WISCA 2024 Leadership Summit

Session Descriptions

Thursday, October 10

10:00am-4:00pm
Leadership Series - Fall Workshop
Leading Self and Others Through Change and Transition
Jefferson Street Inn, 201 Jefferson St, Wausau, WI 54403

Change is the external event that happens. Transition is the psychological process we need to go through to embrace and accept the change. This workshop will cover the difference between the two and help leaders understand where people are in their transition journey and what support and assistance they can offer to them.

*Separate registration is required to participate in the Fall Workshop. The workshop is a part of the WISCA Leadership Series. Participants can register for each separately, or the entire series. Click here to register or learn more.


4:30pm - 6:00pm
ASC Tour at Wausau Surgery Center
3801 Stewart Avenue, Wausau WI 54401

Join us for an exclusive tour of the Wausau Surgery Center, where we'll explore state-of-the-art surgical suites, advanced patient care facilities, and innovative technologies that streamline surgical workflows. Gain valuable insights into best practices in ambulatory surgery and discover how they maintain exceptional standards in patient safety and operational efficiency.


6:00pm - 7:00pm
Welcome Reception at Wausau Surgery Center
3801 Stewart Avenue, Wausau WI 54401

We invite you to join us after the tour for our Welcome Reception where you can network with fellow professionals, share experiences, and discuss the future of ambulatory surgical care. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be provided as you engage in meaningful conversations with industry leaders and peers.


Friday, October 11
*All sessions on Friday will take place at the Jefferson Street Inn (201 Jefferson St, Wausau, WI 54403)


7:30am - 8:00am
Breakfast and Visit Exhibitors


8:00am - 8:45am
ASCA Federal Update
Kara Newbury, ASCA Director of Government Affairs and Regulatory Counsel

Stay informed about the latest developments impacting the ambulatory surgery center (ASC) community with the ASCA Federal Update session. Presented by Kara Newbury, Director of Government Affairs and Regulatory Counsel at the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA), this informative session will provide a comprehensive overview of key federal policies, regulations, and legislative changes that directly affect ASCs. Gain valuable insights into reimbursement updates, compliance requirements, and advocacy efforts that shape the ASC landscape. Join us to navigate the evolving healthcare environment and ensure your ASC remains at the forefront of excellence and compliance.


8:45am - 9:30am
State Legislative Update
Andy Engel, WISCA Lobbyist, Hamilton Consulting

Stay abreast of crucial developments impacting ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) in Wisconsin with the ASCA Wisconsin State Legislative Update session. Led by experts from the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA), this session offers an insightful overview of the latest state-level policies, regulations, and legislative changes that directly influence ASC operations in Wisconsin. Delve into topics such as licensure, reimbursement, and compliance, while gaining a clear understanding of the local advocacy efforts shaping ASC practices in the state. Join us to ensure your ASC remains well-prepared and compliant in Wisconsin's dynamic healthcare landscape.


9:30am - 10:15am
Exhibitor Showcase


10:15am - 11:00am
Wisconsin Hospital Association Information Center Dashboard
Brian Competente, Vice President,  
Wisconsin Hospital Association Information Center

As a premier resource in Wisconsin, WHAIC plays a vital role in empowering data-driven decision-making within the healthcare landscape. Our comprehensive data analytics and insights enable stakeholders to navigate complexities, drive quality improvements, and ultimately enhance patient outcomes. Join us as we unveil the impactful role WHAIC plays in shaping the future of healthcare delivery. Explore the potential of data-driven strategies in revolutionizing healthcare with WHAIC at your side.

Participants will:

  • Explore the potential of data-driven strategies in driving market share, quality improvements and enhancing patient outcomes.
  • Learn how to utilize Kaavio for effective data visualization, distribution, and dashboard creation.


11:00am-11:45am
Accreditation Panel
Sandy Berreth, RN, BS, MS, CASC, Surveyor, AAAHC
Lorrie Cappellino, Surveyor, JCAHO
Michon Mayfield, MHA, Director of Business Development, Quad A

Join us for an informative session featuring panelists from AAAHC, JCAHO, and Quad A, designed to demystify the accreditation process and provide practical insights to enhance your ASC's preparedness and compliance. Gain a comprehensive understanding of current standards, learn best practices for survey preparation, identify common pitfalls, and engage in a real-time Q&A to get your specific questions answered directly by the experts. Ideal for administrators, compliance officers, and anyone involved in the accreditation process, this panel offers a unique opportunity to improve your accreditation readiness and network with peers.


11:45am - 12:30pm
Lunch and WISCA Annual Report


12:30pm - 1:15pm
On Track for Transition: ASC Succession Planning
Angela Rust, JD, Von Briesen & Roper
Adam Skarie, JD, Von Briesen & Roper

Whether your ASC is planning to pass the baton to a new generation, cross the finish line with a sale, or partner with some new teammates, it's time to get your succession planning on track. This session will highlight various legal considerations and structures to support your strategy and prepare your team for transition.


    1:15pm - 2:00pm
    Cyber Security Implications of Artificial Intelligence
    Tom Wojcinski and Jason Vander Velde, Wipfli

    AI stands to be one of the most impactful technology developments of our generation. In this session, we’ll break through the hype around the technology and explore how AI can both threaten and secure healthcare organizations. We'll share specific examples of AI being used for malicious purposes, highlight unintended consequences of hasty AI implementations, and demonstrate how AI can be leveraged to enhance security and protect healthcare organizations from AI-driven attacks. Join us to understand the dual-edged nature of AI in healthcare and learn strategies to harness its potential responsibly.

      Association of Wisconsin Surgery Centers
      563 Carter Court, Suite B Kimberly WI 54136
      920-560-5627 I WISCA@badgerbay.co

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