What is OOSS Insights?

OOSS Insights is made up of annual events, OOSS Perspective @ ASCRS/ASOA (spring) and OOSS Symposium @ AAO (fall). Perspective examines major forces shaping the ASC industry, while the Symposium focuses on ophthalmic ASC ownership, management, and operational challenges of the day. Both meetings include a comprehensive Washington update by OOSS Washington Counsel Mike Romansky, J.D. OOSS works closely with ASOA and AAOE to develop ASC-oriented courses for both events.

Add Upcoming OOSS Events to Your Calendar

In addition to annual OOSS Insights events, the organization participates in and leads a variety of webinars, surveys, and industry meetings throughout the year. Download the OOSS App, sign up for OOSS News emails, and watch the OOSS News web page to keep an eye on OOSS event updates.

Review Details of Upcoming & Most Recent OOSS Insights Events

Select the tabs below to keep up with and review the topics, keynote speakers, and educational programs taking place at the latest Perspective and Symposium events.

Symposium 2019

OOSS Symposium 2019

Capital feeds a surgery center, but heart is what drives patient-focused care. Guided by this philosophy, the Symposium 2019 conversation will focus on how to leverage technology, passion, and capital to deliver surgical vision care to those who need it, where they need it.

Join us for three practical e-briefings for surgeon owners, administrators, and nurses to address the latest concerns facing ophthalmic ASC executives. Then indulge in our gourmet luncheon, before we commence with the Symposium 2019 program. Learn what is on the horizon for OOSS to the year 2023, how the latest Washington regulations may affect your surgery center, and how heart-driven ophthalmologist/innovator Andrew Bastawrous uses smart phone technology to bring advanced eye care to some of the most remote places. Dr. Bastawrous' blend of innovation and charitable endeavors is the perfect prelude to our introduction and fundraising launch of the OOSS Gives Foundation.


Access all the Symposium details you need in one place and manage your trip more effectively.

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  • Receive real-time notifications, including event updates and OOSS news.
  • OOSS members who use the app have access to every OOSS resource they need to stay connected and engaged with the ophthalmic ASC community (OOSS Talk, OOSSMark benchmarking and surveys, OOSS University, OOSS video libraries, and more).

Post-Meeting Video Recap


Andrew Bastawrous Keynote Video

Listen, watch and learn from the inspiring Andrew Bastawrous, MD, ophthalmologist and co-founder of Peek Vision, a social impact organization using smartphone technology to radically increase access to eye care in some of the most challenging places in the world. And ponder the implications for your practice, ASC and the newly formed OOSS Gives Foundation... for the Heart of It.

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Working Agenda

11AM to 12PM – oASC e-Briefings (3) for Surgeon Owners, Administrators, and Nurses

These one-hour, easy-to-apply enterprise briefings, featuring ophthalmic ASC and OOSS leaders and industry experts, precede the OOSS Community Luncheon and Symposium.  Each e-Briefing will address the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities facing ophthalmic ASC executives.

LOCATION:  San Francisco Marriott Marquis (Golden Gate rooms C1, C2, C3)

12PM to 3PM – OOSS Community Luncheon and Symposium

Ensuring Patient Access – For Heart of It

LOCATION: San Francisco Marriott Marquis (Golden Gate Ballroom)

12:30PM – Welcome, Sponsor Introduction, and OOSS Futures Overview - Planning Initiatives to 2023

12:45PM – Washington Update

Issues and Opportunities Guiding the OOSS Advocacy Agenda

1:15PM – Keynote Address

Featuring Andrew Bastawrous – Leveraging Technology, Innovation, and Mission to Ensure Patient Access to Quality Vision Care, followed by Q&A

2:30PM – Introducing The OOSS Gives Foundation

For the Heart of It

2:4PM – Experience OOSS Engagement Centers

Talk one-on-one with OOSS leaders to explore the member engagement opportunities you may otherwise be missing out on within your ophthalmic ASC community.

Perspective 2019

OOSS Perspective 2019 @ ASCRS/ASOA in San Diego

Watch the Post-Meeting Video Captures

Humbling, humorous, and highly applicable to the challenges of executive leadership in the complex world of the outpatient ophthalmic surgery, Scott Kelly's inimitable keynote at the spring Perspective meeting is now viewable to OOSS members. Sharing anecdotes and lessons learned from his year in space, Kelly paints a vivid picture of the risks of getting comfortable with the status quo or losing sight of a clear and challenging mission.

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About OOSS Perspective 2019 @ ASCRS/ASOA San Diego

Objective: "The Sky Is Not the Limit: Lessons From A Year In Space”

Retired USN and NASA astronaut Captain Scott Kelly knows a lot about optimizing performance in the most alien and unforgiving of work environments.  With laser focus on “mission” he pushed the limits of science, technology, and human endurance.  Telling his story of an arduous year in space, while commanding the International Space Station, he reflects on lessons learned, both prescient and poignant.  And we come away informed and inspired, seeing striking implications for the surgery centers and practices that comprise our work environments and provide the context for the missions we serve. A “Don’t Miss” – this is the perfect way to spend your Sunday and to experience the value of OOSS.

Program Agenda

President’s Council Meet and Greet*
11:00 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Marriott Marquis Marina – San Diego Ballroom C
*Informal OOSS greeting for Captain Scott Kelly with current and renewing President’s Council Members and Industry Partners

Perspective Luncheon Buffet and Program
12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Marriott Marquis Marina – San Diego Ballroom A-B

  • 12:00 p.m. – Buffet Luncheon
  • 12:30 p.m. – Welcome, Sponsor Introductions – State of OOSS – Annual Meeting
    President Maria Scott M.D.
  • 1:00 p.m. – Washington Update
    Michael Romansky, J.D., Washington Counsel
  • 1:30 p.m. – Keynote Speaker – Captain Scott Kelly
    With introduction by Larry Patterson, M.D., OOSS President Emeritus
  • 2:30 p.m. – Endurance Book Signing with Captain Kelly
    Adjacent to San Diego Ballroom A with Experience OOSS Chat Centers 

Symposium 2018

@ AAO/AAOE Chicago – Beyond Success

Post-Symposium 2018 Highlight Videos

1. Washington Update Video - Michael Romansky, JD

OOSS Washington Counsel Michael Romansky, JD, delivered an impactful Washington Update centered on CMS' latest rule proposal and its affect on ophthalmic ASCs.

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2. Keynote Video - Acquisition/Consolidation

There is ever-increasing interest from investors looking to make your practice and ASC an acquisition or consolidation target. In this second video capture from OOSS Symposium 2018, Bruce Maller of BSM Consulting makes sense of the drivers, investor profiles, and pros and cons of the options they represent.

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3. Leadership Panel Discussion Video - Acquisition/Consolidation

Maller moderates as a panel of ASC leaders share their firsthand experiences with acquisition and consolidation, including advice for how to navigate the process of selecting the right private equity partner to dealing with the impact of generational differences within multi-owner practices, and more.

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Pre-Symposium 2018 Teaser Video & Program Agenda


Saturday, October 27, 2018

11 AM – 3 PM


Regency A&B Ballrooms – Second Floor of Hyatt Conference Center

HYATT REGENCY MCCORMICK PLACE – 2233 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. (adjacent to Convention Center)


Join OOSS for Symposium 2018. The meeting will explore essential drivers for success that set the stage for effective and adaptive succession planning and implementation in these times of economic and social turbulence and opportunity.


11 AM to 12 PM – Drivers for Ophthalmic ASC Success

LOCATION: 1st floor of Hyatt Conference Center – Hyde Park B, Hyde Park A, and Jackson Park D rooms

Three-track program for Physicians/Owners, Administrators and Managers, and Directors of Nursing/Clinical Staff examines pre-emptive drivers for oASC success.

  • Track 1Optimizing Innovation and Technology
    • For Physicians/Owners and featuring:
      • Maria C. Scott, MD, founder and medical director of Chesapeake Eye Care and Laser Center and medical director of TLC Laser Eye Center Annapolis.  Maria serves as the president of OOSS.
      • Keith Liang, MD, founder and medical director of Sacramento Eye SurgiCenter, affiliated Center for Sight eye clinic and laser center. Keith serves on the OOSS Board of Directors.
      • Ralph Chu, MD, founder and medical director of Chu Vision Institute and Chu Surgery Center.  Ralph is a past president of OOSS and current chair of government relations.
      • Cathleen McCabe, MD, medical director of Eye Associates Ambulatory Surgery Center. Cathy serves as vice president of OOSS and is an AAO Councilor representing the members of OOSS.
  • Track 2 – Orchestrating Operational and Financial Performance
    • For Administrators/Managers/CEOs and featuring:
      • Maureen Waddle, MBA, principal and senior consultant, BSM Consulting.
      • Stephen C. Sheppard, CPA, COE, managing principal, Medical Consulting Group.
      • Todd Albertz, Vice President of Surgical & Specialty Services, Cincinnati Eye Institute. Todd serves on the OOSS board of directors.
      • Dan Chambers, MBA, Chief Administrative Officer of Key-Whitman Eye and Surgery Center.
  • Track 3 – Ensuring OR Excellence, Compliance & Efficiency
    • For Directors of Nursing and Clinical Staff
      • Regina Boore, MS, BSN, RN, CASC, senior VP and executive consultant for BSMs Progressive Surgical Solutions division.
      • Nikki Hurley, BSN, RN, MBA, director, Key-Whitman Eye and Surgery Center.  Nikki serves on the OOSS board of directors.
      • Maria Tietjen, RN, BSN, CSPD, VP clinical and nursing services, American SurgiSite Center. Maria serves on the OOSS board of directors.
      • Patricia Thomas, RN, BS, CRNO, consultant for Medical Consulting Group.

12 PM to 3 PM – Beyond Success, Community Luncheon and Program

LOCATION: 2nd floor of Hyatt Conference Center – Regency A & B Ballrooms

Keynoting and moderating this timely plenary session will be Bruce Maller, Founder and CEO of BSM Consulting. Bruce engages a following cast of ophthalmic ASC leaders to share their vivid stories of succession, including exploration of established and emergent options for ownership, investment, management, mergers and acquisitions.

  • Cathy McCabe, MD, OOSS Vice President and Medical Director for Eye Associates Ambulatory Surgery Center, Bradenton, Florida
  • Michael Dunn, CEO, Chesapeake Eye Care & Laser Center and the Chesapeake Eye Care Company
  • Audrey Talley Rostov, MD, OOSS Board of Directors and Partner, Northwest Eye Surgeons, Seattle, Washington
  • Karl Olsen, MD, OOSS Board of Directors and Partner, Eye Center of Northern Colorado, Loveland, Colorado
  • Mark Rosenberg, Senior Consultant with BSM Consulting, former Vice Chair of American Vision Partners and former CEO of Phoenix based Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center

Perspective 2018

OOSS Perspective 2018

Perspective 2018 Post-Meeting Video Series

If you could not make it to Perspective 2018, or if you would like to review the highlights, watch the video series below. In addition to introducing new OOSS leadership, industry partners, and OOSS initiatives, Perspective 2018 featured one of OOSS' biggest keynote names to date, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist George F. Will. As the country's most widely read political columnist, and its foremost conservative voice, Mr. Will and a panel of OOSS leaders and partners lead the meeting's discussion on ophthalmic ASC advocacy and the potential challenges presented by future healthcare policy.

Perspective 2018 - Highlights

Watch the Highlight video for a glimpse of the Perspective 2018 conversations your colleagues and ophthalmic industry leaders are holding to shape the future of the ophthalmic ASC. This widely attended event covered everything from recent OOSS successes against unsatisfactory regulations to plans for combating predicted issues down the road.

Washington Update with Mike Romansky, JD

In OOSS Washington Counsel Mike Romansky's video, he leads off with discussion of the new sterilization guidelines for ophthalmic ASCs, resulting from an ongoing and very successful evidence-based collaboration with ASCRS, AAO and OOSS. For more information about this collaboration and the resulting guidelines, visit: Sterilization Study & Guidelines. Ophthalmic ASC magazine explains the benefit of these new sterilization guidelines in its August 2018 issue.

He then focused on an unsatisfactory Anthem anesthesia services guideline, Medicare payment for intracameral use of drugs, an overview of OOSS advocacy progress/history, and the latest OOSS advocacy efforts (see new OOSS online advocacy tool and recently released CMS proposed 2019 rates and regulations).

Watch the full video.