The ABCs of the ASC:
A Master Class Workshop
We’re pleased to share audio captures from this very popular afternoon workshop sponsored by OOSS at AAO/AAOE Chicago 2016. As moderator Stephanie Harvey, MBA, CASA, of the Independent Surgery Center in Eau Claire, WI, notes, “So many things can happen in this business beyond taking care of eyes.” Each of our experts explores a different and equally important aspect of operating a successful ASC. Share these presentations with your staff. You’ll be glad you did.
Nikki Hurley, RN, BSN, MBA, COE, Director, Key-Whitman Eye Center, and Jeffrey Eckert, AIA, Senior Principal, Eckert Wordell.
Stephanie Harvey kicks off the afternoon session with an overview and introductions of the presenters, beginning with Nikki Hurley and Jeffrey Eckert. From concept to compliance, Hurley and Eckert take an in-depth look at what it takes to successfully expand or build a new ASC facility. This detail-oriented presentation explores challenges and considerations, such as work and traffic flow, case volume, and building size, and provides essential advice for developing an ASC facility that serves patients, physicians, staff, and the market.
Steve Sheppard, CPA, COE, Managing Principal, Medical Consulting Group, LLC.
As Sheppard notes, the volume of work has a tendency to expand to fill the briefcase — or in this case, the ASC. Sheppard explores the factors that motivate facility expansion from space utilization and provider mix to staff retention and profitability. He drills down to the specific cost-benefit considerations for adding ophthalmic specialties, including retina, Femtosecond laser, plastics, glaucoma, and cornea surgeries. He also discusses the pros and cons of incorporating other medical specialties, such as ENT, orthopedics, urology and gynecology.
Regina Boore, MS, BSN, RN, CASC, President of Progressive Surgical Solutions
Every successful ASC needs a stable, high-performing responsive team of competent, compassionate individuals. Achieving that goal, though, as Boore notes, is not as black and white as we might think. Boore goes beyond the basics, such as job descriptions, demonstrated competency, licensure, and certification, to explore the critical nuances of staff management, allocation, and best practices for recruitment and retention.
Derek Preece, MBA, Principal & Senior Consultant, BSM Consulting
Preece presents the results of the comprehensive 2016 OOSS Salary Survey and considers current market demands. He also provides valuable tips for using the information to enhance staff development and retention.
Maureen Waddle, MBA, Principal & Senior Consultant, BSM Consulting, and Albert Castillo, CEO, San Antonio Eye Center
Waddle and Castillo turn to the cold, hard facts derived from OOSS Benchmarking surveys to bust myths and answer burning questions. Are ASCs with Femtosecond lasers more profitable than those without? Do centers with higher than average intraoperative time for cataract surgery also have higher infection rates? Which are more profitable, rural or metropolitan centers? The answers may surprise you.
Bruce Maller, Founder & President of BSM Consulting
Part cautionary tale, part practical advice, Maller’s conversation with the audience explores the imperatives of succession and transition planning. How does a center transition new surgeons into ownership? What should the buy-out mechanism look like? What are the valuation issues and regulatory considerations? And most important, as Maller notes, how do get you get it right from the outset to prevent the potentially devastating consequences of a bad break-up decades hence?