20th Annual Ambulatory Surgery Centers Conference

20th Annual Ambulatory Surgery Centers Conference

October 24-26, 2013
Chicago, Illinois 60601

Improving Profitability and Business and Legal Issues

This exclusive meeting 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.

Highlights include:
- 87 session
- 132 speakers
- Great topics focused on key issues for ASCs, state of the industry, cost reduction and benchmarking, and key specialties
- Great keynotes by David Feherty, Rick Pitino, Bob Woodward and Bonnie Blair

To register, call 800-417-2035, fax 866-678-5755, email registration@beckershealthcare.com or register online at: https://www.regonline.com/20thAnnualASC


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Keynote Speakers

David FehertyDavid Feherty, CBS Golf Commentator and Best Selling Author

David Feherty was born in the seaside town of Bangor in Northern Ireland. He grew up with aspirations to become an opera singer, until he discovered he had the knack for hitting a golf ball. He jokes about his career change, "I was always interested in music from a very early age. But when I turned pro at age 17, I haven’t sung a note since. Now, I only sing to punish my children."

David enjoyed a successful professional career, with 10 victories worldwide and over $3 million in prize money. He was a regular on the European Tour, with victories including the ICL International, the Italian Open, Scottish Open, South Africa PGA, BMW Open, Cannes Open, and Madrid Open. He captained the winning Irish team in the 1990 Alfred Dunhill Cup and played on the European Ryder Cup Team in 1991, an experience that rejuvenated his fervor for golf.

In 1997, David retired from professional golf when offered a position as a golf commentator for CBS Sports. "I always enjoyed talking more than playing, and now CBS and the Golf Channel are paying me for what I like to do most." Thanks to his sharp wit and colorful personality, David has become golf's favorite announcer.

David's success extends beyond broadcasting. He’s authored 6 books, several making the New York Times bestsellers list: An Idiot for all Seasons (Rugged Land LLC 2005), Somewhere in Ireland, A Village is Missing an Idiot (Rugged Land LLC 2003) and A Nasty Bit of Rough (Rugged Land LLC 2002). Each is "chocked full with belly-busting humor," including his latest bestseller, The Power of Positive Idiocy (Doubleday 2010).

Rick PitinoRick Pitino, Head Men's Basketball Coach University of Louisville and Author

Rick Pitino, one of the most brilliant minds in coaching, began a new era in University of Louisville men's basketball when he was named the Cardinals' head coach on March 21, 2001.

The first coach in NCAA history to win a national championship at two different schools, Pitino's up-tempo style, pressure defense, strong work ethic and family atmosphere quickly returned Louisville to national prominence where it is firmly seated. In 28 seasons as a collegiate head coach at five different schools, Pitino has compiled a 664 239 record, a .735 winning percentage that ranks him 12th among active coaches. His current contract ties him with U of L through the 2021-2022 season. The first coach in NCAA history to take three different teams to the NCAA Final Four, Pitino is a member of the 2013 Induction Class for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, lofty recognition for a lifetime of basketball achievement.

Pitino served as head coach of the New York Knicks for two seasons. In his initial year there in 1987-88, the Knicks improved by 14 victories and made the NBA Playoffs for the first time in four seasons. The Knicks won 52 games in 1988-89 and swept the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. Aside from his hoops prowess, Pitino has achieved success off the court as well in such realms as broadcasting, publishing, motivational speaking and horse racing. He is an accomplished author, producing such books as the best seller Success Is A Choice and Lead to Succeed.

Bob Woodward, Legendary Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist/Author and Associate Editor, The Washington Post

Since 1971, BBob Woodwardob Woodward has worked for The Washington Post where he is currently an associate editor. He and Carl Bernstein were the main reporters on the Watergate scandal for which the Post won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973. Woodward was the lead reporter for the Post's articles on the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks that won the National Affairs Pulitzer Prize in 2002. In 2004, Bob Schieffer of CBS News said, "Woodward has established himself as the best reporter of our time. He may be the best reporter of all time." Woodward has authored or coauthored 16 books, all of which have been national nonfiction bestsellers. Twelve have been #1 national bestsellers -- more than any contemporary non-fiction author:
• All the President's Men (1974) and The Final Days (1976), both Watergate books, co-authored with Bernstein
• The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court (1979), co-authored with Scott Armstrong
• Wired: The Short Life and Fast Times of John Belushi (1984)
• Veil: The Secret Wars of the CIA 1981-1987 (1987)
• The Commanders (1991) on the first Bush administration and the Gulf War
• The Agenda: Inside the Clinton White House (1994)
• Shadow: Five Presidents and the Legacy of Watergate (1999)
• Bush at War (2002)
• Plan of Attack (2004)
• State of Denial: Bush at War Part III (2006)
• Obama's Wars (2010)

Woodward was born March 26, 1943, in Illinois. He graduated from Yale University in 1965 and served five years as a communications officer in the United States Navy before beginning his journalism career at the Montgomery County (Maryland) Sentinel, where he was a reporter for one year before joining the Post.

Bonnie BlairBonnie Blair, Speed Skating Champion and Gold Medalist

Success under pressure is the measure of a true champion. There are numerous winners in the world of sports but the celebrated athletes are the few who meet the challenge of pressure time after time. Bonnie Blair is undoubtedly celebrated as the speedskater who produces her best performances when it counts the most.

Bonnie began her race in the 500 meter event of the 1988 Calgary Olympics immediately after her rival Christa Rothenburger of East Germany set a world record. Not to be outdone, Bonnie proceeded to skate the 500 meters faster than any woman had before or has since, capturing the gold medal in a world record time of 39.1. This record stood for five years until March 1994, when at the age of 30, Blair met her ultimate goal of shattering the 39 second mark with a time of 38.99.

Career Highlights:
• Most decorated female Winter Olympian
• 1994, Gold medalist in 500m and 1000m
• 1992, Gold medalist in 500m and 1000m
• 1988, Gold medalist in 500m
• 1988, Bronze medalist in 1000m
• 1st woman to break 39 second barrier in the 500m
• 1st American to win three consecutive gold medals in a Winter Olympic event
• Named one of the Century's Five Best Female Athletes by Sports Magazine
• 2004, Inducted in to USOC Olympic Hall of Fame
• Winner of the 2000 ESPY Award for American Female Olympian
• 1994, Named Sportswoman of the Year from Sports Illustrated
• 1994, Named Female Athlete of the Year from the Associated press
• Recipient of the Sullivan Award, given to the top amateur, American


VMG Health

VMG Health

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. www.vmghealth.com


Surgical Care Affiliates

SCA's vision is to be the partner of choice for physicians, hospitals, and health systems in developing and operating ambulatory surgery centers and surgical hospitals across the country and in enhancing hospital-based surgical departments. SCA owns and/or provides management services to 145 ambulatory surgery centers, surgical hospitals, and hospital surgery departments, in partnership with approximately 2,000 physicians and in affiliation with 30 health systems across the country. SCA's clinical systems, service line growth strategies, benchmarking processes, and efficiency programs create measurable advantage for surgical facilities – clinically, operationally, and financially. For more information on SCA, visit www.scasurgery.com.


Amerinet - Exclusive GPO Sponsor - Gold Sponsor

As a leading national healthcare group purchasing organization, Amerinet strategically partners with acute and alternate care providers to reduce costs and improve quality through its performance solutions. Built on a foundation of data, savings and trust, and supported by a team of clinical and supply chain experts, Amerinet enriches healthcare delivery for its members and the communities they serve. To learn more about the Amerinet difference, visit www.amerinet-gpo.com.

Eveia Health Consulting & Management - Lanyards and Pocket Guide Sponsor - Gold Sponsor

As experts in business operations analysis and reimbursement methodologies, Eveia Health Consulting & Management specializes in ASC and surgical contract negotiations and serves as a Managed Care Contracting Manager to its clients. Naya Kehayes, MPH, is the founder and managing member of Eveia Health Consulting & Management. For more information, please visit www.eveia.com.


Facility Development & Management (FDM) - Room Key Card Sponsor - Gold Sponsor

FDM develops and manages ASC’s. Mock surveys and are regulatory compliance experts. For more information please visit www.facdevmgt.com


Provista Logo 2013


Surgery Centers of all sizes turn to Provista for strategic supply chain solutions that deliver bottom-line results. As a leading supply chain improvement company, Provista helps thousands of ambulatory surgery centers nationwide reduce and control their supply costs while streamlining the procurement process. For more information, contact Leah Wilhelmsen at 972-910-6671 or visit us at www.provistaco.com.

in2itive - Exclusive Billing and Coding Sponsor - Gold Sponsor

in2itive Business Solutions is a fully integrated billing, collections and health care consulting firm. We offer clients: total access to revenue management information 24/7; customized and highly personal services; industry-leading expertise; and, consulting on business office operations, managed care contracting, clinical operations, materials management and risk management.

More information on in2itive Business Solutions is available at www.in2itive.org, by phone at 913.344.7837 or via email at info@in2itive.org.

Interventional Management Services - Mobile Phone Charging Station - Silver Sponsor

Interventional Management Services is a physician-owned Ambulatory Surgery Center management and development company. We provide management services to Ambulatory Surgery Centers 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

Merritt Healthcare
Merritt Healthcare - USB Drive Sponsor - Gold Sponsor

Merritt Healthcare was founded in 2001, focusing on ASC development, management and advisory services. Our staff has come from backgrounds in healthcare, nursing, real estate development & corporate finance. Merritt differentiates itself as an owner operated firm committed to direct Principal involvement in all aspects of development and management. In developing our facilities our mission is to perform surgical procedures in a safe, efficient and cost-effective manner and to help our partners maximize value from the operation of their outpatient facility. Merritt strives to achieve the highest levels of physician and patient satisfaction and we pride ourselves in accountability and performance. Our Advisory services are focused on delivering maximum value to our clients. Whether it is providing operating guidance or business development initiatives, we are committed to exceeding expectations.

Partners and clients include hospitals and private physician groups. Merritt has a wide range of experience, having worked on projects from single & multi-specialty ambulatory surgery centers to hospital outpatient departments. For more information, please visit www.merritthealthcare.com

Provista - Mobile Application Sponsor - Silver Sponsor

Surgery Centers of all sizes turn to Provista for strategic supply chain solutions that deliver bottom-line results. As a leading supply chain improvement company, Provista helps thousands of ambulatory surgery centers nationwide reduce and control their supply costs while streamlining the procurement process. For more information, contact Marty Heath at 972-830-7913 or visit us at www.provistaco.com.

SourceMedical - Travel Mug Sponsor - Silver Sponsor

SourceMedical is the leading provider of outpatient information solutions and services for ASCs and specialty hospitals nationwide. More than 2,200 surgical facilities, and 250 management and consulting companies utilize our innovative applications to improve their operational efficiency and cash flow while enabling them to deliver a higher quality of patient care. Visit SourceMedical online at www.sourcemed.net.

Steris - Hand Sanitizer Sponsor - Silver Sponsor

STERIS Corporation is a leading provider of infection prevention and surgical products and services for the ASC community. The Company supplies a broad array of equipment, consumable and service solutions that help assure productivity and quality. For more information please visit www.steris.com/healthcare/sterile-processing

Surgery Partners

Surgery Partners - Tote Bag Sponsor - Gold Sponsor

Surgery Partners is the industry leader in managing, developing and acquiring single and multi-specialty ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs). Whether you are interested in selling a portion of your existing ASC, or are interested in building a new facility, we can help you provide high-quality care, make better decisions, grow your revenue and improve your bottom line through our proven expertise. As your partner, we dedicate a team to help your ASC grow and prosper, while assuring the best outcomes for surgeons and patients alike. Through innovation, flexibility and a customer-centric approach, we are passionate about enabling our physician partners to provide the best possible experience and outcome for their patients. For more information please visit www.surgerypartners.com

Symbion - Bottled water sponsor - Silver Sponsor

Symbion is a leading operator of short-stay surgical facilities. Through its ambulatory surgery centers and surgical hospitals, Symbion provides patients with high-quality surgical services across a number of specialties while delivering exceptional value to its physician and hospital partners. Symbion’s network has grown to include more than 65 short-stay surgical facilities across 26 states. In each of its locations, the company works to create a highly efficient, quality-focused environment designed around the needs of both patients and physicians. For more information visit www.symbion.com



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