What We Do

AHEAD Healthcare Consulting provides analysis, advice, and support services to help healthcare institutions enhance patient care and increase profitability by improving their perioperative processes, teams, and environments. 


We help clients who:

  • Are struggling to keep up with the new CMS changes. 
  • Believe they are paying too much for services, including billing, collections, staffing, compliance, and peer review.
  • Are experiencing slow or stagnant growth trends. 
  • Are experiencing negative feedback or dissatisfaction from patients or staff.
  • Are experiencing high rates of readmission.
  • Are not sure they are effectively analyzing or acting on trends in their perioperative services data.
  • Are not confident in their game plan for how they will transform to collect the income they need while effectively complying with the major changes taking place in healthcare. 
  • Need an efficient, hands-on partner who will immerse themselves to fully understand your OR culture and stay present to guide you through the implementation of changes and strategies.

How We're Different

We intentionally designed this company to be in stark contrast to other healthcare consulting firms. Most larger firms do business in the same way: first, a Principal senior advisor sells you the consulting package, then the bulk of your contract's work is handed off to a junior MBA. These MBAs often have not worked in a medical environment and usually do not have a medical degree.

Much of the solutions provided by these firms is formula-driven. This programmatic work may seem helpful at first in organizing your data, but it usually does not provide any insight into your culture or how to create meaningful change. Because of that, these types of firms typically produce reports that get brief administrative review, but inspire no significant changes. There is no way to implement real improvement without understanding the culture in  your OR. These types of contracts are a waste of money and time.

So, how exactly are we different?

We are a virtual company. 

This means we have no brick and mortar expenses and no large staff to support. What we have is a carefully curated network of highly skilled physicians and medical associates across the US that are called upon only when needed to utilize their specific expertise.

When you partner with AHEAD Healthcare Consulting, we assess your unique needs, then assemble the right team for you. This not only saves you money (you only pay for the experts you actually need), but also allows us to be more efficient, focused, and deliberate in the steps we take to help you achieve your goals. We gain agility by staying small with tremendous ability to quickly flex upward.


We are physicians ourselves.

We actually practice medicine and are proven leaders in perioperative services. Our extensive, hands-on, qualified experience gives us critical insight into the nuances of the OR and provides the foundation for understanding how our healthcare system works today  and how we need to change for tomorrow. 

As physician leaders dedicated to patient-centered care, we have a personal interest in the future of healthcare delivery. We want to help healthcare professionals and hospital leaders optimize their institution, realizing that resources are limited and patient demands remain high.


We are with you the whole way.

You start and end your contract with the senior experts - we do not hand off your work to junior staff members or non-medical personnel. This allows us to see the big picture and draw stronger connections between the data we obtain and the processes, team dynamics, and environments that data represents.

We believe that if you do not understand where the numbers originated or why, you cannot effectively guide the steps needed to change those numbers. 

We offer free, no-obligation initial phone consultations to see how we can best be of service to you.

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Al Head, MD


Al Head is the principal and founder of AHEAD Healthcare Consulting. After 20 years of experience as a practicing physician and 11 years serving as an academic department chairman and director of a perioperative service line for a health system, it became clear to Dr. Head that the current healthcare system was not sustainable without significant changes. Reimbursements were declining while quality measures and regulatory services were increasing, and healthcare organizations needed guidance on how best to navigate this paradigm shift. Dr. Head founded AHEAD Healthcare Consulting as a response to this need. His extensive experience in medicine and deep understanding of the rapidly changing healthcare environment make him well equipped to help organizations transition and thrive in this new environment.

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Arthur M. Boudreaux, MD


Arthur Boudreaux is an associate with AHEAD Healthcare Consulting. He is a physician executive with expertise in anesthesiology and perioperative services, patient safety, medical staff affairs, peer review, quality management, regulatory affairs, postgraduate educational programs, and many operational aspects of large medical centers. Dr. Boudreaux previously served as system Chief of Staff for a large academic medical center, where he helped develop a quality and patient safety graduate degree program and helped develop and implement a perioperative surgical home model of integrated, standardized, and coordinated surgical care.