2022 Conference Program


7:30 AM to 8:30 AM
Pre-Conference Registration
8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Pre-Conference: ASC Survey Readiness Course
8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Pre-Conference: Financial Bootcamp


2:00 PM to 5:00 PM Conference Registration
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM How to Succeed in 2023 as an ASC Administrator
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Pitch Perfect - Giant Courage
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Welcome Reception with Exhibitors


7:00 AM to 8:00 AM Conference Registration
8:00 AM to 8:30 AM Business Meeting
8:30 AM to 9:45 AM California and National Legislative Update
9:45 AM to 11:00 AM The Connected Leader
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Lunch with Exhibitors
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM HR Track: Crucial/Difficult Conversations with New Leaders
  Clinical Track: Admissions Criteria/Patient Selection for ASCs
  Quality Track: Credentialing/Peer Review
  Financial Track: CMS Price Transparency/NSA - How to Prepare
2:05 PM to 3:00 PM HR Track: Workers' Comp - Common Pitfalls
  Clinical Track: Becoming a Total Joint Center of Excellence
  Quality Track: Choosing Meaningful QAPI Studies: Four that Work, One to Avoid
  Financial Track: Payor Trends - Medical Policy Changes, Insurance Verification Requirements and Redirection Incentives and/or Penalties
3:05 PM to 4:00 PM Break with Exhibitors
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM HR Track: Articulating the Bonus/Benefits Package for Staff Retention/Recruitment
  Clinical Track: Starting Projects on the Right Foot - Construction for ASC Administrators
  Quality Track: Beyond Behaviors: Optimizing the Processes that Drive Experience
  Financial Track: Inventory Optimization & Case Costing 
7:00 PM TO 9:30 PM Thursday Special Event


8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Mission: Bend the Recruitment Trend
9:05 AM to 10:05 AM Why Leaders Fail: 7 Prescriptions for Executive Leadership Success
10:15 AM to 11:15 AM Rebuilding your Team
11:15 AM to 12:15 PM Regulatory and Accreditation Update



ASC Survey Readiness Course (Preconference option 1 - requires a separate fee)

Surveys are critical to quality of care, patient safety and the overall success of ASCs. Whether they are performed by surveyors from an accrediting organization or the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), poor survey performance can jeopardize a center's ability to operate or lead to poor patient outcomes. An ASC administrator needs to understand essential survey preparation, the survey process and appropriate plans of correction. This in-depth session will walk through these vital steps. The faculty of ASC experts and seasoned surveyors will draw from their experience, providing crucial knowledge and tools to improve survey

Financial Bootcamp (Preconference option 2 - requires a separate fee)

Having a clear understanding of financials is required for your ASC to enjoy sustained success.  This requires a disciplined and measured approach to all fiscal matters.  In this focused 4-hour session, acclaimed ASC operations and finance expert John Goehle will provide a strategy for both beginners and experts discussing revenue cycle management, crucial financial analysis and benchmarking, budgeting and financial projections.  Attendees will walk away with important tools and knowledge, allowing them to deploy the proper ASC business strategies to develop the stamina for a successful operation.

How to Succeed in 2023 as an ASC Administrator

Leading as a successful ASC administrator takes vision and the ability to pivot your strategy.  ASCs will need to align with their physicians, developing deep relationships, while always driving the needs for the patient first. They will need to incorporate innovative payment models, driving optimum patient outcomes.  As the Chief Executive Officer of SCA Health, Caitlin Zulla is leading this successful vision throughout the industry across the nation.  She will share the critical components that ASC leaders will need to incorporate into their strategic plans and daily practices for success and thriving in the coming years.

Pitch Perfect - Giant Courage

The cancer battle that ended Dravecky’s career on the mound in a dramatic fashion, set the stage for his new life calling. In his address, Pitch Perfect – Giant Courage, he will share very personal challenges of his battle with cancer. He will inspire as he reveals how he has overcome adversity, depression, physical and mental challenges to live his best life as an encourager to others. He will impart how to handle obstacles to success and burnout in this ever changing and challenging healthcare environment.

Legislative Update

This popular session will discuss recent national and state legislative and regulatory activities. As we navigate through the pandemic, this session explores the healthcare implications ASCs can anticipate on both the national and state level.  Bryce Docherty CASA Legislative Advocate will update attendees on the issues affecting California ASCs and Bill Prentice CEO ASCA will highlight the National perspective.

The Connected Leader

Successful, effective leaders recognize the need to authentically connect on a human level, whether virtually or in-person, to create influence and impact. Connected leaders model courageous behaviors that create a culture of clarity, transparency, inclusion, and accountability, even in the most challenging times. In this engaging, uplifting, and research-based program, attendees will master their ability to communicate and connect on deeper levels, creating an environment where people thrive.

Crucial/Difficult Conversations with New Leaders

Crucial conversations are a learned skill, that can help change behaviors in other people's lives, professionally and personally. Human problems are largely related to how others behave, with proper skils we can help manage and get in front of these human problems and influence better behaviors.

Admissions Criteria/Patient Selection for ASCs

ASCs are performing more and more complex procedures on a routine basis. In addition, many of these complex procedures encompass an older patient population. To ensure the safest environment and optimum outcomes, ASCs need to incorporate a protocol for evaluating patients pre-operatively to assure the appropriate site of service. This session will walk through the selection criteria process and steps to successfully navigate frequent questions leading to the correct setting for the surgical patient.

Credentialing/Peer Review

Credentialing process remains one of the most commonly cited deficiencies on surveys. For many the process is overwhelming and confusing. During this session we will review in detail the requirements for credentialing and peer review, including the why behind of all of it. We will also discuss best practices and tools that can be used to ensure your credentialing files are current and will pass a survey.

CMS Price Transparency/NSA - How to Prepare

This session will discuss how to prepare and manage the CMS Price Transparency and the No Surprises Act for ASCs including a review of CA enforcements.

Workers' Comp - Common Pitfalls

This session discusses the common pitfalls of workers' comp. The attendee will learn where, what, when to report a work injury. You will also learn how to report timely, manage appropriately, what steps to take & form to use etc.

Becoming a Total Joint Center of Excellence

The future is here, and ASCs are performing more total joint procedures then every before. ASCs are now looking to showcase and demonstrate their high caliber of safety, quality, and patient outcomes to the communities they serve. One way to demonstrate this is to become a Total Joint Center of Excellence. This session will walk through the process and pitfalls to successfully become a Total Joint Center of Excellence by the ASC accrediting bodies.

Choosing Meaningful QAPI Studies: Four that Work, One to Avoid

For the Process Improvement of QAPI to happen, meaningful topics must be chosen to assess. This presentation will show how to identify issues that will improve your center in an impactful way and how to recognize issues that won’t result in improved outcomes.

Payor Trends - Medical Policy Changes, Insurance Verification Requirements and Redirection Incentives and/or Penalties

This session will go over payor trends along with medical policy changes, Insurance verification and authorization which cause challenges.

Articulating the Bonus/Benefits Package for Staff Retention/Recruitment

In times of constant change, create stability with simplified yet strong recruitment, development, engagement, and retention efforts. Stand out as an employer of choice and employee focused.

Starting Projects on the Right Foot - Construction for ASC Administrators

Starting the construction process off on the right foot can drastically improve the centers outcome. In this session we will review common construction pitfalls and actions that leadership can take to avoid issues with flow, layout, expectations, best practices, and regulatory compliance exposures when undergoing renovation projects. We will guide you through how to execute the process with the highest probability for success and greatest outcome for the facility.

Beyond Behaviors: Optimizing the Processes that Drive Experience

ASCs have a healthy understanding of the human interaction skills that drive a great patient experience, but it is often the underlying care processes that cause barriers for providers and patients. This session will focus on ensuring optimization of the processes that most impact patients.

Inventory Optimization & Case Costing 

This session will provide a solid foundation to help optimize inventory management and case costing. It will focus on building infrastructure that enables efficient supply management. This session will also build the foundation of visibility to understand supply ordering, par levels,consumption and waste.

Mission: Bend the Recruitment Trend

In this era of labor challenge, ASCs are not the only employer dealing with shortages of trained and motivated staff. To successfully engage and recruit our workforce, ASC leaders will need to take an innovative and ownership approach.  This session will discuss pathways and the necessary mind set to “Bend this Trend”.

Why Leaders Fail: 7 Prescriptions for Executive Leadership Success

Can great leaders become even better? Do you know the 7 critical mistakes leaders often make that cause them to falter? Why do good people so often struggle in leadership roles? Through analysis of over 100,000 employee surveys, Mary uncovers the 7 reasons many professionals are not as effective as they could be in leadership positions.  Based on the book, Why Leaders Fail and the 7 Prescriptions for Success, Mary shares principles of executive leadership success. Mary provides attendees with actionable insights they can apply immediately to be more successful in their leadership roles.

Rebuilding your Team

As we move out of the pandemic, the impact of the past 2 years remains. Our families faced enormous challenges, our healthcare structure was overburdened, and ASCs faced and continue to face compromised teams.  The outcome is a new employee-driven playbook that puts the mental well-being, psychological safety and emotional needs of our ASC teams first.  Ways we supported individuals prior to the COVID-19 pandemic will not sustain teams in the future as we move from this crisis to the next.  Rebuilding your ASC team to reflect the new reality is essential for patient care, staff retention and individual wellness.  Join this session to look at the impact of the pressure performance curve, new realities for healthcare employers and what your leadership needs to do in response.

Regulatory and Accreditation Update

Medicare and accreditation surveys are returning to a pre-pandemic pace. More and more accreditation agencies are conducting the majority of Medicare deemed status surveys.  California also has its own unique requirements and stringent public health orders.  This session will walk through the common areas of citation and the new normal for ASCs as we move to the pandemic. This popular session will review and provide the latest update by ASC accreditation bodies and ASCs regulators in California. This session will review the oversight, common questions and whose authority the oversight falls too.  This will be an interactive session allowing the audience to ask questions to the panel on common issues, requirements and accreditation.