18th Annual Ambulatory Surgery Centers Conference — Improving Profitability and Business and Legal Issues

18th Annual Ambulatory Surgery Centers Conference: Improving Profitability & Business and Legal Issues

Annual Conference from Becker's ASC Review, ASC Communications, the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association and the Ambulatory Surgery Foundation

Oct. 27-29, 2011

Westin Michigan Avenue, Chicago

October 2011 BrochurePresentations Now Available
Copies of the presentations for the 18th Annual Ambulatory Surgery Centers Conference are now available via links below. Clicking "All" will allow you to download a ZIP file that includes all of the presentations for that day. Clicking "Individual" will open a window listing the presentations which you can download on an individual basis. The presentations are named by their start time, speaker's last name(s) and then an abbreviated title. If you experience problems with any of the links or have questions, please email cathy@beckersasc.com .

Thursday Presentations:
All (.zip); Individual (directory listing)

Friday Presentations:
All (.zip); Individual (directory listing)

Saturday Presentations:
All (.zip); Individual (directory listing)

Learn more
about the 18th Annual Ambulatory Surgery Centers Conference:
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.

The best minds in the ASC field will discuss opportunities for ASCs plus provide practical and immediately useful guidance on how to bring in more cases; improve reimbursement; manage, reduce and benchmark costs; introduce new specialties; engineer a turnaround; work on joint-ventures with hospitals and much, much more.

Highlights include:

- 90 Sessions, 132 Speakers
- Focused on Surgeons, Proceduralists, ASC Physician Owners, Directors of Nursing and Administrators
and Others Examining Leadership and Opportunities in ASCs
- Great Keynote Speakers Including Bill Walton, Hall of Fame NBA Basketball Player; Sam Donaldson, ABC News Veteran and former Chief White House Correspondent for ABC News; and Adrian Gostick, Author and Global Thought Leader on Workplace Strategy
- The Best Annual ASC Business & Clinical Conference
- Great Participants From All Over the Country
- Earn your CME, CASC, CEU Credits: 14.25 CME and CEU credits

Register online by clicking here. You can also call (703) 836-5904 or e-mail registration@ascassociation.org.

To download the conference brochure, click here (pdf).

To download the conference prospectus, click here (pdf).

Keynote Speakers:

Bill WaltonWilliam (Bill) Theodore Walton III: Bill Walton was the NBA's Most Valuable Player, 1978; all-NBA First Team, 1978; NBA All-Star Team, 1977 and 1978; NBA Playoff's MVP, 1977; all-NBA second team, 1977; winner of the NBA Sixth Man Award, 1986. Mr. Walton is also the second of only five players in the history of the NBA to lead the league in both blocked shots and rebounding in the same season. He remains active in basketball through clinics, camps, coaching and television commentary. He started his broadcasting career in 1990 as an analyst for the then Prime Ticket Network. Mr. Walton worked for CBS Sports in the early 90's during the NCAA Final Four and then for NBC for many years, including work on the 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney Summer Olympic Games. Over the last 15 years he has worked for ABC, ESPN, NBC, CBS, Fox, MSNBC, Turner Sports, KCAL and the NBA. Mr. Walton is also involved in numerous internet ventures providing content and business acumen. In 1993, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. In 2009, Mr. Walton was named one of the top 50 sports broadcasters of all time by the American Sportscasters Association.


Sam DonaldsonSam Donaldson: Sam Donaldson, a 44-year ABC News veteran, served two appointments as chief White House correspondent for ABC News from Jan. 1998-Aug. 1999 and from 1977-1989, covering Presidents Carter, Reagan and Clinton. Mr. Donaldson co-anchored PrimeTime Live with Diane Sawyer from Aug. 1989 until it merged with 20/20 in 1999. He co-anchored the ABC News Sunday morning broadcast, This Week With Sam Donaldson & Cokie Roberts, from Dec. 1996-Sept. 2002. From Oct. 2001-May 2004, he hosted The Sam Donaldson Show - Live in America, a daily news/talk radio program broadcast on ABC News Radio affiliates across the country. Most recently, Mr. Donaldson hosted the show Politics Live on ABC News Now, the ABC News digital network. From 1999-2001, he also hosted SamDonaldson@abcnews.com, the first regularly scheduled internet webcast produced by a television network. Mr. Donaldson has covered every national political convention since 1964 with the exception of the 1992 Republican Convention in Houston. Mr. Donaldson has won many awards, among them four Emmy Awards and three George Foster Peabody Awards.


Adrian GostickAdrian Gostick: Adrian Gostick is a global thought leader on workplace strategy and the author of several successful books on employee engagement. The Carrot Principle by Simon & Schuster has been a regular New York Times bestseller, and 24-Carrot Manager has been called a "must read for modern-day managers" by Larry King of CNN. His latest book, The Orange Revolution, was a #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller. His research has been called "fascinating" by Fortune magazine and "admirable and startling" by the Wall Street Journal. Mr. Gostick's books have been translated into 20 languages and have sold more than one million copies worldwide. As a leadership expert, he has appeared on NBC's Today Show, CNN, National Public Radio and others, and has been quoted in business publications such as The Economist, Financial Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Fortune.

Conference Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Corporate Partner — 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, visit www.vmghealth.com.


Corporate Partner — Surgical Care Affiliates

SCA Surgical Care Affiliates is one of the nation's largest providers of specialty surgical services; through its affiliation with 18 health systems and more than 2,000 physician partners, it operates more than 125 surgical facilities across the country. Along with 6,000 teammates, Surgical Care Affiliates provides a broad array of specialty surgical services across 32 states. For more information, visit www.scasurgery.com.


Corporate Partner — Surgery Partners

Surgery Partners
Surgery Partners provides the healthcare industry with solutions that improve patient quality of care, optimize operational efficiency, and grow the business of our customers. Our core business is managing, developing and acquiring ASCs. We currently have 49 multi-specialty surgery centers focused on patient care. We focus on growing the ASCs that we currently manage, while searching for new partners through acquisition and development. By developing strong partnerships, we strive to provide the best possible experience and outcome for physicians and patients. For more information, visit www.surgerypartners.com.


Keynote Sponsor: Bill Walton — National Medical Billing Services

NMBS specializes in freestanding outpatient surgery center coding and billing and is one of the most respected ASC coding and billing companies in the country. NMBS's mission is to provide its clients with opportunities to increase revenue by offering a cost-effective service and subject matter experts. For more information, visit www.nationalascbilling.com.


Thursday Night Reception — United Surgical Partners International

USPIUnited Surgical Partners is your trusted partner in short-stay surgical facilities. With over 190 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, visit www.uspi.com.

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

Eveia logo


Founded 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, visit www.eveia.com.


Exclusive Implantable and Devices Sponsorship — Access MediQuip

Access MediQuip


Access MediQuip is one of the largest and most experienced providers of surgical implant management solutions. With more than a decade of experience, Access MediQuip provides payors a comprehensive solution to manage and control the high costs of implants, along with improving quality and safety to facilities, surgeons and ultimately patients. The company was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Lake Mary, Fla. For more information, visit www.accessmediquip.com.


Exclusive GPO Sponsor — Amerinet



As a national healthcare solutions organization, Amerinet collaborates with acute and alternate care providers to create and deliver unique solutions through performance improvement resources, guidance and ongoing support. With better product standardization and utilization, new financial tools beyond contracting and alliances that help lower costs, raise revenue and champion quality, Amerinet enriches healthcare delivery for its members and the communities they serve. For more information, visit www.amerinet-gpo.com.


Keycard Sponsor — Facility Development & Management



Facility Development & 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 www.facdevmgt.com.


USB Drive Sponsor — HealthCare Appraisers

HealthCare Appraisers


HealthCare Appraisers is a nationally recognized valuation and consulting firm providing services exclusively to the healthcare industry, including fair market value opinions for compensation and service arrangements (e.g., employment, call coverage, medical directorships, collection guarantees, equipment lease/use, co-management arrangements); business valuation (e.g., ASCs, hospitals, dialysis centers, home health, diagnostic and other treatment facilities, physician practices and intangible assets); consulting and advisory services; and litigation support. For more information, visit www.healthcareappraisers.com.


Conference Tote Bags — SourceMedical

Source Medical logo

SourceMedical is a leading provider of outpatient information solutions and billing services, collectively serving ASCs and surgical hospitals by offering end-to-end systems to improve operational efficiency and cash flow while empowering healthcare facilities to deliver a higher standard of patient care. To learn more, visit www.sourcemed.net.


Exclusive Accreditation Sponsor — AAAHC


The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC/Accreditation Association) is the Exclusive Accreditation Sponsor for the 18th Annual Ambulatory Surgery Centers Conference. Founded in 1979, it has become the leader in ambulatory healthcare accreditation with more than 5,000 organizations accredited nationwide. The AAAHC accredits a variety of ambulatory healthcare organizations including endoscopy centers, ambulatory surgery centers, office-based surgery centers, managed care organizations, student health centers and large medical and dental group practices. The AAAHC Certificate of Accreditation demonstrates an organization's commitment to provide safe, high quality services to patients. It is also recognized as a symbol of quality by third party payers, medical organizations, liability insurance companies, state and federal agencies and the public. To learn more, visit www.aaahc.org/basc.

Exclusive Insurance Sponsors — CNA HealthPro


With more than 40 years of experience in the healthcare industry, we offer a flexible and innovative approach to underwriting risks for ambulatory surgery centers. When you want an experienced insurance company with an "A" rating for financial strength to help manage the risk exposures of ambulatory surgery centers ... we can show you more. To learn more, visit www.cna.com/healthpro or call (888) 600-4776.


Friday Networking Lunch — Provista Co.



Provista Co. is a leading performance improvement company dedicated to helping nearly 70,000 hospitals, medical facilities, universities and colleges, and corporations nationwide improve their financial and operational performance. Through Novation, Provista's supply contracting company, the company provides members with a competitive, extensive portfolio, together providing nearly $40 billion in combined annual purchasing power. Through a continuous portfolio review, Provista ensures members constant access to the best pricing on the products and services used daily. Provista is owned by VHA and its agreements are contracted and managed by Novation. To learn more, visit www.provistaco.com.


Silver Sponsors

Mobile Application — Manage My ASC

MMASCManage My ASC is a real-time interactive management tool that provides an unprecedented view into the financial and operational performance of your center with tracking, benchmarking, analysis and recommendations. MMASC consolidates data from all of your functional systems — billing, collections, accounting, finance, payroll and inventory — to create the only picture of how your center is performing. MMASC enables you solve problems, recognize opportunities and get results.  For more information, visit www.managemyasc.com.

Cyber Cafe — QSE Technologies



QSE Technologies is a premiere IT systems integrator serving the ambulatory healthcare industry for more than five years, which can manage all aspects of IT infrastructure design, configuration, installation and ongoing tech support for new and existing ASCs nationwide. To learn more, visit www.qsetech.com.


Bottled Water — Symbion

Symbion logo


Symbion 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.


Writing Pads — Laser Spine Institute



Each month, more people come to Laser Spine Institute to relieve their neck and back pain than to any other spine surgery center in the world. As the leader in endoscopic spine surgery, our staff of more than 300 employees includes more than 20 expert surgeons and physicians, and nearly 200 medical professionals. Our streamlined, outpatient process eliminates hospital-associated costs and helps patients get back to their lives faster. In fact, nearly 75 percent of patients report returning to daily activities within two weeks after surgery. To learn more about Laser Spine Institute's proven endoscopic procedures, visit www.laserspineinstitute.com.


Aluminum Reusable Sports Bottle — Ambulatory Alliances

Ambulatory Alliances


Ambulatory Alliances is a middle-market boutique investment banking and strategic advisory firm. We focus exclusively on ambulatory centers and more specifically radiation oncology and ambulatory surgery center niche markets. Working with buyers and sellers, we help identify potential strategic business opportunities including: mergers & acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, tunnel buyers, access to private capital markets, management services and/or other strategic alliances to achieve short- and long-term goals. For more information, visit www.ambulatoryalliances.com.


Travel Mug Sponsors — AdvantEdge Healthcare Solutions



AHS, an IBM Business Partner, is a leading developer and provider of medical billing services and technology for the healthcare industry, providing high-impact billing and A/R services for surgery centers and specialty physicians. Our promise: more money, faster; regulatory compliance, built-in; client first service. For more information, visit www.ahsrcm.com or call (877) 501-1611.

Friday AM Networking Break —



aisthesis is a full-service anesthesia management company that specializes in delivering custom anesthesia care solutions and seamlessly supporting ambulatory, hospital and office-based surgery practices across the nation. For more than a decade, our team of skilled and dedicated professionals has provided tailored anesthesia solutions, operational guidance, and ancillary services to help new practices and improve existing or expanding organizations. At aisthesis, we understand that each practice has unique performance goals and that no two practices are alike. Let us partner with you to achieve your vision. For more information, visit www.aisthesispartners.com or call (855)-235-CARE (2273).


Phone Charger — Interventional Management Services

IMSInterventional Management Services is a physician-owned ambulatory surgery center management and development company. We provide management services to ASCs with a physician-focused strategy. Centers managed by IMS range from small, one-room, single-specialty ASCs to large, multi-specialty, physician- hospital joint ventures. Partnering with IMS brings stability, reliability and support to existing surgery centers. Physician ownership and control are key components of every IMS partnership. Allowing physicians to maintain control of their environment is what sets IMS apart from traditional ASC management companies. For more information, visit www.physiciancontrol.com.


Friday Continental Breakfast — McKesson


McKesson delivers a comprehensive program of solutions developed specifically to address the unique needs of an ASC. From a full range of products and equipment, to a suite of leading supply channel technology solutions and business-related services, our resources empower ASCs to more effectively manage their businesses with the agility and convenience only McKesson can offer.  For more information, visit www.mckesson.com.

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