We have just ended a year like no other. It's important to look back and identify lessons that can be learned from truly remarkable circumstances and how these lessons can help every ambulatory surgery center (ASC) in 2021 and beyond.
In our latest ASC Town Hall, we bring together ASC business, operations, legal, and clinical experts to answer your pressing questions and provide guidance that will help your ASC continue to effectively navigate the pandemic and succeed in the new year.
Topics to be covered will include the following:
The program will begin with special remarks from Ambulatory Surgery Center Association CEO Bill Prentice on the state of the ASC industry.
Chief executive officer of ASCA since October 2010, Bill Prentice has more than 25 years of experience in association management, government affairs, health care advocacy and public relations. Before accepting his current position at ASCA, Prentice was the senior vice president of government and public affairs and director of the Washington Office of the American Dental Association (ADA). Previously, he served as ADA’s senior congressional lobbyist, director of government affairs at the New Jersey Dental Association and vice president of a large New Jersey public affairs firm. Prentice started his career as legislative staff on Capitol Hill. He holds an undergraduate degree in political science from George Washington University, a master’s degree in government administration from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from Rutgers School of Law.
An information technology veteran with 30-plus years of IT experience, Nelson Gomes serves as Senior Vice President of Business Development and General Manager (New Jersey) for award-winning, healthcare-focused managed services provider Medicus IT (MIT). Nelson brings impressive healthcare industry knowledge and experience to his position at MIT, where he focuses on enhancing client relations, bolstering the company’s healthcare industry visibility, and helping more and larger practices get preventive with their IT rather than triage it. Before his work with the company, he spent more than 20 years building long-term relationships with clients, healthcare organizations and partner vendors as founder and leader of PriorityOne Group (P1). Founded in 1997, P1 was an award-winning Rutherford, N.J.-based provider of integrated managed IT services to healthcare organizations. Key to P1's success was Nelson's and the company's unwavering commitment to core values that guided the company's decision-making. In 2019, P1 merged with MIT.
Lisa A. Austin, RN CASC, has been an RN for almost 40 years and in ambulatory care for the majority of those years. Her extensive operational development, management, and consulting experience provides clients with expertise in facility administration, budget development, regulatory compliance, staff recruitment and retention, equipment procurement, policy and procedure development and implementation, and organizational interfacing. Austin's national ASC and hospital department development and management expertise affords clients opening new facilities with unparalleled success. She has developed numerous surgery centers working in concert with investors, corporations, hospitals, architects, builders, and equipment manufactures/distributors through all phases of surgery center development and management. Austin is a current board officer of the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) and a past board member of the Colorado Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (CASCA), where she served as president. Austin has also served on multiple state and national committees to further the advancement of the ASC industry.
Daniel B. Frier, Esq. co-founded Frier Levitt in 2000, and has practiced exclusively in the field of health care law since graduating from Temple Law School in 1994, where he graduated with honors, and was editor of the Temple Law Review. Dan co-chairs of the firm's Healthcare Department and focuses his extensive practice on the representation of a wide range of health care clients, including physicians, medical and dental practices, management services organizations (MSOs), clinically integrated networks (CINs), hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers and other ambulatory services centers, laboratories, health care information technology (IT) companies, and private equity-backed investors. For these clients, Dan handles a wide range of corporate, transactional and regulatory issues, including corporate formations and restructuring, super-group medical practice formation, counseling on clinical integration, value-based and other payer negotiations, M&A transactions, state and federal fraud & abuse counseling, HIPAA compliance hospital-physician ventures, data contracts, MSO structuring, employment matters, ASC syndication, start-up counseling, medical staff representation and actions against physicians’ hospital privileges, state board of medical examiners’ actions, and a variety of other work.
Ann Geier is Chief Nursing Officer for Surgical Information Systems SIS), a leader in perioperative information systems. In this role, she consults with clients on best practices and strategies to enhance efficiency, improve compliance and deliver high quality patient care. Ann Geier has worked in the ASC industry for over 30 years, and is a recognized expert. She has been responsible for every aspect of ASC financial & clinical operations, and has been a surveyor for Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) since 2006. Ann’s extensive clinical background is in the operating room, where she served in every capacity. She is an active member of AORN and ASCA, and she represented ASCA on the Board of Directors of AAAHC. She was selected by the Board of Ambulatory Surgery Certification (BASC) Nominating Committee to serve on the BASC Board through 2021 and is the currently the secretary/treasurer
Ann has an MS in Health Services Administration from the University of St. Francis. She is CASC & CNOR certified. She regularly speaks at national meetings and contributes articles to Outpatient Surgery Magazine, ASC Focus, Becker’s ASC Review. She has written an e-book, Admin 101: What Every New ASC Administrator Needs to Know available at www.sisfirst.com.
John Goehle is the Chief Operating Officer and partner with Ambulatory Healthcare Strategies, LLC - a Rochester, New York-based ASC management and consulting services company. Prior to forming AHS, Mr. Goehle developed and managed two Rochester New York-based ambulatory surgery centers, and provided management consulting services for a wide range of health care organizations, primarily in the Northeast. Mr. Goehle has a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh Scotland, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Ithaca College in Upstate New York. He holds the prestigious Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC) credential. He is also a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York. Mr. Goehle is also an accreditation surveyor with the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Healthcare (AAAHC). Mr. Goehle is the host of the ASC Podcast with John Goehle available on iTunes and Google Play. He is also a frequent speaker on health care finance, technology and administration and has authored or co-authored eight books related to the ASC Industry including Ambulatory Surgery Center Governance - A Guide for Ambulatory Surgery Center Owners & Governing Body Members and The Survey Guide for ASCs – A Guide to the CMS Conditions of Coverage & Interpretive Guidelines for Ambulatory Surgery Centers. He is a former board member with the Federated Ambulatory Surgery Association and one of the founders of the New York State Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers.
From the moment I was told about Chris Jann and contracted the Medicus team, they have been an integral part of starting and maintaining our pediatric office. I am eternally grateful for them and their professionalism. Shout out for the constant guidance needed in this ever-evolving digital world (all-encompassing it too, what type of computer/scanner/phone/email/back up — overwhelming). With governmental regulations, security concerns, and business management for a busy pediatric office, their help has consistently remained invaluable for management of our IT healthcare world. Very grateful.
Medicus not only resolves our ‘acute’ issues, but solves the underlying issues and works to develop processes and solutions that will keep our it operating efficiently each day. They have been quick to respond to our issues, and most of the time triages our issues as we would. We have a complicated system with multiple sites, windows/mac operating systems, dragon, cloud-based software/storage. We are comfortable that Medicus keeps us HIPAA compliant, too.