Informed Consent in the ASC

What constitutes an informed consent? Can a non-parental family member sign the consent form for a minor? patient? What is the difference between a facility consent and a physician office consent? Learn the legal and practical issues related to informed consent in your ASC.

Debra Stinchcomb, MBA, BSN, RN
Debra has 36 years of health care experience including development, clinical, administrative, operations and sales.  The last 19 years have been focused exclusively in the ASC industry with a particular emphasis on multi-specialty centers. Previous positions held include: ASC Administrator, Regional Vice President and Director of Operations Preparations.  Her responsibilities have included budget development/management, revenue/expense management, contract negotiation, licensing/certification/accreditation compliance, marketing, risk management, quality improvement and benchmarking. Debra is a Registered Nurse. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Arizona, Tucson and her MBA from California Coast University. She is a founder and current President of the Arkansas Ambulatory Surgery Association and has served nationally as a past board member of FASA and past board member of ASC Association. She received her CASC credential in 2002. Debra has been a AAAHC surveyor and has served as Vice Chair and Chair of the Joint Commission Ambulatory Professional and Technical Advisory Committee. She currently serves as Chair of the Quality and Patient Safety Committee for ASCA.

William A. Miller
Will graduated from the University of California, San Diego, in 1986, and graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1989.  Will is an Equity Partner with the San Diego, California, law firm of Higgs, Fletcher & Mack, LLP, and is Chairperson of the Firm’s Health Care Group.  For the past 27 years, Will’s practice has included civil trial litigation, as well as representation of clients in administrative proceedings, with an emphasis in the representation of healthcare clientele in both State and Federal courts. Will represents healthcare clientele in their business litigation, administrative law, and medical malpractice matters; to date, he has represented both national, and state-wide, healthcare clientele in over 500 matters.  His clients include Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Hospitals, Physicians, and other Allied Health Professionals.Will has received the highest rating (A-V) available from Martindale-Hubbell for legal ability and ethics, has been distinguished as a designated “Super Lawyer for Southern California” by Thomson Reuters, the “Best of the Bar” by the San Diego Business Journal, and a “Top Lawyer” by San Diego Magazine.


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