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5th Annual West Coast Ambulatory Surgery Center Seminar Featuring Merritt Healthcare Advisors

Please join Nossaman LLP and the California Ambulatory Surgery Association (CASA) on Thursday, March 7, 2019, for the 5th Annual West Coast Ambulatory Surgery Center Seminar in Los Angeles. This annual event brings together industry experts to address the challenges faced by today’s ASCs and will provide information and strategies that are critical to your ASC’s profitability and success. 

The day will begin with our signature "Current State of the ASC Industry" panel and conclude with our executive roundtable and networking reception. Our current agenda is below.


Featured Presenter: 
Matthew Searles, Managing Partner, Merritt Healthcare Advisors
Executive Roundtable—Forecast for the Future of ASCs: Challenges and Opportunities

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Matthew Searles
Managing Partner
Merritt Healthcare Advisors

As the healthcare industry evolves, amid growing government and public scrutiny and consolidation, how can ASCs position themselves?  This panel of healthcare executives and advisors will address current trends in the marketplace and the challenges and opportunities for ASCs to maximize their potential in 2019 and beyond.

Mr. Searles will be joined by Mark Garvin, Chief Operating Officer, United Surgical Partners International (USPI); Whit Polley, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, Covenant Surgical Partners, Inc.; and Peggy Sanborn, Vice President of Strategic Growth, Diversified Services, Dignity Health.



 

Registration is now open! 
CASA Members - $299
Non-Members - $325

Register multiple attendees from the same company and save $50!
 

Our Agenda:

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Registration
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Current State of the ASC Industry
Ron Grace, Event Co-Chair & Partner, Nossaman LLP (Moderator)
Beth LaBouyer, Event Co-Chair & Executive Director, California Ambulatory Surgery Association (CASA)
William Prentice, Chief Executive Officer, Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA)

This panel will discuss the political and regulatory environment for ASCs, and the healthcare industry in general, from a national and state perspective.

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Reimbursement Strategies
Raja Sékaran, Partner, Nossaman LLP (Moderator)
I. Naya Kehayes, Principal, ECG Management Consultants
Aloke Mandal, M.D., Ph.D., Clinical Research & Medical Practice Liaison, Hardesty, LLC
Lisa Rock, President, National Medical Billing Services
Tina Shabanian, Regional Health Plan Officer, Health Net, Inc.

CASA’s recent member survey found that reimbursement is the number one issue worrying ASC leaders. There are many different business approaches utilized by ASCs to maximize reimbursement in competitive markets. This session will review current trends and address the most effective strategies that ASCs can implement to remain competitive.

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Lunch/Exhibit Hall
12:15 - 1:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions
Track A: Perspectives in ASC Valuation
Jason Cagle
, Chief Financial Officer, United Surgical Partners International (USPI) (Moderator)
Ron Fry, Director, Cardio Surgical Partners, LLC
Kevin McDonough, Managing Director, VMG Health
Todd Mello, Principal, ECG Management Consultants
Jonathan Vick, President, ASCs Inc.

As ASCs are looking for new partners and aligning with health systems, management companies and other strategic investors, it is important to gain insight into ASC valuation and trends.  This session will address common approaches applied in valuing ASCs and strategies for maximizing value.

Track B: Monitoring Compliance and Physician Relationships
Raja Sékaran, Partner, Nossaman LLP (Moderator) 
Ayshea Burroughs, Compliance Officer, ASC Division, Sutter Health  
George Goodwin, American Group President, Surgery Partners
Beverly Oliver, Senior Managing Counsel, United Surgical Partners International (USPI)

Legal compliance can be difficult to maintain when navigating the various demands of daily operations.  Issues arise around physician investor buyins and buyouts, and when entering into contracts with referral sources, including consulting, provider and service arrangements.  This session will address common pitfalls to avoid and provide strategies to ensure your ASC is achieving compliance.

1:15 - 1:30 p.m. Break
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions
Track A: Top Five Considerations in Operating Agreements
Anna Tang
, Partner, Nossaman LLP (Moderator)
James Chow, Assistant General Counsel, Surgical Care Affiliates
James Jackson, Senior Vice President of Development, United Surgical Partners International (USPI)
Brian Murphy, Vice President of Development, Surgical Care Affiliates
Michael Stuntz, M.D., General Surgery, Monterey County Surgical Associates
 
Effective operating agreements are the lifeblood of a prosperous ASC.  This session will focus on best practices and the top five considerations every operating agreement should address, including buyback triggers and pricing, board composition and voting, transfer restrictions, compliance with ASC safe harbors and healthcare laws, and non-competition covenants.

Track B: Managing Medicated Employees and Physicians
Marco Costales
, Partner, Nossaman LLP (Moderator)
Andrew Kim, Regional Administrator, Sutter Health Surgery Center Division
Leo Villanueva, HR Compliance Manager, Worklogic HR

ASCs are increasingly dealing with issues around the impaired employee or physician.  Drug diversion is becoming more common and difficult to track.  This session will address topics regarding the growing prevalence of cannabis and other drug use, the impact on work productivity and patient safety, common warning signs to look for if you suspect a problem, and what to do about it.

2:30 - 3:00 p.m. Break/Exhibit Hall
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Physician Peer Review and Quality Control
Tom Curtis, Partner, Nossaman LLP (Moderator)
Kian Karimi, M.D., Double-Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon / Head & Neck Surgeon; Medical Director & Founder, Rejuva Medical Aesthetics
Howard Krauss, M.D., Neurosurgical Ophthalmologist; Co-Founder, Pacific Neuroscience Institute; Co-Director, Pacific Eye, Ear & Skull Base Center
Deborah Mack, Independent Healthcare Consultant

Outcomes of physician peer review and oversight gone wrong is the focus of one of the most popular podcasts in the country – “Dr. Death.”  This session will focus on challenges and system barriers to overcome when facing a physician who crosses the line and jeopardizes patient safety.  This panel will be led from a physician perspective, and will include a discussion of where to draw the line between medical malpractice and criminal activity and the impact on practicing medicine in today’s environment.

4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Executive Roundtable - Forecast for the Future of ASCs: Challenges and Opportunities
Matthew Searles, Managing Partner, Merritt Healthcare Advisors (Moderator)
Mark Garvin, Chief Operating Officer, United Surgical Partners International (USPI)
Whit Polley, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, Covenant Surgical Partners, Inc.
Peggy Sanborn, Vice President of Strategic Growth, Diversified Services, Dignity Health

As the healthcare industry evolves, amid growing government and public scrutiny and consolidation, how can ASCs position themselves?  This panel of healthcare executives and advisors will address current trends in the marketplace and the challenges and opportunities for ASCs to maximize their potential in 2019 and beyond.

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Networking Reception/Exhibit Hall


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