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  1. Establishing an ASC – 2014: 71 things to know

    From 2005 to 2011, nearly 200 to 300 centers were built each year.  This number has now slowed to generally 50 to 100 a year.  The slowdown in growth is often attributed to there being less independent physicians than there used to be, more hospital employment and reimbursement for ASCs generally being tougher than it was at one point. Despite the slow-down, there are still significant numbers of ASC built each year. Often these are built with hospital system partners or still built, in part, to profit in a fee-for service-world. By Scott Becker, JD, CPA & Carrie Pallardy -
  2. 3 quick tips to improve ASC billing and collections

    Declining case volumes caused by economic issues are affecting revenue growth at many ASCs. By Ann Geier, Vice President of Clinical Informatics, Surgery at SourceMedical -
  3. Early registration discount extended!

    We have extended our Early Registration Discount for Becker's ASC 21st Annual Meeting (Oct. 23-25) to Friday, September 5th! Register now and save!  By Natalie Leoni -

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  1. SCA patient revenue up 4.9%, USPI acquisition activity & more – 5 recent ASC company key notes

    Here are five recent news updates on ambulatory surgery center companies. By Carrie Pallardy -
  2. 6 recently opened or expanded ASCs

    Here are six ambulatory surgery centers that have been opened or expanded within the past month. By Carrie Pallardy -
  3. ASCAI victory in Illinois leads to changes for Medicare-certified ASCs

    Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed SB 3465 into law, amending the definition of an ASC in Illinois to include "any facility that meets the federal Medicare definition of an ambulatory surgery center," according to an Ambulatory Surgery Center Association of Illinois report. By Laura Dyrda -
  4. 24 statistics on ASC staff salary, wages across the country

    Here are 24 new statistics on staff salaries and wages at ambulatory surgery centers around the country according to VMG Health's Multi-Specialty Intellimarker 2012. By Laura Dyrda -
  1. CMS: 3 new ICD-10 testing weeks

    There are three weeks the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will allow for provider testing of ICD-10, according to a HealthData Management report. By Laura Dyrda -
  2. Regent Surgical Health gives 2 RISE Scholarships

    Regent Surgical Health awarded two individuals RISE Scholarships to young adults. By Laura Dyrda -
  3. 5 ASCs with effective purchasing strategies

    Here are five ambulatory surgery centers with innovative and effective supply purchasing strategies. By Carrie Pallardy and Anuja Vaidya -
  4. A world without colonoscopy? 10 gastroenterologists weigh in on the future of GI's top procedure

    Colonoscopy has been the bread-and-butter procedure of the GI field for decades, but new technology continues to roll out. Ten GI physicians consider whether or not a new device will ever be able to replace this staple of the gastroenterology field. By Carrie Pallardy -
  1. Hydrocodone rules get tougher as DEA ups to Schedule II

    A decade after the beginning of formal debate over regulation of hydrocodone, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has issued a final rule on classification of hydrocodone combination products, moving the drug combination from a Schedule III to a Schedule II classification. By Ellie Rizzo -
  2. Surgeons, anesthesiologists have best-paying jobs of 2014

    Among the highest-paying jobs in the U.S., healthcare professions top the list. By Ellie Rizzo -
  3. Medical tourism destination? You've got competition

    For ASCs that engage in medical tourism as a strategy, the competition is getting tougher. From simple procedures to all-inclusive hotel practices, medical tourism is increasingly about the quality and experience, rather than the cost. By Ellie Rizzo -
  4. Only 3 days left for our early registration discount!

    Be sure to register now for Becker's 21st Annual ASC Conference on October 23-25 in Chicago!Early Registration Discount Expires September 1st!Register now! By Natalie Leoni -
  5. Interventional Management Services leads merger of 2 Atlanta pain practices

    Ambulatory surgery center company Interventional Management Services has announced the merger of Interventional Spine and Pain Management and Comprehensive Pain Management, both Atlanta-based practices. By Carrie Pallardy -
  6. Northstar Healthcare to list common shares on U.S. national exchange

    Northstar Healthcare has filed a Form 10 Registration Statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. By Carrie Pallardy -
  7. Dr. Bridget Sundell officially opens Northwoods Surgery Center in Minnesota

    Board-certified ophthalmologist Bridget Sundell, MD, and Fairview Range in Hibbing broke ground on the Northwoods Surgery Center in Virginia, Minn., in September 2013. Now, the ribbon has been officially cut on the new facility, according to a WDIO report. By Carrie Pallardy -
  8. ASGE supports colorectal cancer screening programs for 3 communities in need

    The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, a National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable partner, has joined the new NCCRT initiative designed to improve colorectal cancer screening access and rates in community health centers. By Carrie Pallardy -
  9. Are surveillance colonoscopy practices due for an update?

    A recent study conducted in Norway has found that the removal of adenomatous polyps without a follow-up surveillance resulted in a colorectal cancer mortality rate comparable to that of the general population, according to a MedPage report. By Carrie Pallardy -