2023 MNASCA Annual Conference

The 2023 conference program was approved for up to 10.0 hours of AEUs and up to 2.0 hours of IPCHs by BASC Provider #6240. This conference was also designed to meet contact hours for the Minnesota Board of Nursing continuing education requirements. Please see the BASC approval letter and content area breakdown for more information.  

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For more information about the educational sessions and materials, please see the details below.


Educational Sessions
Thursday, October 5, 2023


8:15 – 9:15 a.m.

A Deeper Understanding of What is Happening in the Magic Box! 

Silas McAghon, Clinical Specialist, Medical Solutions Division, 3M

AEU Category: Quality Management

CAIP IPCH Category: Infection Prevention Program Development, Implementation and Maintenance 

In healthcare, the objective is to continually raise the bar for patient safety to ensure positive patient outcomes. The sterile processing department plays a critical role in meeting this goal. This presentation will examine the elements of vaporized hydrogen peroxide sterilization, starting with the basics of sterilization science then, quickly moving to advanced quality tools and troubleshooting the vaporized hydrogen peroxide sterilization process. 


Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the basic principles of vaporized hydrogen peroxide (VH2O2) sterilization
  • Identify options available for VH2O2 sterilization in healthcare facilities
  • Recognize significant variables that affect VH2O2 sterilization in healthcare facilities
  • Describe quality assurance monitoring tools for the VH2O2 sterilization process in healthcare facilities

9:35 – 10:35 a.m.

Minnesota Marijuana Legalization: Impacts on Workplace and Drug Policies

Moderator: Mary Haugen, MNASCA Board Treasurer, TRIA Orthopedics

Panelists: Grant Collins, Attorney, Felhaber Larson

Dr. Ashwin George, MD, CEO and Medical Director, Valley Medical and Wellness 

Bryan Fischer, Senior Teammate Relations Analyst – Human Resources, SCA Health 

AEU Category: Regulatory and Legal Issues

With Minnesota now allowing legal use of cannabis, chances are someone on your staff or some of your patients may be exposed. Find out what you need to know to address new implications of cannabis in your surgery center, including how to manage your employees, handle patient consents, and develop policies that will help you keep everyone in your ASC safe.


Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the legal context, including what is and is not allowed under state and federal law
  • Explore workplace impacts and how to determine reasonable suspicion
  • Hear considerations for managing patient consents
  • Learn about Cannabis Use Disorder, the symptoms of intoxication and withdrawal, and the health effects of cannabis


11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Cultivating a Coaching Mindset   

Holly Huso, Founder, The Haymaker Sales and Leadership

AEU Category: Human Resources

As a leader, managing direct reports can be one of the most challenging things you do. Explore how to bring out the best in your teams and reach your workplace goals by leading like a “Coach,” not a “Boss.” Expand your playbook as you learn about setting and communicating high team standards and delivering effective feedback. Discover ways to encourage creativity and look for opportunities to celebrate the small wins for big gains!


Learning Objectives:

  • Prioritize talent acquisition, retention, and training like a coach
  • Learn the importance of GRIT in a coach’s approach
  • Establish and communicate high standards for the team
  • Encourage creativity/new ideas within established team bumpers
  • Resist taking over to encourage drive and motivation
  • Create a team culture of safety versus fear
  • Discover the coach’s key to feedback

1 – 2 p.m.

Minnesota Department of Health Agency and Regulatory Impacts for ASCs

Moderator: Michael Miller, MNASCA Board Member, SCA Health

Panelists: Stefan Gildemeister, Director, Health Economics Program & State Health Economist

Maria King, Health Regulation Division Director, Minnesota Department of Health

Nicole Osterloh, RN, Federal Operations Supervisor, Minnesota Department of Health

AEU Category: Regulatory and Legal Issues

Join leaders from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to hear the latest agency updates for ASCs. Learn about the state’s Health Economics Program and what it means regarding access, markets, and cost—and recent legislation that gives MDH a greater role in the healthcare marketplace. Understand the priority tier structure for ASC survey and certification and gain helpful insights from recent agency surveys.


Learning Objectives:
  • Get an overview of the Health Economics Program
  • Find out more about MDH’s role in the healthcare marketplace
  • Understand why regulations are in place and how the department approaches its work
  • Learn about the tier structure for ASC survey and certification and discover common issues that have emerged from recent surveys


2 – 3 p.m.

2023 Legislative Update: A Consequential Session

Moderator: Tracy Mills, MNASCA President, MNGI Digestive Health

Panelists: Thomas Poul, Legislative Attorney, Poul Haas P.A.

Julia Reiland, Partner, Lathrop GPM

AEU Category: Regulatory and Legal Issues

It was an historic year for the Minnesota Legislature with the DFL in control of the House, Senate, and the Governor’s Office for only the second time in thirty years. Learn about outcomes from the 2023 Legislative Session and ways your advocacy mattered. Find out about important healthcare-related updates and hear about the implications of a new law giving the Attorney General more oversight over healthcare mergers and acquisitions. Bring your questions!


Learning Objectives:

  • Provide updates on legislative topics affecting ASCs
  • Inform audience of upcoming legislative priorities
  • Help guide ASC leadership in navigating legal topics and public policy


3:20 – 4:35 p.m.

The State of Anesthesia

Moderator: Darci Nagorski, MNASCA Vice President, Saint Cloud Surgical Center

Panelists: Robyn Majestic, CRNA, Director of Clinical Anesthesia, MNGI

Mike Singh, CRNA, Owner/Manager, Certified Anesthesia Care

Leah Gordon, DNP, APRN, CRNA, Program Director, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Graduate Program in Nurse Anesthesiology 

Julie Gauderman, DNAP, APRN, CRNA, Associate Director, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Graduate Program in Nurse Anesthesiology 

Mary Flanagan, CRNA Lead, North Memorial Health System

AEU Category: Deliver of Patient Care

One of the most significant decisions for an ASC is selecting an anesthesia partner who is aligned with your vision, goals, and values. Learn how to evaluate the anesthesia services your practice uses, what you should expect from an anesthesia provider, and how the right anesthesia partnership can help your ASC succeed in today’s healthcare market.

Disclaimer: Today’s discussion is geared toward the CRNA anesthesia model and how practices can benefit from using the model in various ways. 


Learning Objectives:
  • Consider current CRNA staffing needs in the market and what the future may look like
  • Evaluate anesthesia models to staff your center in a way that will best meet patient needs
  • Examine the use of SRNA students in the market and how this practice can help create a pipeline of future CRNAs



Educational Sessions

Friday, October 6, 2023

8:00 – 8:15 a.m.
Minnesota Candor Act Primer
Melissa Jones, MNASCA Board Member, SCA Health
Nels Dyste, Dyste Williams
Learn about Minnesota’s new Candor law and the benefits of using this model when an adverse outcome occurs. Explore practical steps your ASC can take to start implementing this program and discover resources to help you along the way.


8:15 – 9:15 a.m.
Navigating Supply Chain Constraints
Robert Mayhew, Director of Supply Chain Management, Revo Health  
AEU Category: Financial
In this session, we will discuss Supply Chain Management as it relates to Ambulatory Surgery Centers. The session will discuss best practices and strategies for several areas of Supply Chain– such as Contracting, Purchasing, Data Management – and provide real practical tips on how to implement these best practices and strategies to save money, improve workflow, and ultimately support patient care. 
Learning Objectives:
  • Provide attendees with an update on the current state of the health care supply chain for the remainder of 2023 and projections for 2024
  • Get practical tips to overcome supply chain constraints
  • Learn about best practices for the ASC Supply Chain
  • Discuss cost savings opportunities and recommendations for administrators
  • Forecast on technological advancements coming to the health care supply chain and how administrators can position themselves at the forefront of these advancements


9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

Quality Improvement Studies: Best Practices, Strategies & Tools for Tracking Data and Better Patient Outcomes

Moderator: Melissa Jones, MNASCA Board Member, SCA Health

Presenter: Grant Duncan, VP of Marketing, HST Pathways 

Panelists: Ryan Larson, Director of System Quality Improvement & Specialty Program Development, TRIA Orthopedic Center

JaNelle Gorg, Director of Quality and Risk Management, MNGI Digestive Health

Hailey Englund, Lead ASC Quality Program Manager, Revo Health

Kari Scholz, PACU Manager and QI Lead, St. Cloud Surgical Center

AEU Category: Quality Management

CAIP IPCH Category: Surveillance, Data Collection and Analysis

ASCs continually strive to deliver safe, affordable, high-quality outpatient surgical care. Learn from real-life events at Minnesota’s ASCs to fine-tune your practices and processes and discover effective tools to help your center monitor and assess data to achieve better patient outcomes.  


Learning Objectives:

  • Hear from your ASC colleagues about quality improvement studies that made an impact
  • Learn how these centers assessed their processes, created action plans, implemented changes, and evaluated results
  • Consider ways to integrate quality improvement projects into the ongoing work of your center
  • Discover tools to help ASCs track data and achieve efficiencies


10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

Healthcare Workforce: Challenges and Solutions for ASCs 

Moderator: Chris Zeigler, MNASCA Board Member, Twin Cities Orthopedics

Panelists: Danny Ackert, Director of State Government Relations, Minnesota Hospital Association

Marc Majors, Assistant Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

AEU Category: Human Resources

Minnesota is facing a significant health care workforce shortage. Huge increases in job vacancy rates, exponentially rising labor and supply costs, and the need to rely on temporary staffing, are creating an immense strain on our state’s hospitals and health systems. Learn how the state is currently working to address these health care workforce issues and new policies that can help attract workers into critical health care positions.


Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about proposals to expand current healthcare workforce programs and streamline health care licensing requirements
  • Hear about health care job vacancies, how DEED is prioritizing funding for workforce programs, and ways these programs are feeding candidates into critical healthcare positions
  • Explore why significant investments in higher education are needed to address these challenges

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Reducing Stress and Building Resiliency

Debbie Fuehrer, MA, LPCC, Mind-Body Medicine Counselor, Integrative Medicine and Health, Mayo Clinic 

AEU Category: Human Resources

Healthcare professionals are more prone to stress and professional burnout compared to many other occupations. Learn how stress affects you and discover how to use proven techniques to reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety, and burnout, and increase happiness, mindfulness, and quality of life. 


Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the origins of stress, particularly from neuropsychological and behavioral perspective.
  • Learn practical approaches to decrease stress and increase resilience.
  • Practice training attention to be more balanced, altruistic, flexible, sustained, and non-judgmental.
  • Guide interpretations to move from fixed prejudices toward more flexible disposition.
  • Cultivate skills such as gratitude, compassion, acceptance, and forgiveness, as well as developing a more meaningful and purposeful life.



For more information contact Laura Harris, MNASCA Executive Director, at [email protected].
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