ASC Focus is the official magazine of the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association, 1012 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, phone: 703.836.8808, fax: 703.549.0976, www.ascassociation.org. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission from ASCA is prohibited.

The magazine is published monthly except for combined issues in June-July and November-December. ASCA members receive a free subscription to the magazine as part of their association membership.

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Chief Executive Officer: Bill Prentice

Director of Communications: Kay Tucker

Editor: Sahely Mukerji

Staff Writers: Alex Taira, Alison Legros-Murphy, Kara Newbury, Sharita Williams, Steve Selde and Robert Kurtz

If you are interested in writing an article or sharing an idea, see the Editorial Calendar and the Editorial Guidelines for Contributors or write Sahely Mukerji. If you are interested in advertising, write Christopher Schriever.

Editorial Calendar 2019



Industry Forecast/Trends
Human Resources

Copy Deadline: October 12

Special Pain Issue

Copy Deadline: November 12



ASCA 2019 Preview
Special GI Issue

Copy Deadline: December 18

Business Office Efficiency

Copy Deadline: January 15



Special Orthopedic Issue

Copy Deadline: February 14

Quality Improvement

Copy Deadline: March 13



Special Ophthalmology Issue

Copy Deadline: May 15

Infection Prevention
Building and Renovations

Copy Deadline: June 17


November/ December

Legal Issues

Copy Deadline: July 17

Regulatory Compliance
Emergency Preparedness

Copy Deadline: August 16

Specific titles may change or be eliminated without prior notice.

Editorial Guidelines for Contributors

The editors welcome contributions by external authors with expertise in the issues and topics relevant to the magazine’s audience: busy ASC professionals. These guidelines are intended to tell potential authors what they need to know about the magazine’s requirements and how to submit a story proposal.

Click on the heading tabs below to find out more information.

All guest contributions will be bylined and include the author’s name, corporate affiliation and any other relevant information that establishes expertise.

All contributions will be edited to ensure that they are concise, engaging and reader-friendly. Stories will be edited for the proper use of grammar, style, organization and clarity. Editors will also ensure that stories meet the goals that were established when the story was accepted for inclusion in the magazine (see below). The editors may rewrite portions of the manuscript and will frequently submit queries (questions) to the authors to clarify meaning or add detail. When posing queries, the editors may specify a deadline for response. Delays could jeopardize publication.

Authors are responsible for ensuring the factual accuracy of all content. The editors may ask to see the sources of factual copy and any charts, graphs, etc., that are submitted.

At no point can a contribution include any text that was previously published or written by someone other than the author without full attribution.

We include an image of the author with our articles. If your article is accepted for publication, we will need a head shot of the author. The image will have to be high-resolution, 300 dpi, set against a clean background. The person in the image will need to directly face the camera.

The magazine does not publish articles that have been previously published. However, contributions that build or expand on previously published articles by the same author and that are substantially different may be accepted. We ask that writers tell us if any part of the article has appeared elsewhere.

ASCA owns the copyright to all of the stories it publishes in the magazine.

Potential contributors submit a proposal up to 250 words rather than a completed manuscript.

Proposals should

  • Identify the topic

  • Describe the “angle”

  • Provide a brief synopsis

  • Specify the anticipated length

  • Describe any charts, graphs or other design elements that will be submitted

  • Suggest a date that the article will be submitted

  • Describe the author’s expertise in the subject area

Proposed outlines, which are not included in the proposal word limit, are always welcome but not required.

Please submit your proposal to Sahely Mukerji at smukerji@ascassociation.org or 1012 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. The editors also welcome calls about ideas for stories that others could write, including the magazine’s staff. Please call Sahely Mukerji at 703.345.0278.