OOSS Insights includes two annual events, Perspective (spring) and Symposium (fall). Each event focuses on a different aspect of the ophthalmic ASC, but OOSS works closely with ASOA and AAOE to develop ASC-oriented courses for both events as part of their regular programming.

OOSS Perspective

The spring event @ ASCRS examines major forces shaping the ASC industry, with a comprehensive update by OOSS Washington Counsel Mike Romansky, J.D.

OOSS Symposium

The fall event @ AAO is focused on ownership, management, and operational challenges of the day, with a comprehensive update by OOSS Washington Counsel Mike Romansky, J.D.

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Symposium 2018

@ AAO/AAOE Chicago – Beyond Success

Take A Sneak Peek At This Year's Event


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.


Symposium 2017

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Presented in chapters for convenient consumption, the complete video collection and workshop summary from OOSS 2017 Symposium & Workshop @ AAO/AAOE New Orleans is now available for your review.

Highlights from OOSS 2017 Symposium & Workshop

“Envisioning the future of the ophthalmic ASC”
This November 11 meeting spotlighted some high-impact topics affecting ophthalmic ASCs, and offered attendees the opportunity to collaboratively develop real-world solutions.

Chapter One: D.C. Debriefing

“OOSS is the only organization with no other purpose but representing you and your patients.”
Washington Counsel Michael A. Romansky, J.D., divulges D.C. legislative updates on office-based cataract surgery, the patient volume proposition within ASC and HOPD reimbursement rates, ASC Quality Reporting measures, the OAS CAHPS survey, sterilization policy, and the Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality and Access Act of 2017 (HR 1838).

Chapter Two: Envisioning a Healthy Ophthalmic ASC

“How are your staff doing? Are they motivated? Are they burning out?”
Biomedical engineering researcher, author of “The Healthy Office Revolution,” and keynote speaker Elizabeth Nelson shares her longitudinal research on bioengineering the work environment to balance life and work, to decrease employee burnout. Nelson’s findings reveal certain variables within the ophthalmic ASC which, if improved, may significantly enhance the ASC function as well as patient care.

Chapter Three: OOSS Scholars Program Update

“How do we engage a young ophthalmologist?”
OOSS President Jeffrey Whitman, MD; OOSS President Emeritus and OOSS Gives Committee Chair Brad Black, MD; and OOSS Member Services Consultant Albert Castillo, MD, introduce a new program for young ophthalmologists called OOSS Scholars, disclosing program benefits and the first round of selected recipients.

Chapter Four: Envision Workshop Summary 2017

Using the “people, place, and process” framework outlined in Elizabeth Nelson’s keynote session, we developed a set of workshop materials to guide participants through the process of assessing their current ASC and imagining innovative solutions to the challenges faced.

Click the image to read the full workshop summary.

Envision Workshop Summary PDF

Envision Workshop Summary PDF


OOSS Perspective 2018

OOSS Perspective 2018, where experts will focus on advocacy and argument for a higher purpose. Join OOSS and keynote speaker George F. Will for the April 15 meeting in Washington, D.C., during ASCRS.

OOSS Perspective 2018 Keynote by George F. Will

OOSS Perspective 2018 Keynote by George F. Will

The Political Argument Today

America's foremost political commentator and columnist George F. Will presents penetrating and incisive commentary on the Washington political scene, offering a glimpse into what the future holds for public affairs, public policy, and American society.

Review the Perspective 2018 agenda.



Perspective 2017


We’re pleased to present the complete video collection from OOSS Perspective 2017 @ASCRS/ASOA Los Angeles. Enjoy the highlights or settle in for an informative discussion with our experts. Whether you attended the May 7, 2017, event and would like to review your favorite session or whether you are joining us for the first time, we think you’ll find these videos worth watching and sharing with your staff and colleagues.

Highlights from OOSS Perspective 2017 (3:31)

“What is OOSS going to look like in 2020?”
The energy crackles and the ideas fly at OOSS Perspective 2017 @ASCRS Los Angeles.

Chapter One (17:08)

“It’s about skating where the puck is going to be.”
OOSS President Jeffrey Whitman, M.D., (0:10) kicks off OOSS Symposium 2017 with an introduction of OOSS initiatives and a philosophical look at the organization’s evolution and scope. OOSS Executive Director Kent Jackson, Ph.D., (4:18) divines the future with OOSS analytics and a quick review of the results of key member surveys. Jerry Levy, M.D., (8:47) president and chairman of the board of Vision Center Network of America, LLC (VCNA), shares a progress update on the revolutionary New York-area clinically integrated network.

Chapter Two (29:23)

“Without OOSS, you might have been regulated out of business.”
With an introduction by OOSS President Jeffrey Whitman, M.D., (0:10), Washington Counsel Michael A. Romansky, J.D., (1:00) covers the legislative landscape with updates on office-based cataract surgery, ASC and HOPD reimbursement rates, ASC Quality Reporting measures, the OAS CAHPS survey, sterilization policy, the “Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality and Access Act of 2017” (HR 1838), and more.

Chapter Three (34:08)

“We need an online community that can share all this information.”
Cathleen McCabe, M.D., OOSS education chair, (0:19) moderates the OOSS Roundtable with panelists Bruce Maller, BSM Consulting, (1:06); Regina Boore, MS, BSN, RN, CASC, Progressive Surgical Solutions (4:36); Lynn Anderson, Ph.D., CEO, Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (7:35); Albert Castillo, San Antonio Eye Center and OOSS member services (10:58); Victoria Samper, MS, vice president, Ambulatory Accreditation Programs at the Institute for Medical Quality (14:30); and William B. Rabourn, Jr., Medical Consulting Group (19:28). From the prescient to the pragmatic, panelists discuss what’s next on the horizon for OOSS (Maller); new ASC courses for nurses (Boore); surgical tech, scrub, and sterilization certification (Anderson); ASC performance metrics (Castillo); and a new ophthalmic ASC accreditation model (Samper). Rabourn brings it all together with a preview of the evolving online community at OOSS.org.

Chapter Four (32:01)

“There is a big need out there.”
Brad Black, M.D., (0:11) OOSS president emeritus and chair of the OOSS Gives Committee, discusses opportunities for charitable giving. Stephen Lane, M.D., (10:04) co-chair of the ASCRS Foundation and chair of ASCRS Domestic Initiatives, presents Operation Sight, the ASCRS Foundation’s charitable cataract surgery program for needy Americans. OOSS Vice President Maria Scott, M.D., (23:11) an Operation Sight volunteer surgeon and author of a new charitable surgery handbook, shares lessons learned. OOSS Past President Y. Ralph Chu, M.D., (25:50) whose Minnesota practice partners with a local charity, talks about the intrinsic rewards of giving back.