Trauma Center Designation...Yes or No?

Price: $350.00

Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018
Time: 10:30AM - 12PM Pacific Time (1:30PM Eastern Time)
Cost: $350 per computer connection

The Abaris Group is pleased to announce its first live webinar for 2018: Trauma Center Designation...Yes or No? This webinar is for those hospitals who have been considering the idea that they want to become trauma center or for those hospitals that want to advance their designation (i.e., from Level III to II status).

Trauma Centers are growing across the country and according to the American Trauma Society (during their last reporting period) there were 1,200 trauma centers in the nation, with that number continuing to grow at an even more rapid pace. When a hospital becomes a trauma center it experiences what is referred to as a halo effect -- it increases its visibility to the public and raises the bar for the hospital on the whole.

According to a recent analysis conducted by The Abaris Group, there are many hospitals considering trauma designation or planning to advance their trauma center designation. Each Level I and II trauma center could see about 1,000 trauma center patients per year in their catchment zone (assuming one million population). The number of trauma centers or level upgrades is growing by about 25 centers each year.  

Topics Covered

§  What are five factors that make trauma centers fail or succeed?

§  How to calculate the payer mix and volume of trauma centers for those just starting or those that are upgrading?

§  How is the current health care climate impacting the use of and payment for trauma centers?

§  What are the new special codes used by CMS for increasing payment for trauma centers and can they be used by other payers as well?

§  What are some of the challenges in achieving trauma center designation?

§  What are the advanced strategies for payer management that “fit” very well for trauma centers and will pay you more for your services?

§  What nursing strategies, training and PI steps need to be taken?

§  What are the medical staff strategies and challenges?

§  How long does it take to prepare for State or the American College of Surgeons (ACS) certification/verification?

§  What are some of the strategies to mitigate medical staff concerns over trauma designations and being exposed to “…all comers…” from payer mix standpoint?


Mike Williams, MPH/HSA, NREMT
Trauma Industry Thought Leader
President, The Abaris Group

Mr. Williams has almost 40 years of experience working with trauma centers and systems covering a wide range of sizes and all levels of designation. He works with hospitals, physicians and other healthcare organizations on a variety of trauma topics including evaluating the outpatient, ED and inpatient environments. Mr. Williams has been a speaker for the American Trauma Center on many occasions and has authored numerous articles on the subject of trauma centers. He has worked with greater than 150 trauma centers in the country on feasibility, design, implementation and enhancement. He was featured in a recent USA Today article on the rapid growth of trauma centers. Mr. Williams also has substantial experience working with the governing bodies that oversee trauma systems. Given his breadth of experience in all facets of the trauma center/system arena, he is widely considered a trauma industry thought leader.

Brett Dodwell, RN
Trauma System Expert
Memorial Hermann Hospitals

Mr. Dodwell has been active in trauma management in the State of Texas since 2008 and has held Executive Board positions since 2010.  He has successfully completed numerous trauma surveys at the facility level and also remains engaged in regional trauma operations.  He is a member of the Society of Trauma Nurses, Emergency Nurses Association, American Trauma Society, American College of Surgeons, Trauma Survivors Network, National Trauma Institute, Texas Trauma Coordinators Forum, and Texas EMS & Trauma Acute Care Foundation.

Oveys Mansuri, MD, MBA, FACS
Trauma System Expert

Dr. Mansuri brings an extensive portfolio of academic healthcare, policy, government and politics, media/communications, and trauma/EMS experience to the group.  As an academic trauma and critical care surgeon he has first-hand knowledge and experience of what makes for a successful trauma system, center, and team.  He has served as a physician reviewer for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services EMS/Trauma Program, conducted outreach and case review services to critical access hospitals as well as EMS groups. He served as a member and adviser to the Alaska Trauma System Review Committee.  He also brings institutional experience having served on trauma and critical care performance and quality improvement committees, trauma practice guidelines development, and EMR implementation for trauma services.

At the national level he has served on committees and held leadership positions with the American College of Surgeons, Association for Academic Surgery, Pediatric Trauma Society, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine.  Additionally he serves as a reviewer for multiple surgical journals.  His research on collaborative governance and scalability of trauma systems in mass casualty scenarios has been recognized by the American Society for Public Administration.  He was also awarded grant funding by the Partners Healthcare Center for Expertise in Global and Humanitarian Health to study international security and trauma systems development in the Middle East.  He has advised on trauma program development in Haiti and Rwanda.

The webinar is $350 per computer connection. You can invite as many attendees as you’d like to view the webinar from this connection. Refunds are provided up to one week prior to the webinar. With less than one week from the webinar, the recording will be made available.