Monday, April 6, 2020 - Las Vegas

Monday, September 7, 2020 - Las Vegas (Cancelled - Covid-19)


Las Vegas, Nevada

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This is the city that attracts more than 37.5 million visitors a year by offering the grandest hotels, the biggest stars in entertainment, the highest caliber of award-winning chefs and master sommeliers and, of course, the brightest lights. As for gaming, if you can bet on it, you’ll find it here.

Vegas is more than gambling, showgirls, and the crazy throngs of Fremont Street. Catch comedy and music headliners as well as fantastic acrobatic performances and master magicians. Take a walk down the famous Vegas Strip for premium shopping and dining options tailored by the biggest culinary names in the industry. Get thrills aboard the Stratosphere’s X-Scream roller coaster, take in a medieval jousting match at Excalibur, or ride a gondola through the Venetian. There’s no shortage of unique entertainment shared amongst the various venues and hotels.

And while Vegas offers many urban delights, nature has something special to share here as well. Red Rock Canyon offers scenic hiking and wildlife viewing either self-guided or coordinated with your own experienced local tour guide. Next venture a bit further out to see Boulder City, Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, the Grand Canyon, Valley of Fire State Park, and many other desert spectacles.


APRIL 6, 2020 - The Palms Casino Resort

Internationally recognized for its exceptional accommodations, high-energy nightlife, extravagant pools and world-renowned restaurants, The Palms Casino Resort captures all the excitement and energy of Las Vegas in one vibrant setting. Situated on nearly 30 acres, The Palms is a boutique property with three distinct towers – each offering unparalleled views of the iconic Las Vegas Strip. Having recently undergone a multi-million dollar transformation, The Palms has redesigned guest rooms, added new culinary experiences, re-imagined gaming areas and created even more distinctive nightlife and daylife experiences. 





SEPTEMBER 7, 2020 - Encore at Wynn Las Vegas

A bright, elegant style and an exceptional level of service are just two of the reasons why Encore was named the best hotel in Las Vegas in Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s 29th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards. From large production shows and spellbinding displays, to live music and once-in-a-lifetime chances at adventure, opportunities abound. Unique clubs feature the hottest entertainment, cutting edge technology and the most luxurious spaces that have put this resort on the map as the ultimate destination. World-renowned performers, celebrities and party-goers alike clamor to be part of the action at XS.


Alexandru Visan, MD, MBA - CEO, Executive Cortex Consulting, LLC, Voluntary Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology, University of Miami, Miami, Florida

As the Founder and CEO of Executive Cortex Consulting, Dr. Alexandru Visan is dedicated to the development and implementation of progressive healthcare solutions for modern medical practices, based on hybrid healthcare and business administration analysis.

His major areas of interest are strategic business development, application of six sigma techniques to improve revenue cycle management and provision of innovative professional development programs suited for modern healthcare delivery.

Dr. Visan believes in highly customized, creative and efficient strategic plans for his business clients that wish to radically improve their practice delivery models and revenues. He is known to be a promoter of sustainable long-term business solutions, which demand continuous quality improvement programs and training providers to become adapted to a dynamic healthcare economics environment, as well as delivering high quality medical care.

He currently serves as a Board Member for the South Florida Healthcare Executive Forum (SFHEF), a chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). In addition to Dr. Visan being an active business consultant in the South Florida community, he has maintained his academic appointment as Voluntary Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology at University of Miami, School of Medicine and continues to practice anesthesiology.

During his previous tenure as Medical Director of the Regional Anesthesia Division at University of Alabama at Birmingham, Dr. Visan was actively involved in developing a well-organized regional anesthesiology and acute pain management program, as well as improving operating room workflows and clinical enterprise efficiency. Dr. Visan has served as Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology on the faculty of University of Alabama at Birmingham and University of Miami. He earned his Executive MBA, with a specialization in Health Sector Management and Policy at the University Of Miami Business School, as well as his Six Sigma certification. He completed his residency and a fellowship in regional anesthesiology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. His medical degree was completed in Europe, while serving as the President and Co-Founder of a private company, with focus on commercial and industrial real estate analysis, as well as business and project development.

Email us at info@nwas.com or call us (800) 222-6927 • (509) 547-7065


We are offering other seminars/workshops either prior or after this course. If you have colleagues that wish to come with you but do not need to take this course, or if you would like to obtain additional credits while at the location: Call (800) 222-6927 or visit www.nwas.com for additional program brochures.


This course is designed for physicians of any specialty, certified registered nurse anesthetists, advanced practice registered nurses, physician assistants, registered nurses, students, and other current or future healthcare providers who require knowledge of legal and financial factors that impact current healthcare.


Providers practicing in the current complex healthcare environment should be empowered to understand and manage all the domains around the care-coordination continuum, such as clinical, financial, and social factors. A thorough understanding of all these aspects affecting patient care and outcomes will allow practitioners to be better equipped to face and successfully solve the numerous challenges related to providing high quality care.

The main purpose of this educational program is to familiarize healthcare practitioners with the essential legal and financial drivers that impact current healthcare. In addition, this knowledge will complement a provider's clinical experience with strategic and marketing skills that are highly desirable in a healthcare system where patient engagement and patient experience are included in the value-based payment system for the services rendered.


At the conclusion of this program, the participant will be able to:

Describe the strong relationship between cost and outcomes in the current healthcare environment and its implications for healthcare providers in clinical practice.

Outline the multitude of forces and incentives that drive patient/consumer behavior associated with managing their healthcare.

Develop knowledge of current and future payment methodology that affect clinical practice.

Explain essential aspects of current healthcare law (PPACA) that could drive future directions in healthcare practice management.

Identify essential aspects of a business plan and its applications in clinical practice.

Business Concepts in Healthcare

Practice Management Primer for Anesthesia Providers

0730 Registration - Mandatory Sign-In - Continental Breakfast
0755 Welcome NWAS Staff
0800 Healthcare Environment Scan
  • Cost and payment trends
  • Government role in healthcare
  • Health insurance
  • Competition in medical care
  • Integration and impact on anesthesia practice
0900 Cost Accounting Impact in Your Anesthesia Practice I
  • Anesthesia service costs
  • Cost measurement
1000 Break
1015 Cost Accounting Impact in Your Anesthesia Practice II
  • Pricing principles
  • Business plan
1115 Strategy and Marketing in Anesthesia
  • Marketing plan
  • Healthcare consumers
  • Value-added anesthesia services
  • Competitive advantage and sustainability for your anesthesia service
  • Perioperative management infrastructure role in current healthcare environment
1215 Lunch Break
1315 Operations Management in the Perioperative Environment
  • Decision making in healthcare setting
  • Staffing, scheduling, and resource allocation
  • OR efficiency
  • The healthcare supply chain
1415 Legal Aspects and Policymaking in Healthcare
  • The process of health policymaking
  • Scope of practice
  • Trends in healthcare legislation
1515 Break
1530 Quality Management in Healthcare I
  • The relationship between quality and costs
  • Value, volume, quality, and outcomes in healthcare
1630 Quality Management in Healthcare II
  • Continuous quality improvement methodologies
  • CMS - quality payment program
1730 Adjourn

8 CME / 8 Class A CE


Alexandru Visan, MD, MBA
CEO, Executive Cortex Consulting, LLC
Miami, Florida


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of The A. Webb Roberts Center for Continuing Medical Education of Baylor Scott & White Health and Northwest Anesthesia Seminars. The A. Webb Roberts Center for Continuing Medical Education of Baylor Scott & White Health is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The A. Webb Roberts Center for Continuing Medical Education of Baylor Scott & White Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Approved by the American College of Emergency Physicians for a maximum of 8.00 hour(s) of ACEP Category I credit.

American Board of Anesthesiology: CME credit will be sent directly to The American Board of Anesthesiology to fulfill the Part 2 requirement for the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program (MOCA®).

Canadian Physicians: This activity is eligible for Section 1 credits in the Royal College’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program. Participants must log into MAINPORT to claim this activity.

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists: This program has been prior approved by the AANA for 8 Class A CE; Code Number 1038251; Expiration Date 9/7/2020.

Nurse Practitioners: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accept CME from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Osteopathic Physicians: This program is eligible for Category 2 credit with the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

Physician Assistants: The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 8 hours of Category I credit for completing this program.

Registered Nurses: NWAS is an approved provider for the following state nursing boards: Arkansas State Board of Nursing (Provider Number 50-7480), California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider Number 4833), District of Columbia Board of Nursing (Provider Number 50-7480), Florida Board of Nursing (Provider Number 50-7480), and the Georgia Board of Nursing (Provider Number 50-7480). This program offers 8 contact hours.

†Pharmacology hours subject to change.


Mark T. Murphy, MD, MSN Education, LLC, Treasure Island, Florida, Medical Director, Northwest Anesthesia Seminars, Pasco, Washington


Factors beyond our control sometimes necessitate changes in the schedule and faculty. If time permits, we will inform all registrants of any changes prior to the program. Changes on site due to local conditions will be announced in class.


We reserve the right to cancel a course for any reason. In such case, a minimum of 30 days notice will be given to those registered and 100% of tuition paid will be refunded. NWAS and NWWT will not be responsible for any non-refundable airfare, hotel, or other liabilities you may incur. We highly recommend purchase of travel insurance. Travel at your own risk.


$100 60-30 days prior to course. No refund inside 30 days; however, 50% of tuition paid may be applied toward tuition for another NWAS program within the next 12 months. Cancellation must be made in writing.

FAP (Frequent Attendee Points)

FAP lets you accumulate points based on dollars spent with NWAS including net hotel and tuition booked through NWAS (but not air). Once you have enough points to cover a full tuition they can be redeemed for tuition (no cash value). A great program to reward you for supporting NWAS! Click here for more information.

Lecture notes will be provided via download in PDF format.

You must sign-in every day you attend to receive credit.

While we strive for accuracy at all times with our published information, we cannot be responsible for typographical and other errors.

Please note that children and non-registered guests are not allowed to attend the lectures. The concierge can provide you with childcare information.

Travel at your own risk.

Airfare available through Universal Travel. Be sure to mention Northwest Anesthesia Seminars when booking (booking fees may apply.) Contact Kellee Gray: Phone number: (858) 456-7962 - Email: kellee@universaltravel1.com


We recommend that you register early to assure your spot. We reserve the right to close registrations to a course at any time without notice. We may not be able to accommodate onsite registrations.

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