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CASA Holds Annual Summit

Summit Tour Surgical VertAndrea Tyler, Network Manager, Northern California Aetna participates in a hands-on demonstration during the ASC tour at Specialty Surgery Center Westlake Village

The California Ambulatory Surgery Association (CASA) held their annual Summit, April 4 and 5, 2019.  This unique meeting brings together ASC executives and representatives from the major health plans to discuss industry trends, concerns, and strategies to work together for healthcare delivery solutions. 

Some of the key topics and discussion highlights included:

A major Summit highlight that built upon the clinical presentations was a tour of the Specialty Surgical Center of Westlake Village (SSCWV).  Lana Davis, administrator of SSCWV, organized an outstanding event which allowed many health plan representatives to see a working operating room in an ASC for the first time.  The center opened four surgical suites, each equipped for a different specialty including spine, shoulder, total hip, and general laparoscopic surgery.  The tour attendees handled the tools and equipment and learned more about the different intricacies involved with surgery.  In addition, attendees were provided a tour of the Stay Well Recovery Suite, which allows patients to stay overnight with monitored care while not incurring the costs of a hospital stay.

The second day of the Summit opened with a legislative update from CASA Legislative Advocate, Bryce Docherty and Ambulatory Surgery Center Association CEO, Bill Prentice.  They reviewed the current political environment and the discussions around health care and the ASC community.

The following sessions focused on new concepts in the health plan market:

Summit Hand 3In addition to the education, the attendees were able to network with a teambuilding exercise that built 15 prosthetic hands to send to victims of land mines through the Odyssey Helping Hands program.Summit Hand 2

This annual meeting has become a critical component to CASA’s mission of advancing relationships with critical parties for the success of ASCs in California.  CASA President, Deborah Miller stated that “The CASA Board and leadership are very pleased with the outcome of the Summit.   It’s encouraging to see the collaborative dialogue between the providers and the plans discussing critical concerns and opportunities to drive down the costs of healthcare.”

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