If you work in or with an ASC – or want to learn more about what working in an ASC is like – I encourage you to come to ASCA’s annual meeting this year in Dallas, Texas, May 19-22. ASCA’s annual meetings have long been the largest ASC meetings of the year, and we are expecting the number of participants in this year’s meeting – ASCA 2016 – to meet or exceed numbers we have seen in the past. That means that you will be able to spend three or four days with thousands of other ASC professionals who will be talking about best practices in ASCs.

Whether you have years of experience in an ASC or are connecting with the ASC community for the first time, it is a valuable opportunity and one you are not likely to find anywhere else this year.

At ASCA’s last annual meeting, we asked some who attended to tell us why they came to that meeting. We also asked why they return to ASCA’s annual meetings year after year. You can hear what they told us in the video on our website at www.ascassociation.org/asca2016. Most agree: ASCA’s annual meetings are can’t-miss events for anyone with an interest or investment in the ASC community. Key reasons why ASCA’s meetings are that popular include the networking, the programming, the expert faculty and the many opportunities that the program provides to hear about the latest tools, technology and services available to ASCs.

Networking

To help you make the most of the networking opportunity that ASCA 2016 represents, we have developed a program that gives you multiple chances to connect with your colleagues both one-on-one and in small- and large-group settings. In the educational sessions, we build in time for you to ask questions and start discussions that tap into the expertise of the presenters and the other ASC professionals in the room. During meals and coffee breaks, you can spend time with those you already know and those you are meeting for the first time. Our popular evening social event gives you a chance to shed the formalities of the day and spend a few hours getting to know your colleagues away from the intensive educational schedule that will fill most of your daytime hours.

Whether you are involved with a single- or multi-specialty ASC, a large or small facility or a rural or urban center, someone at ASCA 2016 will understand the many challenges you face and have experience and expertise to share. You will find top experts in business and finance as well as human resources, clinical care, accreditation and much more. I am confident in saying, “If it has to do with ASCs, you can find it at ASCA 2016.”

Programming

Whether the topic is quality reporting, medication management, collections, sterilization, patient selection, how to prevent or respond to a violent event in your ASC or any of the hundreds of other operational issues involved in running an ASC, odds are something has changed this year and you will need to do something differently next year to ensure that you are meeting standards and delivering state-of-the-art care. ASCA 2016 will include updates on all of the most critical changes occurring in 2016 and projections for 2017. It will also give you many opportunities to ask questions, discuss your concerns, explore new ideas and get the information you need to follow up later with colleagues who have special insights into the areas that interest you most.

This year’s pre-meeting workshops also offer exceptional value. Alongside the certified administrator surgery center (CASC) review course and accreditation updates we traditionally offer, these workshops will focus on:

• the dos and don’ts of social media;

• the role of infection prevention and control in a Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (QAPI) program; and

• current Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) physical environment and Life Safety Code requirements.

The presenters of these workshops are top notch and have many years of experience in the areas they will address. You can learn more about them using the dropdown menus available at http://www.ascassociation.org/asca2016/schedule.

Exhibit Hall

If you are looking for new technology, services and ideas that can help you provide better care to your patients, run your ASC more efficiently and build for the future, plan now to spend as much time as possible in our Exhibit Hall. This year, hundreds of product and service providers that cater to the special interests and needs of ASCs will be in the hall to share information and ideas that can help you address the biggest challenges in your ASC today and the new developments you can expect tomorrow. At ASCA 2016, you can have the conversations that your busy work schedule prevents you from having with these providers during the rest of the year and take advantage of the broad experience that these vendors offer you.

Inspiration and Rejuvenation

There’s no better way to recharge yourself and reinvigorate your team than to spend a few days with other ASC professionals who share your concerns, challenges and commitment to your patients, physicians and staff. This year’s program also features a Wellness Track with several opportunities for you to invest in yourself by building some light exercise into your meeting schedule.

The Venue

ASCA 2016 will take place at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Conference Center in Dallas – a facility filled with eclectic shops, world-class restaurants and a kind of Texas-sized hospitality that you will find only in the Lone Star State. While you are there, you can also enjoy the 4½ acres of indoor gardens and winding waterways the facility offers.

For more information about ASCA 2016, visit ASCA’s website at www.ascassociation.or/asca2016. If you have questions, please call 703-665-4145.

I hope to see you in Dallas.