Trauma Centers: Benefits + Challenges of Achieving Designation

Price: $350.00

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. According to recent studies conducted by The Abaris Group, there are many hospitals considering trauma designation or planning to update their status as a trauma center. Join The Abaris Group's trauma experts for this educational webinar and learn what you need to know about either becoming a trauma center or moving up to the next level of designation.

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 Health Reform 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 a payer mix standpoint.

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

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

Mr. Williams has almost 40 years of experience working with trauma centers and systems at a variety of sizes and 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 recently 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.

Michael Lekawa, MD
Chief of Trauma

University of Irvine Medical Center

Dr. Lekawa is a Board Certified General Surgeon with added qualifications in Surgical Critical Care. He is the Medical Director of Trauma Services, Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, and Chief of the Division of Trauma and Critical Care at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center.  He represents the trauma centers on the Facilities Committee and is the Chair of the Trauma Operations Committee of the Orange County Emergency Medical services Agency. He is a State Faculty Member of the ATLS Committee of the American College of Surgeons. He is a practicing trauma surgeon and is very active in trauma education/system development in the Orange County community. He has been an active consultant with The Abaris Group for five years.