17th Annual Improving Profitability, and Business and Legal Issues for ASCs (October 2010)

Presented by the ASC Association, Ambulatory Surgery Foundation, ASC Communications and Becker's ASC Review

Conference BrochureASC Communications and the Ambulatory Surgery Foundation present the 17th Annual Improving Profitability, and Business and Legal Issues for ASCs Conference, held Oct. 21-23 in Chicago. This exclusive conference brings together surgeons, administrators and ASC business and clinical leaders to discuss how to improve your ASC and its bottom line in these challenging but opportunity-filled times.

Date: Oct. 21-23, 2010

Location: Chicago

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Keynote speakers

Tucker Carlson: Tucker Carlson is a veteran journalist and political commentator, currently working for the Fox News Channel. Carlson is also the editor-in-chief of TheDailyCaller.com, a recently launched news and opinion site. Carlson joined Fox from MSNBC, where he hosted several nightly programs. Previously he was the co-host of Crossfire on CNN, where he was the youngest anchor in the history of that network. During the same period, Carlson also hosted a weekly public affairs program on PBS.

A longtime writer, Carlson has reported from around the world, including dispatches from Iraq, Pakistan, Lebanon and Vietnam. He has been a columnist for New York magazine and Reader's Digest. He currently writes for Esquire, The New York Times magazine and The Daily Beast. Carlson began his journalism career at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper in Little Rock. His most recent book is entitled, Politicians, Partisans and Parasites: My Adventures in Cable News. In 2006, he appeared on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

Bobby KnightBob Knight: In college basketball, the name Bob Knight is synonymous with greatness and winning. Just take a glance at the Bob Knight file. The numbers and achievements that illustrate what he has done for the game of basketball are there for all to see. Among his numerous achievements:

- 41+ Seasons as a head coach at the Division one level
- Career Record: 902 - 371.
- Established the standard for career NCAA wins (880 victories) on January 1, 2007.
- 98% Graduation Rate.

Bob Knight is his own man, one who represents high principles, expectations and demands for his players, his coaching staff and, most of all, himself. But he is foremost an educator. His ability to teach young men the game of basketball and the game of life is one of his most noted characteristics. Coach Knight has proven over and over again that he is the finest basketball coach in America. No other coach can cite NCAA and NIT championships and Olympic and Pan American gold medals among his achievements. There are only two coaches in the history of collegiate basketball who have won more than the three national championships Knight has won during his career. His coaching achievements were honored in May of 1991 when he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

He is currently an analyst for ESPN College GameDay.

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Conference Sponsors

Senior Level Sponsorship — VMG Health

VMG logo VMG Health is recognized by leading healthcare providers as one of the most trusted valuation and transaction advisors in the United States. VMG's experience is unparalleled and their credentials are unmatched. Whether circumstances call for a comprehensive valuation, the sale or acquisition of a facility, or joint-venture development assistance, VMG Health offers a unique and in-depth understanding of the relationships, requirements and business issues that surround today's healthcare facilities. Along with performing hundreds of ASC valuations each year, VMG maintains the most comprehensive database on ASC financial benchmarking statistics. VMG's annual benchmarking study, the Intellimarker, provides decision makers with real information to measure and improve the value of their centers. For healthcare organizations seeking to grow, maximize profitability or form new relationships, having a partnership with financial experts who thoroughly understand the value drivers in today's healthcare industry is absolutely essential. For more information, e-mail Jon O'Sullivan or visit VMG's Web site.

Thursday Night Reception
— Surgical Care Affiliates

SCAOne of the nation's largest providers of specialty surgical services, Surgical Care Affiliates, through its affiliation with 18 health systems and more than 2,000 physician partners, operates more than 125 surgical facilities across the country. Learn more about Surgical Care Affiliates.

Friday Night Reception — United Surgical Partners International

USPIUnited Surgical Partners is your trusted partner in short-stay surgical facilities. With over 170 facilities in the United States and abroad, we have extensive experience in managing successful centers. Founded on the three-way joint-venture model (hospital-physician-management company), over 60 percent of our facilities are owned with local not-for-profit health systems along with our physician partners. Partnering with USPI provides management strength with individual attention to your facility. For more information, please e-mail development@uspi.com or see www.uspi.com.

Conference at a Glance and Badge Lanyards — Eveia Health Consulting & Management

Eveia logoFounded by I. Naya Kehayes, MPH, Eveia Health Consulting & Management is comprised of a team of seasoned professionals who are experts in reimbursement management, managed care contracting, and business management with a specialization in ASCs and surgical practices. Senior Management serve as advisors to national corporations and provide leadership in health policy initiatives related to reimbursement on behalf of ASCs at both state and federal levels. Eveia’s services include contracting and contract analysis, acting as administrator and manager, customizing revenue management, financial analysis, and enhancing and maximizing the financial position of clients. In addition, Eveia implements training and reimbursement calculators, and it provides feasibility studies, payor due diligence, fee schedule development and coordination of business related activities. Eveia provides services to ASCs, clinics, surgical practices and ASC companies across the U.S. The company has serviced more than 150 clients since its inception in 1998. For more information, call (425) 657-0494 or visit www.eveia.com.

Hand Sanitizers — GOJO Industries
GOJODedicated to improving the well-being of patients and healthcare professionals, GOJO Industries, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of handwashing, hand sanitizing, surgical scrub, moisturizing and patient bathing systems. PURELL® and PROVON® products and programs, including PURELL Waterless Surgical Scrub, offer infection control and skin care solutions to help improve hand hygiene compliance. Learn more about GOJO Industries or e-mail Larry Bates at batesl@gojo.com.

Friday Networking Lunch — ProVation Medical

ProVationProVation Medical, part of Wolters Kluwer Health, offers ProVation EHR, designed to meet the patient charting and documentation needs of cost-conscious ASCs. ProVation EHR provides electronic physician, nursing, anesthesia and other documentation combined in a patient-centric system that eliminates printing, transcription and chart storage costs and streamlines workflow; ProVation MD software for physician documentation eliminated dictation delays and transcription costs, improves coding accuracy and drives revenue recovery and full reimbursement. To learn more, visit www.provationmedical.com.

Exclusive GPO Sponsor and Keynote Sponsor
— Amerinet

Amerinet logoAs a leading national group purchasing organization, Amerinet strategically partners with healthcare providers to reduce costs and improve quality. Through its Total Spend Management solutions and operational performance improvement programs, tools and services, Amerinet assists members in their efforts to reduce costs, improve efficiencies and create new revenue streams. Supported by a team of clinical, data and supply chain experts, Amerinet offers a comprehensive portfolio of product and service contracts to address members' needs. Based in St. Louis with offices in Salt Lake City, Providence, R.I., and Warrendale, Pa., Amerinet serves acute and non-acute healthcare providers nationwide. Learn more about Amerinet.

USB Drive Sponsorship
— Amkai

Amkai is a software company with 20-plus years of experience delivering administrative and clinical solutions to ASCs, surgical hospitals and physician practices and creator of AmkaiEnterprise, a comprehensive, cost-effective suite providing full facility and clinic management, electronic medical record, CPOE, e-prescription, and related functions designed from the ground up to meet the unique requirements of surgery centers and surgical practices, for its USB drive sponsorship. Learn more about Amkai.

Cyber Cafe — QSE Technologies

QSEQSE Technologies is a premiere IT systems integrator serving the ambulatory healthcare industry for more than five years. QSE manages all aspects of IT infrastructure design, configuration, installation and ongoing tech support for new and existing ASCs nationwide, including computer servers, data storage and backup systems, local and wide area networking (including secure WiFi), firewalls, broadband internet access, data cabling, security software, workstations and laptops (including tablets and slates), secure remote access and HIPAA Security compliance. QSE works closely at the earliest conceptual stages with ASC management and development companies, architects, physician owner groups and hospitals to design and implement technology infrastructure systems that support both today’s and tomorrow’s healthcare information technology needs. For more information contact QSE’s co-founder and CEO, Marion K. Jenkins, PhD, at (877) 236-0795, or via e-mail, or visit QSE’s Web site.

Keycard Sponsor — Facility Development & Management

FDMFacility Development and Management is a for-profit LLC that provides consultative, developmental and managerial services for outpatient ambulatory surgical centers throughout the United Sates. The primary objectives of Facility Development and Management are to identify business opportunities; formulate project plans; guide and direct facilities through the planning, construction, set-up and licensure phases of the project; and provide ongoing administrative and clinical support. The company serves as an agent of change helping to formulate policy on providing outpatient ambulatory services that will be reflective of quality surgical services for physicians and consumers. Facility Development Serves as a resource for innovative physicians and institutions on a national level. To learn more, visit its Web site today.

Conference Tote Bags — SourceMedical

SourceMedicalSourceMedical is the leading provider of outpatient information solutions and services, collectively serving ASCs and surgical hospitals. Its unique end-to-end systems improve operational efficiency and cash flow while empowering healthcare facilities to deliver a higher standard of patient care. SourceMedical's solutions strengthen and enhance overall clinical, financial and administrative processes. More than 2,200 ASCs and surgical hospitals nationwide, and 250 management and consulting companies use SourceMedical's Vision, AdvantX and SurgiSource solutions. SourceMedical continues to invest in research and development to maintain its leadership position with innovative products and services that satisfy the specific requirements of this unique market. Visit SourceMedical online.

Friday Breakfast — Medi-Corp

Medi-CorpMedi-Corp specializes in providing billing services to the ASC market, anesthesiology and pain management. The company can provide your facility with total outsourced billing services or manage your internal billing, utilizing your existing system, but incorporating our processes. To learn more, visit www.medi-corp.com.

Exclusive ASC Implants and Devices Sponsor and Exclusive Track Sponsor: Orthopedic and Spine ASC Issues — Access MediQuip

AccessAccess MediQuip is one of the nation's largest and most experienced implant surgery management companies, with an extensive network of surgical facilities and hospitals, device manufacturers and healthcare payors. We leverage our more than 10-plus years of experience, utilization data and an innovative technology platform to help facilities improve cash flow, reduce financial risk and expand the number of surgical procedures they perform. To learn more, visit www.accessmediquip.com.

General Management and Accreditation Track — Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program

HFAPHFAP has been accrediting healthcare facilities across the country for over 60 years, over 40 years under Medicare.  It is authorized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), to survey hospitals under Medicare and their clinical laboratories under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA).  Its mission is to advance high quality patient care and safety through objective application of recognized standards. HFAP accredits hospitals, clinical laboratories, ambulatory care/surgery centers, office-based surgery, physical rehabilitation facilities, behavioral health facilities, critical access hospitals and provides primary stroke center certification. For more information, visit www.hfap.org.

Bottled Water — Symbion

Symbion logoSymbion is a leading provider of high quality surgical services across many specialties. Led by one of the industry's most experienced management teams, the company was founded in 1996 to acquire, develop and operate surgical facilities in partnership with physicians, hospitals and health systems. To learn more about Symbion, visit www.symbion.com.

Magazine Distribution Station — B. E. Smith

B.E. SmithFounded in 1978, B. E. Smith is a full-service leadership solutions firm for healthcare providers. B. E. Smith's comprehensive suite of services includes interim leadership, permanent executive placements and consulting solutions. The company is comprised of veteran healthcare leaders who partner with each client to create a solution that uniquely fits that client's individual needs. For more information, visit www.besmith.com or call 877-802-4593.

Physician-Owned Hospitals Track — The Joint Commission

The Joint CommissionFor almost 60 years, The Joint Commission has been the nation's leader in health care accreditation programs and currently accredits almost 18,000 health care organizations in the United States.  Surgical hospitals and freestanding surgical centers seeking Joint Commission accreditation illustrate to their patients and to the public their commitment to quality practices and safe delivery of care.  Successfully achieving Joint Commission accreditation demonstrates that an organization is in compliance with national consensus-based standards developed to help health care organizations help patients. To learn more about The Joint Commission's Ambulatory Care Accreditation Program, visit www.jointcommission.org/AccreditationPrograms/AmbulatoryCare/.

Turning Around ASCs: Ideas to Improve Performance and Benchmarking — B. Braun Medical


B. Braun is a leading manufacturer of infusion therapy and pain management products with an environmentally-friendly focus. Guided by its "Sharing Expertise" philosophy, B. Braun addresses the critical issues of infection prevention, medication safety and environmental responsibility by promoting best practices that help reduce medication errors, prevent healthcare-acquired infections and achieve sustainability objectives. Consistently recognized by Frost & Sullivan and KLAS for its medical technology, B. Braun shares knowledge with colleagues and customers to improve working processes in hospitals and enhance the safety of patients and healthcare professionals. For more information, call (800) 227-2862, e-mail inquiry.us@bbraun.com or visit www.bbraunusa.com.

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