated its "Guideline for the Prevention of Surgical Site Infection (SSI)." The 2017 version of the guideline, published in the JAMA Surgery journal, updates the last version,...

My Non-Traditional CASC Path: Meet Rebecca Paine

There are more than 700 people in the U.S. who have earned the CASC (Certified Administrator Surgery Center) credential, but you might be surprised to find that they don’t all have traditional healthcare backgrounds. In this blog series, we'll...

Reduce Supply Costs in Your Independent ASC

Since materials represent the second highest expense for most ASCs, trailing staffing costs, the money and time lost due to poor materials management can add up quickly. On a positive note, this also means even small improvements to a poorly run...

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.

ASCA 2017: What to Expect at This Year’s Meeting

From May 3-6, administrative and clinical professionals from ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) across the country will convene in Washington, D.C. for ASCA 2017, the premier meeting for the ASC industry hosted by the Ambulatory Surgery Center...

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 Patient Safety: 3 Ways Communication is Key

In honor of Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 12-18) we’re examining different aspects of patient safety in Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs). In this post, we look at three ways communication is vital to keeping patients safe.

We all know...

ASC Challenges & Opportunities: Q&A with ASCA Experts

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

Ask a CASC: How do I Recruit (and Retain) Skilled Surgeons?

By Heather Keidel Hayes

Recruiting new staff and retaining existing talent is a common challenge that crosses industries. In the ambulatory surgery space, this issue is unique in that skilled surgeons are actively courted by multiple facilities...

Three Simple Steps to Capturing More Revenue for Your ASC

Rapidly changing industry dynamics, regulatory changes brought on by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other legislation, the transition to ICD-10, and increased patient responsibility pose significant challenges to the Ambulatory Surgery Center...

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...

ASC Case Costing: Where Should You Start?

It might sound counterintuitive, but for an ambulatory surgery center (ASC), performing more cases doesn’t always mean making more money. If the total cost of a procedure exceeds the amount a payer will reimburse, the facility is the one that...

How to Meet Your ASCs Peer Review Requirements with Amkai

Daren Smith, RN, BSN, is a clinical solution specialist for AmkaiSolutions and Surgical Information Systems.

Opening a New Outpatient Surgical Facility: What to Consider

Opening a new outpatient surgery facility – whether it’s an ambulatory surgery center (ASC) or hospital outpatient department (HOPD) – can be a daunting task, especially when starting from the ground up with new construction, unestablished...

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...

Three Partner Perspectives on Becker's Annual ASC Meeting

Becker's 23rd Annual Meeting: The Business and Operations of ASCs brought ambulatory surgical center (ASC) leaders together with companies that develop services and solutions for the industry. SourceMed leaders shared their takeaways in a...

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...

My Non-Traditional CASC Role: Meet Luke Lambert

There are more than 700 people in the U.S. who have earned the CASC (Certified Administrator Surgery Center) credential, but you might be surprised to find that they're not all administrators. In this blog series, we'll get a personal look into...

Takeaways from Becker's Annual ASC Meeting

Last week Becker's hosted its 23rd Annual Meeting: The Business and Operations of ASCs. This event, held in Chicago, is a must-attend for business and clinical leaders in the ambulatory surgical center (ASC) market, as well as for companies that...

My Non-Traditional CASC Role: Meet Heather Keidel Hayes

There are more than 700 people in the U.S. who have earned the CASC (Certified Administrator Surgery Center) credential, but you might be surprised to find that they're not all administrators. In this blog series, we’ll get a personal look into...

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...

Is Your ASC Positioned for Success in the Value-Based World?

It's an exciting time to be in healthcare—especially the outpatient space. We're in the midst of a shift to value-based care, transitioning from the historical fee-per-service model to an approach that focuses on a better patient experience at a...

Managing Your Quality Program: Q&A with Daren Smith

Q&A with Daren Smith

Daren Smith, RN, BSN, is a clinical solution specialist for AmkaiSolutions and Surgical Information Systems. He will be presenting on "Managing Your Quality Program" at the Alabama Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers ...

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...

My Non-Traditional CASC Role: Meet Ann Geier

 

There are more than 700 people in the U.S. who have earned the CASC (Certified Administrator Surgery Center) credential, but you might be surprised to find that they're not all administrators. In this blog series, we’ll get a personal look into...

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.

ASCs Have Revolutionized the Surgical Experience

The number of ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) in the U.S. has grown to rival that of hospitals, with more than 5,400 across the country that perform 23 million surgeries each year. Over the 40+ years since the first freestanding center opened...

4 Ways ASCs Control Costs

As healthcare costs continue to rise while reimbursements fall, ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) have demonstrated an ability to control costs and save money – $38 billion, in fact. A recent study conducted by Healthcare Bluebook™ found that...

Who Should Become a CASC and Why?

CASC Certification is a significant endorsement of the skills and knowledge that are needed to effectively manage an ambulatory surgery center (ASC). We've already explored what it means to be CASC Certified and how to maintain your certification,

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.

Three Steps to Prepare for the CASC Exam

The Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC) credential is a tangible way to demonstrate your deep understanding of the skills and knowledge required to be a successful ASC administrator. But in order to earn the certification, you must pass...

AmkaiSolutions Launches New Analytics Solution

AmkaiSolutions Launches New Analytics Solution to Help Ambulatory Surgery Centers Optimize their Businesses and Provide Exceptional Care

Easy-to-use, role-based dashboards enable end users to quickly identify trends and opportunities for...

Maintaining your CASC Certification: How and Why?

With the demand for experienced ASC administrators rising, many candidates are taking additional steps toward advancing their career by earning a Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC) credential. In a previous post, we covered the basics...

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...

CASC Credentials: the Gold Standard for ASCs

Competition for the best Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) administration jobs is very competitive, and the field is growing rapidly. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for qualified Healthcare Administrators will increase by...

Improving ASC Inventory Management - 3 Initial Steps

Three Initial Steps

by Rhonda Hixson, Principle Solution Architect, AmkaiSolutions

AmkaiCharts EHR Approved by Ohio Board of Pharmacy for Positive ID

Armonk, NY – On January 26, 2016, AmkaiCharts EHR v.3.6 was approved by the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy to meet the requirement to use positive identification for anyone ordering or administering medications electronically. Positive...

EHR Certification Standards for ASCs

Steven Selde is the ASC Association's (ASCA) assistant regulatory counsel. In this position he assists with ASCA's regulatory and legislative activities and outreach with an emphasis on health IT related issues, and serves as a liaison for the...

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,...

Why Make the Switch to an EMR: Q&A with Ryan Crean, AmkaiCharts

Ryan Crean is product manager for AmkaiCharts at AmkaiSolutions.

EMR Benefits During an Accreditation Survey: Q&A with Scott Luba

Scott Luba is director of business operations for Outpatient Surgery Center of Hilton Head in Hilton Head Island, S.C. The multi-specialty ASC uses the AmkaiCharts electronic medical record system. It recently underwent a survey by The Joint...

Q&A with Memorial Spine & Neuroscience Center

Cheryl Bloode is director at Memorial Spine & Neuroscience Center in South Bend, Ind.

'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.

Avoid Major Cash Flow Disruption and Get Prepared for ICD-10

By Heidi Babb, Vice President of Revenue Cycle, Partners Medical Consulting

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.

Considerations If You Sell an Interest in Your ASC or Endoscopy Center

By Matthew Searles and Rich Searles of Merritt Healthcare*

When selling an interest in your ASC or endoscopy center, you can maximize the value that you receive by considering a number of key points. These include marketing the facility to a wide...

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,...

EMR: An Important Benefit to Share on National ASC Day (August 15)

August 15 marks the 10th anniversary of National ASC Day, a day when surgery centers across the country promote awareness of their contributions to their community by opening their doors and hosting National ASC Day events. These events include...

Q&A with Susan Nance of Gateway Surgery Center

Susan Nance, RN, CASC, is administrator of Gateway Surgery Center in Phoenix, Ariz., a member of the AmSurg Corporation.

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.

Q&A with Howard Mullins of Triangle Orthopaedics Surgery Center

Howard Mullins, RN, CASC, is administrator/chief nursing officer of Triangle Orthopaedics Surgery Center in Raleigh, N.C. The single-specialty ASC opened and went live with both the AmkaiCharts electronic medical records system and AmkaiOffice...

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...

Developing a Superior Product: Q&A with Rhonda Hixson of AmkaiSolutions

Rhonda Hixson is director of product management for AmkaiOffice at AmkaiSolutions.

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;...

Q&A with Tabitha Vaughn of St. Charles Surgery Center

Tabitha Vaughn is administrator at St. Charles Surgery Center in St. Charles, Mo. The ASC opened and went live with AmkaiCharts and AmkaiOffice in mid-2012.

Q&A with Kathy Allison of Covenant Community Pain Solutions

Kathy Allison, MHA, BSN, is vice president of Covenant Community Pain Solutions for ambulatory surgery center owner and operator Covenant Surgical Partners. Covenant has partnered with AmkaiSolutions since 2009.

Q&A with Carolina Center for Specialty Surgery

Brenda Page, RN, MBA, is director and Sarah Moffat is business office manager for Carolina Center for Specialty Surgery in Charlotte, N.C. They have been an AmkaiSolutions partner since 2010.

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. 

EMR Automation of Patient Follow Up and Outcomes Monitoring

One area ASCs often struggle with is how to make and track patient follow-up phone calls after a procedure. Our AmkaiCharts EMR solution includes essential features surgery centers can use to provide better post-operative care, thereby improving...

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,...

6 Reasons ASC QAPI Studies Go Awry

With ASCs typically only performing a few quality assurance and performance improvement (QAPI) studies each year, all must be worthwhile and deliver valuable insights into an ASC's operations. But achieving these objectives is easier said than...

Improving ASC Coding Accuracy and Performance

Improving ASC Collections with ASC Technology

Q&A with Jho Outlaw and Jessica Nelson

Following a recent webinar presentation on "Leveraging Technology to Enhance ASC Collections," Jho Outlaw, senior vice president of Revenue Cycle Services for SIS, and Jessica Nelson, director of Revenue...

10 Tips for ASC QAPI Success

While the purposes of quality assurance and performance improvement (QAPI) for ASCs are clear, achieving QAPI objectives can prove challenging. Failure to properly conduct QAPI studies can put an ASC into regulatory hot water with the Centers for...

Livonia Outpatient Surgery Center's COO on Adding New Technology

Jennifer Bednarchik is the chief operations officer for Livonia Outpatient Surgery Center in Livonia, Michigan, where she has worked since 2011. Livonia recently implemented SIS Complete™, the cloud-based ASC management and clinical documentation...

10 Tips to Leverage ASC Technology & Improve Your Revenue Cycle

Technology can greatly enhance an ASC's billing and collections efforts. Technology can improve claims completion and submission speed, boost staff productivity, decrease payment time, and reduce expenses, to name just a few ways the right...

ASCA Representatives Share Perspectives on Latest ASC Developments

The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) is the national voice for ASCs. Its staff works to ensure the interests of surgery centers are represented on the federal level and develops a wide range of resources to help ASCs deliver excellent...

Enhancing ASC QAPI Performance: Q&A with Daren Smith

Following a recent webinar presentation on "Stop Guessing, Start Measuring: Choosing Data-Based QAPI Study Topics," Daren Smith, director of ASC Solutions for Surgical Information Systems who previously worked as the director of clinical services...

Celebrating ASC Month: Surgery Centers Nationwide Raise Awareness

 

The conclusion of August brings with it the end of National ASC Month — a time designated by the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) to celebrate ASCs and the surgery center industry while raising awareness of the benefits ASCs provide...

10 Tips for Effective Billing By New ASCs

Opening a new surgery center requires a significant financial outlay for investors. There are those costs associated with developing the physical plant, purchasing equipment and supplies, and hiring and training staff. Once an ASC opens,...

Ann Geier on ASC Infection Prevention

Ann Geier, MS, RN, CNOR(E), CASC, is the chief nursing officer for Surgical Information Systems. She has worked in the ASC industry for more than 30 years and has been responsible for every aspect of ASC financial and clinical operations.

In...

Billing Preparation for New ASCs

Q&A with Jho Outlaw and Jessica Nelson

Following a recent webinar presentation on "Billing on Day 1" Jho Outlaw, senior vice president of Revenue Cycle Services for SIS, and Jessica Nelson, director of Revenue Cycle Services for SIS, fielded...

Why ASCs Should Select Ambulatory Software

When researching electronic health record (EHR) systems, ASCs will find that they seem to have a lot of options. On the surface, this would appear to be advantageous. After all, more choices should mean more opportunities to identify the...

Daren Smith Writes About QAPI Studies for ASC Focus

Daren Smith, director of ASC solutions for Surgical Information Systems, shares insight to help ASCs select the most appropriate quality assurance and performance improvement (QAPI) study topics in the June/July 2019 issue of ASC Focus.

Keeping Your ASC's Claims Clean

Q&A with Jho Outlaw and Jessica Nelson

Following a recent webinar presentation on "Cleaning Up Your Claims: Techniques, Tips, and Tools," Jho Outlaw, senior vice president of Revenue Cycle Services for SIS, and Jessica Nelson, director of...

8 Benefits of Modern Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Software

Over the past several years, the ASC industry has experienced significant changes. Patient responsibility is on the rise as high-deductible health plans continue to gain traction in the insurance market, and payers and employers shift more of the...

SIS Launches SIS Complete™ Cloud-Based Software for ASCs

 

The combination of ASC management, clinical documentation, patient engagement, and physician mobile capabilities on a single database cloud platform redefines expectations for ASC software

10 Tips for ASCs to Improve the Patient Collections Process

Patient financial responsibility after insurance is growing at a rapid rate and showing no signs of slowing down. With patients increasingly responsible for a greater portion of their healthcare costs, ASCs must effectively collect these higher...

Improving ASC Patient Collections and Satisfaction (Part 2)

Q&A with Jho Outlaw and Jessica Nelson

Following a recent webinar presentation on "Patient Collections: How to Improve Success Without Hurting Satisfaction," Jho Outlaw, senior vice president of Revenue Cycle Services for SIS, and Jessica...

Improving ASC Patient Collections and Satisfaction (Part 1)

Q&A with Jho Outlaw and Jessica Nelson

Following a recent webinar presentation on "Patient Collections: How to Improve Success Without Hurting Satisfaction," Jho Outlaw, senior vice president of Revenue Cycle Services for SIS, and Jessica...

SIS Experts Discuss Importance of Electronic Documentation in ASCs

 

SIS’ Ann Geier, MS, RN, CNOR, CASC, chief nursing officer and Daren Smith, BSN, RN, director of ASC solutions discuss the role electronic documentation plays in ambulatory surgery centers and take a look at the changing trends in a new article*...

SIS Ranks as #1 ASC EHR Vendor by Black Book for 4th Year

SIS solutions take top spot in 14 of the survey's 18 performance areas of operational excellence, leading to #1 ASC EHR vendor ranking for fourth consecutive year.

ATLANTA – March 26, 2019 – Surgical Information Systems (SIS), an industry leader...

Role of the Governing Board in ASC Infection Control & Prevention

An ASC's governing board plays a pivotal role in supporting a center's efforts to keep patients and staff safe from infections and maintain compliance with rules and regulations (e.g., Medicare, accreditation). Here are 10 of a governing body's...

8 ASC Management Tips That Deliver Results

ASC management is no easy task. Besides overseeing the operations of a facility expected to provide exceptional surgical care that delivers optimal outcomes, management must work to meet the needs of its physicians while also overseeing a diverse...

10 Tips for ASCs to Better Leverage KPIs and Benchmarking

How do you know if your ASC's business is doing well? Not just think you know, but how do you really know? That's where data comes in. Only by collecting appropriate data on key performance indicators (KPI) and then measuring your performance can...

Ann Geier Discusses ASC Management, Succession Planning for AORN

Ann Geier, MS, RN, CNOR, CASC, chief nursing officer for Surgical Information Systems, provides tips on ASC management and succession planning in two articles recently published by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN).

10 Tips for ASCs to Reduce Denials and Improve Appeals

Denied claims are an unfortunate but accepted fact of life for any ASC. If you submit claims to payers, you will receive denials. Some are likely to be justified; others not. But what does not — and should not — be accepted is receiving no...

Tips to Help Secure Management Support for CASC

Ann Geier, MS, RN, CNOR, CASC, chief nursing officer for Surgical Information Systems, provides guidance to help ASC professionals interested in and planning to pursue the Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC) credential secure support...

10 Benefits of a Robust ASC Patient Survey Program

While ASCs have long asked patients to complete surveys following procedures, administrators and staff often paid insufficient attention to the results. 

Choosing the Right Ambulatory Surgery Center Software

Investing in ambulatory surgery center software can provide numerous benefits to an ASC. It can deliver deep insight into a surgery center's financial, clinical, and/or operational performance. It can automate previously manual processes. It can...

Daren Smith to Present ASCA Webinar on ASC Physician Succession

Daren Smith, RN, director of ASC solutions for Surgical Information Systems, will present the webinar "When a Physician Leaves: Strategies for Surviving and Thriving" as part of the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) 2018 webinar series.

4 Advantages of Performing Case Costing in ASCs

Case costing is a critical process for ensuring an ASC remains financially viable and successful. While it can be a lengthy process, there are numerous reasons why any time spent on case costing should be considered time well spent.

In Celebration of National ASC Month: Raising Awareness of Surgery Centers

August is National ASC Month. Designated by the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA), National ASC Month is intended to celebrate ASCs and the ASC industry and help raise awareness of the multitude of benefits surgery centers deliver to...

3 Steps to Maintaining Your ASC Accreditation

Earning ASC accreditation can serve multiple purposes. By working to meet accreditation standards, ASCs are more likely to keep patients and staff safe. Accreditation is a way of demonstrating that an ASC is committed to delivering high-quality...

Boosting Staff Productivity Across the Generations: Q&A with Ann Geier

Following my recent presentation during a webinar hosted by SIS on "Boosting Staff Productivity: Getting the Most Out of Each Generation," I was asked three terrific questions. Here they are, along with my responses, summarized for readability.

6 Tips for Improving ASC Relationships with Payors

Developing a strong relationship with your ASC's payors can yield significant benefits. It may help you secure better contracts and reimbursement rates. You may find it easier to address problems associated with denials and other billing...

5 Challenges to Providing Effective Infection Control Training

As part of their efforts to ensure safety and maintain compliance with regulations from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), ASCs are expected to provide infection prevention and control training for their staff. Staff members who...

5 Barriers to Replacing a Volume Leader in an ASC

There are two scenarios in which ASC leadership will typically find itself under pressure to replace a surgeon who contributes significant case volume. The first — and preferable — scenario is a scheduled exiting from the ASC, such as one tied to...

ASC Administrator Burnout: 3 Warning Signs

You've been working as the administrator of an ASC for several years, and you're good at it. Your ASC performs well. Physicians and staff are happy. Outcomes are excellent. Distributions are consistent. But for some reason, it's becoming more...

6 Do's and Don'ts of an Effective ASC Orientation Process

Staff orientation in an ASC is more than just a requirement of state and accreditation surveyors. It is vital to delivering quality care, promoting safe practices, encouraging teamwork and securing buy-in of an ASC's mission and culture. Missteps...

Ask an ASC Professional: Looking Back on 2017, Forward into 2018

An interview with six ASC professionals

2018 Challenges for ASCs: Interview with ASCA Experts

Kara Newbury is the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association’s (ASCA) regulatory counsel. In this position, she spearheads ASCA’s federal regulatory efforts, primarily working with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Heather Ashby is...

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...

5 Reasons ASC QAPI Projects Fail and Tips to Avoid Them

There are several reasons for ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) to invest the time and resources in developing a robust quality assurance performance improvement (QAPI) program. The development, implementation and maintenance of an ongoing,...

SIS Thought Leaders to Present at Ohio Association of ASC Conference

SIS joins ASC industry professionals from throughout Ohio for this three-day event in Columbus.

How to Develop an IT Disaster Response Plan at your ASC: 8 Steps to Take

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma expected to hit the Florida coast this weekend, we thought it would be a good idea to reissue this post from last year.

Managing your ASC’s QI Program

Quality Improvement studies can be an effective way to improve the clinical, administrative, and financial operations of your ambulatory surgery center. But when it comes to implementing an effective quality improvement program, many ASCs don’t...

The Importance of National ASC Week: Q&A with Danielle Kaster of ASCA

Q: What is National ASC Week?

Danielle Kaster: Each year, members of Congress typically spend the entire month of August in their home states, taking advantage of opportunities to meet with their constituents and gain a better understanding of...

CDC Updates Surgical Site Infection Guideline: 4 Key Takeaways for ASCs

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated its "Guideline for the Prevention of Surgical Site Infection (SSI)." The 2017 version of the guideline, published in the JAMA Surgery journal, updates the last version,...

My Non-Traditional CASC Path: Meet Rebecca Paine

There are more than 700 people in the U.S. who have earned the CASC (Certified Administrator Surgery Center) credential, but you might be surprised to find that they don’t all have traditional healthcare backgrounds. In this blog series, we'll...

Reduce Supply Costs in Your Independent ASC

Since materials represent the second highest expense for most ASCs, trailing staffing costs, the money and time lost due to poor materials management can add up quickly. On a positive note, this also means even small improvements to a poorly run...

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.

ASCA 2017: What to Expect at This Year’s Meeting

From May 3-6, administrative and clinical professionals from ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) across the country will convene in Washington, D.C. for ASCA 2017, the premier meeting for the ASC industry hosted by the Ambulatory Surgery Center...

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 Patient Safety: 3 Ways Communication is Key

In honor of Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 12-18) we’re examining different aspects of patient safety in Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs). In this post, we look at three ways communication is vital to keeping patients safe.

We all know...

ASC Challenges & Opportunities: Q&A with ASCA Experts

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

Ask a CASC: How do I Recruit (and Retain) Skilled Surgeons?

By Heather Keidel Hayes

Recruiting new staff and retaining existing talent is a common challenge that crosses industries. In the ambulatory surgery space, this issue is unique in that skilled surgeons are actively courted by multiple facilities...

Three Simple Steps to Capturing More Revenue for Your ASC

Rapidly changing industry dynamics, regulatory changes brought on by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other legislation, the transition to ICD-10, and increased patient responsibility pose significant challenges to the Ambulatory Surgery Center...

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...

ASC Case Costing: Where Should You Start?

It might sound counterintuitive, but for an ambulatory surgery center (ASC), performing more cases doesn’t always mean making more money. If the total cost of a procedure exceeds the amount a payer will reimburse, the facility is the one that...

How to Meet Your ASCs Peer Review Requirements with Amkai

Daren Smith, RN, BSN, is a clinical solution specialist for AmkaiSolutions and Surgical Information Systems.

Opening a New Outpatient Surgical Facility: What to Consider

Opening a new outpatient surgery facility – whether it’s an ambulatory surgery center (ASC) or hospital outpatient department (HOPD) – can be a daunting task, especially when starting from the ground up with new construction, unestablished...

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...

Three Partner Perspectives on Becker's Annual ASC Meeting

Becker's 23rd Annual Meeting: The Business and Operations of ASCs brought ambulatory surgical center (ASC) leaders together with companies that develop services and solutions for the industry. SourceMed leaders shared their takeaways in a...

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...

My Non-Traditional CASC Role: Meet Luke Lambert

There are more than 700 people in the U.S. who have earned the CASC (Certified Administrator Surgery Center) credential, but you might be surprised to find that they're not all administrators. In this blog series, we'll get a personal look into...

Takeaways from Becker's Annual ASC Meeting

Last week Becker's hosted its 23rd Annual Meeting: The Business and Operations of ASCs. This event, held in Chicago, is a must-attend for business and clinical leaders in the ambulatory surgical center (ASC) market, as well as for companies that...

My Non-Traditional CASC Role: Meet Heather Keidel Hayes

There are more than 700 people in the U.S. who have earned the CASC (Certified Administrator Surgery Center) credential, but you might be surprised to find that they're not all administrators. In this blog series, we’ll get a personal look into...

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...

Is Your ASC Positioned for Success in the Value-Based World?

It's an exciting time to be in healthcare—especially the outpatient space. We're in the midst of a shift to value-based care, transitioning from the historical fee-per-service model to an approach that focuses on a better patient experience at a...

Managing Your Quality Program: Q&A with Daren Smith

Q&A with Daren Smith

Daren Smith, RN, BSN, is a clinical solution specialist for AmkaiSolutions and Surgical Information Systems. He will be presenting on "Managing Your Quality Program" at the Alabama Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers ...

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...

My Non-Traditional CASC Role: Meet Ann Geier

 

There are more than 700 people in the U.S. who have earned the CASC (Certified Administrator Surgery Center) credential, but you might be surprised to find that they're not all administrators. In this blog series, we’ll get a personal look into...

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.

ASCs Have Revolutionized the Surgical Experience

The number of ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) in the U.S. has grown to rival that of hospitals, with more than 5,400 across the country that perform 23 million surgeries each year. Over the 40+ years since the first freestanding center opened...

4 Ways ASCs Control Costs

As healthcare costs continue to rise while reimbursements fall, ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) have demonstrated an ability to control costs and save money – $38 billion, in fact. A recent study conducted by Healthcare Bluebook™ found that...

Who Should Become a CASC and Why?

CASC Certification is a significant endorsement of the skills and knowledge that are needed to effectively manage an ambulatory surgery center (ASC). We've already explored what it means to be CASC Certified and how to maintain your certification,

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.

Three Steps to Prepare for the CASC Exam

The Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC) credential is a tangible way to demonstrate your deep understanding of the skills and knowledge required to be a successful ASC administrator. But in order to earn the certification, you must pass...

AmkaiSolutions Launches New Analytics Solution

AmkaiSolutions Launches New Analytics Solution to Help Ambulatory Surgery Centers Optimize their Businesses and Provide Exceptional Care

Easy-to-use, role-based dashboards enable end users to quickly identify trends and opportunities for...

Maintaining your CASC Certification: How and Why?

With the demand for experienced ASC administrators rising, many candidates are taking additional steps toward advancing their career by earning a Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC) credential. In a previous post, we covered the basics...

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...

CASC Credentials: the Gold Standard for ASCs

Competition for the best Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) administration jobs is very competitive, and the field is growing rapidly. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for qualified Healthcare Administrators will increase by...

Improving ASC Inventory Management - 3 Initial Steps

Three Initial Steps

by Rhonda Hixson, Principle Solution Architect, AmkaiSolutions

AmkaiCharts EHR Approved by Ohio Board of Pharmacy for Positive ID

Armonk, NY – On January 26, 2016, AmkaiCharts EHR v.3.6 was approved by the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy to meet the requirement to use positive identification for anyone ordering or administering medications electronically. Positive...

EHR Certification Standards for ASCs

Steven Selde is the ASC Association's (ASCA) assistant regulatory counsel. In this position he assists with ASCA's regulatory and legislative activities and outreach with an emphasis on health IT related issues, and serves as a liaison for the...

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,...

Why Make the Switch to an EMR: Q&A with Ryan Crean, AmkaiCharts

Ryan Crean is product manager for AmkaiCharts at AmkaiSolutions.

EMR Benefits During an Accreditation Survey: Q&A with Scott Luba

Scott Luba is director of business operations for Outpatient Surgery Center of Hilton Head in Hilton Head Island, S.C. The multi-specialty ASC uses the AmkaiCharts electronic medical record system. It recently underwent a survey by The Joint...

Q&A with Memorial Spine & Neuroscience Center

Cheryl Bloode is director at Memorial Spine & Neuroscience Center in South Bend, Ind.

'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.

Avoid Major Cash Flow Disruption and Get Prepared for ICD-10

By Heidi Babb, Vice President of Revenue Cycle, Partners Medical Consulting

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.

Considerations If You Sell an Interest in Your ASC or Endoscopy Center

By Matthew Searles and Rich Searles of Merritt Healthcare*

When selling an interest in your ASC or endoscopy center, you can maximize the value that you receive by considering a number of key points. These include marketing the facility to a wide...

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,...

EMR: An Important Benefit to Share on National ASC Day (August 15)

August 15 marks the 10th anniversary of National ASC Day, a day when surgery centers across the country promote awareness of their contributions to their community by opening their doors and hosting National ASC Day events. These events include...

Q&A with Susan Nance of Gateway Surgery Center

Susan Nance, RN, CASC, is administrator of Gateway Surgery Center in Phoenix, Ariz., a member of the AmSurg Corporation.

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.

Q&A with Howard Mullins of Triangle Orthopaedics Surgery Center

Howard Mullins, RN, CASC, is administrator/chief nursing officer of Triangle Orthopaedics Surgery Center in Raleigh, N.C. The single-specialty ASC opened and went live with both the AmkaiCharts electronic medical records system and AmkaiOffice...

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...

Developing a Superior Product: Q&A with Rhonda Hixson of AmkaiSolutions

Rhonda Hixson is director of product management for AmkaiOffice at AmkaiSolutions.

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;...

Q&A with Tabitha Vaughn of St. Charles Surgery Center

Tabitha Vaughn is administrator at St. Charles Surgery Center in St. Charles, Mo. The ASC opened and went live with AmkaiCharts and AmkaiOffice in mid-2012.

Q&A with Kathy Allison of Covenant Community Pain Solutions

Kathy Allison, MHA, BSN, is vice president of Covenant Community Pain Solutions for ambulatory surgery center owner and operator Covenant Surgical Partners. Covenant has partnered with AmkaiSolutions since 2009.

Q&A with Carolina Center for Specialty Surgery

Brenda Page, RN, MBA, is director and Sarah Moffat is business office manager for Carolina Center for Specialty Surgery in Charlotte, N.C. They have been an AmkaiSolutions partner since 2010.

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. 

EMR Automation of Patient Follow Up and Outcomes Monitoring

One area ASCs often struggle with is how to make and track patient follow-up phone calls after a procedure. Our AmkaiCharts EMR solution includes essential features surgery centers can use to provide better post-operative care, thereby improving...

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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