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Because a same-day surgery manager must manage a wide range of tasks that cover business and clinical areas, the job is more complicated and more demanding than ever before. For this reason, the Federated Ambulatory Surgery Association (FASA) in Alexandria, VA, is developing a program to credential ambulatory surgery center administrators with a certified surgery center administrator (CSA) designation, says Kathy Bryant, JD, executive director of FASA.
The program will give participants a chance to refine and expand their knowledge of the different aspects of running a same-day surgery program, says Bryant. Owners of same-day surgery centers also will benefit from knowing that their manager or administrator is fully qualified to run the program, she adds.
A person does not have to be a member of FASA to participate, says Bryant. Initially, the credentialing program is limited to ambulatory surgery centers, but parallel programs that address office- and hospital-based programs are not ruled out for the future, she adds.
The first exam is scheduled for September 2002, says Bryant. The organization is currently taking comments about the body of knowledge that will be covered by the credentialing program through the organization’s web site, she says. Updates on the program, including exam dates and other details, will be posted on the FASA web site as they are developed, she adds.
[For more information about the program, visit FASA’s web site at www.fasa.org or contact FASA at 700 N. Fairfax St., Suite 306, Alexandria, VA 22314. Telephone: (703) 836-8808. Fax: (703) 549-0976.]