The Virginia Ambulatory Surgery Association (VASA) is a proactive leader in the Ambulatory Surgery industry, and will advance communication and education, appropriate legislative and regulatory actions and continue the enhancement of industry excellence to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.


VASA FALL CONFERENCE-  October 11th, Courtyard by Marriott, Glen Allen


FEATURE PRESENTATION:   Emergency Preparedness Rule

This special session will be presented by Cathy Montgomery with Excellentia. Multiple handouts will be provided to assist your ASC with policies and plans.

On September 8, 2016 the Federal Register posted the final rule Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers. The regulation goes into effect on November 16, 2016. Health care providers and suppliers affected by this rule must comply and implement all regulations one year after the effective date, on November 16, 2017.

Make plans to attend this special conference which will include topics covering HR, culture of safety, regulatory issues, legal, and infection control (Normothermia concerns). 6 CASC credits available. See attached VASA flyer for presentation details.


Special website for Emergency Preparedness : 


VASA’S 2017 Annual Fall Conference  |  October 11, 2017  |  7:30am – 4:30pm

Courtyard by Marriott, 10077 Brook Road, Glen Allen, VA 23059   |   804.266.6900




Be on the lookout for an ASC member who wants to volunteer as our Membership Chairperson. We are recruiting someone to assume the very important role of Membership Chairperson. As you know, the future of this organization is dependent on new membership for sustaining growth and member retention as well as offering educational programs. Please contact any Board Member  if you or someone you know is interested in assuming this challenging position for VASA.



Changes in Accreditation

Three accrediting agencies explain upcoming modifications in their standards


The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care of Skokie, Illinois, the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities of Gurnee, Illinois, and The Joint Commission of Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, described the upcoming changes in their standards for ASC Focus. Learn what to expect from your survey experience, the steps you need to take to stay on top of your game and how to comply with the changed standards.


ASCA Convenes Monthly EHR Stakeholder Group

This month, ASCA will convene its third monthly EHR Stakeholder Group call. The group, composed of ASC staff/administrators, corporate administrators, vendor affiliates and ASCA staff, hopes to generate discussion and provide education about the proliferation of electronic health record (EHR) technology in the ASC space. While many ASCs currently use EHRs, the development has been slow compared to other care settings due to lack of funding and ASC-specific standards. Despite this, it is clear that EHRs will be important components in the future of ASCs, providing more efficient workflows and better care across settings through health information exchange (HIE). In addition to providing education, ASCA hopes to advocate within the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for ASC-specific EHR certification standards, which could allow ASC-based clinicians to better take advantage of federal incentive programs such as MACRA’s Quality Payment Program (QPP). If you are interested in participating in the EHR group, contact Alex Taira at



Blake Beach
301 Concourse Blvd. Suite 220
Glen Allen, Va 23059
Tel: 804-307-6557
Fax: 804-270-4355


VASA Membership: 

Please help us build membership; we are only as strong as our membership. Pass the word to other ASC’s.



ASCA offers many benefits to its members including benchmarking and CMS compliance information. For more information on how to join ASCA please visit . If you’re already a member but have questions about how you can get involved with ASC-related Advocacy Efforts please visit .


Your feedback is always welcome to any of the following:


William (Bill) Stacey, Executive Director, Prince William Ambulatory Surgery Center, Manassas


Vice President:

James Eric Hays, Chief Operating Officer, Virginia Eye Institute, Richmond



Crystal Aigner, Administrator, St. Mary’s Ambulatory Surgery Center, Richmond



Patrick Guzik, Administrator/CEO, Bon Secours Surgery Center at Harbour View, Suffolk


At large:

Karen Spencer, Chief Executive Officer, Virginia Eye Consultants-Virginia Surgery Center, Norfolk


At large:

Karl Thorpe, USPI Regional VP


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