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1. New Study Finds Outpatient Care is the Fastest Growing Segment of Healthcare. Click Here

2. 6 Trends in Bariatric Surgery From Dr. Kent Sasse of Surgery Center of Reno. Click Here 

Look for more coverage of bariatrics in the January issue of Becker's ASC Review.

3. Poor Economy, Reimbursement Rates Force Closing of Minnesota Surgery Center. Click Here 

4. Nevada Surgery Center Reports Improper Disinfection of Scopes. Click Here 

5. CMS Announces Anti-Fraud Measures for Durable Medical Equipment Suppliers. Click Here  

6. BCBS, Zagat Partner to Offer Customer Rankings and Reviews of North Carolina Physicians. Click Here   

7. Recession Triggers Rise in Medicaid Applications. Click Here 

8. Learn More About Our Featured E-Weekly Advertisers: Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America; VMG Health; and B. Braun.

9. Job Opening: Investment Manager Sought for Hospital System's Health Venture Fund. Click Here

10. Health Inventures, Hammes Co. and Bahraini Group to Build 30 Surgery Centers and Surgical Hospitals in Middle East. Click Here

11. ASC Communications is seeking an outstanding entry level or experienced sales person. We seek really smart and ambitious people who are driven and customer-focused. Our company provides a great deal of autonomy, training and opportunity for professional growth! If you know someone who would be a good fit, please contact Scott Becker (, Jessica Cole ( or Rob Kurtz (

B. Braun:
4 Steps to Protect Against and Prepare for Hypothermia

Maintaining "normothermia" (the condition of normal body temperature) in patients during surgical procedures is extremely important in not only saving lives but controlling costs, which is why it is vital for ASCs to be aware of symptoms associated with hypothermia, its adverse effects and the many products ASCS need to have on hand to prevent sentinel events. 

Understand hypothermia and its causes 
Hypothermia, defined as a core temperature of less than 37 degrees Celsius or 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, can adversely affect a patient's cardiovascular, respiratory, immune, vascular, and renal systems. It can result in hypertension and increased myocardial oxygen demand which causes cardiac arrest, fast breathing, a decrease in respiratory minute volume, bronchorrhea and bronchospasm, hypoventilation, pulmonary edema, bleeding, decrease in blood flow to all organs, kidney failure and other adverse conditions.

Learn more about hypothermia and four steps your ASC should follow to be prepared for it by clicking here
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10 Great Companies to Know

If you'd like more information about or an introduction to any of these companies, please e-mail Scott Becker.

Surgical Notes. Surgical notes is a nationwide provider of medical transcription, coding and other related value-added information technology services for ASCs. Read more about Surgical Notes.

Provation Medical. ProVation Medical has created ProVation EHR, an electronic health record designed for busy, cost-conscious ASCs. Learn more about Provation.

Physicians Capital. This Nashville-based firm provides loans based solely on the future cash flow of a surgery or diagnostic center. Read more about Physicians Captial.

ASCOA. ASCOA is a leader in the ASC industry, achieving exceptional quality of care and outstanding financial results. Learn more about ASCOA.

VMG Health. VMG Health is recognized by leading healthcare providers as one of the most trusted valuation and transaction advisors in the United States. Learn more about VMG.

B. Braun. For 150 years, B. Braun has developed a rich heritage of knowledge and expertise for delivering innovative healthcare products, medical devices and programs designed to improve both patient and health-professional safety. Learn more about B. Braun.

Implantable Provider Group. IPG works with providers, facilities, manufacturers and commercial payors to fully manage all aspects of high-cost implantable medical devices. Read more about IPG.

Progressive Dynamics Medical. Progressive Dynamics Medical produces warming blankets that have proven very beneficial in preventing adverse medical problems associated with hypothermia. Learn more about Progressive Dynamics.

ARC Medical. ARC Medical is a U.S.-owned manufacturer and distributor of fully packaged 510(k) FDA-registered surgical sutures and needles for all specialties. Read more about ARC Medical

Superior Medical Services. Superior Medical Services is a full-service medical recruitment firm specializing in permanent and locum tenens placement of anesthesiologists, CRNAs and pain management physicians nationwide. Learn more about Superior Medical Services.

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June 11 to 13, 2009

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Oct. 8 to 10, 2009

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