Trauma Centers: Benefits + Challenges of Achieving & Maintaining Designation

Price: $225.00

Date: Tuesday, May 20, 2019
Time: 10:30A - 12P Pacific Time (1:30P Eastern Time)
Cost: $225 per computer connection

Trauma Centers are growing across the country and according to the American Trauma Society, there are 1,200 trauma centers in the nation with that number continuing to grow at an even more rapid pace. Trauma Centers: Benefits and Challenges of Achieving & Maintaining Designation is for hospitals interested in becoming trauma centers or that may wish to advance their designation (i.e., from Level III to II status). 

According to a recent analysis conducted by The Abaris Group, there are many hospitals are either looking at trauma designation or planning to update their status as a trauma center particularly with best-of-breed financial strategies. Each Level I and II trauma center should see at least 1,200 trauma center patients per year in their catchment zone. The number of trauma centers implemented, or trauma center upgrades is growing by 25 centers each year.  

Topics covered:

§ How long does it take to prepare for State or the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT) consultation/verification? Is it worth it?

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

§ How to prepare for the ACS COT or State verification designation or consultation.

§ What are five factors that make Trauma Centers fail or succeed?

§ What are some of the challenges in achieving or maintaining Trauma Center designation?

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

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

§ What are the best-practice nursing, educational and process improvement strategies that need to be taken?

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


§ What is the status of Health Reform in your community and did these changes in the healthcare law affect trauma centers?



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

Mike has 40 plus years' experience working with trauma centers at a variety of sizes and levels of designation. Including their hospitals, physicians and other healthcare organizations on a variety of trauma topics including evaluating the market needs for trauma center in any given community, ED and inpatient environments. He has been a speaker for the American Trauma Center, California Trauma Summit on many occasions and has authored numerous articles on the subject of Trauma Centers including the topic of revenue enhancement. He has worked with greater than 150 Trauma Centers in the country on feasibility, design, implementation and/or enhancement. He was featured in a USA Today article on the rapid growth of trauma centers.

Bill Bullard, MBA
Trauma Center Expert
Senior Vice President, The Abaris Group

Bill has over 30-years of experience in urgent,emergency and trauma healthcare services including public and private organizations. He put himself through college working for the local 9-1-1 ambulance company. Bill obtained his Bachelor of Science in Management with a concentration in Marketing from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in 1990. After graduating, Bill took his street knowledge and management degree and joined the startup team of BayStar Medical Services, a division of MedTrans, as the Marketing Manager. He was quickly promoted to Director of Business Development supporting operations throughout Northern California and speaking nationally on EMS issues. Bill has conducted 35 trauma center feasibility studies in various markets during the last several years. He also obtained his MBA. Bill recently spoke at the California Trauma Summit in San Francisco (April, 2019) on revenue enhancement strategies.

Brett Dodwell, BSN, RN, CEN, CSTR, CAISS
Trauma System Expert

Memorial Hermann Hospital System

Brett Dodwell’s military career includes 24 years in the U.S. Army, distinguished by numerous awards and citations, culminating in an honorable discharge in 2008. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston in 1998 and has dedicated his nursing career to emergency, trauma, and disaster management. 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 and national trauma operations.  He is a faculty member of the American Trauma Society and is an active member of the Society of Trauma Nurses, Emergency Nurses Association, American College of Surgeons, Trauma Survivors Network, National Trauma Institute, Texas Trauma Coordinators Forum, and Texas EMS & Trauma Acute Care Foundation.