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6 More Questions About SIS Complete

Six commonly asked questions about SIS Complete, SIS' all-in-one ASC technology solution that was built from the ground up specifically for the cloud.

Surgical Information Systems Recognized in KLAS Report for Easy-to-Use Clinical Documentation for Ambulatory Surgery Centers

100% of SIS clients would purchase SIS Charts again | Clinical documentation solution for ambulatory surgery centers receives high marks for ease of use, user satisfaction, and more in new report.

Surgical Information Systems Recognized in the Top 100 Healthcare Technology Companies of 2021 Report

Effects of COVID on ASC Technology: An ASC Podcast with John Goehle Conversation

10 Best Practices to Improve Your ASC's Patient Collections Process

4 Ways SIS Exchange Improves ASC Communication and Patient Engagement

Patient Collections in 2021: Q&A with Jessica Nelson

 

SIS Is Back on the Road: Find Us at These Great Events in 2021

SIS Link: 4 Benefits That Improve the Scheduling Process

ASC Software Supports Rapid Growth at Busy Orthopedic ASC

SIS Showcase site Specialty Orthopaedics Surgery Center recently shared its success with using SIS Complete.

 

The Benefits of ASC-specific Software

For ASCs Using SIS Complete, Reporting ASC Quality Data is Effortless

Medicare Begins Recouping Advanced Payments from ASCs

 

SIS to Exhibit and Present at ASCA 2021 Virtual Conference

 

What Makes Our Cloud-Based ASC Solution So User-Friendly? Find Out.

 

In a digital world, why should your ASC still be using paper anesthesia processes?

Cybersecurity with SIS: A Conversation with John Goehle

 

From scheduling to patient recovery: Are you making the most out of the analytical data available from your EMR?

 

5 Easy Tips to Ensure the Right Choice for your ASC 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...

Regulatory Compliance Checks: What Do I Have to Complete…and When?

 

Benefits of Cloud Software in a Cyber World

 

Top 11 Questions – And Answers – about SIS Complete

Back in June, I wrote a blog about 10 easy ways to use SIS Complete. Since then, I’ve received several frequently asked questions during online demonstrations and webinars that I would like to address here. In case you aren’t familiar with SIS...

SIS to Exhibit During ASCA 2020 Virtual Conference & Expo

Optimizing and Managing a Remote Workforce Presentation Q&A

Jho Outlaw, Senior Vice President of Revenue Cycle Services for SIS, hosted a webinar recently and discussed the many benefits of having a remote workforce. Having managed a remote workforce for years and being an expert on the subject, she...

10 Easy Ways to Use SIS Complete

 

Inventory Management: The Devil’s in the Details Synopsis and Q&A

I had the pleasure of hosting a webinar for Surgical Information Systems last week on inventory management. The objectives I set forth were simple: 1. Define the steps needed to build an inventory system within an ASC, 2. Describe the supply...

Infection Prevention Considerations When Coming Back from COVID-19

During a recent webinar I presented with Ann Geier, chief nursing officer for Surgical Information Systems, I covered the myriad areas of consideration for returning to normal ASC operations from an infection prevention perspective. As I was...

Resuming Operations: Experts Weigh In

Most states are now allowing elective surgeries to resume, but the ASCs are under strict guidelines, based on the state. I hosted a webinar on May 27, 2020, which was a forum for three industry experts to weigh in on what they are seeing and...

Patient and Physician Engagement Tools: Why They are Helpful Now More Than Ever

Why are patient management and physician engagement tools so important in this day and age? Will they really improve my ASC’s operations, or my patient’s satisfaction levels? We have been doing fine without them for years, why now? These are all...

HELPFUL RESOURCES REGARDING COVID-19

Finding insightful information from the right sources regarding COVID-19 can be a difficult task. SIS has taken the liberty to gather helpful resources from reputable organizations to help keep healthcare workers, their patients, and their loved...

SIS Ranks as #1 ASC EHR Vendor by Black Book for 5th Year

SIS solutions take top spot in 15 of the survey's 18 performance areas of operational excellence, leading to #1 ASC EHR vendor ranking for fifth consecutive year.

Days to Bill: Q&A with ASC Revenue Cycle Experts

Following a recent webinar presentation on "Days to Bill: Optimizing This Critical Key Performance Indicator," Jho Outlaw, senior vice president of Revenue Cycle Services for SIS, and Jessica Nelson, director of Revenue Cycle Services for SIS,...

5 Quick Tips to Enhance Your ASC's Financial Performance

Looking to give your ASC's financial performance a boost? These five tips can deliver a mix of short- and long-term improvements that can all contribute to a stronger bottom line.

SIS Sponsors the ASC Podcast With John Goehle

 

Surgical Information Systems (SIS), an industry leader focused exclusively on delivering perioperative IT to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and hospitals, announces its sponsorship of the "ASC Podcast with John Goehle."

Can Your ASC Accomplish These 9 ASC Revenue Cycle Goals?

ASC business offices should strive to improve their performance, even when that performance is strong. By consistently setting and working toward goals that can enhance business office performance, ASCs will better set themselves up for short-...

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...

5 Ways SIS Complete Improves ASC Security & Disaster Preparedness

Earlier this year, SIS delivered an industry-redefining ASC software platform called SIS Complete™. It’s the first comprehensive, cloud-based solution designed to meet the needs of the modern ASC. When we were developing SIS Complete, we...

10 Tips to Improve The Submission of Clean ASC Claims

What makes a claim "clean?" A clean claim is one that is never rejected. It does not receive any type of denial. It does not need to be filed more than once because of errors. When a claim is clean, it goes out your door, requires no additional...

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.

Ann Geier Discusses Surgery Center Metrics in ASC Manager

Ann Geier, MS, RN, CNOR, CASC, chief nursing officer for Surgical Information Systems, provides guidance concerning tracking and benchmarking ASC metrics in the premiere issue of ASC Manager.

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*...

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).

Addressing ASC Benchmarking and KPI Challenges

Q&A with Jho Outlaw and Jessica Nelson

Following a recent webinar presentation on "Put Your ASC's Data to Work: Leveraging KPIs and Benchmarking," Jho Outlaw, senior vice president of Revenue Cycle Services for SIS, and Jessica Nelson, director...

ASC Successes and Opportunities: Q&A With ASCA Experts

The following article features insight from Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) regulatory and government affairs experts.

6 ASC Reimbursement Developments to Know from 2018

2018 was quite a year for the ASC industry. There were so many noteworthy announcements affecting ASC operations that it would be easy to miss some of them. One of the areas that experienced the most significant activity during the year was...

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...

Struggling with ASC Inventory Management? Follow These 6 Steps

Add specialties. Purchase capital equipment and start performing new procedures. Expand the existing physical space and build additional operating rooms.

These are some of the common recommendations made to ASCs about how they can grow their...

Tackling ASC Denials and Appeals Challenges

Q&A with Jho Outlaw and Jessica Nelson

Following a recent webinar presentation on "Denials and Appeals: Expert Guidance to Improve Your ASC's Collections," Jho Outlaw, senior vice president of Revenue Cycle Services for SIS, and Jessica Nelson,...

8 Ways a Patient Tracking System Helps Improve ASC Management

ASC leaders interested in improving facility efficiency by enhancing multiple facets of their ASC's management should consider electronic patient tracking capabilities. Such functionality can help improve communications and the availability of...

10 Steps for Improving ASC Billing Performance

Effective and efficient ASC billing is contingent upon numerous factors. Billing staff must be skilled in their craft and receive ongoing education to keep them current with changing rules. Physicians must understand what information the staff...

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...

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.

Getting Your ASC Paid: Q&A with Jho Outlaw and Jessica Nelson

Following a recent webinar presentation on “Common Obstacles to Getting Paid in an ASC,” Jho Outlaw, senior vice president of Revenue Cycle Services for SIS, and Jessica Nelson, director of Revenue Cycle Services for SIS, were asked six questions...

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...

Ann Geier Shares CAIP Exam Tips in AORN Article

Ann Geier, MS, RN, CNOR, CASC, chief nursing officer for Surgical Information Systems, provides tips to help ASC professionals planning to take the Certified Ambulatory Infection Preventionist (CAIP) exam in a new article in Periop Today, an...

ASCs Win Big with Passage of ASC Payment Transparency Act

Congratulations ambulatory surgery centers! The ASC industry won a legislative victory last week when the U.S. House of Representatives on July 24 passed the ASC Payment Transparency Act of 2018 (H.R. 6138).

8 Tips to Improve the ASC Preauthorization Process

In the never-ending struggle to receive the deserved reimbursement for procedures performed in your ambulatory surgery center (ASC), it is important to closely — and continually — examine every step of the revenue cycle process. These proactive...

ASC Legislative and Events Update: Q&A with ASCA Representatives

The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) is hard at work lobbying for the interests of ASCs nationwide and coordinating events designed to help raise awareness of the tremendous value surgery centers deliver to their communities.

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...

5 Hacks to Improve Your ASC’s Cybersecurity Today

If you are like administrators in most ASCs, you run a lean team and may not have the time and resources to give cybersecurity the attention it needs. Unfortunately, this is just what cybercriminals are hoping for so they can exploit...

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,...

6 Tips for Improving Managed Care Contracts

With reimbursement on the decline and expenses on the rise, it is imperative for ASCs to do all they can to maximize their deserved reimbursement. Leaving money on the table is no longer an option if an ASC wants to achieve growth, let alone keep...

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,...

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...

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...

Virtual and Vital: Why ASCs Should Move to the Cloud

You’ve probably heard a lot about “cloud computing” over the past few years — technology that lets you store and access data and software over the Internet, rather than on a hard drive, a server, or another physical storage device. The healthcare...

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...

The Road to Interoperability: Why is it So Hard to Travel?

One of the biggest challenges in healthcare IT today is a lack of interoperability: the ability for systems to truly communicate, regardless of maker or location. It’s a seamless transfer of data that we take for granted in other industries, like...

Quality v. Quantity: The Hidden Issue That Can Impact Your Revenue Cycle

If you’re an ambulatory surgery center (ASC) trying to navigate changes as healthcare transitions to a value-based system, you know that strong revenue cycle management is more important than ever. But any number of issues can affect a facility’s...

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...

My Non-Traditional CASC Role: Meet Viney Varughese

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...

Integration vs Interoperability: What’s the Difference?

Every industry has a unique vocabulary, and healthcare is no exception. The problem: some of those sticky, often-used words take on a life of their own, are easily misunderstood, and can even end up misused to the point of meaninglessness.

These...

It's a New Year. Is Your ASC Revenue Cycle Ready?

What’s one of the keys to ensuring an organization’s longevity in any industry? Anticipating and adapting successfully to change. This couldn’t be any more true than in healthcare today, especially for ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and...

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.

How to Avoid 'Swivel Chair Integration' in Health IT

Our knee jerk reaction to fix problems using legacy technologies is slowing down our opportunity to solve the current healthcare interoperability challenges. While most of us read articles and blog posts about the ONC interoperability...

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...

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...

Modern Healthcare Names SourceMed Among Top Revenue Cycle Companies

Today I'd like to take a moment to share some exciting news and brag a little. As the leader of SourceMed's Revenue Cycle Services business, I see firsthand every day how our expert team of certified coders, billers and collectors work diligently...

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 ...

Health IT: Improving Outpatient Healthcare in a Patient-Centric World

What comes to mind when you think about how healthcare has advanced in the last decade? Maybe you think about vaccines that have all but eradicated previously fatal ailments? Or new research surrounding preventative healthcare or social media...

Technology, Data and the Revenue Cycle in Outpatient Healthcare

For National Health IT Week, we're sharing content covering the many roles of technology in the outpatient healthcare space. Today's post contains excerpts from Senior Director of Product Management Saundra Monroe's "Data, Technology and the...

Using Technology to Solve the Surgeon Communication Challenge in ASCs

During National Health IT Week, we're kicking off a new blog series on using technology to solve common issues in outpatient facilities. Our first installment focuses on the challenge of communication between surgeons and ASCs.

As I travel each...

The Value of Health IT in Outpatient Healthcare

This week, SourceMed is proud to partner with HIMSS and other forward-thinking companies across the country in celebrating National Health IT Week.

National Health IT Week is an annual event offering all healthcare stakeholders an opportunity to...

Data Integrity, Security & Transparency in the Revenue Cycle

Data. It's a small word for something that plays such a big part in monitoring the health of your revenue cycle. Today, we have the ability to capture and analyze an amazing amount of numbers and statistics at every step of the patient...

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.

6 More Questions About SIS Complete

Six commonly asked questions about SIS Complete, SIS' all-in-one ASC technology solution that was built from the ground up specifically for the cloud.

Surgical Information Systems Recognized in KLAS Report for Easy-to-Use Clinical Documentation for Ambulatory Surgery Centers

100% of SIS clients would purchase SIS Charts again | Clinical documentation solution for ambulatory surgery centers receives high marks for ease of use, user satisfaction, and more in new report.

Surgical Information Systems Recognized in the Top 100 Healthcare Technology Companies of 2021 Report

Effects of COVID on ASC Technology: An ASC Podcast with John Goehle Conversation

10 Best Practices to Improve Your ASC's Patient Collections Process

4 Ways SIS Exchange Improves ASC Communication and Patient Engagement

Patient Collections in 2021: Q&A with Jessica Nelson

 

SIS Is Back on the Road: Find Us at These Great Events in 2021

SIS Link: 4 Benefits That Improve the Scheduling Process

ASC Software Supports Rapid Growth at Busy Orthopedic ASC

SIS Showcase site Specialty Orthopaedics Surgery Center recently shared its success with using SIS Complete.

 

The Benefits of ASC-specific Software

For ASCs Using SIS Complete, Reporting ASC Quality Data is Effortless

Medicare Begins Recouping Advanced Payments from ASCs

 

SIS to Exhibit and Present at ASCA 2021 Virtual Conference

 

What Makes Our Cloud-Based ASC Solution So User-Friendly? Find Out.

 

In a digital world, why should your ASC still be using paper anesthesia processes?

Cybersecurity with SIS: A Conversation with John Goehle

 

From scheduling to patient recovery: Are you making the most out of the analytical data available from your EMR?

 

5 Easy Tips to Ensure the Right Choice for your ASC 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...

Regulatory Compliance Checks: What Do I Have to Complete…and When?

 

Benefits of Cloud Software in a Cyber World

 

Top 11 Questions – And Answers – about SIS Complete

Back in June, I wrote a blog about 10 easy ways to use SIS Complete. Since then, I’ve received several frequently asked questions during online demonstrations and webinars that I would like to address here. In case you aren’t familiar with SIS...

SIS to Exhibit During ASCA 2020 Virtual Conference & Expo

Optimizing and Managing a Remote Workforce Presentation Q&A

Jho Outlaw, Senior Vice President of Revenue Cycle Services for SIS, hosted a webinar recently and discussed the many benefits of having a remote workforce. Having managed a remote workforce for years and being an expert on the subject, she...

10 Easy Ways to Use SIS Complete

 

Inventory Management: The Devil’s in the Details Synopsis and Q&A

I had the pleasure of hosting a webinar for Surgical Information Systems last week on inventory management. The objectives I set forth were simple: 1. Define the steps needed to build an inventory system within an ASC, 2. Describe the supply...

Infection Prevention Considerations When Coming Back from COVID-19

During a recent webinar I presented with Ann Geier, chief nursing officer for Surgical Information Systems, I covered the myriad areas of consideration for returning to normal ASC operations from an infection prevention perspective. As I was...

Resuming Operations: Experts Weigh In

Most states are now allowing elective surgeries to resume, but the ASCs are under strict guidelines, based on the state. I hosted a webinar on May 27, 2020, which was a forum for three industry experts to weigh in on what they are seeing and...

Patient and Physician Engagement Tools: Why They are Helpful Now More Than Ever

Why are patient management and physician engagement tools so important in this day and age? Will they really improve my ASC’s operations, or my patient’s satisfaction levels? We have been doing fine without them for years, why now? These are all...

HELPFUL RESOURCES REGARDING COVID-19

Finding insightful information from the right sources regarding COVID-19 can be a difficult task. SIS has taken the liberty to gather helpful resources from reputable organizations to help keep healthcare workers, their patients, and their loved...

SIS Ranks as #1 ASC EHR Vendor by Black Book for 5th Year

SIS solutions take top spot in 15 of the survey's 18 performance areas of operational excellence, leading to #1 ASC EHR vendor ranking for fifth consecutive year.

Days to Bill: Q&A with ASC Revenue Cycle Experts

Following a recent webinar presentation on "Days to Bill: Optimizing This Critical Key Performance Indicator," Jho Outlaw, senior vice president of Revenue Cycle Services for SIS, and Jessica Nelson, director of Revenue Cycle Services for SIS,...

5 Quick Tips to Enhance Your ASC's Financial Performance

Looking to give your ASC's financial performance a boost? These five tips can deliver a mix of short- and long-term improvements that can all contribute to a stronger bottom line.

SIS Sponsors the ASC Podcast With John Goehle

 

Surgical Information Systems (SIS), an industry leader focused exclusively on delivering perioperative IT to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and hospitals, announces its sponsorship of the "ASC Podcast with John Goehle."

Can Your ASC Accomplish These 9 ASC Revenue Cycle Goals?

ASC business offices should strive to improve their performance, even when that performance is strong. By consistently setting and working toward goals that can enhance business office performance, ASCs will better set themselves up for short-...

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...

5 Ways SIS Complete Improves ASC Security & Disaster Preparedness

Earlier this year, SIS delivered an industry-redefining ASC software platform called SIS Complete™. It’s the first comprehensive, cloud-based solution designed to meet the needs of the modern ASC. When we were developing SIS Complete, we...

10 Tips to Improve The Submission of Clean ASC Claims

What makes a claim "clean?" A clean claim is one that is never rejected. It does not receive any type of denial. It does not need to be filed more than once because of errors. When a claim is clean, it goes out your door, requires no additional...

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.

Ann Geier Discusses Surgery Center Metrics in ASC Manager

Ann Geier, MS, RN, CNOR, CASC, chief nursing officer for Surgical Information Systems, provides guidance concerning tracking and benchmarking ASC metrics in the premiere issue of ASC Manager.

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*...

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).

Addressing ASC Benchmarking and KPI Challenges

Q&A with Jho Outlaw and Jessica Nelson

Following a recent webinar presentation on "Put Your ASC's Data to Work: Leveraging KPIs and Benchmarking," Jho Outlaw, senior vice president of Revenue Cycle Services for SIS, and Jessica Nelson, director...

ASC Successes and Opportunities: Q&A With ASCA Experts

The following article features insight from Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) regulatory and government affairs experts.

6 ASC Reimbursement Developments to Know from 2018

2018 was quite a year for the ASC industry. There were so many noteworthy announcements affecting ASC operations that it would be easy to miss some of them. One of the areas that experienced the most significant activity during the year was...

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...

Struggling with ASC Inventory Management? Follow These 6 Steps

Add specialties. Purchase capital equipment and start performing new procedures. Expand the existing physical space and build additional operating rooms.

These are some of the common recommendations made to ASCs about how they can grow their...

Tackling ASC Denials and Appeals Challenges

Q&A with Jho Outlaw and Jessica Nelson

Following a recent webinar presentation on "Denials and Appeals: Expert Guidance to Improve Your ASC's Collections," Jho Outlaw, senior vice president of Revenue Cycle Services for SIS, and Jessica Nelson,...

8 Ways a Patient Tracking System Helps Improve ASC Management

ASC leaders interested in improving facility efficiency by enhancing multiple facets of their ASC's management should consider electronic patient tracking capabilities. Such functionality can help improve communications and the availability of...

10 Steps for Improving ASC Billing Performance

Effective and efficient ASC billing is contingent upon numerous factors. Billing staff must be skilled in their craft and receive ongoing education to keep them current with changing rules. Physicians must understand what information the staff...

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...

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.

Getting Your ASC Paid: Q&A with Jho Outlaw and Jessica Nelson

Following a recent webinar presentation on “Common Obstacles to Getting Paid in an ASC,” Jho Outlaw, senior vice president of Revenue Cycle Services for SIS, and Jessica Nelson, director of Revenue Cycle Services for SIS, were asked six questions...

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...

Ann Geier Shares CAIP Exam Tips in AORN Article

Ann Geier, MS, RN, CNOR, CASC, chief nursing officer for Surgical Information Systems, provides tips to help ASC professionals planning to take the Certified Ambulatory Infection Preventionist (CAIP) exam in a new article in Periop Today, an...

ASCs Win Big with Passage of ASC Payment Transparency Act

Congratulations ambulatory surgery centers! The ASC industry won a legislative victory last week when the U.S. House of Representatives on July 24 passed the ASC Payment Transparency Act of 2018 (H.R. 6138).

8 Tips to Improve the ASC Preauthorization Process

In the never-ending struggle to receive the deserved reimbursement for procedures performed in your ambulatory surgery center (ASC), it is important to closely — and continually — examine every step of the revenue cycle process. These proactive...

ASC Legislative and Events Update: Q&A with ASCA Representatives

The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) is hard at work lobbying for the interests of ASCs nationwide and coordinating events designed to help raise awareness of the tremendous value surgery centers deliver to their communities.

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...

5 Hacks to Improve Your ASC’s Cybersecurity Today

If you are like administrators in most ASCs, you run a lean team and may not have the time and resources to give cybersecurity the attention it needs. Unfortunately, this is just what cybercriminals are hoping for so they can exploit...

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,...

6 Tips for Improving Managed Care Contracts

With reimbursement on the decline and expenses on the rise, it is imperative for ASCs to do all they can to maximize their deserved reimbursement. Leaving money on the table is no longer an option if an ASC wants to achieve growth, let alone keep...

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,...

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...

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...

Virtual and Vital: Why ASCs Should Move to the Cloud

You’ve probably heard a lot about “cloud computing” over the past few years — technology that lets you store and access data and software over the Internet, rather than on a hard drive, a server, or another physical storage device. The healthcare...

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...

The Road to Interoperability: Why is it So Hard to Travel?

One of the biggest challenges in healthcare IT today is a lack of interoperability: the ability for systems to truly communicate, regardless of maker or location. It’s a seamless transfer of data that we take for granted in other industries, like...

Quality v. Quantity: The Hidden Issue That Can Impact Your Revenue Cycle

If you’re an ambulatory surgery center (ASC) trying to navigate changes as healthcare transitions to a value-based system, you know that strong revenue cycle management is more important than ever. But any number of issues can affect a facility’s...

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...

My Non-Traditional CASC Role: Meet Viney Varughese

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...

Integration vs Interoperability: What’s the Difference?

Every industry has a unique vocabulary, and healthcare is no exception. The problem: some of those sticky, often-used words take on a life of their own, are easily misunderstood, and can even end up misused to the point of meaninglessness.

These...

It's a New Year. Is Your ASC Revenue Cycle Ready?

What’s one of the keys to ensuring an organization’s longevity in any industry? Anticipating and adapting successfully to change. This couldn’t be any more true than in healthcare today, especially for ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and...

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.

How to Avoid 'Swivel Chair Integration' in Health IT

Our knee jerk reaction to fix problems using legacy technologies is slowing down our opportunity to solve the current healthcare interoperability challenges. While most of us read articles and blog posts about the ONC interoperability...

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...

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...

Modern Healthcare Names SourceMed Among Top Revenue Cycle Companies

Today I'd like to take a moment to share some exciting news and brag a little. As the leader of SourceMed's Revenue Cycle Services business, I see firsthand every day how our expert team of certified coders, billers and collectors work diligently...

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 ...

Health IT: Improving Outpatient Healthcare in a Patient-Centric World

What comes to mind when you think about how healthcare has advanced in the last decade? Maybe you think about vaccines that have all but eradicated previously fatal ailments? Or new research surrounding preventative healthcare or social media...

Technology, Data and the Revenue Cycle in Outpatient Healthcare

For National Health IT Week, we're sharing content covering the many roles of technology in the outpatient healthcare space. Today's post contains excerpts from Senior Director of Product Management Saundra Monroe's "Data, Technology and the...

Using Technology to Solve the Surgeon Communication Challenge in ASCs

During National Health IT Week, we're kicking off a new blog series on using technology to solve common issues in outpatient facilities. Our first installment focuses on the challenge of communication between surgeons and ASCs.

As I travel each...

The Value of Health IT in Outpatient Healthcare

This week, SourceMed is proud to partner with HIMSS and other forward-thinking companies across the country in celebrating National Health IT Week.

National Health IT Week is an annual event offering all healthcare stakeholders an opportunity to...

Data Integrity, Security & Transparency in the Revenue Cycle

Data. It's a small word for something that plays such a big part in monitoring the health of your revenue cycle. Today, we have the ability to capture and analyze an amazing amount of numbers and statistics at every step of the patient...

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.

#1 Ranked ASC EHR Vendor by Black Book for 6th Straight Year

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