• Top 3 ASC Resources at AAO 2017

    AAO 2017 in New Orleans has several events and resources for physicians and administrators who run or are considering an ophthalmic ambulatory surgery center. Two events will address ASCs’ unique opportunities and challenges. AAO 2017 also provides a chance to talk to experts one on one.

    1. Up Your ASC Game
      On Saturday, Nov. 11, the Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society presents a five-hour event on ophthalmic entrepreneurship called envest: Breaking Through to 2020. The event, which runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., includes a keynote address by Elizabeth Nelson, a researcher in biomedical engineering and author of The Healthy Office Revolution. After a community lunch, attendees can participate in one of several “envision the future” workshops based on special interest. The event is free, but you must RSVP to attend.
    2. Research Ancillary Business Options
      A second event on Nov. 13 provides more information for those considering a separate ASC. Course 406, Handling Ancillary Businesses: ASC, Optical, Real Estate, Equipment, and Management Services looks at the pros and cons of setting up an ASC or optical shop as a separate entity. The course also looks at options for handling real estate, such as a medical office building. Taught by senior instructor Mark E Kropiewnicki, JD, LLM, the course runs 9-10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 13. It’s included in the Academy Plus course pass.
    3. Get Personal Guidance
      You can also schedule a free, 20-minute appointment with a practice management expert. Stop by the Academy Resource Center (Hall G, Booth 3140during exhibit hall hours to meet with members of the Academy’s Consultant Directory. Academy staff will schedule appointments onsite. The Conversations with the Experts area is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday.